Saturday, 14 February 2015

Sharing the love

Hello! And happy St Valentines Day to you all!
Yesterday after work I helped a friend in the madness that is a florists before St Valentines Day! My jobs were to dethorn the roses and I had a go a making bouquets. I absolutely love flowers but last night opened my eyes, a florist is seriously hard work but it was all bouquet in the end. My friends recently had a van makeover, although it seems to be confusing a lot of people, does no one get the word association!!??  Botany any flowers recently? Don't get it....bought any flowers recently. 
Since the new year I've been writing one motivational love letter a week and leaving it for someone to find. Every Sunday night I head to the craft room and pen my letter then during the week I'll choose my moment to leave it, could be in a tree or on a bus stop or anywhere. You never know who will find the letter but I hope that my letters have brought a few smiles the people who picked found them!
To share some love today I've filled some tiny envelopes with a message of love, some hearts and a chocolate, I'll go for a walk later and give them to people. 
Have a great weekend everyone xx

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Roll with it

Vintage wallpaper is very hard to come by in Belfast of course you can buy it on the internet but it's usually pretty expensive and can only be bought in one off rolls. So you can imagine my excitement after a visit to Nobletts in Belfast (amazing wallpaper shop!!) finding a Swedish design wallpaper originally made in 1974. It was love at first sight! Nobletts has a wallpaper for everyone! People of Belfast do not wallpaper until you've visited!!! A roll was purchased and was put to use in project number one, another little craft room makeover! I've lost count how many times this room has changed! I added more crates, painted them all white, added some of the wallpaper and rearranged all my bits and bobs.
Lots of wallpaper left! So planning another little makeover with it very soon! I'll leave you with this, two other wallpapers that caught my eye, fabulous flamingo and colourful one that was right up my street! Have a great weekend everyone! 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Rainbow room

It's a snowy day in Belfast, it might be white everywhere outside but inside it's like a rainbow has exploded. I've dubbed our spare room the rainbow room because there's so much colour going on and this week I added just a bit more with a retro fabric scraps garland. It was very easy to make, I cut the strips of fabric, folded and glued the tops back to create a loop, held in place with a clothes peg until the glue dried, then threaded the strips onto white string. I'd like to make a giant version. 
Hope you're all having a great week! I'm off to write my February to do list! 

Sunday, 25 January 2015


Well it seems January has been a bit of a blogging holiday! Sometimes blogging is like that, there will be times I feel like I could blog everyday, there are times when I don't blog for weeks, I don't like to worry about it too much, just go with the flow and see what happens. The jobs on the January to do list are getting done which I'm happy about, jobs still to do are have two new lights fitted in our living room and clean the car. One thing I did get ticked off was to repaint our shower room. It's been 5 years since we decorated, the tiles were originally peach, we used a tile paint but over the years it had become chipped, time for a wee freshen up. Amazing what a lick of fresh white paint and a couple of bulbs (only one was working before!) can do to brighten up a room!
The floor had a paint job too and I put the window blind (actually a tablecloth) to the roof, it lets more light in and makes the ceiling feel taller. I swapped wicker drawers for a gold tea trolley to house the bathroom bits and bobs and an ever growing plant collection. Happy with the result and to have another job ticked off the list! 
Hope you're all having a good year so far!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Little changes

This year instead of New Years resolutions I've got a monthly to do list! This months list includes get a haircut, clean the car, bring healthy snacks to work, amongst others, all very do-able! Number ten on the list was to make some changes to our living room. A while back I'd used some apple crates in our living room as storage, the changes saw them go, now being used under the stairs as shoe storage and in the space they left behind a reshuffle of the lovely retro ladies art to make space for a new picture. I bought this picture about 2 years ago, from a charity shop, where else?! And it's been under the bed in the spare room ever since! Not good! I've also rehomed the deer collection from the glass cabinet to make space for the big lads ever growing library. So just some little changes, I like to keep things fresh and I'm happy to have finally hung the picture!

What are you changing this year? 
Have a great weekend everyone x

Friday, 2 January 2015

Drab to Fab

Happy new year to you all! I'm hoping 2015 will be a healthy and happy year! With some crafty and home projects thrown in!
2014 finished off with one final sewing project using a beautiful piece of vintage floral fabric my sister had given me for Christmas. We have recently bought a new bed from Ikea, the plain headboard wasn't doing it for me. Then came the lightbulb moment! I'll make a headboard cover from the fab floral fabric. As usual I rushed into the project and completely forgot the measure twice cut once rule. I sewed the cover a little on the tight side but after a strength giving bowl of hot porridge and Nutella (try it! Honestly best breakfast ever!) I managed to squeeze the cover onto the headboard, here's how it's looking now, and how it'll be until I have to cut it off! In 2015 I must learn to slow down!
The bed before
The fabulous floral fabric
In my book you can never have too many floral patterns, this gorgeous Marks and Spencer's bedspread was a charity shop find. 
Happy 2015! 

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Merry kitschmas

I hope you're all having a lovely Christmas!
 Every year I collect more decorations for our tree, mostly I pick them up in charity shops. Here are a few of my favourites.
This year I've also made a kitsch Nativity scene, using a nectarine crate, tinsel and a few favourite kitsch creatures as Mary and Joseph, the three wise men and a shell baby Jesus. 
I had to make a few changes after the big lad suggested Joseph was too girly and that I'd forgotten the Three Wise Men. 
All lit up by the light of tea lights and the glow from the new lava lamp, a gift to the big lad after having broken his about 13 years ago. 
Hope you're all having a great Christmas x