Sunday, 28 September 2014

Fall-ing in love with autumn...all over again...

Hello! Well, what a crazy busy week it has been! School trips, work commitments, celebrations and 'normal life' have filled every second with a sense of  'busy'! But, I have finally managed to dress the mantel in the living room for autumn. I like to change things for every season, and this September has been no different. I did however, decide to try something a little different than usual for this beautiful season. I do love autumn...It is almost like nature is taking a deep breath, pausing, waiting, before it exhales a warm glow over an ever changing landscape. Nature is painting a pallet of gold, rust, crimson and warm browns, comforting colours to usher us gently from the brights of summer into the deep of winter.

Autumn, to me, is a time of feathering one's nest, in preparation for the long cold winter that will soon come knocking. I imagine the little woodland creatures hunting and gathering, wisely making hay while the sun still shines! So, for the mantel, I decided to go for a woodland theme with an autumnal feel...

A leafy garland, carefully sewn together and hung from the mantel...


























I found the free printable on Pinterest...A great reminder that we should be grateful for this season, for the harvest is to come...

A few happy creatures...Mr Bear, Raccoon and a feisty little fox...I drew the template for the bear myself, but the raccoon and fox were featured in 'Mollie Makes', and can be found online.


























Some woodland toadstools perhaps?













































































A few woodland tales so we can snuggle and read together...'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Squirrel's Autumn Search', 'It takes two to twit-twoo', and 'Freddy and the Fairy'...We love nothing more than cosy story time on a crisp autumn evening...


























A few pumpkins and painted pine cones for a bit of colour!



















































And so we fall in love with autumn...all over again!

Blessings


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Feeling out of sorts!

Hello my lovelies! This week has been a funny old one...An I am feeling-out-of-sorts' kind of a week...My mind is just all over the place, like a very confused chameleon on a Smartie box! I keep telling myself in my best 'Mr. Miyagi' voice...'Focus Daniel son!'.....Okay, so I'm not called Daniel, but you get my drift! I need to focus. 

When I feel like this, it's usually because the house is in a mess, I've got a 'to do list' as long as King Kong's arm, and I'm running around like a headless chicken trying to fit seven days into twenty four hours! And what do I do? I try oh so very hard to tackle THAT list, and I am somewhat productive, and equally, so easily distracted! I'm not going to bore you with a long wordy post, as I've got to go and pop some pizzas in the oven (slummy mummy today!)... the hungry bears are starting to growl! 

So...A week in pictures...

A little rearranging in the kitchen...


























An attempt at getting organised...so that I can flourish...


























My 'creative environment', a little tidier than usual...


























A few pretties to cheer me up...












































































And the distraction to avoid the 'real' housework...'Do you want to build a snowman?' My second attempt at needle felting...


























And a little sewing of course! New bunting for the bathroom window...












































































My mind is still in a funny old place, but I suspect equilibrium will be restored soon...I hope! It's been a week of doing lots, but actually not that much at all! Tomorrow is another day...

Blessings


Monday, 1 September 2014

Goodbye summer...Hello September...



Hello my lovelies! Today's post is bittersweet...I have so enjoyed the balmy days of summer, so it is with a heavy heart that I look to September! The temperatures are changing, days are drawing in, and the children are getting ready to step onto the  'back-to-school-treadmill'! But, it's brief...I only need to cast my mind to all the goodness that comes with the month that leads us to autumn...crunchy, rusty leaves under foot, wholesome orchard offerings such as black berries, plums and gleaming apples, ready for the picking to create hearty apple pies and crumble puddings, jams for the store cupboard, and fresh fruit for the fruit bowl. 



I love that soon, I will be wrapping up in a woolly blanket, fingers hugging a warm cuppa, book on my lap, mind drifting off to new adventures...



The changing season will bring with it candle lit evenings around the record player, listening to Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf', whilst sipping hot, marshmallowy chocolate, waiting for the deep, harrowing sounds of the three horns to get us all shouting...'watch out Peter, the wolf is coming!' We have already indulged in this past-time...a lazy pyjama morning before the mayhem commences!


































There will be sewing...A LOT of sewing...


































...and baking...


































So, perhaps the heart need not be so heavy at bidding summer farewell...After all, it will return again. But for now, it is....


































Blessings






Monday, 25 August 2014

Going for gold

Today I'm thinking interior trends. And then I look at my home, the way it has evolved over time, and I cannot stick a particular 'style label' on it! I love so many different elements of varying styles...a little bit of shabby chic...country cottage charm...bohemian boldness...vintage and retro! It is unfortunate, as it creates a bit of a jumble, especially as I'm not particularly 'minimalist' in my ways! So, I think I'll opt for the 'lived in' look...A style (for lack of a better word!) that speaks of personal loves and collections gathered over time, a kind of personal 'storybook style', as it tells the story of our lives! Visitor's often refer to our home as a dolls house, as it clearly shows that I like to play house! I style and dress our home purely with things we love, nothing is too contrived or thought out. If I like it, I'll home it! Of late I have fallen in love with what I can only refer to as 'grown-up style', influenced mainly by the work of TV host and interior stylist, Emily Henderson. She is one trendy lady, and I like her mix of colour and textures. Here's a little taster of her own personal home...Oh, that chair!



Now, the trends for 2014 have incorporated bold geometric patterns, like chevrons and stripes, teal has made a real surge in popularity, and the mix of mid-century (1950's/1960's) and modern has had me pouring over the pages of interior magazines. It's such a vibrant, bold look, and I sometimes wish I could pull it off, wall to wall, ceiling to floor! But, that would mean a whole different change in budget! So, I choose to incorporate small changes of trends that appeal to me into our home, to lift things a little and create interest.



One of the most popular trends for 2014 has definitely been the use of metallic accents, be it copper, bronze or gold. I have never been a fan of dripping gold and opulence, but I do think that the use of gold accents can add an air of sophistication and freshness. I have tackled a few projects to show just how easily (and cheaply!) this can be done. I set to work, armed with nothing but a tin of gold spray paint and a bit of masking tape. The idea was to 'update' objects already owned, or cheaply thrifted ones.



































First off...the mini globe...Sprayed with gold paint, and then covered in glittery snowflakes, it now adds a touch of quirky glamour to my dressing table...


























The enamel bucket, beautiful in it's simplicity, is jazzed up with a touch of gold for an instant update...As is an old favourite Celtic vase...Simply mark of the area you'd like to add your gold accent to, and spray away!


























And now for a little project I like to call 'glam-a-gnome'...Okay, maybe not THAT sophisticated, but certainly a bit of fun! A jewelry holder, perfect for stray earrings...


























A few shells got the gold treatment too. They look lovely among unpainted ones in a bowl, or scattered neatly on the coffee table...






















































Will you be going for gold? Let's face it, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I'll take a few small trendy sips this week...

Blessings





Friday, 15 August 2014

Sail Away...

'Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes'

There is something so very magical about the way the waves kiss the shoreline, and nothing soothes your soul quite like the feeling of sand between your toes, and the waves drowning out your woes...To me, the biggest joy of summer is a day spent at the beach. Having enjoyed the most perfect two days at the English Coast not so long ago, I came home dreaming about sailing away...


























Three boats went a sailing...'Love', 'Joy' and 'Hope'...Do you remember folding paper boats and setting them to sail in a puddle? Making these took me all the way back to my childhood...



I figured that I'd like to surround myself with reminders of happy, sunny, beachy days...And so, the dresser has been redressed...again...Let's go to the beach...


























Let's build a sandcastle...



















































...and spend our pocket money on some rock...
These Batger's Confectioner tins were a boot sale find. They have been around for more than fifty years...at least...so nostalgic...


























Honeycomb 'beach balls'...


























A cheery summer dresser...



















































Ready for a day at the beach? Let's sail away...

Blessings