It’s my first time back on the blog since the birth of our little babe! If you follow me on Instagram you may know we had Magda Lisbeth Muncey on the 12th September at 10.17am and have been besotted with her ever since. It’s crazy that the last post all about her nursery was scheduled ahead of time to go out on what happened to be the day she was born! All the prep that went into getting ready for her and now she’s here and yet it feels like she’s always been a part of the family. One of the things I did in the weeks leading up to her birth was this cute DIY project and now I have a little bean to make use of it…and to lend me her modelling abilities.
Well this is overdue, a little like our baby really! Lots of deadlines at the end of August meant that getting the nursery sorted was pretty far down the priority lis, which I found really hard as those typical nesting urges were welling up! Yes, I realise you don’t need a fully kitted out nursery for a newborn but I really wanted to have the enjoyment of preparing in that way and having the time and capacity to make little bits and pieces for it. I’d been putting away things for a while and just wanted it to all finally come together and I’m so happy with the outcome.
You may remember that last month I teamed up with Shurgard to create a home DIY for their blog. This month I’m following on from that with another idea for repurposing your home items to serve as new, shiny storage. The month I’ve taken it down a more decorative route with this collection of vases, sure to make a statement in any room of your house. Yes, you might be picking up on some oriental vibes and I have to admit I have been loving that look lately, which I didn’t see coming!
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I love having people into our home for meals. It’s something we do every week and being able to fit a dining table in our space has always been top priority each time we’ve moved flat. There’s something really special about having people in your home over food, whether they’re old friends or people you barely know yet. Dinner doesn’t have to be elaborate for everyone to have a great time but I have to say some stylish tableware goes a long way to making the whole set up feel more luxurious than it really is. I think I’m a pro at fooling my guests into thinking I’ve put more effort in than I really have and I’m not ashamed to admit it. To demonstrate this, I’ve teamed up with Villeroy & Boch to explore the art of combining ‘old and new’ for a table that ‘wows’ without the laborious slog.
The beginning of September marks the start of Autumn which usually sends me into a bit of a spin. I’m a creature that craves light and warmth in abundance so sometimes the transition can be a bit tricky for me…any one else? In the past it’s even made me quite down, grieving those long Summer days while everyone harps on about scarves and pumpkin spiced lattes as if they’re a decent substitute. Having said that I usually just need to remind myself that Autumn means things get cosy again, giving us a whole new appreciation for ‘staying in’. Cue the blankets, candles and warm cups of tea making they’re way out of hibernation and back into our home. When that’s on the cards the changing of the season doesn’t sound half as bad. While the leaves will start to turn a rainbow of firey shades I’ll probably still be lamenting the lack of Summery blooms I see on my walks but that doesn’t mean I need to go without flowers in my life!
Obviously in doing up our nursery my head started rumbling with a million DIY projects I wanted to do. Sadly I had to reign in my long list and get realistic about how much time I had. One thing I knew I definitely wanted was to make a baby mobile to go above the cot and along with this knew it was essential for it to include pom poms…because I can’t get enough of them in bubba’s room right now! It’s an irrational obsession. I perused beautiful mobile’s online and ‘ooed and aahed’ over them but they all seemed to cost a small fortune, something we don’t currently have. This option means you can have your own without breaking the bank, as well as picking your colours accordingly.
Why am I writing this post?…well to be honest I never planned to but I was a little blown away by the response to my 30th Birthday Instagram post. I listed how much had happened in the last decade and one of the things on that list was overcoming Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I didn’t think much of it but so many people asked if I was going to write a post about my experience and what my tips were that I felt like it probably justified me giving some time to explaining. So often these days it seems like a distant memory, something I can forget I had, possibly because I’ve stopped fearing it will come back. Having said that, when I do take a moment to dwell on the experience I remember just how awful and limiting it was. My whole life became very different and it’s effects were far reaching, so recalling it all makes me incredibly grateful to no longer suffer from it. Recovery was a massive answer to prayer, prayers I always knew might not be answered with the outcome I craved.
I’m not going to lie, it’s taken me a little while to fully immerse myself in the magical land of baby shops and buying anything myself. Pre 20 weeks it felt a bit wrong to be buying things and I think after the events of last year I didn’t quite believe it was real. I don’t believe in tempting fate but I do know that having a room filled with baby gear and sweet little details would make things a whole lot harder if anything did go wrong. I really got into browsing for bubs in my third trimester and first of all I was confronted with a sea of rainbow colours and plastic, cheap looking rubbish. I was thinking surely it doesn’t have to be like this, especially when the baby is too young to care about what things look like themselves? Why do adults with more minimal tastes need to subject themselves to this trippy funfair? I get, that some people may well love this colourful, playful vibe but I was sure there had to be something out there for those of us who don’t.
Things swing in roundabouts don’t they? I remember loving myself a statement earring at uni. I was all about those big ol’ gems in my ears for a night out or even just a trip in for some studio time. My mum used to call them my Pat Butcher earrings and that was probably a reasonably accurate description. Then I turned my attentions to necklaces and layering them up for many years while my ears saw very little action, in fact part of me wondered if they’d closed up completely. But hear we are again and I’m loving a statement earring!
Well I’m well and truly into my third trimester and it feels like it too. It’s a little taster of what general body movement might feel like for me at 70 + years old and it turns out it’s hard work. Back in the transition between second and third trimester we booked to go away for a little babymoon of sorts which I really felt was much needed by the time it came around. The second trimester was a heck of a lot easier than the dark days of the first which I chatted about a bit here.