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.
Our studio workspace is without doubt the most revolutionary addition to our lives since moving. Ever since I quite my job and started my business full time I’ve been working from the dining room table. I’m sure there are many out there that can empathise with this newbie struggle, although when I was doing it I felt like I was the only one who didn’t have a lovely designated workspace, or even just a desk!! In our old teeny or shall we say ‘cosy’ flat, we had to make the choice between a dining table or a desk for me. There honestly wasn’t room for both and with us really valuing having people into our home for meals, it wasn’t really a choice.
So friends, I’ve finally gotten around to putting together our bedroom tour. Progress has been slow on getting rooms sorted in our new flat. Somehow these things just end up being a lot more drawn out than you think and then there are little touches you want to add that you put off for a while…and then a little more. Anyway I’m pumped to show you the rest of the pad, having only really shown you the dining area, but we’ll start here.
Well friends it’s my birthday today and the final year of my twenties (sob sob). Knowing this fact is a massive improvement on a few months ago when I whole heartedly told someone I was 26. Oh dear, what a shock to realise that wasn’t the case when I did the maths! Anyone else struggle with keeping up with how old you are??
Anyway today isn’t going to be super flashy. For starters I’ll be out the house before 9am to set up for church but it’s pretty tip top to be spending the day with church family to be honest, along with my parents who’ll be coming up for lunch. With all the Blogtacular, workshops and Venice trip (did I mention I’m headed there for work eeek) craziness I’ve had to postpone full on celebrations to next Friday but In the spirit of celebrating another year closer to 30 and another year wiser as they say, I’ve decided to treat you all to a mega giveaway of goodies! You can win ALL of the above (worth over £100) in one fell swoop, perfect for all you paper & stationery lovers out there…I know you’re out there. I’ve picked out all my faves from the shop for you to get your hands on, simply by entering at the end of this post. There are some compulsory ways to enter along with some optional extras for bonus entries.
Here’s a little slice of Sunday calm for you all. I’ve become increasingly doe eyed over the neutrals interior movement, craving a break from a harsher monochrome vibe to tones that are softer around the edges. I look at these images and instantly feel serene, conjuring up the idea of a soft, linen duvet in Summer (something I’ve only experienced on holidays I must confess). I love the addition of blush pinks, soft grey blues and the lightest of mint greens to lift the creams, whites and beiges. These muted hues marry perfectly together, giving enough contrast without all the drama.
All photos by Chris Snook
I’m very excited to have our flat featured on Houzz UK today! I love a good home tour myself, mainly because I’m nosey when it comes to interiors. I get great thrills going through the key hole and filling up on some interiors inspiration! I’m that creepy person that peers into peoples front rooms when they have the light on at night. In fact we’ve spent 5 days staying in an AirBnb across the road (madness) while our bathroom was finally seen to and I spent most of the time imagining what I would do to the flat if I lived there. Obviously a very productive use of my time but I did lots of work too, I promise.
Since arriving back from Budapest it very feels like it’s time to take the bull by the horns and throw myself head first into the run up to Christmas. I can’t live in denial any longer. To kick things off I’ve added a bunch of new products to the shop! I’m excited to reveal a new selection of prints, including a completely customisable print where you can decide on the phrase or sentiment, as well as the size and colours. Not only does it mean you can get exactly what you want, it also makes a great Christmas gift for someone special. There’s nothing quite like a personal touch. Find all of them right here.
A couple of weeks ago I got a little peek, along with some other lovely bloggers at a sparkly new product from British Gysum’s Rooms Made For You. The Lifestyle Wall was introduced to us by Channel 4’s George Clarke as ‘a total interiors game changer’ and so I was obviously left with high expectations, eagerly awaiting an explanation of how this magical product worked. I can safely say with the bar set high, I wasn’t disappointed. The Lifestyle Wall is the cream of the crop in plasterboard for your walls. At the mention of plasterboard I realise you may have just nodded off but this stuff can make your creative plans for every wall in your home a dream come true with it being easier, stronger, faster, cleaner and reusable. Why haven’t we all heard about this before?…well exactly.
I’m Hi folks! I’m really excited to reveal my DIY as part of the Voyage wallpaper challenge. Let me introduce you to Voyage and their ultra gorgeous range of patterned wall art, hand painted and digitally printed on non-woven paper.I fell particularly hard for their new ‘Iridescence’ collection in the Voyage Studio Line range in all its dreamy watercolour glory. I picked the Jadu Grenadine design, inspired by the effect that light can have on colour to create a dramatic shimmering look and feel. When the roll arrived it was even more beautiful and vibrant in real life than in the pictures. The design manages to hold such an array of colours without looking gaudy.
Things have gotten a little bit messy around here! Today I’m sending out my appreciation for all things paint splattered. I just love this simple technique that’s so spontaneous that’s so spontaneous and full of life. I even created my own DIY so I could roll up my sleeves and embrace the novelty of flying paint. Here’s a selection of ideas to either buy or DIY. I have to say if you’re a bit intimidated by following a DIY tutorial then this is a great way to start. There’s no intricate painting or tricky technique just go wild like a kid at nursery.
Whether you want to try your hand at creating your own or you’d rather something gorgeous sent straight to your door, go ahead and enjoy!
Happy hump day! I’m bringing you an easy but effective DIY idea to fill some space on your wall. I do love myself some statement wall art and this only requires minimal supplies, so why not eh? Try hanging it with a cluster of other lovely wall prints or prop up on a shelf to add a pop! This project really will make you feel like you’re back in primary school, splattering paint all over the place and cutting paper strip brings back the nostalgia of making paper chains. I think it somewhat therapeutic actually! I’ve even made a little downloadable template to make it really simple…simple enough for primary school some might say.
Mount it in a plain black frame for maximum impact and match with other art from your home. I used to be all about white frames but the more I work onto white backgrounds the more I realise how well a black frame can finish off a piece. In all honesty I probably have enough white in my flat as it is (you may have noticed *blush*).
Well hello! No need to panic, I’m still alive and kicking! I say this as the one who’s fully aware I haven’t posted in over a week, whilst realising you probably haven’t even noticed. Throw a holiday on the horizon into an already busy season of work and it makes for carnage! Anyway I’m not going to babble on about workload. It is what is is and all you self employed fellow team mates out there will empathise with getting (or not) the right balance.
The reason I’m posting this is to show you one of the many things I’ve been up to recently. I don’t tend to share my private commissions in this space anymore but this one was such fun and so beautifully photographed that I thought, why not?!
OK, let’s talk about my sofa. No joke, it’s been bothering me for quite a while now, in all it’s brown and bulky glory! Whenever I walk into the living room each morning it offends my sleepy eyes without fail and I really have been longing for one that actually fits in with the rest of our aesthetic or at least doesn’t look like such an imposter. Don’t get me wrong, I was very thankful to inherit a free sofa when we got married and it’s withstood some serious wear and tear along with numerous spillages but try as I might I just can’t learn to love the deep brown colour and chunky style.
I decided to extend my current obsession into a tropical montage of greenery! Oh I do love a palm, whether in a pot or printed onto fabric. Considering how much I don’t love green as a colour, it’s strange that as soon as it takes on plant form I totally change my tune and champion it! Here’s some summery inspiration to try making or to spend your pennies on!
Prompted by Hive’s Coming Home campaign, I’ve once again been thinking about what I love coming home to. Last week I shared a recipe that always makes me want to run home and gobble it up. This week I was having a little ponder about what I love to come home to when I’ve been away for a longer period of time. When I go away somewhere warm, I actually never want to come home but there’s always that one niggling thing that doesn’t match up wherever you go away and that’s a good night’s sleep in your own bed! Other beds just never feel quite the same do they? Perhaps because you get so used to how squishy your mattress is. Even when I get to experience luxury (an infrequent occurrence) somewhere else, it’s still a little bit creepy to be sleeping in sheets that many a punter has been wrapped in!
I’m a big fan of coming home to my own bed. It’s not a pretty bed and the mattress is very old but it still calls out to me every time. Issue number one is beds generally reside in bedrooms and I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of our bedroom. A big part of that was because until recently it was always 10 degrees colder than the rest of the house. That may be a teeny exaggeration but unless it was Summer, you were hit with a frosty wall of cold each time you crossed the threshold. The problem was that the top window couldn’t shut tight and so that left a pesky draft chilling the whole room. Since having that sorted out the room has felt a lot more inviting. It is however still destined to be a slightly colder room and I generally wasn’t at all in love with the decor. It seemed sparse and uninviting.
Obviously there’s only so much you can do in a rented flat. My dream of stripping the carpets and wallpaper and painting the walls and floors white are exactly that, a dream. So I settled for a little bedroom update to add some smaller touches, hopefully making it a room I wanted to be in as much as my bed.Read more
This is later than promised but better late than never! I’ve added three more prints to my Etsy shop so you can pop over and have a gander. I particularly had fun with these three, getting my spontaneous brush strokes in gear and making a bit of a mess.
Hello! Well I’m excited to release four of my seven new prints today! They were all originally made with ink and watercolour (my obvious favourites). I really love creating new prints and having a license to go crazy with reams of paper….all over our dining room table. I’m the kind of person who loves coming up with loads of ideas and versions at once and then coming back to the pile the next day with a fresh head to select the ones I scan in and work up. That seems work for me.
I found out that I won the room makeover challenge, hooray! You may remember the print I made for it and now you can buy it from my Etsy shop, double hooray! If you fancy adorning your walls with this inky number then you can find it right here. A little note to say a change on delivery in my shop. If you buy two prints then postage is the same price as one so that’s pretty handy!
Have a fun weekend!
I hope you all had lovely weekends enjoying the sun and making the most of the extended light hours. Mine was a longer weekend than usual with a fun Birthday Friday off and lots of treats but now…time to get back on it! To start the week, here are three shiny new prints that I’ve just added to the shop especially to brighten up your Monday! Click on over to my Etsy shop for a closer look.
Have you seen the brand new Etsy Uk advert? It’s so exciting to see time and effort being poured into the promotion of independent designer makers and sellers. Go Etsy! If you haven’t seen it then here it is…
It’s half way through the week and time to roll out another DIY idea for you people, along with two free downloadable prints to freshen up or fill any bare space on your walls, yay! We have a lot of white walls in our flat which is great but means there’s lots of space to fill otherwise the whole place can look quite clinical rather than homey. These free prints are adapted from a previous desktop TLC so you may well recognise them if you’ve got a beady eye. Freebies all round!
- Trouser clamp hangers
- White paint
- Copper spray paint
- Washi or masking tape
- Foam brush
- Delcate paint brush
- A4 thick paper or card
- Scalpel & ruler
- Downloadable prints
- Firstly tape over the wooden base with your tape. I used a mixture of washi tape and sellotape in the end. Use smaller pieces around the metal.
- Lay out some old fabric or paper and spray the top section of your hanger with copper spray paint. Repeat light coats until it’s all covered. Leave to dry.
- Peel off the tape and paint the wooden section with white paint. Use a foam brush to paint it white and use the delicate brush to tackle the trickier part where the metal joins.
- Leave to dry and then do a second coat of paint.
- Download your free prints and print onto card. Scalpel around the white edges.
- Clamp your wall art and hang wherever you so wish!
Happy hanging and I’ll just get back to my sick bed…boooo! I’m looking forward to a night in to try and beat this weird sicky cold rubbish. It seems more than wrong when the sun is beaming down outside but I hope you’ve managed to get out and enjoy it today.
I decided to use my extended Christmas break to do a few DIY projects around the house. You know, the kind you’ve been meaning to do for about a year but life’s priorities take over and prettifying your house moves right to the bottom of the pile (and rightfully so). Anyway I’d been staring at this wall for a while, longing for it to be filled with lovely pictures. Today I’m showing you how to make one of the simple DIY additions to this space. The project title reads ’embroidery’ but I use that word loosely as it conjures up the idea of time consuming, precision work when this is actually a total doddle.
You will need…
- The downloadable gem template and paper to print
- Embroidery hoop (8 or 6 inch diameter)
- White spray paint for wood or you can use white paint for wood
- Washi tape
- Square of cotton fabric (less than 1/4 metre)
- Embroidery thread in your chosen colour
- Embroidery needle (thick enough to take your embroidery thread)
- All-purpose glue and a paint brush
- Separate the two wooden circles. I would advise spray painting your frame as it’s quicker and you get more even coverage but as I had some white paint to hand I used that instead. Use some tape to cover the metal screw section that opens the frame to protect it from the paint.
- Spray both sections on one side and leave to dry face up on some paper. Then spray the other sides and when dry remove the tape.
- Download the gem template and print off. There are two different templates depending on what size hoop you are using. I used an 8 inch hoop.
- Lay your fabric square over the paper and mark each point with a pencil dot. If you are using a heavier weight fabric which makes it hard to see through, poke through the paper with your pencil to mark the points.
- Then get your gem shape central in the hoop and sandwich between the two wooden circles. Tighten the metal screw to make sure the fabric is taught.
- Thread your needle and start joining up the points. Make sure you knot the thread when you start and finish and pull tight. Don’t worry about what the back looks like as no one will see if you follow the lines of the shape.
- Then trim the excess fabric around the hoop leaving about 1 inch of fabric. You can then paint some of the all purpose glue around the wooden circle at the back, using your paintbrush. Stick down the extra inch of fabric so that it can no longer be seen from the front (pull tight).
- Now you can hang your art on the wall.