Thursday, 19 June 2014

A new look...

Whoah! Someone turned the lights on in here!
I'm going for bright simplicity from now on rather than gloom. Another change is the blog name. I always hated it. It didn't make sense. So after two years I'm having a makeover. I may add things later. Hope you like...

I've just twigged that I've not been getting ANY blog emails at all for, um, a few months...
Told you I'm not very technical. Apologies if I haven't replied to people during this time. I have a massive backlog to work through, so if it's important, you might want to email me again.

 So, here's what's been going on. Connies First Holy Communion was lovely and she looked so sweet in the dress. I don't have a blogworthy pic but we get to do it all over again in a few weeks so I'll try harder then.

The sewing machine is put away and the kitchen cabinet doors are back in their rightful place on the dining table. I hung three yesterday...



 I'm getting there!

And created a bottom for the bottomless cupboard under the sink...


There was a drip that caused the bottom of the cupboard to perish before we bought the house...

I had some contiboard cut to size, and Bob's your uncle...


Turns out that the drip is still dripping which is a drag. Hence the jam jar.

I also removed a totally MINGING semi circular carousel from the corner cupboard and had a piece of contiboard cut to fit as a shelf in there which will make far greater use of the space.



Just waiting for the shelf supports to arrive!


The wallpaper decision making is still no further on. Just need one more sample to arrive.

Let me just leave you with a bit of prettiness...

I found this sampler at the flea market.


I got it for £18. Sometimes they sell for hundreds. I know nothing about what makes one valuable and one not so valuable but we love this one.



I love that Sarah Ann Jordan was seven when she worked this, same age as my daughter. I wonder who she was...


The frame was dark wood and I took it all apart, painted it with gesso and waxed it...


It's hanging above Connies bed. We had Bad Bobby stuffed as you can see. He's a lot less trouble now.

Kidding! He's alive and well but he's been out partying til 2am and won't smile for the camera this morning or get out of his bed. I know that feeling...



P.S. Did anyone else have the pleasure of watching 'The Auction House' on Channel 4 the other day? It's my new favourite show. I think 'Alpine Surgical' will be the new 'Shabby Chic!' Bahaha!



Treasure Hunt Thursday

21 comments:

  1. It's lovely to see the kitchen taking shape - I think I like the wall paper on the right (with a little red in it) best but I'll wait and see what the last one is like.

    That sampler is lovely! I don't know what makes one more valuable than another either but the name and age makes it priceless.

    Good name change, my blogs name has always been very important to me and it would have always bugged me if I'd felt it wasn't quite right.

    Looking forward to the Communion photos (and to see which dress YOU wore).

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    1. Yes, that one is very photogenic...
      Um, I ended up in a black lace dress with a pink coat. Very Kate Middleton I thought! xx

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  2. OH GIRL!!!!.....that sampler is to die for!!! I LOVE samplers, does it have a date stitched on it and love the new simple page xxxxx

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    1. I thought you'd like it Meg, I think we were separated at birth. xxxx

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    2. I KNEW IT!!!!! I must have been adopted ....Mum hates my "junk" :-) xxxxx

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  3. love it all especially that tub of vintage Ajax under the sink. When mine ran out couldn't find any anywhere :(

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    1. Haha! You are very observant this week! I'd forgotten that was there, it was a fleamarket find I couldn't resist. I think he let me have it without paying. xx

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    2. You can get Vim (never knew what the difference was between that and Ajax) at Wilkinsons! I much prefer it to cream cleaners for the bath and basin.

      Lizzie

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  4. Looks amazing, now I'm looking at my doors with a critical eye.... It's the doors or the darned leylandii taking over the drive, I think I know what's going to win! :(

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    1. Well you probably spend more time in your kitchen than you do on your drive! xx

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  5. The blog is looking smart, and that sampler is beautiful.
    BB's looking grumpy, leave him to sleep it off! xxx

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    1. Poor boy had to see the vet for the umpteenth time tonight to have his nether regions examined. Karma for keeping me up worrying about him? xxx

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  6. You are an inspiration! I love these cupboard doors and think you are doing an amazing job! When I get one of your blog posts by email I get very excited and think "oh goodee!!""

    Lizzie

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    1. Thank you so much Lizzie! You made my day! xx

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  7. Loving the new name and the clean lines - much more you! Loving BB and that pretty sampler !! xxx

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  8. I think your kitchen looks wonderful and your skills will put most men to shame. I cant do any diy sad to say, but I always argue I do everything else about the house and that is Tony's domain. I love your pretty sampler. I got two for about the same price earlier in the year which are in our spare room. I'm not sure what makes one more valuable than another either.

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    1. Thanks Anne. I thought it was a very good price. xx

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  9. Love the new blog. Definitely fits in with your style.

    Bad Bobby is gorgeous! Is that his basket or has he just adopted it in the way that cats do?

    I love the sampler. My mum has two like from the 1890's. They were done by a distant relative of my step dad.

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    1. Thanks Caroline.The cats are so very spoiled, I bought that dolls cot just for them.
      How lovely to have samplers from your own family! xx

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