Hi there, how was your weekend? I had a lovely time in Kent with my family being spoiled for my birthday – we indulged in a cream tea, fancy food and lots of birthday cake. The diet’s gone out the window this week but that’s what birthdays are for right?
It’s been a while since my last ‘recent happenings’ update so I’m using tonight’s Sunday night feeling to catch up with you all.
Reading: Philippa Gregory’s ‘The King’s Curse’.
Visiting: Canterbury in Kent, where I indulged in a little birthday shopping, followed by a visit to Chilham village for a cream tea.
Making: Autumn displays and flower arrangements for our home.
Seeing: The Saturdays in concert with my gorgeous, very sweet and very excited 9 year old niece.
Planning: Blog posts, a DIY tutorial and my next MA assignment!
Have a wonderful week folks and enjoy the autumn weather. Here’s hoping it’s not too rainy.
Images via Celebrate Creation. From top right: A rainy evening in Richmond, Surrey; Tudor houses in Chilham, Kent; flowers from the Handmade fair a few weeks ago; The Saturdays in concert.
It’s no secret around here that navy blue is my go-to choice of colour for bathrooms. We’ve been working on updating our bathroom for a while now, saving and completing aspects of the interior as we go. Today I’m sharing our progress so far…
Our first step was to paint the walls in a deep navy blue and change the existing bath tiles for white subway tiles.
My sister gave me the vintage mirror which we decided to hang on the wall as a gift. I like the way is gives this room a focal point when you first walk in and also that it reminds me of her when I look at it.
There are still a few finishing touches required, such as a bathroom blind. I can’t find one that I like at the moment and as we don’t have any neighbours who look over our back garden, and the glass is frosted, I’m happy to wait a little longer until we find the right one.
We’ve had the pressure to our shower improved which means there are no more ‘dribble’ showers in this house! The next step is to update the hardware, which will hopefully mean a new shower head and taps. I’m dreaming of a nice, wide shower head which will make showers on those cold winter mornings ahead a less daunting prospect. I have my eye on something like this:
It is from Mira showers and it’s easy to get lost whilst you browse the wide variety of shower heads on their site!
We have a lot of white in the room which helps to balance the dark navy. Our bathroom is on the snug side and so it would be easy for the room to seem even smaller with such a deep colour if we didn’t have lighter accessories and tiles. We’re still progressing with the room but I’m happy with how far we’ve come. It’s great to see projects planned and dreamt of brought to life.
If you are searching for more inspiration, you can see some other navy blue ideas on my bathroom Pinterest board.
Images via Celebrate Creation and Mira Showers
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Mira Showers. However all opinions are my own and the bathroom makeover was not influenced by Mira Showers.
Autumn is well and truly here and I love it. It’s my favourite season of the year and October is my birthday month and so I suppose I’ve associated this season with treats and fun times with my loved ones for many years now!
This weekend has been blessed with good friends. I managed to catch up with some very much missed friends on Friday night, we had people over for a steak last night and we got to spend the afternoon with our church home group today. Toby and I feel so blessed to have so many loving people in our lives.
I also spent some time on Saturday with Angie, who is part of this great postal book club. I read about it yesterday and I want to join one! I’m going to write a more detailed post about this in the week but the crux of it is that I’ve decided to set up my own postal book club so if you fancy joining me, keep any eye out this week for further information on how you can join in. In the meantime I’m going to quiz Angie on how her club works ;)
Have a great week folks,
Images Celebrate Creation
Well here it is. My first attempt at the #styling the seasons challenge! I wrote about this concept in last week’s Friday links and spent some time last weekend thinking about where and how to style a space in our home. I decided upon the kitchen as we have recently been painting in there and trying to give the area a bit of a face lift. Also we have a thin black picture shelf which I thought would be easy to style by adding a few autumnal touches. We use the shelf to house our big, beautiful station clock and trust me, it’s not easy to be late in our house with that huge thing ticking away at you every morning.
I made these little pumpkins last year and am glad to be able to use them again this year. Toby thinks I’m a little crazy as I like to make garlands or other bits and pieces to decorate our home with each year but I think it’s great. It’s a way for me to create traditions in our home.
Talking of garlands, I made the leaf one you can see in the picture in about an hour last weekend. Such a simple, quick project to do. I’m writing a tutorial on it which I’ll share soon.
The only thing that I would change about this styling is the height of some of the objects. Ideally I’d like a tall thin vase so that I can play around with height difference and create something a little more aesthetically pleasing. However I’ve lent my only tall vase to a friend so will do without for now!
Apologies that some of these images are on the dark side. I had to take the photographs before work as the sun has usually set by the time I get home and well, we’ve been having some very dark days in London recently!
Have you participated in styling the seasons? If so leave me a link in the comments so that I can see your post. If you haven’t tried it, why not give it a go? It’s a very creative way to spend an afternoon and I highly recommend it. You can find further information on it here.
Images Celebrate Creation
It’s raining and you just broke the zip on your favourite coat. Not only do you need to get to your meeting in the next 30 minutes, you also need to arrive calm and ready to present a new concept to your boss and some difficult co-workers.
Or perhaps you’re late, tired from being up all night with the children and needing to run to the shops to buy some milk before heading off to meet a friend. Whatever the situation, I’m sure you can identify with those days where everything seems to be going wrong and it’s up to you to fix it all. In these situations, how resilient are you?
I’m not talking about resilience as a super power which will enable you to glide effortlessly through life, never feeling or experiencing difficult emotions. The examples I opened with can be quite trivial but what if you have been trying to cope with an intensely pressurised environment at work over a period of time which shows no signs of easing? How do you keep on going? Maybe the problem isn’t at work but is in your personal life, such as battling an illness or coping with a tricky family relationship.
It can be difficult to know how to act for the best in these situations but recently I found it useful to complete the online resilience questionnaire from Robertson Cooper which identifies strategies you have in place that will support your resilience and then thoughts or actions that you may engage with that will hinder it. The resilience questionnaire refers to the workplace in the main, but I think it’s useful to try it out regardless of whether you are in paid employment or not. I certainly learnt a few things that gave me food for thought. For example, my organisation skills help me to cope with pressure at work and new changes, but at the same time may make me slightly inflexible when it comes to said new changes as I like to be prepared for events ahead of time and know details.
If you have a spare 20 minutes, why not give the questionnaire a try for yourself? Don’t forget to let me know how you get on and if you find the exercise useful.
This is not a sponsored post. Just another useful resource that I wanted to share with you all!
Good evening, how are you? I hope your weekend has been happy and restful. We had some friends over for dinner last night but our cooker broke on Friday so we were down to one electric ring to cook for them on! Oh well, it actually turned out to be quite funny so no harm done.
Apart from church, there’s nothing I like better than snuggling on the sofa with a book or making something on a Sunday. We tend to see friends and run errands on Saturday if possible so that Sunday can be calmer and give us a chance to catch up with one another. It doesn’t always work out that way but we try. Both Toby and I have quite busy full time jobs and also lots of evening commitments so it’s important to us to have a day on our own together. How do you spend your Sundays?
The little pumpkin in the picture above is an example of some of my most recent crafting projects. I made some last year but quite late in the Autumn and so didn’t really get much time to display them around the house. I’ve put them out already this year and am using them in my entry for #styling the seasons which I wrote about in Friday’s post below. I’ll post my styling the seasons entry later on this week for you to see.
Have a good week folks,
P.S: What do you think of the new colour palette? I didn’t really like the pink I had before but couldn’t change it on this theme so paid for an upgrade. Now I can change the colour to whatever I jolly well like. Promise not to go too kaleidoscope crazy on you!
Image: Celebrate Creation
What are your plans for this weekend? The weather has been gorgeous in London over the last couple of days so I’m hoping to don a pair of boots and go for an autumn walk on Sunday. I’ve been inspired to join in with #styling the seasons, a styling project run by two fellow bloggers – Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots. There’s a spot in our kitchen that could do with a little tlc so I’m going to start there.
We also have some friends coming over for dinner and family coming to stay so it’ll be a busy one but hopefully there will be some time to relax too!
Other links you may be interested in this week are a new way to get engaged from A Cup of Joe and metallic home décor inspiration from Home Shopping Spy.
Have a good weekend!
Image via beacon blankes
I’ve never thought of using a large canvas print in place of a feature wall before but when I saw this idea on Apartment Therapy via the Creative Canvas blog, it got me thinking of all the places I might like to try this out in my home. With that in mind, I wanted to stop by and share a competition with you today which is being run by Creative Canvas. You can see full details of the competition on their website for a chance to win a £100 gift voucher for their online store. All you need to do is create a board over on Pinterest with the hashtag #mycreativecanvas Inspiration, pin 5 of your favourite images from their collection, follow them and let them know you wish to enter by leaving a comment on their blog. Simple. I’ve started my board which you can see here.
Please do take a look at their blog if you wish to enter. The competition runs until October 8th.
Image via Apartment Therapy.
This is not a sponsored post, just thought I’d share as I’m joining in!
Green Gables stationary. A colleague of mine told me about this company last week as it is owned by her sister and she knows that I have a love for stationary. I spent a happy lunch hour last week scrolling through the different products for sale and here are some of my favourites:
Gratitude cards – nice to leave around the office for your colleagues.
Happiness jars – as well as stocking an ‘acts of kindness’ jar, there’s also a date night idea jar among others.
This would look great in my kitchen.
A realistic ‘to do’ list!
For more information and other products, stop by the Green Gables website. What are your favourite items?
Images: via Green Gables
Please note that this is not a sponsored post. I’m just sharing a stationary site that I like!
I decided to join in with the 1 day 12 pics challenge run by Michelle from My Creative and Emma Davies earlier on this month. It’s the first time I’ve ever joined in with something like this so it was unknown territory for me. The idea is to snap a photo every hour for 12 hours during your day. Well, I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t manage to take a photo an hour. I only took three! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, it was just that I didn’t feel as if what I was doing was particularly interesting as each hour passed and so I found it tricky to be inspired by my surroundings. For example, the first hour came and I was in Tesco trying to get a cardboard box for some cds that we have sold to music magpie. How can you make a yucky yellow and red supermarket and a cardboard box look appealing?
Still, that’s real life and often we can be duped by the edited versions of people’s lives so here I am just keeping it real for you all ;)
These are the images I did manage to take…
Outside a hotel in South Kensington high-street
Iced green bottles in Wholefoods
A much needed coffee break (in a superbusy South Kensington Starbucks. It wasn’t quite the relaxing 15 minutes I was hoping for).
So what have I learnt? Well mainly that I still need to inject some serious COLOUR into my photos. I feel like these are so boring! Also, I’d quite like to learn some tips and tricks for making everyday objects look beautiful. If you’re looking for the same, I recommend you take a look at Michelle’s day as she managed to take some amazing images and also had the idea to focus on a theme. Definitely stealing that idea!
Why don’t you join in next time?
Images via Celebrate Creation