Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Silly poem to my baby. May I never forget this time x

A letter to my baby, 
you're only 10 months old
getting stronger everyday,
(and heavier to hold)

I felt I had to put this down,
In so short time, you've come so far, 
And I dare not forget a moment, 
of how wonderful you are.          

You now stand unaided,
'Testing' every door, 
Such a sense of accomplishment,
Pulling open every drawer.

Your mobility amazes me,
already learned to climb the stairs,
cruising around the living room, 
supported by the chairs.

Your energy is unstoppable,
Until the time you go to bed,
Exploring every inch of ground,
(I need eyes in the back of my head!)

So I  tidy and I hoover,
I think I've managed every chore,
and you still find every little fluff,
that lingers on the floor...

 I'm sure it isn't tasty
but determined, you'll still try, 
and like lightning crawl away from me,
a cheeky glint across your eye.

Everything is an adventure,
so many things brand new ,
Often I wish I could see things,
from your sweet unjaded view.

Your laugh, it is infectious,
It never fails to make me smile
your sense of humour (so developed)
for such a tiny little guy

You feel emotions deeply
clench your fists and shout, when mad.
I can't help but chuckle to myself,
you're such a funny little lad,

There's only one food, that you don't like,
Blue veined Stilton cheese,
everything else goes down a treat
(especially strawberries and ice cream) 

Your a showman, love the lime light,
do lots of actions with your arms, 
you flirt with all the ladies,
with your cutest baby charm.

You love to be praised for doing things,
and turn to me, for reaction, 
playing games and reading stories,
you love the interaction, 

As for TV it's Waybaloo
that currently has your vote
and Disney films with singing in
(as you chew on the remote)

I think Queen Elsa' is still a favourite,
With that song, 'Let it go'
For the millionth time I've heard her, 
watched her running in the snow.

Dolly fast becomes a faithful friend 
both playing tug of war, 
but you are still a bit too interested 
in her tail, ears and paws.

You babble away, your made up words
a language sweet divine, 
you say say 'Muma', 'Dada', 'Hiya' too
and 'Yea' all the time 

There's very little that you hate, 
but getting dressed is number one, 
in 2nd place, closely behind,
Is the changing of your bum

The bath, is a favourite place, 
with rubber ducks and bubbles 
followed by a towel rub, 
and lovely mummy snuggles

Now your bathed and changed, and in your bed 
but of course it won't last long
your not quite yet accustomed 
to sleeping on your own.
But for a couple of hours i'll watch you,
on the baby monitor screen, 
chest rising up and down,
drifting in and out of dreams.

And every now and then, 
I'll come upstairs to watch you breathe,
my most amazing creation,
my beloved masterpiece.

Sofa Style Struggles...

After a long wait, my beautiful grey shaded leather sofa has NOT arrived! Safe to say, I'm not impressed, given that it has taken the company 3 weeks to inform me it will not be coming at all...
They apparently can no longer source the fabric. (Even though I was told it would be with me in a few days, TWICE!)

Anyway Rant over, onwards and upwards!

It took me a very, VERY long time to decide on the sofa in the first place, as I have never been a fan of the look of leather sofas, yet with a little mess machine, I thought modern and wipe-able won, over the more desirable teal Chesterfield.

A sofa is a strong focal point within any room design, and as I cannot source this same (or similar) from anywhere else, it looks as though the original living room plans have gone out of the window entirely.

Soft greys, heritage teals and ballet shoe pinks are shades of the past, for this house anyway.Delicate  accents, Moroccan tea-light holders, bohemian drapes and pom pom cushions no longer have a place within the new space; dictated and dominated by a soon to arrive BLACK AND WHITE COUCH!

I cannot believe I have said it, but yes, you read it right. They have offered me a different (more expensive) sofa set, for the same price (due to the inconvenience) a million miles away (to me) from what I had planned.... and I've ACCEPTED.

I am already starting to question this decision, but life throws these obstacles around, and to hell with it, I'm going to make it work. It isn't what I planned (by any stretch) and the sofa is more 'Starship Enterprise meets Formula One' than my intended 'Grey Serenity,' but I'm going with the flow. Room styling has taken a 180.

Here's hoping I CAN actually make it work into an artistic and eclectic space, rather than a tacky boy racer room...

I'm going to be bold (but not as bold as the sofa) and say Italian style and monochrome are always 'in' 'Classic even!?'

Here are some of my styling ideas.

Have I gone entirely mad?


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Chaos and Cupboards

So a fortnight ago, I wrote that I was moving house, and at that point I hadn't yet picked up a box...and now we're in!
 What a roller coaster it has been. Moving with a tiny 'wannabe toddler' just finding their feet is no task for the faint hearted I tell you! Last time I was moving whilst 8 months pregnant...I learnt both these lessons the hard way. I wave my flag, I am staying put.

So after the boxes being houses themselves, drums, chairs, hats, trampolines and many other objects (other than a box) they finally were filled, and moved to their new place of residence (some still waiting to be unpacked.) The furniture is also in and up, after plenty of dissembling and reassembling. Walls have been painted with help from a painting fairy (my mum) who spent in total approximately 24 hours up and down a ladder with me, in order to make this little house a home.

  I honestly would not have made it to this point without any help. I am the queen of doing everything myself, but I have quickly learnt that when you have a little living being as your main priority, you have to let go of a little control. I can't say I was happy to let go... but needs must, and Wholla, I've handed back my old keys, everything's here, and I'm not too far off schedule!  
Surrounded by chaos and cupboards, room plans awry,  couch-less and losing my mind; yet one day at a time I am getting closer to my desired results.

So far...

The 'nursery' has been painted in Dulux silk 'blue reflection' I am happy with the colour, yet would have preferred a matt finish...  however, sticky fingers have priority!

My room, I have painted 'Crushed Aloe' a gorgeous calming green, it's fresh and airy and only needed one coat!  I absolutely love my woodland view (from almost every window!) and this green really compliments the scenery, bringing the outside in.

The lounge... well this is an interesting one, I chose to mix my own paint, as I couldn't get my desired shade in a silk finish... (greasy palms/sticky fingers problem again) the first coat went on, and it was what most would describe as 'light black.' (Even Abigail Ahern would have been worried) yet luckily enough, after a rough sleep and a remix of the paint; (tutorial to follow) the finished colour is a deep teal, with a dark duck egg on 2 walls. 

What do you think?

I've also been spray painting Ikea Ung Drill picture frames (better late than never on that bandwagon) and white washing bookcases...what would I do without nap time!? Oh and thank you Waybaloo!

More Progress updates to follow!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Exciting Update!

Okay, so some of you may have noticed my blogging has taken a bit of a back seat these last few weeks, and I do apologise, but I have a good reason...or so I believe. There hasn't even been any fashion Friday posts... however this is due to my distinct lack of any fashion forward behaviour of late, leggings, baggy t-shirts and a floppy topknot has been my uniform of choice... as I've been packing! Yes packing! I'M MOVING HOUSE!

I have had weeks of phone calls, emails, hoop jumping and uncertainty, but it's finally happening, in 2 days I get they Keys to my New Home! I can now officially say I am excited, rather than stressed...

Only the kitchen left to pack up here, and some little odds and ends (like reducing the piles of laundry!) and we're off!

I have only been in my current home a year, and I am sure some think I am mad for moving so soon, yet I have been waiting for my preferred location to pop up, and with a garden, and wholla! These things don't come up often and certainly don't stay around forever, so with a ton of large and heavy I pop!

Don't get me wrong, It's no Mansion or Palace... yet (she says..) but I cannot wait to work some 'arty magic' on this little home, that I intend to spend the foreseeable future in. Hello Pinterest :)

SO YES, you can expect some decorating and design updates.. as well as how I manage it with a tiny tot, now trying to stand unaided (yikes!) and a very tiny and attention demanding Jack Russell.... I should say 'if' I manage it!

Come along with us for our moving journey, new home designing, accessory picking, and eventually settling into just living, being mamma,  x

Friday, 13 March 2015

Coordinating Casual

Doesn't Friday come around quickly?! This is made more noticeable by partaking in Fashion Friday posts...and this week, well we haven't been anywhere that requires dressing to impress...
 but here is our favourite 'laid back' look of the week.   

Coordinating Casual

Out of all of his little outfits, one of my absolute favourites has so far been his denim shirt ( everyone loves a cowboy!) Unfortunately however in the last week, his trusty tiny denim, has become a little tight (time is going too fast) so I couldn't help but pick up another (or 2) from Florence and Fred at Tesco for spring. 
The new ones however are short sleeved, and although the weather is on the turn, and spring is on it's way, it wasn't quite warm enough to wear it on it's own. 
So we teamed it with a coral red long sleeved vest. 

The motorcycle print joggers are a new purchase too (also from Tesco), and they will look great with his leather jacket (featured last week) amongst many other suits. 
The cap is from H&M.

 For my outfit, I opted for a comfy lightweight extra long line cardigan (Florence and Fred @ Tesco)  with acid wash jeggings (we love comfort in our house - Joggers & Jeggings)

The Top was a Primark purchase a while back, but I thought the red star complimented little T's outfit perfectly... and he gets dressed first!
(If you didn't know already, I am a die-hard Dolly Parton fan!)

I completed the look with Coral Red lips for clumsy kisses

I hope you like our choices this week! Let us know what you think 
x Ciao for now

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Mirror Mirror on the wall, I wish I could afford you all!

So this weeks 'want's' list, again comes from Dunelm... somewhere different next week I promise!

After a joyous peruse though the catalogue, and around the store.. it is safe to say I am mad about the place!

Spring is definitely on it's way, bringing with it the annual (probably tri-annual) 'itchy feet.'
I just can't help it, a season changes, and I need to move a sofa, paint a wall, or buy a dresser... I'm sure some of you know how it goes!? (Please tell me I'm not the only one!)
Winter is of course excluded from this, as it's 'normal' to completely rearrange for Christmas! 

Well after being completely bowled over by the beautiful and glamorous mirrors, dressing tables and linens in Dunelm... I've decided maybe the bedroom needs a subtle sprinkle of summer.

I love colour, and my lounge shouts that fact loudly, yet my bedroom is much more serene. The room was  based predominately around a restored vintage quilt I bought, in shades of Olive and Terracotta, a sort of paisley print,  yet the rest of the room is very neutral. I have the white IKEA HEMNES furniture, and off white/cream walls, with the wall behind the bed as a feature, in a pale olive meets Cotswold green.

Now don't get me wrong I like the room as it is, yet there is no harm injecting a little freshness, romance and glamour surely?

In honesty I am not a huge fan of butterflies, yet the bedspread above looks so fresh and feminine, and I think it would work very well with some vintage glamour/boudoir accessories.
I also like that this bedspread/duvet set, is so different in colour and style from what I have already, yet the subtle green tones, would compliment everything that is already in place . 

I love cushions  and this little fringed beauty is no exception!

I have always been a lover of 'fancy' gilded frames, and I love the modern twist you get with this one, its sort of 'aged turquoise,' a little distressed, but very glam.  I am currently very taken with everything turquoise, (If you watch my baby clothes haul, you will see!)

Duck Egg Beautiful Birds Bedlinen Collection

This is another bedspread that I like, and it is extremely reasonable too...too many choices!

Did someone say cushion? I love this satin round cushion, it would look fabulous with any colour scheme, and just adds a little touch of class, I think this would work in the middle of the bed, or in front of a pillow either side... pile them up I say!

And last but not least a dressing table! I have promised myself one every year to no avail. but I am glad I have waited... just look at these beauties! White, Gold, Antique Silver and Black... the only trouble is which to choose!?

Toulouse White Bedroom Furniture CollectionToulouse Black Bedroom Furniture Collection
Toulouse Gold Bedroom CollectionToulouse Silver Bedroom Collection

Friday, 6 March 2015

Rock Chic and Chap #fashionfriday

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Ok, so far my blogging hasn't had much structure in regards to when and what, therefore I thought along with trying to organise my life, it would be good to organise my blog... And who knows, it might even organise my thoughts a little!

My blog is broad in it's topic terms, so much so that I could have daily topics... But baby steps...(I don't want to scare myself!)

Firstly along with my 'What I want Wednesday' I have decided to do a 'Fashion Friday' post.  I am pretty sure this title has been taken 10 times over, but it fits. The plan is over the course of the week, to decide on my ( and little T's) favourite outfit - we have worn during the last 7 days; then take a few pictures and let you know where they are from etc.

Here is this weeks outfit from a Birthday Party we attended:

THE LOOK - Rock Chic

I say rock 'chic' rather than 'chick' as I'm not sporting a leather. For this look I teamed a black swing dress (£12.00 Boohoo) with a Photo printed duster jacket (£25.00 Boohoo)

Bold Red lips anyone?

Photo galaxy print jacket

As much as I love my necklaces, and I did think one would set this look off perfectly, I was spending the night holding little T, therefore I thought better of it... Little hands get everywhere... As well as hair! I opted instead for long wing earrings... 'pull-able' as they are! (Please excuse my potential addition to the dictionary) These were a gift from my mum, bought from a craft fair, but you will find similar ones around.

The bracelet is Prunella, and I love the way it hangs down your hand with chained fringing, this was about £40, bought whilst I was on holiday some years ago. I love it. The only snag... (I feel a horrible pun coming...) is that it frequently 'snags' - catches on the clothes I am wearing.

Tingy's outfit was also rock inspired with the leather jacket, I actually bought it before he was born, in fact it was the first baby item I ever bought, before even knowing his gender... (Totally practical of course!) It was a total bargain at £12.00 ( half price) from the Next outlet. I am so glad I didn't pass it up!

I teamed it with a pale blue striped shirt from Mothercare, and some navy chinos/jeans from Florence and Fred at Tesco.

The cutest little tan boots were also Florence and Fred, and unfortunately are not going to last very long, as they only just fit comfortably... But at £1.50 in the sale... How can I complain!?!

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

What I Want Wednesday! - Vintage Nautical Nursrey | Dunelm

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So today was my very first time encountering Dunelm Mill! My mum mentioned she had heard great things about it last week, and then out of the blue... one popped up out of nowhere - at a business park local to me...... So it was only right to go and see for myself what it was all about...and guess what... I'm sold!

Miles of aisles of home-ware heaven.

Now it would be so easy to just post pages upon pages of home inspiration... but that's what Pinterest is for right?

Therefore this post for my new 'What I Want Wednesday' features the items I would like to eventually purchase for little T's Nursery... so bye bye bank balance....

Dorma Kids Vintage Plane Collection

Although his bedroom is Nautical in style, with little vintage boats scattered around, vintage seaside themed curtains and a seaside patchwork cot quilt etc, I am seriously considering this gorgeous vintage plane duvet set for the day bed. I am currently sleeping on the single day bed, and temporarily the bed and cot have been moved together (for the meanwhile whilst we try to get the sleeping 'sorted;') yet I had not chosen the quilt cover for the room, as nothing had really taken my fancy... until now! 

This is the print of the flat sheet... how cute is it please!?

Although I hadn't originally planned to includes planes in the theme for the room, I feel the vintage look will fit perfectly, with his globe and map printed lampshade.... I've even seen a ceiling hanging vintage wooden plane in TK Maxx ... Plane to Neverland anyone?

This rug is just the cutest and reasonable too at just £12.99 

Now I'm sure I don't need any more cushions, but eventually I'd like to have the day bed visually more like a couch (if that makes sense?) therefore I'd like to cover the whole back in them eventually! So here are my Dunhelm favourite cushions for Tingy's room...

I just think they are all so gorgeous in their own right, and would look lovely together, alongside his others .

Well there you have it, these are my Wednesday wants!

There were so many things I loved in store... I might think I will end up doing this for every room...! 

All pictures posted are from Dunelm, I have NOT been sponsored for this post, I just honestly thought it wonderful, a true home-ware haul heaven.