Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Hint Of Sunshine

After a tease of Spring this weekend, I am dreaming of summer! Just a few pictures of last year, ending with some fabric swatches for Hugo in the sun - the first clue to what summer 2016 will be.



















Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Kitchen: Before & After

We have lived in our cottage for a year now and my favourite space has always been the kitchen. We love food. We love entertaining. I love baking! The kitchen is the heart of a home to us. Our previous apartment had the teeniest weeniest kitchen you could imagine. It was not well looked after by the landlords and we had about 2ft of worktop in total. There was no way we were getting anywhere to sit in there, so we had a little fold down table and stools in the living room. We were SO excited when we first went to visit what would become our new home...


BEFORE:




The kitchen is a really good size, but was not very sensibly organised as you can see. Don't even get me started on that rug! The whole house was different beige tones and the kitchen was no exception. Those tiles too... However we are very fortunate in our lease that they think of the house as 'ours' to a degree, so we were allowed to fix it all up. 

















AFTER:



What a difference a bit of paint makes! We painted the entire house white to start us off and then added a few feature walls. We decided on a chalkboard wall for the kitchen as it made something of an unused space. It was also a good way to hide the radiator. The table was bought at a flea market in Knutsford from a lovely man who was using it to display his items. It was already grey, so we just gave the tops a two tone teal. 




This wall was inspired by Rice DK's new wallpaper range. I wanted something a little less busy, as we love to have coloured 'things' but I tend to keep the backgrounds mostly white. The little bookshelves from Ikea keep my current favourites handy, but also disguise an ugly blanked socked on the wall ;). We also painted all of the cabinets to make the space brighter - they are a laminate wood, but this worked surprisingly well. The difference it has made to the feel of the room was totally worth the effort! New tiles were essential too, as the previous ones were dark and broken. We chose bright white subway tiles all around.







Paint is my BFF. Anything can be given a new lease of life with a bit of paint.

So there you have it! What do you think?

Sunday, 6 March 2016

A Bit More.


A bit more of a bit less? I think I am still putting off blogging regularly because I thought it a giant task to get all the pictures right, then off my phone, then write a good post... But I enjoy posting here! So for now, here is a bit more of a bit less. Smaller more regular posts. Sometimes maybe just photographs. Sometimes maybe more.

Quick update? The bus is almost ready. We had our first (VERY soggy) day trip last week and it was so fun! We packed a picnic and decided to head out to Anglesey - except the rain was so bad we were worried we may just blow off the bridge! It would be safer for our first proper outing if we went somewhere a little closer, so tootled off to Delamere forest. We had an awesome little adventure! The bed is still being fixed so we can't stay away yet...but soon we will be ready!

In the meantime, I am dreaming of waking up next to the beach and spending long summer days in the sea. 

Monday, 12 October 2015

Some VERY Exciting News...



All has been a little quiet here for a while... but that is because something super exciting has been happening. As usual when I get over excited about something, it completely consumes me. SO without further ado...

WE BOUGHT A 1968 VW T2 CAMPERVAN!


We have spent what feels like a lifetime searching, ringing, making lists, joining forums, going to festivals... but we finally have our bus! We had been watching her on eBay, but due to her unusual paint job had decided not to purchase. The day before the auction ended we realised that this bus ticked EVERY box on our wishlist, so we should not discount it because I thought it was a little ugly. Liam of course loved the paint job anyway! 

The bus is a Devon conversion and almost completely original inside. She needs some love... but overall in fantastic condition! We have had her for two weeks now and have spent countless hours sourcing new parts, making things and ripping things out. We have unearthed some scary things... I am very excited to share our restoration and excitement here and will post an update hopefully at the end of this week. We are dropping her off at the bus doctor's tonight - fingers crossed!






Sunday, 6 September 2015

Adventures In Homebrew


My husband and I quite like a tipple. Now don't be taking this to mean we are often drunken fools... we just love us some good wine/gin/cider/port//whiskey (I could go on). However, other than making our own Bailey's each Christmas, we have never ventured into any other sort of homebrewing. We have good friends who are wizards at this sort of stuff and who often gift us beautiful homemade drinks . 


We discovered this week that one particular walk nearby is riddled with wild berries. We had just missed raspberry season and the elderberries are weren't ready, but the blackberries were out in full force. I have never seen such huge quantities of deliciously ripe hedgerows! We filled the only receptacles we had about our persons - emergency poo bags from my sister's pocket.

At the time we had no idea what we were going to make with them, as we are currently midway through Whole30. A massive haul like this needed to be used for something epic! The perfect idea eventually struck - blackberry brandy. Not strictly homebrew... more of home flavoured liqueur perhaps? Either way, we could enjoy making it immediately and have it ready just in time for Christmas.


Our googling led us to the Two Thirsty Gardeners who had a fabulous looking recipe and we got straight to work. Don't the blackberries look scrumptious as they begin to bleed into the sugar?! Phwoar. 




As always, Neville was a fabulous little helper. This cat cracks me up. He is just so laid back ALL the time! 

The brew is now safely tucked away in the little pantry under our stairs. I will report back at Christmas with the results. In the meantime, we are hoping to make some limoncello and gin. Have you ever made your own brews? What recipes did you try and how did they turn out?

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sneak Peek: Home Tour

Letting my sister persuade us to move into Cheshire, was one of the best decisions we have ever made. We had been on the village waiting list for months, with countless phone calls and emails to see if anything had become available. We heard rumors of a little cottage... then we heard it was ours, had the keys that evening and moved in two weeks later! 

The place wasn't very well loved, so those two weeks consisted of painting, tiling, cleaning (SO much cleaning), laying floors and more painting. Did I mention painting? Every. Inch. I was desperate to have it all done before we moved, as I knew we just wouldn't get round to finishing it once we were in. We had almost everything done and with a lot of help from friends and family, had a smooth move. There are still an awful lot of things on my to-do list and I am far too excited to share them with you all, but for now, here are a few Instagram snaps our beautiful home so far.