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A Handwritten Letter – beautiful bespoke stationery

From time to time in these busy days of social media, I find myself looking back at the handwritten letter as though it is a lost art form. It is so rare to receive paper stories these days in favour of a more technical approach. Even a telephone conversation is often replaced with a quick text. Don’t get me wrong, I love myself a little Instagram time as many of you know. On a busy day I wonder how I got by before I could send a WhatsApp to remind the family of something they shouldn’t forget. It’s just that sometimes I find myself wondering whether texting and instant messaging have replaced a carefully crafted handwritten letter and a good old natter over a pot of tea. And it was during one of these more nostalgic moments, I created this weeks post which has a different feel from any I have done before. Shall we?…

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Bar Stools – up-cycling and alternative uses around the home

Welcome everyone to my second post of the New Year. We all seem to be moving and changing up our decor, post Christmas, so this week I bring you a quick and easy up-cycle which you may like to do yourself. That is if you have a pine bar stool or two sitting around in need of a new lease of life. These bar stools were gifted to me by a friend sometime ago. I had thought I would use them for the purpose intended however I don’t have a bar where I can place bar stools. I do however have a need for bedside tables, coffee tables and a little something for Doris to perch on…

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Happy New Year – a nod to the year gone and exciting plans for the future

Happy New Year everyone! I do hope you all enjoyed a wonderful break with family and friends and trust you managed a little me time. January is traditionally a nod to the previous year and a time for setting exciting goals for the new year ahead. I thought in today’s post I would reflect on the first year in our home and entice you to continue the journey with Whitewood and Linen, since 2018 looks to be a new year full of many interesting and I hope inspiring building, DIY and craft projects. Many of which I aim to share both here and through social media. So, as is tradition here on my little blog, grab yourself a cuppa and let’s get going…

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Firestarters – a quick and easy Christmas gift or treat for yourself

Is there anything quite as comforting as a roaring fire to come home to at the end of a cold and busy day? The smokey smell of burning wood and the crackle and hiss of dry crisp kindling epitomise cosy or as our Swedish friends might  say hygge (pronounced like Cougar except with an H, so the internet says). This winter I have been lucky enough to enjoy a wood-burner in our sitting room and this wonderful new addition in Belle. So staying with this theme, I thought for this last post before Christmas, I would show you how I turn my obsession for essential oils and desire for a quick yet personal Christmas gift, into easy firestarters you may just want to try yourself…

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Christmas Decor – An unconventional Christmas decoration

It was always going to be tricky. Bright and shiny, baubles and glitter or simple and rustic. I couldn’t decide, so I took inspiration from all three. Bright, baubles and simple. With a bit of rustic thrown in. The Spotty One remains unsure, looking out of the corner of his eye as his tail brushes past her. And Master M, returned home from Uni simply grunted “she’s still here then” in more of a statement of fact manner than a question. I am of course talking about the delightful Doris. And I simply cannot wait for you to see her Christmas decor …

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