Renovate and Build – One step closer and a look back in time

Everyone, I have exciting news to share. This week we have received planning permission to build and renovate our new home. I have rewritten this introduction so many times in a bid to convey my excitement yet nothing works. It’s a huge understatement to say we are excited however, it will just have to do. We are now set to renovate extensively and build the home we have spent so many years dreaming of, in a spot we never dared think we would. Since we received this news, I have woken each morning with such a feeling in my tummy which is akin only to how I feel, each and every Christmas morning. We have so much to do to get ready for the build and renovation early next year. Before then however, I’d like to take you on a little trip back in time…

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Autumn Decor – Decorating a Mannequin and a Pumpkin Obsession

Recently Mr M and I enjoyed a week at home with The Spotty One. We were determined that work life would not interrupt us as so often happens when you enjoy a staycation. And since in our part of the country at least, we are enjoying some unseasonably warm weather with only the gentlest of breezes, we planned several days out in the fresh air. We marched out a brisk walk on the beach and savoured delicious lunches at quaint and cosy pubs.  Just a short journey from our home, we are lucky enough to have a beautiful walk which comes into its own in Autumn. So one morning we packed up the car with basket and dog and set off. Mr M was intrigued to know the significance of the basket. I have learned over the years to share ideas I have like collecting colourful leaves, when we get there. It’s best that way…

Spencer on the lawn with basket and picnic rug 225x300 - Autumn Decor - Decorating a Mannequin and a Pumpkin Obsession

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DIY – Three quick and easy DIY Projects for any Home

These days I find I am not a lover of commercialism at Christmas. Plastic served me well when little people had wish lists including Barbie and Action Man. For me, handmade and thoughtful often wins through and I’ve determined that my present buying this year will include beautiful pieces made by the many wonderful artisans I follow on Instagram. And in addition I shall be using my love for a day spent crafting in order to create a few home made presents for friends and loved ones myself.  And so today I thought I’d share with you three quick and very easy DIY projects you may just like to recreate yourselves in time for Christmas…

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Flowers – Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home

This week is the fourth part in our mini series Vintage and Thrifty Styling for the Home and today we are looking at Flowers. If you’ve read any of my previous posts you will know by now, I am a thrifty person by nature. I get it from my Grandmother I think, she of the ‘make do and mend’ era. I recall a weekly shopping exercise would involve my Nan walking up and down the local high street, to save a few pence on her washing powder. Thankfully for us of the ‘internet’ era, we are spared that way of shopping. Although there is no doubt that the ‘look after the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves’ mantra taught me many a valuable lesson. Not least the ability to look at everything in a different light before I throw it away. And I apply this mantra to flowers too…

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Family – A new and exciting addition

I am bubbling with excitement to share great news of a new addition to our family. She came into our lives this summer. Beautiful and elegant, she is quite exquisite. She turns heads with her simplicity and lights up a room with her glamour. She has a cheeky sense of fun and excitement although for the most part remains mysteriously quiet and interesting. In her more gregarious moments she sparkles and shines. Yet catch her unawares and you will notice her peaceful vulnerability. Allow me to introduce to you, Doris…

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