Monday 30 January 2012

My secret's out!

Why not pop on over to the Craft Island blog to read my first ever blog post as a member of the Craft Island design team. You'll find a layout using one of my favourite collections - Baby Steps by Simple Stories AND some exciting news and the reason why I am going to be sans craft room come the Summer...

Friday 13 January 2012


2012 will see the demise of my craft room as I relocate into my bedroom. This means a huge reshuffle of our bedroom which is currently full of oversized furniture bought for our first home - a Victorian terrace flat with massive rooms and high ceilings where our giant furniture fitted in no problem. Three years later we bought our tardis on a new estate and squashed all our belongings into it. Slowly we have replaced bits and pieces to better suit the house we live in now but our bedroom and my craft room furniture remains the same - squashed.

I'm pretty much decided that white furniture is the way forward for our bedroom. I love that it's relatively easy to match up bits of white furniture from different ranges and that Ikea (space saver extrodinaraires!) stock a large amount of white items. It also seems less imposing than coloured furniture.

Here are some of my ideas. You can see them all on my Bedroom Ideas Pinterest board.

Oh to have a bedroom this size! I love the grey walls against the bright white of the ceiling and white furniture however our room maybe a little too small and cluttered to pull this look off. It does have two windows though so plenty of light coming in.

I've always had a dressing table and I can't quite imagine a life without one but this might be one of the things that has to go but for now I'll swoon over these little beauties.

Storage ideas - gorgeous rose shelving because when in need of space everyone needs a shelf or two...

And finally my craft space... I might have to go with the 4x2 cube design depending on the amount of space I have. I haven't got as far as getting the measuring tape out yet.

Source: via Kir on Pinterest

I'm still looking for a bed and a wardrobe but this is probably going to be a very, very long work in progress so there is no rush.

Wednesday 11 January 2012

On the Shelf

I thought I'd share with you a photo of 'The Shelf' in all its festive glory...

You know I love Disney (if you didn't - where have you been?!) right so it wouldn't be Christmas without some Disney ornaments. These are all pieces from the artist - Jim Shore's - Disney Traditions range. I love the bright colours and attention to detail of these pieces. Of course Christmas is a great excuse to show some of by beloved Pocket Dragon collection the light of day (even if it is only for a couple of weeks). We have no space for these little criters anymore but I can't bare to part with them so they live in the attic. I live in hope that there will be a little corner for them when the much talked about (a lot less actioned about) extention is added to our house. If you are a Christmas dragon you are in luck though. You get to come out to play once a year. I bought the gold bauble stand in M&S years ago, it has the prefect amount of hangy bits for the 12 Years of Christmas mini Dragons set. Aren't they the cutest. You can see 'Listening for Santa' which reminds me of Jack with the little sleepy suit on and 'Oh Dragon Tree' at the back there. You can see a little homage to Yankee Candle at the far end of the shelf. The top of our Expedit entertainment unit houses my whole Christmas Yankee Candle collection but it's horrible to photograph so no piccies I'm afraid. The Merry Christmas banner was a bargain from Tesco after they reduced their Christmas decs and the string of reindeer lights is from M&S that I bought in there 3 for 2 offer along with a Christmas present for my auntie and this little guy...

Meet our Elf - Elf. Yup, imaginatively named 'Elf' or Mr Elf' to give him his full Sunday name. He didn't really make a great impact on Jack this year. Jack is still a little bit too young to grasp the concept of consequences and didn't really understand that Elf was watching and reporting back to Santa on his behaviour. Although he knew he was Santa's friend. Jack proudly told the Santa in Dobbies so. To be honest I sucked at anything remotely exciting for Elf. Apart from swinging on the light, Jack's bike and Jack's Santa advent calendar, I don't really think he got up to much. Maybe next year...

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who offer me advice on downsizing my stash and working without a craft room. I've got a few more ideas now although as I sit in my craft room now I do wonder where it is ALL going to go.

Tuesday 10 January 2012

10 Things in January

I'm kicking off my first blog post of the year with 10 {random} Things {you may or may not know about me}...

  1. I'd like to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year
  2. I had all my Christmas shopping wrapped up by 1st December
  3. Today is my first day back at work since 21st December - it sucks. lots
  4. My little man starts nursery next week and I am more nervous than him
  5. I am tired
  6. I am addicted to egg sandwiches
  7. Today's tipple is cranberry juice and water
  8. I am scaling down my craft supplies
  9. I am losing my craft room
  10. I am still gonna scrapbook and would love to hear how it's done without a dedicated craft space??
Every month, we blog ten things on the tenth.  Your ten things can be absolutely anything you feel like sharing.  Pop on over to Shimelle's blog and link to your specific blog post so we can all come read your own list of ten.