Book Ledge Project

Last week I decided the last step in transforming my kitchen from red accessories to mixed pastels was to change the picture of poppies, which hangs above my cookbook storage bench. I have been looking for a picture of pictures to replace it but never found anything I liked.

Then after receiving Sweet Treats for Christmas (from my wonderful boyfriend James) a beautiful cookbook, in a fabulous mint pastel green, I realised that what I should be displaying above my bench is some of my favourite cook books.

So at the beginning of the week I had the book ledge made to measure and on Saturday I put my DIY head on and put the shelf up… took me an hour but it was so worth it.

Hemmed In

On Friday evening Sarah and I decided to take a little wander around MK Gallery, before going to the cinema. 
The gallery is currently exhibiting embroidery and needle work by local craft artists, organised by MK Embroiders Guild and Mr X – who also happens to be one of the head NSO in Roller Derby. 
These were some of my favourites.


One of my new years resolutions is to sell my unwanted items on eBay each month – a big contrast to last years resolution to buy a dress each month! So I am over the first hurdle, I have put my first item on, a very cute table and chairs that has sat in my outhouse since May after I replied it with my antique farmhouse table.

Since listing the item I have become addicted and I’m constantly checking to see how many watchers and bids I have. Currently 66 watchers, 8 bids, up to £45.99 and it still has 3 days 7 hours to go. Very exciting, a great resolution.

An Inspiring Time

With the new year approaching, plus spending the holidays at home I have been feeling very motivated and inspired. I am currently working on my list of new year resolutions, plus a healthy eating plan. I’ve cleared out my wardrobe and have taken two boxes full to the charity shop. Plus I have put my first ever item on ebay… feeling very proud about this one as it’s taken me 7 months to get round to doing this and now that I have I’ve become addicted to checking my listing to see how many watchers I have (current status… 2 days in, 34 watchers and 1 bidder).  In general I’ve been cleaning and tidying, getting ideas on refreshing the looks of my rooms and writing lots of lists (to do list, wish list, shopping list, resolutions). I’m going to hit this new year running.

To add to my list of things to do, I checked my Pinterest board ‘Nice Ideas’ this morning. I had totally forgot some of the lovely things I had posted on there, things that I want to make… so they’re going to have to be added to a list somewhere, but to keep them fresh in my mind, I thought I’d post them on here too.

This is a great idea to cover up my horrible black plastic hangers
I must have one of these with my portfolio on
I need to find and buy this… for my bathroom
Dip dyed tin cans. These would look great in my pastel
kitchen with vintage cutlery in.
Must buy white marker pen so I can do this
A memory jar, filled with the things you’ve been up to.
Sweet idea.. why not!
I could make one of these to use as my memory jar.
Jar, plastic toy, spray paint!
Dip dyed. Tester pots would work well for this.
Personalised doilly place mat…. love this!
Need to buy the tape, rubberstamps and button so I can
 recreate this for wrapping gifts.
I need to make this… it’s lovely. I know a couple of people with
new babies who would love this as a gift.
Need to perfect my gift wrapping so it looks like this.

Best Resolution Ever!

Back in January I decided on a new years resolution I could keep and would also encourage me to spend my money instead of obsessively saving it all the time. I decided my challenge was going to buy myself a dress each month. The only resolution I have ever seen through to the end.

This was January – a gorgeous knitted dress from H&M £14.99
 February – TKMax £16.99,
looks great with brown woolly tights, chunky boots and a gold cardigan
March – I picked this up from a Charity Shop in Leighton Buzzard for £4.
 I love wearing it… so comfy!
April – H&M Sale £3

May –  Never realised how much I was going to love this dress,TKMax £16.99

 June – this was given to me by a friend who thought it would suit me.
I wore it when James took me to see Gossip for my birthday.
 The back is also gorgeous
 July – I only popped into TKMax to return something, but as I walked out it caught my eye and I had to have it. TKMax £16.99
August – I got this just in time to wear it to James’s sisters 40th birthday party. TKMax £19.99
 September – I teamed up this top and skirt to be worn as a dress.
Top River Island £12.99 Skirt Asda £7.99
In October I found so many dresses in Debenhams it took me ages to decided which on to buy. £23.99
  November – Bought this one lunch time in the new H&M, I saw it and had to have it. I wore it Christmas day and felt like the fairy from the top of the Xmas tree. Love it so much. £14.99
Oops – I haven’t bought Decembers yet… better hit the sales.