Wednesday, 22 February 2017

My favourite little corner + my new Barker & Stonehouse industrial lamp






I was recently asked where it is in my home that I choose to relax and unwind. My initial thoughts took me straight to the sofa, dog on lap in front of the fire ... but while I do relax and pass the time there in that cosy spot, the place I truly relax and feel at peace is when sitting in front of my sewing machine, in my craft room. My mind goes quiet there, and only ever there really. So for those that haven't visited my craft room, here's a glimpse at my favourite corner, plus I have a a recent new addition to show you - my Barker and Stonehouse green vintage industrial lamp! 




I keep old vintage bottles on the window ledge and pop little fresh blooms in from the garden in summer. I love the way the light catches the glass. As it's the brightest spot in the house this corner is where my house plants are happiest ... I've been propagating my 'hearts on a string' plant so I hope to see them flourishing in the spring. Plants are a lovely way to bring calm and tranquility to a room.





Just below this window is a lilac tree (AKA Ceanothus tree) ... in spring it blooms with beautiful lilac flowers which eventually cover the ground in a lilac carpet. As I sit and sew on my sturdy singer machine I can hear the birdies playing around on the branches, foraging for twigs for their nests. This machine which was gifted to me by my husbands grandmother, and before that it once belonged to her seamstress mother. On my sewing chair sits my favourite crochet blanket which I made a while back ... there's some photo's of it here if you'd like to see it. 




... and here are some close ups of my lovely new industrial lamp! When it arrived it did look a little different from the pictured image as you'll see if you go to their website, it's not as 'worn' and it was a lot bigger than I thought! Though if I had actually bothered to look at the measurements I would have known how big it was going to be. Either way, it's sturdy, very heavy, gives great directional light and I love it. 






If you head to Barker and Stonehouse you'll see that stock a whole range of goodies and furniture for the home. Do check out their range of reclaimed 'little tree furniture' - it's absolutely beautiful, especially the different coloured pieces ... you'll see what I mean! Even if some of he pieces are a little out of your price range it's a great place to take inspiration from - I know I will. 

JM x



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Thursday, 9 February 2017

'Jar of hearts' Keepsake memory jar




Memory Jars make beautiful gifts. They are quick and easy to make, yet they are an incredibly thoughtful way of capturing a moment in time. I made this one for my young niece who was turning 21. I asked everyone she knew to write something on one of the folded hearts - be it a favourite memory, or simply what they loved most about her, and she absolutely loved it, and in years to come or even when she's having a bad day, she can looking inside and be reminded of good times, and of how much she is loved. So since Valentines Day is coming up I thought I'd share this lovely little project with you, but remember it's also makes a lovely birthday / anniversary / wedding / christmas gift too!

You will need:

A jar
  floral or patterned paper 
Ribbon or string
scissors


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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

A month in pictures - January




Well hello you lovely lot and happy January! I've had a bee in my bonnet this month over clearing out our loft. As I've mentioned we'd like to move house later this year, so I figured it was about time I tackled the pile of stuff that has been accumulating in our loft for the past Occasionally I climb the loft stairs, look around, then proceed to walk straight back down and pretend no such loft exists.  In fact you often find that tidy people (which I am, usually) are the worst hoarders. Our houses are only tidy because somewhere there lurks a cupboard or drawer (or *ahem* loft) where EVERYTHING is thrown. So bit by bit I've been dragging it downstairs, sorting it into piles, holding it under hubby's nose while shouting 'THROW OR KEEP!! ANSWER NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE' in a Sergeant major manner ... and oh my, it feels so GOOOOD!!! I never expected to get such a buzz from driving away from a recycle dump with an empty car but alas, I think I'd choose that high over a G&T and hot bath! OK, well maybe not ... here's out month in pictures. 


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Friday, 27 January 2017

Tŷ Glas Cottage - A romantic 'Hideaway' in Pembrokeshire, Wales.




Tŷ Glas cottage is located in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, and it is definitely one of my most memorable and favourite cottages in Wales. This pastel blue period Welsh cottage is set in its own wild natural gardens, with 40 acres of pastures, woodlands and lakes, with beautiful views of the Carningli Mountain. Conservation is at the heart of this lovely cottage, and it has been renovated to reveal it's old dairy, open fireplaces and natural wood flooring throughout. Everything about this cottage is idyllic, and it combines natural rustic charm with comfort and luxury in the most perfect way. While this cottage is one of the more expensive cottages I have featured, if you're looking for something special, this cosy romantic retreat for two really is worth a visit.

Where is it: Pembrokeshire coast national park, Wales
How much: £584 for long weekend.
Pets: Allowed by special request
Sleeps: 2

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Enchanted Forest Bag by Voyage

Whilst on holiday in Snowdonia in the Autumn I chanced upon the most beautiful bag in a shop - it was made by a company called Voyage and it was absolutely love at first sight. Of course the bag went straight on my Christmas list, so you can imagine how delighted I was when the bag in question fell down my chimney Christmas morning - straight away I thought of you, as I knew many of you would love it as much as I do ...



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Thursday, 5 January 2017

A month in pictures - A frosty December


Happy New Year all! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We had a lovely Christmas, and had a quiet but cosy New Year with our close friends - we reminisced about the previous New Years we had spent together ... partying the night away into the wee small hours ... while this year we were all in our PJ's sipping tea in front of the fire. How times have changed :-) I'm looking forward to this year ... it's going to be a year of change. We're hoping to move house at some point which will be an awfully big adventure and I can not wait! But for now here's a look back over December. 
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