5.5 weeks in…

Another week has passed and unfortunately not much has moved forward! Apparently the property search service didn’t receive the application when it was originally entered so we’ve lost a week. Luckily, our Solicitors are on the ball and have resubmitted them as urgent. One week has passed since then and one search has come back – the Environmental search. This details anything within the immediate and up to 500m around the property, that may be of concern or interest. It lists lots of things (it’s a 60 page document!) and good news, we passed everything with no concerns. We have three search reports to come back; local, water and mining.

To keep ourselves we have been reviewing/researching all the kitchen stuff we need! How exciting – more for me, than Matt 🙂 I’m going for a cream and duck egg colour scheme in the kitchen. We will be having a new kitchen eventually but lucky for us, the current kitchen is in excellent condition. After living at University and seeing some of the delights there, it’s like a palace! I thought I’d give you an idea of some of the things we’ve been buying.

KITCHEN APPLIANCES

The kettle and toaster are super important in a kitchen. Not only do they need to be functional and hardwearing, they also need to be aesthetically pleasing. No one takes kindly to an ugly kettle! I decided on the Breville pick n mix traditional kettle and toaster – cute right?

Kettle!

Kettle!

Toaster!

Toaster!

They are affordable and get good reviews. I wanted cream but found all the others have a sort of yellowish tint to the cream colour. These are more of a whiter cream. Excuse the colour-OCD I have with things.

My Grandma has also offered to buy me something important and useful for my kitchen. So I chose a mixer and I’ve decided on this on in the most pretty blue colour. As with the kettle/toaster, good reviews, affordable and comes with fun attachments. What do you think?

Food mixer!

Food mixer!

Finally, we are also purchasing a Breville Blendactive. I’ve heard amazing things about this little gadget and can’t wait to whizz up some lovely smoothies in it! Matthew also has big ideas about frappicinos and other fancy coffee related drinks! At £29 from Amazon with free next day delivery on Prime, and with four bottles, it’s a good buy! Especially when I found out replacement bottles are £10! Yikes!

Blendactive!

Blendactive!

FURNITURE PAINTING

The best thing I bought this week was my Annie Sloan wax brush! I’ve been dreaming of one of these bad boys for ages and have finally decided to take the plunge and invest in one. At £29.95 they aren’t cheap but this bad boy should last me for years. I’m in luck because a local shop has begun to sell Annie Sloan stock so I don’t have to make a 1.5 hour round trip now.

Here’s a picture:

Wax brush!

Wax brush!

I chose the larger of the two for the handle. I held both in the shop and this one felt much more supported in my hand. I’m hoping the weather is better tomorrow so I can paint my table legs and wax my chairs. So I’ll let you know how I get on!

Overall, not much of an update but there you go 🙂

TO DO

  • Get the other searches back
  • Get a date!
  • Decide on final colour schemes – post to follow

Until next time,

Lauren x

A little bit of crocheting

I’ve always wanted to learn the art of crocheting and one Sunday afternoon I realised it was time to get cracking! I began with simple granny squares, with dreams of a lovely cosy blanket to wrap myself and swan around my house like some sort of Crochet Queen. The thing that I didn’t realise is that blankets are not created in day, or a week, or a month! It is something to build on over time until I am happy with it. The blanket is still a work in progress so I hope you look forward to that blog post!

This is the link I used for the granny squares is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAyJCq3hQjw

So to curb my crochet bug, I embarked on some smaller projects. I follow ‘Crochet Club’ on Facebook and they post free patterns every couple of days. The first pattern that caught my eye was a cute little owl design – perfect for my best friend’s upcoming birthday who has also recently embarked on the crocheting journey.

The little owl

The little crocheted owl.

Unfortunately I cannot post the actual pattern as is it copyrighted, but obviously I can show you the finished product!
How cute is he?

The pattern was easy enough to follow, however my beginners skill meant I managed to lose my stitch count and so made
the rest of the pattern up as I saw fit. Luckily for me it turned out pretty well! I left a small hole at the top of the owl to
stuff him with left over pillow stuffing and adding felt and buttons for his eyes. I used my craft glue at first but found it
didn’t glue as well as my fabric glue (little tip I will remember!). I used a little bit of yellow wool for his beak, sewed him
up and hey presto! I had my owl. Adding a bit of twine between his ears finished him off spectacularly.

The new baby hat

My second mini project was spurred on by the birth of my new baby cousin Evie 2 weeks ago. I decided to make her a little hat as she was nearly 6 weeks premature and it was vital she was kept warm when she was first born. I found a free pattern on the Crochet Club Facebook page and sat down enthusiastically to get cracking on my baby hat. However, the pattern was difficult to follow and understand for me. The abbreviations weren’t explained very well and there weren’t many pictures or narrative on the pattern. I therefore took to Youtube and found the perfect video!

Found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQAj0AQJBVo

The stitch was easier and the video aid and the ability to pause/play the video when I needed to was a massive plus! Within the evening I had my hat! I used a second video to create a pastel pink flower to decorate the hat and to hide the joining stitches down the one side of the hat – clever eh!

Here’s the videos for the flower (it’s in 3 parts):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlWt0n0srfA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcnD5OM-O1s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFMU1i_PnW4

And here is the finished product! I’m rather proud of it and have received many compliments on it. It fits Evie now at the size she is so I think I’ll have to be creating another, larger one before long 🙂

Baby hat 3 Baby hat 2 Baby hat 1

I plan on making Evie many more things so I will keep you updated on my crocheting adventures!

Lauren x

Wooden hearts and an Etsy shop!

I’m back in business and it feels so good to finally be spending my time on doing something I enjoy. Although the past three weeks since I finished University I’ve been on holiday and been a full time babysitter of my one year old cousin, this week marks the beginning of hopefully something epic… My Etsy shop! This post is a double whammy, the online shop and a small piece about wooden hearts. Seeing as these are the first items to go up for sale in the shop, it seemed fitting to also write a post about them.

The three tier hanging hearts!

I think wooden hearts are one of the most understated home decorations out there. They can bear a personalised message, name or pattern to make them extra special for the person who it is intended for. The hearts I make are all cut from wood scavenged from no-longer-loved pieces of furniture, knowing they already have a history and up-cycling something that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill somewhere, makes me rather happy! Once they are cut out, they are sanded down by hand to round of the edges and a hole for the twine to go through is drilled into them. Then comes the best bit… the painting! As I said before, the options are endless! The medium hearts I make (8cm at their widest points), usually end up with polka dots on as I have a thing about polka dots! I recently did larger hearts which were perfect for using my vintage-style stamp set, see below for those beauties. Once they are painted, stamped, striped, dotted, the hearts are sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax because it really brings out the paint and the wood. After this step I use a very scientific method of superglue and scissors to insert the twine into the drilled hole. After this, they’re all done!

Hope you enjoyed this double blog post and are looking forward to future ones!

Lauren x

P.S. nearly forgot… my Etsy link! http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LoveOfShabbyChic

Medium blue polka dot heart

Medium blue polka dot heart

Various large wooden hearts

Various large wooden hearts

Medium heart with rose print

Medium heart with rose print

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