Friday, 29 November 2013

Oh no, here comes trouble x2!


Meet Galen and Argus! I wonder what they will get up to leading up to Christmas??? Worst still they're awaiting the arrival of their friend Enola......this could get messy!!!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

All I want for Christmas!

Yay! Everybody join in......All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Ahoy! Pirate cake!

Whilst I was away for the weekend at Cropiday my 3 had lots of fun! Mark is enjoying making cakes and had grand plans for the weekend! Grand plans indeed, they were going to make a pirate cake! I had no idea what he was going to do but look at this! It seems I am no longer the only creative one in our house, superb job all of you! (They waited until I got home to light it.)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

First lost front tooth!

Phew, thankfully Charlie managed to keep his tooth for yesterday's photo shoot even though it was VERY wobbly!! But today.......it fell out! I wonder if he'll lose the other one before Christmas so I can sing to him!

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Christmas card photoshoot.

It's that time of year again where I start thinking about my Christmas card design. I always like to put a photo on them and try and think of different things every year. This year was a dress up year! My lovely brother in law, Jon of Jonic Photography took the photos for me, only he did such a good job I struggled to choose! Look at these.....

 
In the end I decided on this one, isn't it gorgeous!
 
 
My design is also now decided and I can't wait until Cropiday to make them up. :D

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Proud.

Armistice Day, a day we remember.
Charlie was honoured to wear one of his Grandad's miniature medals at this morning's family service where he also took part in the retinue.




50 Glorious Years.


My lovely parents in law are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this year (on the 21st of December.) They decided to have their celebration early though to avoid Christmas. Yesterday they hired an executive suite at our local football stadium (Morecambe FC) where we had a meal and watched the game. An excellent time was had by all! Congratulations Sylvia and Hughie xxx

Friday, 8 November 2013

Squeeky finish!

I started this cross stitch on our cruise back in July/August, what with decorating and one thing and another my cross stitching has taken a bit of a back seat but today I finished it and love how it turned out, the metallic thread for all it's awkwardness was worth the effort! This is going in my craft room :D

Star of the Week


Congratulations Charlie, we're very proud of you!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

School Photos 2014



Year 2
Reception
 
Beautiful! There was a joint one too but it wasn't taken until the afternoon by which time Courtney had ditched her cardigan and her hair was a mess! I'm impressed with these photos as we received a text with only 15 minutes notice before school started, in that time I sewed a button onto Courtney's cardigan and gave her hair a quick straighten!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Sparklers!

I really like bonfire night, I like the fireworks, smells, toffee apples etc but it also scares me! In previous years we've looked around us and watched fireworks going off but have never attended an event. This year I decided to be brave and let Charlie and Courtney have some sparklers in the back garden and I have to say they were extremely good with them! (better than I thought they'd be!) They had great fun and enjoyed twirling them around! :D



Monday, 4 November 2013

Decorating.......

We've been busy! After adding our dormer last year we had a spare room downstairs that used to be the children's nursery. We were deciding what to do with it, have it as a guest room but it's not often (very rarely) that we have guests, bring my craft room indoors, never realistically an option as my room in the garden is perfect for my needs, it's just outside! Lastly Mark came up with a second reception room, a 'family room' where we could have a sofa bed for guests and the toys in as the conservatory where the toys were currently stored was either too hot or too cold to play in. Perfect!
We thought we may as well paint the utility room too and change the worktop which had been cut too short. This is what the rooms looked like to begin with.....(well, not quite, we'd already removed the cot and small bed and the furniture is now in Courtney's room, the big boxes are the sofa bed and we'd emptied the Utility room but pre-decoration)

 
 

We started planning the d├ęcor, the family room, I had already decided was going to be Disney themed! Inspired by the cross stitch I'm going to do and using the bits that we had in the old upstairs bathroom. It was deciding whether to stick with traditional Mickey, Minnie colours...black, red, yellow and white....or something different! Mark chose the colour of the Utility and shocked me by going for a plum shade!
Back to the family room, more discussion were had and Mark came up with an excellent idea, red and white stripy wallpaper on a feature wall, we were thinking bold stripes horizontally but finding broad stripes proved impossible, finding any sort of red and white striped wallpaper was a challenge! In the end I found just one on Ebay and had to take a risk and order it hoping it was truly red and white (one we'd found in Homebase turned out to be a cream shade.) When it arrived there was relief, it was just right! I am having a bit of a grey neutral colour phase at the moment so decided to look for a grey coloured paint with a subtle hint of blue, just as a contrast to the red. I then set up a 'mood board' photo! (you also get a sneaky of the bedding I chose! The big grey block is part of the sofa bed)


You can also see on this photo that one wall has been lined, that's as much as the decorator did before he started messing us around! At least he'd stripped the room too but we were then at a bit of a loss what to do, find someone else or do it ourselves......plan B won! Mark set to and lined the rest of the walls with a little help from his Dad. Then I set to and painted the walls. We did have a decorator in to hang the stripy paper! Mark then fitted the carpet. It's starting to take shape......


As I was painting the family room, Mark and his Dad were painting the Utility room, get your sunglasses ready.......
 

How many people does it take to build a sofa bed? Too cute!


Once that was built all the furniture needed building too, we chose the Ikea Stuva range. I couldn't decide what I wanted for my birthday this year and in the end decided that I wanted a proper place to store my cross stitch things, they were all over the house, some in the craft room, some in the loft cupboards and some in the living room, I wanted it all together so I got a Stuva unit just for my stash! When I started organising it I was surprised how perfectly it all fitted in!


There are also 3 drawers below, one has nik-naks, one current projects and one is deep enough to store my crop basket. :D
Next job was to sort all the toys and move them out of the conservatory. We've put more into their bedrooms now too but all the rest went nicely into the big toy chest and games/crafty bits went into the tall boy. This is what the family room looks like now.......

(I have printed off an A4 image of the cross stitch and stuck it up, just to show where it's going to go)




 and if you come and stay at our house, here is your bed!
 
The Utility room is also now finished, I found a new ironing board cover that had the pink in it.
 
 
I then chose accessories around the other colours in the cover, I couldn't believe there was even matching pegs, lol!
 
 
So here is what the utility room looks like now, complete with new worktop!


 
a close up of the plaque above the door.......