Sunday, 18 January 2015

2015 Plans

I'm writing this listening to the wind whip around our new house. It's finally given me the idea for a new name for this space. I hope I don't go off it like all the others.

I took the above picture on our way home from Wales. When it's just Molly and I in the car I'll do that, pull over and take pictures. Jamie just likes to get to where we're going haha.

I don't have a huge list this year. OK yeah I do..

1// Decorate our new home. This is kind of a never ending list, especially with my recent exhaustion. I plan to revisit this list each month with pictures to go with. Our main priorities are:
- Strip wallpaper, and plaster Molly's room before completely re-decorating (floor included) she's really quite unhappy with the way it is now as her old bedroom was very very pretty, and the walls in this one are not.
- Plaster all the artex flat (there's a lot of artex..)
- Paper the dining room (Jamie stripped it last weekend the starman) and then paint & put up shelves
- New floor in the dining room, blood red carpet is not my favourite!
- Paint the pine cladding in the downstairs bathroom.
- Tile in the downstairs bathroom
- Strip wallpaper, paint and decorate our dressing room.
- Demo en-suite
- Do something with our main bathroom (pink tiles, carpet, pine cladding, no shower, textured wallpaper painted black!?) Yeah..
- Strip and repaper spare room. Change hideous shag carpet.
- Paint kitchen cabinets, change worktop, new sink, new gas oven and hob (I hate electric)

We hope to get most of this done in the next six months. Wish us luck!

2// Make more. I'm starting a new blog series to get me making more. I need to find a space (somewhere!) to store my sewing machine so it's easy to get out and get making. So many ideas, so little time.

3// Practice yoga five times a week. I am hugely inspired by Nina and I hope to make the time regularly this year, as I was very sporadic last year (mostly only practicing during shark week as it eases my cramps)

4// Get dressed. I know this sound ridiculous but I live in my pyjamas when I'm not at work. A work in progress, pjs are so comfortable in a chilly house!

5// Cook from scratch. Jamie cooks much more than I do, and I'm ok with that. I'm quite lazy. I would rather read that cook. And yeah I am ok with that. But I do want to try some recipes that create enough to get a freezer meal out of, and that I can eat at work for the days following. So more casseroles and less toast ;)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


2014 began with some rather testing times, and in some ways has ended with them. Moving house will do that to ya ;)

I have really focused on my family and work this year. And it's been wonderful. I've completed three Adult Learning courses and I can't wait to sign up to the next. Some of my pictures were published and I had my first photography exhibition. I sold a load of junk at three car boots and I can't wait to start next seasons. We went on our first family holiday (that wasn't to my homeland!). I've made some wonderful friends and spent some quality time with those I cherish. I always feel really sad summing up my year. It feels so packed and time races by but sometimes when I take stock I beat myself up for not achieving enough. I did give myself 2014 as the gift of time. No pressure, to just be. But now I feel that 2015 has to be the year to get.shit.done. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Christmas Portrait.

(The best of a blurry bunch but I love it!)

We finally got some Christmas portraits, before the festive feelings dissipated!

Update on the new house, we have the coldest house on earth. I'm wearing slippers! For those who don't know, I have the hottest feet on the planet. But fires man, open fires <3

Monday, 29 December 2014

Boxing Day aka SNOW DAY!!!

So after a rather long and exhausting few days, Boxing Day felt like a bit of an anti-climax. Christmas day wasn't quite as cheery as it usually is and I was feeling a bit like maybe I hadn't created as much magic for Molly as I would have liked to. Then again I think it was more that she was still unwell and unsure in our new home (she's still not warmed to it really). Then... it snowed! I was SO excited to look out the window and see a white boxing day!!! I dressed Molly up and told her I had a surprise. She looked at me suspiciously and asked if it was rain.. I told her it was better than rain. SNOW she gasped!

We put on our coats. I could only find one baby mitten so she wore one mitten and a sock on her hands and we ran outside! She stayed with me until her hands were 'chilly'. Then we enjoyed our tea before bed. I had my second Christmas dinner. It was so worth it getting a larger turkey crown just for the extra. 
I think I'll call him Melvin.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Day.

We had a slow Christmas morning, Jamie and I were both exhausted. After prolonging the stocking opening in bed for as much as possible we built a fire downstairs and unwrapped our wonderful gifts under the tree. Thank you friends and family :) 
We had both family over which was great for Molly as I spent my time in the kitchen and Jamie's stomach flu presented at dinner time and he was confined to bed for the rest of the day! Though I must say, my roast potatoes were amazing, thank you my wonderful sister for the perfect recipe ;) I didn't get many pictures of the day, cooking and eating took priority but we will be getting our annual tree photo before we take it down. I am determined.  

Merry Christmas Everyone - I hope you had a perfect day!

I've never seen a child more in love with Mousetrap.. she even sings it a song!