Saturday, 31 January 2015

My big sister got married!!!

My sister got married last Friday!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAARGH! It was a massive cry fest. It was truly beautiful.

The night before I was drying my hair at midnight, knowing I'd have to be at the hotel for six to get started on it. Managed to get there just in time! Phew! Jamie woke up with an allergic reaction. Like, full on red face! So I had to drive to get him some anti allergy tablets, just a couple of hours before the wedding, in my pyjamas! Fortunately the Chemist had a Peacocks next door, so I snagged a clutch in the sale, as I'd forgotten my pre-bought bag! Then I kept crying!! I cried when Rhiannon got dressed, I cried when her dad saw her for the first time and told her she was beautiful. I cried when she gave us our bridesmaid bracelets. I SOBBED down the aisle. It was so bad everyone laughed at me.

It truly was one of the best days/nights of my life. All our family together, all super happy.
Also, the breakfast. I could have eaten and eaten and eaten all day.

Congratulations Mark and Rhiannon!

We do good at family selfies!

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