PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |15

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There’s less than two months til the wedding..and I have so much stuff to do still…to give you an idea..I need to dye 100 napkins, sort the table plan, and write 100 name cards…yup…good times. No but I am getting rather excited and I can’ wait to show you all the crafts I have been up to the last year, after the wedding. Can’t give away the surprises yet can I! But let’s say once the wedding is done, the blog can become my main focus again.

My pattern this week came out as a fuke if I’m to behonest. I was playing with overlay and shapes, then before I knew it I had this. I like the idea of possibly adding a quote over it?? thoughts?

How is everyone’s week going?



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I find this weekly pattern post also becomes a post for me to update you guys on my week and me…at the moment I am doing a 3 day juice cleanse..it’s not going too badly, though I was meant to start yesterday and ended up caving in to a piece of pizza. But so far so good for today. I’m not doing it as a weight loss, but more of a detox..it’s safe to say I have eaten a ton of crap the last few weeks, and have been feeling rather sluggish..so thought I’d give it a go..i’ll do a post on it if I find it beneficial..or if I manage to complete it. Send me good willpower vibes guys!

Anyway my pattern this week, is the digital version of a doodle I did a while back, and it’s one of my favourite to date… It just cheers me up!

 

Let me know what you guys think!

 

Happy wednesday all!

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PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |13

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Here is my weekly pattern design, while its tipping it down here, I have been entertaining arch with bubbles, which is what inspired my pattern this week. Does anyone remember hubba bubba the strawberry flavour..I mean I’m sure you can still get it, but it’s just the memory I have of being young and buying packets and packets of bubble gum, drooling over the flavours and pretty colours. Oh to be a kid again when your only worry was what flavour gum to have.  I hope you are all having a creative filled Wednesday, or at least a fun one. Guess we are lucky that the weather was at least sunny during the bank holiday weekend. Though I must say, I do love sitting with a cup of tea, with the patio doors open listening to the sound of the rain. Happy Wednesday everyone x

 

use #wflovespattern to show me your own patterns..

 

bye for now!



DIY PLYWOOD FLOOR ON A BUDGET..ALSO WE PAINTED IT BRIGHT BLUE!

 

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We managed to build a plywood floor from scratch for our living room on a very limited budget, we also painted it bright blue because why not? Anyway here’s the story behind it all and how easy it was to do to!

So first let me start off by saying that I have dreamt of having a blue floor since I pinned an image (one I can’t find anymore) about 3 years ago. It was of a blue floor in a kitchen, and it just looked super awesome. So as soon as me and Richard had an offer accepted on our house, we both went deep into research finding a way to build a blue floor.

I did tests using a few different paint choices, but ended up going with this one below which is Beach Blue from Cuprinol. We went with a 2 parts paint 1 part water in the end, to get the desired strength. I wanted the floors to be vibrant, but still be able to see the grain. This paint was so easy to work with, plus we ended up using 2 litres, so it came to £20 for the paint altogether.

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When we moved in, we realised quickly there weren’t any wooden floor boards downstairs, plus we had another issue which was found by the carpet fitter…the previous owners had plummed some piping, but hadn’t piped deep enough. How did we find this out? well the carpet fitter went through a pipe while trying to fit some carpet. Cue water everywhere, and a panicked me calling Richard home. So this put a major issue in the plan. We now had to build a flooring from scratch and find a way to fit it without nailing it into the flooring below.

So here’s what we did.  We put in a wooden frame, using 25x50mm batons. This added height to the floor, but was a solution that kept all our pipes intact and something to attach the floor boards too. We left the underlay from the carpet to raise the wood off the concrete and stop it sucking any potential moisture out of the slab, and also give the floor some bounce, for when Archer decides to practise his diving off the sofa. This would only work with plywood as the alternating “plys” in its construction, stop the wood splitting when walking on and give it a dance hall style cushion. Using a set square, and a little jig (see below) we kept an even distance between batons.

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Regarding our floorboards, Richard spent ages working out how to use the sheet of plywood efficiently so the wastage was minimal. He managed to get 9 floor boards out of a sheet of plywood. So with that info, and knowing the size of the room, we actually managed to order enough wood with just a little left over. We got our wood from a local timber merchant, who only charged us an extra £1 per a sheet for the cuts. Now we do have a table saw so we could have done this ourselves, but it would have taken us so much longer and we were on a tight schedule to get this done in a weekend while Archer was visiting his grandparents. It was totally worth it. So always look to your local merchants, as they are often much cheaper than the big stores.

We painted the wood outside board by board. This was more logical due to the size of the room and my rather pretty white walls (ha!)

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This took me and Richard an evening to do as there were like 70 boards to paint, but it was a pretty quick process, as the wood absorbed the watered down paint quickly!

The next morning saw us laying out the boards to work out which ones had to be cut down to size..this is pretty much like a jig saw..trying to find a logical but practical way to fit 70 boards took a while but this is one step which shouldn’t be rushed. We realised that every row was two and almost exactly one half, we also had to space out the batons evenly and were one short on perfect symmetry. As the highest traffic area, the space in front of the sofa got the extra baton and the space below the planned “booth” lost one as it would get no walking traffic. So we mixed up where the half boards went, to keep a pattern which looked mixed up, but purposely so.

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After we were happy, we fitted the boards, doing one long strip at a time. We picked gold screws to add a little bit of colour, and ended up screwing down the boards in a pretty efficient manner.

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All in all it took us 2 days to fit the flooring down and we used 12 short of 1000 screws..yeah long! To finish it all off we used a poly based varnish, this one, which is used in areas like receptions of hotels. We did three coats, which gives it a clear shiny coating..and it still looks amazing even 8 months on! And all in all we were able to do all this for just under £300!



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I’ve been on a bit of a social media hiatus recently, and a creative one too…you know when you have great ideas and they just don’t work…yeah thats been my month, lots of great ideas but rubbish execution of them. I was over stressing and over thinking so I decided to take a step back and just try to get some inspo without the pressure of trying to post and get likes etc..but I’m back hopefully, and I’ve worked out some kinks. I have so many plans for the blog and etsy shop over the next few months, I’m talking massive re-brand.. exciting stuff….if I am able to pull it off!

So here is my weekly pattern for you, let me know your thoughts and remember to tag your own patterns.

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wedding-table-2-webI think it’s pretty obvious to you guys who come here on a regular basis (thanks for that by the way!) that I’m pretty in to colour, but I’m seeing a serious 80’s vibe wt my patterns…maybe subconsioualy im reverting back to my childhood of Fresh Prince and Mr Motivator and how life was simpler as a child? hmmm..the joys of adulthood.

 

Anyway happy Wednesday all!



MINIMALIST OR MAXIMALIST WITH YOUR DECOR?

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MINIMALIST OR MAXIMALIST

Minimalist or maximalist. I’m not saying that when it comes to decor you fit into one of the two, there are many different notches of decor on the spectrum, but I do find these obviously being opposite ends that people tend to favour one (even if it’s subconsciously done). I definitely fall more into the maximalist. Every surface and wall space tends to be taken up by something, and I am into colour. Like big time.

There’s nothing wrong with filling your house with treasures, but this will tip you more on to a more maximalist level. If minimalism is what your after, which has become a way of life not just decor then you need more then just a deep clean to achieve this. You need to declutter your life and home. Minimalism  is about clean-cut straight lines and clean clear spaces with no clutter.

A living room with a few large Bramblecrest pieces and not too much clutter is a great way to instil a sense of minimalism. White or natural wood keeps the decor looking fresh and pristine. But there’s no need to shy away from colour. You could pick a colour that can feature in your home, with just pops showing through. A neon pink vase, on a structured bookcase, or even a pink throw for the living room. Having that little pops of one colour makes the room slightly less clinical but still minimal enough to calm your stress.

Having a minimal decor isn’t a boring solution, in fact I’d love to have a calm and uncluttered room in my house.  I think it’s a state of mind, but there’s no need for it to be boring, You can be minimal and creative at the same time.

So let’s touch on maximalist decor just a little bit. I have lots of mini collections of things, I swear I’m a bit of a hoarder. I have jars and jars of confetti, tea cups enough to serve a hundred people, and so many clothes…so many. But I like it this way. I like colour I like pattern. I have a blue wooden floor in my living room. I have no boundaries when it comes to my decor, and life in some ways, which I think sums up the maximum look pretty well. Everything I tend to own has some kind of story, I don’t buy things to make them match, which just add’s to my rather mismatched decor. More is more in my eyes. I think I will just spend my life out growing houses..though I do need to tone it down maybe…I could probably learn a bit from trying a more minimalist approach…but where would I put all my weird nik naks? There’s two documentaries that have great examples of these way’s of life.  Iris (which I think is on Netflix) looks at Iris Apfel who is one of my style icons and who is a big believer sometimes more is better, and there’s also one on minimalism called Minimalism: a documentary about the important things. Both were really interesting ad will give you a view of different ends of th decor and life spectrum!

YAY TO MONDAY ALL!



GUEST POST JULIE AUSTIN: 5 STEP GUIDE TO DECORATE YOUR BEDROOM

 

 

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Pinterest can be the best web surfing choice when you are looking for exotic bedroom décor. The images not only reveal the taste of the person but also their love, care, and attachment to the room. The good thing about Pinterest images is that they guide you fully to achieve the look without hiring an interior decorator. In fact, any of us who is creative and emotionally attached to his bedroom can utilize simple tricks and tips to turn their space into something more pleasing and charming. Decorating your bedroom is all about mixing big and small statement pieces in a way that look balanced and create harmony among them. Once you set up on the journey for decorating your bedroom and finding décor accessories, keep two basic things in mind i.e. focus on the big picture and give weightage to every minute detail. Once you are organized the end result would always be in your favor i.e. a dramatic and exotic room.

 

  1. Look out for things that inspire you

Some people are creative enough to style their own room, but others need to gather inspiration to make things work out. Look out for images on Pinterest or your favorite blogs and magazines and start collecting them. Once you have gathered your inspiration go through the pictures and start listing down the things that you like about the pictures and then collect them by looking at your stuff first and then if something needs to be bought get it. But keep in mind that you don’t have to spend a fortune to decorate your bedroom. Be creative and look for ways to update your furniture and accessories according to the images that inspire you.

  1. Decide wall paint or wall paper

The next step is to decide what you want for the walls of your room. Do you want to paint it to follow a color scheme of your choice or do you want to use patterned wall paper to give a bold look to your bedroom? Choosing the color scheme through wall paper or paint will keep you motivated to get the rest of the work done.

 

  1. Play with color, pattern, and texture

This is the perfect time to play with colors, textures, and patterns when it comes to fiber décor as it lifts the décor of your room and makes it more lively and refreshing to the eye. Get creative with vibrant color schemes as it adds more drama to your décor. If you are young at heart splash the color scheme in your interior. However, most of us are not comfortable with dark color schemes such people can stick with a limited palette to keep it soothing and sober. Textures can work as a central theme for your bedroom décor. Get creative with throw pillows, comforters, blankets and rugs to add the element of interest to your space.

 

  1. Create a furniture plan

Before creating a furniture plan work out the measurements of the room first. If you have a spacious room, then you can furnish it with king size bed but if your bedroom is small in size then don’t clutter it by filling too many furniture pieces. The best way to plant the furniture layout is to draw the arrangement on a paper and choose the style that looks spacious and pleasing to the eye.

 

  1. Accessorize

Accessories give a finishing touch to your bedroom décor. Fill the gaps of your room with accessories to give it a luxurious and sophisticated look. Look out for mirrors, paintings, pictures, lamps and flower pots to give a refreshing and welcoming final touch to your bedroom.

Author Bio:

This post is written by Julie Austin. She loves traveling, home decorating and hanging out with her friends. She regularly blogs at http://mybedcomforter.com/

 



PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |11

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It has been a hectic few weeks, my baby turned two (how do I have a two-year old?) and aswell as other friends parties, I’ve had some family stuff going on. I am someone who is completely run by emotions. When something isn’t going right in life, I find it very hard to concentrate on anything else. I went running on Monday, for the first time in a couple of weeks, it was like there was a weird block that was stopping me going…you know? Anyway I have so many posts lined up, so hopefully August will go a little smoother..

Anyway to pattern play, I actually saw a scene in one of Archer’s books of bright coloured simple square house, which is what inspired this pattern..I am also dreaming of a city escape soon..

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A FEW THINGS TO THINK OF WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING

 

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When it comes to planning a wedding, which I have been doing for like three years now, there are a few things that I didn’t consider when looking at venues etc, and considering my budget.

Firstly lets look at the flowers for your venue. When booking your florist, make sure you give them all the details of your venue, and where and when you want them delivered. A floral delivery company, like most florists, will tend to deliver your beautiful blooms, but most charge quite a delivery fee, as the flowers tend to come in refrigerated vans to help keep them fresh. Our’s is charging £50 to deliver, and that’s a local florist to our venue, so take note when looking at florists, where they are located in regards to your venue, and how much the delivery is.

 

When you book your venues find out exactly what is covered in the initial cost, and ask about all the extras like chair covers, seat pads, cloth napkins etc. You may be surprised how the costs add up. Our venue had added extras, for example a £1 for a seat cushion (which we went for), £1 for clot napkins and even 50p to have blue glasses instead of standard clear glasses. Safe to say we decided not to go for the latter, as it would have added up to an extra £135. So make sure you know what’s offered.

Check the venue’s rules regarding parking/leaving et and make sure you get a local cab company booked out fr your guests. Especially if like our’s your venue doesn’t offer rooms, and the cars need to be out by 9am the next day. Get the lists and maybe add a note on the invitation, or let your guests know by email closer to the day so they can plan ahead.

 

Keeping to schedule. This is especially important if you are having a civil ceremony. registrar’s tend to have multiple wedding son and so they keep to a strict schedule so there’s no being late when our the bride. You have a time and you stick to it. Also the live band, DJ, and wedding day photographer are going to charge overtime, too. If you want them to stay on a couple more hours, they will charge an hourly rate which may need to be paid upfront. So keep this in mind, and maybe ask beforehand how much they cost if extra hours are needed so you aren’t shocked  by the costs.

Now if I am to be honest I havent looked into this, but wedding day insurance  might be useful especially for abroad weddings, and outdoor weddings. If a member gets ill, or a natural disaster stops everything from happening, like a flood for example it means your covered and you don’t lose a bunch of money. Being as I am getting married in 3 MONTHS, I fee; it’s a bit late now for me!

Gate crashers, or guests who weren’t able to attend suddenly show up– how are you going to deal with it? Firstly get rid of the gate crasher, give them a slice of cake and send them on their way. Regarding the guest who declined then randomly showed. I think keep calm, and politely thank them for coming. Thinking about it, it might be an idea you save some money back in case of such problem, so you have enough for the surprise guest (meaning the actual guest, not gate crasher!)

 

A quick note on how my planning is going, all I have left is the DJ, suits, rings and wedding dress…so yeah… not too much! ahhhhh



TODDLER BOY STYLE |01

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Ok so I love being a mummy to a boy, but is it just me, or as soon as the babies enter toddler years, especially boys, the clothes options go down hill a bit..There are super cute under 2 baby boy wear, not a lot, but still super soft and cute but above tw can be a bit blah. Now I am aware thatArcher is growing up, and I’m not going to be able to dress him cutely for very long, but while I still have some say, I don’t see why the options for boys are so limited. I mean, I’m ok with some character and branded stuff, but whats wrong with fun prints and patterns? Why is it a lot of boys clothes tend to be polo shirts and jeans? It’s not the most comfy for active kids plus they tend to look like tiny men no? All I’m saying is if I’m dressing Arch to resemble a tiny man, by god he is going to be wearing cute trousers with braces, a shirt, cap and brogues. He’s going to be channeling an old-timer. That is for sure! Anyway, I have this discussion so often with my mummy friends who have boys, and they totally get where I am coming from. So I thought I’d show you a couple of outfits each month, which are comfy, affordable and not necessarily character based or jeans! So enjoy!

 

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Ok so this outfit is from Zara, I find that Zara do some really cute pieces for toddler kids and older kids too, nice patterns and soft cottons which are nice and breathable. This outfit was super cheap too. The lightening bolt t-shirt was £3.99 and goes from 3 months-4 years old. So great age range. The banana joggers, which by the way are more blue in person and undeniably cute, are £6.99 and have the same age range. So that’s a super cute outfit for like £11.

 

 

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I am all about pattern and bold colours, and this little outfit is on of my favourites. The fish patterned jumper is from M&S but they no longer have it which sucks, but they have a rather sweet t-shirt in the same pattern which is £3.50. The shorts are from H&M, they have tiny parrots on and they are £4.99. The age range for them are 4 months- 3 years. They are so fricking cute!

 

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This black hooded romper which in the pictures below I paired with a grey t-shirt, is so light and easy to move in. I also paired it with a cute Mickey Mouse hat which I got from Tesco’s. Anyway back to this romper, it’s from Next but typically I can’t find it on their site anymore but this one here is similar and still super cute and ranges from sizes 3-16 years.

 

cute-boys-clothes-style,-pattern-and-colourThis little outfit is a little more laid back, with the crocodile comic like pattern. This top is from M&S and costs £6.00, the shorts are just from George ASDA, and are just your casual grey cotton shorts.

 

So there are my outfit picks for the month, sorry they are all creased, my iron broke..hopfully next month will be a little more neater. Plus I am always trying to get pictures of Arch wearing the clothes so you can get a better look of how they fit..below are my poor attempts haha!

baby-boy-toddler-style-cloths-idea-layout baby-boy-style,-toddler-boy-modeling-next-clothesThe romper really is the cutest, I haven’t got a picture of Archer in his Zara outfit as it only came today, but I will post one on instagram as soon as he is in it. Which will probably be tomorrow!

 

Have a lovely weekend all, and if you know of any cute places that do boys clothes let me know in the comments, or drop me an email x