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MY NEW MORNING ROUTINE

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Ok, so I say routine, it’s been a couple of  weeks, but thinking positive and all that jazz. Archer’s new wake up time is 5, so my new wake up time is now 5. YAY. Seriosuly slowly killing me, but I am striving to get used to being an over-achiever morning person. I mean I found the 6am start a struggle. Let’s just hope it stops at 5am. Seriosuly is this kid even ours? Me and Richard could happily sleep in til 1..not very productive. But hey we are totaly sleep bunnies. And due to Richards shift work, and me being overly awesome/the stay at home mum, Im one up playing trains on the floor at 5 am.

Anyway, this isn’t just my new routine of getting up, I’ve also decided to try and make some use of the early morning rise. So me and Arch have started going out running. I find I need to do something otherwise I’d lay on the couch in a half slumber, which isn’t great for my energy levels, and it tends to lead to Arch sneakily covering him self in pen while I pathetically watch him with one eye closed. So yes we have started running. Well, a jog like jaunt with walking in between.

I got into running the summer before my last year of uni, and got to the point I was able to run for a good 40 mins at a nice pace. Since then I have tried to get back into. Cue a sprained ankle the following year, then cue pregnancy with a bunch of morning sickness next. I got out of running due to a super hectic 3rd year schedule and meeting Richard. I managed to gain a couple of stone in the first 6 months of being with Richard, due to large portions and generally being happy and comfortable. So anyway, back to my morning runs.

I’ve just finished my last run of this week, which was run for 90 seconds walk for 90 seconds x5. But the last run I did for 2 minutes just to see if I was able, as tomorrow its the big run for 2 minutes, walk for 2 minutes. I’m following this program below, but I edited it a little. I started off with week 2 where I took the walk down by 1 minute, and with week 3 I took the walk time down by 90 seconds just to try and improve my recovery time. So I did run 1 minute walk 2 x5, then run 90 seconds walk 90 seconds x5.

So I’ve been running for a couple of weeks, and it’s quite a nice way to start my morning. Though pushing a pram while running is pretty tough. I finish with a  cool down, where I walk home and let Arch out of the pram so he can have a run around too. He seems to enjoy it. Plus there is no way I could run in the middle of the day…you all enjoying the heat wave!!??

Here is the program if you fancy giving it a go.

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SHOULD YOU HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER?

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I get asked this question a lot by close friends, who either want me to help them with decor, or to know if an interior designer is worth hiring. Firstly, I am not an interior designer, I have a love for all things interiors, I love planning out a room (styling) and decorating the room, but interior designers go way above that. So let’s talk some deets.

An interior designer can be great if you really have no idea of how to put your ideas together, or if you renovating/building a home and literally have no idea where to start. A designer can help take your many wacky different ideas and come up with a cohesive plan for the layout, style and decor of your rooms. They can also liase with contractors/builders etc. on placement of certain features. This is where have a designer from the get go is a good idea.

But first things first. The most important thing to consider is your budget . Each designer will charge according to their experience, so if you are looking for designers who have been in the business for a few years, you should expect to pay quite a bit for their service. But getting someone who is just starting out, although they may be new, will be cheaper while they are building up their portfolio. But remember everyone has to start somewhere.  But you need to take into consideration how much the designer will costs, and the decorating budget too. The last thing you need is your finances going into the red!

If you have decided that an interior designer is the right choice, do your research. Each interior designer will have their own distinct style. Some designers might prefer to use furniture from Danetti and other modern brands, which use light colours and contemporary shapes. while other designers might prefer to create vintage-inspired rooms and source their furniture from flea markets or antique shops. To get a good idea of the look a potential designer will create for you, take a look at their portfolio to see the rooms they have styled in the past. I personally would love to use someone who can create an array of different looks and feels. This will show that they can take any brief and wow it.

Once the designer is picked and the date booked, why not go visit family or find an  alternative accommodation while they get to work. This way you won’t be bashing heads with carpenters/decorators/designers etc.

Think about your timeline. When I decorated my mother’s room it took me a good few days doing it on my own. You need to think about how long a renovation might take and if you have deadlines like the holidays or before someone comes to stay? If so, you need to let your interior designer know that they need to work to a tight timeline.

 

hopefully this might have helped a few questions you might have..hope everyone is enjoying the heatwave..im currently sat with my feet in a paddiling pool.

 

 



PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |06

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Ok so I will give you one guess what I had for dinner yesterday that influenced my doodling this morning..Eggs eggs eggs. But on a serious note, poached eggs are one of my all time favourite foods. I have them at least twice a week I’d say. Probably more. Adding to my obsession of eggs with this pattern, it also features pink. A colour that has taken some major control over my life the last year, and many others. It’s the year of the pink that is for sure. But anyway. I hope everyone’s Wednesday goes quickly, it’s my Birthday tomorrow and I turn 28. So far my birthday plans include taking Archer to tumble tots and then a family day to the pool. Which I am pretty excited about. Can’t beat family time and here’s hoping there may be some cake too.

But I will keep you guys updated because obviously you’re dying to know how my Birthday will be spent..

 



FUN CRAFTS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS ENTERTAINED THIS SUMMER

There’s no better time than summer to get some awesome craft projects underway. The kids are off school, the weather is fine, and the days are long. But these aren’t just for the older kids, have fun with your little ones too. Arch loves doing little mini projects, and we have an array of pretty pictures and different crafts that we have done together. These are great too if it’s raining, or if you just aren’t feeling a mummy and toddler group. Also I’d recommend checking your local library, ours offer a craft day once a week, and during the holidays they do lots of fun themed crafts too..great for the little ones. Even if it only keeps Arch entertained for 10 minutes! Anyway on to the crafts.

I’ve collected a few things over the last few months in a box, crazily known as the craft box. Original I know. In the craft box we have felt, buttons,paints, paper, pom poms…and you get where I am going with this. I actually pick up bulk sets when the sales are on. Because let’s’ be honest I don’t think our little ones are going to care if the craft pack is ‘last seasons’. Obviously I keep tools like scissors, glue and spray adhesives out-of-the-way in a cupboard, and I use these when doing certain things..though Arch is just about getting the hang of glue.

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There’s nothing more summer-esque than building a den and playing outside all day, watching the stars at night and nothing is as tasty than a smore! Grab a sheet, a bunch of pillows and fill your day making daisy chains and going on nature hunts. The kids are sure to have fun!

 

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Next we have a fun DIY which is super colourful, fun to make and should last a fair bit of time too. DIY chalk for your kids to draw some masterpieces on pavement in your back garden or on your street. Fun to make and fun to use..plus how cute do these look..lolly pop shapes. This is also a fun activity for kids all ages and a great one for the little ones in helping them learn colours.

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Oh the wonders you can create with a cardboard box, how cute does this look? The possibilities are really endless!

 

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For the unicorn lovers in your life, this is super cute right and who knew you could create something like this from an old toilet roll. This is sure to keep the unicorn loves entertained!

 

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These are so cute right? Perfect for those sunny days! Also a great one to do with the little ones.

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This last one is great for the older kids, and helping them with their spelling. Plus its a fun activity finding the pebbles and painting them to look pretty!

 

So there you have it, just a few ideas to keep your kids entertained this summer! Hope you all had a lovely weekend!



PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |05

With all that’s been going on in the world, I thought today my pattern should be one of colour and hope. So I simply did a rainbow. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Manchester and all affected by recent events.

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PATTERN PLAY WEDNESDAY |04

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Totally been doing this for a month now! wooo.. I have to say it’s rather fun setting down some time either Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning to just create something, just trying to decide what to do with them all..maybe I’ll make prints or maybe cushion covers…that could be fun. ANyway i’ll stop waffling as I know this is meant to be a nice short and sweet post for your Wednesday blues..so this pattern literally took me like 5 minutes. A few clicks on Photoshop and an obsessive grid lover nature and above is what I came up with…I would love to do this pattern for my big bathroom upstairs….it would be so much fun no?? What do you guys think?

 

Anyway happy Wednesday everyone and remember to tag your patterns with #wflovespatten!



HOW TO DO A TRULY AWESOME GALLERY WALL ON A BUDGET

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Ok so I love filling my house with beautiful and textural things, and so I have many mini gallery walls up. I’ve been collecting artwork and little nik naks for years now and so have grown a rather half decent collection of odd things. Now I don’t own any originals ( I wish ) but the pieces we own, me and Richard have picked out because we like them. I think we would all love to be able afford a n original Jenny Saville or Nan Goldin piece, but let’s be honest, they are way out of our budget, and even for me spending a few hundred pounds on once piece isn’t really an option. But there are ways to fill your home with beautiful pieces. So today I am going to show you the start of one of my newest collections that will hopefully going in my hallways, its pink themed..as you may notice. Which wasn’t actually done on purpose, I guess I’m just drawn to that colour at the moment. But I will take you step by step of my process, so grab a cup of coffee and let’s get lost in overly pretty graphics and patterns.

Also I apologise for the photos, my camera is still broken (waiting on spare part) and so these are good old iphone pics!!

Ok let’s talk sources. You have Etsy, which is great for art pieces, and you can pick up some truly beautiful screen prints, drawings and prints for not a lot at all, take a look at my favourites on Etsy as I’m always favouriting prints and artworks.

Then you have your local charity shops and car boots, where you can pick up lots of different things. Maybe vintage scarves that might look cool in a frame, old postcards too always look awesome.

If your after artwork and you don’t mind spending that little bit more, check out sites like Artfinder as they have a variety of artists in every medium you can think of.

So those are my go to places, but I also like cards that you can get anywhere, nowadays the graphics and typography are so on point they are like little mini artworks themselves.

Right now let’s talk my new gallery wall plan.

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I’ll do it row by row and give you links to what I can, though I must mention a good amount are from A Beautiful mess when they had their 10 items for a $1 each, so I stocked up on cards and just decided most were too cute to use! But always check back on their shop as they are always doing lots of offers. Ok let’s get to the pink overload!

Row 1:  Today is your day, A Beautiful Mess, Geometric card, A Beautiful Mess, Pink and Green neon card, Etsy,  Screen Print, Etsy,

Row 2:  Bon voyage, A Beautiful Mess,  Have a nice day, A Beautiful Mess,  3 Stickers, Etsy, Hello postcard, A Beautiful Mess, 2 stickers that came free with an enamel pin I brought, Etsy,  Palm Tree Hotel Card, A Beautiful Mess.

Row 3: Good Morning Card, A Beautiful Mess,  Vagina Haircuts, Etsy,  World’s okayest morning person card, A Beautiful Mess, 2 badges from a carboot in Canada.

Row 4: Pink cube geometric card, Etsy, Badge vintage from carboot, Slay Mama, Etsy,  Palm Trees, A Beautiful Mess,  Spread eagle lady, Etsy.

I am loving all the pink hues and strong contrasting typography..eek so fun right?

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With the stickers, I think I will find some plain but maybe textured white card to stick them on and then frame. This would work really well with patches too on a piece of fabric like denim which gives a high contrast. Oooo maybe I should start a patch wall.

 

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I have a few ideas of how I am going to do the badges, once I have made up my mind I shall do a post on it..and on the final gallery wall too.

 

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But like I said you don’t have to spend a fortune, and there’s never a rush. This has taken me about 4 months to collect with the badges being in a box for about 4 years!! As I was just never sure what to do with them, it can take time. Have fun and go out hunting for some inspiring pieces!

 

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Another fun thing, is with some of the cards that came with bright envelopes I will probably use them as a little mount so there’s another pop of colour. All I need to do now is find frames. For this I will either look at Ikea or possibly hunt round some charity shops. I’d like them all to be white frames so that it’s not an overload of dark colours, so for this I will spray paint the frames white so they match..but this is a long project finding frames! There are always options to get things professionally framed but that can be quite expensive, especially with a collection of this size.

 

Happy Tuesday

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So I don’t want to like complete ignore the fact that I have called this post untitled, to be honest I didn’t know what to call it…hey I’m back..my month off..these just didn’t fit to me.  I haven’t blogged for quite a while..for the longest period ever…even after having Arch I only went a few days before I started up again. But I needed this month. I’m kind of contradicting the subject of this post with pretty spring pictures. I really have no idea how to go about it..but hey let’s just start with a few facts. Firstly Parenting is HARD AS FUCK.

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I love Archer, but it’s not been an easy ride this motherhood thing. When Archer was 10 weeks I had a meltdown. I wouldn’t let my sister leave, I didn’t want to be left alone with him, and while expressing every 2 hours which led to just 1 bottle of milk, I was exhausted, devastated and defeated. I spoke about my breast-feeding journey, or more importantly lack of, but I didn’t go in deep about my mood and the aftermath. I gave up expressing 3 days later when one of the health visitors came out to talk to me about my mood. Richard was called home, at the time by my rather worried sister, and we decided on a new plan of action to help boost my mood. I was visited a couple of times for a few weeks, for chats, and my friends rallied to cheer me up. It took a while for the guilt of not nourishing my baby with my own milk to go, but it did and I started to feel better in myself.

 

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But parenting was still hard work, but let’s be honest. All parenting is hard work. I was burning the candle at all ends. Doing commissions, nurturing Archer, doing the blog and sometimes doing this on my own while my other half worked stupidly long hours. Not helped that both set’s of family live a fair distance away. During Richards late finishes I was finding myself having a mere 40 minutes break (where I would normally shower/ do jobs) each day between Richard getting up than having to go to work again..I was a mummy machine, killing myself to get sponsored posts out and cling onto some identity which didn’t label me as ‘just a stay at home mum’. I’d have mini meltdowns of exhaustion and upset every month or so. Me and Richard would emotionally vomit, get in some help from the family, then I would be on a high for the next couple of weeks till the next burnout.

 

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Second fact, mum guilt is REAL. I was doing my blogging work at midnight, showering at 9 in the evening when Archer was in bed. I’d then deal with Archer’s hourly wake up calls before bringing him into bed with me at 2 am. I’d go to groups, do baby activities with Archer, cook him healthy food, sing dance and everything in between. I never neglected Arch, and I would never want to. But if for a few days I didn’t have the energy to take him out, and I just put cbeebies on, man the worry and guilt that I’m not nurturing my child would sink in. Comparing Archer’s progress to other kids didn’t help at all either. We really shouldn’t compare but let’s be honest all mums do this at some point. I have the overly hyper/destructive child out of the group, this being especially noticable at soft play. Something I came to hate. Why? Because it makes your  heart beat fast, your face bright red and your patience completely deplete. As I looked at other mums around me, enjoying their time, looking all-powerful and mighty in their honest motherhood state. It occurred to me, and though I hate myself even when I type this..I don’t enjoy being a mother.

I love Archer, I wouldn’t give him up for anything, but there was a point when I was really struggling with this idea that my main thing in life was being a mother, and I wasn’t enjoying it. I found myself thinking, maybe this is kind of normal, Archer was having a particularly bad period regarding his behaviour..and well parenting is hard right..but this feeling didn’t leave…and with it came overwhelming guilt and sadness.  I wanted to enjoy Arch. I wanted to be the best mummy to him.. I wanted to enjoy this special bond..this gift that some people go there whole life wanting and sometimes can’t have..

Something wasn’t right..I mean this wasn’t normal right?..let’s cue 5 more months of me battling this unbelievable sadness and guilt. After a very difficult weekend at the beginning of this year, my mum witnessed a meltdown, and expressed concern for my mood. With some hope I came to think, oh maybe this isn’t normal, maybe this is just a hormonal inbalance..maybe I could begin to enjoy motherhood. Did I go to the doctor..no. Let’s just say the stigma attached to post-natal depression was something I didn’t want to deal with, and I was convinced that with better eating and excercise and regular emotional vomiting with Richard we could cope and work through it. Just as a side note, emotional vomiting is talking not actually like being sick…just so you know.

Anyway the next few month were brutal. My monthly meltdowns became weekly, then daily. Me and Richard called quits on my attempting to deal without help, just over a month ago. It was a morning where I had been watching Arch downstairs, and suddenly something switched, and I didn’t want to be in the same room with anyone. I went upstairs gave Archer to Richard and pretty much hibernated for a few hours. Something had to be done. The next morning we were at the doctors.

I was diagnosed with Post Natal Depression. In hindsight I should have gone back to the doctors after the meltdown after the 10 week episode. But I didn’t. I can’t get that time back with Archer, where my patience, happiness and attitude might have shaped different memories. But I can’t think about that stuff. Because there were good times, it wasn’t all dark. It was more that the sadness encroached more and more and became an annoying little niggling feeling. But I can tell you something. The last month has been quite possibly one of the best. We have made the effort to see more family, enjoy the sun and many flowers.  I DO enjoy being Archer’s mummy. And I have waited 20 months to feel that.

 

 

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MY OFFICE MOODBOARD

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Ok so me and Richard have sat down and ‘tried’ to work out some sort of system when it comes to getting our house finished…the task at the moment feels neverending..and with a limited budget, we are doing most of the work ourselves. So back to the logic. At the moment the garage is pretty much filled with my office stuff, as well as many corners of the house. So if we get the office finished, we can empty the garage, which will give us a whole space to do all the handy work, which will in turn relieve some of the chaos and DIY paraphernalia thats taking over our home..

So to my office, I want somewhere that’s bursting with energy but also somewhere me and Richard can go chill and relax. With a bar..it could also be a little entertaining spot too. So to the moodboard above. Here is a list of my sources of images and products, just before I forget.

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Ice Cream Cone Planter  Aww Sam

Fur Throw  Etsy

Sofa  Ikea

Bar Cart  The Every Girl

Hanging Planter  Etsy

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Ok so I already have the sofa, though it has an older cover on it, hence lots of cushions needed and I also have a unit for the bar cart too. Regarding artworks, I’m always on the look out for new pieces, and want some really interesting ones to keep the creative juices flowing. I’ve brought some already, but I rather like the look of the functional glass art pieces here. It’s totally different and not something I normally go for, but they look so cool. I also kind of want a giant canvas to put up against one of the walls..because you know why not.

I’ve painted the room white, but I’m looking to do a pattern on the back wall..possibly like the confetti one I quickly designed for the moodboard. Because I have the white walls, it’s ok for me to go bright with colour in the accents and furniture. With the art work, ornaments and even my favourite books. But I really like the idea of the back wall, having a pop of colour and being a big feature in the room..what do you guys think?

Now you may be thinking why do you need a bar cart and sofa, isn’t this just another form of procrastination. And, yes yes it is. But the idea behind the office, is that I want it to be somewhere me and Richard can go chill in the summer evenings. Also in my mind it’s safer to have a bar cart in a room Arch won’t really go in, rather then one just in our living room. Hello drunk toddler worry.

To keep me on track with my work, i’ll invest in a cute wall calender, and Richard is currently building me a side board which will run down one length of the office. Perfect for holding all the props and craft tools. My desk is already set up, and I have a chair similar to the one in the moodbaord, but it’s teal..and lacking the pink fur throw…which Im pretty sure I need in my life.  If your thinking well jeez that’s a lot of colour and pattern overload, then yes..it is, but remember, I’m pairing the colour with white walls and a bare wood desk. The natural greenery of plants (hello how cute is that ice cream planter DIY??) will help keep the pallette from looking to over colourful. I’ll make it work! But I’m just excited about having somewhere to create, and somewhere to keep the craft explosion mess so my living room doesn’t suffer.

Lastly, I’m on the hunt for some artwork, i’m rather into hand drawn illustrations and typography prints at the moment, so if you have any recommendations leave me a link, or send me an email!

 

Happy Friday!

 



JUST ME

I’ve never really done this before, I mean I’ve done personal posts and such, but never started a blog post without having an idea of what the post is going to be about. So let’s just wing this..and I apologise if it turns out to be super boring..

This is where I guess you tube comes in handy like with vlogging, but man do I hate seeing myself on film. And not because i’m not so great at body confidence ( yet) but it’s my voice..like I sound young..teenage almost babyish young and it makes me super cringe..anyway. I’m thinking of using this platform every now and then just to get rid of the jargin that’s in my head. I spend a suprisingly large amount of time just me and Archer. Richard works crazy long hours, we don’t have family around, I see my friends with babies once a week or so, and we do quite a few baby groups, but man are mummies clicky. So I find myself  talking to Arch a lot, and most of his responses are dog and quacking..Oh the weirdness of being a mother hey.

But recently I found myself questioning a few things..which though he tried, Arch just couldn’t give me a definitive answer…so what do you guys think

Do you think Trumps tan colour is actually called cheeto orange dust?

Why aren’t blueberries blue on the inside..it really bugs me..

I think these two are for sure the more important questions that I have been pondering the last week or so..

 

I think that’s about it for my ramblings, hope you all have had a lovely Wednesday..man was it long though..I just worked out and I’m now currently sat on the sofa attempting to recover while watching Mad Men..the first season, yes I realise I’m like 10 years too late..but oh well..