Thursday, 22 August 2013


I baked my first cake in our new house the other day, in the very OLD oven!  I don't think it got hot enough, as the cake didn't rise that well, but we still enjoyed it...

(New sofa and armchair arrived that day too, which you can see - very exciting after an 8 week wait!)

I think there will have to be more practise baking to come, until I get the oven doing what I want it to...

Must just add... this is a very carefully aimed shot which doesn't show the piles of junk and the 'in-progress' parts of the lounge/diner!  Don't be fooled into thinking all is perfection!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Craft Room Preparations...

Hi all - thanks for the lovely comments as always!  I've been making progress with my crochet squares... but I'll save that for another time, as I'm not finished yet.

I thought I'd share bits and bobs relating to my craft room!  This is the little third bedroom, known to us (from the moment we viewed the house) as my craft room!

I've bought a couple of pretty bits from Tiger for the room:

A cutwork bin, which I've currently shoved wrapping paper/brown paper/cellophane in.  I think it might be too nice for rubbish!

Colourful baskets:

Look at that organised fabric!  The room was a complete bombshell of paperwork, craft stuff and who knows what other random junk, scattered all over the floor.  I spent aaaages folding up that fabric into that basket, and afterwards declared triumphantly to the Lumberjack "I feel like I've made some real progress here!"  His face said it all as he glanced around at the practically untouched chaos!

It's not all as organised as that yet...

But it will be... eventually!

Helping me in my challenge are these items of furniture from good old Ikea...

The Expedit!

A glimpse of which you could see in my previous picture.  Complete with a bright pink drawers insert:

This fits into one of the squares and will be useful for hiding the less pretty crafting paraphernalia!

I also have a desk... the Ikea Micke desk:

I nearly copied Hydrangea Girl's desk set up but the one I bought has a 50cm depth, as opposed to the 60cm depth, and a radiator in the way dictated the narrower depth was required.  Very happy with my new desk, though!  (And I'd better be - the Lumberjack said it was the worst flatpack bit of furniture he's ever assembled!)

And to go with it, this Snille chair, for a bargainous £12!!!

I find it so comfortable... and £12... would you believe it...!

I will reveal more as I get things more sorted.  However, I want to strip the wallpaper and paint the room, but we've had enough of wallpaper stripping at present!  NOT a fun job, and the whole house is wallpapered, eurgh.

This room isn't really a priority, because it's by far the nicest wallpaper in the house, a lot less dated than other rooms - we think it was done recently:

I actually don't mind it, but it's not the right look for my craft room.  As a feature wall in a living room or bedroom, accented with creams and reds it could be really nice.  But not on all the walls, and not in my craft room!

But as there's not really anything wrong with it, and as we have a million other jobs to do... it's quite far down the list.  I'm just happy to have a craft room at all!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Crochet, Cranes and Crafting!

What with all the house stuff taking over lately - I felt the overwhelming desire to crochet again!  I had to give in...

Simple granny squares using leftover baby yarn from old projects.  Quite quick to whip up a square here and there, to give me a crafting fix.

In between I'm fitting in some origami cranes...

These are for a friend's wedding - they plan to have 1000 cranes in various shades of green decorating the venue!  I've been tasked with making 25 of them... I'm getting there...

I've also been doing some organising of my paperwork - (I've called it 'Crafting' in my post heading - as 'Organisation' doesn't begin with 'C' !)  The crafting comes in with the magazine files that I've covered in wrapping paper:

This was some wrapping paper that I had lying around - I really love the bright colourful pattern.  It's not the best quality paper - a bit thin and flimsy - but it looks alright.  It does the job, and makes me happy!

I also designed some quick simple labels for the files... which made me ridiculously excited!

It's the simple things....!

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