Sunday, 18 June 2017

Cute Crochet Pineapple

I recently made the cutest little crochet pineapple  - even if I do say so myself!

Click to see a very cute and easy crochet pineapple - what a tropical fruity touch!

We went to a wedding with a tropical theme for the evening party, so I was inspired to crochet a tropical pineapple as a little accessory!  I initially thought it could be for my boyfriend, Rob, to wear somehow... but he didn't seem keen on being accessorised with a crocheted item!  So, I thought it could hang from my handbag...

Click to see a very cute and easy crochet pineapple - what a tropical fruity touch!

However, Rob ended up claiming it for the evening, dangling from a button to give him a tropical touch.  I never thought I'd see the day he'd be sporting my crochet!  I was wearing the dress featured as the background in the picture above - so you could say I was tropical enough!!

I made up my own pattern, inspired by a lot of the crochet pineapple images on Pinterest.

Click to see a very cute and easy crochet pineapple - what a tropical fruity touch!


Check out my other crochet items here.


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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Rainbow Colours

Last week I took part in a little Instagram challenge with the hashtag #technicolourcrafters.  It is organised by @technicolourcrafters.  It's still ongoing, but I wanted to share the pictures I posted for eight of the fun prompts - RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE, INDIGO, VIOLET and RAINBOW.



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I don't usually take photos for Instagram just based on colour, so it was quite fun to do this.  You can follow me here, if you like!



Sunday, 4 June 2017

Living Room Transformation

If you've been reading along for a while, you will know that I bought my home in May 2013, and it needed a lot of de-grannifying!  You can find links to the transformations I've made in my Home Improvements tab.

My living room was one of the first rooms decorated, but it's taken me this long to take pictures of it, as I always felt I needed to change it further and improve it some more.  However, I've realised that I could end up waiting forever, so it's best to just share the improvements I have made.  In fact, these pictures were taken March 2016, which is when I started writing this post.  I'm finally finishing it and sharing it with you now!

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
Estate Agent Picture

Above you can see how the living room looked when I first went to view it - in good condition, but very dated!

It had to get worse before it got better...

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
During

It became quite the building site as you can see above!  Until, finally...

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

It is quite a tricky room to get good pictures of.  Or I think that possibly the day I took the 'after' pictures was perhaps a bit too bright, or not the right light.  But it was a rare tidy day, so I took the opportunity!

Below is the room before, facing the other way...

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
Before

And after...

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

The changes included:

  • Getting the ceilings plastered
  • Stripping the wallpaper and painting the walls
  • Ripping out the old fireplace and getting a logburner fitted
  • Removing the electric heaters and having central heating installed (in the whole house)
  • Getting new carpets laid
  • Getting the old back door and windows replaced with patio doors
  • Replacing internal doors (although none of the 'before' shots show them)

The below view shows the old back door (which you can also see in the first two pictures of this post) and the ugly old electric heaters...

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
Before

Which now looks a bit like the below photos (unfortunately they're not from the same angle/position - I should have checked my before shots before taking after shots when I took these last year!).  I also annoyingly have better light and photos for some of my before shots than my after shots, which is not ideal in the whole 'before and after' game!  Ah well, it all gives you an idea.  As I said before... if I were to wait for perfection, you'd never get to see any of this at all!

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

You can find out more about the dresser in my DRESSER MAKEOVER POST.

And as you can't see the patio doors properly in any of the after pictures, here is a before and after from around the time they were done back in 2013 - tricky taking a picture straight into the light, though!

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
Before

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

And a bit of a clearer before and after of the logburner side of the room - again, the pictures aren't the same angle, but you get the idea...

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
Before

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After

It actually looks quite cluttered in the after picture, especially compared to the empty before shot, without any furniture when the room was not in use!

If you want to see the transformation of a dated old granny living room / lounge into a bright light modern space, click here for plenty of before and after photos!
After
The logburner glass could have done with a clean before I took all these!  You can see much better pictures of the fireplace changes in my FIREPLACE TRANSFORMATION POST.

Well, I think that's that for the living room transformation!  I'm glad to have finally got it on the blog, although I would have liked to have better photos and more styling in the room.  It's recorded at last, though!

Check out the links below, to see some of the other rooms which have been de-grannified!  There are some big transformations!!





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