Thursday, 20 March 2014

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection Journal

I love this collection by Graphic 45, so Shabby Chic and Pretty!
Heres a video of my latest Journal I made using this collection:
Thanks for watching!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

“Welcome To Holland”

As my regular followers and friends will know we have a daughter who has special needs.

I recently came across this and thought I would share it with you:

“Welcome to Holland” By Emily Perl Kingsley

“I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……..

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says “Welcome to Holland”.

“Holland ?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there has been a change in the flight plan. You’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place , full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around ….and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills…Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy…and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will sat “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never,ever,ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss. But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things….about Holland. “


I know this is not the usual thing I post on my blog but I just wanted to share!

Have an awesome day! :o)

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Kitchen part 2

Thought I’d do a couple of posts sharing the kitchen in more detail….

DSCF2074 I painted this dresser a while ago and hoped eventually it could be in the kitchen so I am thrilled with it in its new home! The bunting I made at a craft class. Most of the items displayed on it are from local charity shops!

We had purchased these steps at Ikea so I pulled out the Annie Sloan Chalk paint and mixed Cream with Provence to get this lovely soft green colour:

DSCF2075 I also used the same paint to revamp our old knife block which you will see in another picture.

DSCF2077 DSCF2084

We purchased the kitchen units, solid wood work surface and sink all from Ikea and were very impressed with the quality for the price we paid. The units above run along a wall which was in the original kitchen but there was also originally a door in the wall which hubby had to remove and fill in.(he now has the job of making good the other side!)

The corner unit was another piece that I had previously painted but fitted perfectly in the space and when I chose the wall colour I ensured that it complimented the colour of the unit.

The kitchen units are off white in colour so we decided to paint the wood work in a soft cream colour which I am thrilled with how it looks.

Well I’ll post more on another day. Thank you for all your lovely comments!