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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Dare to be Different

I adore this idea! These are Vacation/Holiday Jars.

'It does what it says on the tin'.

Dare to be Different


Dare to be Different

Now, I'm not a big fan of decking (in fact I think I may have put it into 'Room 101' whilst playing the game with friends) however, I love this idea. To put my own twist on it I would use a vintage rug, purely because I have one that I am not using at the moment. However, I will have to wait for a sunny day - it's still far too unsettled here - before I can create my own version. This wonderful creation is from (sorry have lost the source but will definitely find it and let you know).

Monday, 28 March 2011

Dare to be Different

I have been looking for the perfect way to display jewellery and I think I have finally found it. Thanks Interiors and Exteriors.

I may also have found a use for the spare pallet that I have courtesy of For the Home.

Store Inspiration has suggested this case as a vanity unit. Cool eh?

Dare to be Different

What a fabulous idea from Scrap Space.


Maybe I shall just tidy up the greenhouse I've got. Like this fabulous one from pinmarklet.

Greenhouse or Potting Shed

I have a greenhouse at the bottom of my garden. However, I have always wanted a little potting shed - they can look so pretty like the ones above. Which do you prefer or would you like both? All photos from Marshanna Fendley except the last one which is a feature in Ideal Home.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Dare to be Different

These headboards with a difference make a great design statement in the bedroom. 1. pixel musings, 2/3 houzz, 4 stylizimo.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Dare to be Different

I recently blogged about a vertical garden for patios and balconies. Well, as they are quite expensive there was no way I was going to be able to purchase one. However, I was recently given a couple of wooden pallets and when I saw this vertical garden on 'Garden Delights' I thought it was a brilliant idea. So this is going to be one of my outdoor projects for spring - a vertical herb garden.

Dare to be Different

Thermostat cover from For the Home

Couldn't resist...

...showing you this from Porches and Outdoor Spaces.

Dare to be Different

These doily lampshades are so simple yet so beautiful.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Eating Out

As the weather begins to warm, I cannot help but look forward to balmy days and nights eating breakfast, lunch and supper in open spaces rather than cooped-up indoors.
Source: Future and Bed and Breakfast

Dare to be Different

This is loft living with a difference. By Dear Friend.

Dare to be Different

Seating with a difference. This is so elegantly beautiful stump seating by

40 Bags in 40 Days

Sara over at August Fields (haven't learned to link yet) has suggested that we all fill a bag a day with clutter during Lent (I'm giving mine to the local charity shop). As I have only just discovered this I am going to include bags that I gave away just before Lent. The aim is to make room for God in your home. I'm definitely going for this. She would like to hear from anyone who is following her suggestion.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Outdoor Rooms

Source:My Home Ideas

I am also planning an outdoor project, now that spring is here and the nights are getting longer. I have a lovely patio that is enclosed by three walls and I would dearly love to turn it into an outdoor room of some kind. I only have a tiny budget so let's see what I can do. Something along the lines of any of the above would be gorgeous.

Bedroom Inspiration

Since we moved in to our 1920's house, we have been so busy with other rooms that we have not had a chance to even think about the bedroom. So, this year I plan to do something about that. I have been looking around for inspiration and so far I like ideas from all of the above, especially the very simple but elegant look.

A Work of Art

This mood board is so lovely it is a work of art in itself.

Source: My Home Ideas

Date a Girl who Reads

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes."
— Rosemary Urquico

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Pale and Interesting Interiors

Today I am lovin' Pale and Interesting Interiors. Above are some of their wonderful interior designs. I have a large version of the round mirror with the tassels and I have just purchased a dress-makers dummy for £35.00 from a charity shop. Now I just need to find a wonderful dress like the one above to dress it with.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Menu Planner

Dear Sweet Home has blogged about the benefits of menu planning. This is something I used to do a few years ago but I have since got into some very bad habits - not even looking at the price of the food I am buying - Things have got to change; I am just throwing money away. So, I am going back to menu planning.

Menu for Week Commencing 7.3.11


Home-made sausage rolls (made with real sausages)
new potatoes


Everyone out for dinner.


Glazed chorizo
mashed potato
fresh vegetables


Chicken satay skewers
fiery noodle salad


Cheat's home-made pizza
3 salads


Crispy chicken
Green Curry
Kimchee Slaw
Rice Noodles


Roast chicken
roasted vegetables
horseradish mash
Yorkshire pudding

So, that is the menu and I have made out a shopping list that also includes fillings for sandwiches, yoghurts and fresh fruit - healthy puddings - now let's see if my shopping bill reduces. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, 3 March 2011

ABC of Me

Lovin' Pretty Things is encouraging everyone to do an ABC of me. Here goes:

Aunty to 10

Believe in god

Chore: Hate hanging out the washing

Dreams of being a writer

Enjoys reading, walking, films, theatre, cooking, friendly chats

Favourite colour - Blue

Gold or Silver - Definitely silver

Hopes to live a long and healthy life

Is good fun in a range of social situations

Joins in everything

Kitchen is my favourite room

Loves, loves, loves my husband

Made in the UK

Never gives up

One man girl

Photography is a hobby

Quietly confident

Rome is my favourite city

Shore Shank Redemption is my favourite film

Terrified of spiders

Useless at Geography

Very calm in emergency situations

Walks everywhere

X-factor fan

Yoga fanatic

Zumba is on my list of things to try

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Step into Spring