Friday I'm in love… with birthdays and giveaways

3 Sep

A week today is this blog’s birthday.

It’s hard to explain to people who don’t blog just how much of a difference blogging has made to my life.

I’ve ‘met’ so many lovely, wonderful, supportive people… and your opinions, suggestions and general banter make me laugh, giggle, grin, and occasionally furrow my brow as I go ‘huh?’!

(I’ve also met some of you in real life too which proved that you really were wonderful and lovely!)

But there’s more to it than that…

Blogging has made me a much braver, happier person.

It’s hard to explain here but when I started blogging I wasn’t in the best place.

But a couple of years have made a HUGE difference. I can’t even put into words just how much happier I am now than I was back then.

Of course it’s not all down to blogging…

(There have been a lot of other changes in my life too!)

But it was this blog – and all your lovely selves – that first got me smiling again.

Your comments and blogs reminded me that life was a little more shiny, sparkly and hopeful than it seemed to be. For that, I will always be thankful.

Ok, so enough of the sappy, emotional stuff… on to the fun bit!

Because of all this, I wanted to do a little something to celebrate…

So starting next week, some of my favourite crafty types and shops based here in Scotland are very generously giving away some rather lovely things!

They are in order Miso Funky, Hannah Zakari, Showpony, Gillian Kyle, Moleta Munro, The Red Door Gallery, Cut Copy Create and Emily Hogarth… and there will also be a special prize package made up by yours truly and my OH!

If you’re a regular here, you’ll recognise the names as I’ve blogged about them before… and they’re all ace.

I’m very excited about this so hopefully you all will be too… I just wish I could win everything too!

Happy Friday everyone – see you Monday for the first giveaway xx

1. katrina shafer 2. eirin victoria 3. a bare foot 4. maple syrup only 5. theres no pretending 6. we heart it 7.justjessikah

Weddingnesday… our sweet Save the Date

1 Sep

We’re getting married. We wanted to tell our family and friends to save the date… but we didn’t want to spend any money doing it.

We wanted to do something that would them an idea of the kind of wedding they were being invited to… and what we’re like as a couple.

So we shot this video…

(Well, actually we shot a different video… this version was made just for you my blog friends as you guys are all invited to the virtual version of our wedding but we don’t have room for you all at the real venue!)

Hope you like it… turn the sound up loud for the true experience!

Happy Weddingnesday everyone xx

p.s. if the video isn’t working, try clicking here: our save the date

Can I live here please?

30 Aug

Ok, so I love my flat. I really do. But if I was only a couple of centimeters tall, then this doll house would be my dream house! Isn’t it adorable?

Dolls’ house from the home of the people behind CharlieCharlie – spotted on Dos Family

Friday I'm in love… with summer

27 Aug

This week there’s been extra blankets on the bed, I’ve considered putting the heating on… and then on Wednesday someone said to me it was only 4 months until Christmas.

Yes summer is rapidly turning into autumn – even though it’s still only August.

But what happened to summer? I would like more days of long, glorious, languid sunshine please before I submit to another stupendously cold Scottish winter.

So this Friday in celebration of all things summery, I thought I’d share these lovely finds… maybe if we can all will it not to be autumn yet if we try really hard?

I love the colour of this playsuit… it looks ideal for prancing about a meadow in. (Not something I’ve ever done but it’s what I imagine me doing in summer!)

I’ve wanted to play croquet ever since I saw the film Heathers… it also looks like the sort of sport you can play with a cocktail in hand!

A pretty little paper plane necklace for wearing with my playsuit obviously…

Sunshiney yellow teacups for drinking some cocktails out of!

Love this swimsuit (and the hairpiece)… definitely one for posing by the swimming pool, going ‘This old thing? I’ve had it for years!’.

A lovely little wicker saddle bag… for flinging over my shoulder (once I’ve stopped posing at the pool of course).

A pretty hankie for the hay fever snivels… well, it is summer!

And of course a Diana so I can happily snap away all summer day long!

Happy Friday everyone. Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

1. santokivintage 2. leapinglemming 3. SparklePeach 4. trixiedelicious 5. ladramaqueen’s shop 6. GetYourVintageOn 7. BirdandBanner 8. TheLightFantastic

Weddingnesday… one year on

25 Aug

Friday night, 21st August 2009, my other half took me on a rather elaborate mystery trip involving maps and much secrecy.

Sunday morning, 23rd of August 2009, he asked me to marry him.

He’d been planning how he was going to ask for months and ‘had known for much longer’ that he was going to ask. In the run up to asking, he’d been sweating buckets whenever anyone said anything negative about marriage in front of me in case I agreed wholeheartedly. On the Saturday night before asking, he couldn’t sleep a wink for stress.

Meanwhile I was fast asleep, totally and blissfully ignorant of what he was going through.

(For those who haven’t heard the story of how we got engaged, click on the Weddingnesday button and that will tell you everything you need to know!)

Saturday morning, 21st August 2010, and we’re on another mystery trip.

Yes, the OH decided he couldn’t let the anniversary of our engagement pass without more secret plans. (There were more maps too.)

So here’s a little photo story of what we got up to one year on…

Yes, we were down in London town again…

We went to markets, meandered in and out of cute little shops, and just had fun. (You’ll notice the coffee cup and bag of cookie in the OH’s hand… I know him too well to attempt such thrift trawling without caffeine and sugar!)

Not the smallest cookie I have ever seen…

But it didn’t last that long…

It was so warm and balmy that I was sorely tempted to jump into this water feature too… but on seeing just how soaked people were coming out of it, I thought better of it!

We also dropped in on a pop-up beach and popped in to an indoor garden party…

They’d turfed the whole bar which was pretty cool…

On top of all this, we did some rather fine eating, most excellent chilling in our hotel and just talked about life, the universe and everything in between.

What we discovered was that we’ve both been really really really stressed/tired/worn out by juggling jobs, diy, getting our old flat ready for selling and all the other things that life has been throwing at us.

Seems an obvious one but it’s amazing how a change of scene can change your perspective.

We also started talking about our wedding again… and spent ages just talking about all the fun, silly stuff we’d like to do until we were grinning like idiots. (We do that a lot when happy.)

So we returned home tired but happy tired.

Surprise weekends really are the best.

Happy Weddingnesday everyone xx

Day 32 of kitchen building…

17 Aug

On the 17th of July, two bright-eyed , bushy-tailed shiny little souls started building a kitchen.

Like all adventurers setting off on a voyage of discovery, they were nervous but hopeful.

Little did they realise that a month from that fateful date they still wouldn’t be finished. This is their story…

Ok, so that’s a tad dramatic… but a month! It’s been a month already? Oh bugger!

I guess we’ve made lots of progress for people who’ve been fitting this in around work, a holiday, more work, getting another flat ready for selling and whatever else we’e been up.

First of all, we’ve made and put up all the cabinets. We’ve installed (with a bit of help from an electrician friend) the oven and induction hob. We have lights were there were none before. There’s new plugs, a new extractor fan, a new fridge and a new freezer. And a heck of a lot of dust!

(This is our new oven… I like how he looks like he’s smiling. But I like that he cooks our food even more!)

BUT… the worktop isn’t arriving until the middle of September so we can’t put the flooring down until after then. Bummer.

And we’ve had to enlist help building our kitchen island. We were pretty confident we could build this ourselves… until we realised that as a kitchen island is a non-standard thing, you don’t get any instructions for it. At all. Ikea just give you some huge lengths of end panels and that’s it. Try as we might we’ve not been able to make sense of how those end panels are meant to translate into an island. So we’ve got a joiner round to quote for it but he can’t do the work until 2 weeks from now. Drat.

There’s also a 30cm wide space on one side that we can’t decide what to do with. Ikea don’t have a wall cabinet in that size with our door. We had thought of getting a corner type shelf thing but went off the idea.

So any suggestions for what to do with the space would be gratefully received. I’ve been thinking of using it for something statementy but I’ve no idea what yet.

Other things we haven’t decided what to do with yet include our Superman splashback that we had for the sink… He’s about 120cm wide but the wall space on the sink side is now 210cm so he doesn’t quite work anymore – but we’ve got used to him moodily staring at our dirty dishes so if we can figure out a way to keep him, we will.

However there have been some rather joyful discoveries of having a proper kitchen (or at least proper kitchen cabinets) for the first time in nearly 2 years… I now have a little drawer just for my tea!

Yes, it’s a bit indulgent but by god I do love my tea! It’s also been great to put all our things on shelves again. Strange how something so simple can feel like such a huge step! The heart mugs are ones the OH made me as a present back in 2004, while the happy rainbow cup was one I found for him in a charity shop. (Yes, his real name isn’t actually OH!)

It’s also been so nice to rediscover some things that have been packed away for aaaaaaaaages… like my babycham glasses. (Can you tell I have a habit of collecting things?)

Of course our diy hasn’t been limited to just the kitchen (because we’re crazy like that)… we also put up our Mini Moderns wallpaper in the hall.

It’s now one of the first things you see when you come into our flat… and it just makes me feel ridiculously happy. (Badgers to do that to me for some reason!)

However two members of our household have not been such fans of the month-long diy-athon…

Grey ninja suit cat has been giving us this look a lot… we translate this as I command you to stop drilling, hammering, painting etc and pay attention to me!

While our owl-fox cat – who has a more nervous disposition (she freaks out and hides when anyone rings the doorbell) – has taken to her bed.

Wait, did I say her bed? I meant, our bed. (Why do cats act like they own everything and somehow convince you that they do too?)

We expect a full recovery from her sometime mid-September… around the same time we think we’ll have a finished kitchen.

If it’s not finished by then, I may take to my bed too!

Fun and games with drinking straws

14 Aug

A while back we inherited an old drop-leaf table from the OH’s aunt. It wasn’t really our style but it certainly helped us out as kitchen surface when we had no kitchen. However that dull worn table had a lovely surprise for us – inside its drawers there were lots of fab random bits and bobs, including these delightful paper straws.

Now I had a bit of an obsession with straws (currently made worse by having white braces!) but it’s the packaging that I absolutely adore… It’s just so educational! Did you know that straws are good for parties? Or that they’re good for picnics?

(How cool is the little boy’s Indian headdress?!)

But the piece de resistance… the games on the back of the box!

Who knew you could have so much fun with straws?!

(I’m so going to have to try this one at some point!)

And just in case you’re wondering the straws are pretty great too… such lovely, happy sunshiney colours.

However I can’t actually bare to use them for drinking so at the moment there’s a few just sitting in an empty glass on the sideboard… Might need to think of a better way to display them soon!

Happy weekend everyone xx

P.S. If you want to play any of the games here with stripey straws… Lynne from Tea for Joy sells a lovely range of them at her shop Papermash.

Weddingnesday… are you still getting married?

11 Aug

“Oh my god, I thought you’d called the whole thing off!”

This was a friend’s reaction recently to the non-enthused response I gave about our wedding planning.

Non-enthused, not because we’ve cancelled the wedding, but because we haven’t done any wedding planning for, well, nearly a month.

Cue slightly concerned looks from some friends and family… who didn’t look comforted by our ‘it’s not until next year’ rationale.

The truth is though it’s been quite relaxing giving ourselves a break from wedding planning. I mean we have a date, a venue, a band, a baker, a person to marry us, a potential dress (hiding in my side of the wardrobe), a list of people the OH’s mum wants to invite to the wedding… and we’ve nearly finished our save the dates. And we think we’ve found what will be my wedding ring!

That’s a lot right? Even if we did no planning between now and next June, we could still have a wedding!

So in the spirit of relaxed wedding planning, how lovely, chilled and/or blissfully happy do these weddings look?

(via Once Wed)

(via Rock n’ Roll Bride)

(via Snippet and Ink)

(by Kris Atomic spotted via A Cup of Jo)

And on a post on relaxed, fun weddings, I couldn’t not mention Hannah’s from Seeds and Stitches

Her and her mister recently celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary and she wrote this fantastic post on weddings and being married. Her brilliant advice to brides and grooms to be is something I think I may be re-reading a few times before now and I do…

“The most important part of the day is about making this insane (and it is insane) lifelong commitment to each other, of declaring your love to each other amongst the support and love of your family and friends around you. And having a good party. The other stuff, the details are secondary. Not unimportant, especially if you are a creative person, but secondary. And marriage rocks. It is incredible. But it isn’t easy. However, if you are both willing to look at yourselves in the mirror sometimes and say ‘I’m being a stubborn twat’ (really, very important), and if you’re both willing to compromise and talk it out, really talk, about everything, then in my experience the best is yet to come.”

Happy chilled Weddingnesday everyone (especially to Hannah!)

Intro pic via Amanda Pulley
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