New Year Update

So I had a little break from the blog, Christmas break + 4 kiddies =Zero time to myself. But im back with a few goals for the year ahead, we have made the decision to put our house on the market and spread our wings to pastures new, its not going to happen overnight, there’s still a few hoops to jump through and im sure the journey will not run smooth, but it is one we are ready for. I am ridiculously excited about getting stuck into another renovation so my search criteria is pretty much a 4 bedroom beat up character house in the countryside that I can mould into something pretty! Because I have a deep need to buy a ruin, I also have to bulk up the savings, which means tightening the belt and becoming more frugal than ever, ive been very pro active and put together an Excel monthly budget planner to seperate the necessary from the luxury, takeaways are on the hit list, aswell as impulse accessorie buying …..how many candle holders does one girl need! I love lists and goal setting and I imagine ill get a little addicted to updating my planner, but when I see our savings growing it will all be worth it.  Another goal, is to give myself a long awaited body makeover, Ive put on some serious timber over the holidays…okay, lets start with honesty! Ive been piling it on for over a year and its high time I get my act together, Full Fat Milk, Butter, Tiger Bread…..I will miss you!

And there it is, 3 goals set for 2017, I will keep everyone updated on my progress and hopefully when 2017 becomes 2018 Ill have a whole new story to tell ♥

PIXERSIZE Boys Room Makeover

So here it is, my boys bedroom makeover, the boys are age 6 and 2, so creating a space that wasn’t too baby themed and at the same time not to grown up was a little tricky and took a little more planning in order to please both boys, I wanted the room to have a Scandinavian feel, I went with a base of white with pops of grey but the room needed a wow feature, my wow came in the form of birch trees which was provided by PIXERSIZE.

The material is known as PIXERStick, the peel and stick will stick to any flat surface, its incredibly durable and resistant to tearing and creasing. It took around half an hour to put the PIXERStick up and to transform a bare wall in such a small amount of time is amazing, it’s easy to apply and regardless of how many times you lift it from the wall and place it back, the ‘Stickiness’ remains the same.

Another great thing about the sticker is that if you’re the type of person who likes to redecorate often…. like me! Then removing the PIXERStick is just as easy as putting it up, you simply peel it off, it will not damage the wall or leave residue behind. My least favourite thing to do is scraping old wallpaper off walls, so for me this is a huge time saver and overall less stressful way to decorate. Say that you decide…you’d like to place the PIXERStick in another location in your home, no problem, the sticker will maintain its adherence and stick just as successfully elsewhere.

The wall measured 3 metres wide and over 3 metres tall, the PIXERStick was delivered in 3 pieces, each piece is numbered and a picture of the sticker is included to help you when fitting, super easy!

To compliment the birch trees, a falling leaf PIXERStick was used on the window, unfortunately the boy’s bedroom doesn’t have the best view, it looks out onto the back of our neighbours houses and looking at these leaves is a far better pleasing alternative, PIXERStick can be used on windows, walls, drawers, glass, laptops a fridge even! pretty much anything with a flat surface and whatever your imagination can dream up, the amount of designs that PIXERSIZE stock is staggering an incredible 30 million to choose from! Cleaning is simple, just wipe over gently with a microfibre cloth. Even though I was working with a room that is very small, the addition of the birch trees has enhanced the space and made it seem larger to the eye, the illusion of the birch trees has added depth and both my boys truly love it! So regardless of the size of your space or project, PIXERSIZE can definately help you create your dream space ♥

Christmas Table Favour Box

 

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I do this every year, its just a little something extra for the family to enjoy alongside the Christmas Crackers..which lets face it don’t always give the most imaginative of treats do they, for some reason eyebrow tweezers, mini sewing kits and nail clippers just don’t do it for my kids. They pretty much pull the Crackers 1. for the bang and 2. for the paper hat.

Christmas at the Haworths

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Its safe to say that Christmas has most definately landed in the Haworth household, ive gone a little fairy light crazy this year, there’s something so magical about twinkling lights at Christmas time and despite the beep words that came out of my hubby’s mouth while he was hanging them,I assure you.. he agrees too! I bought all of my lights of ebay, they are all on translucent wire and glow a warm white, I always go with warm white, its a much softer glow and  kinda emulates the flicker of a candle, the bright white option, for me can be a little blinding and honestly gives me a headache after a while so I tend to steer clear of them.

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This is my hallway, as you can see its long and narrow and provides very little space for an all out Christmas explosion, however my house is blessed with high ceilings, so I thought why not make the most of them, I started with the idea of large floating stars and then because I am never quite comfortable with the less is more ideal, I thought sod it, I need some stardust! So I bought some Icicle lights, when it came to putting it all together, I used fishing wire, that stuff is remarkably strong and nearly invisible to the eye, which is perfect for when your trying to create the impression of floating. The Stars went up first, fishing wire was hung from the ceiling and tied onto each one, if you don’t want to put holes in your wall, then the best thing to use is command hooks they are very strong and leave your walls damage free. Next up, I fixed fishing wire in a zig zag fashion from wall to wall weaving in between the stars, when the wire was in place, I just draped the lights on it. It took around an hour to finish but I think the effect is really beautiful and I’ll definately be doing it again next year.

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Still on the hallway, a gal cant have too many trees! My hubby came home and said ‘Kel, they’ve got some Nordic Inspired trees in Tesco’…he actually said Nordic Inspired,Ha.. I love that, my interior obsession is finally breaking through to my bearded, petrol Junkie gent! I knew id get there in the end, I just needed time folks ;o) Moving on, this snow covered tree was just £15.00 and with a few of my own decorations, it brightens up this small space a treat. the Silver tree is from DotComGiftShop

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My tree is the heart of the house right now, I cant wait to have my babies sat around this on Christmas Morning, my colour of choice is always red, white and silver at Christmas, its very traditional and that’s how I like it, One year I did try to spread my wings and decorate with purple and silver, but I just couldn’t get along with it and swiftly changed it back.

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The ski boots were upcycled by me, find the post here .The wooden sleigh I bought off Amazon, Christmas isn’t Christmas without a sleigh is it?

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I went with white glitter reindeer paper this year which you can buy from Tescos, the ribbon is from Home Bargains, my cute little Rocking Horse is from Dotcomgiftshop .

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As a final touch to our main living area, I added a fairy light curtain to our patio doors, it feels so cosy and warm in their at night time now, so much so I can barely keep my eyes open, twinkly lights, fire and a Christmas tree its a sure cure for insomnia!

Id like to say im finished with my Christmas decorating but that would be a lie, I find it very hard to walk past the Christmas Isle and not bring something home, I havnt inherited the nick name Mama Claus for nothing!

Ill be showing you all my plans for my Christmas Table Setting soon, so look out for that x

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Christmas Hot Chocolate Dipping Spoons

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Super easy family favourite, I love hot chocolate but I love it even more with a dipping spoon and my kiddies agree with me. Takes no time at all, you’ll need white chocolate chips and a couple of bars of good quality chocolate, heres how you do it

How to make a Childrens Bench from a Coffee Table

 

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Ive been pretty busy this week, I decided to update the landing area of our home, the bedrooms in my Victorian house were pretty generous in size when we bought it, but as we wanted a large family our 3 bedroom house eventually became a 4 bedroom, which meant one of the larger bedrooms ultimately was turned in to 2 and bedroom size obviously suffered, so I have to make the most of any spare space, as always im pretty budget conscious and when possible I like to re purpose old unused furniture into something useful. I wanted an area for my boys to hang up their dressing gowns and keep their slippers, however there just wasn’t the space for it in their room.

Natyshas Vintage Home Friday Feature

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So its Friday again, which means, time to throw some spotlight on a fabulous Instagram account. This week its Natyshas Vintage Home, this talented lady devotes her time to all things Handmade and as you can tell, she does Christmas very well! Above are examples of her personalised hand painted wood slice decorations and personalised photograph decorations, they would be a wonderful addition to any tree and would also make great gifts too.

The Rug House

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This landscape of loveliness is the new addition to our home its from the fab people over at Rug House, I am an absolute sucker for a shaggy rug, the texture and pile adds a certain warmth to a room, it makes you want to lie on it in front of the fire…which in fact I have, its very comfortable. But first it must pass the toes test!

Friday Features Humble Abode Homeware

 

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This weeks Friday Feature is Humble Abode Homeware, I was instantly drawn to these hand painted bags by the lovely Emma. These paper storage bags are a unique and attractive storage solution, perfect for anywhere in the home. Emma started the business after making a bag for a party and it all grew from there, she loves to do custom designs, so if you’ve anything in mind don’t hesitate to drop her a message, check out the Instagram page. Here are some of the designs stocked at this time

Christmas Mantel Pelmet

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I wanted to make something that was a little different from the traditional garland we all use to decorate our fireplaces, I have decorated my mantel with the same holly berry garland for the past 7 years and well, I fancied a change. So I came up with this, Its colourful, eye catching and relatively simple to make, heres how I did it;