this is a page for

Monthly Archives: September 2016

Raleigh Spirit Review

img_20160925_143850

I have wanted an Old Retro Style bike for as long as I can remember and just 3 days ago this beauty arrived, ive been out on it every day since, its been many years since I have rode a bike, so for the first few minutes lets just say I was a little wobbly, much to the amusement of my hubby! But its true what they say, you really never do forget how to ride a bike, my first trip out was so much fun, I found the longest steepest hill and glided down like a pro, the wind on my face reminded me why id always loved it so much as a kid, it brings a kind of freedom and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The basket…I love it, I rode to the shop and bought a few groceries, Ill be honest at that time I really didn’t need anything from the shop, but I couldn’t wait to put something in that basket. It also has a little bell, ive not really “needed” to use it, there’s not been any oncoming traffic that ive needed to inform of my presence, however it has the sweetest chime and its fun to ring it, again to the amusement of my hubby! So that age age old question, Is a bell really necessary on a bike? I would have to say yes, yes it is! My mum who hasn’t rode a bike in 40 years kidnapped it and went on a quick ride, she couldn’t resist having a go, smiling and declaring ‘god that brought back memories’. And that’s the thing isnt it, this style of bike does evoke memories for some people, its classic design takes people back and reminds them of their old bikes and all the fun they used to have on them.

The Curious Department

whitespiro3The life of a Butterfly is sadly a short one and though in life they grace us with their presence for only a short while The Curious Department, an Independent Interiors Brand and studio in London, find a way to preserve their beauty for ever more .The Curious Departments latest collection Metamorphosis¬†showcases their fascination with Nature, the founders Chris and Ross design and produce limited edition art prints, hand crafted taxidermy Butterflies, fine bone china and decorative home accessories. The passion and dedication they both have for their brand is truly evident in the distinctive quality of their designs.The Butterfly above is a Purple Spotted Swallowtail and is only found in the Highlands of new Guinea, having something in my home that I would of likely otherwise never seen is pretty special. My kiddies are fascinated by it, so much so it prompted a little lesson on the life cycle of a butterfly…educational too!

Flower Dyeing

img_20160919_1210391

In my house Teapots are not just for tea, ain’t it pretty! I thought id try my hand at dyeing some flowers, its a really simple process, all you need is food colouring and patience.

Real Life Fairytale Houses

hansel-and-gretel-house-netherlands-580938

Fairytales, magic, princesses and fairies is what most little girls love and not just little girls, grown women with 4 children do too…ahem. When I was small I loved to get lost in fairytales ,but as much as I loved the stories I loved the houses and Castles too, who wouldn’t want to live in the 7 Dwarfs cottage! As we all know it was the imagination of many a gifted illustrator who created these magical abodes and surely they don’t really exist, do they? As it turns out, yes they do! Ive found the daydreamers alternative to the fairytale versions we all know and love.

Victorian Hallway Makeover

 

hallway2

 

I Love me a makeover! If I was to describe my home in one word I would say it was Cheery. All the white walls and pops of colour lift my spirit and make me smile, I want to live in a home where sad cant survive which is why I surround myself with as much colour and light as possible, Everybody needs a happy place don’t they?

Edible Food Colour Art

IMG_20160902_121603

So we’ve been painting bread! that’s a sentence I thought id never say. Its perhaps the most ridiculous thing ive done with the kids, but we giggled the whole time we were doing it, believe me its so much fun! I can only imagine what the teacher will say to the kids when they start back at school “So children, did you do anything fun in your summer break? “Yes we went camping, went to the playground,Rode ponies, painted bread!