Wednesday, 24 October 2012
This is a phrase I just stole from lifeingrace.com she is doing a great series on hospitality. This has been a very extensive series and she explores hospitality in many more ways than I could
have imagined but I am loving what she has to say. I have recently been part of a group of ladies providing evening meals for a family going through a really tough time. It has been a complete privileged to be part of it and I have loved the connection and simple reward of feeding people who need it. This phrase "bake with others in mind" is something I would like to have hanging on my kitchen wall because it sums up perfectly how I feel about food. Next time you bake, make an extra batch for a friend.....
Friday, 12 October 2012
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Friday, 2 March 2012
i bought this curtain fabric for the last house an i am so glad i didn't use it and waited instead. I also bought this matching oilcloth which really is a perfect match. As i was finishing the curtains, the sun poured into this room all day and it was such a joy, i couldn't have be more grateful. I have ambitious plans for this dresser involving a whole lot of scrubbing and a shed load of paint. I am thinking maybe a taupe colour similar to these curtains. Lets hope the sunshine continues and maybe this dresser won't be too far behind.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
So its been a couple of months and I'm starting to itch with the lack of progress around my kitchen. It's yet another lesson in patience for me. .So i have done what i always do, improvise. I had a coffee table hanging around the house and two ikea chopping stations. I was thinking i could raise the height of the coffee table with new legs and put it together with the chopping tables
. I am in real need of some work space and at some point the dining table will come into the kitchen for a really good work space for me and i like the idea of keeping me eyes on the kids when they are crafting. So while we save up for my dream table this may be just the thing.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
It's funny how most blogs shut down around Christmas day and I, on the other hand, am here. It is probably because it's a day when I sit down and do allot of nothing. The chicken is in the oven and the veg are cut so what else is there to do but chill out and watch my hubby crash over and over at formula 1 on the x box. I have found this year quite tricky as I have been distracted by our up coming move. I also felt the pressure of getting the right gifts for the kids and had a mad panic last night as i realised that one child only had one gift in his stocking..there was a mad panic and lets say with no other options available he now has a major stash of sweets. We were lucky enough to be woken at 7am which is a lie in for our standards. Although all through the night i was worrying about one child not being able to sleep due to excitement and could I sneak his stocking in without disturbing him...i did attempt it at three in the morning with no success. We are alone this year which I find very sad but at the same time It Is busy enough already. Only one child has actually admitted to being disappointed with our choices and I find that very upsetting but I guess It Is inevitable once in a while. My wish for this year was to try and teach the children more gratefulness and not be distracted by the desire for stuff.
i have a great tip for all you mums out there.....This year I put each child's presents in a separate basket so they would know exactly how many they had and so to avoid the" is that it " issue...It did work really well. I hope that you day is relaxing and full of family love......because that is after all the greatest gift...
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
For five long years my loved one's ( you know who u are) have had to listen to me moaning on and on about me wanting to move house...well the day has finaly arrived..well nearly anyway, that we can get out of here! We have found a home that is all alone and in need of filling up...you can be sure we will fill it up. This brings me to the "subject" of the moment.."throwing out stuff" and boy do i love it. I could be accused of being a little on the dramatic side but i don't want to take anything that won't be used or isn't gorgeous...was it william morris who said "don't keep anything that isn't either beautiful or useful". I just love that concept and am trying to use it as i pack up the house. It is very tricky to keep to this system when you have a whole load of people living together because sometimes you just have too....like extra clothes that haven't been grown into yet...or old photos that haven't been organised. I do have a system for all these things but im not nearly as good at keeping to it as i would like. I found piles of cd's and dvd's that u get free with the news paper and music that im pretty sure will never be listened to. The idea of moving on to a house and having minimal stuff is a wonderful thought