Friday, 4 July 2014

So July is already here... June has been a busy month for us as well as a rather warm one here in Yorkshire.
The bright yellow bunting stretched across towns for the Tour de France has matched the glorious sunshine which has given us all a little glow.
We have managed to cram two little holidays into the last few weeks, one up to the dales for a couple of nights and another for the little ones first seaside trip.
Both were lovely; we managed to drive all across the dales, stopping in the beautiful little towns for tea and cake, and wandering through old buildings. We visited Ayesgarth falls which was stunning; so picturesque and picnic perfect; there are so many beautiful little villages to see full of inspiration.

The little one loved being near the river and spent every evening skimming stones with Daddy and trying to catch fish in his little net.

He is nearly two and we've only just got round to a seaside trip!
As expected he loved the beach and was in the sea faster than we could run.. 
We made sandcastles and paddled in the sea, 
used up far too many pennies in the penny machines
and of course headed to our favourite place, the Harbour Bar...
for waffles and ice cream.

 The sea air did us all some good and we came back full of sunshine and sugar...

We still have sand in our shoes




A boat themed birthday cake

Some pictures of the little ones first birthday  cake  last year.
 I can't believe he'll be two on Sunday.! 


The little lovely's first birthday cake has been featured on the Style My Party Blog where you can print off a free bunting template to pop on your own cake!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

A re-look at past up-cycles

Anyone who pops round to ours for a cuppa will notice I have a slight problem with starting various projects all at once... I can't resist a good upcycle, which leads to me hoarding lots of bits of furniture in our rather small house. Thankfully my husband doesn't seem to mind :)

This year I revamped my Grandma's old bar stools, they were covered in a rather nasty red plastic so I repainted the bottoms in a chalky greeny grey and then re-covered the top with some "Vintage" Laura Ashley fabric ( from an old pair of curtains I found for £2! )

I really love how they turned out- and I love that I have something that I remember struggling to climb onto for breakfast time at my Grandmas- its funny watching my little one trying to climb onto them now...

This week I've re-vamped another little piece of my Grandma's- a fold up table that she used for tea. It was covered in a sort of green plastic weave that had got rather dirty and was rather unstable- my mum said I was mad not to throw it away but I just don't have many things of hers and it really is perfect for afternoon tea! I couldn't find a sticky top that I liked so I decided to use a sample of some wallpaper and cover it in clear plastic to keep it clean..I painted the bottom cream and finished it with green edging

( I love that it doubles as a fire guard ! )

My favourite upcycle so far though had been the kitchen the tall boy and I made at Christmas for the little one from an old t.v cabinet. We had so much fun putting it together and collecting bits and bobs for it. Our families all bought him little appliances and wooden food to go with it, and he still loves it.

So to all you lovelies out there, give your old furniture some love, make do and mend; after all it's the creative bits of ourselves that make our little spaces into our homes.

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