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Tuesday Treat – Making Things

Recently, I’ve been getting my make on. I’ve taken a long break, for no particular reason but I’ve felt that call to make things again. I’ve reopened my Folksy shop, started knitting ear warmers (needed one this morning!) and have bought more tools to widen my range of silver jewellery. I’ve also bought a Lightcase to help improve my photos, because at the moment, they aren’t great!

chunky yarn

In my wildest dreams, I would love this to be my day job! And at the moment, it’s all I can think about. I’m also toying with a few postcard designs, but I’m really nervous about showing those! If you’ve got any tips or advice on stationery design, I’m all ears!

It feels great to be making things again. I just hope people like them! What would your dream job be?

Tuesday Treat – New Stationery

Well, I had a whole other blog post planned for today and then the postman delivered something that has thrown my morning into chaos: stationery. Yep, new stationery. I’ve received a little box of goodies from the lovely people over at Viking and I am in a state of bliss right now. I’ll blog about the items in more detail over the next few weeks, but for the moment, I have to share this picture of my new Post-its.

post it notes

I’ve already started using them and have written down all my ideas for blog posts that have been whirling around in my head and stuck them to my wall (the ultimate post-it test – will it stick? If so, how long for?). I’m like a kid at Christmas, and that is very excited. Seriously. I’ve written before about how much I love stationery and paper, but this delivery has put me over the edge into euphoric! What’s the one thing that would make you smile, no beam, from ear to ear like a kid, right now?

Tuesday Treat – Catching up with old friends

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty sick and tired of the rain and the grey days. We’re kind of on flood watch at Crafty Chai towers. Technically, we’re in a flood risk area, but it’s unlikely that we’ll flood. Which is pretty comforting. Until you watch the news and people say that they’ve never known their area to flood. Hello panic. We’ve got sandbags, just in case, and we’re in the process of getting a plan together, should the worst happen. Just hope Poppy can swim! So, with all that going on, and work being hectic and being poorly, I’ve been really pleased to have a few disctractions. I’ve been catching up with old friends and eating plenty of ice cream. Check out this beauty!

ice cream

I caught up with a few friends at Buddies and despite being stuffed to the gills, I couldn’t resist a sundae. I wasn’t sorry at all. It was awesome! There’s something so refreshing about getting together with mates, some of whom I’ve not seen in nearly ten years, and being able to pick up where we left off. I’ve had some proper, side splitting laughs over the last week or so. Perfect for beating those winter blues!

Happy New Window Day!

Or, why we replaced the Edwardian windows in our house.

Have I said that our house is over 150 years old? Yep. Full of history. It’s one of the things that made us fall in love with it when we bought it. However, having an old house has it’s fair share of problems. The windows have been one of them. We’ve been replacing them over time but last week we finally replaced the last of the single paned windows (not strictly true, as we’ve got some left in the extension at the back, but that’s another story for another time). The problem with doing it slowly is that as we’ve replaced the others, the single pane windows would be soaking wet most of the day.

They weren’t original, but they were probably Edwardian. I know what you’re thinking – How could you?! Well, it was a pretty easy decision. They didn’t really work! They weren’t energy efficient, they didn’t keep any noise out and they were in a pretty sorry state. We did look into keeping and getting them restored, but we decided that it wasn’t the best option. It wouldn’t stop the crazy amounts of condensation (and I mean crazy. Pools of water on the window sill daily!) It wouldn’t have helped close the gaps between the window or undo all the water damage to the wooden frame. So we decided to let them go. Rippled glass and everything.

Windows Before

As you can see, they’re in a bit of a sorry state, but isn’t the glass beautiful?! I have to admit, I did feel a bit guilty when they started ripping it out. But since the new windows have been put in, it’s been quite the transformation.

Windows After

The new windows are amazing. You know when it snows, and everything goes really, really quiet? It’s like that in our house now! The noise has been reduced sooooooo much, its unbelievable. Even Poppy is less disturbed by people walking by and traffic driving past. I haven’t noticed if it’s much warmer yet, as I’ve been running a bit of temperature since they’ve been put in, plus I’m not very good at telling whether it’s cold or not because I’m pretty much always cold! But the noise thing is worth the replacement alone. And we couldn’t have achieved that if we’d just restored them.

All I need to do now is organise a new blind and a net curtain that isn’t awful. We also replaced the window in the bedroom, which means I no longer hate everything in the bedroom, as I love the window! I still hate everything else, but the window makes us one step closer to making it the serene & calm room that I’m pinning about!