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Reuben's Reading List

13 Jun, 2018

I love stories for kids (I’m in the process of trying to write my own even) but up until recently I started to worry that Reuben (who’s turning 6 in August) wasn’t getting enough variety or challenge from the books I read to him.

With his new found confidence in reading, he had stopped wanting me to read to him (and with his school books getting longer, it certainly takes up bedtime!), and when I did read to him, it would be the old favourites over and over again!

Dixie O’Day, Moomin, and his absolute favourite Oi Frog (and friends, we have the whole selection and eagerly await Oi Duck-Billed Platypus, which comes out in September!) are all great… but every night?

I was ready to move us on to something new. Something a bit more challenging. (more…)

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Entrance

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Ideas and Inspiration

07 Jun, 2018

To follow on from last week’s post about our plans for the Living Room and Study, I thought I’d share what we’re planning on doing with the Entrance.

Entrance Ideas

Weirdly, I’ve found this area to be one of the most challenging and the area I’ve spent the most time looking for inspiration for. Hell, I’ve even created sections within my Pinterest Board for the different aspects.

I guess because it’s grand, it’s a bit intimidating – I can feel it telling me ‘you’d best get it right, girl, I am fancy.’

From the huge Georgian Window and original Brass Doorknob, to the panels of ‘historical significance’ (according to the house’s grade 2* listing) this is an area that demands respect.

At present, it doesn’t have much respect. It has a piano that’s too big and crammed next to a sofa that’s been discoloured due to animals sneaking on it when we’re not looking.

Entrance Ideas

It has extra random furniture that hasn’t yet found a home, sad looking floor boards and stair woodwork, hideous wall lights and peeling wallpaper.

Entrance Ideas

I can just feel the Entrance’s disgust at its mistreatment! I also think it doesn’t respect me because I’m trying too hard. Tough crowd.

Entrance Ideas

So the plan is…move everything that is current there out – for example, the piano is moving to the living room – and make it fancy.

entrance inspiration

Clockwise from top:

Image 1: Restore the window and make it clean and fresh. Return all the walls to an off white or light grey.

Image 2: Restore the wooden floorboards and stairs, and put a grey stair runner up the stairs.

Image 3: Simple furniture to keep the area uncluttered. Respect yo. I also like the paneling although I’d probably only do a half wall rather than the full wall as shown.

Image 4: Some sort of statement pendant, with subtle wall lights to replace the current monstrosities.

There you have it!

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Getting up crazy early!

06 Jun, 2018

26 days ago I started something that seemed utterly crazy but might just work. I started doing The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. My friend, Clare, had recommended the book to me ages ago, so I bought it on Audible and then promptly forgot about it.

In between books, I finally remembered to listen to it last month as I was driving. I quickly decided it was awesome and totally up my street, so I started the very next day.

Miracle Morning

As I said to my friend Cath, who I bought this book for for her Birthday last month, this is a real cheese on toast book. But if you’re willing to listen to the message and give it a try, I think it could be a winner for so many different people. (more…)

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Ideas and Inspiration

01 Jun, 2018

This week I’ve been looking at what I’d like to do in the Living Room and Study as we prepare to have our whole house done up.

We are in the almost stages now where the builder, in true builder style, could literally show up at any time!

It has been a LONG time coming. I can remember Mike breathing down my neck 2 years ago to come up with ideas for the ‘new’ house! I would do some pinning on Pinterest to keep him happy but in all honesty, my heart wasn’t fully in it. I have to have a real deadline to properly get into something.

Finally, after 2 years of working with an architect, getting planning permission and listed building permission (the house is Grade 2*),  here we are on the cusp of starting building work. Things are starting to get real, so my ideas are too.

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my reading list

30 May, 2018

I few weeks ago I read, made lots of scribbles and folded lots of pages over, then reread Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.

Best Books - my top 5 from 2015, Show Your Work, Austin Kleon

I love this guy. He does a great weekly email about what he’s found in the week and I even own a jumper of his first book; Steal Like an Artist.

He’s basically an artist with good ideas around creativity and getting yourself out there. This book, in particular, is about the latter: How to share what you are working on; and, get yourself known in a non-narcissistic manner.

I first wrote about it years ago in Best Books – my top 5 from 2015, but I found it hard going because, I wasn’t working on anything. My focus back then was to get contracts with brands and I rarely wrote about what I truly loved. I didn’t know what I loved and I didn’t have time.

These days I’m working on a few passion projects. (more…)

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