WHEN LOVE TURNS TO HATE!

Isn’t it strange how something that we once loved with practically every fibre of our being can become something that we loath with an equal amount of passion?

I hate my bed!

Our bed

When Mr F and I bought our first bed together, it was a momentous occasion! For years we had been sleeping on a bed frame that we had been given by my big sister who had, in turn, acquired it from our bigger sister. To compliment the ‘well loved’ bed frame, my biggest (and only) brother gave us his old orthopaedic mattress. All of this, at the time, had been a major step up from the airbed we had been sleeping on! So, when we finally had the money to buy a new bed frame, we were over the moon.

We purchased an up to date, wooden frame that fitted perfectly into our bedroom at the time (I think from Homebase, but I can’t remember now). We didn’t have spare cash at the time to upgrade our mattress but the fact that the bed frame did not have a bucket full of wood glue holding it together was thrilling!

Sometime later, following the birth of our eldest child and in anticipation of our youngest child, we moved to a larger house. Our bedroom felt huge, previously everything had fitted rather snugly, but this excitement was short lived. Our fabulous, new bed frame didn’t really work in it’s new location. It had been perfect in the old house but now it just…wasn’t! In an effort to improve on the situation, we splashed out and bought a fabulous new, extra deep, Slumberland mattress. It felt like floating on a cloud!

For a while, this extra comfort distracted us from the fact that our bed just didn’t work in our new bedroom. Sadly, this distraction has come to an end for me. I am sure my feelings towards my bed has some bearing on my frequent bouts of insomnia. Add to that the fact that we haven’t decorated our room since we moved in – our daughter’s room took priority, then a new kitchen, then a new bathroom, then our new baby boy’s room, then the sitting room and, most recently, the hall, stairs and landing – I was getting rather down about our boudoir.

However, things are on the up! After attending a lampshade making course run by the lovely Lynne Sharpe at Beautiful Things HQ, I created this wondrous shade to go in our bedroom.

Lampshade

I bought the fabric to make the shade from Hobbycraft and was super pleased to learn later that it is from the Love collection by Amy Butler! I loved the fabric so much, that I went back and bought some more…just because! Luckily, the ‘just because’ came in handy as I decided to make (with a little support from my crafting guru, Claire Mackaness from BTHQ) some bedside table lamps to match!

bedside table lamps

So, where does this leave us? Searching, that’s where! Searching for the perfect bed to lift my spirits and to transform our ‘room’ into a sanctuary of peace and slumber!

Well, I have searched and searched and have now fallen madly in love with this truly fabulous bed from the Storage Bed!

The Storage Bed custom design

Mechanisms

As you can see, this website allows you to design your own bed to suit all your needs. The photo above is the bed I have designed and includes the End Opening Mechanism. I have sent off for some free fabric samples and, once they arrive, I shall begin my campaign to convert Mr F to my way of thinking!

I hope it won’t be too long before my feelings towards my bed are completely reversed – wish me luck!

WE WISH YOU A…COMPOSTABLE CHRISTMAS!

I had the pleasure of visiting RHS Hyde Hall not once but twice this week! Both visits were arranged to catch up with good friends, one who I haven’t seen for too long and one who I just can’t get rid of…only joking…who I see on a more regular basis but with our children in tow, so conversation is somewhat stilted.

I must confess that the second visit was spent entirely in the Field Café catching up with my friend over a cup of their lovely broccoli and stilton soup with one of their super yummy cheese scones. However, on the first visit of the week we popped out to have a look at the RHS Hyde Hall WI Christmas Trees which were fabulous!

Festive Feast of Furs

Festive Feast of Furs

RHS Hyde Hall had invited the ladies of the  Essex WI to decorate a Christmas Tree with the only requirement, this year, being all the materials to be ‘compostable’. All decorations had to be made of natural materials which could be spray painted to add interest and colour. The ladies really stepped up to the challenge and used reeds and grasses, nuts, teasels, poppy and other seed heads, fruits, paper and many more lovely, natural items.

I may have been a little inspired by the lovely trees and taken one or..er..two photos to share with you! My favourites include the little candles made of spray painted clementine skin with a twig and some string for the candle; the Sycamore seeds with rose hips; the wooden spoon angels; and the poppy seed head, conker and chilli tinsel!

Best in Show

Christmas candle Conkers and acorns  Poppy chilli conker tinsle Blue tree Kashew tinsel Monkey nut tinsel Orange peel spiralAcorn cups orange peel tinsel Orange tree Painted beans Paper cup bells Physalis aka Chinese Lantern Popcorn cranberry orange and lime tree Pumpkin seeds Red and white angel tree Red tree Spoon angel Spray painted beans Sweet potato tinsle Sycamore and rose hip holly

I hope you have enjoyed this whistle stop tour around the lovely WI Christmas Trees at Hyde Hall – do try and get along to see them in person!

The calm…well, after the storm!

I made it! The last day of term, the last day of the current academic year and, far more significantly for me, the last morning school run for six glorious weeks!!

I have my gorgeous little man with me today but have opted to have a ‘quiet’ day at home in order to prepare myself for the full onslaught of the storm that is ‘The Summer Holidays’!  So, while things are still relatively calm before that storm and after the most spectacular thunder storms of last night, I thought I best do a quick blog about the mini rainbow (are you picking up on the weather theme here?!) bunting I made for my equally gorgeous, little lady’s teacher.

rainbow yarn and bthq hook

So, using Attic24‘s fabulous pattern that the lovely Lucy came up with for Yarndale, I hooked up some mini granny bunting triangles using my custom hook from Beautiful Things (BTHQ) and some gorgeous Stylecraft Merry Go Round Rainbow DK yarn.

mini rainbow bunting before

I hooked up twenty and decided to add one more! I also changed from a size 4 to a size 6 hook (also from BTHQ) to help speed things along a little. Finally, just wanted to point out my gorgeous little scissors from Mollie Makes – I love them as they are super sharp and have a tiny M engraved on them just for me…well, maybe!

These little triangles take no time at all to hook up, especially using the Stylecraft Merry Go Round yarn, as there is no need to change yarns to add different colours.

In the end, I decided to do 21 flags, separated with four chains and with eight chains at each end which would hopefully make a useful/practical length.  I then added some simple ties to each end.

Although a relatively quick and straightforward make, I still ended up a bit lastminute.com, so had to take my hooking to the pub!  After a little thought about how to keep my lovely granny triangles in the correct order, I came up with the Crochet Kebab!!

Crochet Kebab

So, armed with my Crochet Kebab (topped off with an old cork from a bottle of bubbly for safety), I met up with my pals for an evening of catching up and crochet.  It worked really well and I was able to completely relax in the knowledge that my mini rainbow would stay in order.

mini rainbow bunting

I am really pleased with the final product and hope that my daughter’s teacher will love it as much as I do!

I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday and that your days are filled with sunshine and, if there are a few storms along the way, don’t forget to look out for the…

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FAME…again!

FAME...again!

I am so pleased and proud to have my Attic24 inspired crochet wreath featured on the Hobbycraft facebook page!

I entered their competition for Make of the Month (there is still time for you to enter this month’s competition, just get your photo in by the 30th of April 2013) ) and the photo I submitted has been included in a promotional montage.

Thank you to Claire from Beautiful Things by Claire Mackaness for teaching me how to crochet, for running such amazing classes, for letting me use her photo of my wreath and, most of all for encouraging and supporting me in my crafting journey!