Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hello New York!


Tomorrow I'm going to New York where I'll meet my mom and sister for a fun long weekend in the city! I'm so excited to see my mom and sister but also because I'll be going solo. A tiny, lightweight carry-on-bag! I've dreamt of this day. No diapers, no wipes, crayons, markers, sippy cups, changes of clothes, snacks, snacks and more snacks, no headphones, no iPad... Just me and my gin and tonic with a book on my kindle and a few pretty magazines. WOOHOO! And I need to make a few more notes on places to go, so I'll be taking some time to look through my Herb Lester guides. If you don't already know of Herb Lester, they make some beautifully illustrated guides with maps to wonderful cities. I've also asked friends for recommendations and found some helpful info from Time Out. I've been to NY a few times, but it's been a while. If you have any recommendations or tips, let me know! (Image above from one of the Herb Lester guides.)
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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Craft Room Re-do

I think I mentioned that in our house re-arrange I've taken over Ellie's room as my craft room. We're actually sharing a room for now. She hasn't really noticed I've hijacked her room. My craft bits and bobs, which are mostly pretty florals and many pastel colors, go well with her nursery decor. I switched out the grey velvet curtains that were in her room (which belong to our landlords) and replaced them with the chevron Ballard Designs curtains I previously had in our front room. I wanted to move our old dining room table into this room, but we couldn't get it up the stairs! It's about an inch too wide to fit. So I decided to get this simple table from IKEA.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Cambie Dress

Since we've sort of turned our house upside down re-arranging some rooms, I haven't sewn anything in a few months, but I'm looking forward to hearing the hum of the sewing machine again soon. The last thing I made was the Sewaholic Cambie dress. I've stolen Ellie's room as my craft room since we turned my craft room into our grown-up sitting room / library / game room (not sure what to call it really!). But our old dining table that I wanted to use as a desk wouldn't fit up the stairs and the legs don't come off, so rather than chopping it up to fit, I ordered a simple table from IKEA to use as a sewing table and will accessorize it with some cute things. I have quite a few patterns in mind to make on my new sewing table, including making another Sewaholic Cambie dress. I made this dress in the summer and I love it.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Shades of Green

We decided to re-arrange our house a bit and so there's been lots of moving furniture, painting walls, and buying new things here and there to make it all work. It all started with a conversation about our dining table. Our dining area was quite cramped, with a dining table against our stairwell wall beside our kitchen. It's bothered us that we don't have a very good place for a kitchen table since we moved here, especially in winter because we can't eat alfresco when it's cold and wet. So we decided to make our downstairs lounge a dining room AND sitting room within one room, which meant moving quite a few things around to make it work.

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Old Haberdashery

During our food styling workshop in East Sussex, we had planned a pub lunch at The Bell in Ticehurst, which was a really nice lunch though service was quite slow for our large group. But before lunch we had a few minutes to take a peek into one of my favorite shops, The Old Haberdashery, which is on the same street as The Bell. I actually hadn't been before that day but knew I'd love the shop from seeing The Old Haberdashery stall at the Decorative Living fair last year and from a wonderful article earlier this year in Country Living. I'd like to move in there! It's filled with everything I love.