Thursday, 16 July 2015

October to July... WTF(lip)?!?!

If good intentions were as visible as the lack of posts here I'd have a pretty full blog!

However, since the last post... all the way back to October last year (!!!) I have got lost in the fun, challenges and happenings of life.

The diary I keep for this blog is still sat on the shelf next to me, loaded with things I've noted down or added to share here, but still they sit.

At the moment I am working like a trojan getting orders out, preparing for my youngest to finish school for the summer and getting the caravan finished ready for us to take off on our travels. There is so much to share that I'm not sure where to start.

When I started this blog I had so many hopes for it, so many things I wanted to share, experiences to lean back on and places I wanted it to go, a few years on my business has taken over much of my days, my health is up and down so I have to accredit that the time it needs to get back in control and I have a weakness for hanging out with my friends and family when I can too.

So going through the folder I think I will start with some of the more recent stuff then gradually add the tutorials and freebies I'd put aside. I've also slotted in one hour per week to schedule my blog posts both here and on my personal blog and my caravanning blog, Hopefully this will be enough time to share the stuff worth sharing and maybe encourage you to let me know your thoughts in return.

On that note, I think I'd like to introduce you to Faith, a new member of our family that joined us three weeks ago and is undergoing a makeover...


This was taken mid makeover, the ugly brown units need replacing entirely but as it's so close to school ending I wanted to just get her shimmied up ready to go, then in the winter months I shall do a major overhaul on her.

My daughters friend, Chris is doing all the work (listening to some awful music on his laptop there!) for me whilst I focus on the curtains and other accessories. Kirsten is doing the shopping for the essentials so between us it's taking less time than I expected.

I had some buntings left over from an order, I was so chuffed when I come up with the idea of making them into cones which can hang on the ceiling for further storage of small bits. My granddaughters love them and made me promise not to put sweets in there else they'd have to climb!!

I love sewing. 90% of my work is sewing so making things for myself is very unusual for me so I'm loving it.

I wanted to keep the makeover to a minimal cost so I used some old lamps I'd got stored in the shed, added a little fabric and buttons and hey presto!

I'd like to say that the chalkboard table on the kids (10 yr old son, 4 and 3 yr old granddaughters) side of the van is only an excuse. One day they'll realise I 'visit' them to draw on their table top!!

Don't you just love pretty lights? This is just one of four sets I have up... so far :)

I couldn't decided on this area, with limited wall space it was a toss between a fabric holder I'd made and the cute little vinyl... as you can see, the vinyl won :)

When the van is ready to be attached to the car, that's the time it'll be done for the next few months, at that point I'll do a reveal of before and after, even now it's mighty big!!

So I hope you stick around, leave a comment, drop me a message or send a wave, it's nice to know I'm not talking to myself :D

Debs


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Upon return

Life has been somewhat chaotic of late. 
The biggest thing to deal with has been my moms cancer.
Whilst she is now recovering and doing profoundly well I have to admit that it does still play in my mind of the usual thoughts 'what would I do without her?'
So I've buried my head a little.
As well as working away at the business to get it as established as I can.
Then dealing with the arthritis.
Plus remembering that I am a full time mom too.
So in all, my attention hasn't been on this blog or the Facebook page but now I'm willing to try again to
regain some momentum with it.
So, I thought I'd share some tidbits of what has been created.

I very much got into crocheting.

We grew strawberries.

Charley learned the chain stitch on one of our trips to the Midlands.

We made sweet ice pops!

Many, many boy camps!

We made cake in a tin.

I spent hours in the patio, reading and relaxing.

Breakfast date. Charley and I love these mornings.

Loom  bands. Oh loom bands!

The arthritis medication I was on caused me some serious blood issues.

My teen began a furniture makeover project.

My granddaughters just kept on growing and growing.

There were fart fights that only boys can have!

The shopping trips that would take forever because the dude was on his phone!

So there was never a dull moment!

You may want to keep your eye on the website: The British Homemaker as it is currently being rebuilt to share a range of things from recipes to crafts, from good books to inspiration and a little more.

I hope to drop a comment so I know you have stopped by!


Monday, 30 June 2014

Freebie: Cupcake Topper Flags

I don't get to post here as much as I'd like just now, with two businesses to run I find I am excelling at time management! However, I do have some fun posts in draft that I just need to edit the photos for which are on my to-do list (around #33) but for today I thought I'd offer a little freebie... please feel free to share and link back to me.

Blue cupcake topper flags



Debs

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Granny's Apron


The History of 'APRONS' 

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. 

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. 

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove. 

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls. 

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees. 

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. 

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes. 

Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.

REMEMBER: 

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love..


The History of 'APRONS'
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a pot holder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..
And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Send this to those who would know (and love) the story about Grandma's aprons.
REMEMBER:
Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.
I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love..

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Fabric Letters

Working on some new projects for my business I was rather surprised how often I’m asked if I sell individually cut fabric letters. Eventually I got the message, so now I’m adding a new range to both Design my Room Uk and Design my Party Uk (website still being re-built).

 

fabric letters

So till 30th June I am offering free Uk postage, basic rate for Eu and everywhere else. These are available in sizes from 1” up to 12” in a wide range of colours and patterns and ideal for any kind of personalising, cushions, buntings, clothing, blankets and more. This offer is only available if this blog post is quoted! Hop over to the blog linked above for more information.

Debs

Monday, 26 May 2014

Getting organised (with free printable)

Having taken almost a month off of the computer (except must-do's) I've come to miss this little spot so while I've been off on my jollies I've been working on some homemaking posts that will be pre-posted 3 or 4 times per week. At the moment I'm on an organising mission, I want each room in my home to be simple, organised and workable. I've shared some simple storage ideas in the last post (scroll down) and I have more to come. I've also been using some systems created by some awesome bloggers, they too will be shared b/c after using them myself I feel sure in endorsing them from here.

However, there's no time like the present to share something, right? :)

Measuring Flower has become my new source for all things to get organised. Compiling a home file has made it easy for me to keep all the important stuff in one place. Think emergency, grab and go, everything you'll need is there. Job done!

Measuring Flower is owned by an awesome lady who designs printables and even do many for free!
If you are serious about getting organised, start here. The various sheets available in this notebook will get you in the right frame of mind. The next step is to work through one principle, area or room at a time and again, Measuring Flower can help, start here.

Let me know if you try out this system, I'd love to know how it works for you.