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.



Friday, 14 March 2014

9 simple storage tips to organise the small things


I love being organised, I love colours so put the two together and I probably go a little overboard! I've put together a few of the simple things I've invested in that saves me heaps of space as well as time looking for things. Of course, there's the added bonus that the kids will put things where they belong, ok there's hope! ;)

Cutlery drawer. Upon the insistence of my daughter, I was happy with my pretty tins on the window but I must admit, this does kinda look better :)

Having just 4 drawers in my kitchen I am hell bent on limiting what goes in them, I admit I do feel the need for a junk draw but it's not this one, nope, its one full of manuals, menus and other paper products 'just in case' and I'm ok with that! This draw sorts the most used things and a teeny tiny little pot for small junk ;)

I was so fed up of washing powder leaking over the worktop so I had a brainwave. This 3 drawer unit is perfect. Each drawer holds approx 4kg powder and as we use 2/3 different ones this sorts it out clearly.

Add a little dessert cup, this 2oz one is the perfect size to fit the drawer and dispense the correct amount of powder per load.

What a fab idea! Not mine, I regret but one I found on the tinternet that is ideal for Charley's smaller books, papers etc as we home school. I also figured it's a great tool for organising the days lessons for him to work through as well as adding any little tools he may need.
  
I showed this one on my home schooling post here, I had to reshare as it's proven ideal for all the stationary he seems to need. I like that it's easy transported to the living room when he fancies a little 'extra' creativity.

A little cute tea cup my sister bought me last year, I knew immediately that it was perfect for the little items.

My little corner that holds the most used utensils. (The orange watering can shouldn't be there!)

Don't  you love storage baskets? They are inexpensive, available in so many colours and perfect for organising any place. Under the sink has been my nemesis for years, till now.

What I've accidentally found with this kind of storage is when the kids are doing their chores, they'll grab a basket and go. i.e. If Charley is folding the laundry, he'll pull out the tea towel basket and put it away.
Simple tins in a prettily decorated box keeps things all in one place.

This was a blog post, read here. I used these tins long after we left the temporary accommodation.



This post can be found here. A secret hiding place I'd created for the teens room.
I'd love to hear your tips for storage.

Debs

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Can you guess what I'm about to make?

I haven't done any kind of tutorial for such a long time so when I saw something on Pinterest that I fell in love with I knew it was time.


Fabric from Nortex Mill
Any ideas yet? Ok, here's a clue!

I'll be showing a full tutorial when I've made it.

Debs