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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

:::Today I am grateful for...:::

1. Having a good night sleep
2. Steve coming home for lunch
3. Henrick getting better at toilet training
4. An after-dinner nap
5. People buying my items on Ebay
6. Craft blogs which I can read for hours
7. Tooth pain reliever
8. Quiet time to make the perfect Valentines Day gift (more information on that soon)
9. Country Living and Interiors magazines
and finally…
10. Steve for supplying me with endless cups of tea :)

Sunday, 24 January 2010

::: Introducing Henrick :::



Henrick is our new ten week old mini lop (or Holland lop as it’s also known) rabbit. He’s been here for a couple of days now and is settling in well.

I’ve wanted a chocolate mini lop rabbit for a while now (Steve will tell you) and I eventually found one.

I volunteered at a local rabbit breeder who bred French Lops and loved every minute of it, I’ve also owned a rabbit in the past as well as a variety of other animals. I read up on showing and breeding but for now he’s just our house bunny.

He has a hutch in our utility area where he spends his nights but during the day (under supervision) he gets to run around and explore his new home.

Mini lops are widely loved as they are small enough for children to handle and also have excellent natures. Bucks (males) tend to be more cuddly than the does (females).

Henrick will be and already is well loved and will spend his life being spoiled by us and maybe eventually one day we’ll get more.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

::: As Promised :::

As promised here is the picture of my fully functional craft space. Yes I am taking over a part of Steve's space and no I don't feel guilty. I know that one day we'll be able to buy our own house and have a little space each to do with what we will but for now it is perfect.



It's great when I want to relax. It's a nightmare when Steve is in there on his computer or on his exersise bike and I am forced out of my comfort zone but it's mine and I love it (for now).

Sunday, 17 January 2010

::: A Sneaky Peak :::

I haven’t been crafting and making things for a very long time. True, I used to do a lot of arty projects at school and I doodle from time to time (perhaps I’ll share my pictures with you one day) but I’m suddenly realising (and so is Steve) that I have gained quite a lot of ‘materials’ over such a short space of time.



My craft area, at first, consisted of one table with a sewing machine. Then it evolved into a few drawers and jars full of things, then some stackable shelves as well as more jars.



I now have a full tablesworth of things plus drawers, shelves, bags, boxes, and even the wall is covered!

(Bare with me and I’ll get a picture of the finished space all neat and tidy.)

Friday, 15 January 2010

:::By The Fire:::

Because we don't have a lot of outside space at the moment, we have nowhere to keep our logs for the fire. We don't buy coal 1. because it's expensive and 2. because it's messy.

I bought a Paper Log Maker from ebay a little while ago and it is the beat thing ever. I soak some torn up paper in water overnight:



Then I piled the paper into the log maker, pull the handles over the top to squeeze out the excess water (I recommend doing this over a sink if you don't have wipable floors):



It makes little 'bricks' of paper which was can then burn. It recycles our mail as well as not making any mess.





It's a great way to keep cosy and also cheap once you have bought the Paper Log Maker.

Monday, 11 January 2010

::Staying Warm::


This is an image that reminds me of home. It's my parents piano and the top is covered with photographs. Photographs which are so old they have yellowed, alongside brand new ones such as our wedding. It shows people I have never known and people who are beside me everyday. This is what home means to me.

I have been unusually focused on our home these past couple of days, whether it is down to the fact we are both suffering horrible bouts of the flu, and want to stay warm, or the fact that we have been in this house for our entire married life and had a wonderful Christmas together, I just don’t know.

It’s wonderful to give the house a bit of TLC and that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.

After a trip to IKEA (over 100 miles away!) we made it home with new bed covers, 2 gorgeous pine bedside cabinets, some kitchen utensils and new storage boxes for our Christmas decorations (I didn’t realise how much we had. Note to self: Buy more storage boxes on next IKEA trip.) Another trip out and we came home with a new duvet to keep us (hopefully) warm.

Although we have both been sofa-ridden with a new fleecy snowman blanket (Thanks to Sarah, Jeremy and Toby), and drinking hot lemon for days on end we have both perked up and are feeling more homely.

For the first time in nearly 6 months I have finally reached the bottom of the ironing basket! Hurrah! Every month I would quickly iron things we needed such as Steve’s shirts for work or my ‘comfy’ clothes. At the bottom of the pile were things we hardly ever wear - mostly summer clothes.

I must have been on a roll as I cleared out my entire crafting area and reorganised everything and it all looks so much better. I’ll get a snapshot up soon, I promise.

In the meantime I hope you are all staying cosy and snuggling up to loved ones, because that’s exactly the remedy we are using to feel better. And it works, I promise you!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

:::Sally the Penguin:::


A quite large wooden penguin called Sally which I received from my parents for Christmas. I have never seen anything like it before, it's usually wooden ducks in people's homes. Sally is happily resting in our livingroom.

I am quite looking forward to 2010. Not just because of the snow we are getting right now (-11 degrees celcius and about 6-8 inches of the white stuff!), but because we started the new year by thinking up resolutions for each other.

Okay, I know what you're thinking, we all have 'lose weight' and 'stop smoking' but in fact we don't.

There were some funny ones such as "Stop being so boring" but I think we all pretty much came away with some good ones. Mine, for example, are:

1. Visit family more
2. Be more confident
3. Get a part-time job
4. Craft more

Which I am happy to follow, especially number 4 made especially for me by my husband.

This year will, hopefully, have many good days and events, not to mention a new little niece who is due in 8 weeks!

My second year of University will also be over (only two more years left!).

And we will have been married for a whole year in July - how time flies!

Have a great January! This is only the beginning...