Sunday, 20 April 2014

Craft Room Reveal Part Two

Hello everyone!

So, I've finally finished the rest of the craft room, hoorah!  In case you missed it, here's Part One here, and you can see some 'before' pics above, including the lovely black mould up the wall!  
We sat at the table last week to dabble in a bit of cutting and sticking, and I even dusted off my sewing machine for the first time since I moved to this house.  I'm so looking forward to getting stuck back into crafts and making bits for the house, and having this room is a real luxury.

The fireplace is so pretty, although it has some fabric wadding up the chimney which I'm really hoping was just put there to stop drafts, rather than hiding a more challenging problem.  I've got a sweep booked to come and investigate, and hopefully to get it swept in a couple of weeks.  The mirror above the fireplace was in my attic - I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw it amongst all the boxes of magazines and old rolls of carpet.  I set it free from the cobwebs and the darkness, and painted it a soft, pale grey.

The shelves which were in the alcove decided to give up the will to live, so I got rid of them completely.  I had a battle with the skirting board (it was already loose - turns out I'm quite handy with a saw!) so I was able to just about squeeze the vintage cupboard into the alcove, after giving it the mint green paint treatment!

My bathroom is being done this week which is very exciting, I've taken some 'before' photos and I hope to show you some progress very soon!

Tamsyn x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Sunday Snapshots

Hello everyone!

I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend!

Here are some of my favourite snapshots from the last week, from the top - 

1) Beautiful huge, fluffy pom poms of blossom on a tree down Magdalen Street in Norwich
2) Still life of pastels
3) Aldi chocolate mini eggs in gorgeous foil wrappers
4 and 5) The most amazing old box of cotton reels I spotted in a vintage emporium, it had three pull out drawers with every colour you could possibly need! 

Have a lovely Easter Sunday!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Happy Easter!

Hello everyone!
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!

After a long drive down to my parents, we spent a lovely first day down here in East Sussex!  We went to Camber Sands yesterday, and although the sky was blue and the sun was shining, my camera barely made it out of it's case, as the wind was whipping up a sandstorm.  Every childhood should include sandy sandwiches though, and the children had a lovely time running about the dunes, collecting shells and digging holes.

Thank you so much for all the lovely comments recently, I do read them all and really appreciate receiving them - I will sit down this weekend and reply to the questions that some of you have asked me too.

Tamsyn x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Beautiful Carousel

 Hello everyone!

As promised, here are some snaps of the gorgeous old carousel the children had a ride on at the end of the pier the other week.  I love everything about it, the nostalgic pastel colours, the pretty lights and the scrolled and carved sums up everything I am inspired by at the moment.  

The children and I go down to my parents tomorrow after I finish work, which I am so looking forward to.  The last few months have been so crazy that I'm looking forward to taking a few days out.  I had a wonderful afternoon on Sunday taking photographs, so I have quite a few posts lined up to share with you - having been quieter than usual on the blogging front, you can now expect a cascade of posts from me over the next week!

Tamsyn x

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Roses In Teacups

Hello everyone, Happy Friday!

These were some of my lovely £2 vintage pink Aldi roses, which last a ridiculously long time.  Then, when they start to fade, I chop them and put them in a smaller vase or container, which seems to prolong their prettiness for another few days.  Usually I like to put them in little vintage green bottles (see my post here), but this time I decided to put them in teacups, which made for a very pleasing little display, clustered on my mantelpiece!

Progress on the house is coming on in leaps and bounds this month - I currently have my new bathroom suite sitting in my bedroom!  My dad and a good friend of mine along with a plumber are putting the new suite in, as well as a new boiler, which is all very exciting.  I'm also having decking put in the garden, and a summerhouse is on order.  I loved my garden at the old house, so I really can't wait to have a garden we can use again, and to plant some of my beloved hydrangeas and box balls.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tamsyn x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pastel Beach Hut

 Hello everyone!  

I thought I'd share some pastel prettiness with you this Monday morning!  My lovely mum has been up to stay for the last few days, and on Saturday morning we decided to make the most of the sunshine, and head to the coast.  This is what we got up to - 

Sat on the sand whilst the children built sandcastles
Said hello to a seal that popped it's head up to say hello
 Strolled down the beach with the sun on our faces
Took the children for a ride on the beautiful old carousel on the end of the pier
Had a delicious ice cream before heading home.

I love this beach hut, and every time I see it I have to photograph it.  I'll share some pictures that I took of the beautiful old carousel later in the week!

Tamsyn x

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Craft Room Reveal - Part One

Hello everyone!

So, I'm very excited to reveal part one of our new craft room, taa-daa!  In true Tamsyn style, I've still got painting to do but hey, it will all get done eventually!  When I first looked round this house, this room was musty with stuff absolutely everywhere.  When I got the keys, I was horrified to see black mould creeping up the wall (you can see the 'before' picture at the bottom).  I thought about shutting the door, and forgetting about it until later in the year.  It turns out that black mould isn't so terrifying, it's caused by lack of air circulation, especially when too much stuff is stacked in front of a wall and never moved and cleaned.  It washes off easily enough and paint goes over it beautifully.  I did have to spend money on my floor sanding man, but it was worth every penny, because the room is absolutely transformed, and I love it.
The table was a Salvation Army purchase a few years ago, and it extends, which is perfect for when the children want to get all their glue, paint and glitter out.  I'm very aware that it won't stay this pristine but I don't care, I would far rather see them making a mess and having fun!

Tamsyn x