Thursday, 30 September 2010

Folksy Friday!

You find me at a very exciting time this week as I've just ordered a logo, banner and avatar from It's all about the graphics and you could say I'm rather excited about it!  Apart from being relieved that the lovely Bonnita is going to sort me and my shop out, because I made the 150th purchase from her shop she's given me a free gift too: some business cards. Yipppeeee!

So in celebration of that I've come over all dotty for my Folksy Friday.  I am very fold of the old polka dot and am glad to have 2 little girls who can get away with wearing them, to indulge my addiction.  Alas as a 37 year old woman I fear my polka dot wearing days are behind me!  Anyway here are my lovely picks for this week, I hope you love them as much as I do!

Have a great weekend, Ux

Friday, 24 September 2010

Folksy Friday - Time

I've been neglecting my blog recently, it's not that I don't want to write it I just haven't been able to fit it in. It struck me this week that the biggest luxury in my life is actually free: time.  One that I don't seem to get much of. 

Don't get me wrong I'm pleased about this.  I like being busy, I love having 2 little girls who fill my time and my thoughts when I'm not with them, I'm thankful to have a job I enjoy, a house to clean, a hubby to pick up socks after and a hobby that makes me money and has brought me so many cyber friends.

So my Folksy Friday this week is on the theme of Time and I think you'll agree that it was time well spent as you look through these gorgeous goodies.  All available from the very talented people on Folksy, just click on the pic to visit their shops.

Have a great weekend x

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

This week I'm..... (No 4)

* Not loving the rain that has decended on us it makes me miserable!  Though on the upside I do get to wear my new coat :-)

* Enjoying making new my new line in cross body coin purses.  Keep a look out for new fabrics and designs as they are underway! 

* Still waiting for my youngest to take to walking!  She's superfast at walking just holding one hand.  I'm looking forward to putting her in dresses again when she's up and running, if she wears a dress at the moment she ends up crawling onto it, falling forward and bashing her nose, ouch!

* Making a plan to see old friends more often.  I'm blessed to have a bunch of friends which I have known over 20 years.  Whilst we will all be friends forever we don't see each other as much as I'd like and I'm on a mission to do something about it!

* Knee deep in washing as my drier has packed up and the rain won't stop - conspiracy?

* Generally losing the plot over most things!  This week I'm having particular trouble finding the right words.  My over-use of the word thingy has reached huge proportions!

* Twittering- well I have tweeted........once........I shall get the hang of it soon.....perhaps!

Have a great week, whatever you're up to, Ursula x

Friday, 10 September 2010

Folksy Friday! Keeping cosy

I don't know about you but this week I've felt that nostalgic feeling when the seasons begin to change.  The wind has felt a little cooler, the suns rays a little weaker and our bedroom window has once again begun to be closed at dusk.  So as I dust off my opaque tights in readiness for Autumn here is my Folksy Friday on the theme of keeping warm.  Stay snug now and have a great weekend.  Ursula x

Monday, 6 September 2010

There's no place like home

Saturday was the kind of day that I've dreamt about for a long time.  The morning was spent taking our eldest to her dance classes and the afternoon spent lazing in the garden, enjoying the sunshine.  Just a normal afternoon I hear you say.......

3 and a half years ago we bought this house, we were ready for a renovation project and this house was perfect.  Large, in need of some redoration, close to town, big garden.  We muttered those fateful words as we viewed "we'll be able to live in it and put up with the decor whilst we decorate and it only needs a lick of paint and new carpets".  Trouble is once you start these things the sky's the limit!

Drafty floorboards!
The weekend we moved in we ripped out all the carpets downstairs.  The lady who lived here before, we have since discovered, chain smoked and kept all the windows and doors closed.  You can imagine the smell and the wallpaper we thought was peachy coloured, was actually nictotine stained!  We lived with those dusty old floor boards for what seemed like a lifetime!  In the winter we had to sit in thermals and fleeces and wrap blankets around ourselves as the drafts from the cellar below were icy cold.

Bearing in mind our eldest daughter was 2 at the time we started with her room.  It's in the eaves of the house and was coloured dark red.  It reminded me of Jane Eyre and is how I picture Mrs. Rochester's room to have been.  Dark, dusty, cold, cobwebby!  It used to be the bathroom and as such had patches of carpet missing where the fittings and airing cupboard had been removed.  Sadly we had a computer crash after the upstairs rooms were done and we lost all our before pics so you can't see how awful it was up there!

The bathroom came shortly after: it was turquoise and orange and had way too many dolphins leaping around on the walls.  It was the kind of room you run in and out of quickly before you can actually take in how hideous it is!  It now looks a little more calm!  This room however was done at a time when we needed to get it finished out of necessity.  Sylvie was potty training etc etc....  If I had my time over I'd really go to town as it's a big room: big bath, double shower, the works!

The ground floor was possibly the worst in the house as it's where we live for the majority of the time. 
It's was 3 rooms: a living room, dining room and small kitchen extension at the rear.  The kitchen extension was so cold in the winter when you stood at the sink washing up your hair would blow in the breeze if it was windy!  We knocked the wall down in between the living and dining rooms and made the dining room side a large open kitchen and the living room became our dining room / family room.  :


After the ground floor we had a bit of a break to let the dust settle, literally.  Then we found out I was pregnant and the momentum started again.  I couldn't face the thought of the mess and dust again with a newborn baby.  So we tackled the cellar.  It was used for storage origianlly but was such a great space, 2 good sized rooms with a small extension on the back.  When you walk in at the front of our house its the ground floor, then you go down through the cellar to reach the garden, so it made sense to make the cellar part of the actual living space. 



We intended, at first, to put the kitchen and family room downstairs but I'm so glad we didn't.  It's lovely to retire down here in the evenings almost like we're shut off from the world and truly cocooned by our own 4 walls.  Its so warm and cosy in the winter as the 'woodburner' is a cheat and is electric so it heats up instantly and gets toasty and warm really quickly.

The Garden was finished this year in time for our annual BBQ for hubby's birthday.  The 'before' pics don't really show the horror of its original state!  There were 2 greenhouses that dominated the garden.  One of conventional construction and the other made from double glazed windows!  Ingenious, I know, but not aesthetically pleasing.  There were patios and beds and walls and frames which told of a once beautiful garden, sadly not the state we inherited it in!  Needless to say with 2 young ones it was not practical.  We spent the best part of a year ripping everything out and laid turf at the beginning of July.  We used a lot of what was in the garden, just in a different way and I love our reclaimed stepping stones!


So you see, from the front our house looks like a normal common garden townhouse, nothing special and no different from next door, but inside there are 4 floors of loveliness with our heart and soul running through them x

Friday, 3 September 2010

Folksy Friday! Back to School

Like many Mums throughout the country I'm in 'back to school' mode this week.  Our eldest is going into Year 1 this year and as she has said herself, after an hours visit last term "phew, Year 1 is going to be hard work"! The play of the Reception Class will be replaced by books and pens and the comfy cushions and carpet will be replaced by tables and chairs.  My little girl is growing up and I'd like time to stop, just for a little....

Hope you like my selection, Ursula x