North Norfolk Half Term Day Out

Had the most wonderful day yesterday. The weather was amazing and OH had the day off so we headed up to Brancaster for a walk on the beach, and then to The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe for a slap up lunch.

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I’d love to live in Norfolk one day, if you’ve not been I’d throughly recommend it , it’s such a chilled relaxed beautiful place. It’s definitely a little hidden UK jewel and well worth a visit.

New Year, All Change

Ok that was a break and a half wasn’t it?  How are you all?  Good New Year so far?

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January was a whirlwind, lots changed and we had a lot to think about.  I’ve finally given up running Violet Posy Design, it was taking up all my time and I wasn’t earning a lot of money. Now OH has a full time job we can afford for me to give it a rest for a bit.  I had a great run though, and worked with some of the most amazing bloggers. I had a blast! I can’t thank them all enough for making my work days so much fun, and I made some awesome new friends along the way. That’s actually was what made it so hard to give up.  Thanks everyone for all the work you put my way and for all being so amazing.  It feels a bit weird not to be working on anything, so when I finally get really bored expect this site to change loads :)

The other change has been that after 11 years of ‘shall we stay in our home/move/emigrate/oh crap we’re out of contracts again’. We’ve decided to move locally and leave our little 1930’s house. The hunt is ON!

House hunting after so long is a bit odd. Last time Miss L was 6 months old and we were in a 2 up, 2 down Victorian terrace, which had been a love at first sight home. The day we walked in there I knew it was our house, waxed wooden floors, high ceilings, perfect for childless twentysomethings who didn’t care about on street parking.  Three years later….not so much. Ever tried carrying a weeks shopping and a baby in a car seat, for 3-5 streets?  It’s not easy and I don’t recommend it!

The house we live in now pretty much sold itself to me by having parking for 3-4 cars, a massive garden and lovely big bedrooms and it was the cheapest house we looked at!.  We didn’t have a massive amount of furniture, bed, cot, two sofa’s and my £5 dining room table bought at a car boot and a couple of inherited dining room chairs someone gave me when her Mum died.  This house was supposed to be the 5-7 year house, it turned into the 11 – 12 year house and now we are bursting at the seams.

Bathroom

How will I leave my beloved bathroom??

So what do we all want from a house this time round?  This is supposed to be the 25 -30 year house, our proper ‘grown up’ house that we can grow into and old in. We’ve looked around a good few houses and there hasn’t been anywhere that I’ve utterly loved.

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There’s been one which was very sensible (above), one that is massive but needs work and a couple that are no bigger than what we live in now. But going around different houses is really good for your mind set. You can imagine living somewhere else and you see that actually you’re own home which I never see as being that perfect is in fact actually pretty lovely and it’s helping me say goodbye to our house, which is going to be very hard.  Wish us luck!

 

 

 

 

Thrifty Christmas 2014

I’m a rubbish blogger, I’ve just not had time to run Thrifty Christmas this year as it takes up so much time. This time round I’ve started a Pinterest with all the cool ideas I’ve found from around the internet.

If you’d like some inspiration have a look, there are some lovely, simple ideas there that anyone would love to receive. :

Follow Liz’s board Thrifty Christmas on Pinterest.

Painted Dresser

I first posted about getting this dresser from eBay back in Jan 2011. I can’t believe I’ve had it this long!  And finally I’ve gotten round to painting it. Better late than never!

You can’t see it from this picture, but there was some water damage down the left handside and tons of Betty scratches from when she was a large puppy.  Also it sucked the light in the room, so painting it seemed like a good idea.  I used Annie Sloan, only one coat just in case I decided that I wanted to change the colour, I wasn’t too sure about more white in the room.

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I used a lot of frog tape to keep the edges sharp and I left the top wooden, and I did back of it in white as well as I haven’t chosen an accent colour for the room yet.  Here’s the finished article!

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Christmas with John Lewis and Tree Hilarity

John Lewis asked me if I’d like a new Christmas Tree and £50 of baubles to decorate it with…of COURSE I WOULD!!

Our old artificial tree was bought our first Christmas together as I’m allergic to read trees and after 14 years was looking a bit ropey. Also I had to weigh it down with the Argos catalogue, to stop it falling over every year because it never stood right – so classy!. We were thinking of getting a new tree for this year, when John Lewis’s generous offer came along.

I had the choice of a 6ft, 7ft or a whopping 8ft tree. Now I am bit of a small child when it comes to Christmas and I firmly believe that a tree should be much bigger than me or anyone else in the house. I have childhood memories of 30ft Disney Christmas trees at Disney World and I think I’m always trying to replicate that feeling of being small while the tree is massive!   I measured our ceiling and it’s about 9.5ft high, so I thought that the 8ft tree would be a bit too big, therefore I went for the 7ft tree.

Tree came in no time, and we put it up at the weekend. It’s much, much easier to put up than the old one. That had colours and you had to match the colours with the right bit of the tree – a right old faff. This one you just pull out, slot together and pull out the branches to fluff. So simple, and tree was up in under 10 minutes!

Except, I hadn’t measured right! I hadn’t taken the base into consideration! So it was a wee bit too tall!

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After much laughter and my family, giggling at my inability to measure anything (I do have a track record for buying things way too big!). We took the bottom layer our and the tree was the perfect height! But when I get my imaginary next house with Victorian height ceilings it’s going to look amazing full size!

The baubles are lovely, I ordered mostly gold and red, as that’s pretty much tradition in our house. But I spoilt myself as this year as there are no toddlers or puppies in the house, I chose some glass baubles as well as non-shatterproof ones.   For £50 I managed to get about 60 baubles, 50 non-shatter and then about 10 more expensive glass ornaments and the tree topper.

I think this is my favourite, it makes me smile every time I see it

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Here are a few of my other favourites, a beautiful mercury glass topper

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Shatterproof sparklies!

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Gold glass, just lovely!

 

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Here’s the tree with the decorations on and our lights, it looks very realistic and so pretty!  Thanks so much John Lewis!

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**Full disclosure I received a Christmas Tree and £50 of baubles from John Lewis**

 

 

Autumn Colours

In an attempt to get Betty’s (and my!) weight down we’ve been doing lots of longer walks lately.

The colours at the moment are really beautiful. And although Betty likes to drag me round the streets, she is kind enough to stop and let me take some photos. Here are some of my favourites so far this autumn.

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Not from a dog walk but just walking around town I snapped a picture of this house, which is just adorable. I love the colour of the front door, beautiful!

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What photos have you taken this autumn that you love? Leave me a link to your blog or instagram, would love to see them!

 

 

 

 

Making a Christmas Wreath with Hobbycraft

Hobby Craft kindly sent me a bunch of goodies so we could make our our own Christmas Wreaths.  We’ve not done anything crafty in ages. Miss L is now at the age where she’s rather play a computer game or head out with her friends than sit with me crafting. So it’s kind of fallen out of fashion in the Violet Posy household, which is a massive shame.

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But thankfully Christmas is still a draw (hurray!) and she jumped at the chance of making a wreath for her bedroom door.

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We decided on a colour scheme (red and white) and then she got cracking with just a smidge of help from me attaching the big heart in the middle.

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Loving the results!

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We’ve been thinking up uses for the other bows and flowers and we think we might use them to decorate the Christmas presents. We couldn’t attached the led candles they sent us but they will be going in her room over the festive period.  It was nice having my little girl back for an hour, we should do it more often. Roll on the holidays!

 

**Full disclosure** I received all the bits to make the wreath from Hobbycraft

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation Dining Room..

It’s still ongoing…seriously how to people paint their entire houses white? I swear this has needed about 3 coats and it’s still patchy. It’s slowly driving me mad!

But I have finished both bookcases, gotten the curtains back up on a new pole after the old one died in spectacular fashion, nothing like it falling on your head! And the new white pole, although it felt somewhat…well very cheap and about to collapse as soon as we put the heavy curtains on it. But it’s still there, and looks a million times better than the old orange pine one.

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So left to do…

Mirror – What can I do with it? Paint it, or leave it? I’m not sure it really goes in the room anymore? Anyone want a large brown mirror?? LOL!

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Paint the Dresser (and behind it!)  – still torn on this. I’m worried it’s going to be ‘too’ white and boring if I do it in white. But I’ve bought the paint now, so might as well get on with it. I can always go over it in the New Year with some colour I guess if I hate it. I just really want the room done for Christmas at the moment.  But I can’t leave it plain, the white bookcase has made it even more orange.

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Paint and re-finish the chairs – some need painting as well as some new padding and seat pads, which for a non sewing type should be interesting…now where’s my nail gun??

Oh and the small matter of all the rubbish that’s now lying around the room without a home – a lot of tip runs and charity shops runs this week I think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Battle of the Orange Pine & a Betty Update

Good news from our household, Betty has Polyps. Hurray!!

Although it could be cancer the guy who did the endoscopy yesterday thinks it’s very, very unlikely. 6 weeks of antibiotics and anti inflammatories should hopefully fix it. Phew!!

Thank you all for your lovely kind wishes on here, FB, Twitter and Instagram. Really kind of you all made me feel so much better. I know she’s just a dog but they are such a part of the family aren’t they? I’m a very happy woman this afternoon.

Anyway back to regular programming….

We have a *lot* of orange pine furniture, and I although I swear it wasn’t that orange when we bought it…well it is now! It seems to suck the light out of every room and just looks horrible. There’s book cases, bed side tables, the giant chests of drawers in our bedroom, sideboard, you get the idea there is a lot.

Personally I blame the cheap white Ikea table I bought for the dining room, it just made all the pine in there look even worse after a few weeks.  Most of the furniture we’ve had since we first moved in together, it’s about 14 years old and we can’t afford to replace it all.

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So I have started operation paint!

I know painted furniture is the biggest cliche and is EVERYWHERE, but I just couldn’t stand the orange any longer and I thought it was worse that a piece of furniture I wouldn’t notice as much anymore.

Now my long suffering husband wasn’t convinced that this would be a good idea. Apparently I tend to get bored and just paint a bit of something..which is true, but don’t tell him that!.  But I thought if I started small, say one bookcase I could see how it went.  I got out my trusty Annie Sloan Old White (lazy painting is me!) and went to town. After about 10 minutes I thought I’d made a horrendous mistake and was pretty sure OH was going to be proved right.

I panicked and posted this on Instagram.

 

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Boyed by the good response from other Instagrammers and mainly because by this point I had no other choice – that chalk paint isn’t coming off once it’s on!.  I kept going….

 

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Once I did a second coat, waxed it and put everything back in, I was actually quite pleased with how it looks (sorry about the dodgy lighting in the photo below it’s been beyond grey here this week!).   It’s receded the bookcase and it’s not  ‘in your face’ anymore. In fact OH is so pleased with it, I’m under orders to paint the hallway table.  I actually thought that looked ok!

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I’m going to paint the matching bookcase which holds the DVD collection, but I’m not sure if I should do everything in the dining room white?  I think the dresser as well might be a bit too much. But I guess I can do a base coat and see how it looks?  I can always whack on a layer of colour on top and make it funky, if it looks too spartan.  Paint brush out again tomorrow!