HAPPY CHRISTMAS and A BRILLIANT NEW YEAR TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY

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WE HAVE MOVED HOUSE AND GONE DUTCH


Hello Folks...

I am in the middle of 'Our Big House Move' at the moment! Yes my lovelies it has finally happened! Yay!...so whilst we are moving in, Please excuse my absence for a little while...when I am straight I will be blogging again, as this house is our forever home...light bright and airy!



HAPPY CHRISTMAS with LOVEThESIGN

Nativity scene - Alessi
If you are still wondering what to buy for your friends and family...you had better check out THIS website...I was bowled over by their choice of wonderful affordable design pieces that I just had to share their details with you all.


4 SIMPLE WAYS TO STAY HAPPY AND HEALTHY

As the song goes, ‘if you’re happy and you know, it clap your hands’. But what do you do if you’re not? It’s hard to stay happy every day, just about everyone feels down from time to time. Research suggests that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year including anxiety and depression.


BLACK FRIDAY FRENZY

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It's nearly here...Yes Black Friday Frenzy is next week and whilst many Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving...we will also be reeping the benefits with the BIG sales here in Blighty too!


CHEERZ RETRO PRINTS FOR HAPPY PEEPS & A GIVEAWAY

CHEERZ BIG FAT BOX

COMPETITION CLOSED
The winners are
PAMMY AIREY
MARIE RAYNER

& IHANNA
Thank you to all for taking part...
Please check back for more GIVE-AWAYS COMING UP SOON :0)



VINTAGE GREEN 1952 HOLIVAN CARAVAN FOR SALE

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It's True! It is now that time! My Holivan Caravan is actually FOR SALE!
Above is a picture of what it looked like when it was featured in magazines and all the pictures below are of what it looks like now!

KEEPING COSY THIS AUTUMN

Red Hunter Rain Boot. Lindsey's shoe SIZE 7:
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Autumn is the season that defines the transition from summer to winter, the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, trying to hang on to the feeling of warmth can be challenging.

As soon as I can see the sunny days descend into windy evenings, and feel the slight biting chill in the air, all I want to do is snuggle up inside the house. ‘Fall’ colours - burnt umber, dark oranges, deep reds and browns – are my favourite, I prefer darker colours as they are richer, and aren’t as cold as other paler shades. Bright colours are okay too, but I prefer the subtle tones of the warmer autumnal hues.

HAPPY HOUSE SHENANIGANS

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Having a little perusal around the internet the other day got me thinking that I wouldn't mind getting a wardrobe for Freddy's bedroom...you know his bedroom has been in the Dining room since his accident last December...I think the last time I updated you all about this was that he was receiving physio therapy and that there was a chance that he would walk again! well that has not happened because his limbs are too lax due to his Ehlers Danlos Sydrome!

DUCKYDORA + BRITISH DESIGN = LOVE

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As you know I am a big fan of British design, so when I was surfing the internet the other day and came across duckydora, I was pleasantly surprised!...they handcraft their crockery and kitchen accessories themselves here in Blighty...How cool!

MODERN RETRO

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Retro Style is interesting, vibrant, and central to my karma!
However Retro is not just a look or feel!
It can also be a longing for simplicity and a more concise life.


3 EASY STEPS TO THE PERFECT KITCHEN

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What makes a kitchen perfect? In my eyes, there are a few things to look at. It needs to be attractive yet practical, for a start. And it also needs to be easy to clean and safe.
Now, you might be wondering why I’m asking this question. Well, several years ago, older readers of this blog may remember that we decided to tweak our kitchen a bit with vintage french enamel worktops and covered the kitchen doors with white sticky backed plastic!...


BLOG HELP REQUIRED - what should I do?

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OMG I have gone and done it again! tittering about with my blog...I have gone and messed it up somewhere around the bottom...I want a new template design you see and was having a little look around the internet...when I found a really cool one...so I uploaded it myself...forgetting that I am not very good these days with remembering what I am doing day to day! let alone trying to do this myself!

So I have gone and completely messed up!
still I am not stressing yet...No pain no gain aye!

So watch this space...hopefully I wont delete it altogether...
Oh Gawd...I think I need me some help?


So do Excuse the mess whilst I am trying out new styles on my blog
the distruptiion I am sure will be over shortly...EeK!

Any suggestions for sticking it all back together?

Or are there any of you out there that have done the same thing?

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SORTED!
I think I have got it all back to normal now - apart from a few bits and bobs!...Now do I really want to do all of that scary stuff again? Hmmm! me thinks not lol...well not for a while anyways!
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COLUMBIA ROAD MEETS CATH KIDSTON from the ARCHIVES

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(Post first published 25/07/2007)
Happily sharing my Archives.
Please make a drink and pull up a seat this is a long post.....

...Last Sunday we went to Columbia Road Market....we had been meaning to take our friends Sue and Kevin to Cath Kidston for ages, ever since Sue first set eyes on our decoration at home did she want us to take them there, you can't help falling in love with all those delightful pastel mixes of boho 1950's chic now can you!....so we decided to make a day of it and take in some other sites too, starting with Columbia Road flower market.


HOW THE WORLD LIVES BY HOMIFY

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How lovely to see how the world lives today...
taking a peek into people's homes is just the best thing, don't you think...

10 OR MORE FREEBIES EVERY WEEK

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I have decided to update my FREEBIES page...long gone are the little bits of art that you can add to your blog side panels with code...they seem to be so LAST CENTURY...lol!

I have decided, for now anyway, to add at least 10 interesting pieces of graphics for you to take and use in your art or on your blogs etc. each week.


SOURPUSS BAG GIVEAWAY with VIOLET VIXEN

 
If you are a fan of the bUrLeSqUe scene then you will of heard of VIOLET VIXEN
They provide showgirls, burlesque dancers, fashionistas, steampunkers, goth lovers, aspiring starlets with flavor rich corsets and accessories, just for fun or for daily wear.


HOW TO CREATE A GORGEOUS NEW LIVING ROOM

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Your living room is the place where all the family can gather. It’s the room most often seen by visitors and guests to your home too. It’s where you entertain and where you relax. It’s the room you have your conversations in and the room where you can just veg out in front of the TV. The living room is used more often than any other room in the house. This means it needs to be comfortable, well-equipped, and perfect for social gatherings.

To make sure your living room makes the right impression each and every time, keep the decor fresh. Repainting usually comes round every couple of years in this room. It suffers the most wear and tear because it is used by so many people so often. This season’s hot colours are duck egg blues and cherry reds. You can use wallpaper or a more vibrant shade from your colour palette for a feature wall.
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The furniture is important to your room. It doesn’t just provide the comfortable seating and social circle for your friends and family. It also creates the character, and expresses your tastes. You want something that is high quality to last, but also to look good for your home. Browse through the catalogues of makers like Multiyork to see what style most suits you and your home.

Many seating arrangements in the living room are set up to face the TV. If your television is important in the home, then you might choose to purchase a good quality cabinet for it to stand upon. If your living room space is less formal and more comfortable, why not use a wall bracket to mount it on? That way you have gained some extra floor space for additional seating.

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  Wall art can create splashes of colour and style for your living room. Pick larger pieces for big walls to create a big impact. Look for art that shares the colour tones of your palette. Swirls are very popular at the moment. Try to find something on a white background, or that include some white lines. This helps it blend in beautifully with white doors and skirting boards.

Painting your ceiling every couple of years brings back the brightness and can help lighten the room. Instead of a ceiling rose, why not have some spot lights installed? These can be cheaper to run as well. Using four or six could help light darker corners of the room. What about some wall lights? These will shine light up toward your newly painted ceiling, reflecting brightness back into the room.
Rugs, curtains and cushions are great because they can be changed or cleaned cheaply and easily. Have them all match your strong colour from your palette this season. This helps them all tie into the room beautifully, creating a very stylish look.

Square rugs are best for a square room. A rectangular shape works well in a long or L shape room. Cushions should be full of texture, and can be mixed and matched. Finally, keep your curtains simple unless they hang in one of your feature walls. You can pick big patterns or stripes to mix it up. Love your living room today.
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HOW TO ADD A BIT OF COMFORT TO YOUR HOME

Bean Bags are hitting the home interior market by storm, cheaper than buying an armchair or Settee, they can be hung up out of the way or stored in a cupboard when not in use.  Gone are the days when sitting on a bean bag was so uncomfortable...that you had obviously drawn the short straw at family get togethers...these new guys to hit the market are strong contenders for interior lovers everywhere!
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They come in all sorts of colours and designs to suit the trendiest decor down to the country cottage style...kids love them, Dad's fall asleep on them and Mother's read children bedtime stories on them.

Here are some of my favourite styles...


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They even sell Bean Bag Settee's! if you want to make that extra committment!
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So as you can see, you can pick them up in all sorts of shapes and sizes these days..
In my opinion they are the coolest comfiest home accessory at the moment...
And perfect for snugling next to the fire in the coming cooler seasons.

Are you a fan of the Bean Bag?

Have you bought one for your Kids Bedroom?
Do you lust after one Yourself?
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RUSTIC RANCH or FRENCH SHABBY CHIC

We are a bit inbetween styles at the moment...the MOVE that we have been planning for ages has had a bit of a set back and for now we are just going to stay here...although it not being the best situation, as we have no downstairs loo and Freddy is still sleeping in the 'all singing - all dancing' bed in the dining room...we are going slightly mad, but at least we are going slighty mad together!

We have a new car, which has enabled us to get out and about together.  It has been adapted for Freddy's needs and is more safe for me to drive his scooter and wheelchair in and out of, rather than me running myself over everytime...which is all good, as there was a risk of Freddy's only carer ending up in a bed next to him in the dining room and us both being bed bound!

...Anyways...as to the style of the house...well imagine two peeps intent on moving, packing up half of their belongings...buying some new stuff for their new house...then house falling through, and them getting depressed!...thus leaving house in total pandamonium! Yep! your've got it! That's us right now!...so Thank Heavens for the new car!...We are getting out as much as we can to escape the mess that we have now created here!

And to top it all! Freddy now wants a more modern style of living and I don't!
Stupid me really for agreeing that I did in order to start the ball rolling with the move!
My Idea was a pared back look, getting rid of most of the kitsch and sticking to our old style of French shabby chic...kinda like this...


Which is a back to basics approach as this is our old house back in 2008...
less kitsch and more French Chic!

Whereas Freddy is thinking more this kinda thing!



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RUSTIC RANCH....HELP I AM SCARED!


He wants this kind of style with more modern pieces and he keeps picking up things that are teal in colour!...all I can say is that it is going to end very very badly indeedy!

KEEP TUNED IN TO SEE WHO WINS!
what interior style do you like best?


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IRRESISTIBLE ME HAIR EXTENSION REVIEW by ROSIE

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Hi ya all...I have worn hair extentions since I was 14...I am 22 now! So that is 8 years of trying out all sorts of brands...high and low end.  I was so tired of the poor quality clip in hair extensions that I could find on the internet and from local shops in my area, that I started wearing 3/4 wig pieces, they are easy to put on and hides the severest of a bad hair day, but are so hot and uncomfortable! So I decided to investigate a little more...


How to get rid of an Unwanted Pampas Grass

 As summer draws to an end you’ll probably want to make the most out of the garden by hosting BBQs, tea parties or just having your friends around for a cup of tea. You've spent the last couple of months pruning those bushes with trusty hedge trimmers, which you can buy at Tesco, and watching the geranium and hydrangeas grow, but there is a great BIG pampas grass sitting in the middle of your garden that you have been meaning to get rid of for ages!
Hence my Pampas Grass below! Eek!

Mine has grown over 6ft high so I have always taken pictures of my garden leaving out this monstrosity!  I am not a fan of the thing! We acquired it when we moved here 6 years ago and I have aways been told that they are very difficult to get rid of...making them a most stubborn nuisance to me. 
So let's take a look at these tips on what to do if you would like to remove one from your garden!

Tools

Here are the pieces of equipment that you'll need:
Rubber gloves
Safety goggles
Long-sleeve shirt & long trousers
Black bin bags
Gardening shears
Rubber gloves
Herbicide containing glyphosate

Method
1. Put on the gloves and ensure that your clothes cover your arms and legs. Grab several pampas grass stalks and bunch them together. Cut the stalks down to around two inches above the ground with a pair of gardening shears. Do this until you have cut all the grass down to a similar size. Fill the rubbish bag with the cut grass as you go along, tie it securely and take it to the tip.
2. Next, spray the cut down stalks straight away with a ready-to-use herbicide that contains glyphosate as the active ingredient. Use it liberally for the best results.
3. You'll have to repeat the treatment process a week later. Monitor the location regularly and spray any newly sprouted pampas grass with the glyphosate herbicide.
Some people might try and just dig up the root of the pampas but the only effective way is to use chemicals as well, otherwise it will just grow again. There are many products out there that are right for the job so just ask your local garden center worker and they'll point you in the right direction. Be careful to avoid spraying any nearby plants that may be harmed by the chemicals.
Then you can get down to enjoying the rest of the season in a beautiful, flawless garden that isn't overshadowed by pesky pampas.

ALTERNATIVELY
You could always hide it (like I have for years) with a Garden Gazebo Lol!
Happy Days xx
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