Monday, 28 June 2010

Giveaway Winner....

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!

The winner is the lovely Vanessa from Coco Rose Textiles!

If you haven't already, go and check out her beautiful blog!

It is packed with beautiful photos, recipes, fashion ideas...

... and she is a crochet Queen! Seriously, just look at these...

Congratulations Vanessa!

Can you email me your address please? (My add is in the sidebar!)

Friday, 25 June 2010

Finished Living Room Curtains

The curtains are finally finished....& we have even put them up!! After having the fabric for 6 months & not getting around to taking them to the dresser, I was SO excited to finally have them finished:)

I couldn't wait to show you how they turned out!

I really appreciated everyone's advice in my post about the puddled look curtain & it really helped me make my decision! So thank you all :) I'm really happy that I went with the look, but glad I didn't go to the extreme like in some of the photos!

{our lounge is a work in progress, so still very bare!}

I originally wanted really big black tiebacks for a more dramatic look but couldn't find any at a reasonable price so went with these smaller ones...

The little black table was a little project of mine - I bought it for £5! It was a nasty browny colour to start of with...I decided to give it a modern look so painted it black, to fit in with our living room theme!

I didn't get a very good before picture as the legs had to be taken of for transporting ... but you get the gist! :)

I will post more living room pictures as we get more done to it!

Don't forget to enter my little giveaway!!

Friday, 18 June 2010

A Little Giveaway!

I'm really excited to announce my first giveaway!! :)

Since starting this little blog, its been refreshing to meet many lovely, creative & talented ladies and I have got sooo much inspiration from all your great blogs! I never expected I'd enjoy blogging, or that anyone would be interested in my posts so thank you for taking time to stop by & for your lovely comments!

As a little thank you, I'm giving away a little heart shaped chalk board, which I came across today & just couldn't resist!

I'll send it worldwide so please feel free to enter!

You know how it works...

1. If you are a follower, leave a comment and you will be entered once

2. You can be entered twice if you put a link in your sidebar

3. If you want to do a blog post you can be entered 3 times!

Please leave a separate comment for each :)

Entries will close, 28 June @ 12 noon GMT!

Good Luck


Monday, 14 June 2010

99 Things

Ive seen a few people do this post so thought it would be fun to do too!

I've highlighted in blue the things I have done & added a few pictures to make it more interesting... our comp is super slow though so I haven't been able to find many relevant ones...

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars - lay under the stars for most of the night in Greece once does that count? :)
3. played in a band
4. visited hawaii - defiantly on my list of places to go
5. watched a meteor shower - in Athens
6. given more to charity than you could afford to
7. been to disney
8. climbed a mountain - in the Peak District in Derbyshire
9. held a praying mantis
10. sung a solo

11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the statue of liberty
18. grown your own vegetables - currently doing so this year:)
19. seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. slept on an overnight train

21. had a pillow fight
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you’re not ill - hmmm...
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb - I used to have pet lambs when I was little!
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset

31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. seen niagara falls in person
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors I lived in my ancestors home in Co. Fermanagh for a couple of years
35. seen an amish community
36. taught yourself a new language...Have tried to teach myself Greek on numerous occasions :)
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. seen the leaning tower of pisa in person - another place I want to visit!
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Michelangelo’s David in person

41. sung karaoke
42. seen old faithful erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. visited africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight - this is one of my favorite things to do!
46. been transported in an ambulance
47. had your portrait painted - had this done in Paris, but was more of a sketch than a painting... ;)
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the sistine chapel in person

50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris - we were SO fortunate to get to the top as my friends were in the queue before us & they were only allowing people to go half way!
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theater
55. been in a movie - Happened to Walk through a scene on doll house when on Sunset Boulevard - does it count!?
56. visited the great wall of china - has to be one of the best experiences of my life!! I love China!
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class - my friend & I went once - it was good...we were BAD!!
59. visited russia

60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold girl scout cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason - I came home to 2 bunches of flowers the last time I had been away.... awwww :)
64. donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. been sky diving
66. visited a concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy - saved quite a few...!
70. visited the lincoln memorial

71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in times square
74. toured the everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. seen the grand canyon in person - a highlight of my trip to USA!
80. published a book

81. visited the Vatican
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. kissed a stranger at midnight on new year’s eve
86. visited the white house
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox - I avoided it in childhood & got it when I was 15.. urgh!
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury

91. met someone famous - Eva Longoria in a restaurant in Hollywood! Princess Diana when I was at school!
92. joined a book club
93. gotten a tattoo
94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person
96. swam in the great salt lake
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone - can't imagine what it was like not to have one now...
99. been stung by a bee - well a wasp!

I have done 27!

I really want to tick off some of those places on my 'to visit' list after doing this :)

How many have you done?!

Friday, 11 June 2010

A Rachel Ashwell Giveaway!

This is such an exciting giveaway!

If you follow my blog, I think you will know by now how much I love interior books so you will understand my excitement! :)

Head over to Dusty Lu to enter this amazing giveaway - one lucky reader will have the choice of an autographed Rachel Ashwell book!


Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Interiors,

My Rooms, Treasures and



Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic

Sumptuous Settings & Other Lovely Things,

Giveaway ends June 30th @ 12 noon pst!

Best of Luck


Tuesday, 8 June 2010

I need your advice!!

Tomorrow, I am going to a curtain maker to adjust the curtains I have bought for my living room...

I bought these curtains a while ago (see below) & they are deliberately left extra long so you can design them as you like.

Here's where I need some help.

I've had this idea that super long curtains (apparently called curtain puddle design), tied back are a good look - but now when I am coming to make my final decision I'm not so sure ... I'm afraid the excess length may look messy.

When I was researching the look online, I suddenly thought, who better to ask advice from than some stylish bloggers?

Here are some examples I looked up today which I may use tomorrow...

I'd love to hear what you think - is it a good look, or is it really messy?!

I promise to post some images of the finished product :)