Exploring the Shires

Exploring the Shires

I was brought in in Lancaster, and know the area amzingly well. However, for some reason I have only recently spread Northern wings and gone further afield than the country town. Perhaps having kids awoke the explorer in me, eh? The beautiful countryside surrounding the cities of Manchester and Chester is famed for its beauty,(…)

Domestic Goddess failure – again….

Domestic Goddess failure – again….

My son was seven this week. But he did, once upon a time look like this… Unfortunately, while he has been growing and developing, his mother has still found it impossible to turn into the domestic goddess that the cute little fella deserves. I prepared everything for him, from a great day out with the(…)

The necessities for your child’s play room

The necessities for your child’s play room

Having a dedicated play area for your children is really important. It keeps the rest of your house clean and provides them with their own space that they know if for playing and having fun. And you know how much my kids are into their imaginative play, right? Having a dedicated space also helps you(…)

Going all vintage on your ass….

Going all vintage on your ass….

Obviously, I am not getting an old donkey like this lovely fella. For some reason, reaching 40 seems to have made me take a look back; a very careful look back. When I was a child, I spent a lot of time collecting things; my daughter seems to have inherited this tendency to get obsessed(…)

Simple decoupage vintage bear card

Simple decoupage vintage bear card

Do you remember that I promised a bit of proper crafting shenanigans on the blog? Well – you’ve got it…sort of… I purchased a rather spiffing CD from Amazon all about Vintage Bears; Debbie Moore designs have some great collections for papercrafting, and this gave me a few lovely ideas, as well a beautiful Decoupage(…)

Freelancing: When less is more…

Freelancing: When less is more…

I wrote at the beginning of the year about my wish to be more disciplined this year… There were no resolutions, just a word to stay with me all day, every day. I have discovered that it eeks into every part of my life, my day, and into my evenings. However, THE best thing that(…)