Tuesday, February 9

E is for ........enterprising.

The next room on our "to do" list is the third bedroom, the one Jon uses for his office and the one with access to the loft. Jon more or less leaves colours up to me and I know we have a decent quantity of both grey and white emulsion to hand so no prizes for guessing my thoughts.

I don't buy "Housy" magazines anymore - whilst they were often a source of inspiration and encouraged me to tidy up, inevitably I flicked through them once and found many the same. As we have worked our way through the house more often than not we will visit a showhouse for inspiration and to see what the  current trends are. Last weekend we did just that.

In one showhouse I spotted a desk. As I have been sorting out my various crafty stuff and the piles of paper etc for my card making I have used the big cupboard in the porch to store things away, ever realising the potential the room had to be mult-functional. Yes a porch is great but as we have such a lovely open view of the garden I felt it was a shame not to work in the porch, but not to have everything everywhere, so the desk gave me an idea.

To look at it (yes I bought one on-line) it's not imposing but it's the perfect size for my laptop/sewing machine. When I am working (as I was yesterday) the stool next to the desk is ideal for my printer - as the big cupboard is right next to the desk stuff can be put away when I have finished and the tesk doubles up as a console table.

The view from the desk is inspiring too - yesterday Puss was in her favourite spot for an afternoon nap!

I brought down a wicker chair which is comfortable when working at the desk - when not in use with the desk I just move it against the back wall.

Above the chair I have used picnic baskets for further storage. I am so pleased with these - only costing £5 each from  the charity shops - so much nicer than plastic containers.

Jon is busy at work so I am not sure when we will make a start on his room but in the meantime I am happy to have a place to potter in and keep warm

ABC Wednesday - E for enterprising!

Tuesday, February 2

D is for Dress.

I am a fan of Joe Brown's clothes - I saw this tunic/dress in the latest Spring Collection and fell in love with it straight away. It's actually classed as a tunic - if you look carefully you will see the shorter layers at the front and the long layer at the back. Depending on how much leg I want on DISPLAY I can either wear it just as a dress or with leggings or white trousers. Very rarely do I buy brand new clothes, being the charity shop fan that I am - but something about this made me think of Spring and Summer months - the special days we celebrate - we are going out for a meal on Valentine's Day - then there is our wedding anniversary and our birthdays - so plenty of opportunities to wear this.

Speaking of charity shops - I snapped up an absolute bargain this week :-  see here  I was in Stokesley on Saturday doing my rummaging - how much did I pay? £10! Granted it's not BRAND new but it's hardly been worn - if at all!

D is for Dress ...ABC Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 27


After another cupboard sorted, another bag of tat for the tip and another bag of clothes for the charity shop cleared out I am having a tea break....with a friend!

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