Friday, 31 May 2013

When the weather turned nicer, we decided to concentrate on doing up our garden.  Although we have slowly been building up the plants and bits & pieces, it still seemed to lack something.

There are a lot of "areas" that are doing nothing in the garden - so action has been taken!

We are having all new fences fitted in 3 weeks time - which I am looking forward to, because then we can move some of our taller plants to over to the fence to soften it.

When we moved in to our house almost 4 years ago, there was this brick built structure at the end of the garden.  All we have used it for, is somewhere to keep the rabbit!  The rabbit has now been put in a new warm home - as we had the shed re-roofed, so we decided to transform this building into a "mediterranean" area, that we could use!

All hands were on deck for the decorating and the green walls soon disappeared!

Then I managed to get a free table  from someone who just wanted to get rid of them - I painted it blue..........then I went to a furniture charity shop near us and got 2 wooden chairs that were almost identical to two we already owned and.....................painted those blue too!!!
Then I started collecting bits from charity shops, bootsales, Lidl and The Range.  I got some flower pots, some "greek" looking plates, tea light holders and lamps, fairy lights as well as hanging bits and pieces.  Luckily at around that time Lidl had lemon, fig, olive and orange trees going cheap - so I got some of these and also some red geraniums and some cordyline plants in green and red.

I thought these huge wicker chairs would be ideal to relax in after we have eaten delicious food from the BBQ - plus the sun shines straight into this area (its the last bit of the garden to get sun) from about 4 oclock onwards.  These chairs were £10 each from a bootsale and then I found cushion pads to fit them in Ikea yesterday!

I still need to add some blue, red and orange cushions and some more plates and bits as I find them.  I also have a blue gingham oilcloth for the round metal table. We are having a new corrugated roof put on - as this one leaks slightly and then I am going to hide the ugliness with muslin drapes - already got some bright blue ones for £5 for the pair in Ikea!

So we are definitely getting there with the transformation - now just need some hot sunshine so we can sit down there and dream of being somewhere else!!!

Monday, 1 April 2013

When I put these decorations up it was snowing outside - I felt more like putting up Christmas decorations instead!!

I hope you have had a lovely Easter with lots of chocolate and quality time spent with your family and/or friends!!

Sunday, 17 March 2013 has been a long long time since I last posted!! Last June in fact! And do u know I was just reading that post and I had just bought an Easter decoration - which will be put up next week!! Where does time go??!

Well a lot has happened since June - the main things being: our daughter is now at the same Secondary school as our son - and is all settled and they are both doing so so well.  I finished and passed my Level 3 diploma in childcare - which led to me wanting some changes so I left my job at the Children's Centre and now work in a 1 to 1 position in a nursery.  

Any other relevant changes will probably be mentioned along the way - but I have decided to just carry on as though I have never been away.............cos I haven't really, I have still been reading all the blogs I follow every single day.

So..............for a long time now - probably since last Easter in fact, I have wanted a twig tree.  I have advertised it on our local facebook bootsale site and have been to the woods on numerous occasions but not been able to find the "right" twigs - I know, out of all those trees!   Last week it was suggested that I look in The Range or Hobby craft.  Well The Range let me down on this occasion, but Hobby Craft sure didn't...........

I was so pleased and cannot wait to decorate it with some Easter decs next week.  I am also going to decorate it with some handmade fabric birds (just got to get into gear and make some!!) and then Xmas decs later in the year.
It was like Christmas yesterday because I purchased this and I have also been hunting high and low for an old wooden standard lamp and would you believe that I also managed to buy one of those yesterday too.............sure was my lucky day! Will post a pic of that another day.  It needs painting and I have to find a shade for it but still - one step at a time!  

I also bought some extra Easter decs yesterday......
 A cheap paper tablecloth

Some eggs on sticks??!

 and some good old paperchains

I will definitely try to keep up with the blogging now!!  Be back again soon.  -x-