31 Dec 2009

My highlights of 2009.

My highlights of 2009, goes like this,

  • Discovered blogs and blogging BIG time. Still hooked and loving it!
  • Started styling things around the home and taking pictures of them, which lead to the discovery of Polaroids (thanks to Ink on My fingers blog)
  • Started a flower arranging course, flowers every where for weeks on end! Family members still have not forgiven me for inducing chronic flower allergy.
  • Started an upholstery course, still have to finish chair.
  • Took part in the unravelling course, with the lovely Susannah Conway.
  • Fell in love with craft markets, now constantly stalking them.
  • Fell hook line and sinker in lust with anthropologie, gave strict instructions to daughter to visit store and take lots of pics. Still awaiting the the frill of actually owning something from said store, UK online store to launch in 2010.
  • Started a This Home Sweet Home Flickr group, so far just 2 members, me being one of them.
  • And last but not least getting 5 votes in the homies wards! Though can't really count my own really, roll on 2010, blogging all the way!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, hope to see you more in 2010!

29 Dec 2009

Interiors by Yoo




Philippe Starck has a strange story to tell you about the creation of Yoo and the book, Interiors by yoo ( I can't help it but his accent always reminds me of the villain in the Johnny English film, is it just me?)

24 Dec 2009

Signing off for now.....


Well I cannot believe that we are almost at the end of yet another year, it seems like it was just last month 2009 began! So as we head off into the holiday period, whether you are jetting off into the sun, spending time with family, or just enjoying some down time relaxing and recharging your batteries, (in preparation for the sales!) I would just like to thank you all for stopping by throughout the year, leaving comments and sending me emails and words of encouragement for my little blog, This Home Sweet Home. Blog land is a very different place to be in, and I have to say I enjoy being here immensely, and I enjoy reading all your blogs as well, gleaning some tips and ideas from them along the way, and occasionally meeting people in the flesh, yes real people, who have stopped by to have a read of This Home Sweet Home, it’s a strange thing meeting people who read your blog….a mixture of excitement and embarrassment, and flushed cheeks!

So I will be signing off for a few weeks, trying not to think of things to blog about all the time, but I may just be checking out other blogs every so often, have you stopped by Apartment Therapy lately? They are busy holding the Homies awards, and I can't resist having a look, yes more blogs to discover and follow! I have been voting on my favourites and the list is getting longer and longer , and includes;

http://www.makingitlovely.com/
http://www.theletteredcottage.net/
http://www.younghouselove.com/
http://www.thenester.com/
http://www.livethehomelife.com/
http://www.maggiemakes.com/
http://www.designevolutionblog.com/



Some of your favourites in there too,? and yes there are a few votes for This Home Sweet Home in the Home design section as well, so thank you once again for stopping by and showing your support, and see you in 2010! (another year to fill with blogging)

23 Dec 2009

Vote Vote Vote....please

Well I know this is a lot to ask of you lovely readers being as I bet you are running around like headless chicks at this time of year and all, but I have a little favour to ask of you, over at Apartment Therapy they are holding the Homies blog award and I would be forever grateful if you could spare just few minutes of your time to vote for me and it would put a huge smile on my face. If you click here, the link will take you to the web page, and all you have to do is sign in/up and type in my blog http://www.thishomesweethome.blogspot.com/ and that's it, such a simple thing to do to bring me a little joy!
Thanks
xx

22 Dec 2009

A hint of Pink.

Today the sun is shinning and on my window sill sits this plant, and this morning I got a little excited to see that the pink flower is starting to emerge, a wonderful sign that soon the cold short days will soon be passing, and, as of today the days should be starting to get longer! yippee! I'm not a fan of winter really.

20 Dec 2009

Take one set of pine Draws


You can buy very basic unfinished pine furniture very cheaply from DIY stores, or as in this case these ones where making their way into a charity shop when my husband spotted them and bagged himself a quick deal right there on the street, once home I decided they where perfect for a quick makeover and gave them a white washed finish with some left over emulsion paint, watered down a little to get the right look. This, by the way also makes a great undercoat if you cant lay your hands on any, just sand down the surface well first.
These draws are nearly finished, just need a coat of something to protect the surface, in the past I have used a wax finish, but for these I think I want something with a bit more protection not sure what I should use yet, but I'm sure I will find out. Then all that is needed are some new pretty handles, and the makeover will be finished.

19 Dec 2009

Three beautiful things






Today's post was inspired by the blog Three Beautiful Things which I came across the other day, and these paper creations seem to fit the bill.
My Mum use to say that when I was a little girl I had a thing about cutting up bits of paper, and there use to be a trail of random things cut up or glued around the house, well it seems that I have never really grown out of the cutting up bits of paper thing, I feel its always a shame to waste a pretty piece of paper or in the instance above, some wallpaper and a Greengate spring summer catalogue that where just far to nice to just throw away, so the pages of the catalogue have become these pretty little paper creations, and the wallpaper has become an origami box.
Very simple but most effective, I like to fill the boxes with chocolates and take them round to give to the host when invited for a meal to Friends homes. I have seen the little birds flying around on other blogs, but cant remember just where, when I spotted the pretty pages of the catalogue these just seems to fit so nicely. So there you have it, three Beautiful Things.

7 Dec 2009

Good Morning,

Good morning to you all, how was your weekend? I have had a pretty lazy weekend really, as I have been under the weather a little, and as it has been raining cats and dogs for most of it, decided that the best place to be was at home.

Having spent Saturday morning reading in bed, then lazing on the sofa in the afternoon, Sunday was spent catching up on some house work, (cleaned the bathroom with fresh lemons after reading the book review) and playing at being a stylist, trying out my shutters that I painted last week in various different places around the house. I tried them on the window sill, (very original I know) then on the mantel piece in my bedroom, and last on the side table by my bed. I think my favourite place is either on the bed side table or on the window sill, I love the way that the light is filtered by the shutters when on the window sill. Although my husband does not share my enthusiasm in styling the house with shutters, hes more interested in the use of an item then how pretty it looks, what about you, do your tastes differ from those of you partner? I guess I'll have to work on mine a little.

5 Dec 2009

Crafters out in force!



Awaiting link

Home Bird Decor
Website coming soon but can be found on twitter


Theresa Robinson Pottery

Anna Le Sueur, only sells local at the moment.


I love going to craft fair events and this month there are markets taking place all over the Island. Local jersey crafters' are pulling out all the stops this year, and there is a growing entrepreneurial trend sweeping over the island, the talent is amazing, every time I visit a craft fair there is somebody new creating more lovely items for the home. I caught up with one of these events on Thursday which was actually being held in someones home! the whole house had been turned into mini crafters market, and the smell of lavender, cinnamon sticks and mulled wine was filling the air with an intoxicating aroma, lovely. In each room there where lovely hand made items to delight and tempt you from beach inspired home accessories, to lovely rustic pottery, and lavender filled hearts and pillows. There where the old favourites who I have bought from in the past and some new faces, who I will be watching and probably buying from in the future! If you are lucky enough to live local I can highly recommend visiting these events to hunt out these lovely hand made items for your home.

Book review.

Earlier this week I received an email asking if I would be interested in reviewing a book! How exciting, my first book review! Well the book landed on my doormat yesterday, morning, So I spent this morning, a lazy Saturday in bed warm and cosy, Reading through Ms. Harris's Book of Green Household Management: The Essential Thrift Bible written by Caroline Harris, who is a journalist and mother, and also the Author of several children's non- fiction books. She has been a senior editor on the Observer, the Daily Express and has contributed to publications including the Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard and The business.
After the birth of her son, she was inspired to change old habits and with her partner, have been trying to make their lives greener and more sustainable.
It couldn't have come at a better time, having been previously pouring over my bank statement and thinking we need to tighten our belts a little more so to speak, (my Husbands hours have been cut at work, which I think many people can relate too, what with the credit crunch and all) I was drawn to the word Thrift in the title and the prospect of money saving tips had me hooked. Actually the book is more about being green, but saving money along the way (by living with in your means) is a little incentive which helps. Does Living within your means mean going without? I ask myself.

Well having had a read through, I have discovered that living within our means is actually not as hard as it first sounds, for instance Caroline recommends things like forward planning, know what you are cooking for the next few days even up to a week, and use left overs rather than just throwing them away, a bit of forward thinking can save both time and money, not spending money on a dozen different house old cleaners, but rather use products that can be found in the kitchen such as bicarbonate of soda, lemons and vinegar.
The book is filled from front cover to back cover with a whole host of thriftier and greener ideas to help with the smooth running of the modern home, its like a gentle reminder on how to save money and live a more sustainable life. The subjects included range from detoxing you home, growing you own veg, making home made jams and bread and other recipes, sewing and mending your own clothes, and an interesting chapter on thriftier and greener family celebrations, for instance where to find ethical wedding rings, and where to buy diamonds that are conflict-free, and gold from ethical sources.

This book is not about installing solar panels and reed beds but more about making small changes in your every day life, its a straight forward practical no frills book that provides the reader with all the information needed to be more sustainable and save money. Described as a Mrs Beeton for the twenty-first century,it is a very useful book to have close to hand.
You can find her website/blog at http://www.ms-harris.com/ where your own comments and tips are very welcome.

2 Dec 2009

Take a pair of shutters

Before
Here's a quick before and after, I had intended to dispose of these shutters a while back, but a they have been sitting in the spare room and today I had a light bulb moment and a spare couple of hours to hand, and voila, its amazing what a lick of paint can do for an unused item. rested against the window in my kitchen I think they look rather nice. But I intend to have a bit of a play around with them during the rest of the week and see how they can be used decoratively around the house, tune in latter, as they say.

After.


1 Dec 2009

Folksy finds

Folksy have produced a Folksy Festive Sampler, a kind of news paper to show case some of the great items available on folksy, you can down load it here or if you would like a paper one click here for more details, but hurry as they only have a short supply of them. produced with the help of www.newpaperclub.co.uk

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