A Halloween party & Sugar Skull Biscuits {with egg free royal icing}

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Well, Summer is definitely over for another year. I’ve desperately been trying to hold on to it — refusing to wear proper shoes in favour of my flip flops — but, try as I might, autumn is upon us once more. The leaves are already beginning to change colour, the air smells fresher and I *might* (OK, I actually did) put the heating on the other night because I was so cold). So autumn — let’s not dwell on the onset of winter and cherish the here and now. Let’s think of things about autumn that we do like. Crunchy leaves that just beg to be jumped in. Tick. Wearing… Read More

Home Etc #70

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Morning everyone! Week 70 of Home Etc which means we announce our monthly winner — PLUS — my lovely co-host Jess (from the blog Mummy Of Boy & Girl Twins) and I have some super exciting news!! Starting from next week, Home Etc has a new sponsor!! We’ve been keeping it under wraps for a little while but are delighted to announce that, starting next week, Home Etc will be sponsored by Laura Ashley! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! SO excited about it (can you tell?)! Laura Ashley is a brand that I absolutely adore. I’ve regularly worked with them, since I’ve been blogging — have a… Read More

A Little Slice of Heaven | Introducing Bosinver Farm Cottages

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Since we’ve been a family of four, all of our holidays — apart from our amazing first family abroad to Sardinia in July — have been in and around the UK. Luckily, Britain is such a beautiful island and, arguably, there’s nowhere more picturesque than Cornwall. So much to do — sweet little fishing villages to explore plus bigger attractions like the Eden Project — all surrounded by glorious coastlines. Miles and miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, plus coastal walks along rocky cliffs and windswept hillsides. It’s always gorgeous to gulp in the fresh sea air and get those cheeks glowing isn’t it? Being beside the… Read More

Wallpaper #1 | How to make a circle fan decoration

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When my sister and her husband sold their house recently they couldn’t find anywhere they wanted to buy and — as a stop gap —  they rented a house until one they liked came on the market. Funnily enough, we did exactly the same when we moved to our village and it reminded me how tricky landlords can be sometimes — and how annoying it is when you’re not allowed to change the wall colour or do very much to make the property really feel like home. So I’ve been having a little think about the things that we can do, to make a rented house feel… Read More

Home Etc #69

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It’s feeling decidedly autumnal this week — the air smells fresher and has lost the warmth of recent weeks. Welcome to this week’s Home Etc — a fabulous showcase for interiors. Home Etc is a weekly link up for bloggers who have written posts that include interiors (wish lists, room tours or DIY), garden or allotment ideas, plus crafting or up-cycling; over the weeks we’ve had some fabulous and inspiring content. If you’re a fan of all things ‘home and garden’ and have a post that you’d like to share, my good friend Jess and I would love you to come and link… Read More

A dining room makeover | Featuring Laura Ashley

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I mentioned a couple of week’s ago that I was planning a dining room makeover. I’d put together a little mood-board, picked out the wall-paint and chosen a couple of bits and pieces to give the room a bit of a refresh. The room was OK before — not hideous — but it was all a little bit bland and mismatched. The carpets were old and tatty, the paint was scuffed and the lights and chair cushions had certainly seen better days. The biggest thing that needed to be done though was painting the dining room table and chairs. I decided to… Read More

184 weeks and 1 day | {Siblings September}

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At last. A siblings update that’s on time!! A sure sign that life is beginning to settle back down into it’s groove, once again, now that the summer holidays are over for another year. It’s been a bit of a weird time too. Some of my tiny boys’ very favourite friends from nursery have left (to go to primary school) and instead of being the littlest in the pre-school room, my Twinkles are on the home straight for the next intake of children starting school next year. Gulp. We had a couple of letters, just a few days ago in fact, ominously declaring that: ‘It has been noted that there is a… Read More

On new rugs and being indecisive | Featuring My Rug Store

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Back in July I chose a new rug for my she-shed. I spent a long time deciding on the colour, size and style. I deliberated over patterns (I wanted something quite geometric). Mulled over sizes (I needed something large enough to cover the main area of my work space to keep me cosy in the winter months). Then after trawling the internet (for what felt like an age) finally found the perfect one from a fantastic online shop, aptly named My Rug Store. The rug arrived quickly — all wrapped up in it’s plastic covering — then literally sat in the corner, patiently waiting for my shed to… Read More