5 Weird and Wonderful Things To Do at Camp Bestival

Hurrah! The clocks have gone forward!! This annual event literally makes me smile from ear to ear. Goodbye winter. We’ll miss you! Said no-one. Ever. It’s that time of year where I start coming out of hibernation and begin to look forward to the warmer months that lie ahead. We bought a family calendar a few weeks ago in the Kikki K sale and have been merrily filling out the boxes; marking off when we’re away or have people staying. One of the things that certainly puts a smile on my face is planning our festival weekends. Thinking about the colour and joy of festivals is always a lovely distraction. Having a look at what bands are on, at which particular festival. Take Camp Bestival for example. This year they’ll be celebrating their tenth anniversary and have got a stellar line-up in place. They’ve got Mark Ronson gracing the Castle Stage on the Friday night. Madness are doing a slot, plus Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is the Sunday headliner. The thought of long hot days, sipping cocktails, watching the bands; then sloping back to Dolly, tired and happy, to have a  lovely sleep in our cosy Duvalay beds makes me smile from ear… Read More

Home Etc #83

One of the things I love best, since Jess and I have been running Home Etc, is coming across new and interesting  blogs or Instagram accounts. Our little online community is always attracting new members and it’s so nice to see someone new linking in on the blog — or using the tag on Instagram. Here are some of my fave pics from the last few weeks. maisymeowblog  /buntyliving  /theordinarylovely  /littlepaperswan  /noahandthegirls  /buntyliving  /midlifemummy /  georgia_coote   /coffeeworksleep Since we began, our Home Etc hashtag has been used over 2.5K times on Instagram which — in social media terms — is a very tiny amount but it makes me really proud to see people using it and it’s a lovely way of gathering together our little circle. Home Etc Favourites Last week’s favourites came from Becky at The Spirited Puddlejumper and Sabrina who blogs over at The Mummy Stylist. Becky showed off her gorgeous new sofa — complemented by an even more gorgeous newly painted wall! I’m in the midst of making over my bedroom and am painting it an inky blue so it was lovely to see this working so well. Sabrina showed us her fabulous new work space. Everything you need to spark creativity when working from home. Well done girls — you’re… Read More

Home Etc #82

Happy hump-day all!  And welcome to this week’s Home Etc. Jess and I were so delighted by everyone’s lovely reactions last week. It’s always hard getting back into the swing of working life after the Christmas break but the Home Etc community made last week a real joy. Home Etc is often likened to an online interiors magazine and I really missed reading everyone’s posts. It was lovely to settle down for a good read and catch up with what everyone’s been up to. 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. HomeEtc Favourites Last week’s favourites came from Lizzie at Marmalade Pie and Karen who blogs over at Well I Guess This Is Growing Up. Lizzie posted a lovely piece on spring bulbs and how you can use them to brighten up the home. So gorgeous and a lovely reminder that spring  is definitely on the way. Secondly, Karen showed us how she transformed her little daughter’s bedroom using a wall mural. Literally the best thing ever!!! Such a cool pattern and made such a difference from common or garden wallpaper. Pop and have a look at Karen’s… Read More

The GLTC Pigeonhole Wall Shelf {The most versatile shelf in the world}

So. When I wrote this post, I spent the next half an hour humming Prince’s ‘Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ — *replace actual lyrics for the above title and you’ll see where I’m coming from*. But the Pigeonhole Wall Shelf from GLTC is exactly that. The most versatile shelf. My boy had originally bagged it for his workshop but he, reluctantly, had to agree that it was far too nice for that. It also works well in an office; I had it firmly in my sights for my she-shed but had to concede that it’s invaluable in another spot in our home. The Pigeonhole Wall Shelf was totally made for the bathroom. A great, wall-hung, storage solution for all those bits and bobs. Three handy little hooks for towels, wash-bags and other bathroom essentials. For me, essentials would mean shower-gel or a  sponge; for my two littles it means bath buckets (naturally). It has four little pigeonhole shelves (I guess the clue is in the name) that are nice and deep and the perfect size for shampoos, ear-buds, talc and all your toothbrushing paraphernalia. And as it’s finished in pristine white, it will fit in nicely in most bathrooms. But whilst, it is perfect for the bathroom, it’s also… Read More

Home Etc #81

Happy new year to our lovely Home Etc community! It’s the first one of 2017 and my lovely friend and co-host Jess and I are looking forward to another year of being treated to glimpses of your homes and gardens. Before Christmas, in my last Home Etc post of 2016, we announced that were going to be changes but — with a little more thought over the festive period — it was decided that things are good the way they are. Jess and I will carry on hosting Home Etc on a weekly basis and hopefully grow our little community over on Instagram too. Talking of which! Here are my favourites from the last few weeks. Home Etc on Instagram letstalkmommy / mummyofboygirltwins / insideoabout / thebusymumnet /littlepaperswan /acupfullofglitter / thetwinklesmama  / maisymeowblog  / brickdustandglitter It’s so nice to see that the hashtag is catching on and being used more often — lovely to welcome new faces along to our Instagram community too. And that the images that folks are posting are already feeling much fresher and cleaner after the festive period. Makes me feel happy to know that spring is on the way! If you’re reading and are keen to get involved — if you write a blog, upload your home and garden related posts to the Home Etc linky window each Wednesday (on… Read More