A white cottage

Saturday, 15 August 2015

What the?

Did I mention this blog is my first step towards world domination? Mwahahaha.

Not really. To be honest some days I'd be happy with just conquering the housework. But don't worry, I'm sure we'll be back to regular programming shortly.

Have I ever mentioned my love of white? No? Well the secret's out, I love white. All shades of white. Everywhere. In fact, this little cottage dreams of being a white cottage when it grows up (although last month's Country Style magazine cover did cause some angst over whether to be a charcoal cottage with a sunny yellow front door!). When we moved in it was all colours of beige, with blue, aubergine and chocolate feature walls, definite no-nos in a house this small and dim. The perfect place to indulge my love of white.

I have been leaving any major work on our house until we decide what to do with it. Will we extend or won't we? If I win the lottery this week then that question becomes substantially easier, but just in case I don't, I have decided it's time to get started regardless. I can live with the status quo no longer!

I have already done a little painting but as soon as the weather warms up I will attack it with a renewed sense of purpose. And to the carpet, your days are numbered.

Here's a little inspiration

 'Blushing Bride' hydrangeas and 'Morning Light' ornamental grasses soften the path to Beverley's 700-square-foot guesthouse with a wraparound porch.
An all white cottage - Source

An all white kitchen, although I am considering timber worktops -  Source

guest room
Perhaps a little black in the bathroom? Source

A little pop of colour in the bedroom? Source 

Ahh white, you make my heart go all pitty-pat!'

And in case you have never seen it (and unless you know me well, you haven't because I have refused to show it before now), here is the cottage when we moved in...

Argh, the purple! The not quite matching posts! The stick on house numbers! The crappy looking and totally not matching anything aluminium windows! But at least it has a white roof to get me started,  I told you there's a little white cottage in there just trying to get out.


The Etsy shop is back in business

Thursday, 13 August 2015

What's this?

Two posts in two days. The sky must be falling in!

This one is shameless self promotion, but who cares? It's my blog so why not?

After taking a bit of a break to complete a baby blanket for a friend in Canada I have re opened my Etsy shop.

This is the blanket, I adore the finished product but as it was made with very small stitches (all 17,113 of them) it seemed to take forever. Details Ravelled here.

Anyway, back to the shop. I have replaced almost all my hats with a new pattern featuring a stretchy ribbed edge for a perfectly snug fit. There are plenty of patterns out there for hats similar to this but this was my own pattern.

I've added a lovely wooden button to the unisex/boy's hat and the usual flower to the girl's. Available in lots of colours, with more being added.

And lastly, this is one of my old ones but the customer wanted a scarf to match and I was tickled pink with the outcome!

Somewhere in France there is a little girl wandering about in a hat and scarf made by me looking tres cute, mais oiu?

My Etsy shop is here.


Our front fence, well half of it anyway...

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Although have yet to really make our mark on our little 5 acres one thing we have done is build a few new fences, particularly part of the front fence. This is what the old fence looked like:

Complete with dead shrubs. And don't get me started on the fake grass.

This is what it looks like now:

Not a great photo as it was taken on my phone (but as a bonus I have included the girls, having just gotten off the bus), but a gorgeous fence nonetheless! And I'm sure it will look even better when the hedge has grown.

We are still only about half way along the front boundary, but this certainly gives us some incentive.