A Sneak Peak at the Makeover of My Dresser
Weeks of building work, followed by weeks of painting, a little wall papering and some sanding and our build is CoMpLete! We are gradually growing in to our new downstairs space. The kitchen is literally amazing. Of course I'm not talking magazine shoot, Hollywood house amazing - I'm talking achievable, clean, affordable - AMAZING.
My Dresser is the first part of my reveal - I love it - and it is currently adorned by some sparkly, Christmas star lights, which are giving me lots of joy. The wall paper behind (Laura Ashley) was purchased some six years ago - when I saw it in a reduced bin for £1.50 per roll. I had no need for it then but bought two rolls - my late Father was a firm believer in "Something having a use once in every seven years". Hmmmm.... wall paper you were worth keeping hold of. It is only on this back wall of the kitchen and breaks up the milk white nicely!
Enjoying Festive Displays on my that Dresser!
I spent a rather joyous day to unpack my treasured china from it's boxed surrounds. Many items have been kept wrapped for months - for the day when that dresser would be transformed. I got the contents just as I wanted in in late November - and promptly replaced many items with Christmas decorations (forgetting to take a picture of the display as I was constantly waiting for the light to be in my favour - something that is very tricky in wintery England!!)
However, I've equally enjoyed adding a little festivity to the new area. It has already changed the way we spend time together as a family for the better but I'll save that for another post.
Special Interactions with Granny
Last week, we had our first overnight visitor to our home in nearly 7 months! How fitting that it would be my mum to come and peruse the new additions to our home. She was able to stay for a week as the extension now homes a downstairs toilet and shower room which has previously negated any longer stay than a couple of nights.
Anyhow, mum and I did have some festive plans (a trip to Bath Christmas Market no less - again another post). But that didn't stop my littlies having lots of fun. Board games, sugar icing cake decorating, making mince pies for the school Bake Off... all were undertaken with Granny at the helm.
Ahhh. Simply divine. That week alone made the last few months of upheaval completely worthwhile.
Christmas Hama Bead Creations
Little Lady and I spent some quality time this weekend creating while the boys were at Football. The Football thing is fairly recent and very momentous as Little Man has joined a team and is enjoying matches and practising! All very cute but it does mean that us girls get to spend some time crafting each weekend.
First was some felt craft and second we sat making Hama bead creations which I'd seen on Pinterest. We modified some but were completely inspired and influenced by Purple Cards although the original page seems to have disappeared so in an effort to link back you can find it through my Crafts To Do with Kids board.
The intent Concentration...
...and sheer delight that the erection of an artificial Christmas Tree can create! In my pre children life I was somewhat obsessed with Christmas Tree Decorations. I have some from New Zealand, some from France and Germany as well as many from all over the UK. I treasure them and it is true that the majority have a story linked to them. I LoVE that the children adore the process of decorating the tree.
This year it was Little Lady's turn to put the fairy on top! (See that changing smile? So many teeth have been lost and found by the Tooth Fairy over the past couple months).
How do you all manage to post and organise yourselves sooo much better than I?! I congratulate you on your organisation anyway and can only aspire to do better ;o)
Happy December Folks!