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How To Make Your Own Dream Catcher

How To Make Your Own Dream Catcher

Dream catchers nowadays come in many different shapes and sizes, and are becoming an incredibly popular decor choice. In Native American culture, dream catchers were believed to catch and trap bad dreams, whilst allowing good dreams to pass through its spiders web design, and drift into the heads of those sleeping!

I have always LOVED dream catchers. I don’t know if it’s the feathers, spiderweb design or the belief that they really do catch bad dreams – whatever the reason is, I really do love them.

They are great hung in the bedroom, but also look just as great hung anywhere within your home, office or even in your garden. They are even beautiful enough to make a perfect gift for family or friends.

Seeing as I am currently creating the perfect office/craft room space for myself I decided to make one to hang in the window.

How to make a dream catcher:

  • Get an embroidery hoop: I started off by getting a 10″ embroidery hoop and choosing which yarn I would like to use.
  • Choose some yarn: I chose a yarn I purchased from Dunelm.
  • Starting anywhere on the hoop I tied a knot using the yarn.
  • Wrap the yarn: I then began to wrap my yarn around the hoop. Using small amounts of glue, and also clips to help hold the yarn in place. I continued all the way around until the whole of the hoop was covered in yarn, i.e. back to the starting point.
  • Once the hoop was covered in the yarn, I then tied a knot to finish. I trimmed off the unwanted yarn and applied glue to hold in place.
  • Leave to dry: The hoop was then left for 15 minutes for the glue to dry.
  • Begin to weave: Some yarn was then tied in a double knot to the yarn on the hoop, with glue and a clip to help hold in position. I then began to weave some yarn to form a pattern. This was done by looping the yarn around the hoop and then back over itself. I made sure That the yarn was pulled tight to secure its position before moving on each time.
  • This was continued until I was back at the starting point. I tied a knot to secure the position to finish this row.
  • Continue to weave: The 2nd row was then weaved using a different colour yarn. The rows were continued in different colours, keeping the yarn pulled tight at all times to help keep the positioning secure. The middle then became too small to continue. I tied a double knot at the end to secure its position. I cut away the unwanted yarn.

The Sun Catches The Dream Catcher Nicely In Its Position!

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I Then Began To Decorate The Dream Catcher

How To Make Your Own Dream Catcher
  • Adding ribbon: I cut some ribbon to my chosen length needed. This was then glued in position at the bottom of the dream catcher. I used two different coloured ribbons.
  • Drying time: Time was given for the glue on the ribbons to dry. I used clips to help secure in place whilst the glue dried.
  • Cut the ribbon: When the glue had dried, I then cut each ribbon in to three. Feathers were then added via a knot in the ribbon.
  • Decorate: To the hoop area I added coloured gems using glue. I also added glittered feathers attached with yarn. To the web area I added Rhinestone daisy flowers using glue.
  • Making the hanging hoop: I cut some yarn long enough to make a hanging hoop. This was attached by each end of the yarn being tied in a triple knot to the hoop, leaving enough yarn to then hang and hold the dream catcher.
  • Complete: Once all glue was dried, I then removed all of the clips. It was then ready to hang in position in the window area of my office/craft room.

I am still in the process of adding to my office/craft room slowly. I recently made a pom pom cushion which adds a lovely splash of colour to my space. I also upcycled an old photo frame which is now in use in my office/craft room. This is a room in our house that is currently a work in progress and I am very much enjoying turning into my very own space.

Seeing as I spend most of each day in this room, I want to make it as comfortable and cheerful as possible.

I can now daydream away all I want….and just hope all my dreams come true!

Do you love dream catchers?

crafts, Handmade, project

Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Handmade Pom Pom Cushion

Do you love pom poms? I absolutely love them. I have recently been hand making and adding colourful items to my craft room. This is a room that I spend a lot of my time in, so I want it as colourful and cheerful as possible. I would like my room to have as many handmade items in it as possible.

I chose to make a cushion for my craft room as I suffer with a bad back, and I thought the support of a cushion when spending hours on end sat crafting away would be a huge help. I then chose to add pom poms to add an extra splash of colour and cheer to my room.

A trip to the craft store was needed

I used a mixture of wool and yarn. Most being from The Women’s Institute collection, who have a colourful high-quality range. They also had an offer on of 3 for 2 at my time of purchase. I purchased mine in Hobbycraft and a donation from my purchase was stated on the packaging to be given to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.

One purchase that was a huge time saver, this was a pom pom maker. This nifty little gadget made pom pom making so much easier.

The making of my pom poms:
  • I started off buy working out what size cushion I plan on making.
  • Then roughly worked out how many pom poms I think I would need. This was done buy cutting out a template with paper, making a pom pom to size and then working out the measurements from there.
  • It was worked out that I would need roughly 140 pom poms for my 24″ square cushion.
  • From there I got busy making pom poms, using my pom pom maker.
  • I did not make the pom poms all at once. I made them over a good few day’s using a variety of lovely colours.
How to use the pom pom maker:
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The making of the cushion:
  • Once the pom poms were all made I then made my cushion using Calico fabric, which I cut two 26″ squares out of.
  • The two squares were then ironed and then pinned together down three of the four sides.
  • The three sides were then sewn together, leaving an opening end.
  • A zip was then sewn onto the opening end.
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  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
  • Handmade Pom Pom Cushion
Attaching the pom poms to my handmade cushion:
  • When it came to attaching the pom poms I was going to sew them on until I realised how many I had made. So I opted to gluing them in position instead!
  • Using a good fabric glue I began to glue the pom poms into position. Using a piece of cardboard I inserted it inside the cushion cover to prevent the cushion fabric from sticking together during the process.
  • Once the pom poms were in position I allowed time for the glue to set and the pom poms to take hold in position.
  • I then inserted the cushion insert inside the cushion cover.
  • I ruffled my pom poms a little to fluff them back up as some of them went flat during the gluing process. I then I cut of any straggly bits and removed any loose bits

Once complete, my cushion was proudly put in place in my office/craft room.

Do you love pom poms?

DECOR, product review, soft furnishings

Whisper Tungsten Rug | Review

Whisper Tungsten Rug | Review

With spring finally here our winter blankets and hot water bottles can soon start to be packed away. The sun is now starting to make a very welcomed appearance and we can now start enjoying the spring air and lovely sunshine.

With the sun shining brightly and all the winter warmers being packed away, we are now wanting to add colour, not only in the garden but indoors too. We are wanting to brighten up our spring and add sparkles of colour to our home to make it nice, bright and welcoming.

Interior Design

We are currently in discussion about our interior design at the moment as we are making plans to have a wall removed downstairs. This would help to add light to our living room as well as give us more kitchen space. Our kitchen at the moment hardly has any space and sadly isn’t designed to it’s full potential. We feel we could make much better use of the space to make it a much more useable kitchen. We do have our own design in mind and it is on our to-do list but other home projects have to take priority.

In the meantime we are adding splashes of colour in other ways to our home, by changing pictures that are hung on our walls to more brighter ones, adding bright spring flowers to a vase, changing our cushion covers and having a change around with items on display.

Splashes Of Colour This Spring

There are many other ways you can brighten your home and add splashes of colour to make it more cheerful looking and inviting. Adding a rug or two is another way. We recently added a beautiful grey rug to our living room from Land Of Rugs. The rug is called Whisper Tungsten and is a stunning colour.

Whisper Tungsten Rug | Review

The Tungsten rug has helped to add a splash of beautful colour to our floor. Helping our flooring look more refreshed. The rug has a superfine silky pile that gives off bright and deeper silver grey hues when ruffled or viewed from different angles. We have placed the rug in front of our fire place where the rug will get plenty of natural light so we will get maximum effect.

With the lights on low or with the light effect from our electric fire it adds a real luxury feel on the rug and to the room. The rug has 100% polyester wispy feathery pile, that also has a glossy finish to it. The rug is hand tufed and has a beautiful 40mm silky pile to it.

Land Of Rugs offer a wide range of rugs to suit colours, styles and budgets. Rugs to suit modern and triaditional tastes.

The Whisper Tugsten comes in a choice of six different sizes with prices starting from £39. We do have a 10% discount code to share with you. If you enter B2DISCOUNT with any order you may wish to make, Land Of Rugs will kindly reduce your order by 10% and you could also add an instant transformation to your home too, just like the Whisper Tugsten done to our home.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Whisper Tugsten Rug for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Interior Design

Family Bathroom

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Family Bathroom

As some of you may be aware, we moved house back in November. Since then we have been busy, one of our first jobs was to create the perfect family bathroom. We have been extremely busy giving our new house some much-needed TLC that it desperately needed.

All rooms in our new house needed work doing in one way or another (we are slowly working our way through). When you move to a new house this is to be expected. The one room we desperately wanted was our bathroom. We had a family vote on what room to start first and the bathroom won.

The previous people who lived here was disabled and was unable to look after the house and the upkeep/DIY jobs. Being disabled also meant a disabled bathroom – this would have been perfect for them but was not suitable or needed for us. The style of the bathroom was just not us.

Take a look

 

Prior to this video being taken there was also a pull down seat in the shower. We had already removed this to give us more room in the shower as we did not need it.

The bathroom as you can see is only small but we planned to make full use of any space we could. In our old house that too was only a small bathroom and we created a perfect family stylish bathroom. We took the bath out at our old house and put a walk-in shower in place – we soon regretted that as we missed being able to have a bath.

As you can see from above there was hardly any storage space, infact storage space was minimal. A family bathroom to us means storage space is a MUST. I hate having our wash products out on display, I like them stored away when not in use.

family bathroom

The boxed out area was removed and made smaller, allowing room for a bath to go in place and pipe work for the new position of the new radiator.

family bathroom

family bathroom

Measurements was then done to re position the pipework.

How we created our family bathroom

We set out by measuring our bathroom and then took a look online to see what sort of bathroom we would like. We firstly chose our colour, then our design. We then looked at the measurements of our chosen design to see what we could make fit and work best with the bathroom space we have.

We wanted maximum storage and a nice light fresh look. We found this set…..What do you think?

new bathroom

This is the Ardenno bathroom set from B&Q in white gloss. We found the measurements with this set fitted perfectly in the small space and gave us the storage space wanted along with the light coloured fresh look we was looking for.

The wall tile we chose was Haver sand. We liked the detail within the tile and the tile isn’t too dark, we thought it would pair together nicely with the bathroom suite.

family bathroom

family bathroom
The bath is a Cooke & Lewis Conway steel bath.

family bathroom

The floor tile we chose was Nordico vintage beige we wanted to pair the tile colours together as closely as we could. This tile gives a nice wooden flooring effect but infact its porcelain with a vintage design and is a stunning tile.

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We wanted a bathroom that had plenty of storage space so that it didn’t become a dumping ground of clutter. We put the time and effort in to the measuring, planning and design of our family bathroom, checking those measurements and colour schemes twice as you can’t be too careful.

Just because we have a small bathroom it didn’t mean we had to compromise on style too just because of its size. Any size bathroom can be beautiful no matter how small.

With the bathroom being a small room we didn’t want to over clutter the room, we wanted to keep it simple with soft natural shades. We are going to add splashes of colour within the furnishing of the room, we are yet to get a blind and new towels etc.

So here is our new and improved family bathroom

What do you think?

As we said above the soft furnishings are yet to be added but we now have a more usable and welcoming family bathroom that we done by ourselves and love.

We moved where the position of where the radiator was, it was taking up space next to the sink so this was removed and it freed up valuable space. The whole bathroom was emptied, re-styled and re-positioned.

Ian is a fully qualified electrician and one of his hates is mini trunking. As you can see from the video of the old bathroom it has mini trunking. All cables are now safely behind the wall. We have also tried to hide as many pipes as possible we think it looks much tidier.

From this

family bathroom

To this

Family Bathroom

Family Bathroom

We now have storage space

Family Bathroom

A much more family friendly bathroom that is more us and our style. We all got stuck in and helped and that makes our bathroom even more special. We try our best to do as much of our own jobs around the house as we can. Making our home full of very special memories that are made with love.

Our next project is to now tackle the garden

Interior Design, Lifestyle

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

When you love your home, playing around with your decor can be a lot of fun. Not only do you want to create your dream home, but you can often want to make your home right for your family and their needs. So, not only do you want to make it feel cozy and homely, you want it to be functional too. Although many interior themes can be harsh and unwelcoming, there is one that is always perfect for family life – traditional. And when you want to create a traditional decor that will make your family’s life better, you’re going to want to focus on a few key interior features to make it happen.

Wood

The first feature that can always be found in traditional decor is wood. Wood is the main material often used for most things, like flooring, wall cladding and, of course, furniture. If you really want to give a traditional, warm and cozy feel to the decor, you’re going to want to make sure you go for wood when it comes to the majority of your material choices.

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

A Library

Next up, let’s look at a room choice. A library, regardless of how big or small it may be, is always a key feature to a classic house. It’s always a great room to have in your home if you want to be able to relax somewhere serene, or have a cozy corner of the house to read in! You can even make a library style feature wall in your hallway or living space instead of dedicating it to an entire room. Either way, using old books to fill the space is a very traditional decor feature.

Period Furniture

The next thing to think about for your decor is the type of furniture that you buy. If you’re going with anything modern, it may make your decor look a little disjointed. Instead, you’re going to want to go with period furniture. Things like antiques, handcrafted furniture, and a Chesterfield sofa are the exact kind of pieces to consider. Color wise, you’re going to want to coordinate with warm, slightly dark shades that add a cozy vibe to your home.

Interior features to focus on when you want to create a traditional decor

Entertaining Space

In terms of your layout, you’re going to want to make sure that you have an entertainment space to utilize. Traditional homes are all about family and friends. Social occasions and celebrations should always fill your home, so you need a space to host them in. And when you’re looking to entertain, what could be better than a home bar? Whether it’s the in the corner of your kitchen, outside, or even given its own room, a bar area can often be a very classic feature to add to your decor.

Artwork

When it comes to the finishing touches, be sure to add a lot of artwork into each room. Whether this is paintings or family pictures, you’ll find that wall hangings not only add a personal feel to each room, but they make your home feel much more traditional.

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Decorating

New House Update

new house update

New House Update

We have been in our new house for four months now, wow that has gone quick. We thought we would give a new house update to show how we have been getting on in that time.

Take a look…(after photos will be in our next post).

From November right through to January we was busy unpacking boxes and finding homes for things, sadly not everything fitted and we had to then minimise what we kept. Come January/February time we was sick of the sight of boxes and definitely not sad to see them go.

Come January we made a start on the bedrooms. Three out of four bedrooms have been painted, but only one has new carpet and underlay. Well they was off-cut’s that we had spare from our old house, we had kept hold of them as we was going to use them at the old house but never did get round to it. They worked out to fit perfectly in our office. The bedrooms are yet to bed finished off.

At our old house Ian had use of the conservatory for a smoking room, when we moved he lost this space as we no longer have a conservatory and I will not have smoking in the house. As a Christmas gift we bought him his very own man-cave, this will be his own little space, somewhere he can escape to for peace and quite and enjoy his fag in peace whilst keeping warm with his feet up. It is yet to be kitted out but he loves it.

One of the first jobs we done as soon as we could was take all the wallpaper off the walls. With Ian being a fully qualified electrician he has also been busy moving and adding light switches and plug sockets – these are things you can never have too many of in our house. Even adding outside power too – this is always handy to have.

Come February we painted the lounge, hall, stairs and landing. The downstairs toilet has also been painted. We have painted for now just to give it a brighter fresher feel as the previous owners taste DID NOT match our taste/colour scheme.

Here is a before photo.

We have a huge lounge area now, this is something we have dreamed of having, our lounge at our old house was tiny so we are loving the extra space. The size of the lounge is perfect but the lighting was poor, there was only two very dark/dim lights in place when we moved in and we wasn’t finding them sufficient enough so we spent a few day’s changing them for down-lights.

Whilst we was swapping the lighting for down-lights we insulated the ceiling and then re-plastered to help keep it warmer and sound-proof it that bit more. We had a mad moment and had this done about 10 days before Christmas.

The bathroom was a room we had all agreed was in desperate need of needing a makeover first. The people who lived here before us was disabled and had the bathroom fitted to meet their needs. At our old house we had a walk-in shower which we all loved but we all missed being able to have a bath. We had all agreed that we would like a bath put in place with an over-head shower – meaning the best of both worlds, a choice of a shower or a bath can now be had.

We was in our previous house for 13 years and we was very settled. Why we moved house can be read >> here. We have had to adjust to so many changes, minimise our belongings as not everything could come with us sadly. We gained a larger lounge but lost kitchen space, gained and extra bedroom but the master room is smaller. There have been lots to adjust to and work our way round but we are getting there slowly and making this house feel like home.

In March we had to say a very sad goodbye and come to terms with the sad loss of our loving dog Buddy, he sadly passed away on the 8th March in his sleep.

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Never forgotten 😢

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Also in March we had our carpet fitted in the lounge, hall, stairs and landing. Having carpet down has made a huge difference. It feels more homely, cosy and much warmer and welcoming.

It is all slowly coming together, as you can see it has been a busy few months but we are now slowly starting to settle. Next new house update to follow shortly showing you all the changes made so far in more detail.

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February

February

February

How was your February? ours was rather busy but fun with some big changes that had taken place.

Our month started with a party – Lee turned sweet sixteen so we had a small family celebration at home, we had 15 people come to dinner. We are celebrating Lee’s birthday with a trip to Barcelona so kept it small as celebrations will be taking place over in Barcelona.

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Cake anyone 🎉

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We have been having a bit of a bedroom makeover, not just in Lee’s room but ours too!

Lee created a unique bedroom, he took full control of his bedroom makeover, he chose the furniture, colour and even decorating it himself. He is now hunting for soft furnishing to help style it.

Our bedroom also saw big changes too, it is not just a bedroom anymore – it is also an office too!

We needed somewhere we could escape to where we can get our work done in peace, minus distractions. Having somewhere quiet to escape to saves us from working late into the evenings and we can also get more work done too, meeting those all important deadlines.

Our home also saw the arrival of lovely new carpet. The carpet was for Lee’s bedroom and our bedroom/office. We are yet to still carpet Bradley’s room but work is still needing to bed done in there yet.

Bradley got creative with his stickbots and made this short valentines video with them. Full review can be found >>>HERE<<<

We enjoyed another date-night for valentines night, we made a lovely paella and enjoyed a lovely bottle of Prosecco. It was a lovely evening, we was going to go out but we was both too tired so opted to stay home instead and cook.

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Perfect night in 👌

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Half term week we got creative and Bradley made a tin can robot and an air power engine car these can be seen here >> On the blog <<

We attended open day at our local college for Lee to chat with tutors about the courses best for his career choices. He is busy with exams and studying hard trying to get the best GCSE results in hope to get on his chosen course.

I was fancying a change in hairstyle/colour… what do you think?

We celebrated chinese new year and made a lovely homemade chinese sweet and sour pork.

We are currently busy getting our gardens ready for spring, they was a little neglected.

A busy but fun February – How was yours?

 

 

 

General post, Monthly updates

Looking Back As January Passes

looking back as january passes

Looking Back As January Passes

We love January as it’s the start of a whole new year, it’s a month where our new diary’s start being filled with lots of fun and adventures to look forward too throughout the year. We are now looking back as January passes, looking back at fun already had so far!

Our January started pretty much the same as everyone else’s, it started with lots of Christmas goodies still needing to be eaten, the decorations being taken down and packed away for another year. Our home always feels bigger once the decs have been packed away, it’s silly really as it’s no different in size.

The kids returned back to school and Lee is now preparing for his GCSEs. Lee is busy studying hard with lots of revision needing to be done for his GCSEs. To help him with this we have a preparing for exams chat rather regularly to make sure he is ok and not struggling.

Passports are being renewed and plans are well underway  to celebrate Lee’s 16th, we are celebrating with a trip to Barcelona, Lee is a huge football fan and has always wanted to visit Barcelona stadium……Eeek our boy turns 16 tomorrow (update to follow).

Phone calls home from school are always lovely to receive, so far this year we have had 4 and also a letter home saying how well Bradley is doing, lets hope he keeps it up for the rest of the year!

We have been busy decorating Lee’s bedroom, Lee had great fun decorating and styling his bedroom. His carpet is due to be laid this week (post to follow).

looking back as january passes

Looking back as january passes

We also made a bucket list of our goals that we wish to complete this year. We have already made a start on working our way through.

Bradley has had another growth spurt, he has now shot up another 4 inches and is now in need of some new clothes. A shopping trip is now needed.

We have made a good start on our Christmas savings – this year we are determined to make this Christmas easier. Have a read here >>> to see how.

We attended the toy fair at London’s Olympia and met with some lovely PRs. It was a very long day and we was both exhausted but it was brilliant to see some of the fabulous new games/toy’s being released later this year.

Bradley has settled back into performing arts college nicely after the Christmas break. He is now busy learning new lines as he will be performing in London’s West End in July. He will be performing in a musical to over 1,200 people.

We have also added some beautiful radiator covers to our hall and conservatory. We love how much bigger they make the conservatory look, we have also gained a nice shelf as we are making use of the top of them. What do you think?

Looking back as January passes

We now wave goodbye to January with an exciting new month to look forward to – February hopefully holds some exciting news for us….fingers crossed. We now have the paper work needed to apply to buy our house under a pilot scheme for housing association tenants. We now have the horrid wait to find out if our house will be one of the properties chosen to be sold off.

How was your January?