So we come to our studio living area…
When kids come round to our flat, there’s a few things that keep them entertained for a little while. One is to see how many birds you can spot, another how many squirrels, and another – how many deer… you might want to join in!
The view will go around the room from the door and back again. Pointing out little snippets as we go…like this cushion by Sukie I got at a bargain price at a Brighton Open House a few years ago, and the Robin picture in among my family and friends photos, which I specially requested from my eldest niece and she did it in pastels and its amazing, I love it. Very special.
I love this toadstool lamp. I’d wanted one for years and it made me so happy when I finally got my very own, its has such a comforting glow. The squirrel was originally meant to be a little addition to the balcony but he never got that far. So now he lives next to the toadstool. He’s got a good face. Always smiling, and not in a smug way, just in a way that’s pleasing, all be it coming from a pretend squirrel.
These patchwork cushions were a charity shop find spotted by my mum just before christmas. They were an almighty bargain and are absolutely beautiful. They go really well with a good mix of bedding, and make bedtime feel pretty pretty.
I got this little bird a while back and it’s great. It sings to us when the plant is too dry, which is quite good as we’re pretty rubbish waterers! Once or twice he’s ended up in a glass of water though just to make him shut up!! Love his cheery yellow-ness.
My fabric stash.
This peter rabbit embroidery is my very first proper bit of embroidery I did aged 10. I used to go to my grans a lot after school, and as she was the ultimate sewing whizz she taught me how to do it properly. It was great, I got to use a hoop for the first time which I remember being very excited about and I learnt a lot about embroidery through Peter Rabbit.
My lovely friend cross stitched this bird for me a few christmas’s ago, it’s so special having gifts you know have been made just for you, she chose it cos it’s birdy, and I love it.
We got these shelves a while back in an attempt to find more storage in our tiny flat for monkin to fit in better. They’re from ikea (but of course) and they are brilliant. So handy for storing away crafts and *stuff* into the boxes, and we even discovered that some wine boxes we’d picked up for free fitted in perfectly!! Don’t you just love it when that happens?! And even more so when you then have space on top for pretty things?! Hooray!
This brownie camera belonged to Monkins grandad. His mum came across it whilst sorting through some stuff and it turns out its still got a half used film in there! Got to get it processed at some point – wonder if the photos are still there…
This paper vase was from my mum and dad this last Christmas. Strange and sad to think this is the last thing I’ll ever have from him… The tin was my grans old ribbon tin and as I got quite a bit of her old sewing stuff, it’s now my old ribbon tin and very pretty it is too! The funny little squirrel ornament was from a lovely friend of mine, it’s so funny and kinda wrong with its fluffy tail and china body, but I love it and it’s good friends with the deer.
This photo is one of my favourites my dad took. He was a member of two camera clubs and had got really into it. He took this on a special photography trip he’d been on, he liked the scene of all the gardening stuff by the door, and it was only after he’d taken the shot he realised the little cat had popped its head through the cat flap and made the photo extra special! The original of this is mainly orange instead of red and is much better for it, but as all our stuff is more red and turquoise I had a little fiddle with it so we could have a copy that would go in our place, so here it is. This little kitty is a door stop my gran made and its been around for as long as I can remember. We used to go an visit her when I was really tiny, and I remember playing with this cat then, it was made to match her old furniture, I remember she had swivelly chairs in this colour. Then she moved nearer to us, and so I got to spend more time with her, and played with this cat even more. When she passed away it was my keepsake request, and it stands by doors well.
As we started preparing to move, wondering where to start and what we needed to do, we had dinner with some friends who offered us this top tip – write everything that needs to be done on post it notes e.g. cancelling services, changing addresses, etc, stick them on one door (the ‘to do’ door), then as they’re done move them onto another door (the ‘done’ door). It’s brilliant, and really works! My head feels so much better being able to see easily where we’re at with it all. Great top tip!
So we come to our studio living area…