Hi all! Just wanted to let you know I will be taking a little break from blogging. I have had a few things happen and read a few interesting posts/articles that have put things into perspective for me. So while I am lucky enough to be able to stay at home with my kiddos I want to use my time with them to the fullest. I want to have no regrets and not look back and say 'I wish I'd done that' etc, so I am going to spend my break not only creating memories, but preserving them. I will be working on the kids scrapbooks, so that they each have a lovely reminder of their childhood, and something they can show to their own children.
Sorry, if this sounds a little melancholy to you - it isn't, it is all about doing something positive with my time and being the best mummy I can be. I find it hard to juggle blogging with that sometimes. I really hope to return at some point, but until I find that elusive balance I will be crafting behind the scenes :)
Before I leave you, here is a little lookee of where we are with the boys room. We gave it a fresh coat of neutral paint and then I got to have a little play...
New brown blackout blind and teal curtains. (Their old red blind will be re-used in the kitchen.)
A mini gallery wall, with wall art made by me.
I printed out 9 adventure / travel themed quotes from some of my favourite authors and framed it. I hope my boys, (and daughter), will be more adventurous than me, (I am a total homebody!), and will have fun travelling. But I also want them to know that their home will always be waiting for them :)
A fun brother themed subway art I made using the My Memories Suite software.
The large cog canvas has pride of place :)
And here is a faux wooden crate I made by covering a large cardboard box in vinyl wood effect floor tiles and adding a few brass hinges.
For toy storage I bought a metal shelving unit, perfect for holding baskets full of cars / trains / track / action men etc etc!
A huge world map graces one of the walls and I draped the ghillie netting, (used in my eldest boy's camp camo birthday party), above his bed.
You have probably noticed the use of the patterned contact paper throughout the decor. Here I used it to cover the shelves and top of their wooden book case.
I also embellished a brown lamp, that was previously in our room before I changed the colour scheme in there, and a Bekvam spice rack from Ikea, which I have turned into a charging station / games holder for eldest boy's handheld games console.
And my favourite part is the Lego table...
...above it we attached a rail and mini buckets from Ikea's kitchen dept, perfect for holding Lego bricks (and Mr Lego Man torch to do pull-ups on lol!)
I re-covered the office chair in some of the leftover lime dotty fabric from Terry's Fabrics that I had used on the understairs bench. Really love it! It was surprisingly easy to do using a staple gun and some muscle :)
I picked up a lovely Bicycle cushion in a sale and the colours match perfectly. (The teddy used to be mine when I was a little girl, and I passed it on to my firstborn when he was little, I hope it will pass it on to his too!)
There are a few more things to finish - a notice board, pen holder, bandana cushions and curtain tie backs. I also want to get a snuggly rug too. Eventually we will have to think about bunk beds when the little guy moves in there too.
Right, this is me signing off for a little while. Just want to say a huge thank you to all that have regularly visited and commented, (you know who you are :) ), I have soooo appreciated it! I sincerely believe you couldn't 'meet' a nicer group of people than I have in the craft / diy blogging community. Keep up the good work - I will try to pop in on your blogs now and again to see all your fab creations!
Take care friends, big hugs