28 November 2012

A Colourful Mess...

A few weeks ago I felt a little overwhelmed. The work/craft area in my room was becoming a mess. I like to pour over photos on blogs and Pinterest of craft rooms. Everything is on display, books, fabric, wool and other bits and bobs. They seem like relaxing rooms full of colour and inspiration. 

My little area became a disorganised mess. I had all my fabrics hidden away, my books weren't fitting on my book shelf so they were pilled up in the corner.  Let's not even mention my wool stash from my new love of crochet....

Ikea seemed like the only answer. I am a sucker for Ikea. It's only a 20 minute drive from us and they have some fairly priced storage. Luckily they had a solid wood shelf structure for under £20 so I was a happy bunny. I would of liked to have painted it first but that will have to wait till next year.

We spent a whole evening sorting through everything and I am so happy with the finished look..


The fabrics are individually wrapped around cardboard. That took a while!I didn't realise how much I had.


My books now live on a shelf too. I think cooking and craft books should be displayed. They add pops of colour and interest to any book shelf!



The top shelf is dedicated to my little bits and pieces. A wicker basket of plain fabric off cuts and one for the more colourful fun fabric. My small button collection and some ribbons are displayed in pretty jam jars.



I thought i'd finish off with one of my favourite prints.Again it adds colour (the picture doesn't do it justice!) and an element of fun. 


My wool is now in a cute wicker basket. I had been looking for one like this for ages. My parents came across it in an antiques shop and it's been mine ever since. I was thinking about lining it with fabric. What do you think?


I know it's just a shelf with a few of my things on it and a basket but I find it all very inspirational. I'm hoping the shelves will be able to go in an actual craft room one day - I can dream!

Happy Wednesday.

Gemma xxx

19 November 2012

Elveden Forest



I am struggling to get back to normality today. We've just got back from a lovely little trip with the family to Center Parcs. We set off last Monday morning with bikes on the back of the car, a Christmas music playlist at the ready and lots of snacks.  Although it is still November, they had lots of Christmas decorations out so we decided it would be a very christmassy trip!


Ian & I stayed in the hotel whilst the rest of my family had a villa. This particular villa had a games room, a Wood Burner, an outdoor Jacuzzi (it was such a relaxing yet weird feeling sitting in the Jacuzzi at night whilst looking out into a forest), a Sauna and Steam room. We made sure we made the most of their facilities..heehee!

The Villa had a Chalk Board which was great fun
The view from the back door


The Games Room


In the morning Ian & I would be woken up by the sound of ducks Think Donald Duck! It was always fairly early but it is much nicer than being woken up by an alarm. We'd get up and walk over to the villa and would be welcomed by the smell of a fry up. Sooo good!

We kept ourselves busy in the day time with Walks, Badminton, Swimming, Bowling and Bike Riding. I ended up with blisters on my feet and a sore bottom from day one (probably not the best day to wear newish shoes!) but I powered through. 

In between all this physical exercise were hot chocolates, lazing in front of the fire, stopping off for a cold drink at the Sports Cafe, eating and shopping. I'd like to think i've lost some weight but I think the hot chocolates didn't do me any favours! 

They have some great shops there. Along with a Starbucks, a gorgeous clothes shop (which was a tad out of my price range!), a sweetie shop and a fun toy shop there was probably one of the best gift shops i've ever been too.


It was filled with Cath Kidston, Emma Bridgewater, lovely scandi style Christmas decorations, candles and other gorgeous homewares. I went in there a few times and took it all in. We only came away with one Christmas decoration but i'm really happy with it (the red star hanging decoration below).

The two grey wooden hearts were from a Christmas market they had on whilst we were there. The candle stick holders were from Elveden Estate, a farm shop outside of Center Parcs. 
In the evening Ian & I would cook our own meal using the villa kitchen. It saved us a lot of money to eat in plus the restaurants there couldn't guarantee the food was nut free. After we ate we'd then go out with the rest of my family for their dinner (we'd just have a drink).

I have been to Center Parcs a few times before and would recommend for anyone to go in November. It's quiet and they make a huge effort getting ready for Christmas. At night time there are lights everywhere in the plaza area. You will come away feeling truly festive.




Overall we all had a fantastic time. It's a great place to get away from everything and try new things. 

Gemma xXx

A few tips from my time there -

  • Bring your own bikes. To hire them it is £25 each.
  • Bring your own rackets, that way you only have to pay for court hire.
  • Split the cost of the bigger villas with your party. The bigger villas have more facilities to keep you busy!
  • Try eating in or alternating between eating in and out to save money.
  • Bring food from normal supermarkets. Center Parcs have their own supermarket which has almost everything you'd need, but it was fairly pricey!
  • If you have children, bring torches or glow sticks for them to hold whilst your out in the evening.



2 November 2012

Our Halloween

Every year since I was younger we've had our own mini family Halloween party. Nothing much, just some decorations, food, music and family. I'm not crazy about horror and gore but it's nice to have a little spooky evening and dress up for fun.

My Pumpkin (more of a confused face) ...


My Sister's...


 I dressed up as Wenda from Where's Wally (or Waldo in America!), my sister was a bunny and Ian chose to be a mad scientist (crazy face included).







Hope you had a spooky time!!

Happy Friday : )

Gemma x

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