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Crafty Cuts – Home DIY 2

Given that we’re saving for our wedding, some things have got to give; those things include frivolous purchases like another pair of shoes I don’t need but we’re also trying to cut down on eating out/take aways/nights out – which is mega hard especially as we live in town! I’m trying to keep myself occupied and I find myself taking on more and more DIY projects in the flat. The flat, as I’ve said, is a blank whitewashed canvas and I’m being increasingly drawn to colourful flashes here and there. My next DIY was influenced by a throw that I was bought by some good friends for my last birthday and I thought I’d take some of the brightness of the colours and spruce up an old IKEA lack table that I was given by my mum!

2013-05-27 11.12.23You know by now that painting is my preferred DIY of choice, I mean; it’s cheap and quick – what else do you need? So I popped to Wilkos ready to buy some bright, in-your-face paint. My luck was in and 3 Dulux sample pots were on offer for £1. That’s right, a whole £.  I went all out and chose Raspberry Bellini; I don’t do things by half.

I didn’t want to paint the whole table, I’m brave but not that brave so I decided to just paint the table-top. Made even easier by the unscrewable legs of the table. Early one Saturday, I headed armed with old newspapers and a brush and painted the table top – it took me about 30 minutes, not too shabby. I left to dry for a few hours and then painted a second coat. It didn’t look half bad.

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Even Chris was impressed.

How great are the cushions? £3.25 and they go perfectly with my new(look) table. Good show Wilkos.

I’ve got a few more home DIYs coming up, so be warned!

 

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Busy Bee: What I’ve Been Up To

This week, I’ve;

  • been to the McKee Exhibition, The Joy of Sheff, at The Blue Shed. Pete Mckee is a bit of a legend ’round Sheffield and this, was his last exhibition about Sheffield. It was a one-day only event and I dragged Chris there with his hangover. It was definitely worth it though, we spotted the landlord (Tom from Fagans) of one of our favourite pubs in Pete’s short film, and bought a couple of limited edition prints, which may or may not feature in our wedding!
  • saw Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty at the Lyceum. I was a complete ballet n00b so had been anticipating this theatre trip with some trepidation but what can I say, I’m a convert. I was really swept up with the story, the music and the dancing. And in awe of the dancers; what poise and grace; unfortunately something I’ll never emulate!
  • saw The History Boys at The Crucible. Now, I knew that I’d love this. But this production does have a few tricks up its sleeve. I love The Crucible and am quite a regular theatre-goer but I always love seeing how the different directors use the space that the stage offers and this was no exception

So, quite a busy, cultural week and this weekend was spent not doing much, bar a few purchases for the flat and a quick crafty makeover for our living room – watch this space!

1367098044_408f355eaf8111e285e422000a1fb768_7Pete Mckee mural, The Snog, painted by Mckee on the side of Fagans 2013

Pin Up

I’m beginning to like Pinterest just as much as I like Instagram. That may be because it’s almost an integral part of wedding planning these days and I am using it for that, well not planning, more like pinning pictures I like onto a vaguely themed board. The theme being weddings. And pretty pictures. But not only is it good for wedding inspo; where I else could I find a whole host of links to moneysaving and house cleaning?  I particularly use my pinterest for pinning pictures of men I fancy, men with beards ( generally linked), bookshelves, clothes I’ve bought, crafty stuff I’ll ( probably never) make and women I would like to look like…and I love following other people, so add away!

How’s about you, do you use pinterest? And what do you use it for?

Holiday: Center Parcs, Whinfell

So, it’s been a bit of a while. What can I say? Getting engaged is a bit hectic. We’ve been thrilled at everyone’s enthusiasm for our news and now I’m getting a bit daunted at all we’ve got to organise but we have got a date and a venue, which is most exciting but I’ll leave that for another post.

A couple of days after we collected the ring, we went off on holiday with some of our closest friends and celebrated our engagement in Center Parcs in the Lake District. Now, in all honesty I always say that Center Parcs is the countryside for people who don’t like the country and I do class myself as one of those. I like my home comforts ( remind me why I’m going to Glastonbury again?) and there’s no shortage of those in Center Parcs. And there’s also no shortage of kids, I think we were one of the few groups without any; so be warned. But that said, friends who have kids love Center Parcs as it’s definitely geared towards them, lots of activities, lots of kid friendly restaurants and cafes. Really it’s great for everyone. I went to Whinfell for the first time last year and enjoyed it so we booked straight away to get the benefit of the come back soon offer. This time, we stayed in a Woodland Lodge which is decorated really modernly, feature walls and blackboards, open fires and flat screen tvs. 6 of us stayed in an 8 bed lodge and I think it cost us about £50 each. Being child-free at Center Parcs does have it’s perks.

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We ate, we drank, we spa‘ed ( which is fabulous I must say, a definite child-free haven for a few hours), we swum, we ate and drank some more. We played games and I came last at each one. Chris politely said that I was best at ‘going to the spa’ – see, I am marrying him for the right reasons! A great week was had and I’d really recommend Center Parcs to anyone (and everyone!)

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Big News

So, I’ve been dying to share this news and I’ll tell you the whole story later this week but, in short, I’M GETTING MARRIED!!

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I’ve tried to be mega cool about it but the bridezilla in me has taken over and I want to tell everyone! We hope to get married Summer 2014 so no doubt this blog will start to feature a few wedding planning posts but I’ll try not to deluge you all with them!

Instagram Post: Outfits

I’m a bit of an instagram fan, I may have mentioned it. I think that instagram is my favourite of all social networks; I post clothes I’ve ordered online and am not sure about and get an instant response, I post my new haircut, what I’m eating for my tea and I mean, everyone looks good with an instagram filter, eh? I also love outfit posts but I still havent got the hang of my tripod and timer and look like a bit of a plank when I take posed selfies so a classic instagram mirror shot it is. Here’s a selection of my faves:

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And if you fancy following me my username over at instagram is @loulough80


Top Row L-R
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i) my current fave outfit, cardi: Asda, dress from Tesco, Tights from M&S
ii) Dress: Tesco, Cardi: Asda, Tights: Tesco
iii) Dress:Asda
Middle Row L-R:
i) Dress: Myleene Klass Range at Littlewoods
ii) Shirt: Simply Be, Jeans: Dorothy Perkins, Trainers: New Balance from Bank
iii) Dress: Asda, Necklace: Primark, Shoes: River Island
Bottom Row
i) Dress: Asos via Ebay, Leggings: M&S, Hat: New Look, Wellies: Decathlon
ii)Dress and Petticoat: Lindyhop via Amazon
iii)Dress: Collectif

 

Hmmm. So this peruse through my wardrobe has led me to think that I shop in supermarkets for clothes a lot! How’s about you? Do you slip something in next to the fruit and veg? Or do you prefer to make a more luxurious purchase?

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Snapshots of My Life: Flat Tour Part I

I love these on other people’s blogs, so I thought I’d let you lovely lot have a tour round my flat. Chris and I moved in in December 2011. And we’re still doing stuff to it now. It’s a new build flat, welll 2008 and is essentially a series of white boxes; which makes it sound rubbish but it’s great to have a blank canvas and really make it ours. I thought I would show you round our living room for starters; it houses our IKEA expedit shelves ( doesn’t everyone have of these?) which I think really sums up me and Chris.

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Now to the casual observer, these shelves may just look like a higgedly-piggedly mess but I think they’re a great representation of us and what we are like and what we enjoy. I mean, see that top left hand square; it houses some wool I made Christmasn decorations with and a gift from a friend, who’d been to Oz. The square below is home to my memory box and the fake ticket I made for Chris for the Bruce Springsteen gig, all shelves are interspersed with books and cds and stuff. I love it. What I don’t love is the fact I’d scoured charity shops for years and finally found Scrabble and now Chris refuses to play it with me. He’s just scared of losing.

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Now, here’s the beginning of our photo wall, again, this is something which reallly represents us; The ‘ Me, You and Everyone We Know’ poster from Claudia Varosio – the first film we ever saw together, the Liverpool Skyline from Becka Griffin and of course, the photos of friends, family and holidays.

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And I just had to show you this, our ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ poster – our favourite film. We’re a soppy pair really. Oh and see that black thing with a heart on; I made that! A case for my Nexus. Good, eh? There’ll be more crafty things appearing on this blog. I go through crafty phases you see.

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Next up and the final glimpse into our flat, is a bit of the dining table and the wine stash. Wine stashes are important I feel.Thank you, Naked Wines. Take a closer look at the seats, I backed them in that fabric; see I told you I was crafty sometimes. All I needed was some fabric. Obvz. And a heavy duty stapler. If I can do it anyone can. The image in the back was a present I bought for Chris a few years ago care of ATwoPipeProblem

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That’s that for now. I must say that this blog post has made me realise how much I use Etsy for quirky, individual prints for our flat. How about you? Do you like scouring Etsy for beautiful things?

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