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I moust-ache you a question…

…jeez, I love a good pun. Or a not-so good one really. As it’s the beginning of November, it got me thinking about Mo’vember. Well,  not thinking in depth about it, more like a brief thought. Well, anyway, I am a massive fan of a good beard – “good job really” you might say if you’ve seen Chris. I actually haven’t seen him without a beard, and don’t really want to. Consider this a warning, Howarth. In Sheffield there’s tonnes of beards around though weirdly Chris nearly always manages to spend a portion of a night out talking about his hirsuteness to a group of awestruck 18 year olds. In fact, this weekend we came back to the flat about midnight on Saturday and encountered a group of lads who shouted ‘BEA-RD’ at him numerous times before the lift arrived to zoom us back to the 8th floor; though when we’ve been out in Liverpool we’re always struck by how few beards there are – is this the case, scousers? Are beards not a thing in Liverpool?

Can I use the word ‘beard’ anymore in this post? On that note, I’ll leave you with a few images of my fave beards ( just had to get that one in there….)plus some grooming stuff that the more hirsute amongst us may like. All images via my pinterest board: Beards

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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!

 

The One Where We Start Getting Organised: Wedding Malarky Episode 2

So, given that I’d known about our enagagement for 5 weeks before we’d announced it, safe to say that I’d been stealth planning for the majority of that time. Hidden boards on Pinterest, hidden favourites in my browser; though I did refrain from buying any wedding magazines and when we announced our wedding, we already had a venue viewing booked a couple of days later.

Choosing a venue for us wasn’t that difficult, we knew we wanted to get married in Sheffield, although I’m from Liverpool I haven’t lived there permanently for 14 years and Sheffield is our home together. We also knew that we didn’t to get married in a church, while churches are striking venues for a wedding – the stained glass, the pews, just the whole structure of them! neither of us are particularly religious so, to us, it seemed slightly hypocritical to make use of the facilities to have pretty photos. And the last one, I knew I definitely didn’t want to get married in a faceless hotel with chair covers were forced upon you. So, armed with the knowledge of what we didn’t want, we started looking at the list of registered premises in Sheffield. And to be honest, there aren’t many.  So, when we saw Kelham Island Museum did weddings our interest was piqued. The museum is about 5 minutes away from our flat, we love Kelham Island and all it’s real ale haunts, we’re quite partial to a museum or two and most important of all, Sheffield is really important to us.

Neither of us had ever visited the Museum before and I could tell that all Chris wanted to do was to start reading the information signs but no time for that this time around. His eyes lit up at some of the rooms and I loved that the venue was something different and that essentially, we could do what we wanted, the planning of the wedding reception was our oyster – and best of all, no chair covers required.

So, we did the unthinkable. We booked the first venue we looked at. But you know, we just knew. So, 3pm, 9th August 2014  – you know where we’ll be.

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Picture c/o Nadine Fischer at Adopt-A-Museum

DIY: Upcycled Bedroom Furniture

( Disclaimer: I hate the word upcycled but I lacked inspiration!)

I’ve come over all Kirstie Allsop recently and thought I’d share it with you all, mainly because I suspect that this is just a phase and I’ll tire pretty quickly so enjoy this while it lasts!

When we moved into the flat, the previous owners had left some bedroom furniture and having loads of other things to spend money on we thought that we’d make do with the wardrobes, chest of drawers and bedside table; it was in good condition and looked alright. Note that alright. It was a kind of pine, kind of nothingness and I made do but I always kind of had a plan to do something with them, unfortunately it took me a year to get round to it but hey, I did it.

I knew I wanted to paint the furniture, although it’s ubiquitous I love the kind of shabby chic look so that’s what I decided to go for; and then the streaks wouldn’t matter-because it’s meant to be like that.

Chest of Drawers

I applied primer first of all because I knew the furniture had been treated. That I just slapped on with a roller and left to dry for a couple of hours. Next up was the exciting stuff, the paint! We’d opted for a pale duck egg from the Laura Ashley range, in honesty, it’s probably a bit pale for me but I have to compromise sometimes and I think it looks fab. And it was worth paying more for the paint, it went on dead easy and a little bit really does go a long way so it’s worth the money. We bought the 0.75L, and we’ve painted a chest of drawers and a bedside table – there’s still a bit left to get going on the wardrobe.  I knew I wanted to get some different knobs to replace the others that I had binned when I got a bit happy with the screwdriver so I headed to Bombay Duck and found these lovelies. In hindsight, they’re a bit too big for a bedside table but they look good, I learned from experience however and bought these for the chest of drawers.

bedside table

Next up: the wardrobe! Wish us luck!

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