Friday, 28 September 2012

Simple Pleasures....

Howdy! I say howdy as I think I am turning into a texas gal ;) I have become rather obsessed with watching Dallas. I am really enjoying the new series and have also decided that I want to watch all 14, yes 14 seasons of the original series. Oh I am just loving it! I grab a couple of episodes in the evening and maybe if I am lucky squeeze one in early in the morning. I have nearly finished season 3, so quite a bit to go but I LOVE the vintage feel to it and seeing all the old and memorable characters back on screen. It's going to cost me a small fortune to buy all the seasons so I may have to pop a couple on my Christmas list ;) It really feels like a lovely simple pleasure, snuggling up with a soft blanket, cup of hot chocolate and an episode of Dallas.... 

Talking of simple pleasures, I was told a couple of days ago by a lovely online friend about a competition that may interest me over here  With only two days left to start and finish, I'd have to get my skates on and even with so many other important things I needed to be getting on with, I of course thought I would join in. Yes yes, I have contracts to sign, people to speak to, talks to prepare, schools to look round....but no I soon put 'playing about with shoe boxes' to the top of my to do list ;) My excuse is that it is a simple, enjoyable pleasure that is relaxing and if there is a VERY slim chance that £500 worth of Cath Kidston vouchers could be spent, well I couldn't not have a go could I. I ummed and ahed about which dream room to choose and decided on a little nursery. As I had only a short time to complete the project, I thought using one of Miss. Poppins tiny shoe boxes from her old much smaller shoes would be perfect. I also dug out some inspirational books and crafty items....


I soon knew this was going to be a baby girl's nursery and certainly wanted it to have a Cath Kidston vibe to it, so I grabbed a little tester pot of baby pink paint, and painted the inside. Then using my favourite CK writing paper which I cut, yes cut up (sob a little) I opted for a patchwork effect wallpaper with ribbon ( again CK ) border....

    
Hmmm then what I thought it needed some pretty flooring, so out came the scissors and the CK wrapping paper....


 I then made the icklest 'in the world' (maybe the Guinness book of records would like to confirm this) bunting from Cath Kidston fabric scraps and a pair of curtains from more CK fabric. I included some bobble trim for a pretty detail. I really love the curtains and both Miss. Poppins and I love that the little room is becoming more like a stage, a bit like a puppet theatre....  


And then when you open the curtains....


This was how it looked late yesterday, and yes the other important stuff took over a little, but I have had time to just pop in a one or two pieces of furniture here and there. Here's the cot with a lightweight patchwork blanket.... 


Above the cot I couldn't resist a special photograph of Miss. Poppins on the shoebox wall when she came home from hospital as a baby. I think this would have been my dream nursery for her at the time....


I made a little button mirror using tiny buttons and an old sweet wrapper....


This pretty floor rug was made from a Cath Kidston (clean) tissue and pink ric rac....


For the nursery door I used a pretty tag that this lovely lady who blog's here sent me last Christmas. Knowing I have a big crush on all things Daisy related, she also sent these beautiful items for Miss. Poppins and I....


Here is the pretty tag/door....


Well this simple pleasure has been a fun distraction from the other important stuff, and hopefully I may get an opportunity to pop a couple more items in the nursery. Miss. Poppins loves playing with her baby Sylvanian's in it and likes drawing the pretty curtains at night....

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