10 Easy Ways Make Your Bathroom a Haven


After a hectic summer of DIY and home improvements it’s nice to be able to kick back and relax a bit.

It’s felt a bit like we’ve been on a hamster wheel of continuous DIY/having workmen round/bombing over to B&Q for the last few months. I mean, it’s great as our house is very much ship-shape but it’s also been exhausting for both myself and Wayne and it’s finally time to relax.

One place I love to unwind is in the bath – a hot (but not too hot) bath has been a godsend for me in the last few months of my pregnancy and I have picked up a few tricks to maximise the down time. I thought I’d share these in case you’re in the market for bringing some more calm into your daily life without the stress of having to replicate a Pinterest-worthy spa at home.


How to make your bathroom a haven:

  1. Get Fruity
    Not like that, you filthy things. If you’ve got Apple Music there are some great pre-done playlists on there which you can put on your phone/through your speakers and relax to. If not there’s the radio, Spotify or even playlists on YouTube. All of these get the thumbs up from me for when I want to zone out as long as there’s no talking, but then I’m a bit funny about listening to people wang on when they’re on the radio. Anyone else?
  2. Watch one of your favourite shows
    If music’s not your thing, get your iPad set up on its stand on one end of the bath and watch an episode of your favourite show on Netflix/on demand while you have a soak. This is partly how I ploughed through all six seasons of Gossip Girl so quickly and made such quick work of The Good Wife. OK so there’s the slight added frisson of worrying if your tablet is going to tumble into the bath and electrocute you but that’s not happened to me yet. Just make sure your stand is sturdy before you get in. XOXO and all that.
  3. Declutter
    A messy bathroom ain’t going to cut it and empty bottles of shampoo and body scrub littering the side of the bath will just do your head in when you come to wash your hair. Making your hands go red raw and almost bursting a blood vessel as you try to eke out that last bit of conditioner isn’t tantamount to a zen-like experience. Throw them out and treat yourself to some new ones. As the ad goes, you’re worth it.
  4. Get some new storage
    One thing that helped us keep our bathroom smart and tidy is our new bathroom cabinet. It’s something we’ve been meaning to add to our bathroom for ages but never quite got round to until now.
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  5. Make things tidy but easily accessible
    I love these blue and white stripey storage baskets with rope handles for adding a bit of a nautical feel and keeping the rest of our toiletries tidy. They were really cheap from Store 21 and also add a bit of colour without being too much.
  6. Find the scent that relaxes you
    I think this is really important as scents can really ramp up the relaxation process. I love this Mum and Me Bump Bath Soak by Cussons and the matching moisturiser with it’s light camomile and jasmine fragrance. One of my friends bought them for me for my baby shower and I’m addicted.
  7. Plump it up
    Out with the old and flat towels, in with new soft and fluffy ones. You’re not going to channel a spa experience with a 10-year-old tatty Tenerife beach towel with a hole in the middle.
  8. All of the Lights
    It’s a total cliche but bright lights aren’t conducive to a relaxing soak, unless you enjoy that caught-in-a-police-helicopter-spotlight kind of vibe. Candles are the way forward, but don’t forget to shut the window unless you want to share your bath with a bunch of manic moths.
  9. Add greenery
    Who says bathrooms should be a plant-free zone? After all they clear the air and have a calming vibe about them. Just don’t go for cacti in case you accidentally slip on the bath mat. That’s a tricky one to explain at A&E.
  10. Do not disturb
    Most importantly, unless your other half is coming in to bring you a drink/snack or is offering to massage your feet, keep your bathroom a do not disturb zone, especially if you don’t have a separate loo. I don’t need to elaborate more, really.

How do you relax? Is your bathroom as much as a haven for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Lots of pampering and love,





Disclosure: I was gifted the bathroom cabinet for purposes of a review for this post.

{DIY} Fabric Halloween Pumpkins


I’ve been thinking ahead to Halloween this past few days and thought I’d use some time before things get too frantic around here to make a bit of decor that will last up to and beyond October 31.

I never seem to get round to carving a pumpkin (or even buying them!) instead leaving it too late so when I go and have a look in the shops only the most bashed-up ones are left.


Well not this year. I decided to have a go at making some fabric pumpkins which can either be used as decor for when the trick-or-treaters come knocking, a table centrepiece or as a finishing touch to your Halloween outfit. They’re really easy to make and I hope you like them!

What You Need:


  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Twine
  • Elastic bands (optional)
  • Fibrefill stuffing
  • Needle and thread/sewing machine
  • Scissors

How to Make it:

  1. Fold your fabric in half right sides together and cut a shape like below. This will be wider at one end than the other.
  2. Sew up the open edge so you have a sleeve/tube shape.
  3. Cut six lengths of twine that are longer at both ends than your material then feed through so the ends peek out at both the top and bottom.
  4. At the other end, use an elastic band/more twine to gather up and close the opening.
  5. Turn the fabric so the material is the right side out. You will have some twine poking out of the closed end.
  6. Stuff with fibrefill stuffing so it’s nice and firm.
  7. Gather together the fabric at the open end and close it by tightly tying another piece of twine around it. This will make your stalk.
  8. Now pull up a piece of twine and tie it in place around the stalk, as below.
  9. Repeat for the other pieces of twine, evenly spacing them around the pumpkin.
  10. Wrap some of the twine ends around the stalk and tie them off. Leave a couple as tendrils and curl them with your scissors.
  11. If you like, add a leaf at the top by cutting one out of a contrasting piece of fabric or felt.

And that’s it, you’re done!

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You can make a few to dot around your house, use them as a centrepiece for your table or on your doorstep or porch instead of a traditional carved pumpkin.

I hope you like them!

Lots of pumpkin love,



Nursery Makeover: From unloved junk room to baby ready!


Our smallest bedroom has undergone a total transformation in the last few months. We started it before we found out I was pregnant and it was going to be my craft room, but that all changed the day we saw two lines on a pregnancy test.

The room itself was totally unloved. It was the last room in the house to be redecorated and we kind of hadn’t bothered as instead it became an easy dumping ground for all sorts of things we didn’t want to get rid of but didn’t know where else to put.

The Big Facelift

After a severe spell of decluttering (not just in that room but in our whole house) we emptied it out and were ready to get going.

Years upon years of paint and wallpaper made the room a nightmare to get ready. We stripped so much but were halted by lining paper that had been painted bright blue (which was one old sticky mess when we tried to take it down).

In the end we decided to do the best we could and then get the room replastered and reboarded in a couple of areas. We also took up the manky carpet and ordered a new one.

Let there be White

As the room was so small (and with a craft room in mind at this point), to maximise the light we painted it brilliant white, with white skirting boards. Immediately the whole thing looked a lot more spacious than it ever did, although being rammed full of old furniture probably didn’t help!

We were going to save a bit and paint the floorboards but in the end we decided that a carpet would be cosier, and now it’s going to be our nursery I’m glad we made that decision.

Decking out the Nursery


With the room done we just had to buy the furniture and bits we needed for the nursery. Or the fun bit!

I think the thing I love the most about our nursery is that it’s simple and will grow with our baby as he gets older.

Here’s a few photos and if you’re wondering where we got anything from, then there’s a list of links below.

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A few more details and handmade touches:

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The hospital bags are already packed too – one for me and one for baby. It’s getting so close now!


Quick links:

I hope you enjoyed this room makeover. Have you ever given a room a big facelift? If so which bits did you like the least and love the most about the process?

Lots of nursery love,


{Crochet} T-Shirt Yarn Shell Basket Free Pattern


Last week I shared a quick pattern to make a crochet necklace using T-Shirt yarn. Well I couldn’t stop there after discovering how much I liked this chunkier yarn so I’m back with another pattern I whipped up to make this shell-inspired crochet basket.

The thing I really like about T-shirt yarn is that it works up really quickly and while the size of the hook (15mm) takes a bit of getting used to, it’s really nice to work with, although that might be because it’s made of wood and I’m used to metal hooks.


Anyway, this basket can be worked up in a couple of hours or less and then left overnight to harden after a good dousing of spray starch or sugar/water spray mix. I hope you like my pattern and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

What you need:

  • T-Shirt Yarn
  • A 15mm crochet hook


  • UK crochet stitches used throughout
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet

Work in continuous rounds, sl st to join at the end of each round.

  • Rd 1: Ch 6, sl st to join. Ch 2.
  • Rd 2: 2tr into next st, ch 2. Repeat around. Sl st. Ch 2.
  • Rd 3. Tr in each st around. Sl st.
  • Rd 4. Ch 5. Skip two sts. Sl st*. *Repeat around. When get to the end sl st to the middle of the shell for the start of the next row.
  • Rd 5-7. Repeat rd 4, sl st to the middle of the shell once you have finished each round to start the next round. This makes sure the shells overlap. Fasten off.

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To make your bowl more sturdy, spray with spray starch or sugar/water mix and place over a bowl to harden overnight. Make sure you drench the bowl to get it really stiff as the gaps in the pattern can make it a bit wobbly if you miss this step. Dry overnight.

That’s it! Now you can use the bowl for whatever you like! Surprise, surprise, mine is used to hold some of my wool stash, but it would be equally good for toys or cloths and flannels. It’s up to you!


I hope you liked this pattern and I would love to see your bowl if you make one so feel free to tag me in on Twitter or Instagram.

Lots of T-shirt yarn love,





Please do not claim this pattern as your own or copy it out and post it in full, but do feel free to use one photo and provide a link back to my blog. Thanks!




Mamas & Papas’ New Collaboration with Liberty London

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I was invited to an event in London this week for the launch of Mamas & Papas‘ new designer collaboration with Liberty London. That’s right – mega children’s brand meets stunning Liberty prints to create beautiful interiors collection AND a range of very covetable prams and strollers. Yes please.

Sadly due to work I wasn’t able to attend but I thought I would share some details of the collaboration if, like me, you’re very much interested in crafts, Liberty, decor and baby things.

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There are six different Liberty prints used in the new range and one of my favourite things are these star cushions (above), which cost £30. I love how these are so classic but feel modern at the same time and would really suit a contemporary nursery.

I’m also a big fan of this slightly more expensive rocking horse:

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We’ve already bought our pram, but if you’re currently pregnant, haven’t picked out your baby’s first set of wheels and fancy a bit of a heritage twist, then check out the pretty Liberty prints on these bad boys:

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Pretty nice, right? This little musical cot toy is cute as well (and I think reasonably priced at £15) if you fancy a bit of Liberty love but without the heftier price tag of some of the items:

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So what do you think? Are you a fan of this collaboration? If you are, the collection launches exclusively with Liberty and Mamas & Papas on September 7th.

Our nursery is pretty much finished now (and I feel this collection is more geared to girls if I’m honest – we’re having a boy) so I’m going to resist making any purchases, but here’s some more price info if you’re keen to indulge:

  • Liberty Musical Cot Toy, £14.95
  • Cushions, £30
  • Doll, £30
  • Cot bed Quilt, £99
  • Cot bed Bumper, £69
  • Liberty Musical Cot Toy £15
  • Liberty Rocking Horse £130
  • Liberty Doll £29.95
  • Liberty Cushions £30

Lots of Liberty love,


Our Garden Makeover: Before and After


This summer has been something of a whirlwind when it comes to house things. We’ve sold a house, remortgaged, turned a junk room into a nursery (more on that soon) and most recently we’ve transformed our garden from an eyesore into a place we enjoy spending time.

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Wayne and I can’t take all of the credit for how it looks now as we had to call in the experts to landscape it, but all of the painting of walls, fences, the outhouse, assembling furniture, the BBQ, the fixing up of trellises and potting of plants has been done by us. Well, it’s been done by Wayne (with a bit of painting and the potting of clematis by me). He’s been a total trooper and spent hours upon hours of doing DIY while I’ve either been at work, resting or laid up with pregnancy aches, in order to get everything ready for when our baby arrives in October. Without wanting to sound all sickly and vom-inducing, he’s been an absolute star and I can’t thank him enough.

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So onto the makeover, and I’ll start by saying that gardening really isn’t our thing. However, with a back garden that measures more than 100ft it was something we knew we had to get on top of. The only problem was, over the years (and before we owned the house) the garden had become a mismatch of areas, with a cracked old patio with weeds poking through, a concreted corner and a gravelled area where a vegetable patch used to be which had since been taken over by weeds.

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It seemed like an insurmountable task. No way were we qualified to lay a new patio (or dispose of the old one) and moving the tonnes of gravel ourselves just didn’t bear thinking about. We didn’t have the skill, knowledge, equipment or time. Plus, I know that no matter how hard we tried, it would never look as good as if we got professional landscape gardeners in, and we would probably hate the garden by the end of it if we tried to do it ourselves.


Sometimes you’ve just got to know your limits and call in someone who knows what they’re doing! We chose Landmark Yorkshire and after a visit to talk about what we wanted, a sketch of ideas and a quote, we were all systems go.

It took quite an outlay to transform the garden but we couldn’t be happier now it’s done. We actually want to spend time out there and it’s actually nice to look at through our French doors for the first time ever!

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We’re so pleased with it and next year we’re hoping to add a summer house or more seating to the bottom of the garden too as that gets the sun for most of the day. I hope you like these before and after photos – I still can’t quite believe the difference and I’m glad I took some pictures before the work to remind me just how awful it was!

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After the landscapers had wielded their green-fingered magic, Wayne and I painted some of the fences ourselves using Sadolin wood stain and re-painted our outside walls using Sandtex masonry paint in Cornish Cream. I really love the colour of the natural wood stain and the bright but soft colour of the masonry paint. I think this newly-painted corner especially adds a nice separate area to our garden.

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Painting the old breeze block wall was a bit tough as it took a lot of paint to cover it and it took two coats due to its rough texture, but the brick wall was so easy and the paint didn’t drip at all. The breezeblock wall took more than a 10l tub on its own because of its surface but that’s no reflection on the paint which was smooth and just the right consistency. With a second mega pot of Cornish Cream paint we had enough to finish that wall off, paint the other outside wall and the inside of the outhouse too, which was a nice bonus.

Fingers crossed now that we have a really sunny September so we can make the most of our new garden! Are you planning a garden makeover, big or small?

Lots of green-fingered love,





Disclaimer: We paid for the garden to be landscaped ourselves but the Sadolin and Sandex products were gifted to me for review purposes.

Styling the Seasons ~ August


This month I decided not to style a surface as such but chose to share a spot in our home which has taken on a whole new meaning for me in the past few days.

These photos are of our landing windowsill where we have a print that was gifted to us on our wedding day along with a photo of Wayne and I on one of our happiest days. I love this small nook of our house as it’s just the two of us and happy times.


As my due date approaches – and maybe this is pretty obvious – I’ve realised that in two short months (or maybe even less!) it will never be just the two of us ever again. There’s going to be a third mini penguin in the picture and everything is going to change.

The thought of family can mean different things to different people, and after things that have happened to us in the past few years, Wayne and I starting our own little family feels both amazing but overwhelming at the same time.

As the months of my pregnancy have ticked by and as we get the house ready for our new arrival, I’ve seen a whole other side of Wayne and just how caring and loving he is. I mean, he was both of those things already but it feels different – better – like our relationship has been taken to a whole new level. I know he’s going to be a brilliant dad and it makes me emotional to think of Wayne and I as someone’s parents. I know we are going to love our son more than anything in the world but it still seems too big to comprehend that there really is a new little person growing away in my belly and he will be here soon.

So yes, this windowsill might have looked like this for some time but this month it signifies how everything is changing. I’m nervous and excited and can’t wait!

Lots of August love,



{DIY} Little Star Pennant


I can’t quite believe that the third trimester of my pregnancy has caught up with me. I guess it means that pretty soon things are going to GET REAL (but I’m not thinking about the painful bit yet!).

Instead, I’m back with a pretty quick and easy DIY to make this Little Star pennant which I think would make a cute addition to a nursery or child’s bedroom.


What You Need:


  • Twine or string
  • Felt (a big piece for the main background colour and different colour for the letters)
  • Embroidery thread (in colours to match your felt or contrasting colours if you’re feeling jazzy) and needle
  • Glue
  • A short piece of wooden dowling
  • This downloadable template for your text
  • A small bit of fibrefill stuffing

How to Make it:

  1. Download the template and cut out the letters.
  2. Trace around these on the back of your felt and cut them out. I chose to use different colours of felt for the letters but you can go for all of the same or match them to your colour scheme if you wish.
  3. Cut out the pennant shape. I made a template by folding a piece of paper as shown below.
  4. Lay your letters onto the pennant and glue into place. Don’t forget to leave a big enough gap at the top to allow folding of the top of the pennant over the wooden dowel.
  5. Let the glue dry then blanket stitch around the edge of your pennant.
  6. Put some glue along your wooden dowel and fold the pennant over the top. Stick it down and allow to dry.
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  7. While this is drying you can make the little plushie stars to hang on each end. For each star, cut out two pieces of felt using the star template. Blanket stitch these together then stuff firmly with fibrefill stuffing.
  8. Measure the twine by placing it over the pennant and adding a couple of inches on each end (for wrapping around the dowel).
  9. Cut a length of twine and tie a knot in one end. Attach one stars by threading through the twine using a darning needle.
    Attach-the-felt-stars-to-the-twine---Beak-Up-CraftsAt the other end tie a knot to keep he next star in place and thread it through. Slide the final star onto the twine and tie a knot in the end of the twine.
  10. Add a bit of glue to the back of the wooden dowel. Wrap the twine around so the felt stars hang on either side and there is room for hanging.
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That’s it, you’re done! Now hang and display your new pennant with pride!

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If you fancy something a bit different you can always cut out and stitch different words to your pennant, or even personalise it with your baby or child’s name. I hope you like it and I would love to hear what you think of this DIY!

Lots of starry love,


Styling the Seasons ~ July


So far July has been a month of organisation and getting things ready and I’ve decided to reflect that in my Styling the Seasons post.

It’s now three months (give or take a few days) until our baby’s due date and Wayne and I have moved into planning and getting ready mode. I’ve always been one for making sure I get things done ahead of time and leaving things until closer (or even, *sharp intake of breath*, to chance) has always brought me out in a cold sweat.

Wayne is much more spontaneous by nature but I’m really glad that he’s indulged my crazy and we have both got stuck into getting the nursery ready for our little one’s arrival. Getting everything sorted helps me to become calm if that doesn’t sound too weird? Yeah, I admit I am a control freak but I’ve always felt that knowledge is power and organisation makes everything that bit easier. I’m really making myself sound like a total laugh right now aren’t I?


Anyway, we’ve now bought most of the things we need for when our baby boy decides to put in an appearance and his nursery is close to being finished. I’m really pleased that we’ve done it together and we’ve been able to get most of it done before I hit the third trimester and get massive and possibly very cranky like a T-Rex that goes around hormonally smashing things.*

*I have no idea if this is what happens, but I’m having a guess what it must be like to be heavily pregnant.

So why the notepad, pens and stamps for this month’s post? Well, a couple of reasons really. After a panicked day where I hadn’t really felt baby’s movements I’ve decided to keep notes on when I feel him kicking or moving so I don’t forget and I can see if something is a bit off.

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There’s also a few other things to do, things to buy and lists to make – like what to pack in my hospital bag. I’m also hoping to jot down maybe how I’m feeling about things in the latter stages. As someone who is addicted to pretty stationery I wanted to do this in a fun way, hence the stamps and coloured pens! That’s why this month’s Styling the Seasons post has taken this slant, as this is what’s on my desk at the moment!


Any excuse to buy another pretty notebook, eh?!

What have you been up to this month and what does July mean to you?

Lots of planning love,


Styling the Seasons ~ June


For this month’s Styling the Seasons I’ve gone bright and white. When my friend Laura bought me this bunch of Sweet Williams I knew they had to be involved somehow, but as they’re so vibrant (and scream long hot summer days) I decided to keep everything else simple, white and calm. These colours make me think of the bright window boxes you see in photos of Santorini (where I would love to go one day) and despite the weather here at home being generally grey still, I live in hope for a long hot summer!


I put the jug of flowers on some lace that was left over from making my wedding dress. I’ve had it for more than a year and I still can’t work out what to do with it. I’m dying to make something from it for a keepsake but I can’t put my finger on what, so any ideas on this would be gratefully received!
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I added a couple of candles for a bit of calm and that’s it.

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What does June mean to you? If you would like to get involved with Styling the Seasons, which is a monthly styling challenge by Katy of Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts and Lots, then style a surface, take a photo and tag it with #stylingtheseasons on social media.

Lots of June love,