jennie patches 2

Back in June I went to the Rumour PR press day. They had so many lovely Christmas gift ideas that I did momentarily wish it could be Christmas that very day (and then I went out side and it was beautifully sunny so promptly forgot my wishes).

My favourite and my best thing that I saw there were these fabric patches by Jennie Maizels. Jennie patches

Now I love a circus alphabet – I try and do a version in most of my books.

alphabet letters

From my books Fresh Prints and Little Sew and Sew

But Jennies little box of letters blew me away. I love them. I love that there are different colourways of each letter, I don’t love that the ‘C’ is quite boring but I’m used to that (I think it’s just a bit of a dull shape to begin with).

jennie maizels alphabet

Apart from letters Jennie also does packs of patches made up of cute little illustrations, all perfect for decorating plain jackets and dresses and also for disguising worn out jean knees and stains on favourite shirts.

jenni maizels dress

There’s much more to Jennie than iron on clothes plasters, she also writes and illustrated pop up books and has an awesome  Instagram account. Recently she has been on holiday and has been documenting it in a visual diary. Now this is my holiday diary …

holiday diary

(admittedly I was 6 years old)

and this is hers…

Jennie Maizels wednesday

tuesday Jenni Maizels

 

Oh to be on holiday in Jennies world!

To buy any of Jennies patches click here. To follow her on Instagram and be cheered up by her crazy bright colourful world click here.

It took six months after I moved in to get round to decorating my bedroom and another 9 to post it on here but finally the combination of a tidy room, a bright day and a moment to blog have all come together and this is the result.

bedroom before and after

The inspiration for this room was a beautiful piece of fabric by Harlequin. I didn’t have much but the plan was to cut out the trees and applique them onto the bottom of the curtains (made to measure by Ada & Ina 20% off till 31st of Jan). This has never happened. I did manage to find John Lewis blinds  in the same fabric at which I could gaze all day.

blind

The original layout of the room had built in wardrobes along the wall opposite the windows so the bed could only go where it was in the first photo or against the outside wall (where I have it now. Usually I have it facing the windows but got bored the other day and moved it. I wouldn’t recommend this as it’s definitely colder being on an outside wall in the winter months).

bedroom ideas

I thought the alcoves either side of the chimney breast were a better space for the wardrobes so we spent a day ripping the old cupboards out (keeping the wood for other projects (more of which later … like much later … like probably another 9 months) unearthing a time line of wallpapers in the process.

wallpapers

I had the wardrobes built by Emma from allsprucedupcarpentry they took about 4 days and cost around £1000 unpainted. She was an amazing worker and I’d love to have her back to make more things but she’s currently having a baby.

Though Emma built the wardrobes I set dad the project of building a fire surround. This fireplace used to live in my Aunts garage but we all decided that my bedroom would be a much more suitable home for it. I built a prototype in cardboard so dad could see what I was thinking and left him to it. (The fireplace isn’t fixed to the wall so it is totally coming with me if I move.)

fireplacebanda

I didn’t have to buy any new furniture for the room. I just repainted things I already had. It was a lovely surprise finding these shiny brass hinges underneath all the layers of paint on this bedside cabinet.

Besdisde cabinet

a £5 junk shop find

I really liked the idea of these ombre drawers but maybe they are better suited to a nursery, so after about a day they got repainted.

chest of drawers

Found this chest of drawers in the street It took me and my mum three trips to carry them all home

One final treat was finding the original door hidden under two pieces of hardboard.

bedroom door

Shopping list

shopping list

1. Made to measure curtains Ada and Ina
2. Silhouette fabric Harlequin
3. Links Wallpaper Harlequin
4. Mason Rug Laura Ashley
5. Rolling Fog (Mid) paint Little Greene
6. Rolling Fog paint Little Greene (I got mine colour matched at the local paint shop … much cheaper)

WILKO DECORATIONS

Way back in September I had a nice trip out to the Wilko Christmas press day and I’ve wanted to blog about it ever since. Finally I’ve got around to it. I didn’t really know about the marvellousness that is the Wilko Home and Garden superstores as I don’t have one near by. Having seen the glory of their Christmas decorations this year I managed to track one down and have stocked up on tree treats that I feel may stay up well in to the new year. I think my overall favourite are the creamic keys and the wooden mushrooms. They’re the kind of thing you find in bespoke gift shops with a much heftier price tag.

Above are some of my favourites and you can buy them all here

As I’m in a kitcheny mood (which I will be for a while) here are a couple of recent purchases I have made to make my life easier.

1. Joseph and Joseph Flip Drainer £15

I’m not entirely convinced that my sink has been installed correctly … in the showroom the sink was flush with the work top but in the brochure it was proud by about 1 cm. Mine sits above it by about 2 cm. You would have had to completely destroy the under-sink cabinet to make it sit flush so this is what I’ve ended up with.

kitchen sink

I do love it but I have a slight issue with draining crockery after hand washing (to be fair I don’t do that much hand washing so it’s not that much of a problem) placing the wet cups and bowls directly on the work top means there’s no where for the water to go. So hurrah for this nifty little drainer from Joseph and Joseph. It’s clever little  grooves means that if you have it the way shown here then the water runs down into the tray for you to dispose of later and if you flip it onto it’s other side then the water will drain off into a sink. Nice.

joseph and joseph flip

2. Matalan Trivets £2.50

The work top is made from bamboo. I haven’t managed to give it the requisite three coats of sealer/varnish/protector stuff yet and I’m constantly worried that its going to scratch/burn/get cup marks.

matalan trivets

So hurrah again for these rubber trivets from good old Matalan. I love the colours, their geometric shape and their general rubberiness; they couldn’t scratch a thing however hard they tried. There’s also a grey one but I think my mum may have ‘borrowed’ it as I can’t find it anywhere!