Thursday, 24 October 2013

Cute As A Button

As I mentioned in my last post Buster had his room revamped this summer, as a consequence we had a battered old Ikea chest of drawers going begging so I decided to give it a little makeover and use it for some much needed clothing storage in Missy's room
It really was looking a little orange so I gave it a coat of cream paint 
and exchanged the rather masculine space rocket handles for some pretty pink Sass and Belle button ones
Cute as a button!

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Buster's Bedroom Makeover

For the last year we've been promising Buster that during the summer hols we'd give his bedroom a makeover more befitting of a high school student.  His room was last decorated when he was four (he's eleven now) with a space theme.

This time round we went for a more grown-up video game theme.  Buster chose the colour of the walls, a deep purple and, having spent two days with him decluttering (why do kid's keep hold of so much crap?), I set to work whilst he and his sister were helpfully out of the way for a week with my parents.

In preparation I chiseled about a million glow in the dark stars off his ceiling and repainted it, repainted all the gloss work and stripped, filled and painted the walls.  Then it was on to the fun stuff. 

He had an old blue locker and the desk and chair I revamped for him a couple of years ago that were staying  
I sold his high sleeper on eBay and purchased a black metal bed frame and mattress.
Sadly I couldn't find any suitable themed bed linen that we liked so just bought a couple of sets of plain coloured stuff so we could mix and match and found a Pac Man throw to go over it on the internet
Next have started doing a collection of fab metal locker style furniture that went well with the existing blue locker we had so I purchased a chest of drawers to house some of his clothes and his new TV, games console and Pac Man ghost lamp
We decided to keep Buster's metal effect flooring but he wanted to soften the look and make the room a bit more cosy, so when I spotted this great Space Invaders rug on a shopping trip I knew that it would be the perfect addition to the room
On his bedside table there's a Tetris lamp
You can really move the pieces around and it still lights up
Here's a close-up of the aforementioned Pac Man ghost lamp, it's remote controlled and colour-changing!
I bought an old printers tray at a vintage sale last year and Buster really liked it, so I gifted it to him for his room so he can display his (many) Lego mini figures, switching them about when he gets bored of the current grouping or when they release a new series
I'd seen this idea on Pinterest, a mother had a jar in her laundry room of all the items she'd found in her son's pockets when she'd checked them before putting the items in the washing machine and presented it to him on his wedding day.  Whilst sorting out all the hoarded rubbish before the makeover I put aside all the little trinkets he'd stashed, badges, whistles, mini novelty toys and figurines, bouncy balls and such like and placed them all in this massive storage jar I had knocking about for display on his shelves
I painted the chimney breast with blackboard paint and added a Pac Man mirror decal to the top and wrote him a welcome home message
And finally I went into the loft and located his well used Radio Flyer that my sister had lugged across America for him as a toddler when she'd been backpacking.  I know it's not really part of the theme but I do so love it and it was a shame to have it shut away not being appreciated.
All in all the week's worth of hard labour was worth it as he has a great new pad to hang out in, in fact I might kick him out of there and move in myself.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Stranded At The Drive-In

With the nights drawing in I'm reminded of the time, not so long ago, when the days were long and weather more conducive to outdoor activities.  On one such day Mr Right and I travelled to deepest, darkest Essex.  We had booked tickets for the Luna Outdoor Cinema screening of Grease held in the grounds of Audley End House in Saffron Walden.
It was dusk as we arrived and we made our way towards the designated area.
where we found ourselves a little patch of grass with a good view of the screen, set up our folding chairs and settled in for the showing.  Initially it was a little too light and the organisers delayed the movie for about 15 minutes but finally they decided to get going...
...and the view gradually improved as the sun went down...
Tell me more...
...until darkness finally fell
Greased Lightning, go, Greased Lightning!
There was a terrific atmosphere with groups enjoying picnics (ourselves included)
Beauty school drop-out...
There was also a bar and some stalls selling hot food
Tell me about it, stud
Everyone was joining in with the songs and some people had even dressed the part, there were lots of Pink Ladies!
But before we knew it, it was over
This is definitely something we'll do again, I'm interested in the screening of Jaws held in a lido where you watch the movie from a dingy in the pool!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Bags Of Lavender

As the weather now has brought that real autumnal nip to the air I've put away the garden furniture and in doing so was transported back to beginning of the school hols when Buster was away with his new high school on a transition trip to Chessington and we decided to take Missy off to a local lavender farm (Hitchin Lavender) to try and get some arty shots of her.  There are loads of photographs around the house of Buster as a toddler, even some beautiful professional ones by Venture that were gifted to us by my parents but not so many of the little one.

When we arrived this is the view that met us, a field of amethyst gorgeousness, a real sight to behold.

We paid our entrance fee and were given some scissors and plastic bags and made our way to the field. 
 It was a lovely day and we had fun cutting two big bags of lavender and even managed to get some photos of the girl (sadly none shown here as I'm too lazy to upload them from my camera so you'll just have to make do with the few shots I took on my phone).  There was a lovely atmosphere there that day with people merrily chopping away at the lavender whilst a wedding party's band played out from a marquee at the bottom of the field.
Here's Missy harvesting some of her own
This is the massive bouquet of lavender we came away with, it filled a huge terracotta pot which sat on my garden table all summer long attracting bees and smelling amazing, perhaps now that summer's over and it's all dried I can use it to make some lavender bags.

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

I've not so much as been into a charity shop to make a purchase over the summer, although I have been making a lot of donations this year, what with clearing out my loft and making over Buster's bedroom I've dropped off at least four car-loads so far.

I did make a couple of purchases just before the kids broke up so I'll present these in the hope that I'll get my chazza shop mojo back soon.

Missy loves Peter Pan and when I spotted this beaded Tinkerbell purse for £5 I snapped it up. I've bought a box frame and am going to display it rather than let Missy loose with it as she's still a bit too small to appreciate its gorgeousness or we'll be slipping all over the place on errant beads before you can say Neverland!
Still on the look-out for beautiful vintage sheets and found this double sized cracker for £3
It's been a while but linking up with Liz and her #MagpieMonday over at Me And My Shadow

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Buster's Prom

Buster has now gone into Year 7 and in our area that means moving on to high school and, as a consequence, saying farewell to the little primary school at the end of our road that's been our home for the last seven years (sob).  

It really is tiny (one class per year group) and it's housed in a gorgeous old school building constructed in 1915 which feels more like a house than a school and that's really what it's been, a little family.  Being such a small school means that the kids are quite a close knit group and a few of the mums (myself included) wanted to give them a wonderful send-off so we volunteered to chip in decorating the hall and making and baking stuff for the Hollywood themed prom.

I made and baked quite a few bits so I'll share what I did with you now.

I decided to bake some cupcakes (standard) and what better way to encapsulate the theme than mini tubs of popcorn.  I printed out some cupcake wrappers and cut them out to fit round the paper cases, in which I baked some vanilla cupcakes, which I then topped with a dollop of buttercream icing and decorated with some white mini marshmallows that I painted with food colouring to make them look like popped popcorn kernels.
Here they are all stacked up and ready for the hungry masses.
I got to thinking about Hollywood and Oscar night and the goody bags that the celebs get given during that uber glamorous event, I'm afraid my budget for thirty kids wouldn't run to holidays, designer handbags and ipads but I think they appreciated the themed items 
that I put into the popcorn bags I found on an internet party supply site.
Here are all thirty of them finished and ready for the off
There's a current trend at weddings and parties for photo booths so I made a load of props 
and had a friend cut me out some speech bubbles from wood (thanks Mr M!) which I painted with blackboard paint so the kids could pose and take pics of each other during the festivities.
Finally I put together a photo board of all the class photos over the seven years so the kids could have a laugh at how much they've changed and reminisce about the classmates and staff who've come and gone, although by all accounts this went down equally well with the parents
Buster and his friends had a great night walking up the red carpet, surrounded by stars with a picture of each child in a walk of fame style
They enjoyed a glass of fizz
a meal
and danced the night away in their gorgeous outfits.  Buster had decided he wanted to go all out and wore a tuxedo complete with bow tie and cufflinks (clapperboards natch).  He said that his catchphrase for the night was "I'm looking luxe in my tux", here he is getting papped by Missy with her camera.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Busy Doing Nothing

Hello, it's me, is there anybody still there?

The school summer holidays seriously hampered my creativity, thrifting and, consequently, my blogging but I'm tentatively dipping my toe back in the water now that Buster has settled in at high school(!) and Missy is in the process of settling into her new nursery.

July was an emotional month, Buster had his Year 6 leavers' assembly, many tears were shed, and prom (more on that in another post) and the summer hols commenced.  And what a glorious summer we had.  We even managed a couple of trips away, one as a family and one just me and the Mr to celebrate our 20th anniversary together.

I spent a week whilst the kids were away with their grandparents reorganising and redecorating Buster's bedroom, transforming it from a little boy's room into a teen's room (again, I'm sure I'll touch on that in the coming weeks).

I've been baking (natch) and preserving my little socks off so I'm sure there'll be a bit of that chucked in for good measure during my catch-up posts too.

I also turned another year older, Mr Right bought me a ukulele and I've been trying to master some chords and notes and, despite not being able to read music, it's pleasingly easier than I thought.

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