Bed Shopping

So, the bedroom is done and the family have gone home…it is now time to shop for beds…we have the mattress we sleep really well on so just decided to go for the bed base…here will be some of my favourites all collected together so that Christopher can pick one we both like….

Starting with Wayfair….all prices will differ depending on the bed size.

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This is a good basic bed by Riley Ave with under mattress storage.  Will look great in our room with a good substantial headboard, we like to sit in bed with a cuppa and chat so this is important.  But does it have the wow factor?  This one currently £299.99.

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Here we have the Blanco Italian Bed Frame – most definitely looks different and I do like it….but we have wood wardrobes and bedside tables so not entirely sure it will match.  Currently £165.99.

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The Grasmere Bed Frame – very much a possibility as we are intending on having white shutters at our windows…we only want a headboard and not a foot board, if that’s what you call it, as we like to sit on the end of the bed to use the mirror.  This looks simple and solid, but, you can put things under this bed and I don’t like the temptation to do this.  I always give in to this temptation….currently £115.99.

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The Lalbert Bed Frame – it looks luxurious I surely do like the look of this….it looks comfortable, I like this too…how quickly will it show the dirt….not so sure…..currently £244.99.

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The Epsilon Bed Frame – when it comes to wow, this one is it….totally love the look of this one, wondering if I would ever want to get out of it….but, is this a girls bed, will wait and get Christophers thoughts on this one…again, a light colour, am I being too practical, is life too short to worry about light colours…am I turning into my mother….(which, mother, will of course be a great moment in my life). Currently £275.99.

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The Borrika Storage Bed Frame – this is another one which will go with white shutters and has storage so no just shoving things under the bed to collect dust like I have done in the past…this is a possible… currently £284.99.

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The Rarotonga storage bed – now this one, is the closest to the style of our wardrobes and has storage under the mattress so a definite candidate…. currently £266.99.

There is a huge range at Wayfair, vintage style and iron style not shown here because it won’t fit with what we personally want….well worth a good look.

Outside of Wayfair I have found this, not anything that Christopher would want to sleep in and will not look right in our bedroom but ladies, how very fabulous, look at that colour!!

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This one at Bed Shed for £499.

My bed search is over for this evening until I can go through them with Christopher…..may the bed search commence….

Will update when the choice is made…

Geri x

Our Family Christmas 2015

On Christmas Eve when the cake and the pickles arrive courtesy of Doylie’s mum we know that the festivities have begun…

Traditionally on Christmas Eve the boys go out and the girls are sensible and stay in….

Doylie, Christopher, Grandad, Granny, Soozi and Georgia.

Then on Christmas morning, Santa has been and brought us all hats!!!

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Santa brings a few gifts water bottles and mugs.  Without doubt the HydrateM8 bottle was a big hit.  Four of the seven of us have kept up our correct water intake since Christmas Day and personally I shall do it every day….already….even though I have been eating the wrong things over the last few days, have felt more energy than normal down to being properly hydrated….hugely recommended!!

Go to the HydrateM8 website

Then, the Christmas Tree helps chop sweet potatoes for lunch!!

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Then, because we have all spoiled each other it takes ALL afternoon to open our gifts….

Here are some of mine…

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Everyone knows what I like, so the Vintage Craft Book was an excellent choice, especially as we are finally getting to the decor at home…only the hall and stairs to be done now…

Bits for the kitchen….

Colourful knives, a Laura Ashley Pie Dish, Cake Stand and heart dishes and some Yorkshire Tea…all great stuff!  Looking for a cupcake recipe now, but not until all the biscuits and chocolates are gone…

Even the cats got something to play with….not sure Mollie was amused, Timmy is far too wise and too quick to be ever caught out with this…

Christopher was not too wise or too quick, so pretend he is Timmy Twoshoes…

Timmy became invisible when she pretended to be an ornament…

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I was totally spoiled by Christopher who, even though had told me he had bought me a unicorn, had in fact bought me a craft storage desk, oh wow…all my things are in there now and I am trying to get the opportunity to sit at it and use it….alas, the housework keeps getting in the way…

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But the bead orders are in and new jewellery will be created here soon!

The family all departs on Boxing Day and Chris disappears upstairs to participate in  some i-racing.  And the girls all cuddle on the sofas, me with my fluffy Christmas socks, the two fur babies and the teenage baby…all happy and contented….bring on the New Year…

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Hope you all had a good one wherever you are!

Geri xx

Christmas At Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

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Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore …

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

I absolutely love this story….everything about it from the delightful cover to the very last page.  The characters are so real, so likeable and so like people I would love to know.  You just have a feeling how it will end (personally that is the type of story I like)  but it is at times a bumpy ride….from experimenting in the car to a chat to a teenager about porn….awkward…but we have all been there….haven’t we… lets pretend I have just to make myself appear more interesting….

I love Lilac Cottage, I love the village, I especially love Henry….have to admit to welling up a bit at the end of the “condom” scene and wondering how the relationship could come back from this…just read it and see….light the fire, whip up the hot chocolate, put on your fluffy Christmas socks and enjoy!!

Just click on image above to find it in Kindle, also available in paperback.

My Christmas was full of even stranger people than this….watch this space…

Geri x

Tempting Fate and Saving Ideas

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When Gabby first met Elliott she knew he was the man for her. In twenty years of marriage she has never doubted her love for him – even when he refused to give her the one thing she still wants most of all. But now their two daughters are growing up Gabby feels that time and her youth are slipping away. For the first time in her life she is restless. And then she meets Matt . . .

Intoxicated by the way this young, handsome and successful man makes her feel, Gabby is momentarily blind to what she stands to lose on this dangerous path. And in one reckless moment she destroys all that she holds dear.

Consumed by regret, Gabby does everything she can to repair the home she has broken. But are some betrayals too great to forgive?

It didn’t take me long to read this one as I became completely involved in the story line and the lives of the characters.  There was a certain amount of familiarity having already entered the “afternoon” of my life.   Admittedly should I meet a “Matt” I would indeed be flattered but it says a lot about your current level of happiness as to what you might do about it.  I completely understand Gabby’s feelings and thought process, after all, I haven’t always been this happy.  She knew, the very moment she had changed her life and there was no going back.  No matter the outcome of that brief moment, she would have to live with it.  Of course, it changes the life of everyone….we all know a Gabby…..or a male version of Gabby….we never think it will happen to us…but it could,  it was absolutely heart aching  in places and oh so familiar in others.  A great, thought provoking read….and takes you back to school dinners in England, I remember that tray cake too…and I loved it!  Another fabulous Jane Green read…..

Paperback at the moment just £3.99

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I have decided to purchase a Kindle in the New Year as a treat…any recommendations would be appreciated hugely.

In other news I have been panic sorting the spare room 2 so that it can be used on Christmas Eve…. ended up with 12 charity shop bags..

Today carpet fitted in our bedroom so that tomorrow we can move out of spare room 1 and back into our old room again…yay!!

The cats….. Timmy Twoshoes has been caught red handed, or red pawed chewing the plant Christopher has brought in from outside trying to save and Molly Topshop spent the day on the windowsill  in the rain after having a wee three times in the living area….

My new food processor has finally been used and yes, the Kenwood is performing quite nicely….

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Banana loaf…recipe taken from Deliciously Ella – slightly changed with honey instead of maple syrup and chocolate chips instead of raisins and olive oil instead of coconut oil…sometimes you just have to go with what you have in the cupboard….currently waiting for myLucy Bee Extra Virgin Organic Raw Fair Trade Coconut Oil 300ml (New Size)
to be delivered.

Find the Deliciously Ella recipe in full here.

And along with wrapping what feels like a thousand Christmas presents today…planning the creations I would like to have a go at in the new year as a part of  my learning new crafts year….

I am thinking crochet –

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I am thinking beading –

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Anything out of the ordinary –

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I hugely look forward to choosing my first project.

Now….I am off to the bedroom to lie on the carpet in the middle of the floor and imagine getting the bed back in there tomorrow.  The tree must go up tomorrow, more charity bags to fill and presents to wrap…but what a fun time it has been.

Happy Saturday!!

Geri x

Learning to Love and Christmas Sparkles

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An emotionally withdrawn, angry little boy is grieving the loss of his mother. Ten-year old Jake’s anger is aimed at his dad, who In Jake’s mind deserted his mum in her hour of need. Dr David Adams, Jake’s father, is carrying the heavy burden of guilt around the death of his wife. For all his training as a doctor, David had been as ill-equipped to deal with her decision to delay anti-leukemic treatment for their unborn baby’s sake, as he is to deal with his son’s grief. He feels Jake’s anger is justified. Now alone with his son, he has no idea how to reach him.

Andrea Kelly, David’s neighbour, mum of three and carer to her dotty mother, is forced by circumstances to take refuge at David’s house and becomes instrumental in bringing this lost little boy and his equally lost father together. Andrea, too, has relationship issues and, as her attraction to David grows, she wonders whether she should love a man who is, by his own admission, flawed.

Another fabulous story from Sheryl Browne, full of larger than life characters….I love Andrea’s mother and her “missing” teeth…

The story is quite beautiful and funny and in places tugs at those heart strings… we all have baggage of some shape or sort and the life and love decisions we make can be so difficult, especially when there are children involved.  Andrea and David need to make these decisions amongst the madness and mayhem of the families, each with their own internal dilemmas.

This story is also very funny and entertaining to the extreme and I would not hesitate in recommending it for a snuggle in front of the fire read over Christmas.  I also quite fancied the good doctor…always helps… Alas, it is now out of stock, as far as I can see, through Amazon in paperback but you can get it in Kindle version by clicking down there….

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I look forward to picking my next Sheryl Browne tale…Any recommendations would be welcomed.

Aside from having a lovely Sunday morning read to finish this book I have finally started making jewellery again….after my Carpal Tunnel surgery in February when using pliers was frustrating and impossible… I have completed a necklace and about to teach myself some decoupage so that I can create a box to keep it in…

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It might make it into the Pink Cobwebs Folksy Shop at some point soon.

And the felines in the house are getting chummy!  They don’t get too close at the best of times but here they are with some Christmas spirit…well, Timmy Twoshoes has posed quite nicely, Mollie Topshop did not…1cats

To be honest I think they both wanted to be near the fire….I don’t think the day will arrive when they will have a cuddle…but you never know!!

At last I have wrapped some presents, about five left to purchase and plan food for Christmas day…as usual behind schedule for planning… Christopher is still decorating the bedroom so there will be room for everyone on the day and next week Georgia and I will be emptying the “junk” room so that we gain that room back…I am going to share this before we do it….it screams for a before and after picture.

I am going to peruse the Asda magazine for help to plan the Big Day food…am I panicking?? Just a little bit…

Happy Sunday night!!

Geri x

Crafty thoughts of New Year…already??

I have already been considering New Years Resolutions…yes it normally happens and no, I don’t usually keep them for long.  But, I like to think of them as New Year plans as we have been making some changes.  For most of this year we have worked mostly seven day weeks and not had time for anything else…. Now, Christopher has a garage build planned and some crafty plans of his own….therefore, I am hoping for some space for me in this garage to create….

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I have dabbled in some jewellery making and some crochet….

But I always find myself taking the easy option, looking at some project and not having a go because I don’t think I can do it.  I guess every expert starts out as a beginner and not very good at it…so my challenge will be having a go at it all…

I want to learn how to sew properly,  how to do felting, how to knit, get better at crochet,  a bit of decoupage, maybe some painting….

I have bought the first craft magazine and the beads are sorted to start again… I will indeed be showing the results, the good, the bad and the very ugly….no laughing, there will be lots of them.

Until I get very, very good at anything I will search for inspiration and share the projects and crafts of those who have succeeded and so far I have seen so many things to share…

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For now….can’t hang around, Gogglebox is on and time stands still for that in this house….and there is banana cake and Cornish clotted cream….

Geri x