Monday, 30 November 2015

dSLR dump (11)

Another month is over and I can't quite wrap my head around the fact that it is December tomorrow; this year has flown by...

I've loved the light this month, whether it's been early morning or late afternoon, the light has this unique quality in November and I'll be sad to see it go for another year.

So long, November.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas haul

As most of you know, Hubs and I moved house exactly two months ago today 
(whoa, where has that time gone?!).

This will be the first Christmas of many in this home, so I've treated us to a few new decorations, mainly because I can but also because we have a little bit more room now, so we can have two Christmas trees, some outside lights, and decorations in the hallway :)

Snowy 6ft Larch White Christmas Tree
This tree is destined for the dining area of our kitchen diner and I'm planning to just cover it in lights, no decorations of any kind; I want it to look like an outside tree - the picture I have in my head would be complete if we awoke on Christmas morning to snow!

Nodding Reindeer Silhouette
I've always loved these kind of outside lights; I think they're classy and not too OTT like some outside Christmas lights can be. I think I will buy this guy a friend next year and they'll sit atop our bay window, but this year the front lawn will have to do.

Glitter Reindeer
An impulse buy, this little guy is probably going to stand atop a table in the hallway, in which I have plans to create a simple winter wonderland, with a select number of white and silver decorations.

Stag Cushion
The Range (can't find online)
I love cushions - hubby tells me off for buying so many - and when I saw this I had to have it; it sums up the homeware trends for Christmas 2015 for me, with the tartan and the stags head.
Stag Bedding
Stags are simply everywhere this Christmas, so it seemed like a good idea to invest in some bedding that we can use for three weeks of the year - no, I do not have more money than sense :) I love buying new bedding sets and as I've made a promise to stick to white bedding for 49 weeks of the year, I figured some festive bedding would be ok for the remaining three :)

Noel sign
The Range (can't find online)
I just thought this was cute and for £5.49, I could hardly say no :)

Musical Snowglobe
TK Maxx (can't find online - similar here)
I wasn't going to buy this because I thought it was quite expensive at £12.99, but I'm so pleased I did. It makes me feel like a child again - I just hope it doesn't break before I have children of my own :)
Christmas Candle
I absolutely love candles, especially during the winter but I rarely seem to be able to find a festive scent I like, until now. This one smells divine and looks great too #winwin

Olaf decoration
M&S (can't find online)
I loved Frozen; for me it was old school Disney, so when I saw this little guy I had to buy him, and another for my six-year-old nephew :) He's gonna look so cute hanging on the tree!

Ice Skate decoration
M&S (can't find online)
I always theme my Christmas tree red and gold - to me they're such beautiful traditional Christmas colours, so when I saw this traditional ice skate I had to buy it, plus it was 3 for 2 on hanging tree decorations and I had two Olafs in my hand, so I had to buy this one too!

Have you bought any new decorations for 2015?

Monday, 23 November 2015

weekend recap

It's amazing what a good weekend can do for the soul!

Saturday morning started early (7:30am) and with snow! 
Ok, so it was only a sprinkling but if I'd have got up at 10am like I used to before we moved I'd have missed it!

Turns out though, snow brings with it low temperatures and so it was freezing for the local light switch on! I did get to meet a film-star reindeer, called Minstrel, and enjoy two hot chocolates though, so yay! for the start of official hot chocolate season! 

Sunday saw both hubs and I lay in until 10am; the cold temps must have used more energy than we realised! That relaxed, slow pace continued through the day as we cracked on with a few chores...

...before heading out into the winter sunshine for a long, leisurely stroll.

On our return, Hubby settled down to watch the footie (his team won, FYI) while I caught up on Chicago Fire, and around 5:30pm, Hub's mum, sister and nephew came over for pizza, nachos and toffee cheesecake, and to make some paperchains for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday party next Saturday. All in all, Sunday was such a lovely day that really enabled us both to unwind from a stressful week at work. If only every weekend was as rejuvenating as this one :)

Here's to a great week ahead!

Friday, 20 November 2015

high five for Friday

Happy Friday, peeps!
How's your week been? I'm getting so lazy with visiting this here blog of late; I'm sorry, I know I suck!
I have some post ideas for next week so I should be here for more than my weekly High Five posts, but until then,
here are my highlights from the past seven days...

1 | My weekend was lovely; Hubs and I got some shopping done - don't hate me, but I'm almost done with my Christmas gift shopping! I now only have one present left to buy and I'm done *insertproudemojijhere* I've been super organised this year, which is surprising considering I only moved house eight weeks ago. We also had a lovely lazy Saturday night eating pizza and watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, we got our barnets' trimmed by my cousin, and enjoyed a meal out, just the two of us. I couldn't have asked for better; fingers crossed for more of the same this weekend!

2 | Whilst on said shopping trip on Saturday afternoon, I bought this autumnal wreath for my front door, for the bargain price of £5!

3 | The weather has been truly crazy this week; we've had wind and rain, but it seems more settle today, but certainly colder!

4 | It's been a bit of a slow week, so the only other thing I can think of to include here is that our car passed its MOT :) making us all good for another year.

5 | This weekend, we have a list of jobs to plough through before hitting up the local Christmas Lights Switch On, which I'm really looking forward to, so cross your fingers it's not raining or freezing cold, please.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thoughtful Thursday #1

Frustration (noun)
"the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something."

We moved house seven weeks ago. We’ve achieved a lot in that time; we have curtains up, flooring down everywhere but the bedrooms, and majority of the boxes unpacked.

However, my frustration levels are still relatively high.

Our bedroom came with a single wardrobe – although the developers class it as a double because, and I kid you not, it has two doors! So, we’re having said wardrobe extended into a proper double wardrobe and altered to sliding doors. This is booked in for 7th/8th December. Because of this wardrobe issue, we have yet to have our bedroom carpet fitted, which is now booked in for 12th December.

Downstairs, our utility worktop is covered in boxes. We’re waiting for extra wall cupboards and shelves in there, as well as a kitchen breakfast bar to be fitted, which will also take place on 7th/8th December. I’m so eager for this to be completed so I can unpack these boxes and use my kitchen more effectively – there never seems to be enough worktop space!

I know things are progressing, and I understand hubby when he says there’s nothing more we can physically do because the jobs that now need doing are for skilled craftsmen, of which we are not. I understand all this, but it does little to alleviate my frustration.

I’ve never been very good at having patience.