So… I’ve been AWOL for a while! A lot’s been happening with me in the last few months and although I’ve had some time to sew, embroider and (learn to) knit, I just haven’t really had time to write about it or take photos of it. I still don’t really have that much time now but I feel so out of the loop with the sewing blogging world, that I’ve decided to pop my head in and see what’s going on.
We moved out of our rented flat in April and crashed at my parents’ house for a few months before moving in to our brand spanking new home. It was actually great fun and there wasn’t even a single argument. They were so kind to give us a spacious room to sleep and live in and we had everything we needed: it was cosy, there was a sitting area, we had our own telly and Sky (necessities according to my husband) and our king size fitted in comfortably! Also, we had my parents to fuss over us and bring us cups of tea and so on. However, what I didn’t really have was space to sew. I was so used to having our spare room as my sewing space that the thought of cutting on the floor and packing everything up after each sewing session just seemed like too much hard work. I did do it a few times, making small housey stuff in preparation for us moving in, but not really often enough to blog about. We pretty much spent those months peering through a hole in a fence watching our house being built!
From the foundations to this stage felt like forever!
Finally it had a roof on it
…and windows, render and fencing with turf!
We’ve been in our new house for a wee while now though and finally it’s starting to feel a bit more organized. It was SO worth the wait and we saved so much cash at my folks’ for furniture etc. When we moved out of the flat, I got a bit carried away and chucked out pretty much all of our stuff so we had to start from scratch… in a four bedroom house… when we’d moved from a pokey 2 bed flat. The first couple of weeks were very interesting (and echoey in here) to say the least! But, we’re in and I absolutely adore it.
A quick tour for those interesting in housey stuff. Feel free to skip past if you’re bored…
I think the kitchen is my favourite room in the house. It’s spacious, it feels nice and clean and it’s matchy, which we never had in the old flat. Everything in there was ‘eclectic’ in a bad way.
The kitchen with the utility room to the left
A comfy seating area
Our dining space (with unit and TV on the left) within the kitchen
We also have a utility room and a pantry space (which is looking pretty messy at the moment)!
We need to jazz it up a bit in here…
It’s so handy having all this stuff out of our cupboards!
Our makeshift towel hanger… think it’s meant for keys or something?!
The utility room is next on the list of rooms to sort. I’ve been cruising Pinterest and so far have found the following pins the most inspiring.
We need art on the walls, key hooks and other bits n bobs in the pantry, a more organised storage/jar system, perhaps shelving of some kind and we need a ‘unit’ of some description below the bottom shelf in the pantry. Oh and we need a light. My husband’s friend is an electrician though so he’s going to do this for us after the festive period. Really though, this room is tucked away and no one really sees it so we can just do it slowly.
Our livingroom is also pretty awesome but still unfinished.
We plan to put a gallery wall up above the couch as soon as we select some photos and print them out. We managed to find frames the same colour as the flooring which I think will look nice against the magnolia. As it’s a new build, we’ve been told to leave the walls for a year to allow them to settle (especially as it’s a brick and block built house) but I actually really like it! It feels crisp and clean and it really goes with our wooden flooring.
The downstairs WC.
I heart our Moroccan-style tiles (which are actually a bit lighter in person) and although they took a while to arrive (the room was a concrete paradise for the first three weeks), it was worth the wait I think. The only thing I don’t like about this room is the lack of a window (and, therefore, natural light), but let’s face it: it’s a downstairs toilet the size of a cupboard. It’s not a big deal.
Our front and side garden is really spacious and our back garden is 15m x 15m, which is HUGE to us considering we’ve only ever had pretty dodgy communal garden!
I must note that these pics are taken from the safety of the kitchen. The weather is wild out there! Thankfully we’re not in an area affected by flooding. We’ve been watching it on the news (and have some family friends in York) and it just looks and sounds absolutely terrible. Take care if you’re in an affected area. Sending love and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you and your home is safe.
Anyway, back to the garden. My husband already has an outdoor pizza oven ready to be installed in the spring, and I think we’ll also make space for a seating and BBQ area and also get someone in to make us some raised beds for veggies and fruits. We had a strawberry patch in one of the communal gardens of one of our previous flats and they lasted us the whole of the summer and were delicious. We won’t need to make room for a shed because we have a detached garage, which is full of our crap. No way am I motivated enough to park our car in the garage every night.
Upstairs we have four bedrooms, an en-suite and a main bathroom.
Still a bit plain in here but I quite like it this way!
The master bedroom is my least favourite room. It’s not ‘me’ at all but the problem is that I’m not entirely sure what I want it to look like. There’s nothing on the walls yet other than a pretty cheapo canvas we were going to chuck out. I definitely need inspiration before I touch this room.
Our wardrobes and the long bit was described by the builders as “the changing area”. We just call it the long bit of the room.
Nothing matches! A bit of a mess at the moment.
My husband has a games room, which he absolutely loves. There’s actually an alcove to the right hand side which isn’t in the photo and is pretty cool. He was joking about a bar (to match the beer fridge). Don’t think so. The sofa bed is quite handy when people stay over, although so far it’s only been my brother who, as you can imagine, was loving it! We woke up to him playing Fifa on the huge telly.
I have a sewing room – yaaaaaay!!! It’s small but super organised. I absolutely love it!
Sewing table on hinges! Perfect for a small space.
Space for Patterns and Books
Makeshift cutting table
And we have another bedroom reserved for the other reason for my long absence and lack of motivation to blog… our little baby boy arriving in April! He’s kicking like mad as I type this so I think he must approve of me sharing the news.
This is pretty much the reason for the absence of dressmaking. I know it’s lazy but I don’t see the point in making maternity clothes at the moment when my body is changing so rapidly.
Feeling pretty big just over a week ago at 23 weeks
It’s been hard going moving and sorting the house while pregnant! Especially as most of it was done when I was in my first trimester. Although I wasn’t sick, I was so exhausted so chuck in work and moving house, you can imagine how tough it was. However, I’m feeling fantastic now that I have more down time. I think we’ve been very lucky so far so long may it continue.
So, that’s the deal with me at the moment! My posts will still be pretty sporadic but now that I have a dedicated sewing space again, I should be able to post a bit more often.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (although it was a sober one, it was really lovely) and that you have a fantastic Hogmanay. I’m giving celebrations in Edinburgh a miss this year and spending the morning and afternoon babysitting my beautiful wee niece and then having a fancy dinner with my husband… and then of course it’ll be straight in to my pyjamas and lazing about watching the telly!