Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Rosies Latest Ikea Visit: Part Two

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products, just sharing our outing and what we saw x

Hi Honeys
Back again, as promised, with more photos from our recent trip to Ikea :) If you missed yesterday's post you can see it here.  OK, I'll wait here, why don't you grab a coffee honeys, there is so much to see :)
Rosie's trip to Ikea Part Two
 From the moment we walked into the store it was all change since our last visit. Summer is coming and Summer is a time to be outside enjoying the garden...
Summer in the garden
 There were barbeques, trolleys, patio furniture.....
Ikea Summer in the garden
 and of course gardening equipment too for those with green fingers.  I've always wished I had green fingers! I would so love to be a talented gardener but I think our garden grows in spite of me honeys :/

Into the elevator then to begin our journey upstairs, from where you follow Ikea's carefully placed arrows on the floor which guide customers around the store.  Other than slight panic at how crowded (and noisy!) the store was when we got upstairs my first impression was wow....

Monday, 25 April 2016

Rosie's Ikea Visit: Part One: GILTIG Collection

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products, I just wanted to share our latest visit to my happy place :)

Hi Honeys
Today I thought I'd share some photos, as promised, from our recent trip to Ikea :)  I went a little overboard taking photos this trip though (sorry! so much to see!)  so I've had to split them into two posts :) This first post I've devoted to a new collection called GILTIG which really is pretty awesome.
Rosies Latest Ikea Visit - GILTIG Collection
Why not grab a coffee honeys and enjoy while we take a stroll through the vivid images and vibrant colours that make up the GILTIG collection...

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday Smile: I Finally Have Instagram, Still Knitting & Peace In The Garden :)

Hi Honeys
Friday again already :) After my week off I'm back to work today but before I scoot off in a short while I wanted to share a few smiles with you :)
Friday Smile :)
Firstly, as it says above, I finally have instagram :) Thing is I haven't worked out how to use it yet but once I do I'm so looking forward to snapping more photos and sharing them with you, especially now that the garden is starting to wake up again.  I have such high hopes for the roses this year!

In order to sign up for Instagram of course I had to retire my much loved Nokia :/ Sob! It's served me well my dear wee phone over the (many) years we've been together.  I adore this phone honeys. It was a birthday gift from Hubby in 2006!  Ten years can't be bad, can it?  Now though it's all change to this...  
All change - new phone & instagram
I still have to work this new phone out yet.  It's an android so it's (a little) like working my tablet but I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually.  If you have instagram, do let me know in the comments so I can follow you?  You can find me here.

In other smiley news I'm still knitting my little squares to complete the next row of my blanket...
More knitted squares for blanket
This next border to be added to the blanket will have (eventually, I can't knit very fast) thirty six squares, all in assorted pretty shades (a great way to use up left over yarn.)  This next multi-coloured border will then be followed by another border of forty four of the lovely dark blue squares.
Rosies knitted blanket - project so far

The blanket will then be completed by adding three rows of squares at the top and again at the bottom of the blanket to change the shape from square to rectangular.  If you'd like to see it, or knit along, you can find the complete pattern (with a graphic to download and follow) here honeys.

Last wee smile for today then, I snapped a photo of the trees in the lane which runs behind our home. These beautiful trees are so tall and stand watch over our garden.  Aren't those leaves just stunning?
Beautiful Spring leaves on trees
In no time at all these same trees will look like this...
Beautiful trees in late Summer
I snapped this photo one perfect afternoon last year, just after Hubby had arrived home from work. Do you remember honeys?  These gorgeous trees with the sun shining through are definitely worth a smile :)  

Wishing you a fabulous weekend dear ones, full of smiles and hugs x  I'll be working late shifts today & Saturday but I'm hoping to be back on Sunday with lots of (too many :) photos from our recent trip to Ikea, including these adorable little guys...
Ikea GILTIG cups & saucers
Till next time then, remember to smile lots and hug even more, huggles always xxx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Latest Ikea Goodies & Planning Future Projects

Hi honeys
I hope you're having a fabulous week so far. The sun has actually arrived! Yaaay! So lots of laundry being done and hung outside to dry on the line :) Yesterday I ran out of laundry and re-washed some of our furbaby Jade's little blankets :)
Latest Ikea goodies and future projects
I thought I'd take a break from editing my photos from our recent visit to Ikea (there are so many! I'll share soon though honeys I promise) and share what we actually bought while there and also maybe a couple of future projects we'll be using these items for...

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Time For A Bathroom Update!

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products, I just wanted to share our mini makeover and hopefully some smiles :)

Hi Honeys
Apologies! This post should have been published on Sunday but I wasn't feeling at all well and long story short yesterday morning started with the worst asthma attack I've had in a long time.  That in turn left me pretty much flattened yesterday.  It was a pretty icky end (to say the least! Scared Hubby silly, I'm sorry sweetheart x) to what had otherwise been a fabulous week.

Last week had been a busy one, Hubby and I were both on hols from work to spend some time decluttering and organizing our home.  It was lovely getting to spend some time with my other half and it felt as if we spent the whole week laughing.  Who knew organizing could be such fun :)

Jade loved her Daddy being with us all week too, bless her :) Extra walkies!  On Saturday we went to Ikea for a few things for our home (I'll share those in another post, promise) and had such fun, even though it was really busy and oh my! The noise! Note to self: in future when we have the whole week off work go on a weekday! :)

Before we set off to Ikea I hopped online to try to find something nice for our home in Argos, since I still had a gift voucher from my lovely sister-in-law (thank you angel x) left over from Christmas.
Here's what I did with it honeys...
Mini Bathroom Makeover
Every makeover show I've ever watched, every book I've ever read on the subject, always suggests to "shop your home" or use what you already have before buying new things unless that is you're tearing everything out and starting over.

Now, if money weren't an obstacle that's precisely what we'd do honeys.  In a heartbeat.  The "shell" bathroom suite I used to adore is just irritating to me now and with my arthritic hands it's also painful to clean too (thank heavens for my steam cleaner!) Unfortunately though we simply can't afford a complete re-model of our tiny bathroom so a mini makeover is the best we can do for now.

So, keeping the idea of "shop your home" in mind I went through what we had for our bathroom. Most of which (towels, rugs etc) are in shades of white and pastel or baby blue in order to match the wall tiles in our bathroom.  Most that is but not all...

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday Smile: Yippee! New Books To Read!

Disclaimer:  I have not been paid to promote any products, I just thought I'd share my latest book related smiles x

Hi Honeys
Today's Friday smile is one of the best kind of smiles... it's the smile when there is a very loud knock on the front door and outside is a delivery driver with a lovely box of new books!

Yesterday morning our latest book purchases arrived and it really did brighten my day... books always do :)  It's been a smiley week honeys.

I've had Hubby home with Jade & I all week, we've been working on organizing two bedrooms and the upstairs landing where most of our book collection/mini library is stored on bookcases, we're hoping to make a trip to Ikea before Hubby goes back to work on Monday and (as if that's not enough reasons to smile) the garden is starting to wake up and smile too. It's definitely been a smiley week so far, honeys :)  
New books to read
I thought I'd share our new literary arrivals in the hopes that they make you smile too :)

Do you remember the "Stuff I used to know in school" series of books honeys?  It all began with a title by Caroline Taggart called I Used To Know That and has been followed by a whole collection of titles covering English, science, maths, grammar and many, many other topics :)

Thursday, 14 April 2016

The Picture Perfect Project: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Hi Honeys
It's month four of The Picture Perfect Project for 2016! I'm so excited and I can't wait to share this month's pictures with you :)

Last weekend at work I was having a good old moan about the lack of sunshine when a lovely elderly lady tutted at me and reminded me of the oft quoted Thomas Tusser who famously wrote:
"Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers."
-  Thomas Tusser, A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry, 1557   
The Picture Perfect Project 2016 April Showers Bring May Flowers
Of course this very sweet lady, and Mr Tusser, were quite right!

As fed up as I am (and I so am honeys!) of the almost constantly grey skies and miserable rainy weather, I can't deny what's happening in our little garden :)

For this month's post in the Picture Perfect Project I thought I'd share a side by side comparison of our much loved roses, showing how they've grown in just one short month...