Tuesday, 11 July 2017

goodbye dora

Just after we got married, Steve bought me an old vintage caravan to convert into a work room. This caravan was christened Dora and she was FILTHY ... so disgusting it made you feel sick, but we cleaned her out and made her nice enough to become a bit of store room. Unfortunately I never got round to making her into the lovely work space I planned. She started leaking over the last winter and so this spring I had to decide if she was worth spending the money on and the time to make her how I wanted her.

Well I decided that poor Dora had to go ... and Sunday was the day ... I have been wanting to work on our side yard this year. Make a lovely space at the side of our home for Billy to play .... and maybe something else!! ;) It has been ignored for the last 3 years ... so just ignore the mess in the photo ;)


So Steve towed her down the drive and loaded her on the trailer (she wasn't road worthy)


... and off she went ...


goodbye Dora, I am sorry I never got to make you wonderful!

Monday, 10 July 2017

decluttering

I like things ... especially pretty stationary ... there are always bits of paper floating about! Also being a crafty person and someone who goes whole-hog into a craft (Im not a half hearted person!!) I seem to have lots of stuff!

Most of the house is mostly tidy most of the time, but there is always that room, that dumping ground, where half done projects get put, where things that have no home get put, where half sorted things get dumped and I am sick of it!!!

I have no problem getting rid of things, I am in no way a hoarder, but having had a business making things, I seem to have a lots of 'stuff' and where I am in my life at the moment, with a little one, not much time and concentrating on my oils business, I really need to be ruthless!

A whole storage box of card making papers has been given away and the paper recycling bin has been very full the last few weeks (mostly old catalogues!)

But I really want a more simple life ... I want to not be drowning in stuff ... so the serious clear-out-sort-out-declutter is beginning!!

Here are some quotes that are keeping me going x






Do you have any motivational quotes that help you?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

work in progress :: scrap granny

I like greens and pinks/maroons ... most of what I crochet and knit are these colours! So I end up with lots of little balls of wool that all look lovely together but not big enough to make into something ... unless I put them all together!

So I have been crocheting them into squares for a granny blanket with a soft green edging ... this is what I have done so far ....




What have you got on the go at the moment?

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

chemical free cleaning

Have you ever thought about all the chemicals there are in your home?
Take a look, check out your cupboards, the cleaning products you use, your toothpaste and shampoo ... your make up! Its all full of them!



They are all going on and in your body and your families bodies ... whats it doing to them??



I am no expert but I know though these chemicals can poison us and become toxins in our bodies and make us pretty ill.

I am on a journey to try and live a more chemical free life and for the last year I have been using Young Living's Thieves Household cleaner .... it is really amazing!

One bottle does all your cleaning jobs! Windows, counter tops, taps, sinks, toilets, showers, floors!

Just alter the strength of the spray bottle that you make up depending on the dirtyness of the job! I LOVE IT!!

I have a spray bottle made up in the kitchen and the bathroom.





Thieves is an essential oil blend created based on research about four thieves in France who protected themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims. This blend was university tested and found to be highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health.

From this blend, Young Living have made a great range of products including the household cleaner. It is a natural all-purpose concentrate that can be used in every room in your home, without the harsh chemicals. Dilute in a spray bottle or bucket, or use straight for extra strength. It costs less than £1.00 a spray bottle to make up. For most cleaning jobs you need a cap full diluted in a 500ml spray bottle with water. You can't even get something that cheap in the organic section at the grocery shop! It replaces a multi-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet and floor cleaner ... every cleaner you have! The organic versions of these can be about £5 a bottle!


I really love this stuff and would love you to try it, so if you are interested in trying some Thieves Household cleaner, drop me a line in the comments below or message me and I will send you a sample! ... and it smells pretty wonderful too!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

12 years ago

12 years ago I got my little baby ... my fluffy heart beat at my feet. My constant companion, by little faithful friend. She really changed my life and filled a hole in my heart.

{ Here } is a link to my post 12 years ago about getting her!

Looking at her eyes back then they were so beautiful, pools of amber. It is sad to see them so white now, and know she can't see me.

Here are some photos of my furry-baby :)










I know I don't have many more years with her, so I am still enjoying every moment x

Saturday, 1 July 2017

photo challenge :: where I live

I have done a few photo challenges over the years, but I think the last was back in 2014 ... I did a year long view! It was great fun and I love the result! You can view it here {YEAR LONG VIEW}

I thought it was about time I did another. I'm not sure I can commit to a photo a week at the moment, so I thought a photo a month was do-able! I wondered if you would like to join me! It is a simple 6 photo challenge for the rest of the year ... one photo published on the last Sunday of the month ... and the theme is WHERE I LIVE ... I want to see what makes where you live special, unique and why you love it!



The 6 titles are -
July 30th 2017 - VIEW
August 27th 2017 - MY HOME
September 24th 2017 - SIGN
October 29th 2017 - NATIVE
November 26th 2017 - HISTORICAL
December 31st 2017 - WINTER

You can join in on your blog or on instagram ... if you are blogging your photo, please put a link to YOUR blog post in the comments of the Photo Challenge post that I will put up on the last Sunday of each month. If you are doing the challenge on instagram, please tag me @mariainthewood and use the hashtag #whereilivephotochallenge

Here is a graphic you can use to share the challenge ...



I hope you join in and I can't wait to see your photos!

This is to show your home, village, town, area, county even country if you want. I live in Wales and can't wait to show you how beautiful it is here!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Billy's lampshade

So it has taken me a little while to get round to making Billy a lamp shade for his room (not the end of the world as he is still in with us!) But I am really pleased with how it turned out! I had a little of his curtain material left, which was luckily the right way round!





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