Home Interior Dreams

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Oh Pinterest, how much do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You got me through a DIY budget wedding and have always been there with a last minute outfit idea, and now, my little fingers are exhausting your beautiful interior inspirations.

My Most Expensive Blog Purchase - Sony A5000

Monday, 25 January 2016

When I first started this blog, way back when, my photography skills were terrible and my layouts had even more to be desired, I used a combination of whichever iPhone incarnation I was toting around at the time, and a pretty dusty point and shoot. I fairly swiftly upgraded to a second hand bridge camera, but secretly always wanted a camera with changeable lenses, but didn't really feel I could justify the purchase

Where to begin.......

Saturday, 23 January 2016

This has actually been a petty hard post to write - I mean, where do you start? It's like going back to school after the school holidays only you're a week behind everyone else and you kinda don't know where you fit anymore. The blog world changes so much on a daily basis that to be away as long as I have you start to wonder where you slot back in, and the longer you leave it, the harder it is.
The lovely Rosie popped an email into my inbox gently reminding me I was currently top ad spot on her blog. I'd signed up months ago (because she is so lovely she has a super huge waiting list) never dreaming my blog would be virtually disappearing by the point it went live. So actually big thanks to Rosie for giving me the kick up the bum I needed! The weird thing was I never stopped being a blogger in my head, snapping pictures, replacing my old camera with a shiny new one (more to come) and regularly thinking "ooo I must blog about this!".
With such a long absence you expect there to be some sort of long winded explanation with reasons why. The truth is I don't have any big revelations it just that sometimes life just gets in the way! The last you heard of me I was getting very excited for my honeymoon then - bam nothing! (Just for the record the honeymoon did happen, honest!)
I think the problem was after the honeymoon I sort of fell out with the world a little bit after that. We had been in the process of starting to buy a house and we came back from holiday pretty excited. Three days later everything fell through and I was pretty annoyed frankly. We currently rent and because we rent off my parents we have a lot of freedom in terms of our d├ęcor choices. After almost four years everything was starting to get a bit tired and ready for a refresh but we had been holding off as we were moving and my Mum had plans to renovate. When everything fell through, I got pretty down. I've always been a house proud person and I'd lost that a little. The next two or three months saw the paint brushes get whipped out and various little changes occur which made big changes to my mood. This did mean dipping into our savings but we figured it would be worth it as most of what we did was transferrable.
Life never really works out for us like we hope it will. After settling back in to our slightly tired but slightly improved home, having just spent a little bit of "house" money, the house thing all started back up again! We are currently mid-purchase and let me tell you, the sooner it is over the better! Once you view and put your offer in you can't help but spend hours on Pintrest, swooning over Laura Ashley wallpaper and cosy evenings marking pages in the Book of Dreams (also known as the Next catalogue!)  Yet to me it all seems to be taking blumming forever. Having never bought a house (we've always rented) after just over two months and being no closer to exchange and completion I'm getting itchy feet!
Aside from the above, the back end of 2015 seemed to be a bit of a whirlwind of weddings, parties, events (including our first wedding anniversary - I've been a Mrs for, well, over a whole year now!) and work, and before you knew it Christmas (and all that goes with that!) had arrived - mid house purchase! Our timing, as always, is impeccable.
So despite this being hard to start I didn't struggle with things to say. I thought I'd include a picture of a few of the things 2015 entailed but rather than looking back lets move forward to lots of exciting things for the rest of 2016!

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