So this blogging thing isn’t happening for me. If I had a clone of myself or 40 hours in a day, there might be a chance, but otherwise my present time is ruled entirely by my little boy. We spend a lot of time outdoors and at playgroups, and when we are at home, he isn’t one to just play on his own, oh no, he is pretty insistent that mummy plays with him. On the odd occasion when I sit at my computer, he’ll clamber onto my lap and start pressing keys in an attempt to find something that he wants to see – videos of nursery rhymes, pictures of toys etc. There is very little I can do that doesn’t involve him, so I am retiring the blog for the time being. While I do miss the creative connections I made through blogging, it’s more important to me that I am there for my baby right now. He is growing up FAST and I never want to have the regret of not making the most of my precious moments with him.
So curious, he has to investigate every little thing.
Sometimes when he is napping, I steal a few quiet moments to browse through the creative world (any other mums out there for whom taking time for herself feels like a guilty pleasure?!). Until I can resume blogging, I’ll continue to share interesting finds on my facebook page, call it a sort of microblogging. You may have noticed that I rebranded my facebook page from First Sense to Arty Home. No groundbreaking reason in particular; just that I feel ‘Arty Home’ better represents the kind of stuff I want to share… vintage / handmade / creative. Anyway, I reaally hope you will join me there to share your thoughts, my dear reader chums!
Example of recent facebook post: Gorgeous free printable wrapping paper / gift tags
Finally, I hope you are having a very merry time this festive season with your family and friends. Wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy and wonderful 2014!
Anyone who says motherhood is a full time job is either playing it down or has an army of staff. It is FIVE jobs at least – a housekeeper, a cleaner, a cook, a nanny and baby’s personal entertainer.
Nicholas is STRONG-willed, curious, sweet, cuddly and SO MUCH FUN. A little lion cub. (There is a danger of lion-themed toys and prints taking over my house, help!)
I have realised that no amount of advice could have prepared me for the challenges of being a new parent but I am absolutely loving being Mummy to the most incredible boy on the planet (I am genetically programmed to think this way, so just roll with it, k?). I can’t quite work out whether the last 6 months have flown by (he seems to be growing up SO FAST) or feel like forever (I can barely remember life before him). His smiles make me melt into a puddle and his laughs make my heart soar. I am virtually exploding with love and joy and pride every day and I don’t want to miss a moment of it.
Amidst the melting, exploding and soaring, my days are swallowed up in house tasks, taking him out and preparing to move house, so I have sort of lost touch with a lot of other things, like the rest of the world, particularly online. I hope you’ll forgive my lack of presence in blogland. I rarely spend any time on my Macbook these days. In fact I snapped these photos over a month ago and have only just uploaded them. I do expect to get back to blogging regularly and interacting with my favourite blogs… I just don’t know when yet.
Anyway, how do you keep up with your favourite blogs? Do you use an RSS reader? The blogs I usually follow are organised by category in Google Reader but that is getting the axe (silly decision, Google) so I need to switch to an equally useful alternative. Sarah of Modern Country Style wrote a great informative post about Google Reader alternatives and favours Feedly. Do YOU use Feedly? Do you like using it? Any users of any other readers? I should check out all the options myself but my spare time is non-existent right now and you’re all super-helpful, so do let me know your recommendations please. Ta very much! :)
I poked my head into blogland today and heard about the Home Love contest at Fashion for Home (thanks Kimberly!) where you show your favourite spot in your home and the prize of £500 to spend at their online store is very tantalizing indeed, so thought I’d enter (nothing to lose!).
For the contest, I am submitting my dining room, which has been a real labour of love in every sense of the phrase. Lots of labour and lots of love (and a teensy budget). Now that the labour part is over, there is just lots of love for the room.
My favourite room!
This room connects to the living room, the kitchen and the stairs, so it is pretty much the central hub of the home. For me, it is buzzing with creative energy while also perfectly fitting into the happy, relaxed and eclectic style that personifies my hubby and me. A mix of old and new, everything has been acquired over time from different places including an antiques saleroom, a local art and craft fair, even a flea market in Amsterdam, with a few items from retail stores.
The painting sitting behind the Dutch vases on the bookcase (below) is a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s Capron House (1933). I painted it just to see if I had any talent with a paintbrush. :-)
My proudest creative endeavour is making over the vintage pine farmhouse table and chairs set which came from an auction house, complete with knocks and dents. I love how deep the table is – it makes it very social and we can fit up to 8 people around it at a squeeze. The original finish wasn’t quite our style though, so I got to work on it, staining the table dark and painting the chairs a lovely pale stone colour.
Yup, that’s me getting down and dirty.
When we put the room together, it was just for me and hubby. Now we have a little boy and he seems to be enjoying the room as much as the grownups do! And no childproofing required for the solid old furniture – any knocks he (inevitably) adds will simply add to the character and memories. :-)
What is your favourite spot or room in your home?
The Christmas menu is yet to be planned, goodies are yet to be baked, presents are yet to be wrapped, and any plans for crafting have gone out of the window! This is the first year where I have not been organised at all, and I can happily say that I really don’t care! (Ok I do a bit, and I’ve got a busy weekend ahead, but I’m not going to stress about it.) All my time has been soaked up in snuggles with my baby. :-)
While I’m still taking a break from blogging here, I’ll be continuing the conversation on facebook, so do join me there if you can.
I hope you are all enjoying the festive season and having fun with your loved ones. My little cub and I wish you all a joyful Christmas and a fantastic new year!
Hello everyone! My name is Nicholas. My mummy was feeling a bit tired so I put her down for a nap and thought I’d use this opportunity to introduce myself. I am now 3 weeks old. I am the new assistant at First Sense. Mummy and I will be back blogging in the near future, so we will catch you all again soon!
I generally tend to prefer fabric sofas over leather ones but recently I have come across a few vintage leather beauties that I have really wanted to take home with me.
Lovely worn leather, classic design, timeless style
Before we carry on with beautiful leather sofas, can we just very quickly touch on the vast number of hideous leather sofas in the market? Why are such things even being made?? I get that leather sofas are generally bought for their practicality, but why not add in a bit of style to the list of criteria for such a significant piece of furniture? Please can people stop fuelling any further demand for fugly ones like these:
Bleurgh! Definitely NOT hot!
Enough of the nasties. Now we can relax with some inspirational pretties which not only marry durability with incredible style, but would also be investment pieces as they are sure to be loved forever.
via Desire to Inspire
Hard to go wrong with a chesterfield! This one is from Anthropologie but you could probably find a similar vintage one at a good price if you looked around.
via The Brick House
Lovely pale turquoise leather; via Design*Sponge
The style of this lovely warm grey leather sofa from West Elm is rather like a modern take on a chesterfield.
Which one of these would you pick if you could take it home with you?
In other news, I am about ready to pop so I’ll say ciao for now to the blogging world.
I’ll be back after the event, when I feel I have regained some of my wits about me!
Have you ever leafed through a catalogue or a feature in a home magazine and wondered if anyone’s home is ever really styled like some of the photos you see?
Catalog Living (which I discovered recently via Domestic Sluttery and lost a fair few hours to) is a hoot of a website created by Molly Erdman who pretends that a couple called Gary and Elaine do in fact live in the pages of such catalogues.
This one below is my favourite (no prizes for guessing why!) -
On the success of Catalog Living, Molly also brings similar humour to a feature on curbed.com called Magazine Living –
Hunting for Serenity
Game for Anything
These funnies are just a taster. Check out Catalog Living and Magazine Living on Curbed for lots more (hours of amusement). There is even a book for those of us who like a bit of light-hearted wit mixed in with pretty styling in the books on our coffee table!
Available on Amazon.
Is it going on your wishlist?
All images are linked to their original sources on Catalog Living and Curbed.