Monday, October 5, 2015

nancy says.

We were chatting in her bedroom the other night before bed and I was telling her that she'll have a new bedroom soon...
Me: We can take all your toys and your teddy bears.
Nancy: And my bunny?
Me: Yep.
Nancy: And my door?
Me: No the door has to stay here in this house.
Nancy: Awww...

While sitting patiently, waiting to leave the house...
Nancy: Let's rock!

Discussing our costumes for Halloweena (that's not a typo, she calls it Halloweena!)
Nancy: I want to be a princess for Halloweena!
Me: But you have to be something scary.
Nancy: I want to be a scary princess.

Cathy x

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Lots of winter wardrobe staples, some sequins and lots of plaid scarves added to the store. Shop here.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

autumn list.

As mentioned here many a time, I am weak for autumn. I really can't put my finger on it but there's just something about this time of year that makes me all warm and fuzzy. When we were young, Hallowe'en was a big part of our year. We'd spend about a week leading up to Hallowe'en decorating our family home and turning it into a haunted house. Maybe I've still held onto that feeling of anticipation leading up to Hallowe'en, maybe not. But whatever it is from mid September onwards I get a little obsessed with all things autumn. 

Every year, I have my own little personal traditions to celebrate this season. Lots of them are just small things like slightly overdoing it with the cinnamon in my porridge or watching some zombie movie but with Little Nancy around, I feel like I have a proper excuse to act like a child and really embrace autumn. 

So, I've made an autumn checklist for ourselves. It's a mixture of some of my childhood traditions thrown in with some new ones too for us both to enjoy. And we already have half of it done and it's not even October yet! Eager much?!

1. Collect blackberries and make jam.
2. Visit Blarney Castle and the Witches Kitchen
3. Watch Hocus Pocus. 
4. Carve a pumpkin. 
5. Go crunching on fallen leaves.
6. Decorate the house.
7. Buy new scarves for the winter.
8. Collect leaves, chestnuts and berries. 
9. Make our Hallowe'en costumes. 
10. Go trick or treating.

Cathy x

Friday, September 25, 2015

berry excited.

I really don't think there's a season I get more excited about dressing for than autumn! And by the looks of what I see on the internet, I ain't the only girl! I love layers, chunky cardigans and wooly tights. I'm a sucker for autumn colours too and berry tones are among my favourites. And above are some of my favourite berry tones in the online store at the moment. 

Cathy x

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

new home - our living room mood board.

Last but not least, the living room mood board. As you can see, it's quite eclectic, just the way I like it. Fingers crossed, we'll be able to afford a couch by the time the building has finished!

You can see the other mood boards I've put together here - exterior, kitchen, bathroom & Nancy's room, bedroom

Cathy x

Friday, September 18, 2015

new home - our bedroom mood board.

So things are really coming along at the house. Internal walls are going up so we can see the shape and size of every room. Our bedroom is an awkward shape. It's long but quite narrow. I've had my mind set on a 1970's style for it ever since we looked at the house back in February and I'm not budging! I think I'll keep it a little more minimal and brighter than your typical 70's style interior though in an effort to create a larger looking space. 
Here's what's going on inside my head...

I'll have more progress photos in the next week. I'm trying to document it as much as possible because I just love looking at transformations of houses from the very beginning to the end. 

Cathy x

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

nancy turns three.

I love you as much as you love cake Nancy Pants. 

Happy 3rd birthday. 

Mama x

Sunday, September 13, 2015

blackberry picking & jam.

 Myself and Nancy went blackberry picking up by our new house last week while visiting the house to see the progress. I had just collected her from preschool so she carried her empty lunchbox down a little lane just around the corner from the house and we filled it up to the top in no time! 

blackberry jam recipe:
150g blackberries
150g sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
(Makes one small jar)
*Make sure to clean the blackberries first to remove little bugs and dirt. 

Place the blackberries in a saucepan and mash them up just a little.
Add the sugar and lemon juice and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring all the time. 
Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes until set. 
Transfer to a clean jar and cover with a lid or cloth.

Cathy x

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