Friday, 6 March 2009
Cath Kidston transformation - heavenly!
Well, it was worth it. Thank you for all your lovely comments and words of encouragement. I've waited a long time for this (if you missed my before photos, check my last blog post HERE). It still isn't completely finished... I ran out with two strips to hang, so have to wait to get some more and have to paint a small bookshelf that hangs behind the toilet... but here it is. I can't stop going in there and smiling. It's become such a happy little room.
I was going to cover the tatty old mirror with fabric, but didn't know how to do it as the mirror and frame are tightly joined. But I'm pleased I haven't, as it works really well...
I found the towel and toilet roll holder in a wonderful shabby chic shop in France near where we stayed last August. And the panelling is made up from £1 B&Q clearance shaker kitchen doors... we got all we needed for under £20. The colour suits the Antique Rose print beautifully.
The paper was fine to hang, but needed a little more soaking than normal, and I did find it more prone to tear than is usual with wallpaper, but once I knew that I was very careful not to pull at it and it went up like a dream.
I found the crystal hearts in a shop a few weeks back and have been waiting for a use for them... they seem to sit quite happily, and catch the light beautifully.
I had to patch one area, but I think it's hidden well enough, and the tiles around the sink are so pretty (I blogged about those tiles here).
I wanted to include the shop details in France, so I have a record of it... if I'm lucky enough to ever visit them again. They were so incredibly friendly. I have more goodies put away to dig out at some point soon I hope. I found the most unusual curtain rail I've ever seen there, and have it ready and waiting to go up.
Hubs put up the bits and pieces, and then went out and bought black headed screws so they looked better. Thank you!
I'm just sooooo in love with Cath Kidston at the moment. It's come together so much better than I'd hoped. It's a beautiful wallpaper.
Then, thanks to a brilliant suggestion from a blogging friend, I made some pancakes...
stuffed them with bolognaise and sprinkled them with cheese and shoved them in the oven...
and the kids absolutely loved them for tea. Fab suggestion. Thank you.
This is actually quite funny, because I bought 6 x 800 g packs of mince recently for the freezer. Fab quality and dirt cheap. I'll do anything to avoid raiding my holiday fund, LOL. We are still getting through the first pack, which I made up into bolognaise, and which has to date fed 15 comfortably... there's still some left! That's 15 people for £1! But shepherd's pie and bolognaise does get dull after a while...! Any unusual suggestions for mince you have, I'd love - we have regularly done meatballs, and also stuffed peppers are popular. But that's where my inspiration ends for mince. But the stuffed pancakes were brill.
Finally, I wanted to include a picture of the lovely bone china brooches that Eddie sent me. Thank you so much, Eddie - I love them to bits. It was so kind of you to remember that I'm collecting these. I love them all, and the bouquet is so unusual.
And finally finally, thank you so much for my awards... I love getting awards, and I will blog about them soon. It means a lot that people visit, let alone giving me awards. I'm really pleased to get them.