Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Fab DIY'd Wedding Shoes - Part 2

I finally got over the shoe fear and just went for it! They look amazing, I can't wait to wear them. They're drying here beside me as I type and I'll add another layer of glitter, then a topcoat seal and they'll be done! So, do you want a pair of your very own glitter-sole dancing shoes ('cos baby, these are DANCING shoes!)?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Long time coming

I've been putting off writing this post since forever. I'm all on for the sharing of anonymous information with strangers that come across the blog but it's much harder to write something personal when I know that there's people in our real lives who read what I put up here. It's even harder when it's information that not all of them will have been privy to (until now). This is not a post that will come easily to me, and I'd imagine it's not going to always be easy to read either. Also, if you're anyway squeamish or offended by the word vagina I'd stop reading now if I were you.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Some shopping (and a doppleganger)

Happy Sunday everyone! This post is a bit late in coming to you, I've actually had it lined up for the last week and kept forgetting to put it up so apologies.

Anyway, when we went shopping for paint testers there were a few lovely bits and pieces that I spotted whilst I was out and about and I wanted to share them with you guys. First up was our trip to B&Q to get the paint. Naturally enough I can't resist a trip around the entire store when I'm there (though the Big Guy was relieved that he managed to keep me out of the garden section for a change) and it was made even better by the fact that they have a big sale on at the moment.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Up-coming Projects

As I've already mentioned we will be painting the house soon. Obviously I'll keep you all updated on that. There'll also be the house-hunting updates and wedding updates, that's a given. Oh, and cooking, naturally (especially now that we have our new oven!).

Love : Yellow

Maybe it's the fact that we're rapidly losing daylight, or perhaps it's the golden quality that autumn sunshine has...whatever the reason I am loving the colour yellow at the moment. So much so that I want to paint our front door bright sunshine yellow (will have to run this by the Big Guy first I think). I love the way that yellow makes everything so happy. Here's a selection of some of my favourite yellows for your viewing pleasure.


I've been very bad...(no, not just about updating this blog). We agreed a few months back that we would concentrate our energies on the wedding and then next year we would start looking at houses. That's a fair deal, right? That totally makes sense.

Until I'm at home, a bit bored, and well, the houses are just there aren't they? Online, being all ready with their estate-agent photos going "Look at me, look at meeeee". I caved, I gave in, I folded like a cheap suit.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Tips #2 - How to use paint tester pots most effectively

We spoke to our lovely landlady the other day and have gotten permission to re-paint. Hurrah! As you can imagine we hurried out to the nearest hardware store and bought tester pots of all the paint colours we had narrowed down and brought them home. It was only when I turned my back on the Big Guy for 2 minutes and came back to find him about to paint a big square on the kitchen wall that I realised not everyone knows my hand-dandy way of making the best use of your tester pots. I don't care if you've seen squares painted on walls on 1,000's of home improvement is not the way to use testers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wedding update - the invites have arrived!!

There I was, typing away at the last post when suddenly *thud* BOW-WOW-OW-WOW-OW-WOW-GRRRR. That usually means there's post. Went out to see what joys we had received today and OMGTHERE'SABIGPARCEL-YTHINGADDRESSEDTOMEEXCITING! And breathe.

Pumpkin Carving 101

Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year. I love all of the spooky nonsense that goes on, I love seeing all of the little ghouls, witches and vampires that call to our door looking for treats. Actually, whatever happened to going on the puca (pronounced poo-ka)? That's what we said when we were kids: "penny for the puca", not trick-or-treat! Anyway...that has nothing to do with pumpkins so I'll move on...

How awesome is this? Seriously? I WANT!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tips #1 - Make your home smell delicious!

Now I don't know about you but I always worry about what people smell when they come into our house for the first time - or any time for that matter! Maybe it's because we have pets, and non-pet owners often comment on "doggy" smells in pet-owners homes, or because we've all had the experience of walking into someone's house and wrinkling up our noses or trying to subtly mouth breathe!

Anyway, I spend a small fortune on plug-ins and sprays, scented candles and all the rest of that commercial junk. I really hate using it though, especially the chemical ones (the plug-ins and sprays) as it just doesn't sit well with me to be breathing in whatever it is they're using to create those lovely scented vapours! So I've been trying to find a more natural way of making the house smell lovely all the time and I've tried a few different remedies. Vinegar in a bowl whilst you're frying? Not as effective as everyone seems to claim. Baking soda at the bottom of the kitchen bin and kitty litters? Nope, does nothing.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Wedding update (and some really Ugly Christmas Jumpers)

Today we finally met with the photographer for our wedding (hooray!). The lovely Philip Bourke of Philip Bourke Photography met us in Cork City to talk through what we wanted for the day. So excited about seeing what sort of shots he comes up with on the day now!

No 2. - The House

Home/lifestyle blog, you've met the what? Oh yeah, the house.

Right, as mentioned last year we moved in here in a rush and just took the first place that would allow us to have pets in it. Now that's not to say anything against the house, it's an alright place but just very...beige...and the previous tenants had apparently left quite a mess behind them. Our lovely landlady had this cleaned up before we moved in but there was no repainting or really fixing anything a bit broken done at the time.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Random fact for the day

This random fact is brought to you in honour of my groovy socks. Yes, really.

And a Big Hand Goes To...

...Knocklong Development Association! Well, perhaps not as big a hand as they might have liked but certainly a great day out!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My Fab DIY'd Wedding Shoes

These are my lovely wedding shoes. They're a dark teal-y velvet-like suede-y fabric. I got them in Dorothy Perkins (on sale!) and then added details to them myself to make them tie-in better with my overall wedding look.

Getting Hitched!

As I mentioned in Starting Over we are getting married and I will be adding wedding-related bits to the blog. Originally we were planning on an autumn 2013 wedding. Then we moved it forward to Summer 2013. The best laid plans eh?

No. 1 - The Residents

This is called Finding Home With You right? So... I figured that the first new post (after the where the heck have you been post) should probably be a house-related post. I suppose the first part of the house posts should be the residents of said house. Allow me to introduce you then...

Starting Over

Okay. Ouch! So it's been over a YEAR since I updated this blog. Umm, sorry!

A lot has happened in the past year so let's get up to speed eh?