Crafty bits: printed quotes

I’m a massive fan of inspiration quotes.  Any cheesy line that can give you a boost when you need it most definitely has a place in my life.  I’m not however a massive fan of anything too girly, irrelevant stock photos, or anything that looks like it’s just trying to hard.  No offence if that suits your style to a tee, it’s just not for me.  Instead I like a little quote project that looks like it has taken no effort at all but has taken hours and nearly driven me crazy.  Makes perfect sense, right?IMG_2297

All the quotes I have used were found on Pinterest.  I can’t be the only one who loves a night spent on there ‘planning’ to be productive and somewhat creative at some point in the future.

I love that every time I look at these sheets a different quote stands out.  I also love that the series can be extended whenever I feel the need to lose all sense of words, their meanings and play around with stamps for a few hours.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

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Inspiration: house plants

A (possibly) wasted night spent on Pinterest convinced me that when I move house I need some house plants.  They look nice and they’re good for the air, and let’s not forget it seems to be pretty trendy to have plants hanging around everywhere (who knew plants could be a trend).  The only downside here is I’m the kind of person who has recently managed to kill cacti.  That’s right, I killed unkillable plants.  That’s right again, not just one but multiple.

In my (terrible) defense, I got carried away and over committed to too many plants at once.  I’m not sure how forgetting to water more plants can be justified, so I just try not to think about it.

I’ve seen a few posts that claim to be links to lists of hard to kill plants but so far I haven’t committed my desire for pretty green things with actually following the links.

Maybe I should try buying one healthy looking plant and take it from there.  If there’s only one maybe I can keep it alive?  Failing that I might just have to find some realistic looking fakes and just pretend to embrace my inner hippy.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

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Style: soft cup bra week update

I’ve spent the last week without underwires and I’ve loved every second of it.  I expected to be over it after a couple of days and be craving a bit of support but I was so impressed with how genuinely comfortable I was the entire time.  I was a little disappointed in myself for not getting a bit more creative with my outfits, but I can give that a go from now on.

When I did my little shopping spree I went all out and bought matching pants for every bra.  I always buy matching sets but rarely find myself wearing them day to day.  I really had to laugh at myself the first day getting ready.  I felt like that scene at the beginning of The Devil Wears Prada when the fancy fashion girls are parading around in their underwear while they pick their outfits and do their makeup.  My current situation is a far cry from New York glamour, but it did give me a nice little boost to start the day.

I discovered another love this week.  High waisted pants.  So comfy and so sassy.

Hopefully these lovely new soft cups will make everything a lot more comfortable (maybe less sweaty?) during the summer.  I’m just going to have to work on being more organised and planning my outfits in advance, or getting up earlier in the morning – I know which one I’d prefer!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Style: soft cup bra week

Now I know I’m not the only female who enjoys nice underwear, and don’t things you already love always seem so much better when there’s a sale/discount?  I’m an absolute sucker for a sale, especially when you get the email that says you’re a VIP and get special early access to the bargains.  Boux Avenue, your marketing works a treat – my credit card hates you.

I’ve recently found myself hating underwired bras more and more.  This could just be because I’ve put a bit of weight on so they’re tighter than they should be.  Or I’m just fully morphing into my inner 80 year old who likes being cosy, not wearing real clothes and knitting.  Obviously the cheaper and more sensible option would be to stop eating all the food that crosses my path, but where’s the fun in that?  That only leaves one option, buy more bras.  After all, if you buy in a sale then you’re saving money right?

I added everything I liked the look of to my basket, then took half of it out after I reminded myself I’m not a millionaire and I’m supposed to be saving money right now.  Sale shopping doesn’t count as real shopping so it doesn’t break the budget – justification logic.

When everything arrived I was really pleasantly surprised by the quality and fit of all the bras.  I’ve ordered soft cups from places like ASOS before and although they are pretty, they offer no support at all and basically give up on life after about an hour.  Yes I’m aware when you take the structure out of something it’s not possible for it to offer the same support, but a girl can dream.  Is it too much to ask for comfort, support, style and shape?

A couple of the bras in this bundle need a bit of tweaking on the bands to get them to fit just right, but I had that in mind when choosing them.  As long as I can find my sewing machine between all the boxes that won’t be an issue.

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I’m giving myself the super tricky challenge of wearing a different style every day to see if I can justify my little shopping spree or if I need to give up completely on the idea of pretty and comfy underwear.  I’m looking forward to coming up with some outfits, hopefully a nice combination of comfy and stylish.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Inspiration: picture frames

So I definitely jinxed everything by announcing my moving date.  It’s been postponed again.  Not 100% confident it’s ever going to happen at the stage, but that doesn’t stop me dreaming about the house that might one day be.

I’m guessing it’s pretty normal to be a little bit obsessed with planning out all aspects of a house when you’re in the process of buying a house.  While I’ve been trolling through Pinterest trying to distract myself from the stress I’ve been trying to pretend isn’t happening, I’ve come across some pretty cool ideas.

I really didn’t want to become one of those girls who creates their life around Pinterest pins, but it really is inevitable.

One kind of idea I found that I’m quite excited about is the use of photo frames.  Frames on walls, groundbreaking.  Since I was 18 I’ve lived in rented accommodation and haven’t had the freedom to hammer holes everywhere, I probably could have done if I really wanted to but I never felt like being that kind of rebel.  I’ve also built up a few commitment issues about anything too permanent, very dramatic when we’re talking about photo frames but there we go!

Back to the ideas I found on Pinterest.  I love the idea of anything that is a bit unusual and involves a bit of effort or creativity to put together.

There are so many aspects that I love about all the images I’ve seen and they have given me far too many ideas.  The idea of layering frames up to create a more 3-D wall feature is interesting, I think I would want to combine that with photographs and artwork though rather than leaving all of them empty.  I also like the idea of adding small mirrors into the mix as well for some extra detail.

I am fairly confident that in one of the boxes I’ve already packed there are a load of vintage style frames I bought years ago when a local photography shop was going out of business.  As soon as I’ve moved in and gotten bored with all the important stuff that definitely should take priority, I’ll definitely be procrastinating with placement and most importantly content.  Who says I don’t have my priorities in order?

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

Inspiration: dressing room

I’ve been inspired and motivated by my new found ambition to fill my new house with colour and creative touches.  Seeing as I have no immediate need for a nursery, I thought the best use for the smallest bedroom would be a walk in wardrobe/dressing room.

My plan is to paint some kind of mural on the wall.  Obviously Pinterest has many pretty ideas.

I really love the idea of having bold splashes of colour with line drawings over.  I think I kind of like the idea of making the space where I get more creative with my wardrobe and makeup to feel like a nice, exciting place to be in.

I do also have a feeling that I’m going to regret all these decisions once it actually comes down to trying to paint pretty things on the walls!

The other side of this room has to be a bit more practical.  As in it needs to have some actual storage space.

I love the idea of being able to easily see everything I have, ideally with most things being hung up.  In practice though I can’t see anything like the images above being practical at all for the amount of clothes I have!  I can’t be the only person who would fill either of these spaces with one load of washing.

I do really want to make a conscious effort to keep this space tidy and organised and not have it turn into a floordrobe as soon as I’ve unpacked my many cases.

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

xxx

The nightmare of buying a house.

Towards the end of last year, my best friend bought her first house.  This got me to thinking about the future and made me decide to plan to be a real grown up and put together some sort of 1 year plan (a 5 year plan seemed like too much commitment – makes perfect sense when you’re spending your life savings, right?).  It was a pretty perfect and foolproof plan, save hard for 6 months then start viewing houses in May/June time.

You’d think that would be an easy plan to stick to.  It was going well until the Christmas holidays and I was a backseat passenger for 2 hours with RightMove on my phone keeping me company.  By the time we arrived, I had booked a viewing and applied for a mortgage in principle.

Within about 4 days I had been for a viewing and applied for an official mortgage offer.  I’m great at sticking to plans.  This sale fell through pretty quickly and looking back now it was a blessing in disguise.  The property was lovely but it really didn’t have any of the things I said I wanted – garden, drive/garage, space for a sewing room.  It was basically a flat on a busy main road with a shared access garden – all the bad parts of where I’m living now and what I’m trying to get away from.  I probably should have taken that set back as a sign to go back to my original plan and save until May.  That would make far too much sense.  Not long after, I found the perfect looking house.  It was in my budget, had a drive, garage, private garden, 3 bedrooms, and outdoor space for a hot tub.  What’s not to love.

My offer was officially accepted on the 17th January.  4 months later and I’m still waiting to move.  There was a glimmer of hope that we would complete mid April.  That didn’t happen.  I did however start packing around that time.  This means I’ve been surrounded by cardboard boxes for 6 weeks.  Ready to move for 6 weeks.  Slowly going crazy for 6 weeks.

I could be jinxing things by writing about it now, but completion has now been set for next Tuesday.  If this doesn’t happen, I’m giving up and moving abroad.

In anticipation for the new moving date, I’ve started packing (again).  I made the very unwise decision to start with my wardrobe (so stupid).  I’d already started with my gym clothes and going out out clothes that don’t fit right now, I have no desire to get into any of these things right now!  To make things extra complicated for myself between now and the completion date I have work, potentially a date, a night in London and a 30th birthday night out.  Instead of just throwing everything into suitcases, I’ve got to try and plan outfits again.  Work outfits are fine, everything else I feel like I’ve forgotten how to dress myself like a functioning human.  This could be an interesting week.

When I first had my offer accepted, I started clearing things out that I had been hoarding over the past 2 and half years living where I am now.  I took at least a boot full of bags down to the charity banks (trying to up my karma points, like you do) but I still have a ridiculous amount of clothes, and obviously never anything to wear.  So far I’m up to 2 suitcases and a holdall, I still have things hung up and things in drawers.  I don’t think I need to shop for another 10 years, like that’s going to happen though!  I’ve also realised just how much makeup I have that I don’t use.  The boxes on the left of the end photos are full of all the makeup I wear hardly ever if at all.  The bag at the side is what I use all the time.  I need to either have another ruthless clear out or just start experimenting with more new looks.  I know which option I prefer the sound of.

It may have become quite clear, I’m not very good at sticking to plans.  I like rash, un-thought out plans that leave me no time to overthink or talk myself out of it.  What could possible go wrong with logic like that?

Fingers crossed everything will run smoothly and next week I should be blogging from my new house!

Stay tuned!

Much love!

Hannah

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