Author Archives: rachel

A warm welcome

Sponsored post There are times, during a dark, bleak British winter, when you get so cold that only the copious application of cosiness will possibly warm you up. I am not just talking about an extra jumper, environmental though that … Continue reading

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Painting our Ikea craft table

I recently wrote about various things that, as I snappily said ‘I love so much that I can’t decide where to put them, and therefore currently don’t have anywhere at all in our house‘. As part of this, I resolved … Continue reading

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A picture ledge for our room

I was admiring a picture ledge on the rather lovely Tales from a happy house. The only thing better than how lovely the ledge looked was finding out that rather than being impossible to replicate (“Oh, this? I bought it … Continue reading

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Tutorial: make a fairy door

      It all started, as things so often do for me these days, with Pinterest*. It started with a pin that showed some rather adorable looking ‘fairy doors’ made out of lolly sticks. But, frustratingly the pin didn’t take me … Continue reading

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Paralysed by indecision

Obviously the list of things I would like to do to the house is as never-ending as the laundry. But I was reflecting recently how several of the things I would really like to add somewhere in our home are … Continue reading

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Invitations to draw

  I was a serious and perhaps slightly tedious small child. I spent long hours drawing and colouring, making endless crafty items out of paper and pipe cleaners, fashioning people out of toilet rolls with my sister, devouring craft kits … Continue reading

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All wrapped up

It was 2008 when I first began to get what you might uncharitably call slightly obsessed with wrapping presents. Up until that point I’d had a very measured and sane approach, in common I believe with most of the population. … Continue reading

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Christmas stockings

In 2011 I decided that I wanted to make the girls Christmas stockings. I went out to John Lewis (naturally), and bought myself some felt, some red fabric, some green fabric, striped red, striped green, red gingham, green gingham, and … Continue reading

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Treble by treble

I think I already mentioned how I learned to crochet. It was more than a little bit magical. The first magical thing about it was that it was a class run by an amazing local children’s centre, so it was … Continue reading

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Organising the art materials

I think I thought when I first started this blog that the task would be finite. ‘After all!‘ I thought, in what I can see now is an irritatingly chirpy inner monologue, ‘How many corners can there be? I will … Continue reading

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