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DIY living room

Living room

Very pleased with the results finally got the big part of the diy done !

Been a slow process didn’t realise there was a few holes in the wall and all the white painting was never ending. I decided to do white and navy blue. I found some gorgeous Kelly hoppen wall paper that I love. Couldn’t wait to put it on the wall.

Before
After

looks so bright and fresh in both rooms dining room previous blog and now living room. My furniture doesn’t match so now having to buy or revamp what I have. I quite like all the space at the moment and had new carpet put down and cushion floor in dining room.

Carpet in grey
Grey wood effect

You can say I have been very busy in deed!

Trying to keep it to a budget was difficult used a very large tin of white silk paint for the walls and two tins of satin wood and then the paper was a little more than I normally pay but I love it. New curtains now realised all the fitting will have to be changed to silver. Need a new sofa like matching everything. Had an idea to put some of my doodles in a frame in blue and white but would like to add another one. Found some lovely jugs in blue and white and had a few other vases so coming together nicely.

Some white candles on the fire place with glass candle holders. Still lots to do here’s the doodle pictures.

My doodle pictures

look great on the wall your probably thinking what has a boat a monkey and some leaves got to do with it ! Other than being blue and white all mean something to me that’s the beauty of doing your own art work.I can draw but wanted something different and always doing these doodles.

Revamping some old coffee tables. Things are being moved round so will look completely different to how it was.

Coffee tables

Still plenty to do so may add another picture when complete.

I love to do the DIY I have now decorated every room in the house just one last room to do the wash house or laundry room. This indeed will be a task to do but not sure when it will get done.

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julie

extra added another picture love it ! I am now thinking of making something simler for perhaps a bedroom with matching monkey ?

Love them

 

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Spot of DIY

Spot of DIY

Yes it’s that time again so much Decorating to do in this house !

I spend most of my time in this house with working from home so I like it to look as nice as I can on a Ltd budget. Not keen on the painting bit but love putting the wall paper up and making it look nice.

I did my kitchen last year. Had a new boiler put in and had holes in ceiling and walls what a job but I did it ! Went all out did my cupboards in a lovely bright Aqua colour love bright colour.

 Bright yellow door knobs love it !

I decided to take time out of my business to finish the rest of the house it’s never ending my dining and living room hasn’t been done for years in fact I can’t remember it’s that long ago. I did the bedrooms up stairs before the kitchen so they are ok for now ! But it’s a vicious circle always something to do.

So now doing the dining room keeping with similar colour palate on the walls. This lovely lighter aqua colour minty green

Swatch

Everyone liked the Laura Ashley paper I had on but it needs to come off here’s a before picture.

Time for a change so it’s all happening that spot of DIY. Already done most of the painting and just the papering with this lovely sugar steeler print to put on and the dining rooms complete another job done. Can’t wait to do the matching accessories but still lots to do !

 Love the colour wanted to carry the colour through to the living room but maybe to much of the same colour so going for something different. Paint is valspar from B&Q.

Sugar steeler wall paper

Love the colour  keep checking as I add more details. Living room is also being redecorated. Rock my sock monkey joined in the fun.

Rock my sockmonkey

The paper is on looks very mystical and fresh looking. The room has a picture rail and only one wall has been papered the rest is painted. Above is all white.

Do love old furniture so my dining set is quite vintage looking but love it.

Bit of a mess as now moved on to the living room all accessorising will be done later did manage to put my flying ducks back on the wall.

Ducks  Ducks

read my next blog to see how the DIY turns out !

julie

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A breath of fresh air

we don’t seem to have many days of sunshine this year in the uk but we try and make the most of it ! I suppose that’s why most of us go abroard to get the sunshine ☀️

Me and my hubby had a lovely walk, well you could say climb up rivington. What beauty we have on our door step. Fresh air, sunshine what a lovely day it was! Hard going the further we climbed the steps to the top but worth the effort and want to do more. We made it to the top and celebrated with a lovely picnic. We saw other people walking with there dogs some hiking rucksacks and boots on. I can see why may be a bit out of breath but what satisfaction making it to the top.

Steps to the top just some of them !

View from the top breath taking

Sunny days Been taking a little time out ! Took my sock monkey to the park . We had a lovely day our local park is gorgeous. I take my grandson on the park all the time he loves the slide and swings,roundabout. But this day was me time! Oh yes and chance take pictures of my monkey and as there was no one on the park did some videoing. I wrote about this in a previous blog what July means to me . You can find the videos on my Instagram and Twitter as well.

Monkey picture it was a gorgeous day

we often visit another park in the next town Pennington park I took lots of lovely pictures of my monkeys Here last year. There’s a band stand and lots of flowers very pretty. Lovely children’s park and aerobic section. Also have a little tea room cafe. Lovely on a sunny day. Here’s  couple of pictures.

Look at that sky

Pictures I took was the best !  flowers in full bloom used this one for my 2017 calendar.

I am hoping there’s still going to be a few more days to take some good pictures for this years calendar . Maybe another trip up them steps only take the monkeys this time thanks for reading.

julie

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Crafty Things

Hi I normally have lots of great crafty ideas ! Sometimes there’s not enough space in my brain it could burst but never get time . I am writing this while I keep my eye on my little grandson Joe who’s a little monkey .

#Love Crafting#

Crafty ideas So many crafty people with some fantastic ideas I often put lots of great videos and tutorials on my Jas crafty and DIY moments worth a look. If your reading this you must like crafting ? Pinterest is a fab place for picking up ideas and there’s lots of crafty groups on Facebook to help and sell your crafty work. Take a look at my Pinterest page crafty and sewing boards.

#Making Flowers#

Anyone can craft it’s a great making your own things ! From drawing to paper folding . When I was younger just loved making patterns and colouring them also love to doodle.Even tried zentangle made up of different patterns very relaxing. Making flowers out of paper you can make anything if you put your mind to it have you seen the paper folds out of books amazing. One of my Facebook friends makes stars. Here’s a video on making large flowers by 5 minute crafts.

Posted by Jas crafty and DIY moments on Sunday, 2 July 2017

 

#Soon be Christmas#

Crafty ideas are endless love the handmade teddies so cute ! Always had a thing about teddies maybe try and make one you never know. Felting is interesting to need a lot of time but great results. Making quilts I made one for my grandson when he was born my first attempt turned out better than I thought it would. Even though I make monkeys sewing on the machine wasn’t my strong point. Great thing to make is stockings for Christmas once you have the basic shape your away. Have to use strong cotton fabric or put a lining inside.

#printing#

Making cards you can buy every thing you need now some great embellishments. All you need is an artistic flare. If you can draw no end of things you can do. Now so many illustrators and designers having there designs printed for wall paper, fabrics , even colouring books. I want to make a colouring book design I have ideas for this but not finished yet hopefully soon. Already designed my own card years ago and now do the tags for my monkeys once you have a design it’s easy to print them.

#pottery?#

Always fancied doing some clay work not sure I would be any good on the potters wheel but give it a go ! But I could write a long list of things I would like to try.

#knitting crochet#

knitting and crochet is something I can do made baby things when my girls was little . Think this is back in fashion again now or maybe it never went out I don’t know. Love the tiny creatures made from cotton yarn you can buy patterns for these  from craft shops. I bought some gorgeous little crochet flowers to put on my monkeys when I first started and resantly won a giveaway from Tiny Curl on etsy , Facebook and Instagram a brooch and a necklace I love them she’s also designing a pattern. I also love Purple hedgehog on folksy,Etsy and Facebook also dose patterns love her dragons.

So cute 

#DOlls #

Always wanted to make a rag doll love dolls so many makers but all unique. I’m a big fan of blyth dolls love there big eyes. I have a collection of doll pictures on my pinterest page. Love to know how you make them ? I have an old black doll she sits on my set of draws in the bedroom. You probably think I’m to old for dolls, but I found her in a house my dad was clearing for someone long time ago. She had no clothes and was a bit battered so I cleaned her up painted her eyes and mouth back on think she’s from the 1940s. Over the years She’s had assortment of baby and handmade clothes made for her I call her Betsy.

My doll Betsy

My Doll Betsy

#Buttons and beads#

I love buttons and beads I have a lot of beads from when I made bagcharms. I have had an idea to make some fashion earrings with them big earrings are back in fashion so I have been told. I loved fashion when I was younger I collected pictures of all the latest trends and stick them on my wall. I also like to revamp things my favourite item is my denim jacket. Had ideas to put fabric,buttons and embroidery on denim jackets perhaps a second hand one to try first to see how it turns out.

#pictures and videos#

Nothing to do with crafting but great idea started videoing my sock monkeys and love taking pictures of them some great apps love my iPad. Just made this one on flipogram thanks for reading and I’m sure you have lots of crafty ideas and things.

Monkeys still up to mischief 💜

Posted by Sunnyteddys designs on Saturday, 22 July 2017

my monkey upto mischief

julie 😊

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What July means to me

July is a special month

July is my birthday month I love having my birthday in summer when the sun shines . This year it’s a special one I was 60 years old . Not too sure about the number haven’t acheaved every thing I would like to have done. But as I can’t retire till I’m 66 time yet. To celebrate my birthday we went to London to visit the queen ! Well I say that ! I glanced up at the window of the palace sure I got a wave 👋 It was a wet day ☂️But we made the most of it going on the London eye and visiting harrods.

July is also my wedding anniversary been married to my hubby for 42 years. We have three grown up girls and two grandsons. My grandson Joe is only two nearly three and I look after him a few days a week. Grandchildren are special. He is very much a part of our life these days you will often see his pictures on my Facebook and Instagram. 💙

July living in Britain doesn’t always mean the sun will shine but you can guarantee getting some sunshine. Love taking pictures and this time of year is the best time !  Blue skies flowers in full bloom love flowers. Apples  growing on the tree. Birds singing. All sounds wonderful to me ! Happy days. The other day was a beautiful day went on the park with the monkey it was a lovely stress free day ! Sun was shining had a little picnic tuna sandwiches and a lemon mouse,and a drink of watered down vimto from home.what more could you want. Doesn’t sound exciting I know but it was a bit of me time. Very quiet a lovely place for fairys.

 

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Jas crafty and DIY moments

Jas Crafty Moments

Jas is me and Jas Crafty and DIY moments is a page I set up on Facebook

way back in 2012

I love crafting and always have since I was a little girl.

This is me when I was about 7 or 8 yrs we lived in Australia my mum and dad emergrated a long time ago now . We only stayed for about three years. I can remember it well .

Over the years I have always done some kind of crafting mix of flower arranging , drawing , painting , card making , knitting , think my nan taut me to knit she was a fantastic knitter. We lived with her and grandad when we came back from Australia for a short while why we looked for a place to live. I learned a lot from her .

So this is where it started really love any kind of craft and love crafty people so love to help if I can share any ones handmade I do . I started jas crafty moments just for all the other things I did. At first like my paintings and drawings . I had a group on Facebook so everyone could share there handmade but had to close due to lack of interest very sad.

Couple of my paintings taken from the original pictures

I have three pages on Facebook my Sunnyteddysdesigns , Jas crafty moments  and my Avon page I sell avon for a little extra income to support my handmade sock monkeys business. But I have sold handmade bag charms and had a page selling scarfs and bags. Sock monkeys came later just started as a hobby like everything else.

I love Folksy.com and Etsy.com great handmade items worth a look !  I know how difficult it can be to sell your own creations been there bought the tee shirt. So I share on Pinterest  so many interesting things . I find things to put on my page from different places on Facebook,Pinterest,folksy, or any thing crafty.

DIY well that’s me again I love doing a spot of decorating ! Specially the matching up and the fancy bit .so you will find a lot of my DIY projects and things on the page . Not that I get a lot of time but have a lot of things coming up and will be taking a break from the monkeys to get things done  so be showing them hopefully.

so please pop by any of my pages and say hi

thank you Julie 😊

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