How Felicity finds her first 'Big boy' room

So I suddenly realised that I never did do a post on Samuel's finished room... Now i'm not sure if you guys are like me and it never will be totally finished but it's pretty much there, and i wanted to share with you.

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His feature wall was just so much fun to do, and we all love having a good rearrange to freshen it up or if something new arrives that we want to add.  Pretty much everything here (bar the shelves and storage unit - Ikea) were bought small from shops found on IG,

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I had originally wanted a blackboard wall, but hubby was dead against as black is the hardest colour to get rid of, and I knew we'd want to change it at some point, so instead the bed wall lent itself perfectly to the amazing Superhero mask decals from V & C Designs, and then I had a large blackboard that we had in our kitchen previously, which sat perfectly under his bed.

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Although I have to say I may be tempted to save up and replace the blackboard with this little beauty from super cool online retailer Diddle Tinkers...

monochrome letter number tower

How fab is that letter/number tower, and always good when they are educational too!

His chest of drawers was v basic and so i wanted to make it a little more stylish, i found these handles in B&Q for something ridiculous like 33p each or something ridiculous like that, but what a difference!

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The Swab Design pegs are amazing, I really wanted to find something totally different for a hanging solution in Samuel's room, with these we can hang his housecoat, his ipad, his blanket, pretty much whatever he fancies that night before going to bed to make sure it's there for him in the morning!

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The last wall in the room is where his TV will go when he is a big bit older (he has a DVD player for now - but that needs to go soon too!) However when we built the house we put all the points in so there was no wires or building works in the future, the problem being for now it leaves lots of jack points, sockets etc. in the middle of the wall, so what do you do? Deep edge canvases are the perfect solution (one of the main reasons i started using them) as they fit right over them, so not only do you cover them up, but you have an great piece of artwork to boot!

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The only thing big left to do is to make him some custom curtains and bedding, which is a brand new project for Henry, Fred and Felicity...  Samuel adores it and i love that the first thing he does when someone visits the house is to take them to his room to show them.  That why I do what I do, and I want to show that all kids can have rooms they love, that don't have to cost the earth (unless you want them too!).

What do you think guys, you like?

Fay x

 

Where did i get?

Feather & Bird - Various

V & C Designs - Wall Decals

Pintoys - Fire Engine (hand me down from brothers), Safari Set (donated by big cousin)

Swab Design - Giant Paperclip

Ikea - Various

Imagine Sew Beautiful - Personalised embroidered cushion

Aldi - Relax cushion

Bulb London - Bulb plushie

Be Unique Kids - Toy guitar

Happy little Folks - Wooden Camera & TV

Jones & Parker Toys - Wooden Tractor

Tiny Jax - Raven & Snow, Tiny Hands, Splatter House

Kids Boetiek - Wooden Retro TV Set

Rainbo & Bear - All our awesome prints!

Monty & Moosh - Various

Ciao Bambino - Mono Rainbow

Sweet Little Tinkers - Batman plaque and Samuel name wedge

A Little Lovely Company - Light Box

Little Cloud Company/Mono Me - Captain Cloud

Mono Me - Personalised Samuel Peg Doll

Mom Made it - Crayon Initial Frame

Kats Handmade Items - Mono Amugurumi Unicorn

Crazy Little Crafts - Multi Cloud mobile

The Bear & The Bird - Mono garland and star mobile

B & Q - Various

Jelly Cat - Mono Cat - otherwise known as 'Baby'

Osotwee - Mono Heart Print

Feral Hearts Kidswear - Cloud/Star mobile

 

 

 

 


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What to do with an Anime Room

Okay so I must admit when Hen told me he wanted an Anime themed room I was v excited, to the point where i kinda lost it a little and just went Anime mad... However reality then set in when I began to think of furniture, fixtures and general colour scheme etc.  Also Hen is 11 (12 this year) and much as this is a huge part of his life now, who's to say that it still will be in 2, 3, 4 years time, but I am certainly not redecorating within that time frame!

So I needed to get serious and stop drawing Anime (as fun as it was); i decided that the room needed a feel of Japan, a feel of Anime, but without being overly themed - although Anime will definitely feature...

This is the main wall in Hen's room.

 

And here is my vision for afterwards

 

So out goes the old divan bed and in comes wood framed double bed.  Either side will be box shelving, with simple bedside tables either side.  I'm undecided but think i may also add a line of shelving across the top of the bed, between either side shelving units, we'll see.

So this is our spare bed and it will soon be Henry's!  I will be painting the wood effect, along with some very simple bedside tables (actually stools i think) in a dark grey. To match these shelves from Ikea that i think will be perfect...

£130 from Ikea

A few more bits i like the style of...

Varv Clamp Spotlight £29

This is the colour palette we'll be going with and love this inspiration from Pinterest. How cool is that chair!

I love the traditional style of this mixed with totally up to date theme, A fantastic idea for a kids room i think and will defo be sourcing something similar!  To see more please jump over to pinterest and follow Henry's board as it develops over the next few months.

I've a few other ideas that may become part of a new collection so will see how that unfolds, but for now this is where we are at, hope you like and any shops you think i may like then please let me know as you know how much i love to source small and independent!

Fay x

 

 


Toy Storage Sack

3 ways with storage sacks...

One of the hottest trends around at the minute for storage is the Toy Storage Sack; not only do they look pretty damn cool and can be personalised / printed / hand-painted with pretty much anything you can think of; and they are certainly not just for the realms of kids anymore...

But with me, it's all about the kids, so here are my 3 best uses for toy storage at the moment.

  1. The obvious - Toys/Dress up

Toy Storage Sack

So handy for tidying everything away at night, and simple to transport from room to room if necessary.  Easy to empty, and just as easy to fill again, even for little ones hands!

2. The not so obvious - Laundry

Copper Heart Storage Sack

Maybe not your first thought but sometimes space is limited in a bathroom, especially when it's an en-suite; so bulky laundry baskets aren't always feesible.  When i added the Limited Edition Copper versions i knew one would look great in our eldest's en-suite., which had exactly that problem.  It's sits perfectly in the corner, and tones in beautifully with the natural wood and sand tiles.

3. The personal - Presents Sack

Personalised Present Gift Bag

These were incredibly popular at Christmas for under the tree! Choose from Hearts, Stars or Comic Book, all can be personalised with a name or initial.  Making them perfect for storing gifts not only at Christmas, but also for Birthdays (use a number instead of an initial?!), Valentines etc.  The possibilities are endless, and at the end of it you either have a great storage bag to use, or it can be folded flat till the next time!

Storage Sacks really are a great trend, and long may it continue, as i know i'd be lost without ours now LOL.  No more boring storage for us, it's fun and style all the way...

Do you have an unusual uses for your sacks? What do you use yours for? I'd love to hear!

Fay x

 

Oh and here's a few more for the adults...

The unique - Planter

Storage Sack used as planter

 

I love this idea from We Are Scout, go check out their blog for even more ideas!

 

 

The unusual - Log Sack

Log Storage Bag for Fireplace

 

Perfect for keeping a stash of logs if baskets aren't your thing!

 

 

The DIY project - Storage Bags made from old jeans!

DIY Storage Bags

 

Create your own mini storage sacks to store all manner of goodies, with this DIY Project over at Style At Home.


A light at the end of the tunnel!

Sick of not being able to pictures for the past few months due to 'day job' working hours and lack of decent lighting, I've gone all out and spent a small fortune (£30!) on some new lighting and set up a mini studio in the attic!  Like a lot of small businesses out there i work a day job too, and the time i have to take images, especially at this time of year is really limited; so i decided to do something about it...

attic-bedroom

This area in my attic was always a bit of a dead space (bed put in when we had all the family come to stay) and the bed is used maybe once a year, so I simply moved it over into the playroom area of the attic (boys not overly happy as little crushed on their side now, so it may be moved yet) and cleared this area for me to use.

blank canvas

Now i need to set up some 'flooring' with a board covered in wall paper as carpet floor tiles aren't the best look, but for now the difference is brilliant! To know i can just nip up stairs and take photos when i need to rather than have to wait for the right light or a day when i'm not in the office is great.

attic-photo-studio

Gonna play about with the lighting to see what different effects i can achieve but i'm really pleased with it so far; I would highly recommend it folks, i really would!  Just see the before and after...

Before...
After...

 

Fay x

 


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Felicity is turning Japanese

So Samuel's room is pretty much done, few bits to add which i will of course share with you as they develop, but the next big project is Henry's room...

Now we swapped Henry & Samuel's rooms when we redecorated, so it was lovely with Samuel's as we started from a blank canvas, no furniture, nothing.  The problem with Henry's room is he has lovely newly painted, blank walls but unfortunately he has remnants of furniture from everywhere... A divan bed (never cool for a kid if we are honest), a desk that was mine, a chest of drawers that was his fathers and then the junior robe that is too heavy to move until we get some men in LOL.

kids-bedroom-before-picture  blank wall

Anyway the plan is...  bah bada bah (imagine trumpets at that point) MANGA!!!!!!

manga-art-inspiration

OMG How much do you love Manga, or is it just me?! I've always had an absolute fascination with Manga art and all things Japanese - is a trip to Tokyo too much for inspiration? - and would love to be able to draw, so for the next 6 months (at least) i will be working hard to create a Manga inspired bedroom for Henry.  What i really need is a drawing tablet so that i can then also transfer any of my hand drawn images to print as would love to be able to create soft furnishings to match.

       

Watch this space!

Fay x

 


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What Felicity wants for Christmas...

Dear Santa,

So i'm sat at home with a poorly little man fast asleep on the sofa, having to take time off work to look after him.  It brings it home just how hard juggling family life, a day job and my own business actually is at times like this.  Now while it isn't easy for any parent to 'take time off work' when your child is sick, there is no denying that working from home certainly has it benefits.  There's no one to have to tell that you 'won't be in today', there's no having to go in for an hour quickly to sort some urgent tasks or organising a workload than you can bring home to do in your absence.

Now i have to say my work are very understanding, and there is never any issue but I do have deadlines (advert design and website orders wait for no man or woman!) and these are not tasks that can be done at home, well the adverts designs at a push but i'd still have to go into work to access the images, logo etc i'd require, so it's not a simple task.  I'd love nothing more than to be able to work from home full time, it would mean being able to fit my work around the kids, being able to be there for them when they needed me and having to answer to no-one apart from myself... oh and the tax man ;-) But it would also mean that if i did have days where they were poorly then i could still get on with my work easily, whilst still being there for them.

 

So this year for Christmas i'd really love nothing more than the opportunity to do what i love full time, get to spend more time with my kids in 2017 and show them what hard work and dedication can achieve. I'd love to collaborate with some awesome brands, but most of all send some positive light and love to someone out there who needs it right now.

 

Lots of love,

 

Fay (aged 41 11/12)

 

Feature Image courtesy of Tiny Jax

 


How Felicity Finds it's a blooming good week...

It's been a pretty good week! Not only has Samuel's room now got shelves (i get to spend the weekend titivating it all now, hoping for lots of happy post tomorrow and Saturday) and i got a very exciting email (more of that another time #ssshhh); but the awesome Mother Pukka (girl crush moment ☺️ #parentingtheshitoutoflife) posted about the Superhero cushion I made for the extra cute Mae!

Image thanks to @EmilyGrayPhotography

Anna is such a great ambassador for flexible working for parents, but also for supporting small businesses and has been chatting with Etsy about how influencers like her can help small and independent businesses.  Etsy is an amazing platform for creatives and independents looking to build a business, the support they give through forums, tutorials, social media groups and much more is just awesome and I would love nothing more than Etsy to be as known online as say Not On The High Street.

The depth and variety of products and talents on Etsy is endless (their hashtag #differencemakesus says it all) and i love nothing more than a good scour through to find new and unique pieces for my home, for my children and for gifts.  I urge you guys to get familiar with Etsy and make it your new best friend this Christmas! Hope you've all had a good week?! Oh and if you get a chance and haven't already then pop over to my IG account and follow or share with others you think may like as when i get to 1.5k followers you all get a fab 15% OFF, perfect for a bit of Christmas shopping!!!!

Enjoy,

Fay x

 


How Felicity Finds the time to decorate...

Finally feel like i am getting somewhere with the shop on my website (for now please visit my Etsy Shop to purchase) and am slowly adding my products, but just as i think things are falling into place I now have a PHP memory issue with my site which means i cannot access the customise appearance menu so the look isn't quite right.  Slightly disappointing, but am working on it to get it resolved.  Frustrating but definitely heading in right direction!  Please bear with me and if any of you know how to resolve, then please holler!!!!

Anyway back to the most important thing which is Samuel's new room LOL.  Finally we've had the walls painted, so just waiting for half term to be over and then it's time for shelves and pics to go up.  I'm so excited as have so many things to put in his room that I've been collecting over the past few months!  There are goodies from some of my very favourite small/Independent businesses including Tiny Jax, Feather & Bird, Rainbo & Bear, and The Bear and The Bird to name a few (full list of featured shops throughout the blog) but don't worry you'll be getting even more awesome shops & finds over the next few weeks as I finally get finished.

So I really love the monochrome trend at the moment and knew i wanted to incorporate into Samuel's room. but i also knew that I needed to add a splash of colour as i do love my colour.  Samuel's favourite colour when he was little was green so thought that would make a really nice pop in his room...

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His bed, with furnishings from myself (POW! & S) and fabulous personalised embroidered cushion from Imagine Sew Beautiful.  His 'friends' in their little pockets are from Be Unique Kids (Badger), Jelly cat, Bulb London and Feather & Bird (Daniel the Peg Doll!) Oh and the fab flooring which fits perfectly under his bed for a play area, cheap as chips from Amazon (sssshhhh don't tell anyone LOL)

 

 

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His storage is classic Ikea Trofast, we already had and just changed the colour of trays at a cost of about £15 if that, can't believe how much of a match the green was! It perfectly shows off just some of the goodies he has, can you tell I have a slight splatter addiction?!  These particular lovelies are from the awesome Tiny Jax and include Raven & Snow, Tiny Tree & Snowman, Tiny Hands and Tiny (not so) house with custom green (i sent the exact green so it would match, Donna is a star!).  Cannot wait to add to this collection...

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As a last note for this week, I just wanted to show you the 'hooks' i have found for his wall.  Been searching for a while for something a little unusual and a little different, and finally i found.  Now i warn you they aren't cheap, but they are so blooming cool I just have to have...  From a french design company called Swab Design these oversized pegs are (in the words of Craig Revel Horwood) A-MA-ZING!!!!

 

 

Hope you like so far, check in again soon for the next installment of Samuel's new room,

Fay x