Friday, 17 October 2014

A gentle autumn weekend

old house A sunny autumn Sunday afternoon, driving around Cheshire admiring the colours of the trees and the blue sky. Pleasantly warm for this time of year. We took a trip to the farm shop, bought a few gourds and a pumpkin, gazed at cheeses in the deli and even had a look around the Christmas shop. Squeal! I know that Halloween should be well out of the way before indulging in fir trees, foil wrapped chocolates and gleaming baubles but I just could not resist. Little Bird was so good in such a crowded shop too so I felt full of happiness. A big achievement for my easily overwhelmed boy. I really want to snap a few pictures of the Christmas shop but didn't quite have the nerve too - it was so beautiful.

I saw a gorgeous old house for sale. Quirky entrance to it. One that begs to be loved and decorated. Adorned with pumpkins in October and holly in December. This is pretty much my ideal house except for the location. Busy crossroads and an animal feed works behind it. But the house. The house is my dream.
Victorian house corrugated iron building with cow autumn illustration shutterstockWe stopped off at the town park. Strolled to see the chickens with feathers that match the autumn trees and collected lichen covered twigs for kindling. I love gathering nature up. Pinecones to make firelighters, logs to dry ready for the woodburner - such a satisfying task. 

Isn't the light at this time of year is so mellow and buttery, perfect photography light. collecting kindling autumn finds
It was then time for apple pie at home. Made by DB with Bramley apples, a touch of lemon zest and cinnamon We still have a huge bag of apples to get through so next weekend crumble will be on the menu and maybe some other treats that are on my Pinterest sweet things board  Too many nice things tempting me and I really need to diet.  How on earth food bloggers stay slim I just do not autumn afternoon in the park

autumn illustration shutterstock

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn room styling

Owl lamp from Litecraft autumn
Litecraft owl table lamp
I love bringing autumn into the home. Such beautiful items like acorns, conkers and pine cones. Earthy colours and textures that make some good contrasts. I collect items and arrange them on the mantelpiece. This autumn, after our recent trip to Wales I have added seashells and pebbles into the mix too. So autumn is all about bringing nature indoors and the woodland theme is an interiors look I adore. Fox prints, deer, pine trees and of course owls. Featuring in my autumn woodland living room this year is a super white owl lamp from Litecraft
Autumn mantle dressing autumn mantle decorating with nature Mr Owl is sat on my little book nook area, looking very wise and brightening up a dark corner usually inhabited by spiders. He is a great addition to the ambiance of a room and it's very calming in the evening by the light of a table lamp and the fire glowing rather than a main ceiling light. Litecraft do all sorts of cute table lamps from simplistic contemporary styles to glamorous glass lamps. The owl lamp is a very good quality white ceramic, very sturdy with a white shade and well who cannot love an owl, especially this handsome fella. I think it would look equally great in a bedroom too and indeed that is where he may end up when I redo mine before Christmas.

Litecraft are based in my home city of Manchester and they sell a large range of lights for all rooms at a prices to suit all budgets. They also sell lights for the garden, bulbs, lighting accessories, curtains and bedding, making it a very handy website. It is free delivery on order as well as having several stores across the country.

I love changing the room each season. Do you do the same? 

book nook with lamp chestnuts**We were sent an owl table lamp for the purpose of the review. Words are my own honest opinion**

Monday, 13 October 2014

Haunted House decor

Do come inside, mind the creaky door doesn't wake the werewolf having his nap. Pull up a chair and gather round. The fire is lit. Let's open a ghost story book and talk of spooks and spectres, all in the comfort of my spooky mansion.Haunted House Haunted house interiors

Grey Velvet Brocade Fireside Armchair Furniture Shop UK £569 // Skull Drawer Knobs eBay £4.25 // Set of three pumpkin lanterns Not on the High Street £11 // Iron Lantern John Lewis £60.00

interiors inspired by a haunted house Mirror Littlewoods £125 // Set of five decorative skulls Etsy £23 // Vintage typewriter Etsy £117 // Wooden carved angel wings Cox & Cox £65Haunted House interior inspiration Halloween Yankee Candle £19.99 // Collectible Edgar Allan Poe book Wordery  £16 // Set of six stripy storage boxes   Rockett St George £24.95 // Curiosity bird jar BHS £12
Haunted Housestyle Bureau John Lewis £999 // Laser Cut Wooden Forest Fox Head Kit Not on the High Street £25 // London Framed Wall map M&S £99 // Black chandelier Litecraft £35style a haunted mansion Large Bell jars Graham & Green £58 // Trick or Treat Doormat Make an Entrance £29.95 // Birdcage cushion  eBay £7 // Hare lamp Debenhams £76.50

Lizzies Doodle wallpaper Graham & Brown £26 per roll // Autumn floral cushion Tesco £10
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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Morning victories

Mornings are great in our home. We get up when we want to get up. So if Little Bird has had a difficult night of being unable to sleep, we can just surface from the warmth of the covers when he is ready. The benefits of home educating - our biggest morning victory.

Mornings are taken at LB's pace - for he needs a little time to get himself together after such broken sleep. Time for the words to come. I'm not sure if this is an autism thing but he really does need some time in the morning to be able to put his words together. Time to power up.

But then he is off! And what a victory this is, being able to ask for what he wants, for he only started to talk last year.
'I want toast'
'I want iPad'.........

And so the day starts. I have my cup of coffee looking out of the window at everyone busying past in the drizzle or the cold whilst we are warm and chilled out inside our home. Even the dogs have a lazy morning. Of course I'm then making breakfast and getting the day's activities together but it's a lovely pace for my little boy to keep him calm and happy.

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