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Autumn Favourites Tag – Blogtober 2020

Before I get to my Autumn favourites, I thought I’d explain a little….

I thought I would do something a little different this month, and try Blogtober, now technically that means 31 days of posts, but posting every day, and working is a little much for me.

I will be posting every day on Instagram, but here on the blog there will be more content, and some extra fun things throughout the month, from crafts and decor ideas, to getting out and about and enjoying more of Autumn!

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So as a bit of an introduction to the season, I thought I’d share some of my favourites…

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Scarlett of Scarlett’s Scribbles Thank you so much for my nomination, Scarlett!!sunshine-blogger-award.jpgI’m fairly sure I’ve been nominated for this a couple of times now, but I keep forgetting to do a post (sorry!) But it came up again recently.

For those of you who are not in the know, the Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire positivity and creativity in the blogging community. Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to this post

  2. Answer the eleven questions asked by your nominator.

  3. Nominate eleven bloggers.

  4. Ask them eleven questions, different to the ones you’ve answered.

  5. List the rules

  6. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and blog site (already done!)

1.) What’s your favourite childhood memory?

I have a few, but I used to love trips to London, exploring museums and other attractions, especially now I live so much further from London.

2.) Fruit or vegetables?

Vegetables. I like some fruit, but I’m a lot more picky about what fruit I eat!

3.) What’s your favourite Disney film?

This is too haaaaard! Can I do a few?

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Tangled
  4. Coco
  5. Moana

I’m probably still missing some that I absolutely love, but these are my favourites at the moment!

4.) What’s your pet peeve?

Slow walkers. Or people who stop in the middle of the street at random ignoring other people!

5.) What’s your unpopular opinion?

I probably have a fair few! I’ll go with the obvious from a couple of questions ago, I think Frozen is pretty overrated, I mean, I like it, but there are better Disney movies.

6.) Which song never fails to cheer you up?

There are probably loads, but I’ll go with Who’s Got a Match by Biffy Clyro.

7.) Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to share my craft projects. It’s evolved a bit since then!

8.) Which year of your life has been your favourite so far?

This one? I don’t know. I think good and bad, you learn from things and it makes you evolve, there have been amazing years because we’ve been certain places or seen certain people but I’d like to think that will continue!

9.) What’s your favourite animal?

Cats. Probably. I love how they lord it over everyone, and we let them!

10.) If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?

The first thought that came to mind was Middle Earth, I’d probably be a bit too tall to be a hobbit though… But the Shire seems pretty awesome to me!

11.) As this is the sunshine blogger award, what makes you happy?

SO much! Crafts, exploring interesting and fun places, a good movie, good food and good people!

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11 People I think are awesome, even if they don’t do this… You all bring a little sunshine to my life!

  1. Sarah of Adventure Accessories
  2. Rebecca of Let Fire Inspire
  3. Tamara of Totally Tee
  4. Bexa of Hello Bexa
  5. Ruth of Ruth in Revolt
  6. Jay of Bearded Igor Blogs
  7. Christine of Craftyism
  8. Benny of Blogging Bridges
  9. Bec of Views From My Garden Bench
  10. Savannah of Sunshine with Savannah
  11. YOU! (See what I did there?!)

11 Questions

1 – What is your favourite thing about blogging?

2 – What is your favourite social media and why?

3 – What was the last book you read?

4 – If we were going to watch a movie together, what would you choose?

5 – What is a song guaranteed to get you dancing?

6 – Do you have a pet or pets? (If no, what would you have if you did?)

7 – Do you collect anything? Why did you start?

8 – Are you a morning person or a night person?

9 – What is your drink of choice? (Alcoholic or not!)

10 – Do you play a musical instrument? (If no, what would you like to be able to play?)

11 – What is your favourite thing about where you live?

If you decide to take part(!) Do tag me and let me know! I’d love to see your answers!

Thank you again Scarlett for nominating me!

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An A-Z of the Craft Room

I had a bit of a tidy up and sort out in the craft room recently, and it got me thinking about how individual a space it is! I wondered how I would go about doing a room tour post, and I decided I would do an A-Z which might give you a little more insight into me, if you’re new to the blog, or just feeling nosy! So here we go and A-Z of the craft room!

A – Alice in Wonderland

I’m a big fan of Alice in Wonderland, and she’s found her way into the craft room more than once! Both handmade by me, handmade FOR me and other gifts too! alice in wonderland - kay at home

B – Books

I don’t read as much as I used to. There are more shelves out of this room, but I do have a couple of shelves in here for some of my more “random” books, as well as craft books of course! bookshelf - kay at home

C – Craft Cupboard

I did a whole post on the upcycled craft cupboard, this is a really upcycled and repurposed space and I LOVE that. This cupboard is home to a lot of my craft supplies, from cross-stitch supplies and kits, my scrapbooks, some papercrafting bits and pieces, crafty tools and yarn. You can read the post here. craft cupboard - kay at home

D – Disney

I’m a BIG disney fan, and this shelf has become a bit of a feature over time, complete with my Minnie Ears from our Disneyland Paris holiday, a Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Tinker Bell Tsum Tsum and even a traditional Czech Pinocchio style puppet from Prague. There are of course some other random things here too. A couple of years ago Stu even found a close match to the plush Minnie Mouse I got on my first Disney trip when I was 7. I’m also a BIG collector of Snow White things, and I love my Animators Collection doll! disney shelf - kay at home

E – Everything to Hand

When we made this space, and it really was made, I really tried to think of how I can have things I need to hand, This little drawer unit (which I want to replace at some point) holds all my pens and adhesive, and in front of me as I sit at my desk, are lots of little things I need to hand. The ink pads DO need to move though. I need to sort that…everything to hand - kay at home

F – Favourite Things

This room is very much somewhere for a lot of things to live. But among the crafting, there are some personal mementos, like this picture which was drawn when I was about 7-8 years old:drawing - kay at home

My Thumper cuddly toy, which I’ve had since I was 10 (clothing added at some point later), and my Hard Rock Cafe Paris bear: favourites - kay at home And photo albums from the day I was born onwards!

G – Gorjuss

A recent (ish) love of mine is Gorjuss by Santoro, I have a few things here in the craft room, like my The Hatter clock, which also ties in with Alice in Wonderland, and of course my Gorjuss stamps, and even a little mug which holds those little random bits until they get put away properly!

H – Hammock

I collect cuddly toys, on days out, holidays etc. Though I now have the sense to (mostly) pick up smaller keyring size teddies, I do have this hammock, to mostly hold them all! teddy collection - kay at home

I – Inspiration

It wouldn’t be a craft room without being an inspiring space! I have books, and cutouts in a folder, as well as notebooks filled with all manner of project and blog post ideas! Then of course there is all the fun stuff that gives me ideas at random!

J – Just Me

This is my room. While the door is rarely closed (unless I’m trying to keep the cats out!) it’s very much my personal space, and it’s really nice to have somewhere I can come and sit and just get on with things sometimes. Though I will admit, I do most of my crafting sitting on the sofa watching something on the TV.

K – Knitting

Of course, when you do a lot of different crafts, like I do, it’s important to stay organised, while I have bits and pieces stored in the cupboard, I do also have a project bag, which is always to hand, purely devoted to my current knitting project.

L – Lighting

This can be quite a dark room, but I have some alternative light sources in here, this reading lamp is so great for working at my desk, especially at this time of year, I love that I can move it around. While function is important, I have some more fun lights too, including a USB lamp, a light up K and my light box!

Desk Image, The Craft Room and Beyond

M – Movies

I’m a huge movie fan, and that has of course spilled over into the craft room! You can spot all kinds of things in here, here’s just some of what you can find on the bookshelves, notice that many of the books seem to have a movie theme too…

N – Notice Board

This was a really fun project, which you can read about here. I needed somewhere to keep things, though at the moment it’s still pretty clear, as I’ve tidied. I also think it’d be great for photography potentially, and it’s far better than the notice board being sat in a corner not being used! I also love how upcycling it with a bit of paint brightens up the room!notice board - kay at home

O – One Day

Because this is very much a handmade and upcycled space, there are bits that aren’t finished. This corner is something I really want to tackle this year! And I’d love to find some sort of cupboard or unit to go here, as opposed to my printer living on an old cupboard door!

P – Paper Crafting

My paper storage is something I got for Christmas years ago, simply because I wanted something big enough for 12×12 scrapbook paper. It’s got a good number of drawers and means all of my crafty paper is in the same place.

I did buy the white unit a couple of years ago, which sits next to the plastic drawers. It’s a great size for moving around the room if necessary, and is just where I keep those odd bits that don’t really have anywhere else to go. Though the bottom drawer has become home to smaller paper stacks, just because they fit nicely in here! paper storage - kay at home

Q – Quiet.

I ended up swapping rooms a couple of years ago, as this room is on the adjoining wall to the neighbours house. It’s a room I try to keep fairly quiet, while I’ve been known to play music on my laptop, I’m not usually in here very late.

It’s nice to keep it as a chilled space too.

R – Rocking Chair

I wanted a rocking chair for years. I don’t even really know why!

For a long time this held onto a couple of large dolls, but now they are gone, and this is one of my big plans for the year, I want to revamp the cushions, probably in Alice in Wonderland fabric, and really make the rocking chair useable, instead of being a bit of a dumping ground! It also hides all the sins in the corner, so it’s dual purpose! rocking chair - kay at home

S – Sewing

I keep my sewing bits in a box on top of the cupboard, (along with Christmas crafts and some mementos etc) and the sewing machine lives on my desk, simply because, if I need the room it’s easy to move it, also I actually use the dining table to sew, as there is more space! boxes - kay at home

T – Tea

There are several mugs in the craft room. And there’s usually another one on the desk! I’m never too far away from a cup of tea! my desk - kay at home

U – Upcycled

I love the upcycled nature of this room. It’s functional, but quirky and is in itself an inspiring space. That being said, it means it’s always a work in progress! And of course there are parts of the room which are bought for purpose, and there will probably be more, but so much in here is incredibly functional considering it’s not it’s original intended use! From my pen holder, to my desk!

V – Versatile.

The idea when creating this room, was that it is a versatile space. As you’ll see when you get to Z. Most things in the room are mobile, and can be swapped or moved around (even the craft cupboard could be spliced back into two cupboards if it was necessary!) The thing with doing so many crafts, is that I have no single focus, so this space needs to work for many things, and at the moment it’s perfect for that, and though I want to move some things around, it’s a really workable space whatever I’m doing!

W – Wine Racks

I love my purple cubby holes, and in fact they are wine racks! Saved from skips, I have two, which are slightly different heights, both laid on their sides. They are the perfect size for various crafty storage, like my peel offs boxes, and even my ribbon jar! stickers - kay at home

X – X-Stitch

My cross-stitch supplies used to be in one big box, and it’s been gradually condensed to a couple of shelves in my cupboard. It feels SO much more organised, and I know where everything is now!

I swear by these boxes, which are sorted by colour at the moment, though not by shade. Maybe eventually!

Y – Yet to Come

Plans, plans plans! 

I have a few things I want to do in here this year. I’d like a shelf or two, and that will mean I can rearrange things slightly. As I said earlier in this post, I’d like to replace the grey plastic drawers by my desk, but they would need to be the right size. I also want to sort the corner and the rocking chair out too. I would LOVE to have a unit for the printer to sit on, though I wonder if that’s a bit ambitious for this year. So that may have to wait!

Z – ZzzzZzzzzz

So… what is under the blue sheet?

A bed. Well, a fold out bed. This is why I’d like a unit put in. Ideally a cupboard which the fold out bed can sit in. This will mean it doesn’t have to be covered with a sheet! And will make the room look nicer generally! The cupboard could then double up as storage for any guest staying in the room! hidden secrets - kay at home

This room doubles up as a spare room, on the very rare occasion we have a single guest. We do also have a sofa that folds out too, but it’s nice to be able to give someone a space properly, so if it’s only one person I move things around a little bit and this room becomes a quite nice guest room. I’d have done it, and taken photos, but yeah, lazy!

I hope  you enjoyed this little tour of the craft room! DO let me know if you are reading this at a later time to original publishing, if you think I should do an updated post! This is always very much a work in progress! Feel free to ask me anything if you want more information, I can try my best ot remember where things are from etc!!

Do you have a crafty space? What would your dream space be like?

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Blogmas 2018 – *Date Night* – Our Favourite Christmas Movies For Grown Ups

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So it’s another *Date Night* but it’s blogmas, so we thought to kick off some pre-Christmas fun we’d chat about our favourite Christmas movies! We both love Christmas and watch loads of films throughout December, and we’ll share some more with you throughout the month, in today’s post we’re sharing our favourite Christmas movies for grown ups!

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Actually my birthday in Prague, but Christmas tree in the background!

What follows is a random list of Christmas movies for a more grown up audience!

Gremlins (1984) CM1Gizmo is SO cuuuuute!! I adore this film, I actually had the gremlins theme as my ringtone for ages! It’s funny, and silly, and there aren’t enough good Christmas horror films!

Bad Santa (2003) CM2This film is just brilliantly funny. It’s a nice break from the cheesiness of so many Christmas films (not that we don’t love those too!)

Die Hard (1988) CM3Die Hard is just brilliant isn’t it!

Is it a Christmas movie though… It’s set at Christmas, mentions Christmas and events happen because it is Christmas, and there is Christmas music… So yes. Yes it is.

Batman Returns (1992) CM4This film is just so good. The first Batman is obviously the best, but this is so Tim Burton, and well, it’s the only Batman film that takes place at Christmas, so… It’s in!

Scrooged (1988) CM5Essential Christmas viewing, it’s a fun “modern” take on the A Christmas Carol storyline, and Bill Murray is just brilliant!

Krampus (2015) CM6This film was SUCH a long time coming! It’s so brilliant! We love a good horror movie anyway (and possibly a less than good horror movie!) Krampus is great fun, and maybe inspired this:

IMG_9695[1] (A £1 bronze coloured bell from Wilko which I painted black and scratched out the detailing, it’s not perfect but well, check how much they are online… )

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Christmas movie posts! We’d love to know your favourites, so why not leave us a comment below!

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Blogmas 2018 – *Date Night* – Our Favourite Christmas Movies

Wait a minute! It’s not Friday! We hear you cry! Well, it’s Christmas…

So it’s another *Date Night* but it’s blogmas, so we thought to kick off some pre-Christmas fun we’d chat about our favourite Christmas movies! We both love Christmas and watch loads of films throughout December, and we’ll share some more with you in the next couple of weeks but today we’re sharing 3 Christmas movies we really love!

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Kay – Four Christmases (2008) Xmas Faves (1)I love a Christmas rom-com, (I’ve already watched way too many on Netflix this year!) I could have picked loads; Love Actually, The Holiday (more a new year movie no?) or even Bridget Jones, but Four Christmases is so funny! A modern take on family festivities with a couple who have to visit all four of their parents and other family (as they are separated), all in one day! I think it’s a bit of an underrated gem and we watch it every year!

Stu – Jack Frost (1998) Xmas Faves (2)Such a good film! Jack Frost has an amazing soundtrack, it’s less cheesy than a lot of Christmas movies (not always a bad thing, but a break is nice.) Keaton is (as always) brilliant, and the story is genuinely heartwarming. A must watch every December!

Kay – The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Xmas Faves (4)Such a classic story, and not the only take on A Christmas Carol we watch over Christmas! I love the songs in this version, and I don’t think there’s a more christmassy story than A Christmas Carol!

Stu – The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Xmas Faves (3)It’s iconic isn’t it? Doesn’t everyone love The Nightmare Before Christmas? Disney (kinda, I mean they own it now.) A slightly creepy take on Christmas, fun songs… It’s just great fun!

Kay – Santa Claus The Movie (1985) Xmas Faves (5)This movie is as old as I am… As far as I can remember I have watched this every year at Christmas, and for YEARS it’s been my Christmas Eve movie, watched in my PJ’s with a big mug of hot chocolate. Yes it’s cheesy, and pretty dated by now, but I just love it; John Lithgow plays a brilliant villain, David Huddleston is an amazing Santa Claus and Dudley Moore is great fun as Patch (complete with a ton of elf puns (and I love puns!) It’s a fun simple Christmas movie, and it just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

Stu – A Christmas Carol (1999) Xmas Faves (6)This is my favourite Christmas film. This is a more serious, true-to book version of the Dickens story. Patrick Stewart is amazing (of course!) as Scrooge, there is a great supporting cast, and there is nothing more Christmassy than A Christmas carol! This is the film we watch to end Christmas Eve, chilling once everything is finally done, it’s become tradition! (As well as laughing at the kid saying “Whoops” at the end, which we assume was the actor mis-reading a stage direction in the script!)

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Another thing we both love is Christmas specials/Christmas episodes, if movies aren’t your thing, here are some of our favourites!

  • Blackadder -Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
  • Community – Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas (we love this show, all year round, and the other Christmas episodes are amazing too, but this one is a must!)
  • Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special
  • Father Ted: A Christmassy Ted (I even have the christmas episode downloaded on iTunes!)
  • Sherlock – His Last Vow (I know there are other Christmas episodes but I just LOVE this episode so much!)
  • ‘Allo ‘Allo Christmas Specials – such a classic show which we re-watched last year!
  • Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge – Knowing Me Knowing Yule
  • Only Fools & Horses Christmas episodes – Pure nostalgia!
  • The X Files – How The Ghosts Stole Christmas
  • Home Improvement Christmas episodes, such a great show! It needs to return!

What are your favourite Christmas movies or TV episodes? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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