Wishlist Wednesday – A wedding that’s ‘us’

I haven’t done a wedding-related Wishlist Wednesday yet, but as we’re gearing up to view some potential venues in the next few weeks, I think it’s about time I did!

I’ve been looking for inspiration since we became engaged. What type of wedding do we want? Should we have a theme? What colours do we like? What kind of dress will suit my figure? Honestly, there is a LOT to consider.

I find that magazines are quite samey and generally I want our wedding to be traditional in the sense that I want my step-dad to give me away, my groom to make a speech,  and to not see each other before the big day – those traditions.

In terms of the rest, I think I’d want to do something really different.

There are plenty of ‘real stories‘ in magazines and a lot of them are fab. But after reading two or three, they all blend into one. I stumbled across this blog post which is honestly the best wedding I’ve seen – Dorian & Lynn’s geeky elegant dino museum wedding.

I can see myself and Joe stealing borrowing a lot of these ideas as a starting point. After all, Joe took me to Manchester Museum so I could see the dinosaurs just before he popped the question. Perhaps that’s why I love it so much.

I hope our wedding is as creative and memorable, but in our own way.

Karen x 

Wishlist Wednesday – More moustaches

Cast your mind back to February. I posted a Wishlist Wednesday about moustache-related furniture/ornaments.

They seem to be really ‘in‘ at the moment and we’re seeing them everywhere. But, on a recent wander round the shops, we found this simple piece of moustache-art in Next.

For once, I’m going to make this Wishlist Wednesday a reality. I’m going to buy it on payday and put it above our bed. Pictures surely to follow!

Karen x

June Bathroom Update – Part 2

As promised, this is a continuation from my last bathroom related blog post. Here’s what happened in our bathroom this week.

We bought a towel radiator at the weekend. Keith (bathroom fitter) reserved it for us at trade price which included all the valves and heating implements. This was installed and is functional.
The shower piping is now fully installed and has been tiled. Now that there’s no exposed brickwork, it looks amazing. Just a few touch ups needed. The drilled areas are in preparation for the shower heads.


The floor is IN! The bathroom door was removed so the floor tiles could be done easier. As always, sorry for the pants pictures! We weren’t allowed to walk on the tiles whilst they sealed/dried/whatever they were doing! So these are sneaky peaks from the hallway. For so long I get out of the bath all clean, only to find glass/plaster in my feet 10 minutes later. I won’t be sad to say goodbye to those floorboards.


The shower is DONE!
Of course, here’s Joe with yet another pretend shower! 🙂
The doors are on. Everything is sealed.The mixer and shower heads and attached. The floor has also been grouted (but needs a good clean).
What really impressed me is that the shower doors were actually an inch or so too short to fit our gap. We never realised this because they’ve been living in the kitchen since they were ordered.

I guess that’s what you get when you buy a bathroom off eBay knowing nothing at all about bathrooms!

But, Keith made it look as if they were the perfect fit. Really impressed.


The final bits and bobs were done on Thursday. The bath panel was fitted, the sink and toilet have been properly installed and voila, we have a bathroom!

The sink has been living in the second bedroom for longer than I care to remember, and we’ve had a pile of cut up tiles in there too for months. I love that this is all going to be gone. The house will look so much neater!

I’m going to do a post later this week with some good pictures of the finished result. Yippee!

Karen x

De-cluttering my life! Well, the bedroom.

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a hoarder. I know that it drives Joe absolutely mental because he loves the house to be nice and tidy. It’s not that I don’t, of course. I just really struggle to throw things away.

However, I made him a promise that I would eventually get rid of what I didn’t want, and organise what I want to keep.

Well, I don’t think I’m doing too badly. I started off with our bedroom and admittedly, it’s taken me a while. On my side of the bed I had a large number of boxes and a few piles of stuff – I honestly have no better way to categorise what it was. It was just stuff.

In fact, when I painted said bedroom I threw this pile onto the bed. Bit embarassing…
And for good measure, here is Pebbles rolling around in it…
I saw a programme recently about hoarders on Channel 4 (It was called The Hoarder Next Door – Anyone else watch it?) and I never want to end up like that. They struggled to part with rubbish. And I don’t mean useless ornaments that we all have. But, actual rubbish. The episode I saw had a fella that couldn’t bring himself to empty the cat’s litter tray. Ew.

(Joe, if you ever think I’m messy, please just think how lucky you are, that I’m not quite so bad! :))

Needless to say, I did some extra tidying around the house that week. Completely unrelated of course…

It did get me to thinking though – I’m not alone! In fact, I came across this blog post on a blog I read regularly, Popcorn on the Stove, and it had some great tips and ideas on how to prevent clutter in the future.

Time to put this into action. I’m on a mission to get rid of a lot of my“stuff”. I’ll be putting some of it on eBay (can’t be a bad thing for the wedding fund!), donating some to charity, and binning what I can – although, I’d much prefer to find new homes for things. Green power woo!

Our bedroom looks so different now without all the clutter. It looks a lot larger and unfortunately, because all of our rats have now died, we’ve removed the cage.

On a positive, the room is now finished. I touched up the paintwork over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend, which I’ve been putting off for ages, and gave it a really good clean. Once I’ve put some stuff up on the walls (a shopping task for next payday), I’ll finally get some pictures of the finished result!

I did try and use a new app on my phone where you can do panoramic images. I’m not sure how well this is going to translate…
I went through my wardrobe and donated to charity (or my sister!) any clothes that either don’t fit, or that I haven’t worn in more than 6 months. It was brutal but it felt like a huge weight had been lifted.

Next, I’ll be clearing under the bed and the attic to see where we can make more room and shift what we don’t want.

Wish me luck!

In the meantime, I always have this excuse to fall back on…

Karen x

The hedgehog household

I mentioned in a post back in April that we appear to have hedgehogs in the back garden! I never got around to uploading the pictures but have just backed up my iPhone so I imagine plenty of image-heavy posts coming up…

These were taken on 2 separate occasions, and sorry the pictures are bad. We were using our phones as a light to look at them, and just happened to get some shots in the process.I haven’t seen them in a while. Does anyone know if they will return? I don’t know anything about them but I think they’re so cute!

Also, we got this figure from Joe’s Aunty and Uncle as an engagement pressie, and it just so happens to have hedgehogs on it! Thanks so much Debbie and Alan 🙂

I’m going to find a lovely little place in the garden for it…as soon as the rain stops.
Karen x

June Bathroom Update

It’s finally here! We are officially getting our bathroom finished.
This week, we had a guy come in for the job. So far he has been at the house 2 days. He’s due back next week after the weekend. Here’s what has happened so far:

Day 1 – Wednesday
The floorboards have come up in preparation for the towel radiator next week. This is what half the house was like when we moved in because we were having central heating installed. Wow, this takes me back a few months…
The piping for the shower has been installed. I love that it’s going to be all hidden inside the walls.
Ths shower tray is now in the right place, ready for installation. Although the pictures don’t show it, the waste trap  for the shower (I think that’s what it’s called) has also been sorted. Where the waste water would flow, it just so happened to fall exactly where our joists and central heating pipes are, causing a problem. I don’t know how he’s sorted it, but I’m told it’s not a problem anymore. And yes, I’m pretty sure it’s been done as I came home from work to this clue.
Hint: It was hanging out of the side of the house!

Day 2 – Thursday

The piping is prepared for the sink. This will be fitted once the floors are in.

The shower mixer is in!
Behind this there is a small window. One day we are going to remove it altogether because, obviously, we’re not using it anymore. For now though, it has been plyboarded (real word?) and insulated to protect the piping. As you can see, then more plyboard has been put on the walls, ready for the final bits of tiling.

The shower tray is finally on the floor! It is an absolute beast! It has been on quite a journey since it arrived. It started in the lounge, then migrated to the kitchen, then to the second bedroom, and finally it’s found its home.
I got so excited that me and Joe had ‘pretend’ showers on the tray. We are total saddos. EXICTED saddos!
June Bathroom Update – Part 2 to come next week. Yay!

Karen x