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Our new house tour

Our new house tourI am happy to announce that we have finally bought a house here in Shortstown (sounds a bit American, but be reassured this little town is in England very close to Bedford).  Me and Joni fell in love with the architecture and location of it as soon as we saw it advertised. It was love from first sight! Yes, it needs loads of work, but we thing it has a great potential. The house is very large and spacious with a good size garden. It kind of makes me feel like I am about to live in councillor’s house because of it’s large windows and arched front porch.Our new house tour: front room aka studySo watch this space for lots of interior DIY’s, because this time I am recording everything! It will of course won’t happen overnight, but we are hoping to at least decorate master bedroom very soon. The other parts of the house might take a while because of new baby joining us soon :-).Our new house tour: dining roomOne of our plans are to build a conservatory into the garden as well as extending this very small kitchen (pic bellow).Our new house tour: tiny kitchenThis is where our sitting room with fireplace be (pic bellow).Our new house tour: sitting roomThis bathroom need complete transformation as you can see.Our new house tour: the corridor and the bathroomNursery is coming to place sometime early next year.Our new house tour: baby nursery to beThis is the master bedroom I was mentioning. It has a very cute walk through wardrobe to the bedroom no 2. We shall keep it for few years till we need more space and need to extend the stairs into the loft.Our new house tour: Master bedroom and walk-through wardobeAnd this is bedroom no 2. Guess what we are planning to do with it! It has a very funny surprise: random shower cubical! Will be removing it soon.Our new house tour: Bedroom 2 with the surprise!Thanks for letting me share!

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A colour story for our new home

Creating colour storyI want something exciting to say. We have finally exchanged with our house purchase last week! Anybody who bought the house before know what it means: we will have this house for sure and the date is set when we could move in. Yey!

Ever since we exchanged I have been dreaming how we are going to decorate the house and what alterations we are going to make. I have done this before and it was difficult and long process. But now I am not alone so hopefully we will settle much quicker, although we have baby on the way so I am interested to see how difficult it will be to do at least some DIY.

I have started planning the colours. Why? Because I really really want everything to “flow” in the house and right now I already need to buy few things that will match (such as sofa bed for my mum to sleep in when she is visiting her grandchild). I must admit last time I was decorating the house I did not put so much effort in planning the colour… because I went an easy way and chose neutral colours (mostly white). Yes, I did get many comments that it looked like a hospital to begin with, although I accessorised it with bold colours so it was cute at the end). This time I want to be braver and try darker colours (gosh, I am sooooo scared that it may make the place look small). But I so love those eccentric rooms that I see on Pinterest, so the challenge is on!

So how did I create this colour story? I am very lucky that I have gone to Uni to do fashion. During my course one of the things I have learned is exactly that, creating a colour story for a collection. It is of course very different to creating a colour story for the house, but the goal is the same: to create a set of colours that will be used through out the project (in this case the whole house). Of course I had failed many times before. One instance I remember quite clearly when my colour story looked like a rainbow just because I liked many colours and because I arranged them in colour wheel order. Another thing I learned is to identify what colours are main and which ones are for the accents. For better visualisation arrange the accent colours in small amounts that could be displayed in a item form (such as red lamp in the pic below).  Our new home colour storyThe third advise I can give is to look through some pictures of the house interiors and see what colour arrangement you like (Pinterest or Houzz have been a good source to me). For instance I like the feature wall colour in the pic below combined with bold colour picture display on it.

Lovely picture rail, pic from ilovebokkieI like red as an accent colour but I might try this and paint bigger furniture in red as well. The pic bellow comes from Apartment Therapy.

Bold red accent cabinet, pic from apartment therapyAlthough black is not a main colour in my colour story I would love to have a black board wall where we could scribble things! The pic bellow comes from IKEA website as an inspiration.Black board wall, Ikea kitchen inspirationAnd of course I would love to decorate the house with many plants! The pic bellow comes from My Attic.plant overload, pic from entermyatticI hope you found this useful :-)

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August favourites

Can you believe it? Today is the last day of Summer…. and then the Autumn! I actually miss colder days, so all good with me ;-).

August have been great too! I spend most of it preparing for our new baby arrival (it’s getting close!).  I have knitted hat, pair of socks and now I am onto baby trousers.  Knitted baby hat and socksI made and ate sooo many ice-cream this month! Passion fruit & cream popsicles and brown butter peach ice-cream cake were my favourites.Ice cream!And finally, my little London flat is sold! I so look forward to buying our new place and new DIY journey :-).Sold: my little London flatHappy Autumn tomorrow!

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July favourites

Goodbye JulyJuly has been a holiday month for us! We were very lucky to visit Iceland this year and of course visit my family in Lithuania. We enjoyed every bit of it!Wild strawberries in LithuaniaDuring our holiday we celebrated our 1st anniversary! Our first wedding anniversary! Iceland My finished nursing chairWe gradually getting ready for our new family member coming in October. Joni’s mum and myself have finally refurbished my old chair so it is now suitable for nursing!This is how 28 weeks pregnant looks likeHave a wonderful August!

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June favourites

We are selling our house in London!June have been very exciting, mostly because we have finally decided to sell our house in London. We are hoping to settle in Bedford and buy a bigger house here. I am so looking forward to new DIY adventure (this time I am definitely blogging about it here)!We are selling our house in London! We are selling our house in London!June favourites: our Airbnb stay in BristolSince we started the buying process I can’t think of nothing else than home deco. We have visited some family in Bristol recently and stayed in this lovely Airbnb Georgian house. I just loved the the combination of vintage deco with modern and very Mediterranean looking Montpelier neighbourhood. Sadly it was raining when we were leaving and the pictures here do not do it justice :-(. June favourites: our Airbnb stay in Bristol June favourites: baking Joni's birthday cakeWe also celebrated Joni’s 31st birthday this month (yey!). We spend the whole weekend in Mudeford (still can’t get out of my head the image of those cute little beach huts!). For this occasion I baked and made raspberry trifle cake.June favourites: our weekend in beautiful MudefordThanks for letting me share. Happy July!

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May favourites

Bye Bye MayIt’s June already so essentially you could call it summer, but somehow it doesn’t feel like summer :(. Although I do believe it will come soon! For now I thought I will share my May favourites.

First I was addicted to strawberries (I guess thats what baby wants and needs :-D). No wonder I ate almost one pack of strawberries almost every day! I finally tried making a clotted cream from scratch so I could have my strawberry filled cream tea. Click here to see how it went.cream tea: making clotted cream from scratchI finished my favourite book of the year (“Two Caravans” by Marina Lewycka), the next book “Sense and Sensibility” is quite challenging (did not start it yet as I find old language difficult to understand and therefore off-putting). "two caravans" book reviewI absolutely loved this refreshing chilled cucumber soup, I wish warm days come soon so I can have it for every lunch (well, almost).Chilled cucumber soupI finished crocheting my crop top, although a little late :-(. It is making me look a bit… well… fat, because it is loose and look wide on my new bump. This made me realise the importance of highlighting the bump when pregnant as the risk of looking fat is very high!Finished cropped crochet top: don't quite fit with my new bump :-DHave a fun June!

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My maternity wear wish list

Rubber band trick to adapt jeans for maternityAccording to my pregnancy apps today I am half way in my pregnancy (as difficult as it is to believe it!!). Although I look like I just ate a really good breakfast (don’t look very pregnant at all), I no longer fit into my regular jeans :-(. I tried the rubber band trick on the jeans to fit my new shape (pic above), but that only worked for few weeks or so. After that I had a phase of wearing dresses only. Right now I am a proud owner of two pairs of maternity jeans! I initially planned to make some alterations to my existing jeans, but then realised I did not have any not-so-liked jeans that I could risk and destroy.

So far I have two lovely maternity dresses (one from Mothercare and one from M&S), very comfy boyfriend cut jeans and super good looking skinny jeans. I am thinking I need to get nice shorts as well, but not too sure if it will be practical since I will be wearing them maximum for two months…My wish list: H&M Mama denim shortsWould love to own this so-it-seems-very-versatile black dress even if it’s a little pricy.  My wish list: Isabelle Oliver Arran Maternity DressI am also in love with this so-my-style dress, however a bit not sure about it’s length. Maybe I should make my own?My wish list: ASOS maternity shirt dress And the last but not least, I am thinking I will need lots of basic vests. Can’t go wrong with them, can you?

Hope you have a great week and remember it is shorter then other weeks ;-)

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April favourites

Sheep named Lucky from the farm in CobhamApril has been really exciting and we have some big news to tell! But you have to wait till the end of this post for it (so no peaking!).

First, we all celebrated Easter, spend a lovely time with the family in Woking.  While there we went for a walk with these three (bellow) and I even had an opportunity to visit a private farm in Cobham where I have met some pretty sheep :-).Walks in Surrey :)We had a mild “heat wave” here in England… can you believe that? I made this one ingredient ice cream to keep myself cool.one ingredient ice cream (almost!) We celebrated Princess Leia’s birthday, which was quite fun (I have never celebrated pet’s birthday before). Princess Leia birthday "cake"And… finally big news!!!… tam ta ram!!!… We are expecting another Pelham edition to our family sometime in October!Our big news!!!Looking forward to may ;-)

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Leia’s birthday celebrations!

Leia's Birthday CelebrationsYesterday Princess Leia turned 1 years old (Yey!), which makes her and an adult cat now (even though she still acts like a teenager). I decided to celebrate it today however, because Saturday is the day when I am mostly free! I made her a “cake” out of tuna decorated with the treats (because she just would not enjoy a regular birthday cake) and tried placing a tiara on her head…Leia's Birthday CelebrationsTo be completely honest after seeing this a while ago I had a specific image in my head how I would celebrate Leia’s birthday. However I later realised that Leia is a cat and would not voluntarily wear a hat or eat a sweet cake (I don’t even think this would be safe for her to eat). But since she is a Princess I thought I could at least make her wear a tiara. Initially I thought I could crochet it, but then I shouted to myself “whom am I kidding?”. This much effort for crocheted tiara would most likely go to waist! Thats when I made a tiara out of paper. Leia's Birthday CelebrationsAs suspected Princess Leia did not like her crown :-(.Leia's Birthday CelebrationsBut we made her wear it anyways :-DLeia's Birthday CelebrationsFancy making tiara for your own cat? here is the drawing. All you need to do is cut it out and staple both ends together for the size you need ;-). Kitten's tiaraWell… At least Leia liked her birthday “cake”!Leia's Birthday CelebrationsI hope you have been entertained :-)

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March favourites

Goodbye MarchMarch brought the spring! It’s definitely getting more cheerful and warm here :-). Look at the flowers everywhere…Spring flowers from my sisterIn the begining of the month I have visited Lithuania. March is when we celebrate my mum’s and my little brother’s birthdays so I thought I will make a surprise visit (although the surprise did not quite work out this time). I loved going to the forest (right next to our home) for a walk almost everyday, it was the best holiday so far this year! Look at this pretty bird that bumped into our window (don’t worry he is ok now). A little bird from the forestOh and I saw eclipse for the first time in my life! The sun looked like a moon in the sky at night. Quite amazing!Eclipse 2014Have done few massy crafts this month. Some painting (handmade card for mother’s day of course)…Handmade everythingAnd some marbling with nail polish on Easter Eggs!

Speaking of Easter, I will be away… so will catch up next week?!Marbling using nail polishHappy Easter!

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February favourites

February favourites!February did go slow no matter how short it was until the 14th when I received some flowers from Joni and suddenly remembered that spring is just round the corner (and it is technically spring today! yey!).

Joni’s original idea for flowers was wire painted flowers, however he did run out of time to make them so we both ended up creating all afternoon. It was some messy Valentine’s day afternoon! February favouritesThen I finally had enough of courage to cut my own hair! See the turn out here.Giving myself a haircut for the first time... Ahhh!February is the month when I replaced my porridge with overnight oats. Looking forward to trying out more flavours and grains! Switching porridge to overnight oats! And the last thing that have happened in February is that we have relaunched our social group meets. This time it is bigger and better in so many ways. Check out the details here.Crafty afternoons in Bedford (join us please!)Happy March everyone!

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January favourites!

Friendly Nettle 2015 calendar (free printable) It’s february already and instead of sharing about things I look forward in this month I have decided to review the previous month. After all, it’s good to plan and look forward to the future but it’s also great to look back and review your favourite moments and what you have already achieved in your goal planning.

If I had to describe january in one word I would call it “calm” or “peaceful”. I felt so much more in control of things this month then any other. Could that be because I had spend the first week of this year at the beach (well, almost), or is it because I set more realistic goals this time? Anyhow, my new calendar (that I designed and planned myself, free printable is here) really helped me to take small steps towards my monthly goals! florida coconut beachOne of my goals this year to read more books. I am on my last chapters of “Flora and Grace” and I am so looking forward to sharing with you about it!florida coconut beachI am also getting slowly addicted to Instagram (only slightly). Although I don’t post many pics myself, I love following some creative people out there! @andsmilestudio is my fav! However I quite miss Pinterest system where you can save the pins into a board (so you could come back to it later). Instead I worked out that I can take a screen shot to save some of very very very inspiring Instagrams! My favourite thing to follow on instranghamAnd I also thought I will post this pic of Leia helping me to organise my yarn stash! Surprisingly she is not the one who messes it up (it’s me mostly), but the most trouble she creates when I try to focus on my work and she want to be right there in front of me… grrrr!Leia is "helping" to organise my yarn stash!One of my most fun weekends this month were spend with Vicki. She came to visit us all the way to Bedford (from Surrey)! My best friend Vicki visiting us in BedfordAnd not to mention snow (first this year) by the end of the month! Last chance to wear my super woollen boots :-).First snow of the year in Bedford!Happy week everyone!

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Our holiday in Florida

Our trip to FloridaWell… this was mainly my holiday as we were flying to Florida for Joni’s conference so I had loads of time on my own. Not my perfect type of holidays, but I appreciated the opportunity and I am glad I grabbed it as I did (with both hands :D). What I enjoyed the most is the change of weather from frosty England to sunny beach!Our holidays in FloridaDAY 1: To begin me and Joni had first two days together. So we visited what mattered most, the Kennedy Space Centre. We both dream about going to space: me mostly for experience and Joni just loves the technical part of it (he is an Aerospace Engineer after all). If you are into experience as much as me I would really recommend Shuttle Launch Experience!Kennedy Space Centre Kennedy Space CentreI like tasting different flavours of Ice-cream wherever I go. This time I tried this pretty root beer float, which was probably not a right choice for me. I think root beer has a very acquired taste and I am… well… not quite acquired to it (this was my first time trying this type of drink!). The other ice cream I have tried was freeze dried Ice-cream (otherwise called Astronaut ice cream). It may not feel like eating an ice cream, but it was certainly an interesting experience! Kennedy Space CentreDAY 2: While Joni had a chance to take an extra super special tour at Kennedy Space Centre, I decided to explore the beach. Cocoa Beach was the closest and it certainly made my day! I spend a day in the sun lying on the sand dunes (tiny to compare to Lithuanian sand dunes though) just relaxing and reading a book (a head start on my new year resolutions!). Cocoa Beach Cocoa BeachDAY 3: I wasn’t sure what to do with myself that day. Though I will check out the town, but have been told that there is nothing to be found. I humbled myself and checked out the SeaWorld (least commercial amusement park in Kissimmee). I am not quite keen on all those “parks” and my beloved beach is not an easy place to get to without the car. However I did like the aquariums with the underwater world (will post more pics soon!). Seaworld, FloridaSea World, Florida Sea World, FloridaDAY 4: A shopping day. I know I know, I generally don’t do much shopping (at least for clothes)! I promised myself long time ago that I would make my own clothes all by myself (well, except shoes maybe), but it turned out quite a fun day! I bought so many things for Joni. Who knew that shopping for menswear can be that much fun!?

DAY 5: With a little bit of planning ahead I managed to squeeze in another day of beach! Yey! This time it was a Clearwater Beach which suppose to be a better beach to compare to Cocoa Beach. However Cocoa Beach has that rustic appeal that I love so much more than clear water and very very white sand. Ok, I did like the sand better in Clearwater beach. I think that sand may even be whiter and finer that the sand in the Lithuanian Beach. Which is quite odd, because Lithuanian beach have really fine slightly beige sand. Anyway, still another enjoyable day!Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach, Florida Clearwater Beach, FloridaI hope you did not mind that I shared…

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Friendly Nettle on Instagram!

InstajanuaryI know I know it took me a while to get the hang of this as for I long time I could not quite understand how Instagram works. Thanks for Catherene for explaining me the ins and outs! To follow us click here ;-). InstadecemberHappy Instagraming!

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