These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during August, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!
Confession… I actually only heard of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint this past year. I know, I know, what planet have I been living on? Anyway I’m making up for lost time and now have about 10 projects in the pipeline and not just furniture either, but tiles, kitchen cabinets, a fireplace and even some flooring!
I decided to start small with my first project, however and worked on our bathroom mirror. The cream mirror was kinda nice as it was but it just didn’t fit anywhere in our current home colour scheme and I didn’t want to have to spend on a new mirror when I had the paint ready and waiting in the shed.
I simply covered the actual mirror with paper, did two coats of Annie Sloan’s paris grey on the frame, followed by a coat of soft wax (using some cut up old pj’s) and then a coat of dark wax (using some clean toothbrushes). And voila! We now have a bathroom mirror in situ and I no longer have an excuse for my bad hair days, of which there are plenty.
Oh, and as you can see from my final “in progress” bathroom shot, there is another Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project on the go – the blue tiles. The cabinet is also on my hit list too, but before that I need to seal the tiles and crack on with our new TV unit.
To say I only discovered this chalk paint in the last year I am pretty pleased with the success of my first project, it was much easier to use than I had imagined.
(For all my Guernsey based readers you can pick this stuff up from the lovely little home decor shop, Abode in the Lower Pollet. The girls there are wonderfully helpful and full of advice on what tools and techniques to try, they really will fill you with confidence.)
Have you ever used this Chalk Paint? What is your favourite colour? I’m loving the Napoleanic Blue with a Graphite mix, basically a deep navy colour.
Dear Blossom, I love lazy days at home with you; pottering around the house, snuggling under blankets and rolling around together on the floor (despite having no curtains) as we sing yet another rendition of “row, row, row, the boat” or whatever the current days favourite may be. I will always cherish these sweet toddler moments with you. Dear Bubbles, you are currently full of snuffles and all bunged up with your very first cold. For this reason I shall continue to give you mummy milk in the night as you so desire, but know this, your days (or rather your nights) are numbered little one, there is only so much sleep deprivation this mummy can take. Enjoy those sleepy snuggles whilst you still can, I know I will. Dearest Daughters, simple moments like these may be hard to capture on camera but they are forever captured in your mama’s heart.
What are your favourite nursery rhymes? “Ring a Ring o Roses” is another favourite in our house.
It’s the tenth of the month and I’m linking up with Rebekah Gough for Ten on Ten.
It’s been a quiet old day really, mainly filled with chores around the home, running errands and an epic gardening session. Here are my ten shots trying to capture the beauty in today’s ordinary…
What beauty did you find in the ordinary today?
Dear Blossom, watching you tenderly support your wee sister in this rickety old trolley was really the cutest thing. You have a tender heart and bossy nature that really does make you the perfect big sister. You make your mama proud. Dear Bubbles, trips to the DIY store are always eventful with you. You suck your toes, befriend little old ladies, get money knocked off plants and turn even the toughest of tradesmen into cooing softies. You really are a little ray of sunshine. Dearest Daughters, may you always have each other to lean on.
What DIY projects are you working on at the moment? I’m going through a painting craze!
These are some of the inserts from our family gratitude journal during July, reminding us that God is good and that we are blessed!
What have you been thankful for this month?
Dear Blossom, your ingenuity and bravery never ceases to amaze me. Finding you sat in the porch like this did tickle me somewhat but unfortunately it didn’t last long before the buggy soon capsized. Mummy to the rescue! Dear Bubbles, you have grown so fast into a bouncing, babbling baby. I miss seeing your sweet face as we stroll around, it made hiking back up the mount all the easier. Dearest Daughters, I love walking through life with you two, I’m your loudest cheerleader and promise to always pick you up when you fall.