Hello

Hello and Happy New Year! Sorry for leaving it a whole month without posting, things became very busy and something had to give. Actually a lot of things had to give, namely blogging, housework, crafting, sleeping, thinking … you get the picture. But, everyone was fed, everyone was clean, everyone survived and most importantly we managed to get the living room finished for Christmas. Yay! I don’t have loads of photos to show you yet because it’s been Christmas and now we’re sorting out our huge backlog of boxes (they’ve been packed since 2009!) of books etc that have been in the corner of TTB’s room for a long time. We’re getting there. In the meantime, here’s a photo of it all Christmassed up. It’s hugely thrilling to have this room done and we’ve been SO enjoying using it – finally! I’m so proud of Andy for working so hard on it and doing such a good job.

Here’s a few before and during photos …

It’s been a lot of awful, dirty, dusty work. I hadn’t looked at those photos until the other day and it made me feel like crying remembering just how dusty and hideous it was taking all the plaster off. Still, it’s done now! (Just the rest of the house to go …)

In amongst all of the work we did (and trust me, every spare minute of November and December was spent working on it!) I did manage to do some festive things. Unfortunately our cooker never materialised because Tesco and Indesit are lying liars who lie. Andy bought us a little mini cooker (I know a lot of you suggested this at the start) and that’s been nice to have, I’m still getting to grips with it because of how shallow it is, the food is always close to the elements and it often burns the top of things if you use the top element or makes the bottom of things very tough if you just use the bottom element. HOWEVER, baking cakes and biscuits for the first time in a year was super and I felt all giddy with excitement.

My mother in law knitted an advent calender for TTB, what a huge amount of work went into that! Look at all those little pieces to put inside it. He’s loved it. Now I’m just trying to work out where to keep it for the rest of the year as it’s quite big. We’ve done lots of playdough, written Christmas cards and I treated TTB to Christmas pyjamas – I’m quite jealous they don’t come in my size!

Christmas Eve was lovely – I was able to spend a lot of it baking. It didn’t yield much because you can only do tiny batches in the mini oven but it was fun nonetheless and I was happy to be able to make some puff pastry mince pies like I did on Christmas Eve in 2012. It’s daft but I’d been really sad about not being able to make them, what with having no oven and all, so I’m pleased it all worked out. In the evening we left one of the mince pies for Father Christmas, along with a drink (TTB assured me that Father Christmas drinks “purple squash” aka apple and blackcurrant – who am I to argue?) and a carrot for the reindeer. It’s both wonderful and surreal to be the parent in this situation rather than the child. Being the eldest of 4 meant I was able to play along with this for a lot longer than if I’d been the youngest! I think TTB had forgotten about having left the tray out when it came to morning though, but he was delighted to find new matchbox cars and brio trains in his stocking. He loved opening presents too, well, he was very lovely about it actually and was more concerned with handing them all out and making sure that people opened them rather than the contents. Then later on he was a bit taken aback to find a new box of duplo and books and things on the floor!

The day after Boxing Day we travelled down to see my family. I was so looking forward to seeing them! We’d planned to visit before Christmas but had to postpone it what with getting the living room finished. Unfortunately it took us five and a half hours instead of three hours to get there, gah! Snow in the Midlands and thousands of other people travelling were not a good combination. I don’t ever want to travel at Christmas again! I loved seeing my family though and wish the visit had been longer. I had planned to go down again in the next half term holiday – until I realised just how close that is to my due date. I keep forgetting how pregnant I am – it explains why I feel so tired at least. I have started doing some planning and cleaning now which feels good, somewhat necessary since I’m 30 weeks already. Goodness me. 2015 is going to be a busy year I think.

x

26 thoughts on “Hello

  1. Your living room looks beautiful!! I’ve done that work before and it’s not fun but the results are so much better than before. Happy you were able to visit with your family and I’m sure they are all excited about the new little one. Happy New Year!!

  2. Mel Whitehead says:

    Wow Heather you’ve been a busy bee!!!! Lovely to hear that all is going well and you’re living room looks gorgeous. Wishing you, your Mr and LTB a fab New Year and what a year it’s going to be for you all with the new arrival. Love and happiness to you all xxxxx

  3. Mel Whitehead says:

    Wow Heather you\’ve been a busy bee!!!! Lovely to hear that all is going well and you\’re living room looks gorgeous. Wishing you, your Mr and LTB a fab New Year and what a year it\’s going to be for you all with the new arrival. Love and happiness to you all xxxxx

  4. Anne Marie says:

    Well, it was worth it. Looks lovely. There was a programme on TV of a couple doing up a house in a similar state to your before photo. It was just outside Harrogate. Think it was on My Wreck of a House. They weren’t living in it though. (I know how difficult that is, as I did it)

    TTB will really be loving and appreciating Christmas now he’s a bit bigger. My nearly new granddaughter slept all the time we were there on Christmas day, so I didn’t want to wake her and spoil the peace.

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

  5. Anne Marie says:

    Well, it was worth it. Looks lovely. There was a programme on TV of a couple doing up a house in a similar state to your before photo. It was just outside Harrogate. Think it was on My Wreck of a House. They weren\’t living in it though. (I know how difficult that is, as I did it)

    TTB will really be loving and appreciating Christmas now he\’s a bit bigger. My nearly new granddaughter slept all the time we were there on Christmas day, so I didn\’t want to wake her and spoil the peace.

    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family.

  6. Good evening Heather ,
    Wow , your front room looks fantastic , you two have worked so hard and put up with so much to get that room done you should be really proud of yourselves. What a great way to end a year . Hope to catch up with you at some point not seen you in ages , Happy new year from the Priestley’s . xx

  7. Debdor says:

    It is looking beautiful from the top photo, well worth the effort… Use both elements together if possible and a lower heat setting, it works on my mini cooker.

  8. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family, Heather. Your living room looks beautiful and must be such a treat. Christmas must have been magical. Thank you for sharing. Good luck and try to get some rest in the next 10 weeks – feet up and crochet every day!

  9. Liz says:

    I’m so happy for you that you achieved your goal of completing your living room by Christmas, it looks fantastic – a special well done to Andy, he’s done an amazing job, the long wait has been so worth it. You’ve worked so hard together to achieve this. I’ve been looking out for your post since your last one. I’m sorry to hear that Tesco and Indesit let you down but you certainly made the most of your mini oven. You made a lovely Christmas for TTB and your family. Hope you get time now to relax and enjoy some crafting before ghe new arrival to your family. Happy New Year to you all. Liz x

  10. Your room looks wonderful!!! Well done to you both! Happy New Year – may it be filled with love, light and laughter (especially TTB’s giggles!)… xxx

  11. Sue Mayer says:

    Wow that room looks brilliant now. Andy should be very proud of his DIY skills. Well done to both of you for getting it finished before Xmas. Now you have a lovely room to sit in when the weather is grim.

    Make the most of the next ten weeks as you will have your hands full with a baby and toddler.

    Happy New Year to you, Andy, TTB and bump :-)

  12. Polly says:

    Heather, your room is absolutely gorgeous – so fresh and homely looking. We are doing a similar thing with our house and there is much blood, sweat, dust and tears, but it is so worth it when you see the end result and realise it is all your own efforts! I love the way you blog about your home life and creative stuff and the joy and pleasure you get is infectious. Reading your blog often brightens my day – thank you. Hope you and your family find much joy in 2015.
    Love Polly xx
    Ps what is your living room paint colour? It would look great in my dark hall way!

  13. Beautiful job Heather-the room looks cosy and inviting. Well done to you both. Time to take it easier now and prepare for the birth of your second child. What a lovely family heirloom made by your MIL- she is a very patient knitter and shows her love for TTB by her intricate work. Happy New Year and very best wishes for a healthy and happy 2015.

  14. Liz says:

    Yay!!! Well done to you both. It looks fabulous and must feel amazing!
    My FIL drove down Boxing Day (Holmfirth to Oxford) and had a similarly horrid trip with a flat tyre to boot!

  15. Wow, your living room looks fantastic so it was well worth all the effort! Glad you had a lovely Christmas, TTB is at a lovely age now to enjoy it all. Wishing you all the best for 2015! xx

  16. Karen says:

    Wow, well done and congratulations in a job well done, Heather and hubby with little bits of help from TTB I am sure!
    Beautiful rm, beautiful pictures – thank you for sharing!
    Karen

  17. I cannot imagine living in what must have been hideous amounts of dust and upheaval, never mind with a toddler AND being pregnant! The end result looks amazing though :) Happy 2015 to you
    Jillxo

  18. Oh Heather! You’re living room looks so perfect! Your DIY photos remind me very much of moving into our house, my bedroom looked exactly like that with bare bricks and battons all over the place, and dust!! Fingers crossed neither of us have to live in a house like that again…

    Congrats on having it done in time for Christmas, get onto Tesco and give them an earful about your oven, that’s really bad considering it’s was Christmas & every knows people need to cook! Maybe you can get some money off… :(

    Have fun unpacking all your bits and bobs :-) Happy New Year! xx

  19. sue says:

    Glad you got it done and could enjoy your first Christmas in your “new” room. Curious as to the granny blanket squares COLORs? I’m in the market…
    cheers from California

  20. Julie Francis says:

    Happy New year and your living room is looking great. Glad you got it finished by Christmas and enjoyed a good time. We are to become grandparents for the first time around the same time you are due. All very exciting and am busy knitting/ crocheting! Hope you are keeping well. Take care and pleased you had a little cooker to do some baking! Xx

  21. Happy New Year and welcome back. I’m sure you are delighted to get your living room finished. I’m looking forward to seeing more pictures. Hopefully you will soon get your cooker. Well done on being able to bake with the mini cooker.

  22. Nanita says:

    Oh wow, your living room looks stunning! You both have done such an amazing job! Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2015! :-) xxxx

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