A blossoming Season of Motherhood

With just a few days before my boy turns two I can’t help but think about how much my life has changed since he has been in it! He is such a blessing, not only has he shown me what it’s like to love unconditionally with my whole heart, but he has given me a whole new perspective on life, creativity and all that surrounds us, being a mother really is the most wonderful job.

Two is by far my favourite age, although, I am quite sure I have said that about every phase and milestone we have reached so far. But, oh my goodness being two is just magic! New words are being learnt every day and his imagination is alive. He seems to have grown all of a sudden, his legs are longer and those chubby thighs Iv kissed a million times are fading fast (thank goodness his little hands are still as chubby as they alway have been). It is a joy and a reward to see him grow, especially when the day leaves me feeling exhausted and wanting nothing but my own bed and a good night sleep. Each night when I tuck him into bed we talk about all the lovely things we have done – a gentle reminder to myself that we are both growing together.

I left my job as a designer in favour of being a stay at home mum. Before Arthur was born I knew I didn’t want to miss a minute of all of this and although I do often miss my old job and the creativity that came with it, I’m so glad I made this decision. For me, as a mother, I often try to find play ideas which satisfies my creative needs as much as it does Arthurs – things that will keep us both happy and content. After all, a happy mama makes for a happy baby, right? Something I have always tried to foster in him is a love of creativity and allowing the freedom to explore without putting boundaries around him (off cause I’m not talking about boundaries of safety or discipline here purely the ones that allow him to grow). Recently we played with flowers and our cameras, it is my guilty pleasure and it’s so lovely to see that it has also captured his imagination too. We laid out some blooms on a sheet of paper and took some pictures together – the poor petals got a little bruised as Arthur played with them, but, hey! Nevermind we both had a lovely time playing together. It fills me with such pride to see his curiosity grow, I feel like the luckiest mama.

Do you find your creativity needs to be nourished alongside the needs of your child too?

Linen Cupboard Update With Chalk Paint By Annie Sloan

We have a beautiful old linen cupboard that once belonged to a great uncle, then my aunty, before being passed on to us. I love its shape and it’s the perfect size for our family needs.

It’s a beautiful old cupboard and has sentimental value because it was loving restored by my aunty, but the wood was too dark for my taste as I like our home to feel light and bright. Thanks to Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan I was able to give this little linen cupboard the perfect makeover to freshen up one of the darkest little corners of our home. I love the results so much.

I have painted lots of furniture here at home in the past, in favour of giving old pieces a new lease of life and creating a calm and relaxed vibe by choosing pale colours. Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan are my favourite because they are so easy to use and the variety of techniques available means you can achieve some really beautiful and creative finishes. I have often opted for the simple paint and wax technique which I have always been really pleased with, but this time I wanted to try something a little bit different. I love the rustic french chipped paint look which can be achieved in a couple of different ways using two or three different colours from the range.

I simply gave the cupboard a coat of Old White Chalk Paint first allowing it to dry fully before painting all the edges with Scandinavian Pink. Once the pink was dry I waxed the edges with Annie Sloan Clear Wax, this meant that once a final coat of Old white was added to the whole cupboard I was able to chip back the top layer (with a pallet knife and sandpaper) along the edges revealing the pink beneath it, creating a rustic chipped paint effect. And finally, I waxed the whole cupboard to seal the paint and protect it.

Do you love to upcycle old furniture? I love the words on the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint paint mixer (see the fourth image down) PAINT EVERYTHING! yep! that’s what I like to do here!

Laura x

This post was written in collaboration with Annie Sloan who kindly sent me the pots of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan brushes to use. Thank you for supporting the brands I love.

Afternoon Tea For Mum

Where would I be without my mum? I owe everything to her, all that I am and all that I know. I don’t think I truly appreciated just how wonderful the bond between a mother and her child could be until I became a mother myself, all those feelings of unconditional love are pretty amazing. My mum has taught me so much about life and she has been there through the happiest and the saddest times, always encouraging and never judging. Her mothering is inspirational and off cause she is the most wonderful granny to our son too, who totally adores her. I couldn’t wish for anything more from her.

I am very lucky that I get to see my mum on a regular basis, it’s lovely that we can pop in to see each other whenever we fancy, but we don’t often get the chance to sit down and enjoy tea and homemade cake together, so that’s just what we planned to do recently. A simple lunch and get together was the perfect way to treat my mum to let her know how special she is to me.

Steamer Trading recently asked if I would like to take part in their Mother’s Day campaign – Afternoon Tea for Mum, which sounded like such a lovely way to treat my mum I jumped at the chance to get baking a special cake. There really is no excuse for cake! I used a Mary Berry all-in-one sponge cake recipe in my heart shaped baking tin and got Arthur to help me decorate it with fresh fruit and flowers. (OK I decorated it whilst he helped himself to the fruit). We also made some cucumber sandwiches and a pot of tea. Just perfect for celebrating Mother’s day and spending time with my mum.

Thank you to Steamer Trading for inviting me to take part in a little afternoon tea celebration for my mum we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
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After a long grey winter

It has been so long since I last popped over here to write, my energy levels have been low and my enthusiasm has been lost, a long and very grey winter has passed but thankfully tiny signs of spring are beginning to emerge and with it I have found my enthusiasm again.

We began this year with some sad and worrying news for our family, my dad has been diagnosed with cancer, it has knocked us all and has of cause been a worry for my dad who is dealing with it. He has recently received the best possible news that the cancer is small and slow-growing and so we are hoping and praying that with the help and care from the doctors he will make a full recovery.

I have also been caught in the middle of an emotional mix of anxiety and pure joy over the past few months – we are expecting a baby and utterly thrilled to be extending our little family later this summer. Pregnancy after loss is a tough journey to navigate, the fear of losing another child grips me so tight, leaving me feeling frightened and unable to trust my body to do something that should be so natural and so joyful. However, with that said, the weeks do seem to be flying by this time, with each day and each tiny movement that I feel I am trying my best to put the worry aside and enjoy the journey towards holding our littlest member of the family in my arms safe and well.

Despite this winter feeling like a long and hard slog, we have managed to make plenty of lovely memories along the way and have some good times to look back on, here are some of the things we have been enjoying:

  • Clearing the garden, collecting seeds ready for the year ahead and planting winter flowers to brighten up the grey days
  • seeing the bulbs we planted back in November emerge from the ground
  • Winter walks
  • Visiting National Trust gardens (look at these snowdrops!)
  • Hot chocolates a plenty
  • An impromptu trip to the Cotswolds (how very sweet is the blue shepherd hut I spied in the garden above)
  • Seeing the newest member of the family at our scan 12 and 20 week scan