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Metaphorical Trophy Cabinet – The Liebster Award

Liebster Award
Liebster Award

In yet another surprise, I’ve been nominated for another blogging award.

This time by the very lovely  – who I count as among my blogging friends. I routinely receive encouragement and am always spurred by this blogger to pursue new projects and new challenges. It’s also lovely to have another sympathetic voice who understands ever-growing project To-Do Lists.

Spurred on by ‘Sock Thursdays‘  I’m now trying to figure out how the heck I go about knitting socks. So I can only blame this very lovely person for what has now become a purchase of some new needles (circular incase the whole knitting with 4 DP’s doesn’t work out for me)… opppsss. My husband was there at the time – surprisingly brokering no argument!

Questions I have been quested to answer. I shall attempt to answer them as fully as possible.

    1. If you had a super power what would it be? Flying. I would love to be able to fly. The freedom to be able to soar would be something that would bring me a lot of happiness.
    2. You’ve been sentence to time on a deserted island, what is the one project you take with you? Patchwork Quilt (the knitted one) – providing I had all the patterns which usually come monthly on subscription. Most of the patterns take a lot of concentration and this chance to get away from distractions would be very productive 🙂
    3. When was the last time the phrase “I regret nothing!” popped into your head? The last time I brought wool off amazon – the other day when I brought some chunky brown wool for my knitted camo blanket.
    4. Fog: for or against? I’m presuming that we are talking about the weather? I hate driving in it, but it can be used as a beautiful prop in photography.
    5. What’s your go-to fiber if you are a crafter? Gerund if you are a writer, and if you’re both answer using your favorite conjunctive adverb. Wool – usually either chucky or DK acrylic. I would love to use 100% wool yarn… but I can’t usually afford it.
    6. What is one word you wished would make a come-back? Spiffing. I try to use this as often as possible in normal speech.
    7. If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing before your very first project, what would it be? Don’t use 2 3/4 needles with DK wool. It’s not worth it. It will slowly drive you nuts.
    8. Is there a color you wont work with? No. The colour is very dependant on the project.
    9. You are rushing off to work, open the door, and there is a huge box of yarn at your door. What do you do? Pack it in my bag and take it to work. I usually have a few minutes before I start or I can take a tea break.
    10. Favourite game. I don’t really have one. But if I have to choose – a game of Cards Against Humanity with friends is one of the most enjoyable ones. A adult game and exceptionally funny when played with people who have a non PC humour (if you do I recommend avoiding this game!)

      Card Against Humanity
      Card Against Humanity
    11. You can teleport for one day – where are you off to first? A cafe somewhere. Possibly Malta. I’ve got some relations over there and it would be lovely to see them. With saving for the house (and saving for the wedding before that), I’ve not been there for a long time.

Bloggers I would love to nominate for this award. I take great pleasure in doing so as they are all amazing and they deserve a little bit of love. 🙂

  1. Duck and Cover – I love all of this bloggers posts. So much fun reading them. I also love her knits and her series of blogs to organise her knitting stash and needles have been inspiring.
  2. Cinquante Feuilles – A real mix of posts. But all of them worth a read. Including a great selection of book reviews – ideal if you’re short on your reading list.
  3. More Time Than Money – A fantastic example of someone who wants to limit the amount of waste and – like me – organise themselves a bit more. Such a great blog to watch – with lots of handy tips so you can reduce waste at home!
  4. The King Crew – A lovely blog with some fantastic and inspiring ideas 🙂 They are also challenging themselves to knit 1 blanket a month. I’ve been knitting 1 blanket since about March – so I bow down in awe of this knitter.
  5. Knit Me For A Loop –  A beautiful collection of knits. Some serious skill with needles and a fun blog to read.

Here’s how the award works:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  2. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  3. Ensure all of these bloggers have fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

To my Nominees I ask: 

  1. What would be your perfect pudding?
  2. Your favourite yarn in your stash (include pic if possible)?
  3. The next book on your ‘To Read’ list?
  4. Your favourite current WIP?
  5. Have you ever done a DIY project for the home? If so what?
  6. Your favourite holiday destination so far?
  7. Red, White or Rose wine? Pick one.
  8. What’s your perfect day look like?
  9. Are you are night owl or a morning lark?
  10. What type of novel – Historical, Fantasy, or Autobiography?
  11. Where are you while you’re answering these questions? (Work/home/in a cafe etc)

Sorry it took so long to respond to this award. But I’ve finally now snatched some time as my husband is away for the evening 🙂 Blogging time! I would knit as well… but I fear the red wine might not help me on that score….

Love to you all

Mrs Kirsty Holl

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photography · Updates

Pictures of my travels

Hi guys, I’m back again from my second weekend away this August (with my husband’s parent’s rather than mine this time). We had a lovely weekend in Devon this time (it was Sheffield a couple of weeks ago). I was a bit quiet on the blogs, we had not internet and very intermittent signal! It was a strange occurrence, so I got on with some knitting….

As I promised, these are some of the pictures I took while I was away in Sheffield 🙂 I’ll post this weekend’s up when I’ve had a chance to sort through them!

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A shot suggested by my Grandad
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Hardwick Hall – Derby
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Harwick Hall – Derby
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Hardwick Hall – Derby
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Hardwick Hall – Derby

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What do you think of my photography skills?

The plan is definitely to get myself some photography lessons (as I would love to have some more formal technical knowledge of how to use my camera). Once I have those under my belt, I would love to get a camera upgrade!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend

MrsKirstyHoll

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Uncategorized

What we’ve been up to this week – Another Update

So once again, my lack of knitting is primarily down to decorating (and really painful toothache now under control by co-codamol and antibiotics). But we’re edging ever closer to being able to invite guests over without them having to effectively sit in our bedroom (which is currently the lounge). Yay!

The Master Bedroom

My very lovely father in law has managed to put up the wallpaper up on feature wall. I loved it on the roll – but it looks even better on the wall! What do you think? I’ve kept the scraps for some other ideas later 🙂

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The pealing laminate flooring is now up and ready for the fluffy carpet my husband and I brought on Monday!

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The painting is also all done (same colours as you saw before but less patchy 🙂 ) and the radiator is back on the wall.

I’ve also had a dimmer switch installed to replace the flick switch (which was covered in paint) because it will just give us so much more flexibility with light levels.

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Furniture for our bedroom has now sneaked its way into the spare bedroom… Which is looking rather small again.

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The carpet should be down in the bedroom the first weekend in September – so not much longer to wait!

The Bathroom

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The second coat of wall and ceiling paint is on. So the full contrast of the colours is now evident. It just looks so much more uplifting in the room. We’ve selected a bathroom cabinet from Ikea and I’ve selected a bathroom light from one of the ranges we sell at work. So I’ll ping you a picture of that later.

The Kitchen

Now equipped with a fridge/freezer and a washing machine along with the oven – we’re pretty much all set. Now that I am able to cook properly we’re both going to start feeling a little more at home. It’s so much easier once you can cook proper food.

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And my spice collection has now also made it over – so things just got serious.

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Although because I prefer to keep all my spices on the side (otherwise they don’t get used) – the spice rack in the cupboard is being largely underutilised… So I need to work on what else will fit in here….

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We’ve got a rather busy weekend planned, so not sure how much progress I will have to report in the next couple of days. But I do have Tuesday and Wednesday off work – so I might use that opportunity to start hunting for decorative stuff for the bedroom. I also need to pop back to my grandparents and start packing the bedroom stuff properly now that I will have somewhere to put it!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Kirsty Holl

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Moving

Stuff I got free with my house

As most of you may know by know, my husband and I have just moved into our first house. Which is really exciting.

What’s even more exciting is all the freebies we’ve been left. The tenants who were residing in the house (the landlord wanted to sell up) left pretty much everything when they moved. Which is odd. Most stuff obviously got chucked. However, we did manage to snag ourselves a couple of gems.

– A computer desk. We spotted this on the last viewing and asked for it to be left. Saves us having to buy one. So a total win.
– A cooker. This was owned by the landlord and they didn’t need it. So they kindly left it in the house for us. Which is great as we are first time buyers and have nothing.
– A washing line
– A ladder
– A glass chopping board. I really like this one. So a definite win.

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– A random selection of beautiful wine and sherry glasses. My husband and I love decorative glasses. So this was a really exciting find. A few need throwing as they have chips in the lip. But the rest are very welcome additions to our glassware collection.

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What do you think? Do you have any interesting glasses? Most of the decorative ones we currently have are from charity shops. Such an amazing place to get glassware from. We managed to get ourselves a set of 6 of these mini Irish coffee glasses for £3 in our new local one.

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Looking forward to trying those out…..

Anyway I’m off to attempt to get some more sleep (its just gone 3am here).

Morning all!

MrsKirstyHoll

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Knitting · My Finished Objects (F.O)

Finished object – Rainbow Cowl

So this actually got finished in a day. Which is a bit of a positive twist on the tooth ouchie issue.

This wool is chunky but knits as super chunky. I’m using 7mm circular needles with 80cm length.

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How fantastic does the stocking stitch look with this wool??

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This is a pic of the whole scarf.  I wore it to work this morning. It’s really warm!!

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I am totally in love with this make. It’s really useful and looks awesome – which is a total win!

What do you guys think?

MrsKirstyHoll

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Knitting · My WIP Projects

What’s on my needles – multi coloured cowl

So not a particularly complicated knit this morning. But it was exactly what I needed when I woke up with tooth ache and was waiting for a call back for an emergency appointment.

Turns out I’ve got an infection and have been prescribed antibiotics. But it still smarts even with the painkillers 😦

So in a bid to distract myself this morning I cast this cowl in the new wool I brought yesterday.

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  I’m using my 7mm 80cm circular needles and knitting in the round. It’s really chunky wool so it’s going to be really warm and funky.

Spent the day off work (had a day booked) decorating with my mum. I also now have a washing machine – yay!! 🙂

Off to carry on with some knitting!

See you all soon

MrsKirstyHoll

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Home Decor · Moving · Updates

A Sunday Spent Decorating and Adding to the Knitting Stash

Some exciting news – I now have internet and a breakfast bar dining table  blogging desk. Which makes blogging a lot easier as it’s hard to blog sat in bed – as I struggle not to have a nap!

We picked this up for £50 from The Range today. It comes with 2 seats. We'll eventually move it into the kitchen. But it's super useful as a temp solution now.
We picked this up for £50 from The Range today. It comes with 2 seats. We’ll eventually move it into the kitchen. But it’s super useful as a temp solution now.

So Sunday has been hugely progressive on the decorating front.

We’ve been busy in our future bedroom (we are currently sleeping in the lounge), landing and bathroom. All the plastering from Friday had dried on time ( yay!) So we were all painting by 9:30 Sunday morning (I would have loved to have a lie-in but o well).

Master bedroom

Before

So this was at the point the wall and ceiling bad been plastered.

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The Window Wall
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The feature wall. There was a slight crack in this wall. Part of the reason it was selected as a feature wall. The plasterer has covered it over and the plaster is being covered by lining paper.
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The ceiling. This got plastered as it was originally artexed in dimple peaks. Very old fashioned.
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The Door Wall. This got plastered because husband was a little too enthusiastic removing wallpaper…
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The other wall

In here, my Father in law wallpapered the wall by the window.

Progress being made in the bedroom. Lining paper on the feature wall.
Progress being made in the bedroom. Lining paper on the feature wall.

This is a sample of the paper that’s going up there (below). We found this in our local B&Q. It’s called Fresco – Batch 002 (approx £11 per roll). Wanting something a little bit more feminine, it took a while to find something both my husband and I agreed about. We both loved the frames in this design – as it gave the pattern some definition.

We found this in our local B&Q. It's called Fresco - Batch 002.
We found this in our local B&Q. It’s called Fresco – Batch 002.
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We found this in our local B&Q. It’s called Fresco – Batch 002.

The walls are being painted with a paint labelled “magnolia”. It went on more of a mushroom creamy grey but seems to have dried magnolia ish. But it’s going to really complement the paper. The ceiling is being painted in white.

After

This is what the room looks like now. We’ve managed a couple of coats on Sunday. The laminate flooring was left by the previous owner. As it’s already pealing, we have decided to replace it. It’s saving a lot of faf with dust sheets.

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My lovely F.I.L is coming back one evening this week to paper this wall. Can’t wait to see it up!
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Apart from needing a little touching up around the ceiling, this wall is pretty much finished!
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This is the wall we plastered and that seems to be having so affect on the drying. I think this will need another coat.
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This wall is done 🙂

The ceiling also looks so much better now that it’s painted. It’s making the space really light and airy. I still need to really think how we’re going to dress the room now. I’m thinking decorative candle holder and lanterns – basically anything pretty. So I need to start looking, but I will wait to buy anything until after we get the furniture in.

Any suggestions very much welcome!

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We’ve found some beautiful fluffy carpet from Carpet Right today (heads to anyone in the UK – they are currently having a sale!). So we paid for a carpet in budget but worth double the price – which was a total win! I will grab a picture for you when we finally get it laid. If you aren’t in a rush, have a look through samples and order it in. So much easier as there is so much more choice.

Bathroom

Before

I wasn’t entirely sure about our bathroom.

The size didn’t bother me, I love the cosy arrangement and the lack of a window means a candle-lit bathtub is always a sensible option. Who am I to complain when that also involves a glass of wine?

I wasn’t sure about the fish tiles originally but they are starting to grow on me.

So this is what the bathroom looked like before I planned and started executing the redecoration.

Our Bathroom - The before shot
Our Bathroom – The before shot

After

Like the bedroom, the ceiling in the bathroom also needed modernising. It looks a lot better post plastering.

I choose to go Lime Green with this room. With no natural light, I wanted something that would give the room a real ‘Pop’ when you walk in. No-one else understood my vision until it went on the wall.

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Bright Green Bathroom 🙂
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Bright Green Bathroom 🙂
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Bright Green Bathroom 🙂

It just makes me grin whenever I walk in. The first coat of the white ceiling paint make it look even better. This room was a team effort between my M.I.L, me (wall) and my dad (ceiling).

It needs another coat and cutting in properly around the ceiling. Upon suggestion from my Dad, I’ve brought some kids paintbrushes to do this as neatly as possible. He actually suggested artist paintbrushes but that wasn’t the cheapest option! Especially with such contrasting colours, having a clean edge is going to be really important.

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What do you guys think of the colour? I’ve got some more plans for the other elements of decoration to this room… but I’ll leave that for a surprise later.

We’re currently on the hunt for a bathroom cabinet and an undersink cabinet. So any pointers welcome!

Kitchen

Before

In an ideal world, I would have loved a larger kitchen. But I really like that it’s so bright and airy. I also love the red brick wall – it gives the room a real character spark.

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After

Ok, so there wasn’t much done in the kitchen. But we had to make space for the fridge/freezer which arrives on Wednesday (yay!!!). I did not realise how much I appreciated my fridge and freezer. My diet isn’t particularly varied without it and we’re spending a lot of money eating out.

The floor units have moved under the stairs – which is a much better use of the under stair space. Above is the perfect space for my microwave and to the side is some more great storage space.

The units have moved!
The units have moved!

For those the are wondering – yes the lino is being replaced. It’s seen better days. But we’ll do that after the painting is done.

So, we’ve made some serious progress in our first week in the house. We’re still effectively squatting in our own house. However, we are starting to really get all the homely stuff into the house and it’s starting to feel a little more real.

I’m also pre-emptively stocking up on knitting supplies in anticipation of the craft room… my husband actually seems to be encouraging me… That’s a silly idea of him, but at least he won’t have to see it now we’ll have a door to shut it behind. I really should get on with some knitting!

What do you think of this chunky wool I found in a Sue Rider Charity shop today? They apparently regularly have wool in stock and are 15  minutes walking distance from me. Yes… this is dangerous and very exciting… 🙂 You are all a terrible influence 😛

I also got some short circular needles from a wool shop in Poole, Dorset, so that I could have a go at starting some socks – (Maggienessium this is your fault!). I’ll pick out some wool and hopefully get started ASAP.

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So that’s all from me for now!

What do you think? Please comment below!

MrsKirstyHoll

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