The Week Of Chaos

12 Jul

After a week of chaos which saw a leak into my sitting room because there had to be a massive downpour as the builders removed my flat roof.


A near broken foot after slipping on a dog water bowl spill as I got up quick to answer the door, at some points a house full of 8 workman, pulling up carpet and floorboards for the electrician only to be told he didn’t expect me to do it, a hard time removing the wallpaper from the kitchen walls ready for the plasterer, a cat escaping a dog running out the front gate a two year old who wants to play with the builders tools and the whole house looking like a bombs hit it I’m pretty much over this having stuff done to your house malarkey!

On a plus point I am so happy with how it’s taking shape the guys working at the house couldn’t be nicer they have been a pleasure to have around which I don’t often say about having any workman at the house. The poor guys have managed amazingly considering this lovely rainy British July we are having and are only running a day behind schedule so I am super pleased.


I’ve also continued on my search for furniture and have managed to get my hands on a pine farmhouse table with 6 chairs just like I wanted. We go collect it on Friday and I am super excited I’ve got plans to paint the bottom of the table but leave the top pine and do the same with the chairs.

Doolallytat JJ has made a brilliant start on the arm chair now the job of finding some fabric and the tall table has been rubbed down, undercoated and is ready for its top coat.


The weekend is going to be building steps from the extension down to the garden out of sleepers so keep your fingers crossed for some sunshine. Then next week the mammoth task of painting the walls that is if the plaster has dried out and if I can find a nice chalky white paint!.

Wish me luck!



Secondhand Love….

5 Jul

I am so excited I’ve been on a search for furniture for the new kitchen/dining/living room or the family room as I’m going to call it for ease and I have been super lucky as I’ve managed to lay my hands on these beauties….

The first is an arm type chair which I fell in love with it needs reupholstering but us Doolallytat girls are always up for a challenge. I need to find some fabric but we decided it can’t be stripy or have a pattern that needs to be matched, to hopefully make the job of reupholstering a little bit easier. I’m also going to rub down the wood and give it a lick of antique white paint.
(Any tips on reupholstering would be greatly received In the comments section)



Next up is my tall plant table which I’m going to use hopefully to put a vase on as a household with cats, I have issues with the little monkeys knocking over vases so I thought getting a tall table which isn’t big enough for the cats to jump onto might just work. (I will let you know how that goes!). I’m going to rub it down and paint it antique white and give it a distressed shabby chic look.



And my favourite this gorgeous glass dresser, I feel a little bad about this one as someone has already painstakingly spent quite a bit of time doing this piece up. Unfortunately I really want the furniture to be antique white so will have to give it a lick of paint but I couldn’t resist the gorgeous glass in this dresser, a great place to store teacups and glasses. I’m also going to have a search for some different handles.


And last but not least these super cute hares too sweet to leave behind!



So with some lovely projects to be getting on with us Doolallytat girls are going to be busy busy busy we will let you know how each project goes.

Family Rules!

4 Jul

On my ever constant search for cool decorating ideas, I came across the lovely idea of family rules. These are basically a list be it silly or sensible of rules for your family to live by. Now my household is a crazy one so I thought what better than creating our own set of family rules.

Take a look at this little lot for inspiration (or just go and buy….all for sale on wonderful Etsy)

Ashlie Jenson

Signs of Vintage

Epiphanys Corner

Now which rule shall I start with!


Ring out for a good cause…

3 Jul

When I was at Mr B’s Step Bro’s wedding I got to have a fab chat with his Step Sis Elizabeth. She is a fellow crafter and one of the nicest people I have ever met so I always love catching up and talking about crafty stuff and our Cats.

Well after getting our kitty cats and new projects out the way Elizabeth told me she had been helping her friend Laura out at a few craft fairs raising money for an amazing charity started by Laura’s parents:

Below Laura explains a little more about the charity:

“Following five years of teaching in Tanzania in an international school, my Mum (Sheila Murray) has decided with my dad (Andy Murray) to create a charity. This will be called Teaching and Teachers Africa, or TaTA for short”

“They are aiming to support local, rural teachers with their English, teaching resources and teaching methods, as currently the teachers write on the board and the pupils copy the information. Typically, there can be 100 pupils per class, with only one textbook. They may also be looking to help local families with the school fees, which seem minimal to us, yet are unachievable for the poorest of the poor”

Well Doolallytat wanted to help out and decided that we would send the girls a big parcel of Doolallytat Rings to sell at their next Craft fair:


these are winging there way to the lovely ladies as we speak and I will let you all know when their next event will be and if you are in the Norwich area please pop in and support this amazing charity and these lovely Ladies.



In Full Swing!

30 Jun

So with the walls and ground works to the extension nearly finished and the glazers expected next week it has given me a bit of time without having the builders at the house. I’ve been really lucky the guys have been really sweet and the nicer they are the more cakes they get so it’s win win really!.

After getting off my Hols a bit tired a little bit stressed due to the lost buggy,being too late to collect the dogs from kennels who of course were fine and enjoying there doggy holiday (a doggy mummy does worry you know) to a building site it was enough to make me have a mini panic.



So after being told by the hubby that I’m over reacting and i should be excited and that 30 square meters isn’t small (anyone who knows me will know I have serious measurement issues I have no idea how big anything is or what will fit into the space!) taking a couple of deep breaths a good nights sleep and the following day I was back on it. So with a to do list as long as my arm I’ve started trying to source the best deals for my Smeg fridge Freezer and Rangemaster Cooker looking at flooring samples, lighting, ordering the kitchen and creating a kind of mood board with all my ideas of how the room is going to look and I’m feeling much more positive. Look at this for starters from Coastal living.


And check out this retro microwave from Whirlpool


And some lovely lighting from John Lewis


So bring it on in the next couple of weeks walls are going to be removed which creates a new drama trying to contain two dogs two cats and a two year old i think that might be enough for the next mini breakdown…. Wish me luck


Photo Friday…Minorca Special!

29 Jun
















Back With A Bump!

28 Jun

So after a gorgeous week sunning ourselves in the beautiful island of Minorca the holiday literally ended with a bumpy landing into Gatwick Airport due to this wonderful British summer that we are having, a lost buggy which after a lot of messing around and an hour and fifty minutes later with a very tired little dude we were told it never made it on the plane (could the people of Thompsons not tell us that whilst we were waiting for our luggage!). Luckily we had a super friendly taxi driver who happily waited for us. Then it was home to my building site of a garden (which I will tell you all about another day).


Anyway back to Minorca we stayed in the really pretty area Binibeca Vell in a gorgeous villa with a pool and the sea just a stones throw away. There is a little village that looks like it has a story to tell, and it has! Even though it looks like it has been there years and years it is a relatively new development. It has gorgeous winding tiny cobbled streets and seems to have a good mixture of locals and tourists who live and stay in them.




We visited some beautiful beaches and rocky coves ideal for snorkelling and more fish swimming around than I think I have ever seen (might have had something to do with the bread I was feeding them) The food was delicious the locals were very friendly and were happy for any words that you tried to speak to them in Spanish i even managed to teach the little dude to say hello goodbye and thank you and nearly count up to five in Spanish and the sangria,beer and local cocktail Pomada weren’t bad either!.




So now as I write looking out onto the extension on the house beginning to take shape, my tan fading thinking about how long my to do list is, the beautiful Island of Minorca seems like a distant but wonderful memory.