Sunday, 10 October 2010

My room on a budget and lots of other things.

Hello dear lady friends and a special thank you for your lovely comments they have cheered me up no end and hello to my new followers although some i can not visit so if you are reading this please leave me a message as i would love to visit your blog if you have one. Sorry i have not visited many of you lately but life is very busy at the moment with one thing or another Well i have decorated my spare room i wanted it to be all from the car boot charity shops or ebay or what i already had as i did not want to spend too much on it and its suprising what other people do not want ,one persons junk is another persons treasure so they say and it saves the landfill, so here's what it looked like before and i just remembered to take a picture before carrying on .I bought a cupboard from a Charity shop and painted it i think it looks so much better, and here is the little chest of drawers i showed you in my last post,i wanted little glass knobs on it but i did not want to spend any money so i glued on big glass beads instead and got the look i wanted,what do you think ?.The quilt on the bed was a CB find for £3.00 it is a king size handmade one but had a tear in it so i cut it down to fit a single bed and used the rest to transform my chair and recover a little box i already had also to recover this lamp a CB find for £1.00 and i also made a insert for this basket on the cupboard and also a cushion and a little heart for on the bed which came from ebay, there is a bit left over to use when i get inspired again. The lovely china mirror is from the CB cost £2.00 and also the what not shelves mounted on the wall £3.00 and finally a wooden plaque i made.The carpet is white and it was an off cut to keep the price down but it is very thick and soft.The room has a lovely calm and tranquil feel to it, it turned out better than i thought it would and every one has said how nice it is. Next is my bureau also from my previous post in my newly decorated hall and landing,this is not a colour i would normaly use but i thought be different for a chang and it is growing on me, the window is wearing a curtain cost £1.50 tied back with this lovely tie back cost 50p and this is my hall way it is only small Lastly on the DIY scene is my new rocking chair for my kitchen this was also from the car boot, cost £15.00 a bit more than i would usually pay but i had to have it, i don't think any one else would have wanted it anyway. It was a nightmare to recover but i am quite pleased with its transformation and it is very comfortable.Well now onto knitting,i have made the boys some hats for winter in a lovely warm aran i have made three so far one more to go and i made Maisy a cardigan for her second birthday back on September the 15Th also my birthday i am now making DD Lauren a hat and gloves ,i just one glove to go and i will show them to you. An up date on DH he has finished his chemo and the tumour has shrunk so much it does not show up on the scan and he is now about to start his second week of radiation treatment only five more weeks to go after this one he has treatment every day monday to friday and is coping remarklably well,so far he has been quite lucky as regards side affects hardly any i keep thinking the calm before the storm i hope it stays this way he has had a feeding tube fitted in his stomache in case he has trouble eating as the radiation kicks it can damage the throat he will probably never have to shave again and possibly have to have mouth sprays and drink lots of water for the rest of his life as it will damage his saliva glands but it will all be worth it in the end. So you see i have been keeping busy as its the only way i cope ,life is manic with hospital trips daily and people popping in and out and my IBS has played up something chronic but not surprising really with all that's been happening but its a small thing to deal with really, the house is nearly always a tip at the moment,i am not used to having Dave home all the time and i feel as if i am not in control any more.Finally if you have reached this far well done,a few light hearted pictures of the grand children Thomas in his hat doing what 6 and a half year olds do, acting the clown.The girls giggling in the guest bedroom with some dolls i used to collect and can you spot the real baby. Here's Lauren with baby Chloe having a cuddle. Maisy helping me make a trifle. Well thats it for now what a long post thank you for staying untill the end and visiting i realy look forward to your visits ,have a great week and keep safe big hugs Pat


Melissa said...

Wow! I can't believe how busy you have been. Where to start on my loves of your makeover - the chair and box matching the bedspread, the Crystal pulls (Brilliant), the tassle on the bureau. And of course, always in awe of your sewing and knitting. really! Glad to hear the good news of the tumor shrinkage. Don't forget to take care of you. We have to make sure we are good and healthy (physically and mentally) or else we are not any good to the ones we love. We must take care of Ourselves so we can take care of Others. GOT IT!?!?!

But, GRACIOUS! How do you get so much done!? And at such a small price! Truly impressive!

Tracey said...

Everything is BEAUTIFUL! You are so talented & have such style.
Your Grandkids are adorable & I'm so pleased hubby is doing well.
Lots of love.....xxxxxxxx

Florrie said...

Keeping busy is sometimes the best therapy to get through difficult times.........and my goodness you have been busy. So many lovely things made, sewn, knitted and painted, it's an inspiration to us all. And such beautiful grandchildren too, what a blessing they can be. Sending you hugs and good vibes for Dave and your family.
florrie x

Louise said...

You have been so busy. I love the quilt and your makes from it. The beaded handles are such a fantastic idea. I love the bed, bureau, chair ... everything!
So pleased your husband is doing wellx

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Well goodness me there is nothing like us women on a mission is there! lol. What a beautiful bedroom makeover! I love that cupboard and it looks so pretty with a bit of TLC, the quilt was a great find for the amount of other stuff you have been able to use if for and make. I love the colour of your hallway too. We have been having a bit of decorating and tidy up of our house too. And trying to do it all on a budget and reusing or buying second hand where possible. It is a challenge but one well worth doing. Your grandchildren look adorable. And I am so glad that your DH has been responding well to chemo. Be sure to take a breather for yourself every now and then. I know its easy for us ladies to forget about ourselves and worry about everyone else.

Take care lovely post.


Diane said...

You my friend have gone into overdrive!!! How on earth have you kept going? You centainly have the nack for renovating on a budget - it looks as if youve spent a fortune!. But the best bit of your post is hearing that Dave is doing so well. In fact thats the best bit of any post I have heard for ages!! Well done to you both. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Joan said...

My first time visit to your blog, and I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with your creativity! You gave me some great ideas for my sewing room. Thanks for sharing.

Julies knitting corner said...

Hi Pat, its nice to hear form you, and I can see you are keeping busy which I am sure helps you stay positive. I have enjoyed looking at your pictures, we to are in the midst of decorating our living room on a budget. lots of love Julie.C

Smiffy said...

Hi there, so pleased to hear from you again. You really have been a busy bee haven't you - but I can understand why. Pleased hubby's treatemnt is running smoothly. Big hugs. Sue x x

Julia said...

Hi Pat,

I've counted you in my Giveaway - good luck!!

Julia:0) x

Vintage Amethyst said...

Hi Pat.
Such great news about the tumour shrinking, that is fantastic isn't it. Hope the next few weeks of Radio-therapy fly by for you & Dave.
My Mum is doing well but is now having x-rays & a full body scan for bone cancer as it is a secondary cancer to lung cancer so fingers crossed nothing shows up!

Your room looks absolutely fantastic, I love it all & the hall looks so beautiful too.
Keeping busy seems to be the best medicine in times like this.
Absolutely adorable photos of the children, so cute.

Sending you & Dave lots of love

Thecraftytrundler said...

Don't youi just love car boot sales & paint!! I love the gorgeous room, and all the lovely furniture transformations you've created!!You put me to shame!!
Pleased to hear that Dave is responding well to treatment, and you look after yourself too!!
What gorgeous grandchildren!! I bet they keep you busy, but it's easy to see why you're a proud nanny ; )

Hugs ((( )))

Sharon xx

Flossie and Tom said...

Hello again Pat,
I have been just catching up with your blog - I'm so sorry to hear your news and pray that everything will turn out ok for you XX
I love the bedroom makeover - I think you should have your own tv programme.
Love and hugs


Scented Sweetpeas said...

Wow you have been a busy bargain hunting bee - fab upcycling!

Josie said...

glad to hear the news about hubby!

the room looks great, especially all the re-vamped furniture!

lovely photo's of the children.

Josie x

April Cottage Ramblings said...

Hi Pat,
What a beautiful bedroom. It really is exactly how I would decorate mine. I bought some toile de jouy back from Brittany 5 years ago and still haven't finished the curtains. I think it was because I bought the material and cut them for our French Maison de Maitre which had very high ceilings and long thin windows so I had visualised exactly how the room would look finished. Unfortunately when we came back to the UK they would have gone into our Foresters cottage which has very low ceilings. I just cant bring myself to cut them down and finish hemming them!! Perhaps the answer is to move back to France lol. Keep blogging I love calling in onto your site to catch up with what you have been doing. best wishes

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

Such a lovely post Pat ... well done on all your makeovers ... they are all gorgeous ... don't you just love transforming brown wood with a pot of paint. So pleased to hear DH is coping well with his treatment ... I can only imagine what life must be like for you at the moment. Positive thinking goes a long way in these situations. Take good care of yourself too .... those beautiful grandchildren must help no end too. Have a great weekend x

Ally Johnston said...

So many great things. Love the dresser and the rocker. The dolls were so sweet very hard to spot the real baby

April Cottage Ramblings said...

Hi Pt,
Just called by to say hello. Hope all is well with you

Monica@The White Bench said...

Thinking of you and praying all goes well! Big hugs x
Your makeovers are just terrific, you really did an impressive job!

C. C. said...

Hi Pat!

What an incredible job you have done transforming your room! That is so lovely! And it is one of a kind and affordable! Isn't it nice to be able to sew?

I am thankful your husband is doing well. There just seems like there are times in our lives where we feel like we have no say and no control from minute to minute! This season will pass quickly and things will take on a new "normal" and you will be at peace with your life again soon.

Do take care!

C. C.

MissingRib2 said...

I am happy to read DH tumor has shrunk. GOD bless you and yours. The room is beautifully put together.

April Cottage Ramblings said...

I Pat,
Just c alled by to see how you are and let you know I am thinking of you and Dave. I hope all is well.
Jayne x

Jan said...

Love all the grandbabies and dollies. I wish I had time to refinish furnishings, but I only have time to smock.

Lx said...

Hi Pat - thank-you for your lovely welcome back. Hope Dave is ok and not too fatigued post radiotherapy.

I love your spare room makeover, you have a real talent there.

Take care.

Love Lydia

LizzieJane said...

Hi Pat, It was so nice to hear from you. I am afraid I haven't been blogging for a while. I have been very busy helping my daughter with her business. I hope you and all your family are well. I think about you and your hubby quite often. I do so hope he is coping well. Have a wonderful Christmas.