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Meet Brian the Rescue Bunny

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I will literally travel any distance to make acquaintance with an animal, and am definitely the sort of person who cannot handle the thought of a critter having a substandard quality of life. To cut a long story short, we heard Brian the Bunny was in a predicament lately, and made no hesitations in welcoming him to our home. He moved in this Saturday and we’ve been spending a few days getting to know him.

We don’t know much about his origins except that he’s (probably) a mini-lop house bunny who is about a year old. He’s super confident and inquisitive and extra boingy, so we know he has been treated fairly well in his previous home, but he wasn’t really given the space or attention he deserves & craves. “Rescue” is perhaps a dramatic term in his case, “Rehomed” is probably more apt.
We brought him home and gave him free roam of our lounge-dining room so he could get to know us and have some space to himself. Pleasantly, we discovered he’s completely litter trained (well done, Bri!)

It also turns out he’s really big on having company, as he doesn’t spend much time in his hidey-holes, although we have made sure he has plenty of space to “get away from it all” if he wants to. He especially like snuggling up with your feet (he prefers when you wear socks) and isn’t averse to sitting by you on the sofa watching TV. He also has the sweetest little grunt.

So, welcome Brian! In time I’ll probably share some content about learning to live with a Bunny – but if you’re already a Bun Mum and have some great tips or advice then please share it!

Kitty

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Hillary’s Crafternoon | Ziferblat, Manchester

Ziferblat Crafternoon Manchester

Last Saturday my eyes opened at an ungodly hour out of excitement for a really cool event organised by Joe Bloggs for Hillary’s Blinds – the infamous Crafternoon! It was my first time at one of these events, but having seen the cool stuff other bloggers get up to at them, I was super thrilled to be invited.

The focus was on the launch of Hillary’s new Jewel collection, and was to be held at possibly the coolest place I’ve ever visited in Manchester – Ziferblat. Basically, it’s a space where you pay for the amount of time you spend there, and help yourself to drinks and snacks. Even dogs can visit – perfect.

Ziferblat Crafternoon Manchester

So, I met up with Becky from Blogger and the Geek before, and we arrived just in time to bag prime seats at this nifty little space in the NQ. Our first instruction was my favourite thing ever – “Help yourself to cake!” – so we did.

Ziferblat Crafternoon Manchester

We were then put through our creative paces by Jana from The Craft Hen in task 1 – making a fabric covered jewellery box using cuts from the gorgeous new jewel range from Hillarys. I chose a muted palette for the exterior and adorned it with some monochrome buttons, then inside opted for a more luxurious, deep red cushioning. The process was surprisingly easy (but very fiddly) and we were done within around an hour! I never thought I’d be able to throw together a jewellery box in an hour!

Ziferblat Crafternoon Manchester

Anyway, more cakes and we were on to the next task – which was my favourite – the Suffolk puff! I didn’t even know what this was until Saturday, but since I left the event I’ve made at least 6 more, adorning them with basically everything I can stick down. They’re circles of fabric gathered together round the edge by a slip stich – and it makes a lovely little ruffle that can be used for… anything, really. I’m looking forward to experimenting with them.

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Sadly, I had to dart early during the Suffolk Puff stage so I didn’t get to enjoy the last hour of the event – but I had such a fun time! Who knew crafting in a group could be such fun – it’s really inspired me to be a little more creative.
I will say, though, that hot glue guns are seriously hot. Like, the clue’s in the name, but I don’t have fingerprints any more.
Because I burned them off with glue. Just saying. Tea & parkin helped, though.

Ziferblat Crafternoon Manchester

Thanks so much Hillarys and Joe Bloggs for making the event happen, and Jana from The Crafty Hen for being such a funny, encouraging instructor!
While you’re at it, read the Hillarys post about this event right here.

Do you have a favourite simple craft to work on? Share it with me!

Kitty

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Home | How to REALLY use Pinterest to Style your Home

How to use Pinterest to style your home

When it comes to decorating your home, it can be a total nightmare just to get your style vision clear. I’m the sort of person who mentally styles any room I have control over frantically in my head for months before I’m let loose with a paintbrush.

I don’t even know what kind of house I’m going to end up in, but I already know I want subway tile on the bottom half of the bathroom, and chalky green to the top. My preparedness is half attributed to loving interior design, and another half attributed to having a Pinterest addiction.

Despite its tendency to promote lifestyle envy, Pinterest is an amazing resource for collecting ideas and clarifying decor plans for your whole house. However, with so much material at your fingertips, it can be hard to put it into practise. This post is designed to help, so without further ado here are 3 ways you can use Pinterest to style your home!

Source DIY Guides

Pinterest has tons of hacks and how-to guides for pretty much everything, and home decor is no exception. The majority of looks you’ll find on pinterest link to content on recreating that look. So while you’re curating styles you love, you can also research how to achieve them without contracting a squillion handypeople.
I particulary like the Ikea Hacks type  guides like these which help you transform budget furniture into high-end dupes!

How to use Pinterest to Style your home

Sleep on Big Changes

That hand painted chevron statement floor or ombre dipped chandelier might feel like a great idea whilst you’re looking at it, but you could be caught up in the moment. Pin the wackier ideas together so you can give them proper consideration. If you still love the gold leaf rendered fireplace in a month then it’s time to invest the time and effort into a dramatic transformation. For this reason, Pinterest is one of your best pals when it comes to avoiding big decor fails.
And hey, if you still like it, why not just get the pin printed and frame it? See tip 1 for help finding a statement photo wall to display it!

How to use Pinterest to Style your Home

Colour Scheme Confidence

When Mr K and I first moved into our house over a year ago, I was so set on painting one lounge wall purple, another navy and laying a monochrome ikat rug. Everyone I described it to struggled to see my vision, assuming I’d lost my marbles. I’d pinned similar looks, though, so I was confident it would work in a folky, bohemian kind of way but without looking super hipster. In the end I was right, and it’s because of Pinterest I had the confidence to take a risk instead of opting for failsafe cream.

So those are my tips on how to really use Pinterest to add some oomph to your decorating. It’s basically the Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen of the 21st Century.

Do you have any great tips for home decor perfection? Please share them!

Kitty

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