Monday, 30 September 2013

♥ This Week's Loves ♥


1. This week I finally moved home! I'm now officially living in Aberdeen and loving it!

2. There's been some great tv this week, and The Wrong Mans was one of the best! I love how well written it is.

3. Tunnock's Teacakes are delicious. I need to eat them more. Like daily or something.

4. Filth is an awesome film. I was at the Unlimited screening this week and loved it! It's very Scottish, and very Irvine Welsh, and James McAvoy is brilliant.

5. Another sweet treat I haven't had in ages is Tipsy Cake. I needed change for the bus and it's such a shame that the bakers is between the cash machine and bus stop...

6. Seems like I've been waiting ages for Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD to begin, but it was worth it!

7. I've signed up for an evening class so I'll be learning Japanese! I learnt a little for my trip to Japan last year but really wanted to do it properly.

8. What a busy weekend I've had! First up was the Autumn Fashion Fix, with beauty and hair demonstrations and fashion ideas...

9. ...followed by the Scottish Home Show the same day! I'm such a loser around celebs, so I took a sneaky snap from afar of Tommy Walsh off the telly!

10. I love collecting Lego Minifigures and this time I got exactly the one I wanted!

11. The X Factor has been back on for a few weeks but it's heating up now the categories have been selected. I'm not too excited about most of the contestants this year, but Paul Akister and Sam Bailey give me chills!

12. I've had a bit of car drama this week, but I'm so happy that the garage have given me a loan car until my new one is ready. Phew!


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

My New Home: Moving In

After a lot of hard work, muscle ache and money spent, 24 days after getting my keys, I moved in! Yay!


It's a really weird feeling because the house isn't finished and I haven't moved all my things in, but the basics are here and I can do all the day-to-day things like sleep, watch telly, get ready for work etc.

The one thing I can't do is eat properly. My kitchen is the one room which isn't liveable yet, but the wall has been rebuilt and plastered and once it's dry I can get painting and things can be put in place! I have a kettle and a microwave and a lovely mummy who feeds me after work before I drive home with a car full of stuff!


My absolute favourite room so far is my bedroom:


This room all came together on Monday, the day I moved! My carpets were fitted during the day and I had picked a very girly one, purple with silver sparkles!

My bed was unboxed and the mattress (which also arrived that day), mattress topper, sheets, duvet and cover were added to make a giant marshmallow bed! I feel like I'm in The Princess And The Pea every time I get in!

I bought the table from a local second hand furniture store during my lunch hour and I think it's perfect for my Miffy lamp to sit on!

The other room that's almost finished is my living room. My lovely friend Karen came over to help me wallpaper and we weren't going home til the job was done! Unfortunately that was about 2am! I love, love, love this wallpaper, I think it's perfectly modern yet vintage, and suits my brown glosswork.



I also totally love my corner sofabed! I have had my eye on this specific model for a few years now, mainly because the pull out section also doubles as a big lounger for...well, lounging really. It's great for my niece and Panda to play on cos of the size and it's wipeability (that's totally a word...I think), and it also means I can have guests to stay over! PJ parties ahoy!



Talking of Panda, he totally loves it here! Just look at that nosey little monkey:


So that's where it's at! Still lots to do, obviously the kitchen, but also wall mounting the tv, adding shelves, a desk, and a coffee table to the living room and the walls need some serious photos and  printage (surely that's a word?). The money pot is empty though, so these things will have to wait a wee while. Unfortunately I've had to buy a new car, and I'm going to New York in two weeks. Not sure I thought this through...


Thursday, 12 September 2013

My New Home: Halfway There...

I can't believe it's only been two weeks since I got the keys to my new home!

There's been one major change.  Remember the two larders from the kitchen? Well here's how they look now:


Previously if you looked in this corner you would see two built-in cupboards, but now you see the hallway! My family took far too much pleasure taking turns to smash the wall down!

The kitchen units were also ripped out, walls plastered and the laminate floor partially lifted with a plan to sand the floorboards and varnish them.


Let me tell you about floor sanding. You can hire these floor sanding machines for about £30-50 a day. They are heavy to carry, but easy to set up, and nowhere near as loud/wild/scary as I expected!

But it is a boring, mundane, life-sucking, soul-destroying task. Ok, maybe I exaggerated a little, but not really that much. It took me 3-4 hours to get this far. My dream of doing three rooms in a day or two was totally dashed :( Quick calculation *taps on calculator* this would take me at least 5-7 days to do the lot! I decided to cut my losses and I've ordered flooring instead. In future, I'll just get a professional in to do it!

On the plus side, the kitchen units have been built, my washer dryer, hob and oven have been delivered and the wall is being re-built in a better fashion over the next few days.

Moving onto the bedroom, I was painting! I love painting, it means that sufficient progress has been made and it's the quickest and easiest way to transform the look of a room!


This was just before the final coat, but it's all painted now even inside the wardrobes:


I'm so glad to have one room really taking shape!

The living room is also mostly painted, so I'll finish that this weekend, and maybe get the wallpaper up on the feature wall. I also have more deliveries over the next few days and my Sky is being installed this weekend too.  Cue me, sat on a foldout chair, in an uncarpetted room, watching telly!

My family have been so brilliant throughout the whole thing. My brother is a plasterer to trade, which is very handy, and Dad knows a bit about everything so he's done all sorts of electrical, plumbing, building and DIY work. Mum is the Chief Gardener and remembers all the essential things like toilet paper and tea and sarnies for the troops, whilst my sister tirelessly stripped wallpaper and my brother's girlfriend constructed the kitchen cabinets in no time! I love these people, my family always rally around to help and, to me, that's what family is, it's the people you can count on most when you need it.


Thursday, 5 September 2013

My New Home: Getting The Keys & Making A Start

Last Friday I got the keys to my new home (the one I've been going on and on about to anyone who'll listen)!


After the useless selling agents gave me the wrong keys, I got the right ones and headed to my new flat!

First things first, take a look around:





A bit...erm...retro isn't it?! That's really why I love it!  There's a lot that has to be changed but a lot of features I'd like to keep.

After speaking to the gasman and the electrician and much discussion in general, here's the plan:

The living room will be redecorated after that big white box (some sort of old aircon system) has been removed.  The fireplace (which I actually love) will have to be replaced at some point along with all the heating, but that's a job for next year.

The kitchen will be the big change. It is being completely ripped out, and I'm torn. There are some wonderful pantry cupboards in there and I'm sad to see them go, but it's not possible to replace the rest of it to match. The problem is that there isn't room for all the modern appliances we're used to, and the old lady who owned it before me didn't have a washing machine or fridge freezer it seems, so it suited her nicely. Hopefully we'll be able to preserve the light from the little window inside the pantry. We have an idea of how to do that, but we'll see how it goes!


The bedroom has some wonderful built-in wardrobes, with beautiful handles, and they are there to stay! Apart from that it's just some decoration (after removing another aircon unit).


Finally the bathroom. Obviously there's a lot of mixed patterns in there, but everything functions well apart from the shower so it will be the last room to update.


So that's a little peek around my new home, hope you enjoyed your tour! I'm spending most of my time there just now, and I hope to move in around Saturday the 14th (holy cow that's only 9 days away!).  I'll keep you updated with our progress but all my regular features will be on hold until I get moved in or find some time, whichever comes first! :)


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