This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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This might seem a little...

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

I’m sure I don’t need...

This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

#mummyphotoaday #ad

I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

A place to relax. A...

When you have a #favourite day with some great memories. Happy memories. It’s so nice to reflect back on it and reminisce.

This Winter Sun family day out at Norfolk still makes me feel happy when I think about it. These gorgeous smiles say it all.

However, you wouldn’t of thought this earlier before school. They had the most angry faces, shouting and being quite mean to each other. I’m hoping it’s just tiredness from the weekend. They’ve definitely come home happier than when they left!

It’s nice to look at photos that make you happy. Especially when you’re not feeling that happy, in that moment.

#mummyphotoaday

When you have a #favourite...

How to choose a fabric for your sewing project?

Designing and crafting is something very destressing and therapeutic for your mind. Crafting something which you can later use for your own self is even more rewarding and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Sewing is one of those crafting techniques that requires skill and practice. It is rewarding in the sense that it reduces your dependence on a seamer and you can sew anything that is in your mind. While the ability to sew opens doors of creativity and options for you, it also involves a lot of research and technique. The most basic yet the trickiest part of sewing is to choose the right kind of fabrics for your sewing projects.

Generally, when sewing for garments, patterns play a key role in choosing what kind of fabric you will be choosing for your project. Every kind of pattern has a different kind of fabric demand. No matter how great a seamer you are, choosing the wrong kind of fabric can completely ruin your sewing project.

Types of Fabrics for Garment Sewing

Although there are numerous different varieties of fabric available in the market, there are a few key types of fabrics that are used for garment sewing.

  • Cotton: Cotton is one of those fabrics that offers you with a lot of room for your creativity. It comes in different weights and varieties and can be used for almost any type of garment, which makes it one of the most versatile fabrics.
  • Jersey/ Knitted: This is a machine knitted fabric that originates from cotton too. It is one of the coolest and the most comfortable and easy to wear fabric and is generally used for casual clothing such as T shirts. That said, this fabric is one of the most difficult ones to handle while sewing.
  • Linen: Linen is a widely used summer fabric because of its coolness. It is much easier to compare to other fabrics but it creases a lot.
  • Silk: Silk is an expensive fabric and is difficult to handle while sewing. It is mainly used in luxury wear.
  • Wool: Wool is often used as a winter fabric however, the multitude of varieties available in wool makes it versatile enough to be used in many different ways.
  • Polyester: It is a synthetic fabric which is usually light weight. It is one of the cheapest fabrics available.

Sewing Basics for Beginners

If you are new to sewing, it is recommended that you start with fabrics that are easier to handle and do not involve a lot of complexities. Start with fabrics that do not slip or stretch while sewing such as cotton and linen. Avoid fabrics that are shiny and slippery such as silk and polyester. The lighter the fabric is in terms of weight, the easier it will be for you to sew. Heavy weight fabrics such as denims can be difficult to work with if you are not an experienced seamer. You can of course move towards more difficult fabrics as you learn with practice and experience.

 

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