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So, as I mentioned briefly in yesterday’s post, voting for this year’s Amara Interior Blog Awards #IBA17 closes THIS FRIDAY at 5pm. As always, I have left it until the eleventh hour to beg for your votes, but I am nominated for Best Craft Blog and I would be really thrilled to make the final shortlist. In a bid to win you over, I thought I’d do a super-quick round-up of my five most popular craft posts over the last year. Here goes… I made these compact Plywood bedside shelves back in February for our guest bedroom and I have plans to make… View Post

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This year was our fifth adventure with Just So. Half of me can’t fathom how quickly those years have flown by, the other half can’t imagine a year without the Just So Festival knitted into the fabric of our family life. Five years in, I know my way around, I recognise the same volunteers, the same festival goers, the same costumes. We’ve got our festival rhythm down pat, but that feeling of magic, of being swept up in a glorious weekend of pure joy, has never faded. I still have those skin-tingling moments when you suddenly look around you and… View Post

The post 10 reasons you should add the Just So Festival to your family’s 2018 bucket list appeared first on Growing Spaces.

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Happy new year! I finally took the Christmas tree down today, but as usual, I’ve left most of the fairy lights up around the house to cheer me up through the depths of winter. Now, I’m not a big one for resolutions (although I do wonder if I need to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum this year, so I have a few things I’m mulling over), but if there’s one thing to get me feeling positive about a new year, it’s the start of a new project. Since I re-learned to knit, I’ve been knitting… View Post

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We have a new arrival in Casa Young! Allow me to introduce Lyra, our nine-week-old Hungarian Vizsla puppy, who joined us just a couple of weeks ago. She’s gorgeous, has ears that feel like velvet and loves cuddles. What’s not to love?! The decision to get a family dog has been nearly 20 years in the waiting, as Ben has wanted a dog ever since I first met him. Every so often he’d bring it up, but the conversation has been getting more and more frequent over the last couple of years. Then earlier this year I offered to dog-sit… View Post

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Due to the recent arrival of a puppy (sooo exciting, will share pictures very soon), I’ve had to put aside any ideas of making a DIY advent calendar this year. Luckily I have plenty stored away from previous years to fall back on as there’s no way I’m going to give up our family tradition of daily Christmas advent activities (and the kids wouldn’t let me, even if I wanted to!). I’m going to re-use the DIY copper advent calendar that I originally made in 2014 (pictured above). It’s my favourite of all the advent calendars I’ve made, and luckily… View Post

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It’s been so long since I’ve given you an update on our VW transporter van build, that I actually can’t remember where I need to pick the story up for you. We ticked loads of the big bits off the wish-list over the summer – the rock ‘n’ roll pull-out bed (back seat that turns into a double bed) got fitted at the end of May, so that finally all four of us could travel in the van together. A total game changer. Ben’s worked hard getting the electrics in place – he’s gone for a split charge relay which… View Post

The post PROJECT VAN: T5 Van build update appeared first on Growing Spaces.

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I love the excitement of bonfire night –amazing fireworks, writing my name with sparklers, wrapping up warm, the smell in the air. It’s a real marker in the year – a celebration of the end of Autumn, with a chill that reminds you that winter is just around the corner. Every year, around this time, I start pinning warming soup recipes on Pinterest and promise myself I’ll cook myself some, but it never seems to happen. But with a new commitment to eating more veg, I’ve decided that making soup is a must so I sought out a tasty-looking butternut… View Post

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A pair of luxury slippers are on my Christmas wish-list, but as the colder weather sets in, I need something to tide me over. Not wanting to splash out on my dream pair, I decided that an easy DIY option was the best the short-term solution. This simple hack was achieved using a pair of basic slippers I’ve had kicking around (boom boom) in the bottom of my wardrobe for months (if not years), and some iron-on fabric patches which I think I must have got in a goody bag from an event somewhere. Above you can see the slippers… View Post

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How confident a gardener are you? When it comes to indoor plants, my confidence has sky-rocketed over the last few years, but as soon as I step out of the back door, it’s a totally different story. And it seems that I’m not alone – recent research by garden tool supplier Fiskars has revealed that 41 is the age Britons offically ‘get into gardening’. And I’m also one of the three in ten adults (according to the research) who still rely on their parents to sort out their outdoor space! Busted. So when Fiskars invited me to join a gang of fellow… View Post

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I’m calling it – the autumn cleanse beats the spring clean hands down for me. In spring, all I want to do is get outside, but in autumn I go into full home declutter mode. For some reason this always takes me by surprise, but having looked back in my blog archive it seems I get this urge every September. It’s my seasonal reset button, with its promise of a new start (remember the joy of all that new stationary for the brand new school year?), and the reintroduction of routine and structure after the summer break. So I’ve gone into… View Post

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