Friday

15 Nov, 2013

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Introducing Ava Mae

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I’ve been a little quiet over here lately but I have had a good excuse! I have been preparing for the arrival of my first baby and I am delighted to announce my little girl Ava was born on 30/10/13 and my husband and I have been enjoying spending quality time with her since.

In other news I am exhibiting this weekend at the Fabulous Places Christmas Market (my Mum has kindly offered to run my stand for me) but I will be popping in with Ava to have a look round and to chat to customers. If you are in the Derby are I would highly recommend a visit – it’s going to be fantastic!

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Tuesday

08 Oct, 2013

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Maternity Leave and Nursery reveal


Hello again! It’s been a while since I popped in here – as I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband and I are expecting our first baby at the end of the month. My pregnancy has been challenging at times (and still is) but the end is in sight!

I wanted to update people with what’s happening over here at Completely Kate and my plans after our little one arrives…

Over the last couple of months I have wound down any painting of furniture and have now finished taking on painted commissions (unless they aren’t due until Christmas).

That said, I have a stand booked again at the Fabulous Places Christmas Market on 16th & 17th Nov at the Roundhouse in Derby. My Mum has kindly offered to do the show for me so I don’t have to worry about anything if I’m not able to be present for the whole event. (it very much depends when baby decides to make an entrance!) I have been fortunate to have had the time to prepare for this event before I could no longer paint etc with ease – I have lots of new pieces to sell and am looking forward to meeting both old and new customers.

Despite reducing my workload I have enjoyed a much more personal project – my husband and I have spent the last few weeks decorating the nursery. It has been lots of fun deciding on a colour palette and theme as we decided not to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl. I have used Pinterest to gather all sorts of inspiration and just had fun coming up with ideas.

 

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We decided on a beautiful sky blue for the walls (they were originally cream) and we love how peaceful it has made the room feel.

The colour palette we chose to work with were shades of coral and teal – this is interspersed with creams and beige to avoid things becoming too overpowering.

We hung some shelving on one wall which we hope to fill with more stuffed toys and treasures – the shelving brackets were originally untreated wood and I painted them in a shade of teal to tie in with the rest of the room. (please excuse the dark photo below – It makes the wall look grey!)

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The embroidery hoop idea with different fabric swatches came from Pinterest via this blog.

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 We chose a lovely farmyard fabric (bottom left hoop) which has lots of animals included in the scene and picked out some of the colours and animals to help with deciding on the other fabrics. The two fabrics with foxes are from the beautiful Les Amis collection by Patty Sloniger.

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 We wanted to add some colour and texture to the ceiling for the little one to look at and found these beautiful pompoms here. We chose three colours: light blue, coral and cream to further emphasise our chosen colour palette. They were really easy to make and have really made the room fun.

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I love to make and sew and after searching on Etsy for a simple sewing pattern I found this shop selling all sorts of cute animal and doll sewing patterns and decided upon this one. I loved choosing the colours to make this lamb and added a little heart and our baby’s nickname.  He’s sitting proudly in the cot at the minute and looks very comfy there!

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We also created a large alphabet on the wall above the changing table using plywood letters and chosen paint colours. This is the only thing left to finish as we are waiting for 2 of the letters to come back into stock. We had lots of fun making this and used white glitter to create 2 backdrops for the letters A and Z.

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To continue the fox theme I bought a fox sewing kit and made this stuffed fox which sits beside a lamp we bought  and then removed the shade and made our own using some of the Patty Sloniger fabric and this kit. We also had our two scans framed which really adds a personal touch to the room.

I was given a Lloyds Loom nursing chair which I had as a child in my bedroom and belonged originally to my Granddad. It needed completely reupholstering and painting but we looked upon this as a challenge and had lots of fun turning it back into a beautiful, functional chair. We chose to use the other Patty Sloniger fox fabric and it turned out wonderfully.I can’t wait to use it!

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We have really enjoyed creating this room for our little one and hope it will be both beautiful and functional. We have lots of storage under the cot and changing table, a bookcase and a large wardrobe behind another door. It won’t be long now until our little one will see it for the first time :)

Wednesday

17 Jul, 2013

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Family time and The Ritz

This last weekend was so jam-packed it all went in a bit of a blur!

Friday afternoon saw my husband, parents, brother and I travel down to London to enjoy afternoon tea at the Ritz. I had been looking forward to this for so long and my parents who’ve been a few times were so excited about us joining them this time and it didn’t disappoint!

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I had heard a lot about the Ritz and knew it would be something special but nothing can prepare you for the sheer beauty and opulence of the place itself. There was so much to take in (without being too over the top) and I could have spent hours taking a closer look at every little detail of the decor.

 

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The afternoon tea itself was unlike anything I’ve tasted before – 6 different varieties of sandwich all beautifully cut and presented on the bottom of  a solid silver cake stand, the middle tear was home to the most beautiful scones and the top tear was dedicated to little sweet pastries, cakes etc. I was in heaven and I think my growing bump approved too! 

 

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I couldn’t resist taking a few photos from our table (apologies for the poor quality snaps – the light wasn’t great for my iPhone) – the ceilings were breathtaking and I loved all the vintage china and solid silver teapots etc.

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There were so many paintings to admire – some of the most beautiful were in one of the lifts…

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… and at the base of the main staircase in the entrance.

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If you ever get chance to go I thoroughly recommend it – it will be a special memory of mine for a very long time.

After a wonderful evening at the Ritz, we spent the remainder of the weekend with my Dad’s Mum and Sister in Kent. It was lovely to see my Granny and my aunt laid on a beautiful BBQ and buffet at her house on the Sat for the whole family. It was lovely to catch up with relatives I’d not seen in years and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect either.

As if that wasn’t enough, on the Sunday, my parents and brother took part in the British 10k London run before we all headed home. It was a fab weekend but extremely tiring. 

What did you get up to over the weekend? Were you able to enjoy the heatwave the UK are experiencing or good weather where you are?

 

Friday

12 Jul, 2013

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The Dandelion Hideaway

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As promised, here’s an update of what I’ve been up to recently…

In June my husband and I spent a wonderfully relaxing week at the Dandelion Hideaway in their Bluebells luxury ‘glamping’ canvas tent. (Not that you realised you were under a canvas roof, it was so luxurious!) It was the perfect combination of rest and exploring the beautiful Leicestershire countryside.

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Our canvas cottage was incredible – it looked good on the website but blew us away when we arrived and we received such a warm welcome from Farmer John and Sharon. We loved the log burning stove, the candlelight at night (there’s no electricity), the daybed and large sofa scattered with cushions and blankets galore and the sumptuous roll top bath. Heaven!

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The weather was fantastic and we indulged in some lovely food and drink – I can’t recommend the Dandelion Hideaway enough and we hope to visit again next year; this time with bump! 

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Friday

28 Jun, 2013

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Still here and I have some exciting news!!

Wow. I can’t quite believe how long it’s been since I last posted on here. Simply to say, life has been both very tiring and busy since I was last here.

Without further ado, I am very excited and happy to announce my husband and I are expecting our first baby! Our little one is due at the end of October and I have only in the last couple of weeks begun to feel much better during the day after suffering from sickness for about 15 weeks!

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As you can imagine, this has made working outside and standing quite difficult. That said, I have been able to slowly get the pieces finished I needed to be ready for the Fabulous Places Summer Market on Sunday the 7th July (which coincidentally is my first wedding anniversary!) I wanted to keep you all updated because I will be stopping painting furniture and taking on commissioned pieces at the end of July but will still be accepting pet portrait commissions up until October. 

I have lots of work to share here with you again and will start off these posts next week.

Have a great weekend everybody!

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