Friday, 7 July 2017

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I am super-excited today because The Works has opened a store in Middleton. If I really didn't want to I wouldn't have to leave town again for the rest of my life now although I would have to use on-line shopping for clothes. 

The decorator has been and gone and taken his whistling with him. He's a lovely bloke, always cheerful and happy but he whistles constantly. That in itself isn't so bad if he'd only whistle a tune but it's just random notes - All.The.Time. Thankfully he only works mornings so I've only had to endure 4 hours of it at once.

Anyway, the dining room is finished although it doesn't really look any different. In fact Mum sat here for a good 10 minutes yesterday before noticing the new paper probably because I chose a red floral again. It's a different pattern but it's not obvious which I knew it wouldn't be but I'm happy with it. I really just wanted the room freshening up rather than a change of look.

Thomas' room is also done, although he's yet to move back into it. He's been on a mattress next to our bed for 3 nights which has made for a lot of laughing, messing around and late nights. He is such a chatterbox when he should really be going to sleep! We need to do a couple more things in there like shelving, blinds, lighting then tomorrow he'll be back in. It doesn't look too bad actually, if I look at it quickly then look away! 

The kitchen is next but not until we come back off holiday and trust me it will be a much gentler on the eyes. 

   

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22 comments:

  1. While I like the red pattern paper you chose, I totally am in love with the deep purple on the 'accent' wall in Thomas' room! I adore the color purple and really makes the room POP (though I don't wear as much as an adult like I did as a child / teen / young woman and only bits of it in my home). If was a teen again (HA HA about that) I would do a similar purple wall in my room :)
    Dawn P. aka GADawn57

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    1. Oh Dawn, I think we'll have to agree to disagree on the purple paint :) I don't dislike it, I'm just glad it's upstairs where I don't have to look at it. Give me a gentle lilac and I'd be happy. One of my favourite outfits when I was a teen was a pencil skirt the colour of the paint and a lilac jumper. I wore maroon coloured tights and purple ballet shoes. I thought I looked so good! I think you should re-visit your youth and break out the purple emulsion again. xx

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    2. LOL - I did wear alot of lilacs, heathery purples with dark purple too as a teen. I still have some heathery soft purples in my wardrobe. I would love a purple accent wall in my bedroom if only for the fact that my landlord charges $600.00 painting deposit! For some strange reason we can wallpaper a wall (after Landlord approves selection) without deposits but no paint. And all paint colors have to be approved, with stipulation cannot be 'dark' colors like deep reds, blacks, etc. So I would have to so a soft heathery lilac, etc. Oh well. At least it is upstairs out of sight, LOL.
      Dawn P.

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    3. I've never heard of a 'painting deposit'. Our letting agent took a months' rent in advance on our behalf for any damages but I think that's pretty standard. I'm not sure why the landlord needs to approve wallpaper either - surely he would just strip it off if you left anyway?

      We told our tenants if they wanted to choose different paint after a couple of years they could do - the reason we said 2 years is because it had all been newly decorated before they moved in and we wanted to check out what they were like as tenants before they started adding their own touches.

      They've been in for 2.5 years now and they keep it lovely. They haven't asked about painting it but we wouldn't be bothered what colour they chose although we have said they're not allowed to do it themselves, we'd get our decorator in at our cost. From what I've read we're unusual in what we offer to pay for but we want to keep it nice. It was Mark's family home and I don't want them doing any DIY bodge jobs themselves. xx

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  2. Such a good idea to get in the decorating professionals. I'm never picking up a paint roller again after recent happenings here. Thomas' room reminds me of my bedroom when I was about 18 and chose deep purple (see what I did there?) for all the walls. I came home from uni later that year to find my bedside cabinet painted a sort of calamine lotion pink. My dad had painted it. Psychedelic, he said.

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    1. Yes, you had me laughing with your painting project Liz. Since the HA I've been getting the decorator in and I have to say it's lovely sitting watching him work and tidy up after himself - although a good pair of ear defenders would make it even more pleasurable.

      I love the calamine lotion pink description lol. If Amy goes to Uni I'm wondering if I really have to let her move back home again because her bedroom would make a perfect craft room. xx

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  3. That purple is just too loud for my eyes nowadays!Your new wallpaper is such a happy paper that it lifts my spirits looking at it. We went to Burnley today which took rather longet than anticipated due to an accident on M65.A man was seriously injured and for the first time, we saw the air ambulance arrive and take him to a hispital for his head injuries-hope he recovers. We eventually got to Immanuel fabrics which sadly wasn't worth the journey for me. If The Works has opened near you then your bank balance is doomed! Where are you going for your hols? We are going home on Sunday and the caravan gets low loaded next Thursday by the dealer. No more caravanning until the motorhome is ready next March or April. Need to get it emptied totally for the first time in 6 years. Catriona

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    1. It is a rather vivid colour isn't it Catraiona :) We often have police helicopters flying above us but I've never seen an air ambulance. I really hope everybody is OK, you just never know when something's going to happen do you.

      I will have to be very strict with myself in The Works, although I have a gift card to work my way through so all is good at the moment. It is so nice to have something like this in Middleton, I bet it does a roaring trade.

      We are off to Pipers Heights again for 3 weeks although there will be some popping back and forwards for various things that need sorting. We were going to combine a weekly return home to check on things with looking after Sienna but it was too limiting so we're having a holiday from baby minding as well for 3 weeks.

      You got the motorhome! I bet you're really excited aren't you. Will it mean you go on longer holidays and move around more now that you're not towing? Hope you've had a lovely holiday and you enjoyed your quilting session with Camilla. xx

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    2. Yes, Suzanne,the idea is to move around more for shorter stays-Norrie has a very low boredom threshold. Glad you're getting a holiday from childminding too. It means you can see Sienna as a grandparent rather than responsible adult during your hols!Have fun. Cateiona

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    3. Sounds a perfect plan. I love my time over at Lytham and I'm quite happy setting ourselves up and staying there while we have Amy and Thomas, but I would like to move around more when it's just the two of us. xx

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  4. Is Thomas pleased? Its looking really good.

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    1. He's really pleased Tania. We've stuck a decal up today and had his football shirt framed that he was given. He wants to buy a couple of posters and then I think it will be done. xx

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  5. I think the purple with the black accents looks good, but, like you, I would much prefer a light mauve for myself. I like the wallpaper in your dining room, your chairs are red also aren't they?
    We have 3 air ambulances here. We always know them because they are red and the police ones, 'Hawks' are black. The air ambulances are funded through a house lottery every year as a result of a very tragic hit and run where a policeman was killed laying a spike belt on the road. His family has been the driving force behind the lottery.
    Aren't you lucky(?) getting the works so close to home. Our big craft store here is called Michael's. It's all over Canada and the U.S. I went today because they had a great deal on some yarn, today was the first day of the week long sale and there was virtually nothing left so I didn't get any. Of course I managed to spend $50 on other stuff!!lol
    It's so hot here today, 34C, it takes your breath away!

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    1. Yes, it's fine for Thomas' bedroom but something a lot lighter and more gentle on the eyes would be my preference.

      That's very sad about the policeman but what a wonderful way to honour his memory by setting up something so worthwhile. It must really well supported to be able to fund 3 air ambulances.

      Having The Works is such a treat even if I don't want anything it's the sort of store I could spend ages in just looking around.

      I've not stopped all morning moving Thomas back in his room and doing all the stuff that goes with that. If it was 34C I don't think anything would get done here. Stay cool and have an easy day. xx

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  6. It looks fab Suzanne and definitely makes a statement.
    I love to go to The Works too, although it's a while since I last visited. The Works and Home Bargains and I'm very happy. X

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    1. Thanks Jules. We've added the finishing touches today and it looks really good for a fast approaching teen boy. It's been hard work though and I've never understood why when one room is being decorated the whole house is upside down.

      We are easily pleased aren't we :) A B&M has opened in Bury so I'm really being spoiled with my shopping expeditions lately. xx

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  7. it all looks really lovely, and I'm just a smidge jealous that yours is all done. We're still in total disarray here and I'm starting to get really tetchy about it!

    Bet Thomas is pleased with the new look.
    xx

    oh, and get your excitement with The Works completely. Nothing like a nice browse around there. xx

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    1. Having The Works is like all my birthdays and Christmases rolled into one. I love that shop and could spend ages in there just browsing.

      Thomas' room is finally finished apart from some posters he wants to buy. It's been hard work even though we've not done the decorating ourselves, but moving him out into our bedroom, then trying to find space for furniture etc. so the decorator could get in there has been a pain. The whole of upstairs looked like a bomb had hit it so I totally understand you beginning to get fed up at your end. Why is it the whole house feels untidy when one job is being done. I've not stopped all day but we're pretty much there now thank goodness. xx

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  8. I like your dining room wall paper; red is a nice cheery accent color. But I confess I love Thomas's wall! LOL. I would go with white accents against that purple, but now you have me wanting to paint my bedroom!

    Glad to hear that you'll have a crafts supplies store close to you! I have put myself on a crafts supplies and fabric diet until I get through my "stash"!

    Yesterday was 108F here (42C). It was probably in the low 90s inside the house during the late afternoon, because I managed to cool it down to 88F (31C) by midnight! Today is supposed to be slightly cooler with a high of 106F (41C). It is a very comfortable 84F (28C) inside the house at 10:30 a.m. :)

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    1. Thank you bless. I don't dislike the purple, I'd just prefer a softer colour of it - more lilac based. The Works is going to be so handy for bits and bobs I need for crafting and for books and stationery and jigsaws - in fact all the things my life revolves around haha.

      I don't know how you function in that heat, I wouldn't be able to get a thing done. Even your low's would be too high for me. I suppose you acclimatize though which is the problem over here. Sometimes we can go through all 4 seasons in one day! xxx

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  9. Gorgeous rooms. I love that wallpaper.

    I wish we could have a Works open in our little town....oh and a Hobbycraft would be nice too.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Thanks Sheila. Can't believe my luck with The Works. The nearest Hobbycraft to us is Stockport which is a 20-30 minute motorway drive - maybe that's not such a bad thing! xx

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