Interiors

So Much More Than 4 Legs And A Top

I must have spent hours trawling websites, Pinterest, magazines trying to find the perfect dining table. Mr G liked pine or oak top traditional farmhouse tables with a bench. I liked this style but wasn't particularly excited about any that we'd seen.

 

One evening Mr G was scouring eBay for dressers. From behind the iPad I heard a mutter “ooooh you'd like that, but you can't have it, it's far too big.”

 

Well that was silly.

 

“What is it?” … You can't say that and then not show me.

 

And there it was, a picture of a table on its side taken from a corner of an antiques shop in Stroud. I wanted it, I wanted it yesterday.

 

There ensued numerous conversations on how much character it had, reminding Mr G of how we had wanted investment pieces. Mr G came home one evening and I'd stuck masking tape and newspaper on the floor to give him a visual of how it could work, how breathing in to get in between the fireplace and table was perfectly acceptable. I was like a dog with a bone. I loved this table without having seen it, smelt it, or touched it.

 

I'd spoken to the shop owner about it in detail, I was enchanted by its story, built by her husband using solid teak, oak and reclaimed wood from shattered fishing boats in the Thailand Tsunami disaster, an event that Mr G had experienced first hand. I really wanted this table to be a part of our family home.

 

A few days later a man with a van with our help lugged it through the bi fold doors and its not moved since….it's far too bloody heavy!

 

 

The tops uneven, and so textured that you need to really think about where to place your glass of red, I have to hoover it daily from a 3 year olds crumbs, but I don't care. Its the best thing we've bought for the house by far. It's seen tears, giggles, played host to great family memories, deep conversations, girls getting nails done over a glass or wine and Lego building rainy afternoons.

 

We've sat here together watching fireworks, we've seen the first winter snow fall, thunder storms and opened the doors to sit and enjoy a breakfast basking in the fresh summer morning sunshine.

 

This is so much more than just a table, it's the hub of our home and we'll never part with it.

 

 

 

 

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Little Crumbs

Bonjour Trendy Toddlers

The washing machine's being put through it's paces, the post sorted through and Mr G's shirt for work ironed.

 

Holiday is officially done and dusted *snivels*.

 

We had a fabulous 2 week break, spending that old cliche of quality time together. Mr G's emails off. The kiddies playing, laughing together finding their feet as siblings without school runs, and supermarket dash interruptions. Long lunches, cycling and jumping about in the pool. And Cheese. Oh the cheese!

 

We were staying in … dare I say … a relatively sleepy part of France, quaint ports, old market towns surrounded by dark forests, salt marshes and vineyards. So I could be forgiven that I'd assumed I wouldn't be getting any shopping in.

 

Just as well really, given luggage space was ….well it wasn't.

 

However, how wrong was I. In a tiny port town known for its artistic roots La Flotte we meandered around the cobbled back streets, through the bustling market. This to me was the real France. What I naively wasn't expecting to stumble across a few beautifully dressed baby boutiques. Full of colour, toys and fun clothes.

Local toddlers pottering around with their stylish parents, effortless class. Children dressed in fun prints, layered together. Stripes accessorised with punches of colour. Boys zooming around on their kiddimoto's girls with topknots and satchels. Simply adorable. With Edie in her Mini Rodini, Euan in a bit of Bobo Choses and a panama, a few acknowleded nods and smiles we were in the gang.

In Saint Martin De Re, just off the port snuggled between some beautiful restaurants I spied the striking tomato print sweater from the lovely Bobo Choses immediately. I was off.

 

 

You know when you literally stumble into a shop, over excitable and everyone looks at you because your grinning like a loon. Yeah. That.

I had found Celestine. A beautifully dressed concept store with rails of selected pieces from Bobo Choses, Mini Rodini, Imps and Elf's and Yporque with beautiful pieces I longed for from Annabel Kern.

 

 

 

There was also an extensive range of footwear by Collegien that I recognised from seeing on the stylish Cissy Wears website. No huge surprise as it's a French brand, and superb quality.

These looked cosy …

I've reigned in the summer spending on the little ones now, afterall we're hardly experiencing blistering sunshine. Now I'm starting to think about what the little ones could need this autumn winter, ill be adding Celestine to my 'go to' websites for little things for either their wardrobe or rooms.
 
If your'e France bound this summer enjoy the inspiration on how those trendy toddlers rock it so effortlessly … And show off what our UK Toddlers can bring to the playground.

 

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Little Crumbs, Ramblings ...

All Kinds Of Awesome

Mr G, how we love thee.

 

On this Father's Day, just a quick post to say how happy you make all of us, how grateful we are at how hard you work to provide for us, treat us, take us to amazing places and make us feel like the luckiest family in all the land.

 

Your gorgeous son looks just like you he beams hanging on your every word, listening for your car every weekday at 6pm, he thinks you're a superhero, racing driver and the best toy fixer-upper in all the land.

 

Your daughter's huge blue eyes light up as she tries to grab your face one minute then snuggles in close for an afternoon snooze the next.

 

I look on, soaking it all in, ridiculously proud to have you, father to my children. My calming balance.

 

We love you, Happy Father's Day, Mr G you're all kinds of awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mummy Fashion

Darn You Luggage Allowances!

I had every intention of writing a post about packing fun and frolics a week ago, alas 'stuff' got in the way, so I bring this to you from a cottage in France, a slab of Conti and Red Wine to my right, a patter of light rain on the shutters to my left… Mmmmm.

These meanie airlines have been knuckling down on luggage allowances of late. Yes you Ryanair. 2 little people Mr G and his latest fishing obsession *yawns* to accommodate packing space for mummy was limited to say the least.

That woman you see frantically shoving flip flops and trilby's last minute into her son's gruffalo trunki at the check in desk was indeed me.

I had no choice but to be smart about what I'd bring on this holiday. 2 weeks in Ile De Re just off of La Rochelle, I knew weather could be changeable and that our days would be spent cycling, playing in the pool or on the beach with the kiddies, perusing the incredible markets and meandering around the cobbled back streets, the tricky thing being maybe all of the above the same day. This means some editing of what to take needed to be done. Having the children we're more into enjoying long lunches out as opposed to fancy dinners, so I could safely leave the killer heels and clutch bags at home, that saved a bit of decision making.

After some painstaking deliberation I narrowed it down to the following. …

1 x Vero Moda Jeans, a £32 miracle worker for the bum! What Sarah Did,

1 x Cut Off's, I made from a beloved pair of over worn Levi's,

1 x Cardie…I know, just 1!! Reiss

1 x Knitted Maxi Dress, so flattering and easy to wear, Hush,

3 x Scarves, Twenty8Twelve, Vintage, What Sarah Did,

1 x Pale Denim Shirt, Whistles,

4 x Vest Tops, Various Colours to layer together, Topshop, Asos

1 x Khaki Slouchy T Shirt from, Asos,

1 x Marl, Raglan Sleeve Slouch Top, Topshop,

1 x Slouchy T Shirt, All Saints

1 x Bikini, Asos,

1 x Pair of beaded flip flops, H&M

1 x Pair of Khaki Espadrilles, H&M

1 x Pair of Biker Boots, Ash

1 x Tote, for carting the kids stuff around, Alphabet Bags

Ok, so listed, this doesn't look particularly restrained, and I've not included underwear but seriously this little lot when you think for 2 weeks is actually not a huge amount. I spread it between 2 cases having to keep checking the weight. Clothes were Rolled, folded and poked into teeny spaces.

 

I thought carefully about what I wanted to wear, what I'm likely to wear day in day out. How I wanted to feel comfortable when cycling from A-B but still feeling nice enough to sit down to a fancy lunch.

All pieces work well with each other whether that be textures, colours or styles, for example. You have your own style and taste so its more than likely the colour pallets will work. Most of my wardrobe is greys,khaki, pale pinks with a punch of ocre, orange and red.

For example….A Slouchy All Saints t shirt over the knitted dress worn with espadrilles and a hat during a day meandering around the markets. Another day, the dress and a scarf either in the hair or around the neck for something a little smarter for a lovely lunch out.

 

I've worn the cut offs to the beach and around the pool, then out with a vest, cardie, scarf in my hair, bikers on my feet and its worked. My jeans rolled up a little with a pretty vest and beaded sandals, the next day with bikers, denim shirt and slouchy t shirt and hat…. You get the gist.

 

The scarves are doing a grand job of acting as a little beach cover up for Edie, accessorising, whether tied onto my bag or in my hair for a punch of colour and pattern. The hat likewise, given to me by a friend. I love the colours on the band, having quite short hair it's been a life saver for hiding beach/cycling Doc at the clock tower hair (Back to the Future, for you young bucks) in terms of jewellry I've just bought along a couple of statement rings, nothing too sentimental.

 

As a purse, I'm using my Whistles wallet, it's big enough to double up as a clutch, and my Mulberry counted as hand luggage great for the flight with kids changes of clothes, nappies, wipes, formula (100ml per bottle), few toys and snacks it was bursting at the seams. Worth bringing along, as a good bag alone can make a change to the simplest of outfits.

For everyday carting around of children's things for the holiday my Alphabet Bag Tote (E… For Edie & Euan) has worked a treat, machine washable and folds down to nothing at all, a mum's holiday must have.

 

Bringing the Ash beauties, was non negotiable, they're my second skin. I had to wear them to travel in as they're so bulky. If you have clonky boots be prepared to have to take them off for security, with a 1yr old on your hip whilst simultaneously tasting formula under the security man's intimidating stare this was no mean feat.

On the beauty & toiletries front, other than dry shampoo and my Elemis illuminating balm, I'm at a loss here. Best off nipping on twitter to ask @faithfulfringe she's a bit clever with the beauty stuff.

So to roundup on a few tips to pass on …

  • Lay out all your pieces before you pack, see how they could work together, you'll find a new combination you've probably not considered before that will get you more wear out of your wardrobe, not just for your holiday,
  • Get yourself a Tote bag, Alphabet Bags have a fab summer range,
  • Get your little one a Trunki, if they're old enough to have a hand luggage allowance, use it to your full advantage, and it makes a great airport que distraction whilst giving them the option to have a seat, airports keep you waiting around, this is no fun if you're 3,
  • Express and priority board where possible, £3 each to fast track through security with 2 small kiddies isn't arrogant, it's saving your stress levels and patience, you're on holiday, it's not worth it putting yourself through 40mins of queing,
  • If you have space take a small blanket for your little ones, budget airlines don't supply them, the cabin can get chilly for little legs, I have one from Bob & Blossom, but have recently stumbled across this delight from Archie's Boutique,
  • Take something for the little ones to drink or eat for the descent, to help with their ears popping,
  • …download Angry Birds, it's your airport saviour!

Off anywhere nice this year?, Tweet me or Tag me on Instagram, @Cardies_Crumbs would love to see suitcase pics, packed with military operation…. or with children jumping on them to hold it all in and broken zips!

Happy Holiday's you lovely lot xx

 

 

 

 

 

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Interiors

A Little Room, A Lot Of Fun.

One day some time ago I was introduced to the land of Instagram and Pinterest. I would scroll through various comments, links and streams of beautiful images. I found out about brands I'd not seen before, independent shop's and inspirational blogs.

The main culprit of late being Breathe Happiness, through their blog I learned of Cissy Wears, The Kid Who, and Home&Kids. Enough to get me started and my debit card a pounding.

Before now, I've aimlessly spent hours scouring the Internet for kooky bits and bobs for the home, for the kiddies and for gifts. It can be a struggle trawling through the sea of dull brown, grey and blue that is boys clothes and girls clothes that look like they've been rolled around the cupcake decorating section of Lakeland.

…. All hail Cissy Wears. Not a Lelli blimmin' Kelli in sight! If you like to shop ethically and enjoy having your little ones in fun clothes and can appreciate some Lucky Boy Sunday you can breathe a sigh of relief that the likes of Nicola at Cissy Wears is flying the flag for the design concious among us.

The land of social media brings these stylish, concept business' to your attention, just from reading posts written by like minded bloggers that enjoy sharing their finds. Oh Instagram how I love thee.

Once the build was finished the first room I started on was the play room. A plain space of white walls and dark eucalyptus wood flooring, keeping it simple with a couple of prints and a bright lamp, storage from Ikea.

 

My recent obsession with Swedish Brand OMM Design started with a banner kit from The Kid Who. I've written a couple of posts on other purchases from the delight that is The Kid Who Robot. I'm a big fan.

Some time ago when Euan first started to string sentences together, he'd interrupt a game, a walk in the woods eating pancakes to exclaim to me “I Feel Happy Mummy” …. My heart would break right there.

And so once I'd ordered this, I knew exactly what I wanted it to say.

 

Staggered so that 'Happy' is in the recess of the shelf. Im planning another in black for the lounge, possibly for the fire place, just deciding on the perfect tape to keep it in place.

A couple of Ingela P Arrhenius prints on the wall and a floor lamp later and we're getting there. Next on my wish list are some Wall Stickers by Ferm Living and im tempted to experiment with some texture with these pom poms from Bodie and Fou.

A space for them to enjoy together, display their artwork, share with their friends. Just off of the lounge I can keep an eye on proceedings. It's a space that's working perfectly for our little family.

 

 

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