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Spring has Sprung at Rose Petal Cottage

20170404_172215Spring is my favourite time of year. I love seeing all the beautiful flowers popping up everywhere, unannounced and adding colour where there had been none just a day or so before. We were really lucky to have moved into our house when we did, as every day over the past few weeks, the garden has looked different every time we’ve looked at it, and each time a flower or plant has appeared that we didn’t know about, it’s been like opening a Christmas present.

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I love the view out of my craft studio. My favourite patterns are floral, so being able to see a selection of flowers and birds from my sewing table is perfect for inspiration. The Beryl Cushion was designed and created with this very view, which is just ideal as far as I am concerned.

Everything in the garden so far was put there by previous owners, but I’m more than happy to keep it like that for now. I’m not very green fingered, so having plants that mostly look after themselves works well for me! We have put some new soil into the vegetable patch though, and my husband did all the hard work of turning the soil over, so pretty soon we should be getting some veggies planted. I can’t wait to cook a meal with things we’ve grown! In the meantime, I am quite happy to just keep watching nature work its magic and see the garden develop without any meddling from us.

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New House!

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Crafter priorities… always pack and unpack the wool first.

So, six weeks after I ran down the stairs with rightmove open on my phone, shouting ‘Matt, Matt I’ve found our house!’ we’ve had confirmation that the contracts have been exchanged and we will be getting the keys to our first house on Monday. To say we’re excited would be a bit of an understatement. The house couldn’t be more perfect. It’s a three bedroom semi-detached cottage in a small village not far from Louth. The house itself ticks all the boxes. You walk in through the porch into a little kitchen-diner, where we’ll have just enough room for a sofa and a dining table with four chairs. The kitchen is small, but the space has been used beautifully, so we’ll have no problem cooking up a storm in there. Even with my tendency to turn into a hurricane in the kitchen. There’s a double oven, so I will be able to bake to my heart’s content. The living room is off to the side and has a wood burning stove! We have plans to make it look like a country manor in there, with tartan blankets, tweed cushions and a wooden stag’s head for the wall (don’t worry, no stags will be harmed in the making of our living room decor. I’m insistent on fake taxidermy.) Upstairs, we’ll have three decent sized bedrooms. The smallest will become an office for my husband, for now, and the second bedroom will be the guest room. It will be lovely to friends and family to stay without having to put guests on the sofa-bed in the living room! None of the rooms are overlooked and we’ll have a lovely view of the Lincolnshire countryside from all of the bedrooms.

However, the joy of all of this pales in comparison to how excited we are about the outside of the house. As mentioned in my last post, both my husband and I wanted a workshop and thought we’d end up with a house with one workshop that we would have to fight over. THIS HOUSE HAS TWO WORKSHOPS!!! Both come with power and lighting and I’m happy to say, I’m getting the particularly nice brick one. I could not have asked for a more perfect studio for my crafty ventures. Finally my craft stuff will all have a home and no more will I be squirreling away balls of wool all over the house. It’s going to be a couple of weeks until the things we shipped from America will be delivered, but in the mean time, I will be giving the craft workshop a lick of paint and getting it looking all beautiful. I should probably put a kettle in there as I don’t think I’ll ever want to leave!

The house also comes with a lovely garden, complete with a vegetable patch, fish pond and a couple of fruit trees. I’m determined I’m going to become a green-fingered wizard and will grow all kinds of fruits and veggies for us to eat, freeze, pickle and make into jams. We’re planning on getting some chickens soon too. I’m claiming it’s for the eggs, but really I’ve always wanted some as pets. Not sure what the dog will make of the chickens, but we’ll see how that goes.

This is all for now. I need to get packing!

xx