What if the New Year, New You posts are freaking you out? My social media feeds are full of inspirational quotes to be healthier, happier, skinner, richer, to live a calmer, less stressful life. Laugh more, love more, just be more…. Well, what if you just find it all a bit difficult as it is, … More January blues, stress, depression? All of the above?
Earlier in the year I joined forces with Emmaus UK to help spread the word on recycling and upcycling, (read here) and they recently challenged me again to work on their #SecondHandSanta project. The challenge was to create bespoke second-hand Christmas gifts using items from Emmaus charity shops. Christmas is about giving and by supporting your local charity … More Second Hand Santa with Emmaus UK
My long held dream of having a colour themed Christmas tree is slowly slipping away from me each year and our main tree this year was decorated by the boys in the house with baubles bought from Woolworths! They both find it hilarious to make me cringe when they literally throw tinsel on it. I officially … More My Amara Christmas
If you follow my social media you’ll know that I’ve been working on a project called #PinkCycled lately. Well this is what it’s all about. During October’s Breast Cancer awareness week my upcycling twin Lynne Lambourne of Love Nellie launched a joint project with the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839) and Preloved to raise awareness … More #PinkCycled Charity Challenge
My Christmas tree is a collection of everything from the last 20 years and is now growing with handmade decorations made at school! Some people like to change their decorations yearly, they even have colour schemes! Oh to have a colour scheme, I try, then turn my back for a second and everything we’ve ever bought … More Baubles, Baubles, Baubles.
Marble is a huge trend at the moment in interiors from accessories to furniture, to huge expanses of marble flooring and tiles. It is, however, pretty pricey so I tested out a couple of techniques to help you recreate the look with a bit of paint and creativity. images sourced from pinterest, view my board … More How to marble two ways
I am my fathers daughter through and through. We’re both hoarders, both skip rats and both love a Yorkie. He was a truck driver in his early career and I was always playing drivers mate, keeping him amused while my mam and sister slept on! When I grew up my Dad always did all the … More Cheerz Dad
I recently joined forces with the Emmaus UK charity for National Recycle Week to help spread the word on recycling and upcycling. Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again. Their communities across the UK work … More Upcycling with Emmaus UK for National Recycle Week
It’s awards time again and I had a lovely mystery person nominate my blog for the Amara Interior Blog Awards. Thank you whoever you are! These are the big ones for any self-respecting interiors blogger and I missed out on last years shortlist so I’d love to make the shortlist this year. I’ve been nominated … More Amara Interior Blog Award Nominee
I’m a little bit – okay, a lot – excited about being shortlisted for the new Northern Blog Awards. The awards have been created to showcase the blogging talent that is outside of London and put us Northern bloggers on the map. There are some amazing blogs up for the awards so I’m feeling humbled to … More Northern Blog Awards Nominee