Is she damaged? 

There is a young woman in this world who wants nothing more than to be happy. Lost a mother at a youngish age which effected her more that she ever realised. She has spent her days watching other people doing every day things with their mother as she has grown. Shopping, taking short breaks, having afternoon tea, going for spa days. She has always wondered what she would be doing with her mother had she still been here. 

She puts on a front for the world. Every morning applying the face that she thinks is acceptable to society. Just wanting I be accepted for who she is. Over time she became very close to her grandfather. Confiding her thoughts, experiences and concerns to him. They became fast friends after a distant childhood relationship with him. He is her number one, her main man, her voice of reason and her source of sanity. When the whole world seems to have gone mad he is the one person who shares her opinions and outlooks. He helps her through tough times.  

December 2016 all this came crashing down when he was hospitalised. He never came home. Despite the fact that she has a boyfriend, grandmother, father and brother left she feels totally alone because her confidant is gone. Still she puts on that front and carries on as best she can. Only letting the tears flow when she knows that she is alone. 

Faced with health issues of her own she tries to keep her spirits up.  Not always able to do so but she tries her best. 

The boyfriend. Not a perfect human but who is. Damaged by his upbringing yet not realising it. Father at a young age yet not in touch with his child. Part of her believes that this may be down to his own aggressive actions in the past. He is the type of person who is always longing for acceptance. Wants to be the best at everything yet not willing to work for this. Happy to take credit for the littlest of things even if it wasn’t totally his achievement. Useless with finances yet never appreciates everything she does to give him the life that he is currently living. He has it all in her eyes, yet he is never satisfied. Always wanting more.

The grandmother. Another broken soul, lost the love of her life but still tries her hardest to make the best of every day. The strongest person she knows. To have gone through so much and still manage a smile is more than an acomplishment. The girl will do all she can to help her grandmother and always will as she is the only constant person left in her life. 

The father. Another person who has been through so much loss. Has worked hard to provide for his children but you can see it has been a struggle. Being a single parent was not something he thought he would have to deal with. He has done a good job despite a few hiccups along the way. She loves her father and would do anything to help him. He now has a new girlfriend and despite the baggage she thinks he is happy and this in turn lessens the worry she has once felt for him.

The brother. Never present but she loves him more than he realises. Querky, dry sense of humour but that’s what makes him who he is. She could be in pieces but one call from him can lift her spirits, not that he knows this.

Despite all these people, she still feels totally alone. The loss she has been through in her short life is becoming more that she can bear. No outlet to discuss feelings, thought and worries with. No one that she feels could understand anyway. 

Powering through day by day trying to better herself but not necessarily achieving this ever moving goal. Another day another drama. Will it ever end. 

Upcycling – Nightstands

I had a new carpet fitted in my bedroom over the weekend and with this being the only component left to modernise the room from the old lady style decor of the person I bought the house from I felt that I wanted my night stands to match the room but I didn’t want to buy new ones just yet. I decided that vinyl wrapping them would hide the ugly worn marks that they had and bring them in line with the new colour scheme of the room.

Here is how they turned out.  The first one took a bit longer and as really ain’t a pro at this it did take some time to get them right.  I am really pleased with the finish and it was the perfect project for a rainy day.

I started from the top and worked my way down the cabinet. The top drawer was the trickiest because of the frosted window in it but after some perseverance I got there in the end! The handles were removed to give a professional finish.

 

Here are some half way through pics showing the progress I was making.  It may have been very slow progress but I was progress non the less! perseverance is key when it comes to vinyl wrapping.  It really isn’t for those with a short temper.

                            

Cheeky one down, one to go shot!

I was really pleased with the difference that a clean finish made.  Almost makes them look like new.

I would love to know you thoughts on this upcycling project and I would like to hear about your projects.

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Feb 2017 – Summary

 

So another month over and done with.  All in all it has been a pretty good one. During the last month I have had some ups and downs.

birthdayI have had another birthday which now puts me at the grand old age of 29! Scary right?! This was the first birthday without my Gramps here which was real hard.  Opening my card signed just from my Nan, not having the phone call with his soft cheery voice to sing happy birthday to me it all got the better of me but I just keep thinking ‘thank god he is no longer in pain!’.

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Over the last couple of months I have had some serious health issues which could have totally altered the course of my future, or at least where I thought my future was heading, and yesterday I got some great news from the hospital confirming that the result have come back to say what I had hoped they would and they don’t need to see me again.  I have never felt such relief like I did when I read that letter!  However, having this scare has really made me put things into perspective.  It made me realise all the things that I have been missing out on which I intend to change!! Holidays being the first.  I want to see more sights, both home and away.  It got me thinking that if that was the end I was not happy with what I have achieved.  It is now time to set things right!

Business.pngAs a result of the realisation of my mortality I have decided to put everything I have into revamping and rebranding my online store.  Keeping it inline with this blog I decided to make it into a brand and I have started to put some of the wall art ideas I have had over the last year or so onto the drawing board.  I have actually started to list some new items which have taken off quite well. below are a few of the new items I have listed.

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you can find the rest of my items on my Made by Mel tab in the main menu.  I am determined to make this a success and I plan on putting my all into it.

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I have been trying lately to get back into my crafts and I have made quite a promising start I think.  I have been trying my hand to candle printing to see if it was something think I would like as I am in to my candles big time.  Dan thinks I secretly own shares in a candle company because of the amount I have! Here’s a sneak peak at my first attempts.

summaryBirthdays:

1

New shop listings:

4

Books read: 1

Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay (reviewed)

Book reading: 2

Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

A Year of Being Single by Fiona Collins

That seems to be everything I can think that has happened within the last month and as I said all in all its been a good month.  I will be trying to keep up to date on everyone else’s monthly round ups as I love to know what everyone has been getting up to. How has your last month been? Let me know… Speak to you all soon.

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Our Nest Wall Art

our-nestNew home / new family “Our Nest” vinyl wall art. New item in the eBay store. Why not head over and check out some of my other items. XO

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Not All Who Wander Quote Wall Art

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Why not head over and check out some of my other items. Link in bio. XO
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Compass Vintage Wall Art

compassNew item for sale on my eBay Shop. Compass style wall art. Perfect for any room in the house. Why not head over to the store and check out some of my other items. More items being added daily. XO

#vinylwallart #homestyle #diecut #instaart #instadaily #picoftheday #pictureoftheday #vinylvibes #wallart #wallartdecor #vinyl

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2017 Home Trends – Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

There is a vast range of indoor plants that would look great in any style room.  A few of my favourites are below:

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Succulents

If you have a tendency to kill every plant you have ever owned, like me, then these are for you. They are a very low maintenance plant and are ideal for the amateur gardener. They are fantastic at retaining water so they don’t need to be watered as often as most plants. They are best suited to window sills, shelves or tabletops and are a great addition to any room.

 

 

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Cacti

These plants come in a full range of different shapes, sizes and colours so I am sure that you will be able to find something that suits your room. All cacti have the ability to flower so if this is what you are going for then they would need to be watered regularly during growing season. Cacti can give your home the California touch which paired with modern, minimalistic décor.

 

There are a load more varieties of hard wearing plants that you could choose.  Why not share you thoughts on what you would like to see in your home this coming year.

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Garden Revamp

Myself, Dan (my other half) and Jack found ourselves very newly proud home owners back in March of this year and I got to tell you it does feel like such an achievement to own a piece of land on this rock.

We purchased the house from an elderly lady who was simply unable, due to health reasons, to keep on top of the general maintenance that the garden needed.  It was an amazing purchase as the amount of land that came with it was incredible.  A lot more than any other property on our street.

I have something of a passion for turning something that is rundown into something of beauty again and when I saw this property I knew that I just had to have it for that reason alone.

Since we have moved in we have done quite a lot of work in small quantities.  Besides updating the old fashioned living room as much as we possibly could with the money we had spare after the move I have now turned my attention to the garden.  As summer is upon us I like to think of the garden as an extension to the house.  Like another room if you will.  I like it to be neat and tidy with nothing out of place.  I am big believer in curb appeal and when we moved in this property looked more like something out of a horror movie than a welcoming abode.

BEFORE

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Above is a before picture as the garden front garden was when we moved in.  It doesn’t really help that the weather was bad on the day that this picture was taken but you can see that everything was pretty much overgrown and out of control.  It was safe to say that I hated everything about it.  Majority of the work that we have done out here is mainly tidying up and weeding… oh boy there was so much weeding!!!

AFTER

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Here is what it currently looks like.  I just finished painting the wall last night.  After days of having to look at it half finished because of the rain we have been having.  Yes it rains in Wales even during the summer! I love how much of in improvement it has made and am actually starting to enjoy looking out of my window at this.

there is a still a whole lot of garden left to do but I will keep you posted on my progress.

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