Hands Up

Back in the mists of time, when I first started pinning all the things ever, I pinned a family set of handprints  and filed it under - easy, peasy to do oneself - I'M TOTALLY DOING IT. But one day I found a kit which had everything I needed, and I'm nothing if not lazy so I snapped it up, painted the hands of my nearest or dearest, took their prints and hung them on the wall. Boom.

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What I didn't bank on was cringing every time I opened the front door and saw the handprints because they were so bright . The colours offended me - I felt like I was in a primary school classroom - and trust me I know what they look like. So I did the only reasonable thing - I painted all the canvases grey. Ah that's better. When in doubt paint things grey. This piece of wisdom might be why 4 rooms in my house are currently painted grey.

And because I'm a hoarder of epic proportions I still had a grey tester pot to use and I had saved the left over white paint from the original kit to make the prints with. So I printed all the hands again - I have to say Grier's is not great. She was not a fan but you know the print has captured her - ahem - spirit. 

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My family are great - they do all the stuff I ask them to. Then they do it all again when I change my mind. Love you guys!

Train Table

I've been on the hunt for a train table since Brodie first started playing with trains. We constantly had tracks going from room to room and it never bothered me having his 'stuff' everywhere but in the last few months I've stood on a few crucial pieces and broken them so we had to find a solution so I didn't Godzilla any more of his prized possessions. 

Train tables are expensive. We swithered about using funds saved for other things to buy one just to solve our train problems and I had pinned various tutorials about how to make a cheap version with Ikea furniture, but I was unsure how well that would stand up to constant use.

A few weeks ago we went here  after I'd read about the superstore in a newspaper supplement looking for a piece of furniture to use as a tv stand. We found a cool tv stand which I like to think has a touch of mid century modern but is probably 70's. Whatevs it's still cool.

And we found a train table! It is huge, sturdy as a rock, on lockable castors and was in great condition. It has a shelf underneath for storage, keeps everything off the floor and safe from clumsy adults and is moveable whenever we want to move it. I gave it a clean and we quickly set up a  track and it's been in constant use ever since. One of my best buys ever for £35.  

Grier has started playing more and more with the trains as a result of being able to get close in on the action, both kids can play with it at the same time and we never have to dismantle a track, we can just push the table up against the wall to make more room. 

And as a bonus our purchases have helped disadvantaged people throughout Scotland. Can't say fairer than that. 



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Photos of Photos

We went to Greig's least favourite place on earth today - Ikea! It was his idea - honestly, to pick up a lamp for our living room and mirror for the bathroom. We have some more bits and pieces we'd like to get this year and finish of some projects around the house.We moved our hallway photos to make room for a new second-hand, I mean vintage unit in the hall. I think I like the photo gallery even more in its new place and plus it looks cool to see all the photos in the mirror. Plus I finally added a bit of Grier loveliness - better late than never!