The fabric of my modern family life

The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life

I never really know if anyone notices if I disappear from my blog for a while. Do you? Probably not, right? Apparently, one of the keys to being a successful blogger is to post a set number of times per week and on exactly the same days each week. But where's the fun in that? And I'm pretty sure that you're not sat there refreshing your email waiting to hear from me, are you? I'm unlikely to ever be a successful blogger if scheduling rules must be strictly adhered to but I like to think that I'll never force this little space of mine. I write if I have something to say, something to share, or something to remember. And I hope that's okay with you.

The reason for the lack of posts recently is fivefold. I've had a lot of freelance work to do, my husband has been away A LOT, I've not been particularly well, the boys are increasingly tired (I think I'm going to have to drag them through the next couple of weeks until the holidays), and then just as I was confident that I had everything under control, the shower leaked ... through the ceiling and down the kitchen and living room walls. So the few spare hours I'd built in to my week to write a post or two by working late in to the night have vanished in to the great big ball of chaos that is my life at the moment. I am generally of a relaxed disposition but it's most definitely being tested.

While I try to keep my worlds separate and rarely do anything work or blog related when the boys are home, or even make phone calls, for that matter, the amount of juggling required to currently get everything done means that I'm having to reevaluate. Blankets and books adorn our floors, with colouring books next to cushions. I tap away at a laptop while my littlest traces shapes in his notebook. Work is interspersed with snacks; emails with chats about the new Lightning McQueen film. But before I make it sound like it's been an idyllic transformation, I also make phone calls while my eldest pulls faces and does his best to mimic me. Nice!

And wouldn't you know it ... the doorbell has just rung ... the plumber to check the leak ... apparently, it's going to be a 'big job'. Great!

So is the fabric of my modern family life. And for so many of you out there, too. We juggle. So much juggling! We try to do our best by our children, our family, our work, ourselves. We're great are beating ourselves up about the things that we don't have time for or could do better, but then forget to pat ourselves on the back for everything we do and do well. We don't always get it right but we try. Oh how much we try! And it still never feels like enough, does it? Our 'to do' lists are long, but our 'done' lists are way longer. We don't think about those so much though, do we?

However, for the odd creative genius amongst us, a simple task on a to do list can actually lead to a whole new career. When Helen Baker moved from Cornwall to Wiltshire some 18 months ago, she wanted to bring some of her coastal influences in to her new home. But she couldn't find anything other than nautical knots and quaint sailing boats. Both lovely, but not right for the contemporary, colourful home she envisaged. She set to work teaching herself how to draw and illustrate digitally and immersed herself in the world of fabric design.

And I am so pleased that she did!

The gorgeous cloud cushion that you've no doubt spotted in my photos is from Helen's debut fabric and home furnishings collections - 'You can take the girl out of Cornwall'. She was kind enough to send it to me along with several postcards featuring her fabric range and as soon as I received them, I dropped her an email saying that it is almost as if she designed them with me and my family in mind. They're gorgeous.

The entire range is printed in the UK using eco-friendly pigments and natural fabrics and the designs are reminiscent of the Britain's most westerly county without being overtly themed. The outdoors-inspired collection (the most wonderful take on pebbles, clouds, surfboards and seaweed) is colourful and chic ... perfect for a modern family home, or as is Helen's streamline: 'The fabric of modern family life'.

Head over to Helen Baker more more information and inspiration. You'll fall head over heels for the range, I just know it.

The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life
The fabric of my modern family life