A Swallows and Amazons summer

A Swallows and Amazons summer

Decorating and gardening seem to have well and truly eaten in to my blogging time recently. I was a little bit naive to think that once the chaos of moving had subsided, I'd be able to write more. In fact, the packing and unpacking was only the beginning. Making our house a home has turned in to a permanent distraction at the cost of all other (somewhat limited, admittedly ... I have a five and a seven year old, after all) hobbies.

I've been posting regular updates on Instagram and InstaStories because it's super quick and easy to do so but my heart lies in this little space and it's where I shall return in-between cleaning paint brushes and sorting through wallpaper samples.

House-wise, my littlest's bedroom is done, the living room is now 95 percent done (I'll share some proper photos soon), and I'm intending to tackle one of the small hallways, my eldest's bedroom and half of our bedroom before downing tools for the year. I want everything to be just so but I also don't want the decorating to become a chore as it's something that I genuinely love to do.

We had planned to completely overhaul the main bathroom this year, but while we know exactly how we want it to look (thanks to Karen from Making Spaces), we've pushed it back to next spring so we can save up to make it extra special. My love of pure brilliant white paint makes decorating incredibly inexpensive but renovating costs are a different matter ... some things just have to wait, right?

And we're just 18 school days away from the mammoth juggling session that is the summer holidays, aren't we? It's both a joy and a challenge. I probably work the equivalent of two and a half days a week. From home, yes, so it makes it a lot easier for me to look after the boys than if I had to head out to an office, but that work still has to be done and my two are (rightly so) not particularly quiet or able to play together without 'wrestling'. Both decorating and writing on here will have to take a back seat during that time so I can entertain (and referee) them. I'm still planning a weekly post but I might miss one or two. Please forgive me.

But, we do have a fun project planned that the three of us are really excited to work on that incorporates my love of organising and interiors and the boys' love of Swallows and Amazons and anything to do with secret clubs and fighting imaginary crime .... a clubhouse! 

We're turning the woodshed/cardboard storage room/general dumping ground in to a mini clubhouse and I'm actually going to hand over my paint brushes to the kiddos and try not to obsess over less than immaculate cutting in. It's going to be a little-to-no-spend update using things that we already have around the home combined with charity shop/eBay finds. I'm kind of excited to take direction from the boys but also slightly fearful. What if they don't pick white paint? The horror!

So what are your summer holiday plans? Are you up to anything exciting or staying at home like us? If you've started compiling a list of activities, have a look at my craft post over on the Great Little Trading Co. blog. It's a tutorial for making the bow, arrows and headdress that my eldest dude is wearing in these photos. All you need is card, string, sticks, scissors and glue. It will keep your kids entertained for at least a morning ... and that's valuable, much-needed, tea-drinking time!

A Swallows and Amazons summer
A Swallows and Amazons summer