Weekend in the Shire – The importance of friends

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This weekend was a brilliant weekend in the Shire! We took a break from cottage decor, cottage budgeting and minor DIY to meet up with friends, chill out and enjoy our home.

On Saturday we were off to a local loch (lake for my international readers, but not the one with the monster) and met with two friends and their dog, no this isn’t an intro to a bad joke. Whilst the boys rented a canoe and paddled off for an adventure the girls enjoyed a stroll in the beautiful Scottish scenery and found a great spot for tea and cake. It was fantastic just kicking back with one of my best friends and watching as the guys paddled up in their canoe, we had hoped for a small amusing capsize but they were far too competent for that.  Continue reading

Weekend in the Shire – Glitter print tutorial

Glitter quote framed print. Make your own. #Crafts #LoveArt |NotesFromTheShire.com

I hope you have all had a great weekend! It was another super busy weekend in the Shire. Including date night on Saturday, we hadn’t had a date night in a while so we went to one of our favourite restaurants and had a great laugh together, including running back to the car in the rain trying to share our tiny umbrella, lots of fun! You can read my whole post on dating (your husband!) here. Last weekend I updated an old wardrobe by painting it with chalk paint, it has had a great effect and really brightened up the room. This weekend I decided to make some artwork for our bedroom. I’d had the idea of having a quote print and then quite fancied something with a bit of shimmer so out came the Christmas crafting supplies aka the glitter and glue! You can see the finished product above and below I will show you the step by step guide I took to make it!  Continue reading

DIY Project – Painting Furniture

Painting furniture the easy way! Weekend project, refurbishing an old wardrobe #Upcycling furniture #PaintingFurniture

I have been properly MIA these last few weeks so apologies as I am sure you have missed me…;-) Life got very busy and notes fell a little by the way side. However there has been a lot going on in our little cottage in the shire so I have a few projects to share with you. The first thing to happen was that we have started overhauling our bedroom, we got a new carpet and refreshed the paint. We hadn’t decorated at all since we moved in almost a year ago so it really was time. I will share a picture of the whole room overhaul once it is done but in the meantime I want to share my weekend’s project with you. The small wardrobe that lives in our bedroom (we converted a cupboard into a larger wardrobe- this one would just be way too small on its own!!) It just did not go with the cottage’s decor and looked decidedly 90’s so after some research (which my mum helped with) I decided to use chalk paint to give it an update. Chalk paint doesn’t involve sanding down your furniture first or priming it – had that been the case this project would just not have happened, no time for sanding, priming and painting, well no time and definitely no patience.  Here’s how I did it!  Continue reading