Now I have an area of the house that really feels like home, I have become so. so house-proud. I'm doing all the things I've always wanted to - displaying knick-knacks, plants and flowers dotted about, relaxing and just smiling at my surroundings - and it's lovely.
And for some reason, it's even better at this time of year. Autumn and Winter are for snuggling up together, and warming up after getting some of that crisp, fresh air.
On Saturday, it was a Mama and Bill Day as Mark was watching the match in Preston. I wanted to do something fun with him, and for some reason, a glittery string of leaves seemed like a good idea.
First we went on a leaf hunt, after a shop to get some essential supplies at this time of year - pumpkins, munchkins, chocolate and maybe some gin for Mama as it was Saturday and she deserved a treat.
Back at home, after making sure the leaves were dry and we had our aprons on, we got to work.
All we needed was:
- Gold and silver glitter
- Needle and thread
I chose to thread the leaves upside down, with the stem at the top, but you can thread them however you like. Just make sure you have a fine thread, a) because it doesn't show as much so the leaves look as though they are floating, and b) it's much more easy to thread without breaking your glittery leaves.
We hung ours over our fireplace, adding to our Autumnal theme. William was so proud of them and I absolutely loved watching the sunlight catch them on Sunday morning as I sipped my coffee.