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This lovely customer had recently had a kitchen extension built and required some help in choosing her finishing touches. We went for this beautiful blue Stirling check fabric to create floor length curtains and 2 roman blinds. The 3 light fittings were carefully chosen to coordinate with the pewter theme used on the radiators and kitchen cupboard handles. The wall colour was chosen to ensure a feeling of light and space. Beautiful made to order curtains and roman blinds. Other items which I sourced and had made are matching cushions, draught excluders and skeleton wall clock. The customer was very happy with the finished look and I think it looks fabulous.  
This lovely bespoke order will be heading off to its lucky new home today. Made to measure 40cm shade for a standard lamp with coordinating cushions. In beautiful blue Stirling check fabric. 
Christmas! Wow, it’s a busy time. Well it’s definitely on it’s way! 
I went for my first shopping trip yesterday. The Christmas music was on in the shops, the car parks were full, and I came home exhausted!! I think sometimes we need to stop and think about the meaning of Christmas and what Christmas means to our families and friends.  
 
We all lead extremely busy lives and Christmas can sometimes add that additional pressure that we really could do without. All the rushing around, working, making sure the kids are where they need to be, planning and preparing food, decorating the house, buying gifts, trying to make yourself look presentable! – it’s not easy.  
 
Try and make it easy on yourself, this is what I try to do! 
 
1. Plan! I am a huge ‘plan in advance’ sort of person. Lists for everything – that doesn’t mean that everything on the list always gets done, but I try. I find it helps to have things written down so a can check off once completed or scrub off if I run out of time or energy! 
Wow it's been busy! On Friday 7th July I hosted my launch event at the Moorside Room, Kirkbymoorside! 
It was a huge success and recieved very positive feedback.  
 
I held a raffle which raised £200 which has been split and sent to Marie Curie and St Catherine's Hospice.  
 
Whilst preparing for my launch event I was offered a room perfect for a showroom. I have now opened and you are able to visit me on certain days and times, which are available on my website. 
 
The showroom is above Something Special, 1 High Market Place, Kirkbymoorside - access through Something Special. 
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Friendship – one of the most important things in most people’s lives. I am lucky enough to have an amazing circle of friends. All very different in lots of ways but always there for each other. We all have our up and downs and times of happiness and despair, but friendships are there to see us through. Without realising it sometimes we gain lots from our friends - loyalty, caring, the ability to have fun, support and inspiration! 
 
A very good friend of mine, who has over the last few years has had to cope with her fair share of ‘life’s ups and downs’ has blown me away with what she has decided to accomplish. 
 
The London Marathon 2018!!!!! 
 
She is a complete novice runner who has set herself a goal. Her application form has gone in, but is yet to gain a place – fingers crossed that she will!! She has a training schedule and sticking to it like glue. Positive thinking and the support of those you love around you enables you to set yourself goals such as these. I am truly inspired by what she is setting out to achieve – and I know she will achieve it. You are an amazing woman – well done to you. 
 
Cherish your friendships xxx 
Easter and Spring! We can start to look forward to the longer warmer days. The long bank holiday weekend gives us precious time we don't normally have to spend with family and friends. Time to appreciate what we have and enjoy being together and of course eating lots of chocolate!  
 
This is also a really good time to start thinking about how your home and garden works for you during the summer. Living in a home which requires renovation/modernisation has made me realise the importance of planning at least 1 outside and 1 inside project to achieve in the year. 
Last year we undertook a raised bed and seating area around a very prominent willow tree in our garden. This area used to be rough uneven ground, full of weeds. With the help of one very clever husband, who laid the sleepers and created the bench, and tonnes and tonnes of top soil it has been transformed into a real focal point of the garden. 
 
This year I hope to do something similar to another border. Watch this space I will keep you posted.