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February 21, 2014 / dottybelle

I’m a Mamma!

My baby boy was due on the 13th March and I had my maternity leave lined up for 12th Feb, leaving me with (I hoped) at the very least two weeks to get the house straight and write some more blog posts before chaos pursued.

Well, baby (nicknamed through pregnancy as ‘Baby Moo’ and ‘Baby Pickles’) had other ideas, and was born five and a half weeks early, on the 4th February. Birth weight was great for his gestation (6lb 4oz) and after 11 days in the neonatal unit I took home my bundle of joy.

The emotion when he was first placed on my chest was just incredible, such a rush of love that I didn’t know I was capable of feeling. Every day that love grows and I feel so blessed to have my little family.

Things may be quiet on the blog front for a while, but I’m sure I’ll have a few adventures to fill you in on!

Mumma Bubba1

January 30, 2014 / dottybelle

Lucy Ledger’s Bridal Files

Lucy Ledger is an uber talented designer who’s won awards for her gorgeous wedding stationery and has her own Not On The High Street store selling her designs on beautiful cards, iPhone cases and key rings.

After seeing her beautiful designs in a magazine it’s no surprise that I just HAD to use her for my own wedding stationery. It was a perfect fit for my day and one of the elements that went smoothly and felt so right. It helped that she is a joy to work with!

As well as her main website Lucy also has a blog which contains her Bridal Files; an interview with Brides she’s worked with and a few snaps of the day.

Guess who featured as her first Bride of the year? Me!

She created the beautiful graphic below (images copyright source-images).

And you can read the full article, including what I had to say, here.

January 29, 2014 / dottybelle

I Believe in Unicorns!


I love this! Happy Hump Day!

January 24, 2014 / dottybelle

Annie Sloan Side Table Makeover

I was given these lovely side tables and wanted to lighten them up to suit my home.

Although they had been varnished I didn’t need to do any sanding as I used Annie Sloan paint which requires no prep work. I simply applied two coats of Old White, et voila! Shabby Chic in a flash!




January 19, 2014 / dottybelle

Make Your Own Wall Art!

I’ve been dying to inject some personality in to our new home, which is generally in good modern order, and a blank canvas, apart from the holes where the previous owners removed their own wall art.

I started with the Pollyfilla, a new skill for me and so easy, why didn’t we do that the week we moved in?!

I wanted art in the kitchen first, so after searching for a few hours, ordered some prints from Etsy, ones that meant something to me.

Then I ordered 10 x 8 frames from Dunelm Mill which have a lovely mount in them giving them an expensive look, at only £3.99 each! When they arrived it turned out the actual frames were 10 x 8 so my lovely prints wouldn’t fit unless I took the mount out. So I decided to put the frames to another use.

The dark wood gave me inspiration to paint the small down stairs loo a warming dark muted colour. Husband thought I was mad but then he’s not the one who’s read hundreds of home decor magazines from cover to cover. And he’s a boy!
So, on a Sunday I rushed to Homebase and in a few hours had a lovely sultry downstairs loo and some frames, but no pictures.

I remembered some beautiful Paris inspired scrap booking papers in my craft stash and decided they’d be perfect. Paris is very special to me after spending a magical girly weekend there in November 2012.

Et, voila!





The papers are from the Paris Nights 12×12 pad from GCD Studios.

November 25, 2013 / dottybelle

Restore Your Carpet After Moving Heavy Furniture

After moving in to our first house in June, Husband and I made a few decorating/furniture choices which we regretted.

This included the really tall wardrobes in our bedroom which seemed to take away the prettiness of our peaceful sanctuary.

We do however adore the cream carpet we had laid as soon as we moved in. It was an unexpected cost as the previous owners took their fitted wardrobes with them(!!) revealing areas of nada carpet.

Once Husband finally got round to un-building the wardrobe and rebuilt it in the bedroom next door (dressing room/nursery to be) we were left with ugly impressions in the beautiful, less than 6 month old carpet. No amount of rubbing, hoovering etc made a difference.

Don’t worry folks (especially my friend ‘O’ who loves to lay on the carpet whenever she visits)… I found a trick and the carpet is as good as new!



See?! The difference is incredible and I couldn’t be more pleased. So, what did I do? I simply laid some ice on the indents and left to melt over night. Come morning the wet patches were dry and the carpet was fluffy again. I gave it a little zhoozh for a few seconds and hoovered over, although it didn’t really need it, and voila! Amazing, huh?

I found the ice tip online. Thank goodness for the internet!

November 17, 2013 / dottybelle

Dotty’s First Solo Furniture Transformation!

Husband and I moved to our first House in June this year (we also became pregnant later in the same month, but that’s another story!) and I had been itching to get going on some furniture overhauls.

We started by painting our pine bed frame, which was made maaaaany years ago by my father in-law. Husband helped me with that and another blog post will follow.

Shortly after, I took on my very own project, inspired by Annie Sloan’s book, Colour Recipes.This was bought for me by my Bother A’s friend, who had just restored a lot of furniture and adores the book. My Brother told her all about me, my new house and my love of craft and she literally ran out to get me a copy, despite never having met me. So sweet! Thank you very much Simone, I love the book!

I had heard of Annie Sloan’s paints but hadn’t yet used any so I ventured to Sally Bourne Interiors, a stockist who is fortunately close to my home, and picked up some bits to get me started:

1 litre Old White Chalk Paint £16.95
1 litre Old Ochre Chalk Paint £16.95
500 ml Soft Clear Wax £7.95
Small Bristle Brush £12.95

The item to be painted was a chest of drawers that Husband had in his bedroom when he was a little boy. I think his Mum even gave it a facelift when he was still young and now it was my turn!

After a quick wipe down I started with a coat of Old White. No sanding required with these paints, amazing! As I was painting on a glossy surface the first coat went on lovely and smooth. Next I did a coat of Old Ochre, this time because I was now painting on a coat of chalk paint there was more friction and I had to use more paint to get the right coverage and an even finish.

Once dry I used part of a scourer (DIY shop was closed!) to chip some of the top coat off of some edges, revealing the Old White underneath and giving an aged look. Lastly I used a soft old towel to work in some soft wax to protect the furniture and then added on some new handles from Ikea, which were cheap, but look lovely I think!

I’m all about 50 shades of beige at the moment and am loving the muted, calming tones in our bedroom.