Thursday, 19 January 2012

Pretty Crafty Home with Cherry Heart

All is gloomy again here in Holland. The fresh cold sunny winter days didn’t last long and have been replaced with rather warm but very rainy grey days. It makes the atmosphere dull and I feel the need for spring.
I need color

I need flowers

I need fresh air

I need to de-clutter

I need all that combined in a crisp neat interior, a warm and still fresh welcome for my hubby and myself (and Puck the Jack Russell Dachshund, but I have the idea that it pleases him when things start to get messy). I think many of you feel the urge to reorganize once in a while.

I stumbled on this post of Cherry Heart and she describes exactly how I feel right now. I struggle like her when I need to make a picture for my blog. I surge for perfect spots in my home and I found that they are in low numbers. I'm not pleased anymore with how my home looks, I feel the need to do something about this. So I introduce to you making a Pretty Crafty Home with Cherry Heart. 

I will be posting about this journey throughout 2012 and will post this lovely button on each post. To give us a starting point there are 5 goals posted on the Cherry Heart blog:

1.  Tidy, tidy, tidy and clean, clean clean!

The first step is to get rid of the junk and de-clutter.  It's time to get rid of the stuff I don't want, don't need and can't use or re-use and tidy up everything I'm keeping.  As I'm doing the tidying and de-cluttering I'm going to be giving this house the 'Spring clean' of it's life.

2.  If it has to live here, it should be pretty.

If there comes something new, it should add to the home, not detract. 

3.  If I don't like how it looks, and I can change it, I will.

I'm not planning on re-decorating the whole house, this is about finding the bits you don't like and changing them into something you do.

4.  Thrift, re-use and recycling are my watch words.

As it stands the budget for this little project is practically zero, so I'm looking for cheap solutions here! (Although there may be the odd exception, knowing me!)

5.  Crafting is king!

The most important thing thing of all.  This project is all about home improvement through crafting.  If it's home made and it makes me happier about my home then it's part of the project.

Next to these copied rules I want to add another rule of myself:

6. Something comes, something goes

My mom always has this rule I had to obey when I wanted new toys as a child. When I wanted something new, something old had to go. This wasn’t always easy and of course me mom made exceptions with occasions like birthdays and holidays, but overall this rule was very useful. It made me appreciate my old toys more and they didn’t end up in a box on the attic but were given to family or charity to get a second life. So, this will be an extra rule for me to achieve a nice and tidy home.

It is funny though, when I became a teenager I thought my mom wasn’t being realistic at all. I mean, a girl cannot have enough shoes, bags, cloths, etc…right? So the rule was ignored, categorized as rubbish. But of course, now that I am older, I see my mom was right all along. Sorry mom, hahaha.

So, if you want to join this journey with me and many others in blogland gather at the Cherry Heart blog here and make your home pretty and crafty. 


  1. Oh Suzanne, I'm right there with you all. As for nr 1, I've been trying for the 40 yrs of my life now :-D.
    Good luck, looking forward to see what you're planning to do (and I'm doing some planning of my own...)

  2. Oh, I so love rule number 6! I have flirted with that rule myself but never made it hard and fast, yet! I'm always threatening hubby with though! This may well be the right time to start enforcing it I think!!

    Thanks so much for the shout out :D

    S x

  3. This is a fab idea and I'm hoping to join in too. I really understand your need for colour and flowers and fresh air. I really can't wait for spring to arrive an the flowers to start blooming and to spend time out side!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your progress throughout the year.
    All the best


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