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Decorating the Christmas Tree and Our Yearly Christmas Traditions

Christmas Tree World Ultra Mountain Pine Tree

This is the first time in four years that our house has felt finished enough to properly decorate for Christmas. Don't get me wrong, the house is FAR from finished and half of it is still very much in chaos, but we have more semi-finished rooms than we've ever had. And those rooms actually feel kinda homely - not something I've experienced for a very long time!

Needless to say, decorating the house for Christmas this year felt quite different from the years before. Cue the Christmas tree of 2016:

How to Build a DIY Gate From Pallet Wood

DIY garden gate made from pallet wood

If you've followed me for a long time on Instagram, you'll remember I built a gate from pallet wood about two years ago for Grants mum's house, but I actually never got 'round to featuring on the blog. Luckily I'm making one again, bigger and better - and this time for our house and so, of course, I'm sharing it all!

This whole project cost me under £10 to make, which is a serious bargain considering you can buy pre-made gates for over £50. It was also super easy to do, so if you want to save yourself some cash and give this DIY a go, then keep reading...

WIN! £40 John Lewis Voucher with Walton Flooring Centre

Did someone just say it's FIVE weeks till Christmas?! I honestly don't know where this year has gone, and I can't believe in a couple of weeks our house will be fully decked up and ready for those repeating Christmas tunes!

With such little time left before Christmas, I've teamed up with Walton Flooring Centre to give one of you guys the chance to win a £40 gift card to spend in John Lewis. You could call it an early Christmas present perhaps ;)

5 Tools Under £5 You Need In Your Kit

5 Tools Under £5 You Need Now

Having now owned a rather extensive DIY supply kit, I thought it was about time I shared some of our favourite tools (and not-so-favourite tools - coming soon...) that we think every toolkit needs.

This list was really hard to narrow down if I'm honest and we've tried not to choose tools that are too task specific. These are all tools that we use relatively often and genuinely find useful. I haven't bothered with stuff like screwdrivers and hammers, 'cos lets face it - if you don't have the bare basics, you probably don't have any interest in DIY and you most likely aren't even going to be on this site.

So, let's get to it!

DIY Bike Shed with Log Store

bike shed with log store

For the last four years, we've had one small storage issue - where should the bikes live? For a while, they lived in the hallway, then in the bedroom and then they just hung out in the garden like a lost sock. Not only was it cluttering up my otherwise (semi-)organised garden, it wasn't so great in the winter, as the bikes would be wet, covered in snow and generally make them prone to quicker wear and tear. Grant uses his bike almost daily, so we needed them to live somewhere accessible, but somewhere they could stay out of sight and dry too.

So, of course, I had a plan - a bike shed. BUT a bike shed with a difference. A combined log store bike shed! Typical bike sheds are usually quite short in height and I felt not making use of the space above would be a waste. So my plan was to have a bike shed at the bottom and then use the area above as log storage. The problem was, no one sold anything that suited my brief - so I decided to make one. And of course, I'm sharing the full DIY with you.

DIY Geometric Ceiling Light (Icosahedron)

There are so many parts of our home that are finished, but unfinished. Like the random piece of skirting board in the kitchen that hasn't been attached, the door that's lived without a handle for two years, the bits of filler on the walls I never sanded and repainted, oh and the two semi-attached bulbs hanging precariously from the dining room ceiling. You know it goes - nothing is ever 100% complete.

Over the next few weeks though, we're on a mission to fix all these little niggly things and one of those jobs involved buying/creating two light fittings for the dining room ceiling. With a budget of £0, we decided to get creative rather than buy something - and this is what we came up with...

icosahedron geometric ceiling light DIY

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Wood Burning Stove?

DIY Installing a Wood Burner

It's that time of year again; where we're all swapping out the summer duvets for winter ones, blowing the dust off those old thick woolly jumpers and beginning to set timers for our heating to automatically come on at the crack of dawn. (Well, if you have central heating that is - we actually don't!) We'll do almost anything to stay warm and cosy! And as the temperatures start dropping across the country, wood-burners are getting lit and dominating our Instagram feeds and it gets you wondering - how much does it cost to install a wood burning stove? And should I get one? 

Good question - I wondered the same thing before we bought our wood burner too. Thing is, I couldn't find much info online about it. And even after getting a few quotes in, I had no clue how realistic or reasonable they were. So, I thought I'd share our experience, how much we paid, and what's likely to affect your quote and how much you'll pay too.