Moving Forward

I’m sorry it’s been a while since I posted. I have been taking the last couple of months to try and figure out what direction I would like to go. I finally drew a line under my photography business. I studied Photography at University and since graduating I’ve lost the passion I had for creating images. I tried to somehow revive the fire but it just didn’t happen. I’m not saying I’ll never do it again, because I have no idea what is going to happen in future, and I do still love seeing what other people have created photographically. Just at the moment, it’s not my time. So now, I’m on an adventure to find something creative to do with my time – what little time I have when I’m not working! If only we didn’t have to earn a living. If only we could just LIVE. Sigh.

There a few things I want to try..

  • Scrapbooking
  • Painting
  • DIY

These are just things off the top of my head. Scrapbooking is seeming the most appealing to me at the moment. I love the idea of having all those memories in a lovely pretty book, and I love organising things.  I just need a decent printer because the one we have bought is awful. Yes it was cheap and yes I was drawn in by the fact it’s wireless, but, it is terrible for printing out anything other than text. Painting I haven’t done since I was about 17. I have no idea if I would even know how to paint something decent, but it’ll be something to try. DIY, well it just needs to be done. At the moment, there is nothing major that needs doing in our house. Repainting and wallpapering are the main things. I already have an idea of colour schemes and papers that I want to use for most rooms but I need extra help with those things and it’s very rare James & I have time off together, so that may have to wait.

I will try to keep the blog updated. I may post a few more ‘non’ home related stuff also.

V x

DIY Noticeboard

DIY Noticeboard - Number Sixty One blog
After searching endlessly for a noticeboard that was a reasonable price, and also looked decent, I decided to to have a look on Pinterest to see if there were any interesting DIY projects so I could try and update my boring cork board to something a little more exciting. Beach House In The City had my answer – a simple fabric covered noticeboard.

1 x cork noticeboard
1 x box of pins
1 x piece of fabric to cover the cork board

I started cutting the fabric to size. Make sure you do this on a hard surface as it’ll make it easier to get the measurements correct. Easiest way to do it is just to place the noticeboard on the fabric and trace around it.

Next place the fabric over the noticeboard, and fold the excess fabric around the edges underneath so that the fabric sits to the edge, where the cork meet the frame of the notice board. Do this all the way around, making sure the fabric covers the cork but doesn’t go over the frame.

Now we can start pinning the fabric in place with your chosen pins. You can use whatever kind of pins you want, I decided to use normal pins that I picked up from a local DIY store, and there were brass & silver colours so I used them to create a pattern.

DIY Noticeboard - Number Sixty One blog
Pin the fabric all the way around the edge of the noticeboard, pulling the fabric tight to make sure there’s no bagginess.

Then, Ta-Da! You’re done! It really is the easiest project to do.

DIY Noticeboard - Number Sixty One blog
Here’s some inspiration for your DIY Noticeboard…

On The V Side - DIY Noticeboard
Have fun :)

V x

Lighting Inspiration

At the moment our house is full of bare bulb ceiling lights, and we have one lamp in the front living room, so I’ve been looking around for some ideas to help light our house in a special way.

Lighting Inspiration - Sixty One Blog
I adore some of the lighting that Next have at the moment. The tear drop ceiling lights are my favourite, the plum colour ones are just stunning. They also have some interesting shapes and textured table lamps.

Lighting Inspiration - Sixty One Blog
Pottery Barn are another favourite, and if they had a store in the UK, I would be there EVERY.DAY. Some of their lighting is that made of décor dreams but, if you really do crave something from this US store, you can get it shipped to you and at the moment you can save 50% on shipping charges, which is always good!

Lighting Inspiration - Sixty One Blog
Everyone I ask for advice on lighting mention BHS as being great for beautiful fixtures and lamps, and they’re right. There’s a sale on at the moment and I’m thinking of getting our bedside table lamps from there. I love the Carter Table Lamp (bottom far right image), it’s different but still classy.

Please share any fabulous lighting stores or websites, I want to dress the lights the best I can!

V x

Happy (belated) New Year!

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and it’s time to start fresh. We certainly have. We finally moved in to the house just before Christmas. It has taken us until now to hook up our home to the internet and TV! But, we’ve been kept busy sorting everything out. I can honestly say that it’s nice to be back online and in the loop again, haha.

Anyway, it’s about time I introduced you to our new little home, Number 61…

We’re still getting everything moved in and furniture purchased, but, it’s coming along really well. I cannot wait to start decorating properly. I already have colour schemes and styles planned for a few different rooms.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of the goodies I’ve got my eye on, and sharing some beautiful images that are inspiring me throughout the process.

It’s been a pretty good start to the year, and they do say, start as you mean to go on.

I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of 2014!

V x

Planning 2014

At the end of every year I find myself craving for a nice, new, clean, crisp diary to jot down all the plans for the following year. It’s probably more to do with my obsession with stationary and all things paper more than anything. If you’re on the look out for a new diary, take a gander at some of these, they might just take your fancy!

Diary - Via Sixty One Blog[Left; A6 Felt Woodland Diary // Right; Floral Boxed Linen Diary]

Diary - Via Sixty One Blog [Left; Paperblanks Morris Diary // Right; Paperblanks Foiled Diary]

Diary - Via Sixty One Blog[Vintage Book Secret Diary (various designs)]

Diary - Via Sixty One Blog[Left; Appliqué Heart Slim Diary // Middle; Ditsy Floral Slim Diary // Right; Cats Slim Diary]

For 2014, I’m getting myself a Paperblanks diary. I’ve always loved their designs and you can get them from teeny tiny sizes, to huge! Perfect for anyone and everyone!

V x

DIY Christmas Sign

On of my favourite blogs, A Beautiful Mess have created a wonderful step-by-step DIY Project to make your own light up marquee sign, which I adore so much I just had to share!

Isn’t it beautiful?! Check out the simple step-by-step guide here. Next year, when we’re officially moved into our new place, I will be 100% trying this out.

V x

Inspiration: Christmas Tree Styling

Soon we will be moving into our lovely little house and the first thing I want to do is put up the new Christmas Tree we’ve bought! I’ve  never styled a tree in a particular way before. At home we would open up all the boxes and have to see which lights worked and which baubles weren’t broken, and use those! Why we never bought new ones I don’t know. But I’ve been doing some research and have come across some absolutely beautiful trees. Here are a few of my favourites.

Christmas Tree Inspiration via Sixty One Blog[Image Credit: Left; House to Home // Right; The Inspired Room]
Christmas Tree Inspiration via Sixty One Blog
[Image Credit: Right; The TomKat Studio // Right; The Pottery Barn]
Christmas Tree Inspiration via Sixty One Blog[Image Credit: Left; Pottery Barn // Right; House to Home]
Christmas Tree Inspiration via Sixty One Blog[Image Credit: Left; Anna Truelsen // Right; Pottery Barn]

Looking at these makes me so excited to decorate mine!! I love golds, silvers and whites for the tree. It just gives that extra wintery feel. Let me know what colour schemes you’ve gone for this year.

V x

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