I must apologise for the radio silence of late … believe me, I’ve missed being here and sharing with you all. We have been undertaking a Kitchen Renovation. In fact, since May, we have had building work, new doors and windows and this past week, a new kitchen.
Open plan living means that what affects one living space, affects the entire open plan living room. This has generated a lot of juggling for me and a lot of interruptions. Well, I thought I share a little of the excitement with you.
The old kitchen was 10 years old and although in fantastic condition and really not unpleasant at all, it didn’t offer much storage. There wasn’t much worktop space and the oven and fridge/freezer both too small. It was generally not a very family friendly space.
In just one day, the old kitchen was out and all of the new kitchen that touched the walls … was in. In the middle of all this upheaval, I hosted a class at Dunelm Mill, Huntingdon, which brought about a spot of light relief from the mayhem back home.
Following a day with the electrician present, it was back to Dave, the Kitchen Fitter, his wife Lindsey and their son Lewis, who worked wonders as a team. You can find their Facebook page HERE.
We knew pretty much what we’d wanted but ran with a few suggestions from Dave and came up with the amazing family space that we now have. We love it!
It would be hard to define my favourite part, but I do find this Island somewhat characterful and really rather stunning with the Oak worktop and shelves.
At the moment, we are learning to adjust to our new Everhot Oven. Range cooking is somewhat different to the single Fan Oven that we’ve been used to. That in itself feels like the heart of the home.
The extractor is still to be installed, a splashback and to complete the rest of the electrics, but generally speaking, we are pretty much there. A creative space in itself with the workmanship of using wood.
You may recall us choosing Paint colours back in August, when we stood before the Little Greene Paint Company stand at our local Paint Suppliers. We didn’t tell you then that it was for our Kitchen Renovation though.
Bamboozled with colour, we finally decided upon two different shades of Grey …. French Grey Mid and Lamp Room Black. We’re thrilled with the outcome.
Well, now I’ve filled you in with what’s been going on here at The Crafty oINK Pen and what’s been keeping me busy, I should share some exciting crafting news now.
Today, Stampin’ Up! launched twelve fabulous colours in their new, high-quality, dual-tip alcohol markers, called Stampin’ Blends. They have a light and a dark shade and will give you the upmost blending experience.
You’ll find these being sold NOW through my online store. I’ll share more about them tomorrow with you … but for now … It’s good to be back.