Clean Sheets For All Of Us

It has been freeezzinnggg at WDS HQ the last few days! Our lovely woods have been rendered Narnia like by the hardest of frosts, magically clean, white and sparkling.

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Everything looked brand new,

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And that’s what we get tomorrow a clean, sparkling new year, a year in which we can do everything or nothing, a year to go to the gym 6 times a week or once a month or never.

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So when you write those New Years resolutions, remember if you don’t achieve them this year, you will get a whole new one on 1.1.16 and can try again. It’s not how many times we fail, it’s how many times we try.

Happy New Year

kisses

Karen

PS have you got any resolutions this year? Please share so far i have just made one to paint my nails more often!

Merry Christmas!

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Morning all! Well it’s here, it’s Christmas Eve! I just want to say Merry Christmas and encourage us all to breathe over the next few days, and remember that it doesn’t matter if there is no brandy butter or you don’t remember to serve up the peas, enjoy the moment and treasure the company.

I wish you the best possible Christmas, and if you are one of the numerous public servants and other industries that work Christmas Day – thank you x

Kisses

Karen

 

 

 

 

Deck The Halls And The Bathroom And The Kitchen!

Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year, I adore that you can breakfast on Quality Street ( is that just me?), glitter nail polish can be worn everyday and your house can be as festively mad as you want.

It is also a fantastic time for the crafty amongst us, magazines and books start whipping us into a frenzy from September onwards, and I have stitched, knitted, beaded and crocheted more than my fair share.

In years gone by I have ruthlessly colour schemed, set themes for each room and quilted table mats accordingly. I have reached a point now where for me it’s more about the history that comes with each piece , or that it’s so cute or kitsch that I have to have it.

So here is a little taste of what Christmas looks like at WDS HQ and remember the only purpose of decorations should be to make you smile!

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An idea nicked from Pinterest!

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Hello Kitties in the bathroom!

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Remember paper concertina decorations? These are ENORMOUS ones from Rockett St.George.

And here’s  a roundup of stuff either made by me or my super talented mum!

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Finally, here is Darcey, the reason my blog is called While Darcey Sleeps is because I only really get creative while she is napping! I think she’s gorgeous I hope you do too,

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Kisses

Karen

Get Your Rocks On!!

Bling and embellishment are everywhere this time of year, have a peek at my moodboard!

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The jewelled clutch is a season staple. However, they can be expensive, (check out the blue D and G one above, just a mere 5000 pounds) , they might not have the right colour embellishment for the look you want to rock on New Years eve and if your me there is never enough sparkle! I had to have an MRI of my head a while ago and my friend Nikki said she didn’t know why they were bothering as all they would find is glitter and handbags!

So here is a so simple it hurts tutorial, just one word of warning make sure you buy flat bottomed gems and not chatons which are faceted, guess which ones I bought? Doh!

First gather your supplies, a plain clutch mine is from http://www.beyondretro.com, your flatback jewels and strong glue that bonds all materials, mine is Glu and Fix all purpose, Evostick make a good one too.

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Plan out your design, before you start sticking!

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And then when you are sure, start sticking your rocks on baby!

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Allow your project to dry for the recommended time (patience) , and then enjoy! For me a sparkly bag calls for a sparkly mani, the colours here are Chanels rouge noir and Ciate Gingerbread

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Share your bejewelled beauties with me on Instagram using the hashtag #rockson.

And check back with me on Monday for a peek into the festive decorations at While Darcey Sleeps HQ! and maybe a visit from Darcey herself!

Kisses

Karen

 

How I Found The Key To My Imagination And Restarted My Unicorn

It was December 10th 2012 and I was dying, my vision was hazy, my arms were numb,my heart was pounding and I could feel my pulse in my throat. I felt as faint as the damsel tied to the railway lines but remained frustratingly conscious.Terror had gripped every fibre of my being as I waited for death-but I wasn’t dying i was having my first panic attack.

Calm, good in a crisis, everyone’s go to gal had lost it in spectacular style. years of hiding my emotions of trying to be a Kirstie Allsop/Nigella/super mummy hybrid and childhood abuse that I thought long forgotten  had repeatedly kicked my brain until it finally lay down and quit.

The weeks that followed were the hardest I have ever lived (even the ones when I had cancer) taking rubbish to the bin a mere 20 feet away was terrifying, the ground would seem miles away and I was consumed with the fear of collapsing.

In desperation I went to A and E twice, to the gp twice until I got an appointment with the doctor who knew me best, quietly and sympathetically he asked a few questions and diagnosed panic disorder and depression. he upped the antidepressant that I take for pain control and told me I would wait 10 weeks for talking therapy. he may as well have asked me to fly, I took the decision to see a psychotherapist privately, surely the wisest decision I have ever taken and I started to recover.

Fast forward 2 years and here we are, with me starting a little painting and crafting business and with this blog. I will be talking about painting but not too often, I will share my pick of crafty gorgeousness I find on the web,it will have my pick of bags and beauty, and some foolproof make it with your eyes shut recipes that i have found and rely on, and a tiny bit of gardening which I hate but I do prefer flowers to weeds!

The blog will evolve over time and get prettier and easier to use  but it was really important to get it up today!

And where does my headline come from? the beautiful bag below made by http://www.itsnotmeitsyoulondon.com it really summed up how I felt at the beginning of this tale.

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So join me if you will, hold on tight and lets see how this unicorn handles!

kisses

Karen

ps please share any stories you have of losing your key as I discussed my problems with people, I realised I was not alone and it really does help to share.