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When in Rome

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of our first date, last week Robert and I ran away to Rome for some sun, warmth, food, lazy aimless wandering and to take in some sights. Did I mention food? So much food. 

There was fantastic weather for the four days we were there [two full days and two half days traveling on either side], the hottest being on our third day where it reached between 25 and 30 degrees. During our first full day we managed to lazily hit all the sites. We walked from our hotel to the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum, all while stopping for copious amounts of pasta, pizza, gelato, beer and wine in between [ahem, iced tea for me] ... 

The following day we went to the Vatican as I've always wanted to see the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The chapel itself is not very big at all, but has a towering ceiling that is ridiculously gorgeous. It's hard to know where to look; other than up. There's a strict no photos and even no talking rule in the Sistine Chapel. There's a security guard whose sole job is to enforce both rules by pressing a microphone to his mouth and loudly mumbling both repetitively and breathing heavy at the same time. The no talking rule we especially sniggered at like idiots because he was clearly the loudest person there. 

Oh, for the record, if you tell me to not take a photo of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, I'ma take a photo of it ... 

While Rome wasn't exactly what we expected [we had a lot of interesting encounters], we still had a lovely time in the sun wandering aimlessly. I also managed to sit a funny way on a bus on our first day and my back is still yelling at me for it. I've never had problems with my back! KNOCK ON WOOD. I blame all these damn pregnancy hormones. I think the only remedy would be for me to find some gelato in Dublin today ... 

Thrifty things - copper jelly moulds

Over the weekend I had some time to walk one of my favourite Dublin charity shop routes. I was on the lookout for nothing in particular, but kind of also had my radar possible nursery furniture. I didn't find any furniture, however I did find these absolutely adorable copper jelly moulds. I'm super sappy these days so the heart-shaped piece jumped out at me immediately as well as the smaller mould. They were both marked as €1 each [!!!] in Age Action so I couldn't not get them. 

I'm fairly certain they're not vintage as they're quite light and are actually more of a rose-gold colour than copper in real life [they look very much copper in these pictures]. I think the heart shaped mould would look really lovely hanging up in the baby's room and the smaller one for holding all kinds of tiny baby related nonsense on a shelf. 

We'll have to buy some brand new pieces for the nursery [cot, bedclothes etc], but for the most part I'm really hoping to find as many second hand pieces as possible. I have a vague idea of furniture, layout and colours at the moment, but I have yet to sit down and see if it will all work together. I'm feeling really good these days so I want to get stuck in painting and assembling and fussing over baby stuff! I figure I should start sooner rather than later before my energy levels drop back to non-existent.

Make It Yours - Meet the Bloggers

First up, a behemoth thank you for all your sweet comments and messages on our little announcement last Friday. All the feelings were and are happening all up in here (on top of a healthy dose of hormones = mini sob-fest! :P) xx 

This month I'm featured in an exciting mini magazine by Rust-Oleum included with the May edition of Your Home magazine; their Make It Yours mag all about fixer uppers and the people behind them. Yours truly is featured in the Meet the Bloggers section along with details on our basic secondhand bedside tables which I gave a faux marble makeover late last year.

It's been 5 months since I updated our bedside tables and they're looking as good as the day I painted them. I've repainted a number of pieces of furniture in our apartment to date using a variety of brands, and honestly our bedside tables have held up the best. Better than that actually as they're still in perfect condition despite our level of wear and tear. I don't feel obliged to say this because of the nature of this blog post; this is my honest opinion. I genuinely wouldn't say it otherwise. I find their furniture paint exceptional and as I still have a bit of paint left over, I'll be updating another piece soon.

You can find the Make It Yours mini mag along with the Your Home magazine on shelves in Ireland and the UK [and possibly elsewhere?] from now! And thank you again Rust-Oleum for featuring me :)

My biggest DIY* to date

I've been long awaiting to share some exciting news with you guys here on my blog. It's also an explanation for why I've been so MIA lately. The reason I've been quiet around these parts since January is because I've taken on my biggest DIY* project to date; I'm in the process of making a tiny human. It's pretty crazy and we're both still getting our heads around it, but we're going to be someone's parents. 

I know my body pretty well so I knew early on that something was up. Right around this time in February I also noticed I lost interest in everything; blogging being one of the biggest. I love blogging! I love creating stuff, thinking up new projects, coming up with solutions to problems, taking pictures and pretending to be a fancy adult, but I cannot explain how unappealing that all became to me. I turned into a zombie. A zombie that didn't mind if Sky News was still on for the 26th hour in a row. My brain was soup for about 2 months. I tortured myself as part of me still wanted to write, but I started to cut myself some slack. I decided to write when I was genuinely into it. Even if that meant not writing for ages. So I did. Or, didn't, in this case. 

I'm feeling a lot more like a human this past week now that I'm into my second trimester [just saying that makes me feel like WOAH, WTF!] and I'm excited to feel like me again. I don't need to nap like a toddler and I can eat normal food once again [food aversion is an actual form of torture. Sometimes all I wanted was ie - a tomato, but by the time I finished chopping up said tomato, the thoughts of eating one made me want to hurl. Pregnancy is a crazy thing, and I hear it's going to get crazier].

It's still strange for me to understand because I'm not showing. Yet. I'm a visual person so the fact that I can't see a baby or a difference in myself is why my mind is still catching up. We had a scan a couple of weeks ago and that's what really brought it home for me. For both of us actually! Seeing our tiny baby stretch and wriggle around blew both of our minds. Even though it's still teeny tiny, I can already feel our baby fluttering away like a tiny butterfly [or moth!] inside of me. It's been a crazy ride these past months and will be the next couple of months and years and I'm so happy and lucky to have Robert by my side. He's been so patient and attentive.

Next week is the 10 year anniversary of Robert and mine's first date. Now that I have energy again, we'll running away together to celebrate / go on a mini babymoon to Rome. Don't worry, we'll be bringing the baby too. It's been just us for 10 years so we're both excited / still getting our heads around the idea of adding one more to our wolf pack. It's exciting and scary and exciting and exciting. Neither of us feel adult enough to be parents, but I hear everyone feels like that. In the mean time, we're just over here dying over all the adorable Star Wars and kitty onesies there are for tiny babies. 

I shall end on that note. Happy Friday friends, and sorry for the rambling. I hope whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a good one xx

p.s. I'm due on our 4 year wedding anniversary in October - how insane is that?!

*I know, 'DIY' is not the best word to be using in reference to this situation as there was no immaculate conception. But let's face it; Robert got the easy and fun end of the deal. Am I right or am I right ladies? I'm left doing the rest [and let's face it, the worst] of the work, so I'ma say this is a DIY ;)

p.p.s. Mad props to Pat for the DIY announcement idea. I safely stored that one in the memory bank.

Wallpaper Crush Wednesday - Wilful Ink

Without causing any direct offence to butterflies or people who like butterflies, I myself am more of a moth person. I'd say it's down to growing up in Canada and watching big floofy moths come out at night and hover around our porch lights. It's also probably because I like darker gothic-style takes on things in general. So as you may imagine, a couple of weeks ago when Emma, the creative genius behind Wilful Ink, got in contact with me about her unusual line of wallpaper, I was full of heart-eye emojis. 

Emma was crazy-kind enough to send me a roll of whichever of her wallpaper I'd like to use in our home. I was incredibly flattered, and at the same time, HELL YES! I searched through Emma's collection of creature filled wallpapers and immediately fell for her Tangled Hawkmoth wallpaper design. Moths. MOTHS! One of my favourite night time creatures right there in a beautiful print. I couldn't wait for it to arrive. 

The roll of Tangled Hawkmoth arrived earlier this week and ZOMG MY PICTURES ARE DOING IT ZERO JUSTICE. I excitedly opened it at work and everyone immediately ran over to look at it. It's such a beautiful design. The soft robin's egg blue along with antique gold work so well together. When you get right in there you can see the entire pattern is done in pointillism, which adds such a subtly soft undertone to the pattern. The detail on this wallpaper is actually insane. Again, my photos = zero justice.

As a renter, unfortunately we can't hang wallpaper. Giant ugly crying face. But I do have a sneaky project in mind that would be perfect for it. I can't tell you just yet what it's for so you'll have to wait and see. But I'm SO excited to start on it so fingers crossed it'll happen sooner rather than later! #StoryOfMyLife

Disclosure - I was sent a roll of Wilful Ink wallpaper free of charge to use in our home. As always, all words and opinions in this post are my own. I only work with companies and artists I like and of course, think that you will too. Thank you for supporting the companies and independent artists that support The Interior DIYer. 
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