Rainy Sunday Cosies…

When Sunday morning in the park looks like this:


And the Sunday morning bacon rolls are eaten under shelter, with this view:


And Mr Man dresses like this:


One more (he looks so yummy!):



Anyway, when this is the hand your Sunday deals you, you are best off going home and do this:


Butternut squash and white bean soup with cinnamon and ground ginger. Add a sprinkling of crispy bacon, and this soup will warm you to the core…!


1 Butternut squash

1 tin white beans

1 onion

2-3 cloves of garlic

1 litre vegetable stock

Dash of soy douce (pictured above!)

Ground cinnamon and ginger to taste (quite a bit though)

Salt and pepper to taste

Chop butternut squash and onion roughly, drain and rinse beans and put in a large pot and add the vegetable stock. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until the beans and squash are soft and mushy. Add cinnamon and ginger, and whizz it all smooth with a hand mixer. Add splash of soy sauce, stir it al together and sprinkle with crispy bacon pieces.

Yum!! Almost as yummy as this:


*happy sigh*

Bean’s bed – part one.

For my old place, I bought one of these:

BeansBedIKEAI lived in a small studio, where there wasn’t enough room for both bed and sofa, and definitely not enough room for  a ‘full-time’ double bed. So, I had to be inventive. This was an inexpensive option, but as you can see – hardly a sofa to snuggle up in… I actually don’t understand exactly how IKEA is intending this daybed to be used. I mean, no sides and no back… It’s more like a pull-out sofa bed, minus the ‘sofa part’. Hmm. Anyway, I took it upon myself to add the ‘sofa part’ to this daybed myself. This is what I had in mind:


I know it’s far from perfect, but I draw purely to communicate ideas, not to prettify. The frame would need to be made from a strong sheet material as the separate pieces are only attached to one another and to the bed along the bottom half. I love plywood for so many reasons (it’s strong, it doesn’t warp, fairly cheap, and I actually think it’s pretty), so it may come as no surprise that plywood is exactly what I chose. As the largest plywood sheets I can easily get a hold of are 2400mm x 1220mm, I had to get 2 sheets to make the frame. This plywood will be covered by wadding and fabric, so I chose to settle for the less expensive, less attractive kind.


At B&Q (LOVE B&Q!!) they cut the material for free. As the geek I am, I drew up these cutting diagrams. It may seems sad, but the guy operating the saw actually thanked me! Hah!


BeansBeadDrawing3Makes it a whole lot easier to transport like this too! I realise there are a lot of excess material here, but fear not – I would never let any plywood go to waste. Any scraps were used for other projects, my own or clients’.


Once all the materials were in place (in my tiny little studio), I got to work. And yes, I may have built this in my pyjamas. Don’t judge me.

ElliesBed5So the three large pieces wrap around the bed. I joined them together with L-brackets, both on the inside of the corners and on the outside.


In such a small space, it was easier to simply build the frame where it would live – around the bed. My niece Malin was visiting at the time, so I obviously made sure to put her to use. Here she is, posing with the finished frame.

BeansBed6Next up: padding. In my little sketch at the top of the page… Wait, here it is again, save you scrolling up and down:

BeansBeadDrawing1See the sketch in the top left hand corner, the one that looks a bit like an up-side-down taco shell? That was how I was intending to “upholster” the frame for the sofa. That was until I discovered that wadding is £25.00 (!!!!) per meter… Unbelievable! So, basically, no, wasn’t gonna happen. I needed another alternative. And I found these, at IKEA:

BeansBed7It’s £4.00. For 2 meters. And it’s the same thickness as the £25.00/metre wadding. Score. I bought 4 of them, but only ended up using 2. Let’s not go crazy now.

BeansBed9Don’t you just love staple guns? I  do. Makes a project like this so much easier! I had chosen a dark grey tweed like material for the sofa – I bought almost 10 meters, and basically cleaned the store out.

BeansBed10I made a bedspread out of the same material to match the frame:

BeansBedMadeAnd some backrest cushions as well:

ElliesBedMade7Some throw cushions as well, and voila:

BeansBedMade12Sofa at day, and…

ElliesBed11A cosy bed at night!

Mission completed. Phew.













Birdies in Bean’s Room

I realise I sort of left you guys hanging. You must be (c’mon, at least pretend to be) wondering ‘but what about Bean’s room? What’s going on there?’. After teasing you with such yummy things as the cupcake table and the funky chest of drawers , I can’t blame you for wanting more. And who am I to deprive you?

I present to you:

BeansRoomWallSticker1Birds on the Wire! See in Bean’s inspiration room, you can just about spot one of these in the background:

Miranda CosgroveCan you see it? It has lightbulbs hanging from it. And a pink… Dog…? …! Anyway, I borrowed the idea straight from the picture. As you can see in the screenshot above, this only set us back approx £17.00 (including postage) which I feel was a good price for the impact it had on the room.

Wall stickers are delivered on sheets, just like any other type of stickers. Out of the packaging, we were dealing with this:

BeansRoomWallSticker2It looks straight-forward enough, and I suppose in many ways it was. But I’m not going to lie to you – getting this thing up on the wall was a pain in the hiney. Starting off was alright, as you’re only really battling two large stickers with good grip surface.

BeansRoomWallSticker3Not bad, huh? From this point it got a lot more complicated, as making sure the stickers were all lining up perfectly became increasingly difficult by the size and detailed shape of the stickers…

BeansRoomWallSticker4There was a lot of repositioning going on. I did help out. Just that, you know, somebody has to hold the camera. Tripod, you say? Nah, never heard of it…

The really challenging part was the long strips that made up the actual wires. They are long, yes, but thin and so they don’t really have any grip surface worth mentioning.

BeansRoomWallSticker5Not long after we had finished mounting the sticker to the wall, the wire pieces started coming off. As we are pretty sure Bean will want to keep this wall sticker up for a good few years, and as we’re not super precious about the paint work, we easily solved this problem with a few drops of PVA glue. The stripes are now stuck firmly into place! 🙂 Add a couple of birdies to that, and I think it’s pretty cool – don’t you?

BeansRoomWallSticker6I know, I know, you can’t really see all of it here – this picture has been CLC (Cropped Like Crazy) – I’ll let you see more in the big reveal next week! Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at that bed. Sofa. Bedsofa. Sofabed. Gah, you decide. Tomorrow.

Til then.