Hail all DIY-ers out there!

We've owned an Edwardian terrace house in a lovely suburb of Birmingham for nearly 3 years now. Our grand plans have been a lying in wait until budget and time allows. This was also delayed by an unforeseen urgently needed re-roofing of our loft which also doubles as my home studio.

It ended up being a larger job than we anticipated and resulted in ripping down the whole ceiling, waterproofing, heavily insulating, re boarding and re-plastering. It was worth it (insulation wise!) in the end - but alas, our budget for other jobs had been depleted. Also, once it was all finished and put back together, you didn't really know how much work we had done which was a little disheartening. 

We are also a couple that like to travel, and as much joy as I get from decorating the house, we tend to save up for trips away to city breaks or amazing destinations we've visited recently such as Cambodia and Oman. This again depletes savings for house projects. I'm not sure I'll ever be the kind of person who would prioritise a new carpet over a holiday!!

To tide us over, we are slowly taking on some smaller projects around the house and will be documenting them here as a little DIY diary. Our Edwardian house has a good few little projects we will be tackling over the coming year. We're going to be as hands on as possible - just the two of us, plus my Dad, who promises free labour once he's retired (poor Dad!!) and lots of expert advice.

Our (manageable?) to do list for 2017:

  • - Re-tile the Kitchen Walls
  • - Replace our horrible UPVC front door
  • - Restore the beautiful Stained Glass front door I've sourced from Ebay
  • - Install said beautiful Stained Glass door
  • - Strip the Fireplaces of Gloss paint and refinish
  • - Strip the staircase and repaint
  • - Create better under stairs storage
  • - Re-paint all rooms that are *still* magnolia from when we moved in
  • - Add Flower boxes to front garden and slate tiles

Our more ambitious longer term goals

  • - Replace roof on back of house
  • - Remove partition wall downstairs 
  • - Re Carpet all of upstairs
  • - Restore floorboards downstairs or install new flooring all downstairs
  • - Buy the Sofa of our Dreams
  • - Install a Wood Burner

So not much then! 

This would all be fine with a huge budget and a team of builders, but we are going truly DIY. We aren't that experienced but we are willing to learn on the job and with Dad in tow, we have a bit of guidance. Wish us luck!!

 

Copper Load of This

We admit it... we are right in the throes of a serious copper addiction. We can't get enough and we've even put it on our newest luxury notebooks and we are just *thrilled* with how they've turned out. Fancy a whole matching stationery collection and desk set up? Look no further...

1. Copper Paper Clips, Paperchase.co.uk 2. Copper Clips, Urban Outfitters 3. Cloud Notebook, Sparrowandwolf.co.uk 4. Mesh Baskets, Anthopologie 5. Baskets, Papermash.co.uk 6. Copper Hatched Circles Notebook sparrowandwolf.co.uk 7. Spring Scissors, Present & Correct 8. Copper Ruler, XO Homewares 9. Pot, Paperchase.co.uk 10. Hole Punch, Bloomingville 11.Stapler, Bloomingville 12. Clip, Hopscotch London

The Gift Guide for Every Girl

A guest post by Wallis

We know that there’s no one size fits all when it comes to Christmas gifts. So, to avoid any present-related panic, Sparrow & Wolf and Wallis have come together to bring you the definitive gift guide for every girl on your list this Christmas. Follow our lead and you are guaranteed to put a smile on her face when she opens her thoughtfully chosen gift on the big day. 

 The Girl Who's on Everyone's Guestlist

Her social diary is full from now until New Year and she’s top of everyone’s guest list. The party girl in your life needs a bag that will see her through every festive engagement this season and this Wallis sequinned clutch will speak to her dazzling style. It’s the perfect size for all of those party essentials and it will complement every outfit, from an LBD to a lace adorned jumpsuit.

The Girl Who Keeps it Chic

This girl takes a low-key approach to her style, so opt for a gift that suits her modern minimalist fashion uniform. With its simple structure and subdued colour palette, this torque circle pendant necklace will slip seamlessly into her sophisticated, carefully curated style line-up. It will look perfect paired with soft grey knits in winter and in summer, she can wear it to elevate her chic camis and effortless slip dresses.

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The Girl Who Loves the Outdoors

Not one to binge on box sets, a hike in the country or a walk by the coast is always chosen over a day on the sofa for this girl. This Wallis navy padded short coat is the perfect blend of practicality and style that she’ll love. The cosy quilted padding and luxe faux fur hood will keep her cosy on all of her outdoor adventures this season, so she can stay stylish – and active - no matter what the weather throws at her.

Competition Time!

We've joined up with the lovely PASiNGA arts and created a diamond themed prize package that's definitely drool worthy! Our crystal cushions go perfectly with PASiNGA's beautiful concrete diamond creations. There are plenty of ways to enter below and all entries will be totted up and a random winner chosen after the 21st October 2015. Good Luck!

The competition opens on the 15th October 2015 at 12:00AM and the closing date is 21st October 2015 at 12:00AM UK time. 
There will be one winner.
Only one entry per person will be counted.
The winners will be selected at random.
Sparrow & Wolf & PASiNGA will be free to publish the name of the winner and by entering this competition you give your consent for this to happen.
Entries cannot be acknowledged.
The competition is not open to employees of Sparrow And Wolf or PASiNGA or any person directly involved in the running of the competition, or direct members of their families.
The prize is as stated above and there is no cash alternative. 
The contest is open to everyone, everywhere. The prize will be shipped to the winner by Sparrow & Wolf & PASiNGA.
Sparrow & Wolf & PASiNGA reserve the right to cancel this competition at any stage, or change any of the rules or procedures if deemed necessary in its opinion, or if circumstances arise outside its control.
The rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts if any disputes arise out of this competition. The copy on any promotional material relating to this competition forms part of these rules.

Totes Amaze!

Our brand new hand dip dyed totes have hit the store! They are available with black or white screen printed raindrops, and in seafoam green or raspberry pink.

They were a lot of fun to make, and they are the perfect size for taking to the shops, beach, park or anywhere! They're made from 100% cotton and are lovely and sturdy. Check them out here.

Travels: Wild Camping & Ponies on Dartmoor

There are so many beautiful parts of the British Isles that I have yet to visit and have been making a concerted effort to tick a few of them off my list this year.

My husband and I decided to try a spot of Wild Camping. This means camping just out on 'the land' with no facilities, no designated pitches & no fees. We decided to try the Dartmoor National Park as we had heard how beautiful it was. He was attracted to the rugged landscapes, climbing the tors & the adventure of Wild Camping. I was nervous about camping in the wrong spot and not knowing what to do, but then he told me there are wild ponies roaming about so I was game.

We are pretty seasoned campers, but nearly all previous camping trips were at  festivals. Recently we've stayed in lovely Yurts and Bell tents thanks to my Husband being able to stay in the Artist area of festivals, so I was a little spoilt previous to this trip!

We have definitely had plenty of experiences of 'roughing' it in our formative years at festivals and this was one of our first proper camping trips. We were excited to try out our brand new Eurohike tent, and off we went into the Wild.

http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/43909/vi-camping_map_309.pdf

http://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/43909/vi-camping_map_309.pdf

You can basically camp on any of the Common Land that is shown as purple on the map above. When driving around, it is easy to tell because there are no fences and the Moors come right up to the edge of the road. You can camp up to two nights in the same spot completely free.

The red areas are not allowed for camping and the red outlined area is sometimes used for military training as firing ranges. This should be indicated by red flags raised on the boundary - We didn't see any, but I was still a bit nervous!

So that's it. You drive around, find a nice spot and pitch up to breath taking views. We had a good ramble, befriended some very tame ponies and woke up to the most amazing views ever. Dartmoor is simply magical looking. We climbed up some Tors as the sun was setting and I felt as though I was in Lord of The Rings. The added bonus that we'd gone midweek, before school holidays started meant that no one else was climbing the Tor at the time made it extra enchanting. It felt as though we'd discovered this magical lumpy bumpy land ourselves and it made for some very dramatic photos!

I'd definitely recommend anyone to take a little adventure to try out Wild Camping. Yes, there are no facilities, so you need to time loo breaks with trips to pubs, and if it's a short break you can just about handle not showering. (Who am I kidding, I've gone 5 days at Glastonbury before and survived with baby wipes!)

There are plenty of Tors to conquer, lovely quaint pubs, an ancient Medieval Clapper bridge in Postbridge, Castle Drogo & many many beautiful walks to explore in the area.

We've definitely got the Wild Camping bug. I would also like to try a bit of Wild Swimming in rivers around the UK (Might have to wait for it to get a bit warmer first!) 

A few pics of our adventures are below. Where will our Wild Camping adventures take us next?



The Poundshop at the Science Museum

We've been back at one of our favourite places - The Poundshop! The lovely duo's newest pop up took place in the Science Museum. 

It was a fantastic event full of wonderful bargains and science related goodies. We were selling our weather cards and notebooks, our crystal nail and body temporary tattoos and some dip dye tote bags which will be coming to the website very shortly. We visited on opening evening which coincided with the monthly 'Lates' adult only evening. 

It was a great night wandering around our favourite museum, extracting the DNA from a strawberry, mooching about some amazing exhibits and having a good time. Of course, we popped to the Poundshop and got some amazing goodies.

We picked up a ruler from the awesome Ding Ding, a moon pin cushion from Oh No Rachio and some lovely cards & patch from Lisa Jones Studio & Letters from Mrs Smith. We also got a great 'Spike Island' from Espergaerde which we've been using for all of our post office receipts!


On the blog - blogs!

We've had some really lovely mentions in some awesome blogs recently. Here's a little summary:

www.vvnightingale.com

Vicky included our boats pom pom cushion in her GORGEOUSLY curated bright yellow round up of her Homeware and Gift picks this week. We love it all and feel very happy next to such lovely items.


http://www.frillyindustries.com

The gorgeous fellow Birmingham girls from Frilly Industries included our washbag on their top picks of the Blog & Buy Sale list. They make the most wonderful laser cut jewellery & even have an origami animals range so we are obviously huge fans. 


http://www.lizmosley.net

Liz Mosley has drawn together a great collection of gold metallic items in her blog post and featured our geometric shaped notebooks on there. We particularly love this Chloe Vaux print - how beautiful is that? 

Thanks for featuring us on your blogs ladies - if anyone else features us, please do let us know! We love to hear from you and don't always spot everything as it comes out.

The rain has stopped and the sun is peeking through the clouds so we are off to enjoy the nice weather - have a lovely weekend everyone.

x

 

 

 

Our top 5 Blogandbuysale Spring Wish List picks!

We've been lusting after the items on the Blog And Buy Sale's Spring Wish List since it was published. It's been very hard whittling them down, but here are our top 5 pieces. I could very well have had a top 20 though!

This beautifully vibrant cushion from Gaynor Trophies would look amazing on your sofa and brighten up any room. I love the bold horses pattern and the contrast of the piping with the vivid purple. Lovely! £24.

 

This table lamp from Peastyle would make a stylish addition to your desk. It would make me want to keep my desk tidy - a miracle! Very on trend and at £34.50, a great deal.

 

Anna Lindsten's 'A walk in the forest' tea towels are screen printed in Sweden. The blocky graphics are gorgeously quirky and bright. £12.

 

Alfred & Wilde's collaboration with Wolf & Moon has resulted in some beautiful geometric jewellery pieces. They were inspired by the platonic solids, a series of five solid shapes named after the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato. That's all very clever stuff indeed, all we know is that they're very pretty and we like! £28.

And finally, these grey graphic knitted pattern bedding sets from Room 39 are right up our street. How stylish & perfectly comfy do they look? From £24. 

To check out the rest of the list, visit: http://wishlist.blogandbuysale.com/

 

 

Blogandbuysale's Spring Wish List

We are thrilled to be included in the 2015 Blog&BuySale Spring Wish List! 

Each season they curate a fab list of art, stationery, homewares, prints and other generally lovely items and we are so pleased to be there amongst some wonderful designers and products. Next week we'll bring you our top picks from the list, but for now, here are our offerings that have made the cut!

We have three items on the list. Our mid size cranes pouch, A6 notebook trio & Grey summer quartz pocket mirrors. 

Have a look at the rest of the list here: http://wishlist.blogandbuysale.com/

A new website and a whole host of new goodies!

Welcome to the brand new Sparrow + Wolf website! It's all squeaky clean and new and we have some exciting new products too...

Starting with our new notebooks...

 

These A6 pocket notebook beauties are hot off the press. They come in 2 new collections, Secrets, Notes & Sketches, and our Origami pattern trio. They have beautiful printed covers (inside and out!) and 48 pages with an assortment of papers. Lined, squared, dotted or plain. They're perfect for popping in your bag for any little lists or notes.

Their big sisters in A5 are coming very shortly so keep your eyes peeled for those in a few weeks.

The notebooks are £4 or 3 for £10. Have a closer look at them here.