Going, going….MINE!

I just went to my first ever auction and picked up this bookcase for Bo’s new room (we’re moving soon, I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say about that later.) Lot_678

Definitely well-loved and needs some TLC but I am so excited to fix it up. Mark and I refurbed my parents old dining table when we got our first house together and I really enjoyed it so I am looking forward to getting my hands on this tomorrow!

I paid £40 for it + commission but I had seen a kids bookcase at Ikea for £50 and this has so much more character, I just adore it and think it will look amazing and special once it is refinished.

I’ve also decided I’m going to upcycle EVERY piece of furniture I currently own…I get a bit overexcited sometimes.

Anyway, check back soon to see the progress

Hopefully I’ll get round to it a bit quicker than my pinterest project!!


German season

I am a Germanist. I studied two languages at GCSE, continued with German at A-Level, studied German and linguistics at University, lived in Austria for a year, bought a VW Golf and now, you guessed it, I’m a German teacher.

It isn’t easy for us Germanists. Every time I tell somebody I study/teach German, I get a response like, ‘Oh…why?’ and most recently, “You’ll struggle to get a job teaching German.” Well, apparently they were right. But I can’t understand why people don’t value German as much as I do.

I love it. I don’t think I could succinctly write WHY I love German so much. I don’t think I even really KNOW why I love German so much. There is just something about the language and culture that I love.

But it seems that I’m not the only one who is intrigued/obsessed/interested in it. This week on BBC iPlayer there are at least 3 programmes about Germany. Rick Stein’s German bite, ‘Das Auto’ – a programme about Germany’s car industry and most interestingly to me, ‘Make Me a German’ presented by journalist Justin Rowlatt and his writer wife Bee.

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Pinterest fail?

So, over a year ago I pinned this picture on Pinterest. Image

This is a gorgeous design found here on Etsy. But I couldn’t quite bring myself to spend nearly £70 on it, so with the best of intentions I bought myself a couple of shadow boxes to craft the crap out of it.

Anyway…then my PGCE started and I almost forgot about all my craft things tucked away in the back room, but now summer is here I thought it would be the perfect time to give it a go.

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