Warm Your Home this Winter

I love Christmas and I adore the visual beauty of winter but I do not enjoy being cold! In fact I’ve been finding it increasingly difficult to move about the house, my body seems to freeze up and I just can’t convince myself to move! Just as I was resigning my days to hiding under the duvet, Homeserve challenged me to warm up a room in my home with the help of a £50 B&Q voucher. Challenge most profoundly accepted I decided to warm up our lounge as it’s where we spend most of our time.

The problem

Our lounge is a lovely room, however thanks to a certain furry companion it has no carpets (he’d have ruined them with muddy paws long ago). It also has ridiculously tall ceilings thanks to those Edwardian chaps who constructed the place. High ceilings and no carpeting do not make for a warm cosy room!

The solution

Warming up a seemingly cold room normally involves the addition of soft furnishings and carpets, obviously on £50 I couldn’t go too wild so here’s how we did it on a budget!

IMG_6521The sofa & chair

My sofa is lovely and comfy but a tad bare since my old cushions went through the drier and came out looking ‘interesting’.IMG_6543

To add warmth the sofa was treated to two new cushions (stuffed with the old pads from the previous pair) and a lovely snuggly throw. The throw not only looks warm but can be pulled up and draped around you a cold winter night.IMG_6562

The chair got its own matching throw and cushion.

The floor

Obviously I wasn’t going to be able to carpet the floor on my budget and our current one is far more practical with children and a dog. Instead I decided to add a big rug to make the floor warmer underfoot and cosier to look at.IMG_6522

You may be wondering how I managed to afford a lovely big rug. The answer is carpet tiles!

Carpet tiles provide an incredibly economic solution if you need a new rug. The design and colour is completely up to you and it’s just as easy to create colourful checkerboard designs as well as plain. A carpet tile rug is also incredibly practical. Buy one or two extras and you never need to worry about that muddy boot print or spilt glass of wine again, just replace that particular tile!

To make a carpet tile rug just measure the size you want to cover (carpet tiles can even be used to make L shape rugs). Then purchase your tiles along with some carpet tape, align them making sure to butt the edges closely together and fix using carpet tape on the reverse.IMG_6541


Adding extra soft furnishings and seating is both practical and warming. I picked up one of these squidgy cushion seats (see pic above) in the clearance section of B&Q. Easy to move about and comfortable to sit on, we love it!

We also added a couple of large cushions to serve as floor seating, these are really quick and simple to sew yourself as they are just large square shapes.IMG_6548


If your room has a cold or dark corner consider popping a simple lamp in there to add ambience and warmth, candles work well too but don’t forget to keep an eye on them while burning.


I find one of these fellows really warm a room up, they like to cuddle and sit on cold feet!


Pretty Little Cozies! Book Review

Most people own a beautiful tea cozy, even if you never use the pot beneath it. You probably also cover your mobile, mp3 player, tissues etc etc. You name it, we cover it. Mainly I think this is to inject a bit of our own personality into objects which often lack any. If you’re a creative person you probably prefer to make such covers yourself. I was therefore delighted when I received a copy of Pretty Little Cozies by Lark Books from GMC Publications.

The book features 32 projects to makes various cozies/pockets and is written by a selection of designers. It begins with a very useful section on cozy basics. This includes materials required and techniques which are covered. I found the explanations and drawings to be clear and easy to follow.

If you’re a regular reader then you will know that we always review books by actually testing them out. So I started by making a cover for a packet of tissues, seen here. It came out so well that I intend it to be a present for a relative.

There are many designs in this book and they are quite varied covering everything from a games controller cover to a pan handle cover. Once I had completed one project successfully I was eager to try out another as soon as possible.

So next I tried out the camera case. I used vintage fabric for this project and I think this is one area where the book really excels. All the designs are small enough that you will probably be able to make them from scraps of fabric you already have. Personally I find nothing more satisfying than being able to launch straight into a project without having to hesitate while I stock up on supplies.

I also made a mobile phone case out of the same fabric and again I’m very pleased with the results.

Would I recommend this book? Definitely! It has so many projects that there’s bound to be one or two that will inspire you. There are also many ideas for gift giving.

Could it be improved in anyway? Not really. The only suggestion I would have and this is based purely on my own personal taste, is that I thought some of the projects looked slightly old fashioned. Largely due to the fabric choices used. But as I say this is only my own preference and really does not affect the quality of the book or the designs it contains.

Book Details

Title: Pretty Little Cozies

Author: Lark Books

ISBN: 9781600593765

RRP: £12.99

Publisher: Lark

Publication Date: July 2009.


Snowman Egg Cosy Tutorial

It has been sometime since we had a tutorial so today I thought I would share my Snowman Egg Cosy pattern. This lovely little chap will not only keep your eggs warm, it will keep them festive and stylish too!

What You’ll Need

Size 3 Knitting Needles

Snowflake Wool

Orange/Red Wool

Black/Brown Wool

Wool Needle


This pattern is made extra special by the use of Snowflake wool, if you’ve never encountered this you really must search it out. It’s fluffy, sparkly and notoriously awkward to knit with but the results are beautiful.


Cast on 30 st using the snowflake wool.

Beginning with a K row st-st 22 rows

(K2, K2tog) 7 times, K2 = 23st

P one row

(K1, K2tog) 7 times, K2 = 16st

P one row

K2tog to end = 8st

B & T tightly

Carrot Nose

Cast on 5 st using orange/red wool

St-st 4 rows

B & T tightly

To Make Up

Using your wool needle sew up the two side edges of the body leaving the cast on st free.

Sew up the side edges of the carrot nose leaving the cast on st free.

Stuff the carrot lightly if required & then sew onto the centre of the body.

Next, taking your brown/black wool sew on two eyes and four dots for his coal mouth.

Place over your eggcup and egg and admire!

I think a couple of these would make a lovely Christmas gift, perhaps buying a couple of eggcups and packaging it all in a pretty box.