Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Change is coming!

Do you ever feel stuck in a rut and ready for change?  Well that explains my absence lately here at Ruby Square.  I started this blog as a fun hobby and outlet but feel I’ve come to point where I really would like to take things a gear up and be a bit more strategic about my blog content and spend more time on crafting it.

So in the background, I’m working on a new blog which will be unveiled in the not too distant future!

I hope you will visit it!

In the meantime, feel free to browse through past posts until I have brand new ones to share with you!


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Going green

Last autumn we painted our wooden rough sawn fence an oaky autumn colour – it seemed the safest option as it was close to the original colour of the fence and we wanted to protect the fence too from the harsh winter weather with the 2-in-1 fence paint and stain with preserver.

However there was something I just didn’t quite like about it.  It seemed out of place, a bit too bright, almost orange!  I’m currently in the process of doing up our garden and I’m trying to get a nice calm zen look and feel to it – and the bright fence wasn’t quite fitting into the plan!

And so I woke up last weekend and decided that forest green was the colour the fence needed to be.  I did consider it in the autumn when we chose a colour but I thought green might be too drastic and then we’d be stuck with this awful looking fence.  But last weekend I decided to take the plunge.

I bought some Ronseal forest green shed and fence stain, got home, and decided to try it out straight away, eager beaver that I am!  I probably should have painted a little strip first and then evaluated it but for some reason I painted two entire fence panels, went into the house for something, came out and gasped in horror – there was just one thing that came to mind as I looked at our newly transformed fence.


Eek.  That wasn’t quite the look I was aiming for.  However, I continued with the painting and decided we’ll just have to get used to it!  As the paint dried, the bright green turned into a proper deep forest green and I let out a sigh of relief.  It actually looked quite nice and calm and zenlike!  Yay!  So I continued painting.  It’s quite time consuming so I’ve been doing a panel here and there after work and on the weekends when it’s sunny – I have just a few panels left to do (oh and a second coat all round!).

It’s amazing what a difference a lick of paint can do.  It can completely transform the whole look of a garden, house or interior room.  The green fence is blending into the scenery and background which is exactly what I intended so that the highlight is the garden and not a bright orange fence!  However, I looked out of our upstairs window to survey everyone else’s fences around us and we’re the only one with a green fence!  Oh well, it's good to stand out, right?

But I like it.  And that’s what counts J

And speaking of paint transforming the look of a house, check out this house that was in the national news last week here in London!  Quite hilarious!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Farewell Weekly Wishes

I do hate goodbyes.  It’s amazing how we often take things for granted and assume that they will always be around.  This week marks Weekly Wishes’ very last post – boo hoo!  But the good news is that a new and exciting link up – The Blog Hive - will be taking its place, so do stick around and see what The Nectar Collective has in store! I’m really looking forward to it! J

A general overview of last week: I think I did pretty well overall and achieved most of the goals I set for myself.  It’s been pretty tough as I’m really busy at work, and have to weave everything else in around that.  Oh, one thing I failed miserably at was my attempt at waking up an hour earlier every day.  I’ve got to try harder!

If you're like me and need to pack a lot of stuff into your day then read my blog post on how to make the most of your time here.  

GOALS FOR MAY: a selection! (you wouldn’t want to see the whole list!!)

·         Relax and renew – in Santorini.  Yep I’m off the amazing Greek island of Santorini for a few days on Wednesday and I CANNOT WAIT!  It’s somewhere I have always wanted to visit.  I’m going with the hubby to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  I am literally bursting with excitement.  Stay tuned for photos and how it all went!

·         I have a handful of projects on the go and the key word this coming month is ACTION.  I have been doing lots of planning and now the time has come to act!  I’ve found I plan a lot and tend to be a perfectionist always trying to get the planning right but that delays the action which is the most important bit!  So this month it’s all systems GO!

·         Plan a family summer holiday.  Long overdue.  Ok so I’ll just have come back from Santorini lol, but we all need to go on a family holiday – my daughter and stepson will have just finished exams so a holiday will be just what they need.  I love planning holidays!

·         Exercise – I have not been doing very well at all in this area and my excuse is that I have been working on our plot (trust me, its gruelling work!) and doing lots of DIY too – and this is exercise, right?  But I would like to get back into the habit of doing proper routine exercise when we return from Santorini!

·         Blog makeover.  My blog is well overdue a complete overhaul.  It’s been ticking along nicely but it has been lacking a proper focus, direction and strategy and I’m looking forward to learning lots from Melyssa over at TNC – she has tonnes of blog tips and guidance

So, I guess it’s goodbye Weekly Wishes – it’s been such fun and what I’ll miss most is the fellow bloggers who I linked up with – I will definitely be keeping in touch with them and hopefully see you all over at the new Blog Hive!  

Thanks Melyssa for doing such a marvellous  job of keeping this thriving link up going – onwards and upwards!