• HOW TO ORGANIZE A MAGAZINE COLLECTION

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    So who out there has a magazine collection? Mine is possibly the largest in the World*. I’m currently packing it up for moving:

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  • KNIT YOUR OWN BAUBLES!

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    A few years ago I started the tradition of knitting Christmas ornaments as gifts for some family and friends. They are really quick and easy to do, and add a bit of character to any Christmas tree!

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  • WHAT’S A WIP?

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    WIP stands for work in progress, and any crafter generally has a few of those on the go! This is my current one:

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  • THE IKEA RAST – WHAT DOES YOURS LOOK LIKE?

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    A lot of us have a faithful Ikea Rast chest of drawers somewhere in their house. I have 3! 2 of them still look pretty much as they did on purchase:

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    I have big plans for these, and the other unpainted pine furniture I own, when I move next year and can get stuck into some new room schemes. But one of them has been given a makeover, and it looks like this:

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  • A HISTORY OF HOMES

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    My first home!

    As I prepare to move house, together with the huge amount of possessions I’ve accumulated over the years, I thought it would be fun to show you the stops along the way to where I am now!

    My first home purchase was a one bedroom modern basement flat in Glasgow, bought in 1995. It had absolutely no architectural features and storage heaters. I LOVED it. It was my own place in the city centre, I was 21, and it was basically furnished with my first credit card and several trips to Argos, Next and MFI. This was in the pre digital age. The estate agents details had an actual printed photo of the front of the building stuck to the front page:

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  • HELLO WORLD!

    Welcome to The Creative Coastal Home!  I’m Andrea and I’m hoping that this will be the start of some great blogging adventures in my future! I’m a programme/project manager by trade, and I’ve always loved being creative. It started with knitting as a child, but plenty of dabbling in other crafts, then I bought my first home and discovered paint charts, home magazines and the joy of planning your own décor! Over the last few years, my work/life balance has definitely been skewed in favour of work. This meant craft projects were endlessly planned but not nearly as many as I would have liked were executed. Although I did tend to get as far as buying the raw materials for projects, which now means I have a plentiful craft stash…

    This year I’ve put a lot of thought into how I want to change my life to be more balanced in favour of my creative side. As a result, I’ve sold my home and am in the processing of buying another one – and yes, it’s on the coast! My hope is that when I get moved, early 2017, I will be able to spend quality time on turning my new house into a home, with a mixture of large and small projects, as well as building up a new life and friendships in a totally different part of the UK. And I’ll share the journey right here! So please sign up, follow my progress, and let me know what you like and what you don’t as I find my blogging feet!