Sunday, 3 May 2015

My Birthday Celebrations


I'm sorry it has been so long since my last post. Along with birthday celebrations and going on holiday I have been SO busy with my coursework for my childcare apprenticeship qualification and with work itself! But finally I have found a spare pocket of time to sit on the sofa with my laptop and put together all of the lovely things I have been up to over the last few weeks.

Firstly I want to thank everyone for all of the beautiful cards and presents that I received. I feel very lucky to have been treated by so many people and I am very grateful.

On the weekend of my 21st birthday (the 18th and 19th of April) we travelled to Lincolnshire to visit our family. On the Saturday we visited my side and on the Sunday both of our families got together at Dene's family's home. We had a little party with a lovely lunch and we had a great day! Dene even surprised me with a fancy birthday cake, it was beautiful. I felt so lucky.

The lovely lunch prepared by Dene's mum, Michelle.

Dene, his little sister Mary and the beautiful cake he bought me made at the local bakery.

Me ready to blow out the candles with the twins eagerly waiting!

I was given this pretty Cath Kidston letter writing paper that doubles up as it's own envelope. I used these to write my thank you notes to my friends and family.

Dene's family gave me these absolutely beautiful pearl earrings. They are now my favourites!

My mum gave me this sweet little frame full of mini vintage items. I love it and it is pride of place on the window sill.

Along with many other things Dene bought me this ever so pretty opal ring. I have always wanted one so I am very pleased with it.

I was given so many beautiful presents from friends and family along with money for me to choose some things for myself. I always find it so hard to spend money on myself and feel guilty for doing so, but eventually I was convinced to let go and just buy whatever I liked which was alien to me but a lovely extravagant feeling. I went into London for a shopping trip with my best friend Sophie that I have been friends with since we were 5! I mainly bought things that were on sale or massively reduced as I still couldn't force myself to not be scrimping but I got some lovely lovely things for amazing prices.

I got these pretty little hair clips for about £3.

 These beautiful earrings as part of a 3 items for 2 deal. I can't help myself!

A lovely new handbag to replace my current one that is falling apart! (£15 off this one!)

 My first ever watch, can you believe it. I have always wanted one but I am very picky and I have never seen one that I liked, until now! I love the faded floral pattern in the background. So pretty for only £12.

 As part of my birthday present Dene also took me to the Lake District for the week. It was absolutely beautiful and I didn't want to leave! Here are some of our holiday photographs.

We had an amazing time and as you can see we did lots of exploring. We must have visited every National trust property too! 

After a long time away from home I was still happy to be home after an amazing week. This weekend  have been doing some rearranging and I'm feeling very happy with our little home.

Our living room.

Our little study/garden room.

Pretty little bluebells coming through in the garden - this made me very happy!

And finally I had my craft fair last weekend. The fair was very quiet and I didn't sell as many cards as I had hoped but I still enjoyed myself. I met some lovely people, I learnt a lot for next time and I at least covered my basic costs so I didn't loose anything!

Thank you for reading my humongous post!

Lots of love

Eleanor x


  1. Lovely post Ellie.
    I loved seeing all your Lake District photo's & your card stall.
    Enjoy this bank holiday.
    Fondly Michelle

    1. Thank you Michelle, we are just pottering around the house today. Its lovely and sunny here. We're about to watch Home Fires while we eat our lunch! Hope you're all having a nice day :) lots of love x

    2. We watched Home Fires too, they had an Easiwork in one of the kitchen's.
      Love Mum xx

  2. Eleanor, I have been charmed with the photos of your trip of birthday, I am Beatrix Potter's great admiradora, have all his stories, my daughter when it was small knew the name of the majority of the prominent figures, every night were remaining slept after one of his stories. The gifts that have done you and that you have bought are precious, I wish you that the enjoyments much. Mary Carmen.

    1. Thank you, Mary Carmen. Yes, Beatrix Potter books are wonderful!

  3. Mary in Perth Australia12 May 2015 at 22:07

    I just found your blog Eleanor, and wanted to say how refreshing it is to read of a young couple setting out in life together (and sooo with all the right ideas to set you up for life.

    I love your photos and your little house looks gorgeous.

    Wishing you and Dene every happiness......and belated Happy 21st Birthday.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Best wishes from Mary in Perth, Australia

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Mary. I'm glad you like it. We may be young in body but we definitely aren't in our minds! Best wishes to you also.


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