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Can I Buy Unusual Sized Rugs Online ?

537335_10151992666836308_722322202_nArea rugs are a great option when carpeting a room. They are practical because they provide the soft surface that you are looking for on your floor but they also add warmth, cushioning and an artistic value. The size of an area rug matters and the desired size really varies from room to room depending on what effect a person is looking for. A different sized rug is needed for a dining area while a certain shape should be used under a coffee table or in a foyer. Stores typically only offer very traditional sized rugs so many people are left wondering: “Can I buy unusual sized rugs online”? Luckily the internet offers all different types and sizes of area rugs so anything a person is looking to purchase can usually be found along with the style and color they are looking for.

Dining Room

When choosing a rug for a dining room area the size should be perfect so that the rug itself extends beyond the back of each chair while it is pulled out with someone sitting at the table. Most commonly you will find an 8 foot by 10 foot area rug is appropriate for this area of the home. Tables are made differently though so it is always best to pull out the chairs and then measure the area.

Living Room

Typically when you place an area rug in your living room it is to create space in the middle of the floor so you can sit on the floor in order to do some activities. This space can be a bit more forgiving when it comes to size and you can usually arrange your furniture around the size of the rug you choose. You may also want to place another area rug underneath your coffee table or near a door.

Bedroom

An area rug can be a great way to tie in all of the decorative aspects of a bedroom. An area rug can be placed in front of a large dresser or at the foot of the bed. These spaces will dictate the size of the rug that you will need to buy.

Kitchen

The kitchen can benefit from a rug underneath a small eating area that you have. Also, many people place a small rug near their sink or food preparation area but it is more comfortable to stand in these areas when you are on a padded surface. You can usually be a bit more lenient with the size that you need and most websites will have something that you can use.

Hallways and Foyers

These areas vary greatly from home to home so it is always wise to measure a number of times before ordering an area rug. There should be a good amount of space around the border of the area rug; at least 3 to 4 inches. The décor of these areas of the home tend to be simple so you can really add some flare to your home with a unique area rug in the foyer or hall.

Before purchasing a rug of any size you will want to make sure the size you are choosing is going to fit your space properly. It is always best to measure twice and then you can order online in order to get the size and the style that you are looking for. You want to make the most of your space and shopping from a website such as The Rug Seller is a great alternative to scouring the stores in your area for something that you may never even find.

Mummy’s Make Up

EDIT: Although I started by tagging people, it’s just so flippin’ fun that I want everyone who wants to join in to be able to, without having to wait to be tagged, so if this takes your fancy get involved and tweet me the results! (@jaynecrammond)

Sausage decided this morning that she wanted to pretend to give me a make-over and I thought “what the heck!” and gave her free reign over my actual make up. These are the results…(click twice to enlarge the pic)

Despite encouraging Sausage to add as much as she like, she was actually quite muted…I expected to look like a clown! Her blending skills leave something to be desired and I got poked in the eyeball with a mascara wand but I think she’s done well, all things considered.

So, now it’s a challenge!

I’m going to tag some other bloggers who have to let their kids loose on them with the contents of their make up bags! The rules are:

  • You must offer them everything you have in your bag (except scissors or eyelash curlers, obviously!)
  • You must not influence colours or products being used
  • You must not help with technique
  • The photo you take after must be unedited and you cannot do any blending or adding before snapping

So, who are my victims participants going to be?

Well, I’ve actually had a slew of willing volunteers who want to get involved, so it’s over to you, ladies:

Minty from Waterbirth Please

Susanne from Ghostwriter Mummy

Laura from The Mummy Life

Lauren from The Real Housewife of Suffolk County

Maggie from Life at the Zoo

Fi from Childcare is Fun

Sian from The Yummy Mummy

Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings

Nickie from I Am Typecast

I cannot wait  to see the results!

Jubilee Outfit Emergency!

Don’t you just love that thing that kids do?

“Mum, can I have a drink please? Oh yeah, by the way, I’m going to a party tomorrow…”

Cue parental panic and frantic searching for details of said party, but after a quick phone call to Nursery, we discovered that the party is in fact on Friday, but there is a Jubilee theme, so the kids should be accordingly attired.

Right. Okay.

Off we went to town to look for something for Sausage to wear. First stop, Next. They had loads of pretty dresses, shoes and what-not made of various Union flag print material, but we wanted to get her something that she’d wear more than once, so we went for this:

Which will be teamed with these:

and maybe some Union Flag hairclips and white ankle socks. What do we reckon? Jubilant enough?! It’s nice for little girls to wear dresses and I can be quite old fashioned with Sausages clothes at times but I thought this was a funky little outfit that she can wear all of the items of again and again.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Knowing Myself (Or ‘Help Me, PLEASE!’)

After yesterdays session at Cybher with Peggy Poyser about revamping your blog for under £50, I’ve started with gusto to try and make my blog exactly what I want it to be. One of Peggy’s tips was to work out exactly what it is your blog should say to other people, then create a colour scheme to compliment it. (That was the general gist, she obviously put it a lot better than that…)

Great, brilliant, a point to start from.

Except, I can’t work out what the hell it is that I’m trying to say or who I even am.

Sure, I guess I could be called a mummy blogger, after all, I am a mummy and I am a blogger. But a pastel colour scheme with cute cartoons over it is so not me. I may not know myself but I do know I’m just not that… insipid. So if I’m not going from the mummy blogger angle, I need to look a bit deeper at what appeals to me.

Animal print.

If there’s one prevailing pattern that I tend to choose for bloody everything, it’s leopard print. I just love it. So a few days ago, Husband created me a banner for my site, complete with leopard print background and funky lettering. I loved it, but Husband made the very good point that ‘Mum’s the Word’ written over a furry leopard print background made my blog look a bit like a landing page for plushophiles (if you don’t know what that is and have to look it up, do so with caution and at a decent distance from children or relatives with a weak heart).

During the session, Peggy showed us a series of swatches of colour and asked us to identify what type of blog each swatch represented. We all got the answers right and Peggy’s point was perfectly made. But I don’t really know what my readers get from coming and reading my random musings? What is it you expect from Mum’s the Word? I’m asking for help here, people! If you have any ideas at all, let me know.  I have a Pinterest board set up for brainstorming and if you see anything that makes you think “Ooh, that’s so Jayne”, be it a colour, pattern, font – anything, tweet me, Email me, link me up on Facebook. Help me make Mum’s the Word a beautiful place to be!

What I’m Wearing to Cybher

Sian To, the lovely organiser of Cybher and blogger at Mummy-Tips has urged us all to share our outfits for Cybher with this link-up, so I tried to be all clever and use Polyvore or ShopStyle to create a look, but both websites appear to hate me, so I’m doing a simple collage instead. The look I’m going for is comfy and casual, with a few splashes of colour.

White Neppy Vest – Next It’s a damn sight more see through than it looks on the site though, so I’ll need to wear something underneath it!

Beige Chinos – Next I wanted something comfy and casual without resorting to my usual uniform of jeans

Pink Cardigan – Next As close to Cybher pink as I could find, though a lot darker in real life than it looks on the site

Birkenstocks – Amazon These are from the Papillio range, which is the usual super-comfy Birkenstock footbed but with uppers made of on-trend prints. I’m a sucker for anything animal print and Husband got masses of Brownie points when he randomly ordered these for me a few weeks ago!

Lego Heart Necklace – Etsy Again, a gift from Husband, I tend to wear this all the time, it’s like my comfort blanket. I’ve had so many compliments on this necklace and it’s so geeky and adorable, I just love it.

So, that’s me. I’ll no doubt be sporting my Cath Kidston bag that I got for Chrimbo as I tend to use that every day too. So now, if you’re at Cybher and you don’t recognise my face, you might recognise me from my outfit so come and say ‘Hi’!