Hi I’m Emma and I’m so pleased that you’ve stopped by to look at my blog! Welcome! Here at The Messy Notebook you’ll find a mixture of home decor, DIY on a budget, organisation, book reviews, inspiration and beauty. I started blogging as a way to document my efforts to live more creatively, and find inspiration in the day-to-day. It makes me happy and I hope you enjoy it too 🙂
I’m a messy person who longs to feel organised.
I have a creative side which has been hidden behind my statistical/technical side for too long!
I’m a natural introvert and can be reserved until I get to know people, but once you’re a friend I’m very loyal!
I’m emotional and tend to experience life’s highs and lows in glorious technicolour (which can be exhausting!).
(At this point I’m inevitably breaking into song á la The Sound of Music 🙂 ). Here are some things, big and small, guaranteed to bring a smile to my face and make my heart sing:
I can’t deny it, I LOVE a good afternoon tea! Whether a very formal afternoon tea at the Ritz (which I was lucky enough to experience as a Christmas gift), or a more modest Dorset cream tea, I adore the ritual of pretty china, a pot of good quality tea and scones with jam and cream. I also love dressing up for the occasion (as in the photo below) although sadly this is a rarity! This particular photo was from an afternoon tea garden party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Red, white and blue were obligatory, as were hats. I was really excited to wear some genuine vintage white gloves too. Now I just need more reasons to wear them again 🙂
Since I was a teenager I have been drawn to cosmetics, make-up and all things ‘beauty’. I’m always excited by trying out new products and have to curb my tendency to buy more! Like a moth to a flame…. (sigh) 🙂
I have a passion for reading that began as soon as I was able to read! I love fiction and am rarely without one or two books on the go. In recent years I have strayed a little from physical books and at the moment am really enjoying listening to audiobooks as I can now fit in even more ‘reading’ in situations where a book wouldn’t be appropriate (e.g. painting my nails, doing housework, travelling). One of my favourite things is that feeling you get when you’re so utterly absorbed in a book that you can’t put it down and you can’t wait until the next time you can pick it up again!
I enjoy baking and cake decorating. I have made quite a few cakes for friends and family now and like the process of having an idea or a theme, and then developing it into a fully fledged cake design. For the last year I’ve attended some classes in Royal Icing and really love it as a medium. When you watch Royal Icing experts using their piping tube as an artist might use their paint brush, and producing beautiful shapes and figures freehanded, you realise how much of an art form and a skill it really is.
We live near the sea in Poole, Dorset. We’ve lived in our house for four years which we’ve decided is more than enough thinking time before we start making the house feel like our own! I know a lot of people would have completely redecorated the whole house within a month of moving in – I wish I had that energy!! Right now I’m full of plans and ideas and will slowly be making over our house one project at a time, inspired by all the beautiful homes I see in magazines and on home decor blogs. My challenges are sticking to a strict budget and the amount of time and energy I have to spend. Oh and limiting the time I spend browsing on Pinterest of course, it’s amazing but it can be a HUGE time waster and I need to stop thinking and start doing!
We love living in this part of the world which is so pretty. It doesn’t take much of a journey before you come across gentle rolling hills, beautiful beaches, a massive natural harbour, the Jurassic coast and a rich history including Hardy’s Wessex and the remains of old Saxon town walls.
I would love to hear from you so please feel free to connect with me via social media, or email me at email@example.com