I’m writing this with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
Not just because it’s Monday (although that never helps). But because Flea – my tiny, precious Flea – is currently in Switzerland on her first ever ski trip, with school.
I’m trying not to hyperventilate just typing that sentence. I mean, do you have ANY idea how many Terrible Things can happen to a small child on a mountain?
Since she left at 5am on Saturday, I’ve been mentally compiling an A-Z of Terrible Things That Could Happen, starting with ‘avalanche’ and ending with ‘zip line snapping’.
It’s been a long weekend.
Don’t get me wrong. I am THRILLED for Flea that she’s getting to go on such an exciting adventure with some of her best friends. I am confident she’ll have an amazing time and learning to ski at 9 has to be easier than learning in your teens and twenties, right?
But it’s hard. Really hard.
So I’ve been keeping myself busy by finishing off Flea’s bedroom. I also emptied both laundry baskets completely for the first time since 2005, which is no small achievement.
Flea’s bedroom makeover is quite a big deal – she’s been living with yellow walls and Winnie the Pooh since we moved in to this house seven years ago, and it’s well overdue a makeover – so we’re going for a Harry Potter theme. I’ll do a full post once it’s all complete but I couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peek at this amazing wall mural from Wallsauce that we’ve just put up.
Wallsauce has the most amazing range of murals for all sorts of rooms, and I am a bit jealous that Flea gets to have this Hogwarts mural on her wall. It’s the sort of thing I can imagine falling asleep looking at, and imagining I’m on my way to the Great Hall for sorting…
Cleverly, it’s made to measure so you don’t get that issue of having to chop off part of the picture, or have blank wall at either side that you get with some kids’ wall murals. Although I will say that our decorator told me the paper was actually 1.5cm shorter than the order form suggested it should be, so I would over-over-estimate if you do order from the site, as the mural ended up ever so slightly short.
The mural cost £250 for the most expensive, textured and ready-pasted version that just needed to be stuck to the wall (dead simple) and I love it. It arrived with a diagram showing which order the panels should be put up in, along with detailed instructions. It was all carefully packaged, and the decorator says it went up on the wall very easily.
Walls done (we painted the remainder in a simple off-white shade), we added some cute Harry Potter prints, some new furniture, rugs and lighting and the makeover is almost done. All I need to do now is take down the curtain pole I installed yesterday (my best friend HELPFULLY tells me it isn’t level), and wait for my Mum to drop off the curtains she’s making for me (thanks, Mum).
And hopefully, when Flea comes home in six days or so, she’ll arrive to a fully completed, brand new bedroom.