La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like we did and like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Latest Project - Guestroom

I've been neglecting the blog world and I have a good excuse. We've been busy.
So yes, the guestroom. 
It's an okay room in general and doesn't need lots of work but there was this useless and lost space near the en-suite bathroom that I thought could do better.
My mother, Irma, arrives later today with my 8 y/o nephew, Mathias, in tow (or is that the other way round). They fight (argue, a bit) when they have to share a bed and bedding and he is getting a bit too grown up to sleep in the same bed as grandma.

To surprise him we made an inglenook bed for him in the forgotten corner of the room.

As luck would have it, the measurements corresponded with an IKEA kiddie mattress (160 x 70 cm) and a bookshelf for underneath.

And then I set Bert to work.

Nil, our last volunteer, painted the wall behind in a turquoise blue. and the woodwork white.

The wall stickers I bought a good while back in Lidl.

What have I been doing ?
I made the curtains.

And a duvet cover for Mathias.

Nil made the design for the hot air balloon and the boat and cut the fabrics for them.

As a side note. Nil has left us in the meantime for  another hosting place and it is her birthday today.
Happy Birthday, Nil !!!

Mathias can enjoy this for one week only. Then his 5 y/o sister Sarah arrives and she'll turf him out onto the air mattress and take possession of this inglenook bed.

I made a duvet cover for her too. And my sewing machine has been playing up big time while I was in the process of all this sewing malarkey.

I haven't even started on her Cinderella dress yet !

Looking forward to a month of family visiting ! I have however, no idea when I'll be back on the blog as there will be lots to do.

Take care and enjoy the summer, if you have one.

Patricia xxx...x


  1. Wow, wow, wow! The kids will be soooo happy. It's beautiful and both Nil, Bert and you are true artists!

  2. What a brilliant use of space, and all the needlework is very impressive. I think most children would love a little nook to call their own, especially when it can be curtained off.

    You're forgiven for abandoning the blog and neglecting us if this is the reason why ;-)

  3. Fab idea for a bed. We have been thinking about something like this for one if our new loft rooms. You have spurred me on!

  4. I feel that I must issue a strong protest to you on behalf of Mathias. For it is neither right nor fair to kick him out off the bed space and give it to his younger sister. For in doing so you are creating a division and repercussions that may possibly last most of their lives and it will be all your fault.

    1. Ha Ha ! I won't turf him out. His younger sister will.
      They'll have to fight it out among themselves.

  5. Anonymous5:02 pm

    The dure enjoy being overthere... ❤

  6. Wow, it's beautiful what an amazing Aunt you are!


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