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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Chalk Paint Side Board

I have been wanting, no NEEDING a sideboard for months.  I have looked everywhere for a nice one, but alas, nothing (well, within my price range anyway).

When i found one on EBay that was only a few miles away i jumped at it.... well you have to don't you.

And here she is:

I have to apologise for the picture, i always seem to jump in to the decorating before taking photos of the before..... So I picked this up for £30.00, as you can see it had a scorch mark on the top, a few scratches here and there, but that did not matter.  I loved her.

I mixed up a batch of my Homemade chalk paint.. recipe can be found HERE

After a few coat of paint a little distressing on the corners and she is.....

What do you think?

Matches my Grandmas Old Drawers that i refurbished.  If you have time, feel free to check them out.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Beautiful Pebble Place Mats

After making  the ceramic mosaic tile trivet, i found i wanted to make more goodies and  I came across these images from a site about home decorating. This is the link if you want to look at more cool ideas.

I think these are so cute and you can get small pebbles like these anywhere. In the summer time you can get them from beaches, walks along the path and anywhere you can go swimming really. You can always buy them too, art and craft stores will be the best place to get a good variety but dollar stores have them as well for a cheap price. So it also depends on the circumstance and your budget.

Things you will need:

1. Rubber mat
2. Contact adhesive
3. Pebbles

Thes are so fun and easy to make.  If you don't fancy pebbles, why not make a ceramic mosaic tile trivet??

Wordless Wednesdays

I would like to say a  huge big THANK YOU to Karren at Oh my heartsie girl for inviting me to be May's Co-host for the Wordless Wednesday Link Up Party.

Why Should I Join in?

It has an amazing and very positive community feel to it, and has both regular and occasional contributers keen to show off their makes, bakes and anything else they think will interest their fellow bloggers. If you blog about something creative that you think fits in with the Wordless Wednesday ethos, you’re very welcome to join in. You don't need an invite!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

I love crafting, I loath cooking.. I hate trying to come up with amazing recipes that will be filling and health for the whole family... So after looking for a little inspiration i found this fantastic recipe from Lori

Stuffed Peppers

yield:6 SERVINGS
prep time:25 MINUTES
cook time:30 MINUTES



  • 6 large green, red and/or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • One 15-ounce can chopped fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 3 teaspoons basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (or use shredded)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut tops off of the peppers, then scoop out seeds and membranes and discard.
  3. In a large skillet, sauté onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the beef and cook until browned; stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Stuff the peppers and place in a rimmed casserole dish. Bake 30 minutes until hot and bubbly.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Feature Friday #1 - Pocket of Posies

Whilst having my morning coffee, there is nothing I like better than to have a mooch around the wonderful crafts in the cyberworld.    I am addicted to Pinterest, Facebook.  I don't tweet that much, but  I am determined this year I am going to try and understand it.

Then I came across this amazing tutorial.  It not only satisfied my cravings for crafts, but my craving for upcycling too.  I love to upcycle, I think there is far far too much waste in the world.  We have become such a disposable society and its sad.  A few weeks ago I posted about how I refurbished a set of drawers that belonged to my husbands grandma.  I am amazed at how they turned out have a look here.  Sorry I digress...

Back to the amazing tutorial I found....   It was written by a lovely Blogger named Cat, she resides at Pocket of Posies

She describes herself as an award winning floral design, interior designer, a baker, a mother, a wife and all around an independent woman. As a military wife I have had to learn to pick up and move on a moments notice and how to make each and every place feel like home, even if it is only temporary. 

In my blog I will share some tips I have learned a long the way, fun projects, the occasional recipe and anything else that strikes my fancy. Above all else I promise quality over quantity.

This was the post that attracted me to her blog Pocket of Posies...

what can you make with  two mens shirt cuffs, a vine wreath and some fabric roses...???

Are you as intrigued as I was??? Shall I put you out of your misery???

Ok, ok, I will stop teasing.

Pop over to Pocket of posies and check out the Awesome Tutorial, Don't forget to say Pretty Shabby sent you xx

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

How to make a hanging bird bath


Here's a hanging birdbath that will bring winged visitors to your backyard to enjoy a cool drink and a refreshing dip. A shallow serving bowl, nestled in the centre of a grapevine wreath, creates a naturally inviting pool in a matter of minutes.

Time: Less than an hour


18-inch dried grapevine wreath, with 12-inch opening
Shallow, watertight bowl, such as pottery or glass, that fits inside the wreath
3 lengths medium-weight (such as 20-gauge) copper wire, each 10 feet long
3 to 4 cups small stones, as necessary

Wreaths available at craft and floral supply stores are marked by their diameter. An 18-inch wreath has a 48-inch circumference.
Choose a bowl that nestles securely inside the wreath's center opening. To ensure a snug fit, it's a good idea to have the wreath when you select the bowl.


1. Set the wreath on a flat surface. Slide one wire length under the wreath. Bring the wire up around the wreath so that the wire is centred under the wreath and the wire ends meet over the wreath.

2. Beginning about 1 inch from the top of the wreath's surface, twist the wires together all of the way to the end of the wire. Add the two remaining wire lengths in the same way. Adjust the twisted hanging wires so that they are evenly spaced around the wreath. (They will be approximately 16 inches apart.)

3. Place the bowl inside the wreath's opening. To hang the birdbath, twist the three wire lengths together over a selected branch, making sure that the wreath and bowl are balanced, secure and hanging evenly.

4. If necessary, add small stones to the bowl so that the birdbath will be about 2 inches deep.

5. Add fresh water daily to avoid creating a breeding ground.

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Tutorial by Kathlyn Meskel

Monday, 27 April 2015

Sausage Hot dog Bites - Super Quick and Super easy...

My kids are super fussy when it comes to eating... They love pasta but don't like any sauce on it. One loves meat and not potato products , the other loves potato but not meat. But here is a super quick super easy recipe that they both agreed (which is not often) they loved.

How  long it takes: 
15 mins preparation, 
5 mins cooking time.

Items you’ll need:
250g quick-cook spaghetti
4 hot dogs each cut into 6 pieces
Use vegetarian sausages if required

Step 1

Pour boiled water into a large pan. Place on the hob and bring water to the boil again.
Thread 5-7 spaghetti strands through each hot dog piece.

Step 2

Put the hot dog spaghetti bites in the boiling water.
Cook the pasta (around 5 min for quick-cook spaghetti).

Step 3

Drain and serve, then enjoy!

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Painted Toadstool Plant Pot Tutorial

I am so pleased with the way my fairy houses turned out.

Hope you find this tutorial useful.

Materials Needed

Large Terracotta  Plant Pot
Large Terracotta  Plant Pot Stand
Small Terracotta  Plant Pot
Small Terracotta  Plant Pot Stand
White, Sage Green and Red Acrylic Paint
Brown, Black and Red Sharpie Markers
Yacht Varnish

Step 1: Paint the terracotta white.  I left the top of the pots terracotta to allow me to glue directly on to the pot, rather than the paint.

Step 2: On the small terracotta pot, i drew a door and windows.  To make the door look like a wooden door, i drew from the top of the door to the bottom in lines, i like the effect it created and added little black hinges and a door knob.  As they were going outside i did not want to stick on embellishments due the British weather being rainy, rainy with a tad more rain :)

ps. Make sure that the pot is upside down so that the large part is at the bottom to give it more stability.

I could not resist drawing little curtains in the windows. I thought that they finished the windows pretty sweetly.  If i were keeping these inside, i would have added glitter to the curtains.

Step 3: Next i added some grass and bushes around the door and round the back.

Step 4: I added some grass and bushes around the large plant pot to fit in with the woodland theme. Once again make sure that you work on the pot upside down.

Step 5: Turn the terracotta stands upside down and paint red, once dried paint white splodges on the stand to make them more realistic. (sorry I forgot to photograph this part)

Step 6: Once the paint is dried, varnish the pots and stands to waterproof them.

Step 7: Find a suitable place to show off your amazing creations.

I hope you liked this tutorial, if so please: 

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