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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 drawers.....here 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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Friday, 22 May 2015

Feature Friday #4 - Budget Girl

Wow, cant believe its week 4 of Feature Friday.

This week I have the pleasure to introduce Chelsea from Budget girl




She describes herself as bring in her late twenties, living in Atlanta, GA. My husband (Zach) and I moved here from West Virginia with our two cats (Cini and Kashka). Chelsea believes you can teach yourself anything if you really want to and she hates when people say, “That’s cool! I wish I knew how to do that….” Everything you see on her blog, she taught herself with almost no classes.

I found Budget Girl on a linky party and loved her blog so much felt i had to share her work with you.










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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

DIY Painted Rock Cactus Tutorial

DIY Painted Rock Cactus Tutorial




 Use garden rocks to create this fun Rock Cactus pot. A great sensory idea for a kids activity and craft.


Materials Needed
Garden Rocks
Plant pot
Green, white paint.


Instructions

Step 1: Start by selecting flat  rocks that look like cactus prongs.

Step 2: Coat each rock with green paint. Try and use different shades of green to draw in some background lines/veins and added white dots for cactus flowers.


You are only limited by your imagination.



Now place these into a pot and use as a center piece, garden ornament or even a door stop.




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Wordless Wednesdays


Dont forget to pop over to Oh my heartsie girl and check out 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!








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Monday, 18 May 2015

Bread and Butter Pudding


Here’s an old-fashioned English family favourite that goes easy on the wallet. Day-old bread works best in this recipe.



Bread and Butter Pudding


Preparation Time: Less than 30 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves: 4

Ingredients
25g/1oz butter, plus extra for greasing
8 thin slices bread
50g/2oz sultanas
2 tsp cinnamon powder
350ml/12fl oz whole milk
50ml/2fl oz double cream
2 free-range eggs
25g/1oz granulated sugar
Nutmeg grated, to taste

Preparation method

1.       Grease a 1 litre/2 pint pie dish with butter.

2.       Cut the crusts off the bread. Spread each slice with on one side with butter, then cut into triangles.

3.       Arrange a layer of bread, buttered-side up, in the bottom of the dish, then add a layer of sultanas. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon, repeat the layers of bread and sultanas, sprinkling with cinnamon, until you have used up all of the bread. Finish with a layer of bread, and then set aside.

4.       Gently warm the milk and cream in a pan over a low heat to scalding point. Don't let it boil.

5.       Crack the eggs into a bowl, add three quarters of the sugar and lightly whisk until pale.

6.       Add the warm milk and cream mixture and stir well, then strain the custard into a bowl.

7.       Pour the custard over the prepared bread layers and sprinkle with nutmeg and the remaining sugar and leave to stand for 30 minutes.


8.       Preheat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4.

9.       Place the dish into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the custard has set and the top is golden-brown.





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My New Spring into Summer Wreath!
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Do you take time to celebrate all the seasons in your life?  Do you know what I mean? We celebrate things like Christmas, 4th of July, New Year's Day, Birthday's, 21st, 30th, 40th (over the hill and ready to roll), 50th( half-century) Thanks so much, society, for that little reminder.  Heck we even celebrate Groundhog Day! If we go to all that trouble for those holidays, surely we should, in some way, celebrate the 'actual' Seasons in our lives.



Homemade Blueberry Syrup Recipe
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While we love eating fresh blueberries, I also like making blueberry jam, blueberry pie – anything blueberry! I wanted to make something new, so this weekend I decided we’d give blueberry syrup a try.

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S’more Cupcakes Recipe
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I am like so many others with great memories of Summer nights roasting marshmallows over the open fire, laughing and anxiously awaiting that chocolate bar and graham crackers.  My memory is of the nights licking the melting chocolate from running down the side of my mouth, the smell of roasting a marshmallow and loving every minute of it.   My first taste of this cupcake brought back all of that fun and goodness without all of the bugs biting me.


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If you’ve been following along for awhile, you might know about my love for ILIA Beauty, but if not, you can check back to my very first post on ILIA  and you’ll see I’ve been a huge fan for years! I got even more excited when I found out they were finally releasing a line of face cosmetic products so, of course, I had to try their Tinted Moisturizer alongside a few lip colors I’ve had my eye on for awhile.


DIY Outdoor Mason Jar Chandelier
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Lemon Sour Cream Bundt Cakes
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Mini Lemon Berry Cheesecake In A Jar
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Serve this delicious Lemon Berry Cheesecake in a cute little mason jar for a  perfect spring and summer dessert! A tasty way to use sweet berries in a dessert that ends any meal on a good note.  Layered with graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake with a hint of lemon, and an amazing berry puree.


Dark Chocolate Avocado Brownies (vegan & gluten-free)
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After making "healthy vegan brownie alternatives" using kidney beans and sweet potato, i just had to make them with avocado. Also, i have made several delicious dessert recipes using avocado for chocolate pudding, so Chocolate Avocado Brownies were the obvious next step, right?


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