A Happy Chappy

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Here is my finished owl mosaic I made as a thank you for a friend. I experimented with the use of black tiles and grout and I’m really pleased with the end result as I think it made the patterns from the plates stand out more than normal.

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She is a big fan of owls and I think she appreciated the DIY nature of her thank you gift. You can see it pride of place in her living room below.

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Up Cycle Success

Our first project at the house is the conservatory and so far we have painted, glossed and I am in the process of re-painting the wicker chairs.

Unfortunately, the dying process of the cushion covers for the chairs is not as going well. Well actually, terribly! They were quite badly sun bleached with areas still a light blue, which was the original colour. After three attempts trying to get a beige shade, I now have a lovely beige on the majority of the cover but where the original shade is, it’s bright turquoise! Change of plan; the cushion covers are going to go blue. Hopefully!

However, today we have made some progress. A couple of weeks ago, while my boyfriend was rummaging around in the cellar he found an old crate. After giving it a clean he suggested getting a piece of glass made to fit the top to make a coffee table. What I initially thought would be a difficult task, wasn’t. All it took was a quick search on the Internet and I found a local company who makes and cuts glass. I put in the required measurements and a week later it was done.

I’m really pleased with the end result.

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I Did It!

So I did it, I went. I can now say I am a member of a book club. I was a little nervous but as soon as I arrived I was welcomed by the ladies and made to feel extremely welcome.

My friend, who abandoned me, was right, they were all retirees. They all knew each other from the local committee meetings and open garden events however, I do feel that I will go again.

We were reviewing ‘Life after Life’ by Kate Atkinson. I unfortunately was disappointed with the book, even though a good friend in the book world also recommended to me. I felt there were too many big event included within the book and the characters additional weren’t developed enough. Reviewing it last night I also realised, through discussion, that there were too many question left unanswered. I hate that in a book. I did however, love the concept, thinking about how your life moves along a designated path and how fate, mistakes, experiences etc. will determine the course you follow. That was a very powerful message I got from the book, which I thought was extremely different to any other book I’ve ever read.

On my Goodreads app I gave it 3/5. Has anyone else read it? Next on the agenda is May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Holmes.

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Book Club

Argh! It’s my first book club tonight, and to be quite honest, I’m a bit nervous! I originally signed up to the local book club before Christmas but due to illness and cancellations the monthly meeting is only just been rearranged.

Initially, I roped in my good friend to join me for this new venture of mine, but unfortunately she has declined after a very long 12 hour day at work. To be honest, I’m not at all surprised, as I got the feeling she was not into it when she realised the majority of the group may well be OAPs. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not ageist but I do get where she’s coming from.

However, I have decided to give tonight a go and see what happens. I can always politely decline the next invitation or I may turn out to love it and realise the group of ladies (and gents) are a really interesting group of people. Wish me luck!

The Liebster Award

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During an unsuspecting evening on WordPress I received a comment from Erin at thezennest.com informing me that she had nominated me for the Liebster Award. I had no idea what this was so I quickly googled it to find out more. Soon enough, I had all the information regarding the award and I was surprised to hear that not only was it a sort of friendship token in the blogging world but a way of supporting new blogs with fewer followers. Through our love of Interiors, Erin recently found my blog and I thank you for the award.

So what it means…

The word “Liebster” originates from the German word “liebste” which means “dearest”. The origin of this award is unknown, although several posts have suggested a German blog. The rules of this award had changed over the years although the underlying goal remains the same: to bring attention to blogs that have not been discovered yet.

The rules …

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.

2. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.

3. Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award who have less than 200 followers.

4. Inform them of their nomination by leaving comment on their blog.

5. Answer the question your nominee left you.

Here are my questions from Erin…

1. What are your hobbies? As the name suggests my hobbies are trying new crafts; whether it is mosaics, sewing or making Christmas decorations, I’ll have a go at anything. This initially started when I moved house and wanted to make pretty things to put in it, and living with a boy, who likes football. I have a lot of time on my hands!

2. Movie theater or Netflix? This is a tricky one. For a big blockbuster, there is nothing better than seeing it on the big screen but getting engrossed in a box set (like House of Cards) from Netflix, is just a good, with a glass of wine, in your tracksuit bottoms! Bliss!

3. East coast or West coast? I’ve visited both and loved them however, I would love to go back to both again. At the moment, my boyfriend and I are desperate to visit New York but with flight costs it’s only a dream at the moment. So the answer is East Coast.

4. Trip of a lifetime, where would you go? Before I went to University, I did a gap year, so travelling is a passion of mine. However, my top destination (other than NY) would have to be India at the moment. I would love to see the Taj Mahal, the colours, the different culture and sample the authentic cuisine.

5. Dinner and dancing out with friends or dinner party and gathering at your house? My friends and I have done the partying, we are now into the gatherings. We love cooking a big meal or getting a takeaway, with a couple of glasses of wine and playing games. Our favorites at the moment are the hat game and articulate.

6. Your dream home decor is colorful and busy or white and sparse? I would say I’m a mixture of the two. I don’t tend to paint many rooms white but more subtle pastel shades with pops of colour through the accessories. I would class my interior style as rustic country.

7. Summer or Winter? Summer definitely. Long, warm days where you can spend your time outdoors in cute, little, day dresses. Perfect. (Hoping the warm weather is on it’s way.)

8. Why do you blog? For the enjoyment of showing off what I do, to like-minded individuals and collecting ideas for future projects from them.

9. Where will you be 5 years from now? Hopefully, I will be at the beginning of starting a family, with possibly my husband!

10. What is your one all-time favorite food? Ainsley Harriott’s Carbonara cooked by my mum.

Now for my nominations…

Mandy Munroe

Cross Stitch Bobobitch Mononitch

Uk Crochet Patterns

Cottage on the Green (I’m sorry I know you’ve just been given one but I wanted to give it to you. You don’t have to do it.)

Lorna Claughlin

And the questions I’m asking you….

1. Why did you start your blog?

2. Through blogging, what do you feel is your greatest achievement?

3. What crafting project are you most proud of? (Could you include a picture?)

4.  Why did you start crafting?

5. Crisps or chocolate?

6. Describe your perfect day.

7. If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be?

8. What are you giving up for lent?

9. What is your most prized possession? 

10. What recent book would you recommend me?

Oh How I’ve Missed You

As a surprise birthday present, my boyfriend brought me a subscription for Ideal Home magazine a couple of years ago. I used to love the day when the latest copy would arrive on my doorstep restricting my access into the house. After a year, I decided to stop the subscription as our previous houses’ decor was complete.

Not long ago, however we moved house. Until now, I have enjoyed spending time in the house without thinking about decorating but my lovely family are now starting to question my laziness! With an indecisive and overwhelmed mind I have struggled to know where to start. So Ideal Home is back! I’ve started my subscription again, with the  first installment arriving over the weekend.

The magazine is always filled to the max with a range of fresh ideas, and sitting down to read it, with a cuppa this evening really helped me relax after a busy day at work. Hopefully, all these beautiful interiors will impressive my friends and family when I implement them throughout the house over the course of the year. Here are a few of my favorite:

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Getting My Bake On

Today, during a leisurely afternoon I decided to bake a cake.This was mainly due to the fact I had some left over banana’s to use, that had gone a bit black. So what better cake to make than a banana cake! I found this recipe on the BBC food website and it’s delicious and REALLY easy. Nom, Nom, Nom!

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Here is the recipe just incase you’re tempted to give it a go too:

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line the base and sides of a 20cm x 12cm/8in x 5in loaf tin with baking parchment.

  2. Beat the butter and sugars until light and coffee-coloured. This is best achieved in a food mixer.

  3. Toast the hazelnuts, rub them in a tea towel to remove their skins, then grind quite finely.

  4. Slowly add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture, then mix in the toasted ground hazelnuts and self-raising flour.

  5. Peel the bananas and chop them the small pieces. Gently fold the vanilla extract, the bananas and the chocolate chips into the cake mixture, turning gently and taking care not to overmix.

  6. Scoop the cake batter into the prepared loaf tin. Dust with a little demerara sugar. Bake for between 1 hour and 1 hour 10 minutes, covering the cake with foil if the top starts to darken too quickly.