Friday, 31 May 2013

Peachy Pots of Pinterest Perfection!

Hello my lovelies! I'm feeling very chirpy today, thanks to appearance of sunshine! Phew! Soooooo tired of wearing my raincoat! Well, feeling a little more industrious, I thought I'd tackle a venture I've been meaning to for a while. As you may have guessed by now if you're a follower of this blog, I am a Pinterest-a-holic. My fingers pin faster than grade A typing student! But, I do ponder some times whether the loveliness and wonderful ideas will ever be embraced, tried or tested. So, I intend to do just that! I am going to pick a few of my favourite bucket list pins, put them to the test, and share the results with you as, and when I do so. 

Today's attempt was Matryoshka Salt and Pepper pots. Ever thought of turning these lovely ladies into something useful for the dinner table? Well, thanks to Country Living who gave us the idea, I have set to work...

You'll need...

♥ Matryoshka (Russian) Dolls
♥ Drawing pin (Sharp!)
♥ Drill with very small drill bit, about 1/16      

First, make little pilot holes by pushing the drawing pin through the top of your dolly...easy does it. Take care not to crack the paintwork! I did 5 hole for the salt pot, and four for the pepper...

Drill at the ready...
I was a little apprehensive...didn't want to inflict too much damage to my little beauties!

Be brave, and drill away!

Fill with salt, pepper, and you're done! Peachy perfect pots of perfection! Pinterest comes up trumps!

Happy Friday!
Tania ♥

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Jade meets Pink

Where does one go for a little creative inspiration? Don't all shout Pinterest at once!  This week my mood is taking me to one of my favourite colour combinations...Jade and pink...

It all started with a little swan...A thrifty find...

It has taken me on a little journey of discovering...favourite places...

Wardrobe graces...on my wish list of course!

Quirky party ideas...

Feminine touches...

And tea cups...and flowers...of course...

I'm not entirely sure where this colour palette will take me next. I have a feeling it might involve a paint brush and a very large tin of  Annie Sloan's Florence paint! What has inspired you lately? For a little more jade and pink loveliness, and links to all the above, just pop over to my Pinterest board!

Tania ♥

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Sew En-Deering!

You have to forgive me for the title of this blog post! I just couldn't help myself! You see, I have this obsession...with deer...Needless to say, my little collection is growing. I think my love for these endearing creatures started with the story of Bambi...I still remember crying my very first 'movie tears' as I watched the story unfold. And I dare say, I don't think I'm the only one.

I have been itching to sew a deer from one of Tone Finnanger's books, one I was given by a dear friend for my birthday. The minute I turned the page, and I knew it would be the first project I'd attempt.

And so, my little collection of deer is growing, and another family member richer!

I now face this dilemma...Where do I put her? Oh deer!

Do you also share a love of deer? Or obsessions of a different kind? Are you a collector? I'd love to hear from you!

Tania ♥

Monday, 20 May 2013

Blooming Lovely!

Today my thoughts are among the flowers...I find myself getting giddy every time I see floral prints, a little chintz...

It's taking over my wardrobe...

It's creeping into my kitchen cupboards...oh Pyrex, how I love thee...

I see all things through rose tinted compelled me to cross-stitch...

It's consuming all creative thoughts...

It's blooming marvelous!

Happy Monday!
Tania ♥

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Food, glorious food!

Hello me' darlings! Today my mind keeps wandering to food...A couple of weeks ago I found this recipe, made it, tried it, and I'm hooked. It's super quick and easy, and perfect for those lazy hazy summer days...we're still hoping those days are heading this way...But for now, we'll enjoy lovely lazy suppers anyway...

Fruity Rice Salad with a bit of a bite!

You'll need...

♥ Rice...One 250g pack of Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice,       mixed with another 250g pack of Uncle Ben's Wholegrain Rice. By all means cook your rice from scratch, but this express variety was super quick, and just as good! Prepare to pack instructions...Set aside.

Mix together in food processor, the following:

♥ A large handful of spinach leaves...
♥ 2 Large red, deseeded chillies...I use tiny Birdseye chillies    for extra warmth!
♥ A bunch of trimmed salad onions (spring onions)
♥ A small handful of fresh coriander leaves
♥ Juice of one lime (Tip: Warm lime in microwave for a few seconds, then squeeze juice out. You'll get twice as much from your lime!)
♥ A splash of extra virgin olive oil
♥ Salt and pepper to taste
Blitz to make a paste...

♥ Four stoned peaches, cut into chunks

Combine the hot rice, peaches and paste in a large bowl.

♥ Add some cubed feta just before serving.

{Now, next time I make it, I'm also going to add some pine nuts. I think this extra crunch would go lovely with it!}


Happy days!!!

Tania ♥

Saturday, 18 May 2013

A little thrifting and tweaking...

Saturdays...don't you love them? We had a lovely morning out with the kidlets to a pet rescue centre, followed by Coronation chicken sandwiches, a favourite of ours! And this afternoon has brought some unexpected peace and quiet, as friends have absconded with all three my children to the cinema, and left me with some quiet hours to fill. Sigh...

So, I have tidied a little corner in our bedroom, and some thrifted treasures have found a new home at last! Here in the UK we often frequent car boot sales...either to get rid of things we've grown out of, or to pick up the odd little bargain or treasure. I have learnt over time that patience pays off...If you're willing to wait for that one elusive item you're looking for, chances are that you'll eventually find it! Now, I had this dull corner in the bedroom...neglected...sad...forlorn...But, I have it just the way I have wanted it for ages! All thanks to...

Sweetly thrifted, framed, floral loveliness...

A quietly beautiful, delicate mirror which needed a new home...

And flying swallows...

And what would such a corner be without a touch of Granny chic? I think this Melba vase, feminine doilies and floral tin would do nicely!

And for a touch of glamour? A vintage silver shell trinket holder...I was tickled pink when I parted with nothing but a couple of coins to bring this beauty home!

And so, this little corner seems happier somehow...

With a few old favourites...and a few new, yet old favourites!

Now I'll tackle the drawers inside the bureau. I've made a start. Sorting through my brooches, I have organised them in an old muffin tray...

Perfectly practical and pretty! I'll let you know how I get on with the rest! 

Happy Saturday to you and yours!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Trolley tricks!

Happy Friday my lovelies! Boy, am I glad it's the weekend! It's been a crazy week. As some of you might know, we've had the most wonderful holiday in South Africa (more about that later!), but what I haven't shared with you, is that it ended on a bit of a 'oh dear...what now? ' You see, we had problems with our eight year old son's visa, which meant we couldn't fly back when planned. We stayed on for an extra week, hoping we'd get it sorted, but it took a lot longer, and we ended up having to leave him with family until we could get his visa. It broke our hearts! But, he was in very good hands. He stayed with his aunt, uncle and cousins on their farm, and had a fabulous time without mum and dad! Well, he returned home on Monday, and we were so excited to have him back! Unfortunately he'd caught an awful tummy bug, and has been very ill all week! So, the weekend is here, and my thoughts are turning to 'down time'...'chill out time'...'relaxing time', ...'catch up time...'!

Now, since we've been back I've been on a mission to de-clutter. I wish I could say it's because I want to live a simpler, more minimalistic life, but truth be told, it's only because I want to get rid of things I've grown tired of, in favour of new, different lovelies! A while back I picked up a tea trolley from a goodwill store for an absolute song! I didn't quite know what I was going to do with it, but I thought it would come to me in good time! It has just been sitting on the side, looking a little lost, wanting a purpose in life. I have seen these trolleys making a bit of a comeback, being used as...

Book trolleys...

Tea carts...

Stationary Stations...(very clever I think!)

For links to the above, and more inspiration, you can visit Pinterest @ Trolley Dolly.
There are so many ways to use these, painted up for a fresh look, decoupaged for something different and unique, and they are so versatile! I wanted to go for something a little more retro, and perhaps a little 'grown-up' too. So, I've turned mine into a cocktail cart! Now, I'm not a boozy bird by no means, but at the weekend I enjoy a little tipple or cocktail! And what better way than to have it at the ready for such occasions! And here is my version...

 Stocked with a few our our favourite mixers...
fresh lemons and limes...and of course a couple of cocktail cherries! The beautiful dipped candles were made by my little man in sunny South Africa.

I found these very kitsch cherry glasses at a boot sale for just a pound!

 So, we're ready for the weekend! What are your plans? Anything exciting? Whatever it is, may you have a good one!

Tania ♥♥♥

Thursday, 16 May 2013

And we're back!

Hello my dear blogging friends! My, it has been forever and a day since I decided to take a 'short' break from this corner of the blogging universe! I intended to take a two week break, but that soon stretched into months...In hindsight, it was probably needed, as life has been throwing us a few curve balls lately. A break was much needed, in order to prioritise, catch my breath and gain fresh perspective. We escaped to South Africa too, for what can only be described as 'THE MOST AMAZING, FANTABULOUS, EPIC HOLIDAY EVER!!!!!'  It was the first time in nearly ten years that we returned to our homeland, for a family reunion that was long overdue. I have so much to tell you, I find myself a little overwhelmed by it all. Where do I start? I'm still trying to adjust to 'normal' life! Here's a photo of the whole family (on hubby's side), taken on Easter weekend.

A family re-united!

Grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins, the whole Egan clan together at last!

This photo was taken whilst we were camping at our favourite spot, Midmar dam, just outside Pietermaritzburg in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. Both hubby and I have fond memories of spending many weekends and holidays here with friends and family when we were kids. 

I'd like to share a few more holiday snaps with you over the next few weeks, but I have been itching to do a little crafting today. So, I thought I'd share it with you now! I have a Pinterest list as long as my arm of little projects that I want to tackle, and this one has been on hold for a while! These darling little Lovebirds in a jar are super cute! 

 You can find the inspiration for this project, and the 'how to' at House of humble

I already had two tiny birdies, but they weren't quite as cute as the ones above, and they were exactly the same! So, I decided to 'colour them in'! I used chalk and a sponge to create the effect I wanted. I also used raffia for a nest effect instead of moss, and a transfer acetate tag for interest. Here's how mine turned out...

So, two little birdies, one pink, one blue, have found a new home!  And I have found a second wind to craft and blog about it all! 

Tania ♥♥♥