Friday, 18 March 2016

It's here!

Hear that?
That's the sound of a hallelujah chorus playing in celebration 
 You guessed right, a miracle has occurred, the paint has arrived!

Six tins of painty fun!
Though no wallpaper. And they forgot one of the roller tray sets.
But never mind! Because most of it is here and for now that will keep me happy :)

We've already started on the top half of the living room, a gorgeous clean white, and the bottom half will be started on next week in Country Blue, i'll do a wee tour when it's finished :)

The reason it won't be done until next week is because the plaster needs at least 4 weeks curing before it can be painted on. Irritating when i just want to get on with it lol

To keep myself busy i painted my little telephone table  
and the basket below is halfway through being painted, i'm waiting for it to dry before i do the next coat.

I also painted my "Dresser" and how lovely it looks now :) the paint has really pulled it together don't you think?

I sacrificed an old pillowcase to make teeny curtains.

The blue is the very same colour that shall be going on the bottom half of the living room

The back panel looks a bit scatty right now, but that's because it is waiting for the wallpaper to turn up (apparently the supplier can take a while to get their act together, the nice lady on the phone from Dulux told me) to be honest i only ordered it to make up the last of the voucher but it's sooo pretty! 
Graham & Brown 20-564 RENAISSANCE Each
This is the one i've chosen, rather Cath Kidston-ish :)

What do you think? :)

I've been busy in the kitchen again, i've baked more pumpkin seed bread rolls to go with some delicious Leek and Potato soup

This is the Bearded Wonders' recipe (he's a chef) and it's sooo scrummy!

You Will Need:
2 leeks
4 medium size potatoes 
2 chicken stock cubes
sprinkling of salt and pepper 
600ml boiling water
1 small onion or half a large one

Chop your leeks and onions and sauté them in butter on a medium heat (or margarine, but butter is nicer)  for 5 mins until just soft

Peel and chop potatoes roughly, plonk them in the pan, add your water and sprinkle in the stock cubes and salt and pepper

Bring to the boil for 5 minutes, stirring so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan then bring down to a gentle simmer for roughly half an hour, again stirring occasionally 
 Mash or use a food processor to bring it together and make it really thick and yummy!
Ladle into a bowl and enjoy! :)

I also had a huge chocolate craving so made the chocolate version of Mary Berry's Fork Biscuits


Saturday, 12 March 2016

Easter Gift Swap and Bargains

Hi guys :)
I've spent all day in the kitchen today and loved every second of it :)

I've picked up a few bargains this week
firstly, the most amazing book from a charity shop, full of wonderful recipes, including preserving pickling and home-brewing

I found 2 bags of pears , reduced to clear at 29p per bag and 2 bags of pumpkin seed bread mix for 19p each :) I made some rolls with the bread mix and i am happy to report they are delicious! We shall be having some with soup for supper. 

I had a funny moment when i put the mix into the bread maker, the lid decided to slam down onto my fingers, and even though it hurt it reminded me so much of the till from Open All Hours i got a fit of the giggles and couldn't stop! It wasn't even all that funny, but that just made me giggle more!
Tonight i went back to have a look for more bargains, but i went too early to get anything really cheap and trailed back home with another bread mix, a mixed grain one this time for 49p

and some tomatoes at 49p too, which shall be made into tomato soup

This is what i've made today, 1 bag of pears were stewed for crumble another day, with mixed dried fruit, the other bag were turned into pear butter, which is perfect as a change from jam, and if you fancy something not so sweet on your toast or scones, and in the middle is caramelized,sweet pickled onion chutney (though according to google it's a relish because it's pickled...i'm still calling it chutney ;)  )

Onto even more exiting news, i was a lucky recipient of an Easter swap draw, sent by the lovely Marlene from Simple Living 
 If i was a bit more patient i'd have got a picture of everything nicely wrapped, in a beautiful pastel coloured tissue paper

The sweetest handmade card! I adore baby animals :)

The table full of everything in the parcel (it's gone the wrong way round and i can't get it to go the right way up, so just tilt your head haha)

Some fancy guest soaps ( like Monica from Friends) and a heavenly vanilla scented hanger for my wardrobe :)

Some gorgeous Lilies for when i make a start in the garden... i wonder if i can plant them in pots now then transfer them when i've got a border dug out? Hmm... i must look that up in a minute.

 A v sparkly bookmark, which may help my poor books from having the pages folded over (i know, i know! *hangs head in shame*)

A goody bag full of delicious choccies. The Bearded Wonder has already stolen a Creme Egg!
Some cake cases and adorable wee teapot shaped toppers for when the Bearded Wonder and i have afternoon tea ( and cucumber sandwiches)

The most gorgeous Daffodil plate, i'm going to look for one of those plate hanger thingies and it shall be going on the wall in the living room :)

Some pretty jam jar covers, as you can see i've already used some on my makes today :)

A stunning oven glove and pot holder set, i just adore roses

I shall enjoy colouring these in very much, such intricate drawings and so very pretty

Some more handmade cards, they are soo sweet!

I love animals, in any way, shape or form, especially birds :) (even though i am terrible at identifying anything but really common ones haha i do have a book though)

Some beautiful handmade tags with Violets (i think, i'm also terrible at identifying flowers lol though i love them so much )

 and last, but certainly not least, the most amazing rose fairy lights, which are proudly strung up on my mantelpiece  

Everything is wonderful Marlene, and i absolutely love it all 
Thank you so much :)

P.S the paint STILL hasn't arrived! If it isn't here by Monday then they shall be receiving an irate phone call.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Bits and Pieces

Hi all :)

Life is going at a gentle pace for once, which will probably soon change once our paint etc is delivered (fingers crossed for tomorrow!!) and i have been enjoying a bit of crocheting :)

 Like this adorable tea cozy, which i am immensely pleased with

Working on the next one

The colours reminded me of Cornish-Ware 
(Handsome Bearded Wonder in the background :)  )

I also made a little wreath, it's rather skinny as it's an old embroidery hoop , but it works. 

I've also got a "new" kitchen dresser, as you know i'm the mistress of improvisation ;)
  The computer table and the pantry shelves are now happily residing in the kitchen, and shall look much nicer when they are painted. As our kitchen is so skinny this was the best picture i could get and i had to lean over the sink to get it hahaha :D  

I'm also going to take off the doors and have some form of curtain going across instead

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Happy days- Yarning Along

Hi guys :D

Life has gone back to it's normal pace, busy one week and slow the next, which is what i like :) 

Lots of things have been happening this week, but first, to my most exiting news...

Look what we have!
(The Bearded Wonders' amazingly hairy legs in the background)

A good friend who runs the clothing bank put a shout out on Facebook and turned up this electric cooker! I jumped around the living room and nearly made the Bearded Wonder jump out of his skin haha :D

Of course, i immediately cooked scones in celebration

and some bread :)
(i also finally remembered to buy a cooling rack: 99p from Home Bargains)

I've been pickling this week too.
I made sweet pickled cucumbers (perfect on a burger! Yummy!)

                    And some pickled eggs

What a pain to peel them all haha

These jars are amazing, they're a pickling vinegar and cost £1.52 which isn't too bad really. I'm going to be buying them so i can build up a good stock of the jars, which are so handy for other things too, then once i have enough i can make my own pickling spices, as the vinegar it comes with is just a wee bit too strong for me, but once the eggs were in the jar it overflowed enough to use the rest for the sweet pickled cucumbers. Two for the price of one :D
(my failed attempt at removing the label! You'd think they would make them easy to remove!)

I'm also joining in with Yarn Along 

My blanket is making good progress and growing rather swiftly now :)i found two 150g balls of cream yarn in a charity shop for 99p so they shall keep me going for a while haha 
i just need to find another ball or two of different green shades, then once this is finished my next project will be a blue and white blanket for the living room.

Our paint and decorating things have been ordered and shall hopefully be here towards the end of the week :) I'm so exited! I can't wait to get to started! I've got a whole pinterest board dedicated to the project with various blue shades and decor ideas for inspiration 


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