Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beautiful name frames for my little girl.

Today I have been sneezing, coughing, sniffling and sleeping.  *blah* Ive been quite sick all day.  I thought I would jump online just to use my brain for the first time all day LOL.
Anyway, I decided to put up a few pics of some art I did for my daughters room some time back.  The results were quite lovely.
I put each letter of her name in a frame and put it on her bedroom wall.  I used fabric for the background....One was soft pink and white stripes, the next princess dresses and tiraras and the last was soft aqua with small white spots.  These colours refelected her room.
I used diecut letters for her name and used 2nd hand wooden frames that I sprayed in antique white (almost a cream).
Instead of simply just hanging them on the wall like that I put sweet ribbon on the hook of each one and tied them in a bow.  I hung them with the ribbon above her white set of tall drawers.

My daughters room has all white furniture, big thick white long curtains with soft sheer ones behind.  Her dooner cover is white with soft pink and beigy pillows.  She also has a feature wall that is a mullberry colour {the wall the frames are hung}
My daughter is 7 so the Princess theme is still big in her life.  I think these little frames fitted nicely in her cute room.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bruno Mars - Just The Way You Are acoustic cover by Matt Beilis

Hi all...HaPpY SuNdAy!  I just had to share this AMAZING cover of this song by Matt Beilis!  I just adore it.  It gave me goosebumps when i saw/heard it and also a little teary, it is so beautiful.  How AMAZING is this guys voice!?!?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My old mirror has had a makeover.

Ok, my second project for the week was redoing a mirror that was given to us as a wedding gift when my husband and I got married almost 12 years ago.
I absolutly lurved it when it was given to us and it hung on our wall for about 7 years, for the last 5 it has pretty much sat in a cupboard, {with the top off it} not realy knowing what to do with it.
It was a mirror that was made especially for us, wonderfully made and stained a nice baltic look.
The thing is, it isnt realy my style anymore so I decided to bring it into 2010 with a makeover.
Here is how my mirror looked just beforew the first lick of paint...

You can see the top wooden panel had come off {lying next to it} after painting I nailed it back on.
I sanded back the edges once again to give it that worn look.  I also added 3 hooks, that I had on hand.  They were silver to start with but I painted them in a flat black and then screwed them in.

This Beautiful mirror now has a new home at our front door {I have already had alot of ooh's and ahh's from friends who have visted}.

♥ Hope you all have a beautiful day xoxox


Monday, October 11, 2010

$8 eBay chair re-do.

Ive been a busy little bee lately making  re-doing 2 things in the last 2 has been fun.  My first blog today I will show you my el chepo chair i purchased off ebay.  I spent $8 on the chair itself, and the rest i had here at home so the redo itself didnt cost a cent. 
Im quite proud of the end result, for $ cant realy go wrong.

Pretty ugly to begin with, having thick grey paint on it that was totaly scratched all over and lovely royal blue fabric (can you sense my sarcasm here? LOL) However i knew the chair was timber so i knew it had potential.
...and it did!

I pulled off the base and ripped off the ugly, old blue fabric to find that it had already been recovered once before.  There was a cream faux seued looking fabric that was completly stained *ugh*

I decided to cover the seat in hessian but i also wanted to put fabric under that to stop the icky dirty old chair coming thru.  So I used a fresh, brand new, clean beige cotton fabric as my first layer. 

Using my faithful ol' staple gun i attached the new fabric to the chair.

First layer...Done!
I repeated the exact same thing with the hessian...

Next I dusted and cleaned the chair frame, and then painted it a baisic white. gone!!!

DONE!  Now I just had to wait for it to dry, then lightly sand the edges to give it that shabby look.

A new look.  (now I just gotta get rid of that ugly orange cork floor...LOL, thats to come)
I plan on using it in our study eventually.  Theres a bit i want to do in there still. 
So, what do you think...?  Not a bad project for just 8 dollars, huh!?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Beautiful Biscotti

The other day I was looking at cooking somthing tastey, light and simple...Biscotti seemed to cover all that!
I found a lovely recipe in my archives Ive never cooked was very simple and I was so suprised at how easy they are to make.  I had all the ingredients in my pantry already.
I ended up making alot of them and bundling them up in small celephane packages with cute ribbons and handmade tags. 
I gave them to some friends who havnt been too well lately.  They were recieved with open arms and a boiling kettle.
Just the thing to have with a nice cuppa...or perhaps a tastey glass of dessert wine ;0)

What exactly is a biscotti?

In Italian, biscotti literally means twice baked, but at the same time any type of cookie may be called biscotti in Italy. In North America, biscotti refers to a specific type of Italian cookie or biscuit, that is derived from the Tuscan cantucci, a hard almond flavored cookie that is baked twice and usually served with the sweet Italian dessert wine, vin santo.

Hmmmm, interesting huh?  Here's how I made them...

About 40


1 cup (220g) caster sugar
2 eggs
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
2 cups (300g) plain flour, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
150g whole almonds (skin on) *(you could also use lowfat, natural works fine, I discovered, I had coles brand on hand)

Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Place sugar, eggs and grated lemon rind in a large bowl. Beat with electric beaters until pale and thick.

Fold in sifted flour, baking powder and almonds, then use your hands to lightly knead dough on a floured work surface until the dough is smooth.

Divide the mixture in half. Form 2 long logs about 25cm long x 5cm wide and place on prepared baking tray, leaving space between logs. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the dough is firm to the touch and slightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely (about an hour).

Preheat the oven to 140°C.

Once dough is cool, use a small serrated knife to cut each log on the diagonal in 0.5cm slices.

Lay slices flat on the baking tray and return to oven for 15-20 minutes, turning once, until completely dried out. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  I sprinkled mine with icing sugar, just to dress them up a bit on the plate.
Store in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.