Saturday, February 13, 2016

snippets of our new home.

 We're at the stage in the house where nearly every room is nearly finished. It's all those small (kinda annoying) jobs that are left - painting skirting boards, filling empty spaces, grouting windowsill tiles. Once they're all done, we're moving onto the garage will turn into my office space and my current office will be a spare bedroom. Budgets are tight so we'll be getting creative about things. But things are coming together overall...

 Cathy x

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

wooden headboard diy.

Since the beginning of January I've been itching to get stuck into the rest of our house especially our bedroom. I'm lying awake at night looking around the room at what I could do next! I've made our curtains (really basic but light and airy) and so next on my list was a headboard (after the pallet bed idea was a failure! Word of advice: Don't do it unless you know for sure the pallets are not treated with any chemicals that make them toxic to have in your home).
So on Sunday, I took advantage of the rainy afternoon and had a rummage out in the garage. Luckily we have lots of scrap wood left from building the last few months but this diy project is not about new and shiny wood anyway. The grubbier the better...once it's clean!

Start by measuring the width of your bed base. As I was using 9"x1"s which are quite wide, I just went for two rows for the full height. Using a hand saw I cut two strips and sanded down the edges. Next I measured two pieces of skirting board we had left over to secure the 9"x1"s together as well as fixing it to the bed base. These pieces need to be longer than the height of the mattress to meet the frame of the bed base. Then I sanded down the 9"x1"s on all sides and applied two coats of clear varnish. When this was dry I screwed the skirting board pieces into the 9"x1"s and into the bed base, making sure I screwed into the wooden frame inside the base. And that's it!

Cathy x

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Once or twice a week someone sends me a photo or link to something flamingo related. I LOVE when this happens and I love it EVEN more when it's a follower or customer of Turquoise Flamingo. They don't know me personally but they think of me when they see something flamingoy (that's a word I swear!) I just think that's pretty darn cool and it gives me the warm and fuzzies! 
So it's my turn, here's a list of some pretty flamingoy things I've found online...

Cathy x

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

glitter in my hair.

 Things have been a bit quiet here on the blog this January as I'm knee deep in coloured paper, I've glitter in my hair and a permanent layer of glue on my fingers! Not because I think it's a good look for me but because Oh Me, Oh My DIY! have teamed up with Wedding Dates and we're doing a series of wedding DIY workshops around Ireland in 2016. 
The first one will take place in the beautiful Fleming's House in Cork on 21 February and the planning for it is well underway. As always, it'll be a day of DIY, demos, cake and cocktails and if you're a bride-to-be, groom-to-be, maid of honour or bride's bff, you can book your ticket here
Hope to see you there!

Cathy x

Monday, January 11, 2016

recipe - bloody mary cocktail.

Over Christmas and New Years, I "tried out" quite a few cocktails. Stocking and reorganising our bar cart has become a little hobby of mine so it's only natural that I experimented a lot. That's my excuse anyway! 
My absolute favourite cocktail (alongside an espresso martini...oh and a good mojito!) is a Bloody Mary. The spicer the better! And they're good for hangovers. Double win!

So here's my version:

4 ice cubes
2 shots vodka
1 lime wedge
4 oz tomato juice
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes tabasco sauce
1 pinch hot chilli powder
1 pinch black pepper
celery salt for rim of glass
1 stick celery
1 sprig parsley

Sprinkle some celery salt onto a plate, run the lime wedge along the rim of the glass and then roll the outer rim of the glass in the salt until fully coated. 
Place 2 ice cubes and vodka in the glass. 
Add the tomato juice, spices, 2 ice cubes, lime wedge and seasoning to a shaker and shake gently.
Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with celery stick and sprig of parsley. 


Cathy x

Saturday, January 9, 2016

january tones.

I'm definitely feeling those January blues a little. The Christmas decorations are put away and the house is feeling a little bare. I'm going to have to add some colour to the place as well as my clothing soon to snap out of it but for now, I'm favouring everything that's a bit moody. 

Cathy x

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

new home - nancy's bedroom.

 Nancy's bedroom is the second room in the house to be fully finished. (Check out the kitchen here.) I started on this room first but have been chopping and changing things a little over the past few weeks. Her room is situated in the old cottage part of the house so I definitely wanted to keep the decor a little traditional but with some fresh and colourful ideas. 
We chose a very understated light wood coloured laminate flooring in the bedrooms and as we painted all the walls white in the house (for now!), Nancy's room was really a blank canvas to start with. 
As so much of her toys, blankets, little pieces of furniture are bright and colourful, I went for a black and white polkadot feature wall (read this DIY here) and I found an old black cast iron hospital bed on DoneDeal for a steal! Oh ya, turns out the guy who sold me the bed was the nephew of the couple who sold us the house, how Irish! 
Her wardrobe was a whopping €25 in CJM furniture as it had a big scrap across the door, so I just sanded it down and varnished it again. I have serious wardrobe envy now! Her treasure trunk was originally in my childhood bedroom and is pretty darn old. 
The rest of the decor is a lot of DIYs I've made for her over the past three years including her dollhouse and her play cooker. I recently reupholstered her little armchair that you can see in the photos below, I'll share a blog post on that too soon. 

 I shared a photo on my Instagram account of Nancy's room before and after a few weeks ago but I think the truer version would be a before shot of the room the day we bought it...

 Ya don't worry, we kept that light fixture :)

Cathy x

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

christmas at our new home.

Christmas at our new home was so lovely. Most days and evenings have been spent by the fire and getting an hour outside here and there due to all these storms we're having. It was good to spend Christmas Day in the house as it made the place feel a little more homely and a little less new and different. 
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Cathy x
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