Sunday, November 29, 2015

christmas nutella cookies.

Since moving to a bigger kitchen, we've been baking twice already (the kitchen in our old house is actually a kitchenette and it was almost impossible to cook large dinners or bake in there!) I'm feeling very grateful and it's now actually a bit of fun again to bake instead of just getting frustrated when I have to resort to the floor for counter space!
So this morning we baked Christmas cookies. They're easy, there's only a couple of ingredients and they contain Nutella. It doesn't get much better than that. Especially when you're baking with little people. 

Christmas nutella cookies:
150g of plain flour
115g of caster sugar
5 tablespoons of nutella
1 large egg

Preheat oven to 170C. Place all the ingredients into an electric mixer and mix until it forms a chocolatey dough. Put tablespoons sized balls of dough on a lined baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes. Now for the fun part, decorate with some sugar icing and festive sprinkles! 

 How proud does little Nancy look?!

Cathy x

Thursday, November 26, 2015

pimp my fridge diy.

 When any family or friends offered us their hand-me-downs when we were moving in, we always said yes. As we were warned, your budget goes quite quickly when building or renovating but I wasn't ready to compromise on the interior and finishing details just because we were broke!

So as you can see above, we were gifted a pretty standard freestanding fridge freezer. It works perfectly and is only a couple of years old but I wanted to change it's look...and cheaply! 

I had heard of appliance paint before but didn't know if it was any good so I was a little nervous. I picked up two cans of own brand appliance spray paint in B&Q. I went for a metallic colour with a gloss finish but you can get a few different colours and finishes in that range.
After I covered all the surfaces around me including the floor underneath the fridge, I gave it a quick clean on the doors, handles and two sides. I also covered the rubber seals on the doors with masking tape as I was afraid the paint would crack on the seals over time. Then I applied the first coat of paint. When using spray paint, make sure to shake the can well first and keep the nozzle about 20cm away from the surface you're spraying and move at a steady but quick pace to avoid dripping paint. 
After one coat I waited 3 hours before applying a second coat and again, another three hours before the final coat. 

 Would I recommend pimping your fridge with appliance paint? 
Yes! Absolutely! But only if you use spray paint (so you don't see any brush strokes) and take your time when applying each coat so that it looks super profesh! 

Cathy x

stay cool.

Celebrating Black Friday/Cyber Monday over in my online store with 20% off any item from now until Monday midnight. 

Cathy x

Thursday, November 19, 2015

polka dot wall diy.

 I've had it in my mind to have a polkadot wall in Nancy's room since before we even looked at this house! I decided on a black and white colour scheme for her room as so much of her toys and accessories I had already bought (and hoarded!) for her were colourful. I found these wall decals on Etsy a few months ago and had been waiting for the moment that I could use them as I knew they'd make an instant improvement. 

With wall decals I think it's all about planning and measuring before you go for it. They do peel off easily but you'll make your job a lot easier if you plan out your pattern beforehand. 
So firstly I measured the wall to be polkadotted and divided it up according to the amount of dots I had. A little sketch helped a lot to double check I had enough decals. I chose a staggered pattern as I think it looks easier on the eye and using a level and a measuring tape put little pencil marks on the wall, placing the dots one row at a time. Every second row ended with a half polkadot in the corner so I just cut them in half so as not to throw off the pattern. 
It only took 2 hours to complete and the result is well worth it. And the occupier is pretty happy with the result too. Score!

Cathy x

Monday, November 16, 2015

nancy says.

With all the commotion of moving, I forgot to take note of funny things Nancy says on a daily basis but managed to remember a few for an ol' blog post!

Nancy: Mama, can you go buy money now so that I can get a Frozen doll?

Discussing my mum's birthday cake with Nancy...
Me: What kind of cake will we get her?
Nancy: A white one!
Me: Good idea.
Nancy: Will we go to Dublin to buy it?

Wrapping a blanket around her waist...
Nancy: I'm a princess now and I'm going to turn you into a cat...hissssss!
(We're deep in a Frozen/Hocus Pocus obsession!)

Cathy x

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

new home - the progress so far.

 Here's a few snaps from the past few days in the house. We're in between our old house and new one right now, i.e. invading my mums house(!!) as there's no electricity in the new home yet. Hopefully this will be sorted soon and as soon as it, we're in! 

Cathy x 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

vintage fur.

A drop in temperature and my first thought is usually fancier coats! I've listed lots of vintage fur coats in the store in the past week. Take a peek!

Cathy x

Monday, November 2, 2015

new home - the progress so far.

It may not look like it but we're moving into our new home in 5 days! I took these photos a few days ago so there was been a little progress since but not much so it's all hands on deck and little hours of sleep until Friday. Today was spent painting all the rooms and tomorrow we'll be finished hopefully. It's unknown if we will have power for the first few days so fingers crossed we're not surrounded by candles and darkness for too long. 

Cathy x
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