Thursday, July 30, 2015

nancy says.

In just a few weeks little Nancy turns three. Like all parents, I find it extremely hard to believe that she isn't a little baby anymore and sometimes I have to stand back and really look at her to realise how tall she's gotten and how independent she seems to be. 

After her bath recently, I was cutting her fingernails which she hates so I was chatting away to distract her.
Me: You know your nails grow faster in the summertime?
Nancy: I wanna grow big now. 
(That got me right in the feels to be honest!)

While reading a book the other night about baby rabbits, the inevitable happened...
Nancy: Where did the baby come from?
Me: The mummy rabbit's belly.
Nancy: No Mama, that's where the food goes. The baby rabbit came out of her bedroom!

Ok, let's just keep that innocence going for another few years please!

Cathy x

Friday, July 24, 2015

at dusk.

This last photo pretty much sums up the Oh Me, Oh My DIY! at dusk workshop. Sangria and flowers! Our first evening workshop and as I sit with my feet up now drinking a cuppa, I gotta say the sore feet was while worth it. No rest for the wicked though as we're off to Dublin next week for our first private workshop. And then it's autumn workshop in September!

Cathy x

Thursday, July 16, 2015

nancy says.

This not so little bundle of joy keeps cracking me up lately. She must have got her awesome sense of humour from her mother ;)

Nancy: Where's the fly gone?
Me: Out the door.
Nancy: Home to his Mama?
Me: Yeah.
Nancy: He's gone home to eat ahgusting (disgusting) things like horrible food.

Nancy and Louis were in the toilets in a cafe the other day.
Nancy: Leave me alone Dada, I'm doing my poos!

So remember Tony, Nancy's creepy imaginary friend? Well, there's a new guy around, Paddy. 
Me: Where does Paddy live?
Nancy: In a rock pool.
Me: Ok weird. What age is he?
Nancy: He's old.

Then a few days later, we were in my bedroom talking and she points over to the graveyard that you can just about see from the window...
Nancy: There's Paddy's house. 

Yet again, little Nancy has managed to scare the complete crap outta me! 

Cathy x

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

So as you can imagine, I've been bookmarking and pinning like a mad woman since we got the keys to our house. To be honest though, my interiors board on Pinterest has always been the bulkiest for two reasons I think...
1. Pinterest seems to have the best inspiration for interiors.
2. And when it comes to interiors, I love it all! Vintage, contemporary, colonial, minimal, mid century, country, Americana, Scandinavian, you name it. I'm a fan. 
Call it eclectic or call it mix matched, I just get pretty excited about most interior styles and love certain elements of every style.
So seeing as we have a serious fixer-upper on our hands we have a lot of work to do before we even can think about the decor...but I have started a little pinning!

images via pinterest

Cathy x

Monday, July 13, 2015

midsummer sale.

Soooo last week someone smashed the wing mirror on my little red car (it was parked and on the footpath side so I really doubt it was an accident, grrr!) Anyway, my car also has a big ol' dent and in need of some restoration too. This photo is it's good side!
As you can imagine, it's a little costly which means...midsummer SALE!!!
Over at my online store there's 25% off EVERYTHING until Thursday midnight! That includes all vintage dresses, denim shorts, leather bags, vintage accessories, everything!!! Just use the code PIMPMYRIDE 
Drive (and park) safe!

Cathy x

Saturday, July 11, 2015

life lately.

Life lately has been exciting! Friends' weddings, busy work and we bought a house! The last few months have been a waiting period and finalising things but after we picked up the keys the other day, it all felt very real and a little daunting. It's most definitely a fixer-upper, an old cottage in the countryside but we're very excited to start adding our own mark and we've major plans for it.
 It's quite small even for a family of three so we'll be building onto it and seeing as my college degree is Interior Architecture I have a lot of ideas, although my knowledge is a little rusty these days! 
I can't wait to share the progress with you here. I want to document everything especially as it's a very special and exciting time and I'm looking forward to some "before and afters" myself. 

Cathy x

Thursday, July 9, 2015


  Truffles. One of the easiest and tastiest desserts you can make! I loved making these dainty treats and the crushed roast hazelnut truffles were my favourite. Mmm-mmm!
2 slabs of bitter dark chocolate (200g)
250ml double cream
A handful of hazelnuts
A handful of coconut
A few spoons of cocoa powder
(Makes 16-20)

Break up the chocolate and place in a bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan on medium to high heat until boiling and pour over the chocolate. Let the cream melt the chocolate for a few minutes and then whisk until smooth. Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours until firm. Roast the hazelnuts in the oven for 10 minutes before crushing and toast the coconut under the grill for a few minutes. Place all the coatings in shallow bowls. Using a teaspoon, scoop out balls of the truffle mixture and roll in the palm of your hands. Then roll around in the coatings and place back in the fridge for half an hour to firm up before serving. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

nancy says.

I didn't realise when I started documenting the things that little Nancy comes out with that they would become my most viewed posts but I suppose a cute toddler saying funny things is what the internet's all about! So here's a video of the things we've been chatting about the past few weeks.

Cathy x
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