It’s funny how different traditions are family to family. Especially when it comes to decorating your house for Christmas.
I’ve had this blue tray for a while now. It has been used in my drink’s cart (yes, I do have a drink’s cart! – pictures coming soon!). I always loved the shape and the colour of the tray but I always felt like there was something missing, a bit of color or something… Read more
We like cork boards in my house. And when I say WE, I refer to the royal we. As in ME.
I like having somewhere to put things up, to make that drawer-full-of-random-papers a tiny bit lighter, somewhere to gather the kids’ invitations so I remember to bring them to parties and recipes that I rip from doctor’s waiting rooms while I pretend to cough (oh yeah, that’s me!).
Years ago I used to think that pompoms were childish. It was probably before I had children and I was a very serious professional woman… yeah, right! as if I could be that person. But I guess there was a time in my life where pompoms did not have a place, not in my house, nor in my head. And then I had children…
I have always liked pretty things, but I don’t think I was into cute things necessarily. I only got into cute things when I had children. Babies will do that to you. Babies themselves are cute, their clothes are cute, their toys are cute, the decorations for their rooms are cute… they are basically cute central. And with cuteness came pompoms. Kids love pompoms and I love kids – it is a natural progression, right?
Pompoms transform something plain and even serious into something whimsical and I have come to realize that I want my house to be pretty and whimsical. Not perfect, I am not that person. We definitely go for the lived in look, but I want to make it comfortable, inviting and playful – somewhere to relax.
I have already shared with you how pompoms can bring life and interest into a plain lampshade and blanket. and I have also used pompoms to make bookmarks and recently I have been adding pompoms to cushions in our bedrooms. A simple thing that lifts a plain cushion to another level.
These already lovely cushions from Ikea look like they were always meant to have pompoms all around them, don’t you think?
I have also added handmade pompoms to the cushions in their room. Not only they provide texture and contrast, but it is also a great way to make any color scheme more cohesive and brings it together.
I am seriously thinking of making a pompom garland for my shed.
I think it HAS to happen. It NEEDS it!
Have a great day,
When we updated our kitchen, we went for solid wood counters. We wanted a very white and neutral look for the kitchen and we knew that the wood would make it feel more welcoming and warm and it totally does. We are totally and utterly in love with our counter tops.
As kitchen counters come on pre-cut lengths, we had to get 2 full lengths for the long stretch along the window leaving us with plenty of wood left to do what we wanted with it. A big chunk of it was used to make a windowsill behind the sink and that left us with some off cuts of wood that would be no good for any other big project so we put the big pieces of wood left in the attic while we come up with projects for it and we left the small bits in the utility room.
After staring at them every time I did laundry or just passed by the utility room, I made a decision. I decided to make a couple of food boards out of them. It made perfect sense: I love food, my friends love food and I am always looking for ways to display the food in ways that looks pretty and it’s practical, and this would be yet another way to do it.
So once I united the boards, chalk paint and brushes I got on with it. Two hours later, a couple of magazines read, plenty of coffee drank and the paint dried, I gave the newly painted boards a rub with linseed oil to protect them and stuck some felt pads at the bottom to protect my counters from being accidentally scratched. Ready for using!
We have been using them a lot whenever we have had friends over. It makes everything look so pretty and yummy!
I have also being using them as a little personal tea station for one.
What do you think? Have you got any wood lying around your house? or are you coming to ours?
3 years ago we went to Disneyland with one of my sister and her family. It was our first time and, although the kids were small (3 and 5) we all loved it! It was magical and we made some amazing memories that year.
Of course, we took loads of photos and when we came back we made sure to print loads of them. The kids picked their own photos and they wanted to display them in their room. I wanted something simple and that would allow us to change the photos as often as we wanted. A simple garland with some colorful beads was the perfect solution.
You only need some string and some beads. Cut the string to your desired length. Make a knot close to the end. Insert a bead until it is secured over the knot, this will keep the bead in place. You may need to make a double knot depending on the width of your string and on the width of the beads. The idea is that the beads don’t move.
Once you have fed as many beads as you want, secure it to the wall with some washi-tape and hang your photos with tiny pegs.
If you are looking to display more memories than just photos (like cinema stubs, kids drawings…) you could just not secure the beads with knots so you can adjust the width as needed.
Simple and pretty, don’t you think?
Over a year ago, I started making my own beauty products and they have been so amazing, my skin has been feeling so amazing, that I won’t look back.
Last year I made a couple of scrubs: a vanilla lip scrub and an oatmeal facial scrub. I have been using both a lot. The lip scrub was mostly used in autumn and winter when the combination of the heating being on and the cold outside leaves my lips feeling like paper sand. It is handy having the lip scrub handy and ready to use. A quick scrub, some Vaseline and as good as new.
The oatmeal facial scrub has also been working its magic. It leaves your skin so ridiculously soft and smooth but, let’s face it, it was messy. The shower, the sink… they looked like half of my face had just fallen off, so I have been looking for a scrub as effective but a bit less messy, and I believe I have found it!
For this scrub I decided to use to coconut oil rather than olive oil (don’t tell my family in Spain! They might take away my passport!). We all know how amazing coconut oil so I took a some from Mr B’s stash to make the face scrub.
You will need:
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Mix the ingredients together and store in a clean jar.
- To use, dampen face and apply scrub in a circular motion to damp face.
- Allow the mixture to set for two minutes before using a wet washcloth to remove.
- Splash cold water on your face when you’ve finished.
- Store in fridge for 3-5 days
I love using it just after the shower. My face feels amazing and it makes me feel like a million dollars!
Scrub the winter of your face and get your skin ready for the summer.
I am always looking to learn a new craft or two. I love the idea of having things around the house that I have made or making special presents for family and friends for special celebrations.
It is hard to pick which craft to learn, but it is harder to find the time to actually learn that craft. Finding a class, finding a time that suits you and your family, going there, coming back… so much time wasted in travelling alone!
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Have an amazing weekend!