MARINATED FETA CHEESE

Don’t you hate when you open a package of feta, use a little bit, put the rest on a container and next time you take it out is to put it in the bin because it has gone off? It used to happen a bit too often in my house to the point when I stopped buying feta cheese. But feta cheese is amazing in so many things that we  missed it terribly so I had to come up with a different solution.

A jar of delicious marinated feta - OrganisingChaosBlog

Marinating the feta will not only make the cheese last longer, but it will also infuse with amazing flavors that will in time improve your salads, frittatas… anything where the cheese goes.

No more waste – just delicious food

Ingredients

200 grs feta cheese
2 garlic cloves
1 bay leave
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
olive oil

Ingredients to marinate feta cheese - OrganisingChaosBlog

Directions

Carefully cut the cheese into cubes.
Put feta in a jar with a top and add the rest of the ingredients to the jar.
Pour enough olive oil to cover cubes of cheese.
Let marinate in refrigerator for 2 weeks for an amazing taste but if you can’t wait, overnight will do.

Olive oil and feta cheese - yum, yum. - OrganisingChaosBlog

You could also use sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary, thyme or capers for the marinade. Chop and change. It will never be boring.

Serve it topping your favorite salads or simply on fresh bread. Simple and delicious, what real food should be.

Marinated feta cheese with bay leave - OrganisingChaosBlog

Have you got a favorite recipe for your feta?
Don’t be shy. Share!

Chaotic Itzi

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DISPLAY YOUR PHOTOS IN A BIG WAY ON A SMALL BUDGET

I love having photos of the family around the house. They are everywhere. In the kitchen, the hall, the bedrooms, the sitting room…

Photos are memories. Of course, we have all those memories stored somewhere at the back of our head but we are often too busy to be able to access them. Photos remind us of those memories, those silly moments, the family moments, different places, the fun we had on holidays, how the kids were so small at one point…  As cheesy as it sounds (and it is going to sound cheesy) photos warm my heart.

For the sitting room, I knew I wanted to make a statement display with loads of photos. I was really inspired by Ashley’s one from TheHandMadeHome  but it had to be smaller as my sitting room is not as big (or bright, or lovely, or have her couch, or…) as hers.
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogI knew I didn’t want a permanent fixture on my sitting room so it had to be a frame that could be moved, but where to find a frame so big without having to give up one of my organs at check-out? I had to think outside the box.

One day, I was walking around a furniture shop dreaming of a new kitchen when the light bulb when on!!! I could get a kitchen door glass cabinet as a frame! (like this one, or this one). It is always worth checking out the second-hand kitchen shops for these kind of items. As well as having second-hand kitchen furniture they also tend to buy the remains of stock from big companies or builders so you can get brand new kitchen counters, fab sinks and other bits and pieces for half the price. It is in my local shop that I found my one for only €10!! I think I danced in the shop!!
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogDisplay your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlog
I wanted square photos but not too small so I decided to print the photos in 8×6 and cut them to fit the frame. I then cut a large piece of cardboard to fit in the frame and I attached the photos to it. Once everything is ready, fit it in and secure it at the back with some tape.
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogIt is a lovely collage of memories that can be updated as often as you want, although I don’t think I will be updating my one anytime soon. The kids love looking at the photos, trying to remember when they were that small, listening to us telling them stories about the photos or making up their own one. It’s so sweet.

It is very personal, you made it yourself and for little money – that is officially categorized under Win/Win/Win… Totally!!!
Display your photos with a statement piece on a budget @ OrganisingChaosBlogIf you want to go ahead and decorate it also, you can find the tutorials for the paper flowers and the colorful paper garland on the blog.

I hope you are now inspired to look at different ways to display your photos. They make you smile.They are good for the soul.

Chaotic Itzi

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MAKE YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED SIGN

Once upon a time, we had some very crappy table nests in the house. They were bought when we were very young, foolish (somethings never change) and we didn’t have much money. We needed little tables around the house so the nest was bought.

The years passed by and the tables survived few moves and many different uses before the legs broke. Despite having no emotional attachment whatsoever to these not-so-nice set of tables, I decided to keep the top of 2 of the tables as they were made of solid wood and I knew (ok, I thought? I hoped!)  they could be up-cycled at some stage and become a whole new product.  6 years later, I feel vindicated.
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comI always liked old signs. Whenever I see an old sign in a second-hand shop I have to stop myself from buying it because, as much as I like old signs, I don’t want a sign that says nothing about my family in my house. I feel like I need to have some sort of personal connection with it, something that reminds us of something but as that was looking very hard to find, I decided to make one myself.

I knew exactly where I wanted to place it : crowning the gallery wall (does it sound posh or what!?!).

I wanted the sign to feel like an extension of the gallery wall but a tad bit different. Same but different, very clear, right?
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comFor the “same” part, I decided to paint the background of the sign, aka the top of my table, with the same colors as my gallery wall: grey and white. I painted the stripes with Autentico Chalk Paint (Soft Grey and Casa Blanca) and then I distressed it by sanding it with fine grit sandpaper to make it feel old. Lastly, I gave it a coat of clear wax to seal the paint and to make it smoother. I love it!
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comMake your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comI just wanted a simple but meaningful sign, a number and a letter. I got the 4 because there are 4 of us and the letter B because all our surnames start with B. It doesn’t get any more personal and simple than that, right?

I  also painted the letters with Chalk Paint. First with the grey and then some pink (Antique Rose) so when I distressed the edges by lightly sanding them you can see the grey underneath ever so slightly. To give it a more romantic tone, I added some floral washi tape to the letters. That’s just me, a romantic at heart…
Make your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comMake your own personalised sign - OrganisingChaosBlog.comI then only had to glue the letters to the sign. It was a tough decision though… 4B or B4… I ended up going for 4B thus avoiding having to explain that the sign did not say “before”… which of course was going to happen…

I totally love the contrast between the rough grey and white background, and the vintagy (totally a word!!) and romantic feel of the letters.

So there it is, my very own, personalized, hand-made and full of meaning sign.
How easy was that? very!

Chaotic Itzi

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HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

I love looking around the web for handmade Christmas decorations.

Handmade decorations always make a house truly feel like a home and they add so much character to any space, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you have made something yourself.

As you know, I love creating messes and making things. I like getting the kids involved. They get so excited! Chaotic Monkey starts with loads of energy and gets distracted about 5 minutes into it and runs off covered in material and glue. Big Monkey usually lasts 10 more minutes before he has the urge to draw something, so I tend to finish it on my own. I don’t mind. I find it therapeutic, except the cleaning. I don’t like the cleaning part…

MollyMooCrafts has an abundance of amazing craft projects to make with the kids but I find this tree garland particularly adorable, don’t you think?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - MollyMoo Crafts

I find the colors in these decorations by Picklebums very uplifting and they would bring an extra personal touch to any tree.

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Picklebums

The amazing Martha Steward has the most beautiful place setting ever, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from her now, would we?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - MARTHA STEWART

Pompoms. Who doesn’t love pompoms? They are so whimsical! And Northstory has a such fun way to make them look delightful for Christmas.HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Northstory

This wreath by That is My Letter would not only make you stand out from your neighbors but it would help you clear out all those fabric bits and pieces that you have in that basket somewhere in your house and you will then be able to buy more!!! or not… 😉

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - That's my letter

These beautiful trees by Beautiful Matters, are easy to make, beautiful and so versatile… a little forest in your house!

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Beautiful matters

I love, love, love this simple and yet stunning center piece by InspireMeHeather. Did I mention that I love it?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Heathers candles

If you are lucky enough to have pine cones in your area, you can make the cutest tree out of them. Yes, you heard me right. Just ask Tapelu2. So cute!!!

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Adorable-DIY-Christmas-Decorations

So, between all these amazing examples of beautiful and yet easy hand-made Christmas decorations, plus last year’s ones, plus the ones I’ve made on the blog(here, here, here), you have no excuse not to personalize your home-decor during this festive season with your very own hand-made Christmas decorations

Share your projects on #ChaoticChristmas so we can all see them and appreciate them.

Have fun!
Chaotic Itzi

MY GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result.
My finished gallery wall 6The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall One of my favorite pictures on my wall
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallOrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall
Chaotic Itzi

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HOME-MADE OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB

I love using facial scrubs. There is nothing like stepping out of the shower with a bright red face to feel super clean.

Although I love the feeling of the facial scrub deep cleaning my face, I find that if I use it twice a week my skin tends to get drier and my ph balance gets disrupted. I know, I know, first world problems (shakes head in shame).
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As you all know, I am on a mission to make my own beauty products (Body Scrub, Lip Balm, Lip Scrub, Face Mask) and so far I have been really amazed with the results and how little I have had to invest on them. Well. prepare to be amazed again. This is so simple and yet so wonderful.

HOME-MADE OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB:

  • Two parts oatmeal (ground up finely in a blender or food processor)
  • One part honey
  • One part olive oil oil . You can also use sweet almond oil or coconut oil, whichever you prefer or have handy

Mix all the ingredients together until you have a thick sticky mixture. It is is too sticky or lumpy you can always add more oil or few drops of water.
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
Clean your face and smooth the mixture onto your clean face and rub into skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. Your face will feel not only deep cleaned but also moisturized  – the perfect balance!
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
It is without a doubt the best facial scrub I have ever used. Much much better than any of the store-bought product and 100% natural.
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub
Do you have a favourite facial scrub? Share it with us!

Happy Friday,
Chaotic Itzi
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HAND-MADE TOYS

We always know that home-made presents are much better. They tend to be more realistic and kids love making them or helping making them. My kids get very proud in having a once off toy, something made exclusively for them. They love it.

Over the Easter break, we had the pleasure to spend some time in Connemara, one of the most beautiful places in Ireland and probably the world. It is quite wild, the sun was shinning  and we were meeting loads of lovely family, it was very special. 
Connemara - West of Ireland
Mr B made bows and arrows for all 9 kids. They were a great hit as you can imagine. 
The West of Ireland
The bows and arrows were brought home but as we didn’t have a forest or big trees to shoot into. We needed a target.

We bought a square canvas and starter making circles of different sizes and colouring them. The boys picked the colours, the size of the circles and they insisted on making most of the circles and the colouring. It is very much their own project. 
Making a home-made targetOrganisingChaosBlog - Homemade toys
They have got so much use out of it and they are so proud. They keep bringing their friends over for bow and arrow demonstrations. 
Homemade toys - a bow, arrows and a target
They couldn’t have been happier with these toys. They love them and they feel very special and unique! No amount of money can ever buy that.

What about you? Have you got home-made toys?
Chaotic Itzi

DIY EASTER GARLANDS – EASTER EGGS

Hey lovely people, did you enjoy yesterday’s DIY Easter garland? Aren’t those bunnies the cutest?
Today I want to share with you another Easter garland, this time with Easter Eggs.
OrganisingChaosBlog - How to make a Easter Egg Garland
What do you need? I am glad you asked!  You just need some color foam paper, scissors, PVA glue, ribbon and cello tape.
OrganisingChaosBlog - How to make a Easter Egg Garland
As with the bunnies, you could print an egg shape from the net or you could hand draw one, and use it as a template to make all your egg shapes on your foam paper. Use the left overs of your foam to make strips, squares or any shape you may want to decorate your eggs with and start decorating your eggs using the glue.
OrganisingChaosBlog - How to make a Easter Egg Garland
Don’t worry about the glue as it will dry clear. The kids really helped me with these decorations and they really got into it!
How to make a Easter Egg Garland 4
When the glue is dry, trim the decorations. Attach the ribbon to the back of eggs with the cello tape and hang it.
OrganisingChaosBlog - How to make a Easter Egg Garland
OrganisingChaosBlog - How to make a Easter Egg Garland
I will now be moving on to making eggs out of chocolate… or just eating it…  we’ll see…

Have a lovely day,
Chaotic Itzi