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The house of vinegar smells!

Posted on 3 December, 2015

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Surely the world of canning is reserved for wool spinning home schoolers, the frugal and maybe the occasional organic hipster. While that may be true I have added myself to that merry band of canners.

Despite (or maybe because of ) making three different lists I have spent the past two days completing a grand tour of every local supermarket. Lidl and I always been well acquainted but the staff are now becoming suspicious of my frequent visits. When I’m out of one supermarket I’m straight off to Dunnes for the things I couldn’t get in Lidl, then Heatons for the jars I couldn’t get in Dunnes. Last but not least to Aldi for an unexpected cinnamon stick emergency! Turns out Aldi don’t have cinnamon sticks so it was up to  Super Valu to complete the  full supermarket tour!!


One word of advice would be choose your supply shop wisely, find one giant shop that has everything and save yourself a lot of rainy trips to the supermarket! (Or stick with the 4 ingredient Chilli Jam and make life yummy and simple!)


Once I had everything the process itself was very simple. I made three different recipes.

Christmas Ketchup,Christmas Chutney and the aforementioned Chilli Jam.

All from the lovely Nigella. We are definitely on first name terms after this pot bubbling marathon!

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I found the Christmas Ketchup Recipe in the Nigella Christmas book but I couldn’t find it online anywhere. I will admit I wasn’t too disappointed not to share that recipe with you. The end result is good but the recipe needed the most ingredients and required equipment like a mouli and funnel. While I made do with a sterlised tea pot instead of a funnel and a sieve instead of a mouli it caused me much more grief than the other two recipes and so my advise would be stick to either the Christmas chutney or Chilli Jam.

Often things don’t work out for me in the kitchen so I’m relieved to say I can confidently gift all of these I siphoned off a jar of each one for purely scientific reasons and I’m delighted with how the turned out.

The Christmas chutney is Ewan’s favourite. It has significantly  jazzed up his playschool lunches,m they look much less depresing now!

Steve and I have both voted for the chilli jam as our favourite. I will admit that my decision was influenced by the fact that it’s the easiest one to cook, 10 minutes boiling and leave it cool, ta da!

Despite it’s name it’s doesn’t send you gasping for the nearest fire extinguisher, nor would you spread it on your toast. The chillis I picked (the only ones they had in Lidl) were mild so it has welcomed warmth without leaving you short of breath.



On downside was the house reeked of vinegar for about two days. But after plunging my family into freezing cold temperatures with all the windows open I’m glad to say I think the smell is finally gone and the jars look pretty nifty filled with yumminess even if I do say so myself! I can’t wait to dish these out to friends, family and neighbours!  In case you didn’t get the vibe from the Christmas cards, I’m loving Christmas this year!!

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Homemade Christmas Cards

Posted on 18 November, 2015



This year I’m all about Christmas. A few days after Halloween I thought Ewan should write to Santa. Steve luckily is more contained about the whole thing but as soon as the 1st of December comes it’s open season!!

Not at all put off by the calendar I decided to get cracking on with some Christmas crafts. For some reason I decided to tackle making 36 Christmas cards. Often when I see lovely DIY things on Pinterest, I think, “yeah it’s lovely but would you really be bothered!”

In truth if you’re looking at these and thinking, “Could I really be bothered?”

I’d say “It’s probably best to stay clear unless:

a) You have a crafting itch that really really needs a scratch

b) You have time on your hands

and c ) You really really like the people you’ll be sending them to.

If you tick all three boxes then please read on my friend!

I started with my beloved Christmas biscuit tins for inspiration/ stealing their design.


I love the trees in the boxes on the left but after a few failed attempts at making a tree lino cut I gave up. I have one dodgy scraping tool and trying to get the detail needed on the branches proved too much for my little wonky tool. In lieu of not spending more money on another new tool I went for the bolder pattern of the stag/ reindeer instead.

I traced it from the tin first and then traced it on to the lino using pen which was easier to see on the lino than the pencil.



I then started to cut away some of the lino with a scissors and used my wobbly scrapper tool to dig out the rest.


I wasn’t sure how much or little I wanted to cut away from the body of the deer to create shadowing so I did a few test prints. I carefully cut out some more. When I wasn’t sure I drew on the parts I was considering cutting away to see what they might look like and then decided for or against cutting that part away. I ended up cutting very little away which I was glad about because once it’s gone there’s no sticking it back! This is how the lino looked before printing.


Next I rolled my lino paint until it made a satisfying tacky noise. My roller also caused me problems by not rolling. So I invested in a new one. It turns out any lino printing tools with a red handle end up breaking.  Either they are poor quality or I’m a particularly vicious lino printer!


I then pressed  the inked lino onto blank cards that I picked up at my  local craft shop and there you have it.

I wiped the lino clean with baby wipes and cotton buds, for the little knooks and crannies, between each print. As I went on I didn’t do this every time and found I could get two, or at a push three, prints before I needed to clean the lino. I just rolled the lino paint over the lino ,dabbed away any excess and printed again.


After 16 reindeers I decided another patter might be nice so I tried again with the trees before bowing out and going for a dala horse instead. I used the horse I have to trace the shape. I cut away the pattern on the horse free hand and it looked pretty odd to start with. I kept edging away until it looked somewhat okay. Then I reminded my self never ever to try cutting away lino freehand again! Tracing is my friend.


Many hours later my Christmas cards are complete.

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Now I just have to think of one million other ways to use the lino cut outs for other projects. Maybe a Happy Birthday Dalla horse or a Congratulations on your New Home reindeer card. This might need more thought!

For the moment I’m off for some mulled punch and butter biscuits. If you’re keen you can see my other experiments with printing here , here and here 🙂 And if you happen to have time on your hands you can check out all my crafting attempts here.





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Stamp It!

Posted on 31 July, 2015

The world of Lino printing is one that I’ve skirted around the edges of with great trepidation. This project only slightly addresses my fears  in that I’ve bought the lino, cut out a shape and used the lino as a stamp but I didn’t even consider etching out any detail. When I even think about making a lino print I get a mental block about what parts stay coloured and what stays the same. Thinking  about  “if I etch away this section what colour will it be?” makes my brain hurt and so for the moment I’m keeping it very, very simple and I cut out the shape I needed covered in in fabric ink, stamped it, no fancy stuff at all!

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The project was to jazz up a blue tablecloth that I’ve had for years that never gets any use. The method was very easy.

I  drew a pear on the lino, Cut out the shape using a cheap lino cutter (a scissors would have done fine). Next cut the leaf and stalk from main body of the pear because I wanted to do them different colours. I stuck the lino to cardboard so my inky fingers didn’t touch off the cloth as I used the stamp. Next I rolled the fabric ink. I bought a starter kit with a few different colours because I have big fabric ink dreams for the future but you can buy them separately too. Then I rolled the ink on a sheet of glass, up down over and back for a minute or too until the texture got tacky. Then I rolled the printing roller  over the  pear stamp and pressed the stamp down on the fabric. After finishing the body of the pear I washed everything with warm water, rolled the green ink and gave each pear a green leaf and stalk.

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Here are a few things I learnt:

-Less is more when it comes to fabric ink. Start with a little ink and roll it well. The amount of yellow ink that’s blobbing around in the pictures above is way too much. I reigned it back for the green ink and that worked much better.

– Print on a completely flat surface not a ridged table like I did!

-Printing outside feels lovely and bohemian but flies get stuck on your pear stamps and you make a mess trying to rescue them from an inky death.

– The project takes longer than one toddler nap time. As a guide it took an hour and a half from  drawing the shape to getting one lenght and width of the fabric stamped. Stamping itself is very quick but allow a bit of time to get to that stage.

– Start with a practice cloth. It’s simple to do but you do need a bit of practice to figure out how much ink works best for the look your after.

-If your doing a repeat pattern draw a straight line with chalk or masking tape where you want the stamp to go. I did it by eye and the pattern goes up at the ends and then swoops down when I realise, another oops!

– Iron your fabric. Ironing is against my principles ( really I just hate it) so I didn’t but I will concede it would look better if I had.

Last but not least enjoy. Rolling goey stuff and stamping has an air of pre-school about it, so enjoy and get messy (but not too messy, it is fabric ink after all so don’t go around touching your clothes:)



So there you have it, ink and lino make a very nice pear indeed! (sorry I couldn’t resist)



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Mirror sand pit

Posted on 27 April, 2015

As a  hoarder I have problems throwing anything out. I live by the “you never know when I might need that” principle. This leaves me with shelves of chipped cups and a a hallway which has house a broken microwave and an unserviceable sewing machine  for a few years now. Since I made the toy kitchen from the record player I am now more convinced than ever that everything has a purpose you just have to keep it long enough to find out what it is. (Steve panics when I say things like that and worries that we’ll end up on some hoarders reality tv show!).
About a year ago I put an old Ikea bathroom mirror outside (the hallway was full!) and its wood has been slowly aging while I consider what to do with it!  With our recent pout of good weather I had an idea. With my little helper and measurement at hand we headed off to B and Q.


They have a free wood cutting service in B and Q so I thought I would save myself the joys of my wobbly sawing and let the machine do the hard work instead. The white hardboard was cut to slide into the frame of the mirror and by pure luck the remainder bit of the hardboard was just enough to cover the top of the sandpit and acts as a lid when it’s not being used.  With my newly cut white hard board and play sand I set about making the old Ikea mirror into a new sandpit.

The mirror we had is no longer available but it’s similar to this one. The joy of changing up Ikea products is that because things slot in you can slot them out just as easily. So I slid out the mirror and slid in the hardboard.

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Add a bag of play sand and there you have it, one new sand pit. Throw in some of his toys and it’s ready to be enjoyed.


I used the Ikea mirror because that’s what I had but any defunct piece of furniture would do, a drawer, a bedside locker, anything with a lip really. I didn’t really have high hopes of it surviving but it has been over a week now and it’s still a hit, and it even still has some sand left in it. For a cost of 14 euro I’m chuffed.

Day one it was a minor success. He mainly kept getting annoyed at his digger for dropping the sand. Day two was spent explaining that you can’t eat the sand, that the plants don’t want to eat the sand and that the sand is meant to stay in the sand pit not all over the ground. Day three it became a success. He proudly built his own castles, with a special tap at the end and stands back in awe at his creations!

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Some old nails in the wall, whose original purpose is a bit of a mystery, now house his sandy toys when it’s time to close up the building site for the night.


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Shandon Bells in print

Posted on 28 March, 2015

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The Shandon Bells have played a big part in my Cork life. Steve and I used to live right under it’s loud chimes. We would lay in bed on lazy mornings (something that seems alien since having a child!) and rate the tourists’ performances. For five euro you can climb the tower and ring the Shandon bells to whatever tune you can manage. Renditions of Three Blind Mice and Amazing Grace would ring out over the city while we listened on. Now we live a little further from the bells but its tower, its fish shaped weather vane and one if its four clocks greet me every morning and evening as I open and close the shutters in time with the day.

Cork has a lot fancier and grander churches but for me the Shandon bells at St Anne’s church is my absolute favourite. Partly because of it’s little quirks. For years the clock was called the four faced liar because it’s four clocks on each side of the tower  had a different time. It has recently been fixed but I still can’t bring myself to trust it so I end up double checking it with my watch. Being able to see it from our window made me geek out a little when we first moved in. For a few months after moving in  I would make visitors look at the milk cartoon and then look out our window.” LOOK,LOOK, YOU CAN SEE IT OUT THE WINDOW AND IT’S ON THE MILK CARTOON”. After a few polite nods  I realised that not everyone found this to be AMAZING!

To cement my love of Shandon Bells I decided to make a print of it. I used the same foam print technique as the other post but I got a lot more detailed.

To add the personal touch, and so I don’t infringe on copyright, I based it on a photo I had taken on my birthday bus tour .



First, I edited the photo in Picassa to turn it into a pencil sketch. This isn’t entirely necessary but for me it really helped because it have me a nice clean outline to follow.

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I printed this to A4 size and used baking paper to trace it. When tracing it I drew the outline and then just choose parts of the tower I wanted to highlight: the arches, an odd cluster of bricks and of course the clock.



I used the scalpel and th traced image on the baking paper to cut out the outline of the tower into the foam . Then drew on some details with a pen. I started to do this free hand then quickly realised I need the guidance of the baking paper trace. That’s why a few of the lines are more than a little off!  I also cut out some of the parts of the arches to allow the colour of the paper to come through.



I tried using the orange ink that I had from the other projects but it was a bit too harsh for what I wanted so I baby wiped the foam stamp (I  have no idea how I lived without baby wipes being at hand all the time!) and I invested five euro on a new white printing ink.

Just as I did in the last foam post I rolled the ink up and down then over and back until it looked like corduroy. To make sure the detail of the stamp came out I placed the inked foam stamp on top of the paper and then I turned them over. I ran my knuckle  over the back of the paper to press down on the foam stamp underneath.



This also meant that when I was finished I was peeling the paper away from the foam stamp rather than trying to lift the foam stamp gingerly from the paper. I should have had the paper on top the last time too. This way is much,much easier!

One thing that I forgot is that a stamp prints the other way around so my chosen clock numbers were on the wrong side. As I happens the turned out like blobs rather than numbers so no harm done. Lesson learnt for the future though!

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There you have it. A local landmark made into a print.


What about you? Do you have any landmarks, shops or spots that you would love to make a print of? If you do it please please try this out and let me know how you get on. I’d be delighted to hear how you get on!

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Craft foam fun

Posted on 5 March, 2015

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Today I decided to use Ewan’s nap time to get crafty. Life has been a little hectic around here recently and few things help me feel more like myself than crafting and taking photos so that’s exactly what I did.  This is probably one of the more exciting DIY projects I have done in a while because it’s cheap, easy and the possibilities are endless.

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The supplies for this are very inexpensive coming to a total of less than €10! I bought a scalpol, roller, block printing ink, safeprint foam and coloured card. I used a piece of glass I had from a second hand frame but you could use a glossy magazine or a shiny surface.

I came across this video my local craft shop, Vibes and Scribes, had done a few years ago about printing using foam sheets and it looked like it would be worth a go (and importantly simple enough to get done in a nap time!). As another little side note the person who served me when I went to get the bits and pieces was the same guy from the video!

The only printing I had done in the past was lino printing at school. I wasn’t keen on the process and I took a few chunks out of my finger trying to dig into the lino. Their video tells you all about printing with foam in full but I’ll try and give you a flavour of it and let you know where I went wrong!

I decided to make a stamp of an opened orange so I cut around the shape of the glass with the scalpol. Instead of dragging the knife around it I made a series of little dots and this helped make the circle much more accurately.


Once I had my lovely circle I drew the orange segments on the foam with a pen. This made indents in the foam. The indents mean that  those parts won’t get ink on them and so when you lift the stamp the indented parts stay the same colour as the page. (I forgot to photograph this but you’ll see what I mean in a minute. For the moment the power of words will have to do:)

Next up rolled the ink. The instruction was you roll it until it looks like corduroy pants.

I wasn’t sure exactly what I was looking for but after a less than a minute rolling this happened which I presume is the desired effect because it worked a treat. You roll up and down over and back and hey presto corduroy pants style ink…


Next you roll the ink onto the foam so that it’s nice and even. This is where I made a few mistakes. I was a bit heavy handed with the ink and so some turned out a bit blobby. Plus I didn’t wipe the foam before using it again so with ink on top of ink the blobbiness continued! . I also was a bit afraid of putting it down and peeling it up again.  You can see squashed bits below from when I pulled it off at an angle. My tip would be to do it confidently. Place the foam down firmly then turn the paper over and rub the paper with your finger to make sure the ink sticks. When your taking the stamp off just go for it, don’t over think it or go to edge it off like I did!


Once I got the hang of it it really is easy and fast!


I got a bit over adventurous and  printed on to some spare tiles. In case your wondering I didn’t use tile paint and used the same ink and it probably won’t stick but I’ll let you know tomorrow if it dried or not! (UPDATE: Using block ink on tiles doesn’t work at all. You need tile paint. Ah well, it looked good for 24 hours:)



In true Blue Peter style here is one I made earlier.  I made the flamingo before the orange but I didn’t photograph the steps. I used the same process as the orange except to make the foam shape I traced a printed image using baking paper.  Tracing with baking paper  made me feel 10 again but my drawing isn’t that good to attempt drawing a flamingo free hand and expecting people to recognise it! Again I used pen to make the indents to allow the colour of the paper to come through in parts.


The foam is reusable too if you clean them very gently with a wet cloth. As you can see the foam flamingo has suffered an injury during cleaning and is held together with tape! But he ‘s still good and is ready to hobble into action again if needed!


What do you think? Any more ideas of things that need to be made into prints?

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Cardi Cards

Posted on 22 February, 2015

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If you have a shrunken cardi teasing you with it obsolescence  then this is the DIY  project for you! For months I considered what I could do with a cardi that the drier had claimed as yet another conquest. I thought of making Christmas decorations out of it but that never came about and now it’s February! Then I saw this felt elbow patch tutorial and it got me thinking. I wasn’t willing to donate any of my fully functional cardis to be elbow patched  but I was curious to try needle felting so my squashed shrunken cardigan was just the thing. I used the same process as the tutorial to make it but  I used a cut strip of the shrunken fabric and I glued the end result to folded card .

This is unbelievably simple (and cheap!)  plus I got to use my glue gun again (any excuse really!)


It’s as simple as putting a cookie cutter on to your chosen fabric and placing them both on top of a foam pad for felting.


Then you stuff the cookie cutter with felt…


..and repeatedly stabbing it with a felting needle. (As a little side note the tutorial said 36 gauge felting needle and my local craft shop didn’t have the same kind of needles but after helpful staff Googled it for me we discovered it was the same as a medium felting needle)

Stabbing felt wool with a felting needle is by far the most fun I have had with a needle. You just stab into the felt wool and it goes through the  fabric and into the sponge. It’s a series of  straight up and down jabbing motions that makes you feel maniacal, but in a good way. It really is worth trying!


Once you’ve stabbed your heart out (or house in this case) then you peel off your fabric from the sponge.


A quick run of the iron with steam and squirts of water then it’s ready to be glue to the card.

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And there you have it. The whole thing only takes about ten minutes and it really is fun, so get stabbing!!


So far I’ve made this house for a friends house party and  this heart for valentines.


With limited cookie cutters in my life I’ll be keeping and eye out for cheerful cutters so I can expand my cardi card repertoire!

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DIY Felt Wall Hanging

Posted on 13 February, 2015

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Earlier this month I roped my friend Colette into teaching me about felting. Not only is Colette one of the easiest people in the world to get along withbut she is also an artist, a fantastic cookie baker and a stay at-home mum of two gorgeous boys.  She started by teaching me how to make strips of felt from fleece. Over tea and chats this seemed methodical, relaxing and even fun.


I will concede that once I got home and I was felting on my own for hours and hours and hours I would say it got less fun.

The process is pretty straight forward and if I was to do it again I would tackle a smaller project . I’m not used to writing step by step DIY posts so bare with me and if anything isn’t clear just ask! (Then I’ll ask Colette!)

You will need:

Fleece /Felting Wool like this 

Bowl of warm water and a towel

Regular soap

A sushi mat or a placemat in the same style

A wooden frame (I used a cheap canvas from a Pound shop and took off the canvas)

A staple gun

A glue gun

Pegs (optional)

Wooden Dowel of some kind ( I used a bamboo stick from the garden)



Alrighty here we go.

First, you decide how long you want your felt strips to be based on the frame you have chosen. You gently pull the fleece to the desired length . I was giving it a good tug and it wouldn’t come apart so gentle seems to be key to getting it to separate.  For all the ropes I mixed different colour fleeces. For plainer ropes I mixed the cream natural fleece with some silkier fleece for texture. I tried not to over think the colours. Once I had picked my colour palette of the fleece I just went for it.


Before you start open up the fleeces by pulling them apart and putting them together again.  Then once your strands have intertwined a little you get your hands nice and soapy and you rub the fleece through your soapy wet hands. You want the strand to be quiet wet and soapy. Now you’re ready to get rollin’ rollin’ rollin’.


Put the soapy fleece on the mat and roll the mat over the fleece. The towel underneath the mat is to help draw out the moisture and helps everything from sliding all over the place. You then roll and roll like you’ve never rolled before.

When you think you’re done, you’re not! Keep going. It will dry out so you should keep wetting it and soaping it. The combination of the soap, warm water and friction is what binds it together.  You can’t over do it but you can under do it. If you under do it (which I did a few times when Colette wasn’t looking) they fall apart when they dry so it’s worth giving the extra few minutes.

If there are some bits that don’t seem to be felting together just pull them apart a little and rub them between your fingers to help them knit together.


I can’t stress this enough. You roll and roll and roll….


I made 16 long ropes and 20 horizontal ropes and the end result was some blisters, wrinkly hands but 36 lovely felted ropes ready for weaving!


The next bit is super simple and it gets fun again I promise!

Start by stapling the long ropes to the top and bottom of the frame. Keep them very close together and taut. Make sure to leave enough rope on the top to wrap around your wooden dowel. IMG_9855

Once the lengths are stapled you can start weaving. This means taking the shorter ropes and weaving them over and under the lengths. You  alternate how you start off each row. So if the first short rope started by going over the first length then the second short rope starts under the first lenght and so on.


This part is pretty forgiving so if you make a mistake you can just pull them out and weave it in again.


Once you have finished weaving it will look like a crazy bug…


Now it’s time for my beloved glue gun to tidy up the wiggly bits.

I decided to leave the bottom  ends ragged and so I tidied the sides and stuck the top ends to the wooded dowel with the glue gun. I used clothes pegs to hold the ropes in place while  the glue was drying. This was a bit of overkill because the glue dried very quickly but I wanted to be sure they stuck because I had no intention of sewing them. Luckily, the glue worked a treat.


So after  wrapping the rope around the wooden dowel, tying knots at either end  it was FINISHED!!!


Not only am I thrilled with the end result but I am proud to have made something that I will have forever.


A huge thank you is due to Colette for teaching me a new skill ,loading me up with tea and being a pillar of patience!


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Record Player Kitchen

Posted on 27 January, 2015



Months ago at a car boot sale I bought a broken record player. The man who sold it to me was incredibly honest and said he had tried to fix it but didn’t manage to. I had no reason to buy it. I am not a qualified electrician, a repair man nor am I known for my proficiency with wiring. Nevertheless it was a fiver and red so I obviously wasn’t going to leave it there!

Since then it has sat in our hallway. There are many reasons I never tackled fixing it, the primary one being fear of electrocution but the second also important fact is that we own a functioning record player and so we really don’t need another one.

So after much thought I decided to make it into a toy kitchen for Ewan. I wanted to make a toy kitchen for a while but all the bought options require floor space we don’t have so I decided to use what I have instead.


The first step was to remove all the electrical bit and pieces. I tackled this job after a frustrating time trying to get Ewan to nap and my frustration powered me on to rip the thing apart in record time!

Once everything was out including the broken cigarette and comb that I found inside it I gave it a good clean I set about covering the inside and making an insert for the hob section to sit on. I kept the rubber grip from the record player to make the hob and the record lever makes an excellent wire rack!

It’s unlikely anyone reading this has a broken record player in their hallway that they need to transform into a diy kitchen so I won’t bore you with the steps but instead here is a montage of the steps.  (Bringing Steve on board for the drilling the hole for the record lever was clearly a good idea!)

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And here’s the result…


I’m pleased with how it turned out. I need to buy different hinges to attach the hob sheet to the player but that’s a job for another day. For the moment we have it placed on top and lift it off to put things underneath.


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Check out how the record lever swings around!! That’s a little ergonomic feature I’m pretty chuffed with.



The pots are from the shop. I think stealing from your own shop is one of those allowable things, right? I unlisted the items and gifted them to Ewan and his new kitchen.|X

We do have a slight problem that we both keep leaving the “gas” on but other than that it’s a big hit. Chopping and moving things from pot to pot are the highlights. He’s already developing quiet the menu with offerings of truck stew, apple or eggs.


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Making and Doing

Posted on 16 December, 2014

With the cold weather outside and a make and do fire in my belly I’ve been keeping myself busy inside. First, there was the early morning soda bread baking.

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Then I  finally bought a tiny little tree to tie to my dinky Mini that I picked up at a car boot sale . It is bizarre how long I have wanted to do this. I bought the Mini this year but before that I had a little blue and white bus that I wanted to do the same thing with and that was back in 2007! Getting a tiny tiny tree was clearly a low priority item! But now that I completed my little car carrying a tree dream it makes me so happy!! (I’m a girl of simple needs)


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As I mentioned last week  I have a huge list of projects, recipes and pretty things all  bookmarked sitting on my computer. My bookmarks are highly disordered and range from roast potatoes to corrugated iron art. So without any hope or desire to tackle them all, I am taking on the ones that tickle my interest now.

Given my new found festive cheer I set about making this sparkly Cheers sequin sign I found by A Beautiful Mess. If you don’t follow that blog I’m not sure you are using the internet properly!

But seriously I would recommend it with a word of caution. It is guaranteed to make you feel wholly inadequate. Those girls churn out so many DIY projects that you can’t help but feel like your wasting your life and that there are actually more hours hidden somewhere in the day that you just haven’t found yet.

It took me 7 years to get around to buying a tiny tree and tieing it to a tiny car. 7 years! If I was them I would have bought 50 tiny trees, bleached them and dyed them a range of cute and complimentary colours (they actually did that and it looked amazing!) See, sickening!

But you do have to hand it to them their DIY projects are cheap and in this case very cheerful!



You can see their full tutorial here. I got a bit confused at the first step with figuring out the correct text to use. They advised using Function Pro Bold. I’m guessing this is a choice on Apple computers? Being a Microsoft Word girl I didn’t have that font option so I went for Arial and sized it to 600. This worked for me.

diy cheers sequin sign, a beautiful mess

If you do fancy making this be sure to stretch your sequin trim as you go. I didn’t and ended up  used 4 metres of trim while they used one yard (less than one metre!).

gold sequin trim

The big pluses of making this were I got to play with my glue gun, it’s doable in one nap time  (if you have enough trim!) and it actually turned out like it was meant to.  The end result has sparkled up the hallway and makes me smile every time I pass it.

gold sequin trim cheers sign DIY gold sequin sign



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