Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Moving out check list

After almost 5 years in Wimbledon I'm starting to look at moving back in with my parents for a while to save money.  I'll stay in my job but commute (maybe I'm crazy).

The agreement with my landlord means I'm currently looking for someone to take my room.
-If you're interested you can find the ad on Spare Room -

Anyway here's the check list I'm working through at the moment:

  • tell housemates
  • tell landlord
  • take pictures
  • create advert
  • find day for viewings when flatmates are around
  • viewings with selected applicants
  • get feedback from flatmates on who they liked
  • confirm with chosen person
  • introduce to landlord
  • pass on details around bills
  • sort day to handover keys
  • changing my address EVERYWHERE
  • clearing out
  • taking things to the charity shop
  • fixing bits
  • booking a van
  • sorting my train season ticket
  • book parking space
Tuesday, 8 March 2016


So much cake. So, so, so much cake.

I made a chocolate coca cola cake for mum for mothers day. She loves all that stuff (cake, chocolate, coca cola) so it seemed like a good idea. I used the recipe from this months The Simple Things magazine and it turned out pretty awesome even if I do say so myself - yay me for following instructions!

Today there was a bake sale at work for International Women's Day raising money for a women's refuge and raising awareness of inspiring women. Bakers provided a print out with information of the woman that inspired their cake on.  It made me happy to see a traditionally female activity giving insight into women in more male dominated role, from journalists to archeologists and paleontologists.
Thursday, 3 March 2016

Painted Ikea frame

I found this paint in my local craft shop LOVED the colour (it matches Mindy - my car) and figured I'd give it a try to make the frame below a bit more interesting

The paint has a similar finish to Annie Sloan but perhaps a bit more chalky. I did two coats and gave it about an hour in between to dry. It doesn't stick well so thin coats are best. Once its dry the paint does stick which is good (I worried it might not for a while there) and drys darker and brighter - closer to the colour of the label.

Didn't turn out too badly! I think the paint is great for small projects but I'm not sure I'd use it for the big ones until I get more used to it.

Sorry about the poor lighting - it's difficult taking good photos at the moment!
Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Night Manager

I started to read The Night Manager right before the BBC TV series started and managed to keep ahead of it luckily!

The book has a lot more going on in it, Pine's relationship to Sophie much more of a focus than it is in the series (which still packs a lot in) and, rather like Bond, he encounters more women in more countries. Trimming this down is a good thing but does make his trip to Roper look pretty easy. The book doesn't end 100% closed and happy but I like that and this is John le Carre after all. It's a good read but The Spy Who Came in from the Cold is still my favourite.

I'm looking forward to seeing what the TV version does with the rest of the book - I LOVE that they have Olivia Coleman as Burr! - and of course Hiddleston is always a reason for watching something.

Oh High Rise not long now...
Thursday, 11 February 2016

Cardamom and rose water cupcakes

There's a bake sale at work tomorrow so I've made these cupcakes! I had a practise go at the weekend because I wasn't sure how much cardamom to use but they've turned out pretty damn good even if I do say so myself!


Makes 12
175g each of butter, self-raising flour, caster sugar (I like golden)
1/2tsp baking powder
3 eggs
Seeds from 7-8 cardamom pods ground (I used a pestle and mortar)

For the icing

No quantities because I just add bits until it looks and tastes right..
Pink food colouring paste
Icing sugar
Pistachios - roughly chopped
Rose water (just a couple of drops - this stuff is strong)


Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Mix main ingredients
Distribute evenly in 12 cupcake cases
Bake in oven for 20-25 mins
Cool on rack
Mix icing ingredients to your preference
Finish with pistachios!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pom pom blanket

Pretty easy one this. The blanket is a simple Ikea one. I used a small pompom maker to make a ton of pom poms and then stitched them onto the scallops.

I started by sewing pom poms on alternate scallops near the end. I then went back and sewed some on the empty scallops but at the other end. You get something fluffy like this when you're done.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Bedside tables

I actually took some things from my parents for once rather than storing more of my stuff in their garage!  I took two pine bedside tables that I think are as old as me (I'm afraid I forgot to take a before photo). They are sturdy and a good size they just needed a bit of love.

I used Annie Sloan paint in Pure on the outside and then Aubusson Blue for inside the draws.

I finished with clear soft wax and Anthropologie knobs.

I did two coats of Pure but should have done 3 (it looked a bit patchy after putting the wax on). The blue only needed one coat of paint. When I get a new bed I'll do another coat.