Saturday, 2 May 2015

The Bead Peeps Swap and Hop 2015

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Hey Everyone, 
If you've been wondering where I've been lately, well this is what I've been doing!
I've been creating and creating some more. 

I signed up for the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop run by the lovely Linda at From the Bead Board. Basically a whole bunch of us signed up and were then partnered off. We sent our partners, beads, focals and clasps, the challenge being that we have to create from the items sent to us. We can use some of our own stash too as long as we use the focal and clasp sent to us. 

This year my partner is the awesome Janice from The Jewelry Room
Look what she sent to me! So many treasures!

Lets get straight into the reveal...

How gorgeous is this focal? Janice handmade it herself! 
I have to admit this is the piece I left till last. I wanted to do the focal justice and spent a lot of time making and remaking this necklace. I'm really happy with the overall look.

I am absolutely blown away by this awesome clasp. Again handmade by Janice. I love how she was inspired by New Zealand.  She also made the copper connectors in this piece.


This bracelet with matching earrings were made with all the crystals in my package. I think the bracelet may be my favourite, just because of it's delicateness.

I teamed these blue/green beads with a bronze round from my stash. I love how these beads look like the ripples on a lake.

I have quite a few of these wrapped washers left over and plan to make a bracelet  to match.
I like the simple but striking style of 3 spheres together. The circle of Life.


I used the river pearls and teamed them up with earthy tones and an inspirational quote, to give a feeling of peace and calm.


I just love these blingy blue glass beads and couldn't resist making earrings with them.
 I used these brilliant handmade connectors with the blue beads, they have such a magical feel about them. 

 The second pair I made into hoops, they are really fun and would look great for a night out on the town.

 I am so inspired by all Janice's handmade items and I just love her connectors. These ones are my favourites, so I decided to make a very plain bracelet with them. I've worn it a few times already!

 Janice knows how much I love anything to do with the beach and these blue starfish are just beautiful. I decided to include them in a beachy charm bracelet. So cool!


I hope you all enjoyed my creations.

Don't forget to pop across to see my partner Janice's creations at The Jewelry Room. To follow all the other blogs taking part in the Swap and Hop - head on over to Linda's blog for the full list at From the Bead Board.

Take Care everyone, thanks for visiting.

xxx

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Awesome DIY Kitchen Furniture

Hey Everyone,

I was so excited to be approached by Hometalk again
This time to curate a DIY Kitchen Furniture clipboard.

I loved putting this board together.... There were so many great ideas to chose from.


So pop on over to my Hometalk board, DIY Kitchen Furniture
 and check out these amazing DIY Kitchen Islands and Cupboards (2 are mine, can you spot them?)
  

Sign up to Hometalk and follow NorthShore Days there too, if you haven't already.
 
I hope you've been inspired to DIY this weekend ...
 

Take care
xxx
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Easy Easter Nests

Hey Everyone,

Can you believe its nearly Easter? 

I'm never prepared early enough, but I made these super easy and quick Easter nests for the kids as a treat and now I'll have to make more for next weekend!

You need 3 ingredients for the nest!

Rice cereal, coconut and chocolate buttons
!


Melt the chocolate buttons in a bowl in the microwave, stir in the rice cereal and coconut. I always add small amounts of cereal and coconut at a time to the chocolate, making sure the chocolate coats evenly.

Press the mixture into a mould (I used my mini muffin tray) and set in the fridge.

Add the speckled eggs and voila!


Seriously, how cute are they? My kids just loved them and they were fun to make too.


Happy Easter!
Take care

xxx
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Thursday, 5 March 2015

Modern Buffet Makeover


Hey Everyone,

Finally I'm sharing my buffet!! Only took a while right?

I spotted this Ikea beauty on a local Facebook page and quickly offered all my money!!! Sorry for the blurry pic - we wont discuss my awful cellphone!



 I had planned to wait a while before painting but inspiration struck and I couldn't stop myself!

I wanted a modern piece that still incorporated my favourite white but it also needed to fit in with the beachy look.

I knew I was going to use it to house the TV and decoder so we removed the 3 small drawers and Sean removed the drawer runners and built a shelf.

 I primed the entire piece before painting then painted two coats after the primer. It took a few coats here and there before I was happy with the final look

 I put the original hardware back on...

And distressed the edges ever so slightly...

Then a coat of polish and she was ready to go.
 

We decided to use her in the living room as a hold all and for the tv.

I am so happy with the end result and still cant believe how well the makeover went. I was fully expecting to have to repaint the whole thing white.

A before and after, just for fun!


Hope you all like it as much as I do, it perfectly matches my striped blanket box too
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Take care

xxx
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

2 Ingredient Custard Delight


Hi Everyone,

Today I have to share this awesome, EASY dessert!
I don't make it very often but when I do the whole family go nuts over it.  
The best thing about it, is that there are only 2 ingredients (3 if you garnish)
  
 Ingredients:

1 carton of Vanilla Custard
Ginger biscuits 

I use Ginger biscuits (cookies) but I've also made it with coconut biscuits and plain tea biscuits. I just like the ginger flavour best.


Its as simple as layering the biscuits and custard into serving dishes. Or you can double the quantity and make it in a larger container. Keep going till you run out of ingredients - just ensure the biscuits are completely covered.

Pop the dessert (covered) into the fridge for approx 5-6 hours, until the biscuits are soft.


Garnish with a sprinkle of grated chocolate if you like and serve cold!
 

So easy right? 
Seriously you will LOVE it! 


Let me know if you try it...

Take care

xxx
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