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[27 Jul 2011|06:46pm]

See Ikea Grono Hack and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep
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Ikea Hack [26 Jul 2011|03:21pm]
If you are unfamiliar with the term 'Ikea Hack' then Google it!

This is my take on a much tried project.

You will need:
Scissors, double sided sticky tape, a Grono lamp from Ikea, some pretty handmade paper.


A Grono will cost you £4.49 from Ikea and my paper was from a Paperchase outlet near me for £1.50. The sky's the limit with this stuff though, there are so many beautiful papers out there!


We've got a few of these lamps. They are cheap and cheerful and, as I'm finding out, easy to customise!
This one is in my bedroom and it's not the one I customised, but I took this as a before photo as I forgot to do that unitl I'd started on my project. Ooops.

OK, I basically put two strips of sticky tape around the top and bottom of my lamps and then wrapped it with the paper which I had cut to size.



Ta-da!
This is my lovely boat which is next to my bed (£8 on a carboot, then painted white) which now looks beautifully cosy.
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Harajuku [10 Jul 2011|12:23am]
There is not much to say at the mo...

Except I am a bit obsessed with this:





I don't need it and I'm not even sure I like the smell of it, but it would look so pretty on my dressing table...
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[01 Jun 2011|11:59pm]
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Update! [29 May 2011|04:38pm]
Hell Angels - Hunter S. Thompson
Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
The woman who gave birth to rabbbits - Emma Donaghue
Metroland - Julian Barnes (in progress)
A nice cup of Tea and a Sit Down - Nicey and Wifey
One Day - David Nicholls
Stuart: A Life Backwards - Alexander Masters
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Kick Ass - John Romita
The Importance of Being Earnest - Wilde (in progress)
Rachel's Holiday - Marian Keyes (in progress)
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[20 May 2011|06:25pm]
Update!

Hell Angels - Hunter S. Thompson
Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
The woman who gave birth to rabbbits - Emma Donaghue
Metroland - Julian Barnes (in progress)
A nice cup of Tea and a Sit Down - Nicey and Wifey (in progress)
One Day - David Nicholls
Stuart: A Life Backwards - Alexander Masters
Dracula - Bram Stoker 
Kick Ass - John Romita
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[22 Apr 2011|05:24pm]
Today we decided to have lunch in Priory Park.

As we walked past the Buttermarket we noticed it had reopened.

The first unit to open is Patisserie Valerie.



They had some cute Kate and Will cupcakes.







We bought lunch from M&S and took our cakes along. 




I had an Apple Turnover and Beck had a doughnut the size of a child's head!
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[16 Apr 2011|10:33pm]
Book Update
So far :
Hell Angels - Hunter S. Thompson
Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
The woman who gave birth to rabbbits - Emma Donaghue
Metroland - Julian Barnes (in progress)
A nice cup of Tea and a Sit Down - Nicey and Wifey (in progress)
One Day - David Nicholls
Stuart: A Life Backwards - Alexander Masters
Dracula - Bram Stoker (in progress)


Dracula will be an interesting one as it's my first eBook - downloaded onto my iPhone 4. Dubious about it, but we'll see...
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[05 Apr 2011|08:53pm]
 

I enjoyed this film but it brought up some uncomfortable questions about internet use for me personally.
I am increasingly realising that I use the internet as escapism. While this isn't ok, I don't think I'm the only one. Seeing someone create an entire different, preferable life for themselves is uncomfortable and I found myself pitying this character in the film. But hang on... in some ways, isn't that what I do everyday? Talk to people on facebook, rather than calling friends. Spend ages reading Twitter feeds to see what's been discussed. Use hours looking at craft projects and makeovers without actually hitting the off-button and doing some of that stuff myself.
Yes.
Some recent events have highlighted to me how it easy it is to convince yourself that everything is fine by just not examining too closely. Spend your time doing other things...
This all basically boils down to me trying to focus on what I have and how that can be nurtured rather than logging onto MSN and another world I can pretend exists.
It's hard and there have been some casualties along the way. I am not blind to the irony of me discussing this here. Sometimes something becomes less of a support and more of a crutch. 

Oh and, for the record, I got the Oooh-Arghh bird reference...
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Design [26 Mar 2011|08:38pm]
 OK, a million posts in a day, I know, but there is lots to share today.

I love these ideas!
Had never thought of chairs as storage like this.





Chair shelving from Bright Bold and Beautiful.
Weathered chair from Post Road Vintage.
Chair Boys from Ikea Hackers.
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Coralie Bickford-Smith [26 Mar 2011|08:00pm]
  

I have been in love with these cover redesigns for ever.
The cloth bound editions are just so sexy! I bought Beck the Alice in Wonderland  for Christmas. I want them all!
Coralie Bickfrod Smith has also done a new series for Penguin - Great Food. Once again it looks amazing...

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Reading [26 Mar 2011|12:00pm]
Following my World Book Night adventure (I was a giver!) I have resolved to read more books this year.
I am loathe to put a number on it - some people say 30, but to get through more than 2 books a month would be infeasible for me!
I'm aiming for 20-24 maybe?

So far (bold = read, italics = in progress):
Hell Angels - Hunter S. Thompson
Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
Metroland - Julian Barnes
A nice cup of Tea and a Sit Down - Nicey and Wifey
One Day - David Nicholls


I am a bit promiscuous when it comes to reading and often have a couple of books on the go at once. Commitment phobe...
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Ch-hut-ney! [11 Jan 2011|09:23pm]
Been busy tonight.

The house stinks of vinegar and the chopping board reeks of onions.

It can only mean one thing...





It's Chutney Time!

This stuff is legendary in the staff room since I gave Miss Fisher a jar of my Caramelised Onion Chutney.

It is GOOD!
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Happy Birthday to Me! [08 Jan 2011|08:06pm]
OK so it was my birthday this week.



Beck treated me to a new DAB radio. First digital one I've had and I've been discovering new stations.
Deliberated over colours for ages, eventually plumped for purple. Have to say it's fab quality - crystal clear sound!




Jess bought me a Pod of Peas which I absolutely love!

Went out for sushi today.




Ate loads: Hairy prawns, hot and salty squid, Veggie noodles and some avacado maki.


Best bit was green tea ice cream though. Shared it with Jess. Nom nom nom!




Where can I buy it?? Can I make it??

Hmmmmm...
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Charity Shop Find of the Century [07 Oct 2010|08:12pm]


Blond of Amsterdam did a range of crockery for Whittards years ago, I bought a few bits and always regretted not buying more. You never see it anywhere and it doesn't come up on ebay either.

Found these in a charity shop today - 99p each! They're not even the Whittards range, they're the genuine article.

A reason to be cheerful!
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Letter from the heart [12 Sep 2010|09:57am]
Dear Elderberry Cordial,

I am unimpressed.

Not only have you stained my hands, work surfaces, arms and nails black but you taste of nothing.
I spent hours yesterday lovingly boiling you, mashing your pulp, skimming out your cloves and funneling you into bottles I've been saving for months.

It is with great regret I inform you that I'm glad I practiced at home first and I will not be making more of you at school with the kids.I couldn't take the strain.

Yours,
Polly
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How to make your life a little more Shabby Chic... [18 Aug 2010|05:03pm]
Take some vintage junk shop finds.
Mine are from Pam’s Antiques in Bridport and I paid £3 for them. I told her that was too cheap. She said they were for storing CDs but I had other ideas…



Get some paint.
I used Value white emulsion and a tester pot of Zoffany Rose paint that I bought for £1 in another shop in Bridport.

Paint it!
Several coats of white were needed as I used naff paint! Then I used masking tape to help me make a reasonable job of the pink inside.

Fill with treasures.
I wanted to put all 3 together really but I don’t have enough room anywhere. I’ve used them for cosmetics, perfume, and trinkets.







I’m happy.
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[18 Aug 2010|12:28am]


Woo Hoo! You may notice some House of Buttons goodness showing up here!
How exciting! Are you impressed with my photo skills? I flippin' am!
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You knows it [17 Aug 2010|01:50am]
I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org
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Bento [27 Jul 2010|04:43pm]
 By now you will used to my random updates about odd things I am suddenly obsessed with.

The latest one is Bento.


For the uninitiated (and I think there will be a few of you as this doesn't seem to have taken off here) Bento is a kind of Japanese lunchbox. Kawaii bento is food that is elaborately prepared for children to look like little characters. These boxes can be bought as a convenience food but are more commonly loving prepared at home and then taken to school.



The idea is that the lunchbox should be packed full so things don't tumble around as the child walks to school.




Subsequently Beck and I have ordered Bento boxes (special tiered lunchboxes, that then go into a bag) from ebay along with rice moulds, soy bottles and little ketchup pots and one day a week is going to be Bento day where we make each other a lunchbox.









Cool huh?
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