31 July 2011

Sunday Snapshot

We've spent the weekend painting and building our new shed... Its not yet complete due to being distracted by our neighbours BBQ and copious amounts of sangria.
So here is our tool shed door, re-painted in the same blue as our new shed. :)
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25 July 2011

ooh, something new. (Make it Monday V1)

Another little occasional feature I am going to start on here is 'Make it Mondays' a suggestion from my friend Nic.
Now, I am certainly not suggesting that I am any good at making stuff, hell no, but its more so I get off my backside and start geting productive. of course I had planned to start the feature today, but well... I didnt make much! (you know my life at the moment is spent either at work or in the garden/doing diy right?)

What I did make was a small acceptance card for my cousins wedding (in just under 5 weeks!! eek) super simple, but how hard do you want an acceptance card to be?

Tools needed:
Card (in whatever colours you choose, I chose pale sage green and cream)
sticky jewels (or just jewels and glue, I happend to have some pre sticky pearls)
paper string (noral string, twine, agin, whatever you choose)
doule sided tape (I couldnt find mine! so ued micro dots instead)
sticky letters (or a printer and cute fonts, or stamps and ink of course)
craft knife
PVA glue
tweezers (so much easier when positioning fiddly items)

Decide on the size card you want to make and cut your coloured card to size. Then cut your 2nd colour card to around 1cm smaller (so you have aprox 5mm boarder when they are stuck together)
Stick these together using your double sided tape
next take your little jewels and stick these in each of the corners of the smaller card
peel your sticky letters and place these in the top center of your card
Cut another piece of your coloured card and stick this under your letters
Next take a piece of string, and shape into a heart, make sure it will fit nicely in the square you just cut.
Now the messiest bit, pop PVA along the back of your heart, the string will not hold its shape fully so if your anything like me, you'll get covered in glue!
carefully place this in the centre of your coloured card, hold in place fo a few seconds sothe pva grips, and leave to dry.
Ta-da. Your acceptance card is complete and ready for you to write a note to the couple on the back and pop in the post to them. :)

Now I must dash, we have gravel and bricks to buy, The shed is arriving tomorrow so we need to be ready/finished so we can paint/put it up as soon as possible.

Happy Monday. x

24 July 2011

Sunday Snapshot

Not so pretty now, but when its done we'll have a little water feature for the birds to drink from :)
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20 July 2011

Lately...

My spare time has been filled with gloss paint (radiators and woodwork in the downstairs WC) Rain. Laundry (seriously, seems like its never ending when you can't dry stuff outside!) Work. Sims3. Shopping for sheds. Rain. Good coffee. Shopping for bookcases. Cooking for friends. Filing paperwork (urgh, so tedious) Rain. Looking for/deciding on holidays and oh did I mention rain??
Ok, so its not been quite *that* bad, but come on! Its summer. Give me sunshine! Not grey skies and drizzle. Booo to mr weatherman!

The plus side of rain... Rainbows. <3 this photo, which is of very dubious quality, was taken a couple of weeks back when it was absolutely lashing it down. It was the brightest biggest most lovely rainbow I have ever seen. Fact. I was driving, it was raining, I didn't want to concentrate on the road I wanted to look at the pretty rainbow. So we pulled over for a short while and I snapped this through the rain covered windscreen.

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17 July 2011

Sunday Snapshot

Badge we saw on the front of a car while shopping today...
It wasn't yellow so it wasn't bumblebee!

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12 July 2011

Tasty Tuesday - July 11

Good Mornin'
First things first, I know I have been rather lacklustre with this blog of late, I have good intentions, they last a couple of weeks and then I run out of steam and it all goes kaput. Not much fun for me, not much fun for you!
So instead of me trying to do the stuff I want every single week, I'm concentrating on doing stuff monthly. Quality over quantity! :)
So yes, there will be less, but it will be more regular and much better... I hope. ;) Tell me if its crap ok.

Now I love food. Good food. I love it, and I am also greedy, always have been. 'Eyes bigger than my belly' and 'bottomless pit' my family used to say.
and if you can have good food thats also super simple and easy to prepare, all the better. Means you get to eat it quicker/with less hassle. woo-hoo. That cannot be a bad thing. (If any of you have some lovely simple recipes you would be kind enough to share with me please do, I love to try new things. Or, let me know if you fancy taking over my Tasty Tuesday one time too!)

This is something that I spotted on a blog I have become a regular reader of. A wee bit of cooking, and it inspired me to give baked gnocchi a bash. This has become a firm favourite in our home and its so super simple and easy anyone can do it. (I totally cheat and use pre prepared stuff from the supermarket! ha)

Ingredients
Gnocchi
Cherry tomatoes
Dried garlic
Dried chillies
Passata (I use the stuff with basil, yum)
Black pepper
Cheese (Parmesan, grated cheddar, mozzarella... whatever)
Spinach (or rocket, just a nice green salad to serve it with) 


Method
 Cook gnocchi as per pack instructions
(This takes about 3 minutes, and when its cooks it bobs up to the surface, so just remove from the pan with a slotted spoon)
 Place gnocchi into a baking dish and pour over the passata
 Add chopped cherry tomatoes and stir
Sprinkle with black pepper, dried garlic and chilli flakes
Add some torn fresh basil if you have some and sprinbkle with whatever cheese you have
Shove it in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until its golden brown and lovely
Serve with your salad and a slice of garlic bread

Hey presto, dinner is served
(told you it was easy)

Happy Eating. x


6 July 2011

popping back

Just to quickly say 'hi'
I've not forgotten about my wee blog, things have been go go go recently, what with my birthday, car shopping, going to see Foo Fighters at MK at the weekend and work is just crazy busy. All in all its meant me spending time on this blog has slipped down my list of priorities.

I still don't have that 'blogger mindset' of taking photos to blog about later, I'm enjoying things as they happen and being in the moment I guess, and in all honesty I don't really want that to change. I am hoping however that once things have settled down and I am into a nice routine with work and my own stuff that things will fall into place nicely and we shall A: have more time to do stuff that we'd like to to, and B: I'll remember to take photos of said stuff so I can blog about them later! :)

I have some photos from Foos that I shall share soon, it was a great day out with my best bud and the menfolk, some good music and some crappy food. other than the palaver getting out of the car park at the end of the night (2hrs!! 2 flaming hrs!) it was very much enjoyed.

anyway, break over so back to work! x