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Feline Fine

We’ve found the perfect accessory to help you complete that crazy cat lady look… perfect for any feline lover.

Baines and Fricker Mint green wallpaper Cats

The cute graphic wallpaper from husband and wife duo, Baines and Fricker, features a simple print adorned with dozens of kittys in your choice of pastel shades (our favourite is the mint green!) There’s also a range of cushions available in the same print!

Baines and Fricker Mint green cushion_situ_cats-1

Now who can spot the Siamese…

Oh and and if pooches tickle your fancy instead, you’ll be in luck too!

Baines and Fricker Mint greenwallpaper_situ_dogs-1

DIY Earring Holder

We don’t know about you but we seem to own far too many pieces of jewellery. We can’t go to a vintage market without picking some form of accessory up. It’s an addiction. The problem is, we have our favourites and then tend to wear the same pieces over and over again. Mostly because we can’t be bothered to go through the stash. Well, not any more… something had to change.

After a bit of research on Pinterest we were inspired after spotting an easy craft idea so decided to give it a go ourselves…

All you need to start with is with a selection of doilies. We picked a rectangular shape with a tight knit, which is easiest for your earrings to stay in place. You then need to find a frame in a similar size. We picked up this one cheaply in our local charity shop.

Cut the doily to size, before applying super glue to the edges of the frame. Carefully place the doily on the glued frame and stick down firmly, we popped several heavy books on top just to be sure. Then gather up all of your earrings and pierce them through the doily, attaching the backs on the other side.

We can now see all our earrings, there’s no hassle, and it looks super pretty in my bedroom. As you can see there’s even a little space that needs filling… *pops on shoes and heads to a vintage market*

By Amy Westbrook

DIY Clay Antler

It’s September and autumn is slowly establishing itself, so we wanted to share an easy DIY that can help you make that transition from summer in a small and inexpensive way.

What you will need:
White, air drying clay
Sand paper
Optional:
Waxed paper
Tape
Paint

Step 1:
Prepare your surface and clay. Clean the surface you will use just to make sure you don’t get any hair or dirt on your clay. We decided to put some waxed paper down to save ruining our surface and secured with painter’s tape (it’s easily removable). Divide your clay in half and take the portion of clay that you will not use and wrap it back up to prevent it from hardening.

Step 2:
Make the main branch. Mould the clay into a single clay branch that should be a bit thicker as it will be the base of the other branches you will add.

Step 3:
Make smaller branches and attach them. This is where you can get creative. You can use the main branch as a guide to add as many small branches as you want. We made two branches and divided one of those into two more smaller branches. When you attach the smaller branches, make sure to add enough clay at the point where it connects to strengthen the link. Use your fingers to smooth it out and lessen its width.

Step 4:
Once you get the look that you desire, let it dry according to the instructions on the clay packaging. Once it’s dry, go back to sand the small bumps or imperfections that may be apparent and clean off the dust with a small rag. A little imperfection is OK and adds to the homemade look. We picked white clay because it has a natural off-white colour so if you don’t want to paint it, it still looks rather stylish.

 By Valerie Moreno
You can find her blogging over at Nuance andBubbles Blog, taking daily snaps on InstagramTweeting away or pinning inspiration here.

Perfect Pancakes

Happy Pancake day to all our readers and followers. We’d thought we’d share our simple pancake recipe with you. We love ours simply with a little lemon and a sprinkle of sugar… how do you eat yours?

Ingredients 
110g plain flour 
Pinch of salt 
2 eggs 
½ pint of milk (can use half water and half milk) 
Selection of your favourite toppings
 Method 
- Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl; add the egg 
- Add ¼ of the milk and stir carefully with a wooden spoon, beat the mixture until it is smooth and then let it stand for 15mins 
- Slowly add and beat together the rest of the milk and then use an egg whisk to get air into the mixture – Into a small pan add a dessert spoon of oil and heat until you can see steam rising faintly, pour the mixture on to the pan so that it covers the whole area in a thin layer 
- Cook for 2mins each side 
- And then sprinkle with your favourite toppings. 

Cat Lady

We’ve found the perfect accessory to help you complete that crazy cat lady look… perfect for any feline lover. 
The cute graphic wallpaper from husband and wife duo, Baines and Fricker, features a simple print adorned with dozens of kittys in your choice of pastel shades (our favourite is the mint green!)
Now who can spot the Siamese… 
Oh and and if pooches tickle your fancy instead, you’ll be in luck too! 

Bluebellgray

We’re pretty smitten with these floral cushions from Bluebellgray‘s AW12 winter peony collection. In a gorgeous palette of rich plums and pinks, each piece features a stunning unique watercolour print – just in time to help brighten up those dull days! 

Check out the lookbook and full collection here.

Spring Tart

This time of the year we decide that we no longer crave our comforting hot-pots and warming soups, and find that perhaps a light-bite would better suit. We discovered a splendid blend of mozzarella, apple, and gammon, on pastry provide just the perfect mix to add to our spring menu. 
This recipe is so quick and easy, and fab for impressing friends for lunch! 
 Here’s how to make spring savoury tart… 
 Recipe 
250g puff pastry (pre-made slab) 
1 apple (thinly sliced) 
1 ball mozzarella (thinly sliced) 
1 steak gammon (cut into cubes) 
2 tsp mixed herbs (Sage and Thyme)
 Olive oil (drizzled) 
 Method 
 – Heat oven 200C 
- Roll out pastry to desired shape (we used a 32cmx20cm tray to cut round)
- Lay sliced apple onto pastry 
- Make another layer by putting the mozzarella on top of the slices of apple 
- Evenly scatter cubed gammon on top of the mozzarella slices (if you don’t fancy using gammon, you could always use slices of tomato and courgettes for a veggie option) 
- Sprinkle the herbs and drizzle olive oil over the tart 
- Bake in the oven for 20 mins Serve warm or cold with salad.
By Melodie Walter

Sticky Loaf

Sticky loaf has to be one of the most moreish of fruit loaves. With a reminiscent malt loaf exterior, rich gooey interior filled with all-bran, sultanas, and nuts, this recipe makes for a perfect breakfast addition or afternoon tea treat.
Here’s how to make your own – very easy to do!
Recipe
- 1 heaped tbsp golden syrup
- 1 heaped cup of all-bran
- 1 heaped cup of sugar
- 1 heaped cup of sultanas
- 1 cup cashew nuts (whole)
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 heaped cup of self-raising flour
Method
- Preheat oven 180C
- Put all-bran, sugar and sultanas into a bowl, mix
- Stir in the milk and leave for 1 hour
- Mix in the syrup and cashew nuts
- Sieve in the flour, mix well
- Pour the mixture into a greased loaf tin – make sure you also have greased baking paper at the bottom of the tin
- Bake for 1 ½ hours
Of course, do not forget to serve with butter (essential). If you’re craving more flavour, you could always add spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon. 
And last but not least, enjoy with a cup of Chai or Ginger tea.

By Melodie Walter

Hot cross buns

At last Spring is truly with us! The blossom is out, the sun has got his hat on, and as we are now into the final week running up to Easter, what better than to indulge in a traditional seasonal treat… 
Hot Cross Buns!
here’s the recipe to try them out for yourself!
Recipe
1lb plain flour
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp Yeast
2 oz butter, melted
1 free range egg, beaten
½ pint milk and water (warmed)
3 oz mixed peel
2 oz castor sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice
Method
- Sieve half the flour into a large bowl
- Whisk a little of the warmed milk and water and yeast together, and then the rest of the milk and water mixture
 – Pour into the flour and mix, then cover with a damp cloth in a warm place for 40 mins
- Stir into a separate bowl the remaining flour, salt, lemon, cinnamon and sugar
- Melt butter and beat egg
- Add dry ingredients and pour the butter, lemon and egg into the dough mixture – mix thoroughly
- Heat the oven to 220C
- Cover mixture with damp cloth again, and leave somewhere warm for a further 1 – 1 ¼ hours
- Cut dough into 12 pieces and shape
- Put damp cloth back over the dough and wait another 40 mins for them to rise
- While you wait mix a small bowl of flour and water and roll out flat to make strips for the bun cross
 – Lay strips in cross shape on top of risen dough and bake in the oven for 20mins until golden
Serve fresh from the oven with butter and jam, or invent a new choice of topping like golden syrup?
By Melodie Walter

Jar of Hearts

We’ve recently discovered the cute blog Oh Happy Day and boy is it right up our street. Jordan, who is an event planner by day, shares her inspiration on home decor, party planning ideas and some great DIY projects!
So this weekend we knew exactly where to go for a quick DIY to keep our idle hands busy… where we came across this fab idea to spruce up some glass jars we had filling up our recycling box. These cute paint dipped jars make cute vases for a  party or even just to pretty up your house –  and what’s more is that they’re really easy-peasy! 
Just choose your preferred colour paint (we opted for a pastel mint colour) pour into a bowl and then dip the bottoms of your jars in, let them dry and voila. 
Let us know if you give this a go, we’d love to see the results! Or perhaps you’ve got any easy DIY projects of your own?
All images courtesy of ohhappyday.com

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