With the colder days and darker nights setting in I find myself spending more time at home and look for ways to add little updates around the house without spending lots of money. I also go through phases where I can not stop scrolling through Pinterest looking for ideas and and this is where I found the inspiration for these coasters.

I had some left over chalk paint from up-cycling some of my old furniture (in fact, who am I kidding, I’ve painted just about everything in my house with these chalk paints, even my Halloween pumpkin, not even kidding) and I bought these coasters from Paperchase ages ago so I decided to have a go at painting these cork coasters.

What you will need

4 cork coasters

2/3 different colours of paint (I used chalk paint)

masking tape

What to do

Cut four even pieces of masking tape and stick the tape in different directions on each coaster to create different shapes and variations. You can be creative and place the tape any way you like.

Paint the coasters at either side of the tape a different colour, again you can be creative here and use as many colours as you like, where you like.

Leave the coasters to dry for a few hours before you remove the tape.  Once the tape is removed you should have something like this…..

I then went over the top of each coaster with a clear nail varnish to seal in the colour and prevent marks/stains on my coasters.

It’s amazing what can make from items lying around your home, these were so easy to make and I’m really pleased with how they have turned out.

My apple tree has produced so many apples this year I literally can’t keep up. I’ve handed out bags of them to friends and family, froze batches and cooked plenty of pies and crumbles.  I had been thinking of other things I could bake with my apples and decided to give apple turnovers a go.

It took me two attempts to get them just right as I tend to mix up a few different recipes and add in my own ingredients but I have to say, these turned out to be delicious and super easy to make.

If you fancy making these easy apple tunovers you will need the following:

Ingredients

A sheet of ready rolled Puff Pastry (320g)

6 large cooking apples

3 tablespoons of water

2 teaspoons of sugar

40ml of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ginger

1 tablespoon of skimmed milk

1 egg

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

Peel, core and chop the cooking apples in to small chunks and add to a pot along with the water, sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. Cook on a medium heat for five minutes.

Roll out the sheet of pastry and cut into six even squares.

Fill the middle of each square of pastry with the apple mixture, brush the edges with water and fold one corner over to the opposite corner. Press along the edges to seal and gently press  a fork along the edge to create a pattern. Make a small hole at the top with the fork to let the steam out while in the oven.

Mix the milk and egg in a jug and brush the mixture over the top of the pastry and finish off with a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon over the top.

Bake in the oven for approx 20 minutes until the pastry has risen and turned golden brown.

Leave to cool for few minutes before eaten.

It’s been just over a year and half since I moved into my house and I’m gradually trying to decorate each room. Now that I’ve finished the open plan living space downstairs, apart from purchasing a bookcase and emptying the last two boxes (I know, surely I don’t need whats in those boxes if I haven’t been in them for well over a year).  I’m now ready to think about decorating the next room, the master bedroom.

In the master bedroom I would love to lift the carpet as hidden underneath are beautiful white wooden floorboards that just need a lick of paint to bring them back to life. Once I have done that I would love to replace the bedroom furniture. When I moved in I up-cycled my old Ikea furniture which is badly needing replaced.

I’ve been searching for ideas on Pinterest and local furniture stores in Glasgow, particularly BoConcept and I’m currently lusting over just about everything in BoConcept. I would love to go for a white and grey colour scheme with a Scandinavian feel and BoConcept have just what I’m looking for.

The Lugona bed frame with a grey fabric headboard would work as the perfect center piece of the room.  I can already imagine myself spending cosy winter nights tucked up in bed watching box sets.  As well as the bed, I would also love the matching  Lungona set of drawers. I love how it has two sides which can be split into his and hers so me and my other half can have a side each. It is quite a pricey set of drawers but think of it for two for the price of one.

 

 

Now comes the fun bit, lets add some accessories. A cosy rug so when I step out of bed in the morning my feet don’t have to brave the wooden floors, a vase so I can display some fresh blooms, a super stylish clock and some candles to create that cosy Scandinavian feel.  Now, I better get saving so I can have everything on my wishlist.

Combi Vase

Living Tealight Holder

 

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After getting fed up with coats hanging over my banister at the bottom of the stairs I decided I needed a coat hanger. I’ve seen loads in the shops for £20 plus and I thought to myself, that would be so easy and much cheaper to make with stuff I have around the house.

I had a rummage in our basement (the previous owners left loads of stuff so it’s a bit of a treasure trove downstairs) and I found some skirting boards. I asked my BF to saw round the edges and then I smoothed the edges down with my sander. I then wiped the wood with a damp cloth to remove the excess dust and left to dry for 5 minutes. I already had chalk paint in duck egg which I have used for previous up-cycling projects around the house (see here). I gave the wood a few coats of paint and left it to dry.

Once the paint was dry I used some sanding paper rounds the edges to give it that shabby chic effect. I then stuck on these cute little Sass and Bell hooks I picked up in a near by interiors shop ages ago. They were on sale for £1.25 each and I knew they would come in handy for something one day. I used a strong doubled sided tape to stick the hooks on to the wood and voila……. all done.

Today I’m taking you on a little Spring adventure around my city in collaboration with Boohoo.com 

I’m pretty biased but I think Glasgow is an amazing city. It’s got everything you could want from a big city, a buzzing music scene, trendy bars and restaurants, the best shopping outside of London, numerous museums and plenty of green space.

Last Saturday my sister and I had such a fun afternoon reminding our-self’s just how great a city Glasgow is. For our afternoon adventure I wore my new tropical print *playsuit from Boohoo.com they have a great selection of playsuits and jumpsuits at the moment. The print on this playsuit is perfect for the Summer but until it gets a little warmer in Glasgow I teamed it with my black biker jacket, tights and ankle boots.

We started our afternoon with the Afternoon Tea Experience at Cup Tea Lounge where we were treated to a cake stand filled with savory bites, a selection of cakes and freshly baked scones. It also included unlimited pots of tea from their extensive tea menu with more teas than you can imagine. As I’m a bit of a tea jenny this was the most enjoyable part of the experience and I swear me and my sister must have drank about 10 cups of tea each. We got through 3 pots of teas trying the Chocolate Chilli Explotion, Masala Chai  and the Chocolate Orange & Black Pepper.

We then headed to The Lighthouse to take in the views at the top of the tower and to walk off our cakes and scones of course. The Lighthouse is Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture. It’s free admission and if you climb the Helical Staircase you will find the best view of the city at the top.

After climbing all those stairs we were a little thirsty so headed over to Gin71 to taste a few of the many types of Gins they have to offer. Gin71 has Glasgow’s largest selection of Gins, home made tonics and cocktails. They even offer Gin tasting sessions. The Gins come as doubles as standard so after a few Gins it was time to head home.

 This is a collaborative post with Boohoo.com