Category Archives: DIY

You are amazing! Yes you!

THANK YOU on speech bubble price labelsI would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for stopping by and having a look at my blog, liking some and commenting on others 🙂

fireworksIt has been a fantastic first half of the month for me and I couldn’t have done it without any of you. You have all made blogging such a joy for me and it is something I look forward to every day, posting something new and reading what everyone has been up to. What a great group of people to have around me to blog with, I couldn’t have asked for better 🙂

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Thank you all for your wonderful blogs, comments and of course for keeping me inspired. Though there are many more of you wonderful people out there, I could only manage to list a handful of you inspirational people, otherwise we would be here all day! If you haven’t had a look at these wonderful bloggers yet, but you like what I blog about then they are definitely worth a look 🙂

Thanks again 😀


My take on i am baker’s Rose Cake

stunning, so full of colour 🙂

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Rose Cake

Beautiful isn’t it? This week I decided to try my hand at i am baker’s Rose Cake. Amanda Rettke of i am baker was the original genius behind this breath-taking cake that now graces magazine pages and fills Pinterest boards.

I’ve been practicing many different cake decorating techniques these days, and I’ve had a lot of people ask what I do “with all those cakes“. The truth is, I make smaller versions of the cakes that I fall in love with from magazines, tv, Pinterest, Facebook etc. and I donate them.

One day I called my local family crisis center and asked if they take donations in the form of baked goods. The helpful and sweet receptionist on the other end of the phone was ecstatic, and told me that they would love to take my cakes to the children’s shelter. So now, I donate my cakes to children in need of a smile 🙂 If you’d…

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Tips, tricks and ideas for the small and the hot

For those out there who are not so fortunate to have a large backyard for growing veggies, herbs and flowers, or you simply don’t have the time to maintain a garden but would love one anyway, or perhaps you water too much or not enough, then please have a look these following sites I’ve found, they are my top 3 favourites, for some amazing ideas which are sure to impress and with any luck, will work a treat for you 🙂

My favourite these days has got to be this one.

GutterGarden-nov5I have to try this one some day, especially with my strawberries as my darling little Lola, not only likes to have a little dig in the garden but she has been picking some of the strawberries before they are ripe. I also cannot see it being too difficult to put together an irrigation system for this and have it set on a timer, fantastic for those of you who are always on the go or are not sure just how much to water, set the timer and walk away knowing your much loved plants are going to get the right amount 🙂




Here is yet another nifty idea and one that is great for those all around the world, no matter the climate.

6032_102010_hydroponics_lYou could have this set up inside or outside on a wall under shade or perhaps full sun depending on your climate and what you are growing 🙂 Another you can set up an irrigation system with too.







Finally I came across this one, great if you have a eyesore wall you want to do something with, self watering too in a sense, because the gutters are sloped, when it rains the water slowly trickles from one gutter to the next and eventually ending up in a big tub on the ground also full of plants 🙂



How does your garden grow?

I have to admit that lately, despite all the hot weather, with a little TLC my garden has been growing well.

There are now chilli plants just about leaping out of their pots.


The Strawberries which were cut and grown from runners about this same time last year are now starting to get runners of their own and are going crazy with fruit.

20130219_180641Another plant which is doing surprisingly well is my Nelly Kelly Passionfruit vine, I’ll be over the moon when it starts flowering, I can’t wait for the fruit.

20130219_180648My partner’s tomato plants, which to our surprise have done better than expected, at least one of them has. Though the heat has gotten to it a bit, it is still very impressive for his first attempt at growing on along with the chilli plants. The spring onions are doing well too and the spinach has grown much larger than we ever expected and has produced more than we are able to keep up with, and then off to the right there is a pineapple growing, I love pineapples and thought I would try growing them from just the top leaves.

20130219_180725I also have another pineapple plant I am growing in a pot, I think later it might need a bigger pot though.


DIY: Gazebo Chandelier

cool lil idea 🙂



Last summer I made this chandelier to add a little sparkle and summer charm under my Gazebo. There’s nothing like sitting out on a nice warm sunny day in the evening and being able to have candles lit up in the night sky with a drink in hand and relax. This chandelier gives a cozy feel inside the Gazebo and turns the outdoor living space into a whole other extended room.



Step 1: Prime Paint Wood


Step 2: I drilled holes into the wood. Then Painted the wood Dark Brown. After the Paint was dried I inserted the nuts and bolts to hold the chain.


Step 3: Next I inserted 10 hook rings into the wood piece to hang the mason jars and then I prepared the mason Jars with twine to hang from the hooks.


Step 4: I added the D-ring to the chain and hoisted the chandelier…

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Renovations of a different kind

We all need a bit more space when we grow, need bigger clothes when we grow up so they fit us, just as our pets need a bigger bed when they grow up, but what if they love their current bed so much that you just can’t get rid of it, or perhaps you are a little short of money and can’t afford a new one, lets face it, some of these pet accessories can be just a little bit pricey.

Why not renovate their bed? The bed my lovely Lola has is one with a hood, as you can see in the picture below.


Now that she has grown to almost her full size, the bed is quite a bit snug for her so I thought to get a little creative and test out my skills, nothing expensive or elaborate, just a test model so far and I must admit it is coming along nicely.



Scrumptious pies!

I’ve always been the sort of person who is, for some reason, better at making cakes, muffins and sweets than making a dinner. Maybe its because I have a bit of a sweet tooth 🙂

Today I got a little adventurous and, since I had run out of cotton to finish off the quilt I had been working hard on, decided to get creative in the kitchen.

Grandma always used to make a wonderful Lemon Meringue Pie and I hadn’t had one, or even a slice of one in what felt like forever and lately I’d been seeing them everywhere. Today though, I decided to make not just one, but 12 of them, mini versions of course using my muffin tray 🙂

Since I didn’t have my own recipe, I looked online to find one that was very much like grandma’s, I was in luck, this link is a fantastic and simple way to make a stunning Lemon Meringue Pie, all I did different was cut out circles in the pastry to line the muffin tray cups, thats it, the rest is the same, same quantities and time.

Simply spoon out the mixture evenly between the 12 of them and you’re laughing.

This is how mine turned out.

20130205_151358Little tip, try and keep the meringue from touching the tray as it makes it difficult to get the delicious little pies out without tearing the meringue off.

20130205_153110Sure the pastry isn’t perfect and the lemon is showing in some of them but you know what, I kinda like that, shows they are home made and filled with love 🙂

The best thing about these tasty little treats is that my partner can take them with him to work and eat them on the go, beats slicing up cake in the truck any day.

How crafty!!

I came across the following link and idea on my Facebook page and just had to share it.

How often have we been so busy gardening and putting so much effort into growing lovely veggies, herbs and berries, only to have insects, and possibly the local wildlife, come and pick and ruin your hard work?

Have a look here

This amazing idea is not only a great way to beat many of the insects and wildlife, it is also great for those who have very little space for a garden and also those living on a budget 🙂

Wonderful if you ask me.

Mmmm these strawberries have got my mouth watering, wish mine would grow that good!

For the love of food!

I was watching this creative chef on DVD with a friend ages ago and lately I’d been thinking of this episode, might have something to do with cutting down on certain foods in my diet thanks to having put on weight lol

Anyway, I found a couple of clips from the DVD which you just have to watch, even if you are not a foodie, its just so creative and clever, why aren’t meals like this anymore? The fun has just gone out of them these days 😦