Thursday, 3 February 2011

raisin cupcakes

The children wanted to make some cupcakes tonight. Im on a strict diet so i can't tell you what they tasted like but they turned out very well, I love this cupcake recipe it always works out its never failed me yet! the cake turns out quite muffin like.


• 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
• 1 1/3 cups sugar
• 3 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 cup butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 large eggs

• 1/2 - 1 cup of milk (making the mixture not to sloppy)

Then add whatever else you like raisins, chocolate chips (if you are adding wet ingredients like banana then i would lower the volume of milk)

 They went down well.


Some things we made at christmas

Our house now :)

Well, i have come quite far in the past 8 months. I will add the old photos to compare rooms, Personally im quite proud that i have managed to do this all by myself with looking after the three children.


 I need a new light shade and to paint the unit, thats at the top of the 'to do' list.

Front room


I painted the walls white after emptying the room, painted the 1920's fireplace with tile paint. had the chimney swept (best thing i ever did).
I absoutly love this room! would really like to strip the paper and paint the walls. maybe next year.

Back room

There is still a large sofa in this room but it is used as the dining room/play room. I am obsessed with russian dolls the plastic floor covering is russian dool, and i have a small doll collection too ( I will be getting floating shelves for this room asap for my collection) The table and chairs are ikea (meltorp table the outer chairs are actually office chairs and cant remember what these are called and the middle one is ikea hermes. The mirror and curtains are also ikea. I decorated a plain white shade to make the russian doll and button light shade.

I didn't take a before photo of my bedroom but here is the after.
I will update the childrens rooms next week.

I LOVE it! it was so bad before, the wardrobes were that terrible 70's dark orangey wood and the walls were textured paper that was sort or beige and pastel coloured. Im looking for some gorgeous curtains, i haven't seen any that i love yet.

Upcycled sideboard

This sideboard was donated to us by a family member. As you can see its pretty horrid, so i decided i would paint it and perhaps decoupage the doors, My mum donated a tin of tapestry green craig and rose paint that she didn't like, And to save money i decided that i would use this it.

It took two coats of the green.

 Helped by my son.

I used the tesco cath kidson type shabby chic napkins that i used to upcycle the round table to decoupage the sliding doors. I think they worked quite well, they went translucent so showed the green paint underneath. (they are still wet here, but look better now they are dry) Let me know what you think. This upcycle must have cost around £2 and only took 4 hours (including paint drying time)

Its been a very long time.

Life has got in the way of me blogging recently. But i am back! i have a few completed a few projects over the past 8 months and will be posting them shortly. I have lots and lots to finish, But the house is coming along really well.

Monday, 10 May 2010

upcycled table

sanded and ready for a coat of white

white leggies

almost there

I decided to recover the table with some shabbychic napkins from tesco, they worked so well.

This is it varnished (also tesco satin clear varnish which goes on white and doesn't dry yellowy but clear)

Thursday, 29 April 2010

1st Very hungry caterpillar quilt

The topper middle and bottom sandwiched ready for quilting :)

the finished article!