DIY Kitchen Shelf

We started this project last year, just after we got married and a year later, we’ve finally completed it. GO US!

I think my laziness may have rubbed off because he’s the ‘un-laziest’ person I know (Yes, I sometimes make up words, Calm down).

It’s so annoying though. I mean, it’s cold and rainy and all you want is to snuggle up on the couchย and do Nothing because it’s a Sunday, right? Wrong! I had to go marry the peculiarly energetic and exceptionallyย industrious fella who has to get things done ASAP or the world will end. :O

Jees Louise, those kind of people make me sick. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I kid, I kid. He’s great?! ๐Ÿ˜›

So anyway, we’re so proud of the finished product. And all we spent was โ‚ฌ10. Cool or what.

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DIY Outdoor Cat House Inspiration/Ideas

We’re building an Outdoor Cat house for our two Kitties and what better place to find Inspiration?

Eh, you guessed it,ย Pinterest…




Outdoor cat house http://www.catbedandtoy.com/outdoorcathouseHouse ExtensionOutdoor cat house.Wood pallet cat house diyCat House Plans for Outside Cats | Outdoor Cat HousesCat House by Meg Torman Designing  Macye get Jared to build your cats on of these!Here you go Bob Villa build yourself a Cedar Cat House - Condo Complex :)This one has potential. It'll need legs to keep it off the ground and the door would need to be lowered for Boomer.Free Cat House Plans - How To Build A Cat HouseOutdoor cat houses: Great Deals at zooplus!: Swedish Cat House LodgeBuilding an outdoor cat house plansPetite cabane hivernale pour nos chats , réalisé avec 3 palettes et ardoises de récupération. [symple_box color="gray" fade_in="false" float="center" text_align="left" width="100%"] Submitted by: favier mickael ! [/symple_box]Need to make this for my cat.  Could use it as a bench outside also. Cedar Outdoor Cat House Shelter  RIGHT SIDE SQUARE by ArkWorkshop, $69.95Cheap Outdoor Cat HousesInsulated cat house with heated cat house option.outdoor cat houses  | Home » Cat Furniture by TYPE » Outdoor Cat Houses » Kool Cedar Cat ...Outdoor cat houses. It might be a good way to recycle some old pallets...we have lots of wild strays around the house and this could keep them warm in the winter

The de-nailing of pallets has commenced. Phew. And now to design and build…. Photo’s to follow.

Upcycled Raised Beds

Yay. Happy me.

Growing things is something I love to do, especially when you get to reap the benefit from your hard work and patience. The summer months always bring me such joy when I see my lavender flowers blooming their beautiful purple and the dark green leaves of my tomato plants working extra hard and getting so strong and prickly. My heart skips a little beat to see the heads of our dill weed poke through the nearly over-watered soil, my poor husband is a little obsessed with the dill.

So when we moved into our new home together, I knew I’d be leaving the raised beds my dad had made me, which to be perfectly honest scared me a little. I had potted quite a few of my most beloved plants but really did hate not being able to let them set down their roots.

So finally, after 10 months of being married, it finally felt like we were home, for now. Elvis built this uber cool raised bed for me from old pallets and it’s funny how a simple gesture can make your heart sing.

Happiness is many things but to me it’s always simple…

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DIY – Water Coloured Mugs

My cool friend, Claudia, sent me this link around Christmas and I’ve been meaning to try it ever since. Amazing, right? It’s a craze that has taken the internet, one mug at a time.

If you have nail polish (or ‘find’ some lying around the house;), if you spot a white mug that looks like he needs a little cheering up, if it’s a sleepy Sunday and you just want something to do then TRY THIS. If nothing else, it’s FUN.

(I liked this tutorial the best, but of course there are dozens of them on pinterest.com.)

My obsession with creating things is nearly as outrageous as my crazy craft hoard in the spare room. From ribbons to material to feathers found on the beach to dried flowers (from nearly 10 years ago). So of course I had a plain white mug in there. I also found teacups and saucers that I had thrifted from a charity shop before our wedding and thought I’d give them a go too.

Just a few tips if you do try this:

  1. It can get a little messy, so make sure you have nail polish remover. (It helps if you’re clumsy like me)
  2. Work fast. Once the nail polish is in the water, it dries quite quickly (I learnt through trial and error)
  3. Metallic Nail Polish = not so good. I tried it and it was the fasted drying and impossibly sticky
  4. Do one Mug/teacup at a time.
  5. Open the windows
  6. Have โ™ฅFUNโ™ฅ

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Mistakes happen and using more than one colour can be difficult. I’d recommend using one colour to start off with.

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Let me know how you get on. I’d love to see your creations.

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