Vintage seaside desk

Finally finished the desk for Lexies room yay!

I’m happy with how it turned out – it’s the first one I have ever done.

I have to say I am really enjoying being more creative and revamping old furniture.  Dare I go as far to say that it’s even more fun than going shopping….

Here is the desk I started off with – I got it free off freecycle.org

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I got my lovely assistant Gavin to sand it down for me and take off the handles on the drawers

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I primed the desk and drawers and let them dry completely. Then I  painted the main body of the desk with white gloss. I ended up giving it 3 coats! I used a paint brush rather than a roller so it gave it more of a beach shack look.

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I also gave the drawers one coat of white gloss. Then two coats of dulux feather boar.  Again I used a paint brush to give it a bit more texture

I bought some chrome fish handles from Bunnings to add to the seaside theme!

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Here it is looking pretty cool with the op shop mirror I picked up on my travels

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It’s great to see the room finally taking shape 🙂

Chicken Filo Parcel

I love it when I create something so delicious just by using up what I have in the fridge.

This happened today. I lifted a bag of meat out of the freezer – I couldn’t tell what it was so we were in for a pot luck dinner! It turned out to be chicken breasts.

I had some left over salad from last nights dinner. So I just topped up what I already had which was lettuce, cucumber, cabbage,  beetroot, tomato, lamb sausage chopped up, celery, baby sweetcorn, avocado, snow peas, green beans, carrot and dried noodles

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To make the chicken parcels I used:

2 chicken breasts chopped up into quite small pieces
1 onion chopped very finely
2 garlic cloves chopped very finely
1 grated carrot
1 celery stick chopped very finely
1/2 cup of frozen sweetcorn
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
1 chicken stock cube
1/4 cup of water
1 pack ready made filo pastry
Melted butter

Put a little butter in a frying pan and fry the chicken til its just starting to go brown.  Remove from the pan.
In the same pan cook the garlic and onions til they are soft. Then add the carrot and celery and fry for a few minutes.

Add the chicken and mustard, stir well. Add the stock cube and water and stir til water starts to bubble.

Add sweetcorn and peas and leave to simmer for about 20 mins.

Turn off heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Take five sheets of the filo pastry and brush with butter. Cut the pastry in half horizontally and put a few spoonfuls of the chicken mixture in each half.

Take one half and roll the pastry over the mixture tucking the ends underneath the parcel. Brush with butter and place on a greased baking tray.

Repeat with the other half and the rest of the pastry and mixture.

I managed to make eight parcels.

Place them in a 200 degrees oven for about 20 mins until they are crisp and golden.

I served mine with the salad and some branston pickle yum yum yum

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Winter Wonderland Party

Tillie turned 7 back in August but we were in Victoria so she didn’t actually get her party til September!

A request was made for a Winter Wonderland Party with snow! Hmmm we live in Queensland where it never snows plus by September the temps are reaching up to 30 degrees Celsius. It was a huge ask …..but I reckon I managed to pull it off….

First off were the invitations. I decided to let Tillie get creative and make her own. We just used card, glitter, sequins and some jewelled stick on snowflakes that I managed to find. Did I mention it was September and no Christmas/winter stuff was out in the shops yet!

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They actually turned out really pretty and Tillie was very pleased with them

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Next up decorations, I knew I would have to make most of my own, and so I resorted to those good old paper snowflakes! Did you used to make them at school? I have to admit I forgot how to do them ( I forget every year and have to ask google!)

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Whats even better about these is that you can just let the kids do them (do you see a bit of a pattern unfolding!)
Paper, scissors, glitter and glue …voila

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I also made some beaded snowflakes which I LOVE – they are so easy to make and look beautiful. You can buy the wire frame from craft stores or ebay and you just add your own beads – use some pliers to turn in the ends and make a loop to hang them up

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They looked lovely next to the crochet snowflakes I made. I stumbled upon these snowflake lanterns at Bunnings so I bought them all!! And I had a couple of small Xmas trees in the garage that were perfect for the table

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Of course the party just had to be fancy dress and each of my daughters had very elaborate ideas for their costumes. Its very cute that they have so much faith in me and my sewing skills. We decided on the Snow Queen for Tillie, Snow Tinkerbell for Lexie, Abby Bominable for Lottie, a snow ballerina for Bea and Jack Frost for Tommie.

Bea’s was pretty easy as I had Lexie’s bridesmaid dress which was white and sparkly – perfect.

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I crocheted a little snowflake crown to go with it

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For Lexie I kind of made it up as I went along! I bought some green poplin on special for $3.99 at Spotlight and some fake fur which I got 30% off due to some dirty marks on it. I bought enough for Lexie and Lottie’s costume and it was $6.

I basically wrapped the material round Lexie and cut it so that it fit comfortably round her hips, I folded the material in half and sewed it to make a tube. Then I made an elasticated waist band at the top ( I read various blogs online to see how to do this) I cut zigzags round the bottom with some pinking shears. For the cape I literally drew the shape onto some material, cut it out and stitched on strips of fur. I think it turned out rather good ( just dont look closely at the hems)

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Now for Abby Bominable! I managed to find some fabric in Spotlight that pretty much matched the dress on the doll

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I did the same as with Lexie but sewed the fur round the top and bottom. Then I made some cuffs and anklets with the rest of the fur

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For the birthday girl I showed her many many pics and ideas but non were good enough – finally we came across a picture of one she liked and thankfully it was soooo easy to make. I bought purple poplin, snowflake voile and white tulle from spotlight

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I measured some elastic around Tillies bust then sewed it together on the sewing machine. I cut the fabric into strips about 3 inches wide and 60cms long then I tied the strips around the fabric

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I also made her a crown using purple wire and beads. I measured round Tillies head with the wire and cut it at the right length. Then I threaded beads on and tied the ends of the wire with pliers to secure. I got more strips of wire and bent them to create points and curls then I attached them to the base of the crown using my pliers. I added a bead to the top of each point and a snowflake charm to each curl
Here is a close up so you can see what I did

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I actually enjoyed making the costumes and the hard work was all worth it when I saw how happy the children were

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For the food I made snow globe cookies

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I melted a packet of white chocolate melts in the microwave. Then I dipped oreos into the chocolate (I used a whole pack) I left them to set then decorated with icing pens. To finish I sprinkled with edible glitter. I let the kids decorate some too. These biscuits were a big hit everyone commented on them and there were non left at the end!

For the cupcakes I made ice cream cone cupcakes. Thinking about it they would have been more fun at a summer party but we had fun making them so that’s all that matters.

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Again these were simple to make I used my fool proof cupcake recipe which is
4 oz self raising flour
4 oz castor sugar
4 oz butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence

Cream the butter and sugar til light and fluffy, add the eggs and vanilla then beat til combined, finally fold in the flour. Spoon mixture into ice cream cones and bake at 200 degrees celsius for about 20 mins

I cheated and bought ready made icing – piped it onto the cooled cup cakes and added sprinkles. Just one tip for you these cupcakes fall over really easily so carry carefully!

I attempted to make cake pops. Its the first time I’ve ever made them. They cracked and I forgot to keep them in the fridge so the chocolate melted and the cakes fell off the pops. But they tasted good lol!

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I ordered purple lollipops from the The Little Big Company they looked great on the table

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For a savoury snack I made meatballs and pasties

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I also had a milo bar with marshmallows choc chips, candy canes and sprinkles to put on top of the whipped cream

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I got the cute little chalk boards off ebay and I will be able to use them at future party’s

For entertainment we played the penguin shuffle – the Daddy penguin had to shuffle carrying their egg (a balloon) to their partner – the Mummy penguin – then race back to the finish line

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We played pin the nose on Frosty. I cut up old sheets and just glued the fabric on, I printed off some carrot noses and laminated them then put double sided sticky tape on. If I was to do it again I would make the main nose out of fabric as the kids could feel the laminated nose and cheated! Oh and I also wouldn’t glue it to the floor either!

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I made snowflake cookies and put them out on a table with some icing so the kids could decorate their own

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I found some make your own xmas decorations in the garage – perfect another activity table sorted just add glitter and glue!

We had a make your own snowman table

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Skewer sticks, marshmallows, icing pens and mini oreos

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The activity tables were very popular

For the finale we played musical snowmen. I played Let it snow on the ipod and whilst the kids were dancing Gavin secretly switched on the snow machine

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I know I know a bit extravagant but soooo worth it to see the children’s faces and I will use it again at Christmas. ..every year…for ever!

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Finally was the cake. I made four batches of the recipe I used for the cupcakes in separate bowls. Then I coloured each one a different shade of purple

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I poured them one at a time in to a large round cake tin – I think it was a 24cm. Then I got a scewer and made a marble effect in the mixture

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I made a smaller plain cake to go on top.

I iced both cakes in white butter cream. I cut out a hole in the top cake and filled it with blue jelly. I made a polar bear out of fondant which I have never done before

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He sat on the top of the cake holding his fishing rod (tooth pick and string)

Last minute Spotlight got some Christmas stock in yay! So I managed to buy some sugar santa’s, snowflakes,reindeer and snowmen to stick on. I stuck a purple lollipop on either side and it was finished

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I didn’t manage to get any pics of the party bags but I just let Tillie decorate some plain white paper bags. I filled them with Christmas themed erasers and pencils and the girls all got a crochet bracelet which I made from all of these tiny hearts

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Are you wondering what happened to Jack Frost???

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He had lots of fun that’s for sure!!

I was so happy with the party – it was a lot of hard work but my beautiful daughter is worth it

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Love you Tillie xxx

Hand Made Gifts

Part of my aim for this year was to make as many things as possible at home.  I am fed up of spending so much money on clothes, food, gifts and decorations.

I am really starting to challenge myself! Some days I think it’s just too hard and I really have to give myself a good talking to.

Lottie’s teacher is leaving today as she is about to have a baby. Instead of going to the “big shops” as I call them, I decided to make all of the gifts myself and I am really pleased with how they turned out

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By making the gifts I not only saved heaps of money but I also think it made them more special. It also gave me a chance to involve Lottie – we made the teachers gift together

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We made lemon myrtle sugar scrub..

To start you need:
A glass jar
Sugar (any kind brown,white, raw)
Oil ( I used olive oil)
Essential oil (optional)
Bits and bobs to decorate

This is so easy to make and are adorable gifts.  All you do is put the sugar in a bowl ( I used 2 cups)

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Then add your oil (I used 3/4 cup)
Give it a good stir…

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Once its all combined add a few drops of essential oil and give it another good stir. We used lemon myrtle and it smelt devine!

Fill the jar with the mixture. Then get creative and make a label.  I had some scraps of pretty paper so I drew a label free hand then made a smaller label in white card. I stuck it onto the pretty paper then laminated it.  As I didn’t have any string I crocheted one! Then I threaded it through the label and tied round the jar ….. voila

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On top I placed a hand made crochet shower puff – easy to make and so pretty. I sell them on my Facebook page

For baby I made some little Mary Janes I used cotton as it’s coming up to summer here in Queensland. To make them I followed this pattern

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I also made a cute little tiara by following this pattern

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And finally some little scratch mittens using this pattern

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I didn’t use elastic as advised in the pattern. Instead I made a crochet cord and threaded it through the single crochet round.

For wrapping we used tissue paper and string (we ran out of sticky tape). I also made some bunting by cutting baby themed scrap book paper into triangles.  I just sewed them together on the sewing machine – so simple but effective.

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Miss Briggs loved her presents and what’s more so did Lottie. She was very happy with herself for being able to make her very own gift.

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Bathroom Update

Well the reality of renovating has now kicked in – today I am a little bit (well actually a lot) over it!

The electrics in one end of the kitchen are goosed so we now have to get the house re wired which means I have to wait even longer for my new sofa and bed

I am having to use the gas oven instead of a kettle ( which I secretly like – very vintage!)

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Gav has had to go back to work leaving the bathroom half done and I get to live with it that way for the next two weeks.  When he comes home he has three days to finish it before Tillies birthday party, when all the parents of her friends will be coming to our house for the first time. …

Gav has done an amazing job so far – I love the sink – its from Early Settler. The taps cost more than the sink but I fell in love with them and HAD to have them.

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He has managed to semi lay the lino which we got from Bunnings. I love lino its easy to clean and is great when you have children like mine who think bath time is party time.

After much persuasion from me, he started the tiling round the bath.   Originally I wanted the small rectangle tiles – this is how ever Gavin’s first attempt at tiling so we “agreed” (eventually) on the larger rectangle tiles. Now they are up I really like them, we will also be having a black border round the top

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As you can see there is still a lot left to do. I need to order the new trombone tap set from Early Settler, annoyingly they don’t seem to ever have anything in stock at the store.

On the bottom half of the walls will be vjs and around the top will be painted.  I am trying to decide on a colour. The bathroom is a very sunny room, also where we live it’s only winter for two months of the year, so I want a colour that is fresh and clean with out being cold.

When we took off some of the plaster board it revealed a kind of grey colour paint so I used this as my inspiration

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Im currently leaning towards the bottom one which is duck egg blue which is quite funny as I liked that the least when I bought the samples! I think the middle colour will be too dark, the top colour is also nice but I’m not sure if it’s a bit too blue.

So currently I am busy looking at blinds, cupboard handles, bath mats (I would like to crochet one) shower curtains light fittings etc etc….

Bathroom Update

Well the reality of renovating has now kicked in – today I am a little bit (well actually a lot) over it!

The electrics in one end of the kitchen are goosed so we now have to get the house re wired which means I have to wait even longer for my new sofa and bed

I am having to use the gas oven instead of a kettle ( which I secretly like – very vintage!)

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Gav has had to go back to work leaving the bathroom half done and I get to live with it that way for the next two weeks.  When he comes home he has three days to finish it before Tillies birthday party, when all the parents of her friends will be coming to our house for the first time. …

Gav has done an amazing job so far – I love the sink – its from Early Settler. The taps cost more than the sink but I fell in love with them and HAD to have them.

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He has managed to semi lay the lino which we got from Bunnings. I love lino its easy to clean and is great when you have children like mine who think bath time is party time.

After much persuasion from me, he started the tiling round the bath.   Originally I wanted the small rectangle tiles – this is how ever Gavin’s first attempt at tiling so we “agreed” (eventually) on the larger rectangle tiles. Now they are up I really like them, we will also be having a black border round the top

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As you can see there is still a lot left to do. I need to order the new trombone tap set from Early Settler, annoyingly they don’t seem to ever have anything in stock at the store.

On the bottom half of the walls will be vjs and around the top will be painted.  I am trying to decide on a colour. The bathroom is a very sunny room, also where we live it’s only winter for two months of the year, so I want a colour that is fresh and clean with out being cold.

When we took off some of the plaster board it revealed a kind of grey colour paint so I used this as my inspiration

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Im currently leaning towards the bottom one which is duck egg blue which is quite funny as I liked that the least when I bought the samples! I think the middle colour will be too dark, the top colour is also nice but I’m not sure if it’s a bit too blue.

So currently I am busy looking at blinds, cupboard handles, bath mats (I would like to crochet one) shower curtains light fittings etc etc….

A new addition

We have a new family member here at Cinnamon Cottage – our little puppy Teddie

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He is four months old and a border collie x kelpie. Teddie is such a lovely boy our other dog Storm is very happy to have a little friend

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Teddie isn’t keen on going for walks just yet he prefers to sit and have cuddles! As you can imagine he gets lots of those from the Morrison children

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