Homegrown & homemade

August 21st, 2014

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vegetables from our allotment

We’ve got an Allotment Diary with a twist today. We’re sharing what we did with some actual homegrown produce! One day last week we collected some peas, cavolo nero and lamb’s lettuce. Sounds like the start of an episode of Ready, Steady, Cook!

lettuce from our allotment

We also had some of the home-made soft cheese we blogged about last week.

cubed homemade paneer

All the essentials for a favourite dish of ours – lasagne. A bit of preparation beforehand, but then just pop in the oven for about half an hour when you decide you’re ready to eat. No last-minute running around. The perfect dish if you fancy a pre-dinner drink or have friends round and want to chat and be sociable.

uncooked lasagne made using our homemade paneer and veg from our allotment

This version has a white Béchamel sauce with the soft cheese, peas, cavolo nero, toasted pine nuts & basil – with a lambs lettuce garnish of course.

cooked lasagne made using our homemade paneer and veg & salad from our allotment

Very pretty and very delicious!

Creative Collections: Display stands

August 20th, 2014

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collection of vintage jewellery display stands

We have all kinds of collections dotted around our house – some are permanent fixtures, others just passing through. We’re not talking entire rooms dedicated to Star Wars or every beer bottle ever made. It’s more little groupings on shelves & tables. We either acquire them as a bulk purchase or pick up piece by piece over a number of years.

trio of vintage jewellery display stands trio of vintage jewellery display stands

One new installation is this fabulous group of vintage shop display stands we bought last week. Some are Art Deco, but most much earlier – Edwardian & Victorian. They are made of various metals; with chrome, brass and bronze examples.

detail of verdigris on the base of a vintage jewellery display stand

We love the variety in shape & size – and grouped together, they make a very sculptural display. They’re currently sitting on a table in the sun where the light picks up on the fabulous aged patina. Whilst we like looking at them and think they look good undecorated, we also feel they’d look amazing with either antique or contemporary jewellery. We can imagine them in a Whitby shop window bedecked in Gothic jet – or we have a nearby shop called Element who always make a great effort with their window display & staging. They would do something fabulous with brightly coloured modern resin or perspex pieces to juxtapose the vintage stands.

pair of vintage chrome jewellery display stands

The tallest stands 38cm and the shortest 8cm. Anyone interested in giving them a new life please get in touch – they’d be perfect for a shop, craft fair or market stall. We like looking at them, but we can’t keep everything and we do have to earn a living after all!

detailed view of a vintage jewellery display stand

We think these collections of objects are a great subject for a series of blogs, so there’ll be more posts to follow in the future. We’ve certainly got plenty of subject matter!

Asda Home

August 19th, 2014

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King-sized bed made with linen from Asda Home

One of life’s little pleasures is getting into a bed with freshly laundered sheets. Even better is brand new bedding from top to toe!

New bed linen & bedding from Asda Home

We’ve been meaning to have a complete bedding revamp for a while. Everything was due a change. So this week’s delivery from Asda Home was much anticipated. New duvet, new pillows, new sheets, new duvet cover… bliss!!

Vase of sunflowers and antique mannequin with new bed linen & bedding from Asda Home

We chose memory foam pillows (recommended for side-sleepers like us!), a ‘Feels Like Down’ 10.5 tog king-size duvet, Monochrome Triangles king-size duvet set and grey, cotton rich fitted sheet & pillowcases. They’re all from Asda’s own George Home range. Replacing absolutely everything on our king-size bed came in at £113.75 which is great value.

detail of a king-sized bed made with linen from Asda Home

The duvet set is quite mid century modern in style with contrasting geometric patterns of squares & triangles in shades of yellow, grey & white.

Detail of a sunflower with new bed linen & bedding from Asda Home in the background

It works perfectly in our master bedroom, picking up on other yellow highlights in the space. We love it – and have been sleeping very soundly since the update!

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Etsy List: Get your bake on!

August 18th, 2014

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'Get your bake on!' Etsy List by H is for HomeAnother year, another series of Great British Bake Off. We never get fed up of following it – we’re hooked! We’ve already got a favourite baker and decided on the one we think will win.

Mel & Sue are a great double act and there’s such a chemistry between Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

We think the people who enter the competition are very brave. The heat, the pressure and the high standards and withering looks of the judges – no thank you!

Get your bake on!
Curated by H is for Home

Locker clean up

August 17th, 2014

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Word cloud decal on a renovated storage locker

Justin picked up an old metal storage locker last week. Initially, it was going to be a case of a quick wash then off to the antiques centre. We then decided it would make a great home for all our cleaning stuff which is scattered around the house in various corners & cupboards. So it became an up-cycling project instead.

partly undercoated green locker

The weather was still gorgeous then – the perfect job for a sunny afternoon in the garden.

detail of partly undercoated green locker

The metal was primed, then painted a warm buttermilk cream colour to match other pieces in the kitchen.

top of repainted locker

We bought some clear, sticky-backed vinyl which can be printed on using a ordinary ink-jet printer. Then designed a little word cloud with appropriate housekeeping terms and ran a couple off (more of that later).

2 cleaning word clouds printed on to clear vinly labels

This was then attached to the door.

detail of word cloud on refurbished locker

The locker is tall enough for mops & brushes which is ideal. There’s space for buckets and also a shelf on which sit polishes & sprays. We have a small section of wall between the window and door to the garden. It’s exactly the width of the locker so it’s found a perfect home.

Completed refurbished cleaning storage locker

We’re very pleased with the results. If you fancy doing something similar, we printed off two copies of the word cloud. We can post the other one off. You could use it on a similar locker, a wooden box – or perhaps an existing cupboard that you have in the house. Anyone interested? Just leave a comment on the post and we’ll pick someone at random in a week or so!