Friday, 30 January 2015

Nail Polish Holder - DIY

How do you store your nail polish?

Do you store them like me and in a draw on their sides?

Yes I'm sorry to say but that's how I use to store them as I didn't have anywhere else to put them.

Well after seeing a few ideas on Pinterest I decided to give my nail polishes a proper home.

This nail polish holder was really simple to make and only took a weekend to rig up. 

I'll share with you how. 

All you need is: 

- an old spice rack (I found mine at the local Salvos store for only $10) 
- sandpaper 
- paint in the colour of your choice (I bought white which I found for $2 at Bunnings in the rejects)
- washi tape 
- a stencil, paints and paintbrushes 

First off you need to give the spice rack a light sand and then a wipe down to get rid of any excess dust and dirt. 

Next give the rack a coat of paint in your colour of choice and allow to dry. Once dry do a second coat to finish it off, then allow to dry.  

Once fully dry, draw or use a stencil of the design you would like down the sides. I went for a wattle design as it was simple to trace on and paint. 

 I did 2 coats of the colours (I used acrylic paints) allowing drying time in-between each coat. 

Once dry add your details across the front panels, I used washi tape as I'm not a confident free-hand drawer plus I can always peel it off and change the design. 

Now introduce your nail polishes to their new home, I also put my perfumes on the top rack to help clear up more space on my dressing table. 

That's it, so easy to do and it looks great. 

Let me know what you think and if you make one send me a picture I'd love to see it. 

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Monday, 19 January 2015

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

Are you waiting till the time is right?

Are you waiting for the right excuse?

Don't you want to spread your wings and fly?

What are you waiting for?

What's stopping you from starting?

It's fear damn it!!!!!

That pesky, annoying little guy called fear!!!

Well fear - shove off. I'm not letting you stop me any more.

I want to achieve, I want to try, I want to live. You ain't stopping me again.

I'm going to give it my all and I don't care if I fail cause I at least I tried.

I'm going to create this book, I'm going to start the journey.

So bugger off fear as I'm coming through and I'm going to show you what I'm made of.

So what are you waiting for?

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Never Fail Scones

When I was growing up my mother would try and make scones, but no matter what type of recipe she used (and she used many) they always seemed to fail. They were that bad us kids use to joke that you could de-rail train with them or put a hole in the wall, cause they were rock hard.

It wasn't till I was in high school in the late 90s that someone gave her a recipe entitled "Never Fail Scones". Mum laughed at that and thought "I'll prove it wrong" - well she was proven wrong, they worked. The scones were so light and fluffy and no way could they have de-railed a train.

When I got married back in 2008 she passed the recipe onto me and now I'm going to pass the recipe on to you.

Never Fail Scones

5 cups of self-raising flour - sifted
375ml can of lemonade (not diet as they will fail if you use diet)
300ml carton of cream

Combine all the ingredients together and mix until you have a kneadable dough - you don't want it too sticky but don't overwork it too much.

Once the dough is ready, roll out it out using a rolling pin until the dough is about 2cm think (depending on the size you would like your scones). Cut out using a small/medium rounded cookie cutter (you get about 30 or so scones depending on how big/thick you make them).

Place on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and cook in a moderate oven (I cooked mine in a 160°C fan forced oven) for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool slightly (they are delicious still a tad warm) and serve with tea, homemade strawberry jam and cream.

Enjoy with friends and family - or just by yourself.

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Sunday, 4 January 2015

2015 the year ahead and 2014 the year behind

Happy 2015 everyone!!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break.

2015 is a new year with new ideas, new goals and new days ahead.

2014 was the year of discovery, I discovered so much not only about myself but about those around me. I discovered how much my heart can handle, how much people really care about me, how much pain I can tolerate, how much my relationship with MJ can handle and I started to discover who I really am underneath it all.

I did achieve some of my goals for last year but I also fell short of some too, but that's okay.

For 2015 I've decided my phrase for the year will be "push through the fear". I need to start pushing through the fears that I have and start living outside my tiny little box.

I'm going to start working towards 2 projects this year I've always wanted to do, a cookbook and a photo book. It will help push my boundaries a bit and help me be more creative.

I have still made my usual list of things I'd like to work towards:

- I want to continue focusing on my relationship with MJ and not take life's stresses out on him.
- Continue building on my relationship with God.
- Continue to work on my mental and physical health (I've come so far in the last 2 years).
- Keep learning about myself and what makes me tick.
- Eat more seasonal.
- Read more.
- Continue working on my blog.
- Create more memories with my nephews and niece.
- Let go of anger.
- Let go of control.
- Love more.
- Continue to be creative.
- Live in the moment.
- Slow down my thoughts.
- Work towards my cookbook and photo book.
- Release my fear of what I'm capable of and take more chances.
- Laugh more.
- Journal my thoughts more.
- Live.

So let's celebrate the year that was and the year that will be, 2015 where will you take us?

Do you make resolutions, goals, words etc? What would you like to achieve this year?

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