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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ombre drawers

I've been inspired by these gorgeous ombre drawers that have been doing the blog rounds lately.

We bought this little set of drawers a few years and it has been sitting in the spare room collecting dust for ages.

I don't know what kind of wood they are made from but it gets dented and damaged so easily. I thought it could work well in Elias' room as a bedside table I used leftover paint that we used to paint his room, mixed with white gloss to make the varied shades. I'm pretty happy with the end result.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Buy our crap on ebay won't you...

We are selling some of the stockpile on ebay at the moment, including this cute vintage cane rocker that we used in Elias' nursery:

and this nice set of drawers:

and this little Fler chair:

 as well as a few other bits and pieces. Click here to visit our little ebay store if you are interested.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Preserves and channeling Martha

We've been on a bit of a budget since I left my job late last year, and that combined with trying to waste less has led me to rediscover preserve making. I feel like an such an old Lady, but I love it!

I have given away so many jars to friends, but we still have this stockpile to get through:

So far I've made quince paste and jelly, tomato and lime chutney, tomato relish, peach chutney, pickled beetroot, Japanese daikon and other veggies. We had a bumper crop in the veggie patch after a very rainy summer in Adelaide, thanks to global warming...

Our friends gave us a huge bag of oranges on the weekend, so today made orange marmalade with this recipe, Karen Martini's glace oranges, and this orange and yoghurt cake I saw on The Martha Stewart show. They all worked really well and I will definitely make that cake again, low fat and delish!