Check out this amazing kitchen make-over, with a few simple steps to update what they already had – clever! I love the yellow stools.
How to turn an IKEA bookshelf into a storage bench – great idea for a playroom or family room.
Love the calm simplicity of the bedroom.
I met up with friends yesterday and one of them was wearing this cardigan – it looked fab and such a bargain for £23!
I’m really focusing on the house again now we are back and just need to zone in on where we should start… This moody dining room is fabulous for the darker days ahead.
Happy Friday readers
Wouldn’t it be fun if I could say that live and you guys could reply? Well I think I’ve found a way that we can…
Have you heard of Periscope? Its an app, owned by Twitter and available on iPhone (and Android, Phew!) where you can live broadcast. Followers can watch along or watch later, but the video is deleted after 24 hours. And while the broadcast is going on, you can interact by sending hearts – like a Facebook ‘like’, or saying hi and asking questions. I’d love to be more connected with the community around here like that and for a while now I’ve been considering doing video blog posts or vlogs, but guess what, I really don’t have time to shoot and edit a video before I even post something.
So I’m thinking this could be a really fun and efficient way of quickly sharing, hair or makeup tutorials for example, room or house tours, quick finds, and interacting with you guys too – because thats what really keeps me going doing the blog. Maybe in time I could do a few Q&A or chat type posts too. What it doesn’t work well for is people who don’t have time for whatever reason to join in to the live chats but you can always check in later and watch in the evening once work/mummying/both is done for the day. I could post links here to remind people to view?
So if this is something you’d like to see, let me know in the comments and get set up with a periscope account here. If you head on over before this evening, there might just be something for you to see on my stream
Hopefully see you on there soon! My account for Florence Finds on periscope is Rebecca_Norris by the way
PS more about Periscope in general here.
If you follow me on Instagram (you can here,) you might have seen my post this sunday sharing the Ikea Hack Pete did (I take no credit for the labour but it was totally *my* ahem, Pinterest’s) idea. Now it gets more attention than the actual kitchen does when people come to the house.
I thought this kind of thing was pretty commonplace but guess thats what you get from being a Pinterest addict as many of you asked me to share it… so here’s what we did to make Bea’s mini-kitchen.
It was pretty straight forward. Our kitchen cupboards are painted and we had some of the paint left over so they got a coat of undercoat and then 2 coats of Farrow and Ball’s Dove Tale grey. You can buy the Ikea Duktig play kitchen for £45
We have marble worktops so I found a marble effect adhesive vinyl (basically sticky backed plastic) they we used to cover the worktop, folding it around the edges and cutting in to make it smooth round the corners and under the sink and hob.
We sprayed painted the handles and tap gold (Wilko’s is my favourite for the best gold tone.) I always wanted gold hardware in our kitchen but it didn’t quite happen so I thought why not for Bea?! We are thinking about sourcing some knobs to add to the front of the kitchen above the door with the window to make an ‘oven’ for her but I haven’t got around to it yet.
Of course you could do anything with your IKEA kitchen, and this doesn’t have the upper part that you buy separately – Bea is as yet not tall enough to reach it so we though we would save it for a future birthday . I’ve seen these kitchens done in vintage style with pink cupboards and frilly gingham curtains, or putting a wood effect vinyl on (or real wood top) and adding some metro tiles to the backsplash would be awesome as a country style kitchen.
I hope it has inspired you – it was so quick and easy, and dare I say, although Bea probably doesn’t appreciate it yet, I love that it looks great in our kitchen!
PS! more inspiration here
I like this…
Well, why the hell not print, Etsy.
I’ve been trying to get my stationery supplies in order lately. I’m always sending off parcels and I like to add some personal touches that make all the difference when it arrives on the recipients doorstep!
All from UnwrapColour
This Etsy shop has a great selection of Washi tape, tags and twine and even better is in the UK – My order arrived 2 days later and I love the honeycomb tape I bought above! I thought I’d share incase you need a nudge to get supplies in!
We went to visit friends in Bristol this weekend and my friend Caroline (who has excellent taste in art,) had just bought three prints which I was really taken with. The colours were so vibrant in real life and a little quirky.
It turned out they were by a friend of hers, Hannah Carding, and available on Etsy.
Fun fact of the day: The collective noun for a group of ladybirds is a ‘loveliness’.
How’s that for a lovely start to the week?
PS I like the tea towels too…
Just a few spring buys I’ve spotted…
Petit Bateau Tres Chic tee £44
Perfect for a hint of spring but not so much you’ll look out of place now layering it for colder days.
Grey Chevron Rug, Urban Outfitters £69
Priced for style and something you wouldn’t be afraid of a baby playing on.
Tweedmill grey and neon blanket, Urban Outfitters £75
Warm, cosy and spring stylish!
Conran Salt and Pepper mill set, M&S £29.50
The stylish pair I was looking for at Christmas and failed to find.
Breathable Monkey toy TESCO £9.95
This is made from innovative mesh fabric which you can breath through, so I’ve started leaving it in the cot with Bea when she is napping for her to play with a bit before she drops off and it’s settling her really well!
I’ll ‘fess up now and admit, this isn’t the ‘Make something with your hands’ prompt I had planned to share but what d’ya know, January has whizzed by and instead of feeling it has passed me by, I’m happy to say I’ve enjoyed all of it with Bea.
This is however something I have been planning to do for ages. I’m a huge scented candle fan and often buy them or am lucky enough to receive them as presents. What always bugs me though is that last centimeter or so at the end when the wick runs out of lovely scented wax. I’d always wanted to do something with it and now I finally have. I melted down each of them and layered the wax with a fresh wick and made ⅔ of a new candle with the leftovers from just 4 other candles that would otherwise have been binned!
So, you’ll need:
- An assortment of old candles (scented or otherwise)
- Some new wicks (I bought 20 from Amazon – 10 Pre Waxed Wicks For Candle Making)
- A clean, dry container for your recycled candle
- A medium sized saucepan and a small plastic pot
- Use a knife or something sharp to scrape the candle ends out of the pots
- If you are using scented candles then you will have to melt the wax individually and layer the scents, but if it’s just old wax, then you can melt the whole lot together. This is similar to melting chocolate for cooking, so just bring a pan of water to a simmer and float your plastic pot with the old wax in it on the water until it all melts. Keep an eye on it, it’s usually quite quick, and you don’t want the pan to boil dry and melt your pot to the pan! The wax will melt clear and you’ll see the old wick floating around. Remove the wax from the heat and fish out the old wick carefully – it will be hot!
- Centre your NEW wick in the clean and ready container for your new candle – you might want to balance it against something (like this knife in the photo) to keep it centred, which is important otherwise your wax will melt unevenly as it burns. Then pour in your wax and allow to cool.
- Repeat the process for each separate candle and scent, allowing to cool between each layer.
- Finally trim your wick to about 1cm long then light and enjoy!
Of course you can also clean up the empty glasses and containers that the other candles were in (I just use hot soapy water after melting the excess and wiping them out with kitchen roll,) and use them as vases or pots around the house for pencils or make-up brushes. If you’ve got any you really love you could even buy some wax chips online and make new candles so you can keep enjoying the decorative pot.
Did you ever make candles when you were younger? I had loads of DIY craft kits for candle making – it was fun to do it again in a grown up way!
Have you made anything this January?
One of the things about starting to wean Bea is that it has made me re-evaluate my own diet. That and New Year optimism made me think I should be making more soups and when my friend Jess said she had made beetroot soup I thought I’d give it a go too, fascinated by the idea of the colour it would come out. I really enjoyed it and as they say it’s good to include a variety of different coloured vegetables in your diet, I think this will cover pink and red for a while.
Adapted from this Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe
Makes 1L soup
4 large beetroot, cut into chunks
1 clove of garlic
500ml low salt stock
1 can of plum tomatoes
1. Chop the beetroot and throw into a roasting tray with the garlic clove and some olive oil. Roast at 200 degrees for 30 minutes or until soft.
2. Dice the onion and soften with some oil in a large pan.
3. Add the beetroot and garlic, then the tomatoes and stock.
4. Simmer for ten minutes
5. Blend or blitz to a smooth consistency before storing in the fridge or serving with crumbled feta cheese on top or a dollop of creme fraiche.
Let me know if you try it! Now lets recap #JanuaryJoy so far…
So far I have done:
(Another) new recipe (for Gingerbread!)…
Talked about a few of the smaller projects I plan to tackle this month/year…
and I have embarked on learning a new skill with the Pen and Peplum #52handlettered challenge.
Erin also talked about your style updates for January (see how she’s wearing them here,) and Esme shared how she gets organised as a working mother.
Other posts from around the web:
Sarah from Glasgow Mummy set some health and fitness goals
Sian from Little Star & Me captured the memories with a round up of baby books.
How are you getting on – please do leave a link to your #januaryjoy moments (- even if they are just photo’s, it doesn’t have to be a whole blog post!) Or tell me about what has been making your January Joyful in the comments box!
Sorry. Festive pun. But I’m not sorry…
If I didn’t laugh right now I would cry, things are so unfinished in the house. I think a few people who have heard me say this have wrongly assumed it was a need for perfection that was stressing me out pre-Christmas, but in fact it’s a need for safety – we have children visiting and wires, boxes and heavy/breakable items (granite hearth propped up against a wall anyone?) everywhere wasn’t my idea of a relaxing Christmas for me, or I imagine their parents! We are so close to having the lounge finished but there will then be a gargantuan effort to tidy/clean in time for relatives arriving on Christmas eve. Then I might just curl up in a corner with Bea and let everyone get on with it!
Photography: Jemma Watts // Styling: Laura Sawyer // Styling assistant: Rosanna Johnson
Getting back to that pun… This year I decided it might be nice to DIY some crackers (because I have so much free time…) and I’m persisting with the idea dispute the chaos as it’s turning out to be keeping me sane whilst I’m stuck in with tradesmen, trawling the internet for little gifts and ideas. I was fully braced to completely DIY them after seeing a DIY featured in 91 magazine (the latest issue is out now!) and so I asked Caroline to share the stylists tips here…
Cracker Snap pulls were sourced from Ebay at £5.99, and you’ll need some toilet paper tubes. The stylist stuck a snap pull to the inside of a tube, filled the tube with presents, then wrapped the whole thing up in beautiful wrapping paper from Paperchase, and tied it off at the ends with ribbon from John Lewis.
How easy does that sound? Unfortunately in my disorganised state I hadn’t pre-collected the necessary loo-rolls and didn’t have time for snaps to arrive so I ended up with a DIY kit from M&S but I’m still happy filling them. I love that if you make your own you can label them for each individual person and gift accordingly, as well as tying them in with your table decor scheme. I’m planning on activities to keep the kids busy at the table, chocolate and treats for the ladies, with possibly a lottery ticket or something for the men. Crackers are always full of rubbish anyway, so why not fill them with stuff your family and friends will love and even tweak the jokes or motto’s into dinner games for between the courses?
Makes sure you check out the new issue of 91 magazine (there are some really great interiors and printables for Christmas in this issue,) and thanks to Caroline for sharing the crackers!