Our brand new picture wall!

So today’s post is a little different as I’m sharing a non food related post with you. WTF I hear you shout! Well yes I am sorry it’s not food related but it is a good ‘un so I hope you’ll forgive me and indulge me on this post! Anyway Let’s get back to the post, a DIY one in fact, that I’m sharing with you today. For this post we need to travel from the kitchen to our living room, home of the bright pink owl cushion and the £5 wallpaper!

We’ve had a picture wall in there since we first moved into the flat but over the last couple of years some of the frames have broken and as we’ve taken the frames off the wall to dust them or change the pictures we’ve failed to replace them correctly and so it was starting to look like a total mess. So a change was needed. We brainstormed a lot if ideas and realised we needed something that would allow us to change the photos regularly, add more photos easily and most importantly something inexpensive as we hope to move soon and need to save the pennies. With this in mind whatever we did had to be movable to the new house and ‘go’ with that decor too. Not much to ask for right?!

After some thought we settled on a washi tape frame with the sophisticated combo of paper clips and string. It sounds a bit crap right? but with the addition of photos and fairy lights I think you’ll agree that we totally nailed it! And it meets all our important criteria, huzzah!

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So what do you think, do you like it and have we inspired you to rethink your photo wall/display?

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A Kitchen DIY: Frosted Jars

Hello lovely people! We’ve got a slightly different post today, hopefully you don’t mind TOO much. 🙂

As well as being keen bakers and hopefully one day brilliant cooks (but let’s be honest that’s most definitely a work in progress!), Lau and I are also fans of crafty DIY things, which is what I wanted to share with you today. Yes I know this is a cooking, baking and eating related blog and not about crafty stuff BUT this DIY is kitchen related and involves the very things we eat all our yummy cooked food with – cutlery! Hopefully you’ll forgive this intrusions of craftiness because of the tenuous link!

Anywho, back to the DIY sharing. For the last six months or so we’ve been using three old glass jars for our utensils as they are the most perfect size for all our silverware and the old Coca Cola tin we used to use wasn’t working out. Whilst the jars are perfect in terms of size etc, they were a little VERY bland and dull, which is why last weekend we set out to improve them so that we wouldn’t be ashamed of our utensil pots – yes we were ashamed of them, we’re weird like that. Sorry!

So back to the actual DIY, it couldn’t have been simpler!

1.We washed out and dried our lidless jars
2.Then spread out the newspaper and sprayed each one with a smooth coat of etching spray, to give them all a frosted look

photo 23. Left the jars to dry for four hours
4. Stuck on the pretty shaped chalkboard labels [you might recognise the labels from our recent Kitchen Loveliness post here]. I’m really pleased with the labels, although I think my penmanship could do with some work….

And here are the finished jars in all their gorgeous frosted glory:

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Awesome right?! I for one am head over heels in love with them and find myself looking round the house wondering what other items I can frost or add stickers too. So far I’ve steered clear of our Kilners jars, but I fear it’s only a matter of time!

Happy cooking/crafting/DIYing, Fi xx