Thursday, January 29, 2015

Back To White...

Hello there!

                                                                                     


                                                                                 

Well today marks our first official back-to-reality day here...aka - back to school!! I'm always a little conflicted on these days. Yes, the kiddos are definitely ready to get back there to meet up with friends and kick those spongey little brains back into gear...and yes, mummy's head may need a small break from all the NOISE of the last 6 weeks...but on the other hand it's so nice having them around (did I say that?! ;)) ) and so good to just laze about together and make up plans for the day on the day etc etc...

Anyhoo...

What am I doing with myself now you may (though I'm pretty sure you are not) ask??

Well painting...of course!!!

                                                                                   

Actually I haven't let something as small and insignificant as Xmas and summer holidays interfere with any plans I may or may not have had. The painting bug seems to just strike at any old time for me and when it does it's pretty useless (just ask Mr WF) to try and stop it. Just give in and paint is my motto.

Latest project being this little desk/table call-it-what-you-may that has been living in our hallway for probably a few years now in the exact state we bought it in, from a junk shop, Now I love the shabby distressed old and chippy look as much as the next chick however this was kind of bordering on just plain stressed and shabby. I could never quite decide what exactly to do with it. I finally took the plunge and decided to just strip it right back to timber..however that kind of proved trickier than first thought. So it sat for a bit longer, neglected and embarrassed in the hall until I made the second decision to paint it black. After about 5 minutes I made a swift third and final decision to just wipe the slate clean, grab a tin of trusty WHITE paint from the shed and paint it the damn colour I should have done years ago!!!

                                                                                 

Aaaaahhhh......So.Much.Better. Just needing a pair of handles...thinking shell and painted white to blend right in and keep it all clean looking...

Not sure she will continue living her days out in the hallway...I'm on the hunt for a bigger piece of furniure for in here...probs timber..probs of asian origin..but for now this is doing nicely...

                                                                                 

Next up on my painting chopping block is a set of drawers,..also going the white way...after painting them a charcoal colour only about..ahem..a month or so ago...ahem...

Anyone else on a painting rampage?? Repainting objects that still pretty much have the smell of fresh paint from the last colour you splashed on them???

                                                                                 

Enjoy the rest of your week folks

See you soon...


                                                          Janelle xx

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Easy Caramel Slice.....

Good afternoon out there!! We are enjoying a kind-of lazy Sunday at home today...aaanndd doing a spot of baking so I figured why not share one of our recipes with you guys...

This is a quick and easy no-bake slice my kids LOVE...of course!!...it's a slice...it's a caramel slice...what's not to love for heavens sake!!?!

                                                                                       

                                                                             

My eleven year old daughter whipped this up...icing and all...it may not have made THE prettiest pics but I absolutely love that she's experimenting and enjoying playing in the kitchen lately...a fab life skill not to mention really handy to live with!!

Ok...on with the important business...

                                                                                   

                                                                   Caramel Slice

Ingredients

1 packet Marie Biscuits -crushed
3 tablspns condensed milk
4oz butter - chopped
2 tablspn brown sugar
1 tablspn golden syrup

Method

1. Throw all ingredients MINUS the biscuits into a large-ish saucepan and stir over a low heat until everything is all melted together. But don't let it boil. (gettin bossy!!?!!)

2. Take mixture off the heat and toss in the crushed biscuits...stir through.

3. Scoop and press the mixture into a lined slice tray. Pop in the fridge to cool.

4. Once cool spread vanilla icing on top. We added 1 teaspoon of custard powder to the icing for a little extra something (not sure what that something actually is but it tastes really good!?)

5. Pop your iced slice back into the fridge until all is set then pull out..cut into pieces..and ENJOY!!!

                                                                               

As usual would love to hear if you try this...

There are now chocolate banana muffins being whipped up in the kitchen as I tap away here...mmmmm...smelling goooood too!!

                                                                                 

Have a fab week lovelies...I'm hoping to pop back in here later in the week with a few finished painting projects...

See ya soon.....

                                                              Janelle xx




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year Scores......

Good morning out there!!

And belated Happy New Year?!!! Let's make 2015 FUN yes? Yes!!!

So...I thought what better way to start the year than with a little show and tell sesh of my brand spankin new second hand used purchases...hhmmm.....

                                                                               

You like?? Personally I love!! And I will love them even more when I find a permanent home for them...and some sticks or flowers or something to plop in the vase, vessel thingy.

                                                                                   

I stumbled across these lovelies whilst on a family outing last week. A family outing which just so happened to cruise right past the front of a little old country second hand store. Funny that ;))

Now let's have a little chat about this cowhide shall we.....
                                                                                     


And the fact that it was love at first sight!! I have been secretly lusting after a cowhide floor rug for quite awhile now...one under our dining table would look pretty darn fabulous I believe...however in reality, well our reality anyway, it just wouldn't be feasible considering the cost of them and the fact that it would be filthy with tomatoe sauce and squished peas within a week and would drive me CRAZY!!! Sooooo.... back to my teeny tiny floor rug as I like to see it...it's the perfect solution I think. It can be plopped all about the house for me to admire and not a squished pea or blob of sauce gets near it...just wishing I had've picked up a few more to bring home with me. Think I can feel another family outing coming on soon.....

                                                                             


Ok...I'm off to play on a yoga mat...then play in the kitchen...then hopefully get some play in with my knitting needles...

It is the holidays after all.....

Have a great day peeps!!!


                                                                            Janelle  xx                                                                              

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Xmas Greetings.....

Hey there!
Just had to pop in here quickly this evening to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas....

                                                                               


And of course the happiest of New Years too!!!

                                                                               



Any plans?? I plan on lots of reading...relaxing...and beaching...

                                                                                 


And hopefully a little bit of blogging too!! Thanks for visiting me here...I love it...and plan on inviting you more next year!!

                                                                                   


So here's cheers....and keeping it merry....

Best wishes guys............



                                                                                        Janelle xx                                                                        

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Baking Kick Off

Hey there! Well we are in our second day of December...that being our second day of Summer down here...and that being 23 or so days until Christmas...eeekkkk!!!!!

                                                                               

I am feeling a tad eeekkish this year...actually I tend to at this time every year...who am I kidding...I was thoughtless enough to have given birth to a gorgeous girl in December almost 7 years ago...now that gorgeous girl of course wants to enjoy her day and have parties etc at this very busy time!!

                                                                             


We usually hold off until after her big day before putting up the Xmas decorations and tree...however I did start the Xmas baking yesterday.....

                                                                                   

Which will be fully consumed within the next few days...I love baking at Xmas time...extra trimmings and fun to be had!!

                                                                               


Have you started any Christmas baking yet? Would love to hear what you have been whipping up in your Xmassy kitchen!!!

                                                                                 

Have a fab day folks...I'll pop back sometime with this very easy very tasty biscuit recipe....

Happy Baking....



                                               Janelle xx                                                                                

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Return to Blogging.......

Hello hello hello!!!

My goodness, I feel like I haven't blogged in so long....probably because I haven't?!

                                                                                   

Not sure why I gave myself a little/large blog break...I think a combo of just needing it and I've also been having way too much loads of fun over on my instagram account...I am awhitefarm over there too...if you aren't following along I would LOVE to see you over there too!! I must say though, as far as picture posting and just plain old ranting and raving nothing compares to having one's own little place in the blogging world!!

                                                                               

I have heaps to pop on and share here with you guys....projects - just seem to keep starting more and more new things, anyone else like that??!!....baking - of course!....and just a bit of life in general really - I love stalking hearing/seeing what other mums/creatives/women/anyone really are getting up to...don't you?!! So inspiring and just, well, interesting!!

                                                                                     

                                                                                   
So on that note...here's a couple of little impulse purchases I made recently...a cane type ball thingy which I think can be hung up...is possibly meant to be a Christmas decoration...but which I just liked and thought could work somewhere in the house!! The other is a candle which really, I just picked up because I loved the colour and style of the bottle but bonus!!...smells delicious too!!! Always a good thing when lighting a scented candle??!!

                                                                               

I hope you are enjoying the first part of your week...busy busy busy time of the year yes??!

See you around again SOON.....so good to be back!!!!!!!



                                                              Janelle  xx


Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's Raining Wall Stickers.....

Well Hello Sunday!!

                                                                               
                                                               

I'm about to go out and play in the sunshine with the fam but wanted to quickly share a few pics of my little diy project from yesterday. Actually diy is abit of a stretch...I pretty much ordered some stickers awhile back then yesterday finally got around to sticking them up on the wall.

                                                                               

And. I. love.

                                                                                 

I know wall stickers have been about for ages and we even have a couple already up on walls but since becoming a self proclaimed Instagram addict I just keep seeing fabulous rooms, especially children's, using these easy-as decorating decals all over the place...

                                                                                 

These stickers come from Wall Effect ...check them out, Jacki is also on Instagram (WALL_EFFECT) with loads of gorgeous inspiration for adding some fun to your home......

                                                                                 

I think these look perfect in the kids' bathroom...husband gave me an odd look when he walked in and found me up on a stool sticking raindrops onto the wall, but the children love them...as does their mum....

                                                                               

Ok...I am out of here to catch some sunshine...and maybe plant a flower or two.....


Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks....

Catcha next week......



                                                Janelle  xx

ps.....no sponsoring happening here...just a whole lotta love :))