Thursday, April 17, 2014

A black and white spruce up......

Good evening! How are we this Easter Thursday? We are just cruising along nicely here...finally settling into school holiday mode...just to return back to reality mode next week...hhmmmm....
Ok so I have some show and tell to share...some black and white show and tell...yep, really taking a risk and breaking new ground here...?!?....

                                                                               


I received these delicious cushion covers this week from the very lovely Megan of Bungalow Living. After reading of my desperate desire to add to my already healthy cushion collection over on instagram  Megan kindly offered to help me out of my "dilemma"....

                                                                                   

                                                                               


And how perfectly do they fit in here?? I mean look...there's even polkadots involved.....mmmmmm.....

                                                                                   


And moving onto other rooms in the house....we as in I and only I are in the process of giving a little spruce up to our son's bedroom...that's pretty much me buying more bedlinen and going craft crazy...kind of....

                                                                                   


We are bravely and slowly creeping into new territory here, moving a little away from all the blues and reds and incorporating a few different colours to mix things up a bit for me him...starting with another Cotton On Kids doona cover and a pillow case I whipped up to match...chevron on one side...skeletons on the other...keeping us both happy here. I also hung up some bunting I'd made and have a few other bits and bobs to hang about the place to....soon...did someone mention pom poms?????

                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                    I love changing things up around the place and really...it can't get much quicker and easier than stuffing a doona into a new cover and tossing a few new cushions about to get an effective change with not much time or $$$$ involved....

                                                                                   


And that is that from me tonight....

I hope you enjoy your Easter break.....

And for goodness sakes make the most of all that chocolate out there....


                                                                     Janelle  xx
                                                                                         




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies....again......

Hey there! Happy Sunday!! Thought I'd pop in here quickly this arvo to share an all time favourite recipe with you. So favourite in fact that I believe I may already have shared it on here before but as I've had a few new requests over on instagram for this (awhitefarm over there...pop on over....!!) I figured hey..why not live dangerously on this fine Sunday and share it a.g.a.i.n!!?

                                                                                   

Yep...we have a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe...woo hoo I say!

                                                                                 


Seriously, I think I could just about write my own choc chip cookie recipe book...love these recipes SO much!! And any new ones...please feel free to throw my way!?!
Ok...on with the business....

                                                     Chocolate Chip Cookies                                                

Ingredients

115 grams butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar - I use blitzed up raw sugar - you use what you please
1 egg
splosh of vanilla
1 3/4 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1/4 cup milk
Choc-chips or choc-melts...however many you feel is necessary.....

Method  

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees

2. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until pale and creamy.

3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again until they are well mixed in.

4. Now sift and stir in your flour, milk and choc bits.

5. Blob mixture (a big teaspoon size?) onto greased baking trays.

6. Throw in the oven for approx 12 minutes. Maybe check after 10.

7. Allow to cook on the trays for a few minutes before eating them transferring them to their cooling rack.

Done!

                                                                                           

Now you just need to pour yourself a big tall glass of milk or a steaming mug of coffee/tea/whatever floats your boat and tuck into these little beauties....

                                                                                           

They have a lovely cakey kind of texture even though they are a biscuit but that's just win/win in my books...cake AND cookie at the same time...Hello!!!

                                                                                   


I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend...we have another week left of school holidays.....rather pleased about that one....

See you soon.....


                                             Janelle  xx                          

Friday, April 11, 2014

Project Pillow.....

Hello there! Well this week has kind of flown by hasn't it?! We've had a mix of school holiday activities, playdates and slobbing about the house. The last one is personally my favourite. So, I've kept my crafty hat on this past week too which was directed into the pillowcase arena with the arrival of some new bedding for the kiddos via Cotton On Kids. There has been quite the frenzy surrounding this release and I appear to have been lucky to get anything at all as a lot has already sold out. I decided to forego banging any pillowcases into my cart as I've been stashing away some cute fabric with this project in mind for awhile now. I've only just started but here's a little peek at one I finished for my daughter.....

                                                                                 

And yes...it IS rather bright.....

                                                                                     

But this child is definitely a rainbow kind of girl so really..the brighter the better in here!

                                                                                 

                                                                                 
She chose this quilt cover herself...her favourite colour is orange...I love the pink and orange together in the pillowcase fabric...and the contrast of the green blanket stitch is really pretty I think.....

                                                                                 

The next step in this room involves a new bed. Well, a new bed that has been dragged out from the back of a very generous friend's shed who has kindly donated it to us all in the name of good taste and style!!?! It's a gorgeous iron bed which we will paint up in a lovely bright colour just to add a little bit MORE colour into this rainbow cave...now, what colour......hhmmmm....

                                                                                   


Ok...that's it from me for this fine Friday...what's the plans for the weekend people?? I think a little more slobbing sounds a fantastic idea don't you?? Actually I wouldn't mind a bit of slobbing about with a good book and a pile of knitting in this bed.... it's looking way too cosy here.....

                                                                                   


Happy weekend folks....

                                                                                 

                                                                                       
...........


                                                                                        Janelle  xx
                                                                                                                                         

Friday, April 4, 2014

A weekly round-up......

Well Hello and a big fat Happy Friday to you!! Have you had a fun and fabulous week?? I wouldn't say mine was anything extraordinary but it was rather good...and as I sit here tappity tap tapping away we are officially in school holiday mode...for 2 whole weeks...woo hoo!! Well, at least it will be Woo Hoo in a few days time...always seems to take us a good 1/2 week at least to find our holiday groove but once we do...there's no stopping us!!
Right...so...I thought I'd share a little of what I've been up to this past week...totally digging my knitting, craft and DIY lately...loving it. I whipped up this funky little cushion cover...so quick, so easy, yet kind of effective I reckon? Plain old stocking stitch on the front and a moss stitch happening on the back....I completely winged the cross (can you tell....ahem...) I didn't want to try and centre it way too lazy and impatient for that so thought I'd just kind of dump it randomly somewhere...it did end up bigger than I thought but I think it still works ok.....

                                                                                 

                                                                                     

Previous project is getting a good rotation around the house...started in the living room and has slowly made it's way up to the bedroom.....am already planning my next one...obviously we need more!!

                                                                                 
                                                                                 

I tottered off to the hardware store earlier in the week and bought myself some sisal rope...thought it could make the perfect pick-me-up for an old p.l.a.i.n. as plain lamp base...of course I ran out of rope with only about a centimetre or two left to go but that's ok...I went and bought more...finished her off...and now have enough leftover rope to go gluegun crazy on a few other items laying about the house. This now just needs a new shade...I'm thinking black...maybe....

                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                    And we'll now finish with my very fave purchase of the week....my black and white Tarjay rug...love love love it....as I'm sure the husb will too once his eyes adjust...claims it's making his eyes dizzy?!!?....pfffttt......

                                                                                 
 

And that's pretty much it from me.....looking back over these pics I may need to work on a little bit of colour next week?!!?

                                                                               


Have a great weekend all.....

Enjoy!!


                                                                                   Janelle  xx

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Crochet rug......complete!!!

Good Morning!! How are we this week? Feeling like a bit of show and tell? Hope so because I have finally finished....as in... f.i.n.i.s.h.e.d....my crochet rug. Woo hoo!!!

                                                                                 


I think I started this back in January? Sometime around then anyway...most of it has been done in the evenings...a square here...a few more there...and I have to say I enjoyed every single little stitch....loved making it and loooove how it has turned out.....

                                                                                 

It's certainly not perfect but I think that's the beauty of homemade isn't it? Everything is individual and lovingly made....that's my excuse anyway!!

                                                                                   

Now what to whip up next......

                                                                                   

If you're looking for me anytime soon you shall find me....here....

                                                                               


Happy Thursday folks......

Enjoy!!!

                                          Janelle  xx                                                                           

Friday, March 21, 2014

Weekly Round Up in Black and White.....

Well Good Morning there! It's a dark, rainy kind of Friday here, haven't had one of those for awhile...goodness, I may even need a coat later...gasp!!!
Anyway...how's your week been? Treated you nicely I hope. I've been running a little slow due to sinus infection and the likes...not nice...but I shall soldier on...in the blogging spirit of things......

                                                                                 


So it seems my love for all things black and white is not waning....projects, paint and home furnishings all seem to be turning up black or white lately....
Example A...bunting I whipped up for my son this week...then promptly hung in his sister's room as it looked so much nicer in there....

                                                                                 


Example B....this little table that used to live in our living room...I originally found this at a garage sale, yucky orange timber and wobbly leg and all, and bought it thinking I could slap some paint on it and pop it out on the deck for the kids to draw on or for me to pop my cuppas on...suffice to say it never made it out there...it proved to be so handy to have in the lounge room but since I've painted up the new/old coffee table recently we were kind of running out of room in here! In the meantime little Miss 6 has been harping on about "needing" a desk in her room (for ALL those grade 1 homework assignments I'm presuming....) but I haven't been able to hunt down the right one soooooo....yep, we decided to drag the little white table into her room for now. Then....I had a spur of the moment thought last Sunday to slap a coat of chalkboard paint on the top so she could have a little fun with it.....

                                                                                 


Example C......that on-going crochet project. Technically not black but grey is close enough right? I am getting really close to finishing this and at just the perfect time too I'm thinking with the weather and nights getting cooler this is sure to be a winner.....

                                                                               

Example D..... My favourite sign in the house...this has yet to be hung on a wall so it just seems to have a life of it's own and can pop up anywhere in the house...I like it here at the moment. And the sisal rope I bought this week to perform a little facelift on that lamp base with...wish me luck with that one!!!

                                                                                   


And lastly...my very very very favourite vase at the moment...which I don't know if it is even a vase but that's what I'm using it for anyway...the black is actually chalkboard paint which I think is genius...though I haven't wanted to draw/write anything on it yet because it looks so clean and black and lovely as is!!

                                                                               


Okay...there we have it...black..white...grey...loving it all at the moment.....well, for this week anyway....

                                                                               


Have a fab weekend folks....

See you next week......



                                                                                      Janelle  xx                                                                      

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Black is the New White.......

Hello there! Flying through today with another quick DIY makeover...seems I cannot be stopped these days...well, until the next obsession takes over anyway....
So, here we have the all important BEFORE pic.......

                                                                             

Remember this ooooold shabby chair? The one that nobody is allowed to sit on? For fear they will hurt themselves or indeed break the old shabby chair? Hhmmm...well one day recently it hit me, she needed a new look. A makeover. A facelift. And then I slowly turned away from the mirror and had a good hard look at the chair. Ha-dee-ha-ha. On a serious note this old chair was starting to irritate me...a little too shabby-chic-ish for my liking so....out came the paint. The b.la.c.k. paint. Ooooohhhhh......

                                                                                       

Whatcha think??

                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                    I actually love it!! Much cleaner with still enough shabby to fit in around here and the shiny black seems to show up the pretty pattern on the back too which is a nice little bonus...

                                                                               

Not bad for a couple of cans of spray paint and an hour or so of work.....

                                                                               

What next I wonder.....

Stay tuned.....

and happy!!


                                                                                       Janelle xx