One more sleep

 One more sleep until we go set up for the House and Garden show (29th June to 8 July)  Phew! can't believe its here.  Looking forward to meeting some new and interesting exhibitors and to reconnect with friends made last year.

Looks like some interesting new talents on the show check it out www.homegrownfair.blogspot.com


Geometric love

found these beauties on Bloesem.  I'll have them all thank you, kindly.


Winter Warmers

I love food,  and one of the things I like most about winter, is filling your tummy with hearty meals and of course a glass or two of red wine to wash it all down.  One of my favourite dinners, when I have the time is a good oxtail stew.  The kids love it too, its about the only time we have clean plates all round.  Here's an awesome recipe I found.......sorry I can't remember where I found it, but it looks so delicious....

1kg (3 pieces per person) oxtail, jointed
Salt and pepper
Flour for dusting
Oil for frying
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped
1 small bunch parsley, chopped
2 cups red wine
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin water
Salt and pepper
Sugar to taste

2 T white onion or mushroom soup powder
1/4 cup red wine

  • Preheat the oven 180° C.
  • Season the oxtail with salt and pepper and then dust with flour.
  • Heat a large casserole (or pressure cooker), that will later hold all the meat. Add the onions, carrots and celery, and fry over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring continuously, so as not to burn.
  • Add the garlic and parsley and fry for a further 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  • Add a little more oil to the casserole, heat and fry the oxtail in batches until well browned.
  • Add the wine and deglaze the pot, return the vegetables, add the tomatoes and water (no water if using a pressure cooker, but rather add the soup powder mixed with the remaining wine), and season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste.
  • Bring to the boil, cover and place in the preheated oven. Turn the meat every 30 minutes, and top up with a little water if the dish seems to be drying out. Cook for 2 to 21/2 hours, or until the meat is very tender and starts to fall off the bone, (if using a pressure cooker, cook at high pressure for 1 hour). At this stage the dish can be allowed to cool and kept in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To serve
  • Dissolve the soup powder in the red wine and stir into the cooking juices. Simmer until a thick gravy is reached. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Serves 4


palettes up cycled re cycled

On the 29th June it is the House and Garden show.  This will be our third show.  The first show, we made our entire stall out of palettes, wall and floor.  The following year, a dear family friend made a display unit out of the original palettes,  it will feature again this year.  I found some awesome pics here arielanajman.wordpress.com
its amazing what can be done with a palette.

Definitely want to try this one....

so clever...

yes please...

Geo Gen

Genevieve Motley, you have out done yourself once again!   Her new range came into the store yesterday......and I want one of everything...love, love, love this range.

I took some pics myself, but only with my blackberry, so hope it does the range justice.

don't you just love the rings?


Room to Grow

My daughter Lyla turned eleven in April............hold on...........arrrrrrrrggghh!  Just had to get that out the way.  Everything about her is changing.  She has out grown me! (I know not that hard!) She now wears a bigger shoe size than me, so no more sharing shoes.  She is also developing her own sense of style and with that wants her own room.  A space to call her own, to creatively express herself, and to get away from her six year old sister! We've been gathering some inspiration from pinterest for a little direction.

I love this! its so nice to see all your books out, especially if they have pretty covers.  Lyla loves to read (thanks Waldorf school)  it would be lovely to have a cozy chair to sit in and read stories.

next up.....

This is Lyla's favourite, as she wants a purple room.  This looks really neat, tidy and organised.  All three qualities we unfortunately don't have in this family.  But, this would be amazing and a real space saver.

This is probably a bit young for her, but how's the swing in the room?

Love the yellow bed! and all the pretty different shaped frames. 

Ok, that's all folks......I'm off to the shop now.  A pinch and a punch for the first of the month.  Holy moly its the 1st of June.