Inspiration to revamp IKEA Furniture!

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This was one of those projects that made me smile just thinking about it! I wish I’d thought through the whole process and taken photos of each stage, but forgive me, I’m learning! I’m sure a plethora of people around the world own this laundry bin, and one thing I don’t do well is being the same as everyone else, so I had to think of a way to make it more..me! I came up with a storage bin/stool that I made using an outdoor chair cushion (bought new from Ikea for £8) and some random cut off of material that I found in the bargain corner for £1!! Woop Woop!

 

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Similar to the cushion I used.

Rough Method

 

So in a nutshell I hand sewed the cushion cover fit the size of the cushion and once completed I used a glue gun to dab glue around the lid and then attached the cushion to it!

 

Et Voila!

 

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You’re welcome🙂

 

Mango and Coconut smoothie (with homemade coconut milk)

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BRING IT! that’s how I feel right now after looking at a number of juicing videos and raw food lists! I LOVE healthy, life giving food! I don’t eat it as much as I should, but really I don’t have an issue at all with eating healthy! I can’t lie, food prep time and finances play a major part in my lack of healthy raw foods in my diet, but when I get in my zone (usually when I have some free time) I get in my zone!

 

Yesterday all it took was for me to see a recipe in a book (called the Daniel Plan by Rick Warren) and a few youtube videos to get me scooting down to the shops and buy a basket full of fresh fruits and vegetables! I actually saw a mango and coconut smoothie which is what gave me the push! Just knowing I would have the smoothie for breakfast the next day was great motivation to get me going!! 

I thought I’d post the ‘recipe’ here incase anyone else wants to give it a try..but the way this is of course my own REEcipe adaptation so feel free to look online for others!

Mango and Coconut Smoothie (filter used so my drink was a little more paler in colour)

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Ingredients

1 medium mango (I used frozen mango pieces from Tescos)

1/2 Banana

250-300ml of coconut milk (or enough to get the consistency you want)

 

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Homemade Coconut Milk (my way)

  • I didn’t want to use tinned coconut milk fully of yucky additives and the cartons I found had added sugar, so I used half a block of grated (100%) coconut cream and added hot water to the consistency of milk, I let it cool and then refrigerated it to use the next day.
  • If you are not using frozen mango (which by the way is MUCH cheaper) you can add a few ice cubes for a chilled smoothie
  • I’m going to add a squeeze of lime to mine tomorrow I’m sure it would taste delicious!

Method

Throw the whole lot in a blender and blend until smooth! I used a food processor as I don’t have a blender at the moment and it worked out fine! But a blender is better if you have one! If you put less milk I think it makes a delicious frozen treat!!

 

Enjoy!🙂

Revamped furniture (shabby chic style)

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There are so many things I want to do in the realm of creating and making things, including a plethora of cake ideas! You know when you have that list of ‘things I must make/try/do’. Mine includes cover a table in mosaics, learn to sew with a sewing machine and until recently it included revamp some old furniture in a shabby chic, girly french style! I can’t tell you how many old pieces of furniture I have had ‘plans’ for but never quite gotten around to it! However, I recently had some time off of work and a little spare cash, so I decided to take the plunge, buy the paint and accessories and go for it! I have 3 pieces to do in total and I’m sharing with you my first attempt. I have to say I am happy with the final results and it certainly looks 10 times better than it was before!

If you have read my blog before, you will know my style (a bit more bish, bash, bosh than detailed instructions and pictures) But I’m learning that people who read blogs actually do appreciate details so I am trying to change that a bit! But in my defence this isn’t really a how to blog, as much as it is a get some inspiration blog! That’s what works for me atleast! So anyway here goes!

Basically this is an old pine TV Stand that has been in my family for literally YEARS and as I said I have also had ‘plans’ for this piece of furniture for many of those years! Basically I bought some paint, that was supposed to be a sort of grey pink (I think it was a wrong mix as I got it really cheap and decided to experiment! So here is what I used

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1) Water Based Paint (used a pinky grey)

2) Sandpaper (waterproof and fine for basic sanding i.e not coarse grain)

3) Two door handles (Zara Home)

4) Paint Brush

5) Large plastic bags/sheets to cover the floor

Tips

I asked the guy in the paint shop for some advise and he gave me some guidelines for this project. The most important that I remember was to use;  water based emulsion as it dries quickly, doesn’t require a primer and doesn’t require much ventilation. He also didn’t too bothered about me sanding my furniture down too much. He sold me some sandpaper that was waterproof (came in surprisingly handy when I wiped down the furniture and didn’t want to wait for it to dry. I bought a huge tin (3 litre I think) which has already covered this piece and a small wooden Ikea laundry box and will definitely do a good few more projects no doubt! Also if you can’t paint outside I would definitely recommend the use of a protective cover (I used a large recycling bag cut open) even though it does wipe off easily.

I wont bore you with too many details, but my basic instructions were that I sanded the piece lightly and then did two coats of paint (waiting for it to dry between coats of course). Once two coats dried, I then added the handles to the already existing handle holes, which thank God were perfectly formed for the screws! bought the handles from Zara for £5.99 but they had others from £3.99 to £9.99.

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Again just to say this post is more about inspiration that information! So hope you enjoy the finished results, I certainly did and can’t wait to post my next one!!

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Homemade Granola (sugarfree)

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WARNING!! This will make your house smell amazing and cause possible invasions of neighbours, or squirrels, or both!!

 

But seriously, have you ever tried making your own Granola? There is simply no comparison to the shop bought sugar laden, cardboard flakes stuff! I first happened upon the idea from a friend many years ago in Bolivia. She would make hers with honey, which of course is better for you than sugar, however I really wanted to try one with no added sugar.

Now I am sure that there are a plethora of recipes online, I saw one or two myself. There are those that literally have no sweeteners added at all and are not baked so would be more of a raw granola. But this one is one I have adapted from various recipes and of course thrown in my own ideas for good measure!

The sweetness in this recipe comes from agave nectar/syrup, which is a natural plant extract that has a low gi (low effect on blood sugar levels). You can choose to use something else, but for my first attempt and not wanting to compromise too much on the level of sweetness, yet not affect my blood sugars too much, this works perfectly for me! Feel free to research and experiment with your own alternative!

So enough talking! Here is my REEcipe! In true REEcipe style, please note that all measurements approximate and a little adjusting (to your taste) shouldn’t cause too many problems!

Oh p.s I use cups as they are SO much easier to measure ingredients with! You can buy them from most supermarkets for a few pounds, or try using a small mug.

 

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(Greek Yogurt and berries topped with Homemade Granola)

Homemade Granola

2 Cups Oats

1/2 Cup Chopped Mixed Nuts

1tbsp Raw Coconut Oil

1 tsp Cinnamon

1-2 tbsp Agave Nectar (or to taste, I suggest starting with 2)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 tsp Almond Extract

1/4 Cup Dessicated Coconut  (unsweetened, unless you want the sugar :))

 

Method

Throw all of the ingredients into a bowl except the dessicated coconut and mix well.

I used my hands for this part, one because I like it and two because it helps to melt the coconut oil if it is in solid form!

Once mixed place on a baking tray/tin and bake at a low to medium temperature (I use approx 150-160 degrees Celsius) for approx 12 mins or until slightly toasted/golden.

Remove from the oven and then immediately add the dessicated coconut. This helps to toast it slightly.

Leave to cool.

Then Enjoy!🙂

 

Aside

Ok this is just ridiculous, a whole year since my last post, with the last line giving a promise of more posts…oh dear! Forgive me! Well my very valid excuse is that my other laptop also died and I’ve only just replaced it a few days ago! So I really do hope to supply the blogging world with more recipes and goodies! I’ve actually been thinking a lot about Raw Food Diet, and I am thoroughly convinced it would be life changing to my health! So I thought of starting a Raw Food Wednesday blog to start with and see how I go? I actually really like the taste of most healthy foods so I’m hopeful! Hmm well let me catch up on my technological backlog and I may well bless your screens with a goodie from this book!

“The Raw Food Diet” by Christine Bailey

Anyone heard of it?

 

Apologies and Raw Food Wednesday!