Friday, 30 August 2013

Pinterest Joy

I've been off work poorly this week and have spent some of this afternoon browsing Pinterest and, as always, re-pinning more things than I'll ever get around to making!  But I find all the things people have made inspirational, and usually time spent on Pinterest ends with me logging off to go make something new.  Here are some things I've found and liked this afternoon, which I hope you'll enjoy too.

Toasted coconut panna cotta (home made vegan dessert) - Blissful Blog

Healthy hot chocolate from My Friend In Food - sounds perfect

I'm taken with this house makeover on Justina Blakney's blog and find the colours throughout inspirational

I like this easy t-shirt transformation on the same blog as above- no sewing required, just an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors.

 This appeals as I have a jar of quinoa in the cupboard and I like it but don't know what to do with it; more wonderful looking food at Bona Food

And finally, from iheartnaptime; buttons + paperclips = bookmarks!  These with a bundle of good 2nd hand books and  something nice to nibble would made a cheap but fun and personal gift,

I think I'll go try out that hot chocolate and snuggle up to watch a film.

Have a great eventing,


Friday, 23 August 2013

Chocolate Pudding Face Mask

I'm trying to move away from shop bought cosmetics because of all the chemicals in them, so I've been having fun mixing up kitchen ingredients for my face, body and hair instead.  My newest discovery is this Chocolate Pudding Face Mask.  The cocoa powder contains antioxidents for cell repair and evening out skin tone, the coffee reduces puffiness and contains another dose of antioxidents, and the yoghurt is soothing and nourishing.  Here's the recipe:

Makes enough for two masks worth

1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp coffee grounds
Enough natural yoghurt to mix everything into a paste (around 1 to 2 tbsp)

Mix everything together thoroughly and apply all over your face, avoiding the skin under your eyes (it's some of the most delicate skin on your body).  Leave it to dry out for 10 - 15 minutes whilst you do something gentle just for you; it's a good time to meditate, sit quietly with a hot drink or read an uplifting book. 

When it's ready splash on some warm water and massage it on to loosen it and gently scrub your face with the coffee grounds that are in the mask, then wash it all off.  Use toner afterwards to make sure it's all gone then massage in your usual moisturiser or a little bit of olive oil.

By the way, it smells Beautiful when it's on your face!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Normality has resumed

At the weekend I tried crocheting something in a grown up navy yarn.  Silly me, it was boring.  Back to normal now, as you can see.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

A handful of stitches saves a handful of cash

I scored some stripy woollen armwarmers with mitten flip-tops in a charity shop yesterday.  I paid 50p for them but they had issues; hole near the base of one thumb, thumb worn through, button and button loop missing:

One visit to my button box and embroidery thread box (to make the loop) and 15 minutes later and they were fixed:

These feel like they were originally expensive and the fabric was otherwise in excellent condition but set me back only 50p.  Do yourself a favour and learn to sew on buttons and sew up holes!  So easy to do but it can save you a packet on replacing clothes and accessories.