Good evening beautiful souls,

A couple of days ago I had the urge to be crafty and put together this cute little spring/easter pot. It’s really easy to do and such a lovely way to bring some colour and spring vibes into your home that I had to share this with you! So without further ado let’s go…

What you will need:

  • Spring bulbs (whatever flowers you’d like – you could even mix in some succulents or other small plants)
  • Styrofoam eggs (I got these from the Works)
  • Acrylic paint
  • A plant pot (inner plastic one and outer ceramic one)
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Wooden skewers
  • Soil
  • Moss

To begin with fill your plastic pot with a little soil, then arrange your bulbs however you’d like. Next fill with soil to top of pot making sure you compress the soil around the bulbs. Once this is done you can place the moss around the flowers and plants.

Skewer your Styrofoam eggs and give them an acrylic white base coat.

Once the base coat is dry, paint your eggs with whatever designs you fancy.

Tip – try and match the colours to the flowers and plants you’ve chosen for a more cohesive visual effect. Unless you want a multicoloured mix and match effect, which of course is also cool!

Stick the skewers into the soil of your plant pot. Shorten the wooden skewers as desired for different height levels.

To finish make a little label. Get a bit of card, write a message, quote whatever you desire and attach to another skewer. Add some ribbon for another touch of colour.

Et voila – you have yourself a little pot of spring joy! Oh and don’t forget to water!

I hope you enjoyed this post and do be sure to let me know if you create one of these cute little pots too! I’d love to see what you create!

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

This evening I just wanted to share an easy little DIY project I enjoyed doing a couple of weeks ago before the snow hit. I’d had a day off and because it was so beautiful and sunny I decided I had to make the most of the great weather and took my little DIY project out into my backyard so that I could soak up the sun.

My dad still needed a mirror for the bathroom in his cafe and as I had an old unused brown paint stained mirror in the house, I thought I would spruce it up and if it turned out OK we could use it in the cafe.

Here’s what I did:

I found some creamy wood paint in our back shed and using a fine paintbrush covered the brown frame leaving only the gold rim.

Once I had a smooth coating of paint I let it dry for an hour or so. When it was dry I took a bit of sandpaper and filed some paint away again giving it that shabby chic effect. I know my photos aren’t the best but I’m really happy with how the mirror turned out and it is now hanging in the cafe bathroom. There we go, easy peasy upcycle project.

I enjoyed this little project a lot, just the act of having a paint brush in my hand again and thus I decided to also give the garden bench a fresh lick of paint. I cleaned it first and then sanded it down before applying a coat of paint. It needs another layer or two, but even the one coat makes a big difference I think.

I had such a good time being crafty outside in the sunshine that I can’t wait for the weather to improve now so that I can spruce up the rest of the garden and make it look all nice!!

Anyone else have any exciting upcycling ideas in the works??

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

In light of it being International Women’s Day I thought I would share a few of my favourite movies about strong beautiful inspirational women!! This list could be endless but here’s just a few that first came to mind. I’ve taken the brief synopsis from IMDb to give you a mini idea of what the movies are about in case you don’t know about them already. I love all of these and highly recommend them – so if you haven’t already seen them you really should add them to your to-watch list!


A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.


A Mighty Heart

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.



Erin Brockovitch

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.



The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.



Hidden Figures

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.




To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China’s greatest heroines in the process.



The Help

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

The Danish Girl

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.



Legally Blond

Elle Woods, a fashionable sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend. She decides to follow him to law school, while she is there she figures out that there is more to her than just looks.



The Theory Of Everything

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen HawkingΒ and his wife.

I’d love to know if you have seen any of these and what your favourite badass female role movies are! Please let me know πŸ’Ÿ

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

For Christmas my friend Anna gave me a bottle of the Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin and I was instantly in love! Hands down the best gin I have ever tried! Now a while back Alice from Zest Of AliceΒ posted a photo of this Hortus Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Liqueur on Instagram and told me it was only Β£11.99 at Lidl! I got very excited and as soon as I had a chance I went to have a look for myself and low and behold this beautiful bottle was on a shelf just waiting to be bought by me! I picked a bottle up immediately and then also decided to try the Hortus Raspberry Gin Liqueur. So I thought I would do a little recipe & review of these two gins – enjoy!


My friend Anna came over for dinner on Wednesday and there couldn’t have been a better opportunity to try out these new gins than with my fellow gin loving friend. I personally love to add a slightly flavoured tonic to my gin cocktails to give them that extra something in flavour and thus I picked up an Elderflower Tonic and a Lime Tonic from Tesco to mix the Liqueurs with.


We tried the Rhubarb & Ginger Gin first and although good I have to admit it couldn’t best the Edinburgh Gin. I would probably buy it again as I did enjoyed it and it is cheaper but if just based on taste, its flavour just doesn’t quite pack the same punch as the Edinburgh Gin, sorry Hortus. Next to be put under our scrutinising taste buds was the RaspberryΒ Gin and with this one I must say I was disappointed. I love raspberriesΒ – they’re one of my favourite fruits – but something about this raspberry flavoured gin was sadly too sweet / too sickly and too artificial for both myself and Anna. I will not be purchasing this gin again.


However that being said everyone’s taste buds are different and you might really like the raspberry gin, so don’t let me put you off from trying it! If you decide to go for a bottle here’s how I prepared these two gin cocktails:

Start with some ice cubes in a large cocktail glass – then add 2 shots of Hortus Gin – fill the glass to your strength liking with 1/2 elderflower and 1/2 lime tonic – next garnish with some fresh lemon or lime or even pop in some cucumber !

Et voila – easy peasy gin cocktail – now sit back and relax!


Tip – I bought these amazing cocktail glasses from Poundland the other day, they are really sturdy glass and great for cocktails. If you don’t already have cocktail glasses I suggest you pop into your local Poundland and treat yourself to some! Well worth it – and so are my stainless steel straws! Please look after our environment in little ways such as using non-plastic reusable straws at home ❀

P.S. Please do let me know your favourite gin recipes and whether you have tried these two flavours before!! I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo