FINALLY PAINTING AGAIN

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’ve had the best day today!

A while ago my dad and I agreed that I could use the upstairs room in his cafe as my art studio so that on the days where I’m only working half days can come in for the full day but get some artwork done too. This morning I finally set up my little studio space and it felt great to have somewhere to work again.

Uni really knocked all my painting confidence out of me so it’s taken a good 2 years for me to even pick up a paintbrush again, but today I finally started a painting and it’s left the biggest smile on my face.

Here’s what I was working on today. Sometimes I almost want to leave paintings in their rough unfinished stages because I rather like the look of the loose brush strokes but I need to show myself that I still have the ability to paint and thus I will be finishing this painting over many sessions I am sure.

Love Carina xo

GARDEN PROJECT BEGINNINGS

Good evening beautiful souls,

I’ve had a busy day at work today and when I got home I decided to make the most of the last rays of sun and do some gardening. I can’t wait to have the garden looking all nice, but it’s going to be a long process till it’s where I want to be. I just bought some vegetable seeds and am excited to get planting however I need to prepare the soil first in our first vegetable patch and then build another raised vegetable patch too.

Anyway, there’s not much to be seen yet I guess, the changes are subtle, but I wanted to share the progress on mine and Jessica’s garden project so far. Here’s the before and afters:

Apart from the addition of a tomato and pepper plant there’s not much of a difference here yet. But the plan is to paint this shelf green and the remove every second shelf to make more room for tall plants. Next I also want to plant flowers or maybe more herbs in the little baskets next to the stairs; I’m not sure yet. It’s a bit broken and was left in the garden from the previous owner of this house, but with a bit of sprucing up I think it’ll look great.

In our bin area we just swept the ground and cleared it of all the small rubbish that was left from the house renovation before we moved in. However there are, as you can see, still some old blind rails and the like which need to go to the tip and as neither Jessica or I can drive we’re going to have to wait till someone can get rid of them for us. The plan for this are is to rid it of everything bar the bins and then add a little greenhouse in the right hand corner.

Again this area doesn’t look nice yet, or as if much has been done, but de-weeded the soil and I loosened it before adding the slab stones at the back instead of the array of uneven stones. This will be our salad patch probably.

Lastly, I moved the bird table onto the pebbled area and put the tree pot in another place too. The plan for this area is to build another raised vegetable patch where our little potted rhubarb plant is now standing.

So as you can see, we’ve only started with little improvements so far, but I am so excited for when it will all be finished because I think it will look really nice. Hopefully we can paint the fences again and power wash the pavement to really give the finished look a nice fresh clean touch.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our garden plans. I shall be keeping you updated!

Has anyone else got any big garden projects planned this year?! I’d love to know!

Love Carina xo

DIY SPRING POT

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!

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SHABBY CHIC DIY MIRROR

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??

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