Good evening beautiful souls,

I wanted to write a little review on Finding Your Feet as soon as I’d seen it on Mothers Day, but I completely forgot. My bad. So here is a belated review and I hope that some cinemas are still showing this movie so that if you haven’t seen it yet you can still go and watch this gem of a movie!

The trailer depicts a light hearted story of a woman ‘finding her feet’ reconnecting with her sister, making new friends and learning to stand up for herself. The actual movie has so much more depth to it though and is full of various elements viewers can relate to which makes it quite poignant.

The movie begins with Sandra (Imelda Staunton), a middle-class snob who takes refuge with her bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie) on the eve of her retirement after she discovers her husband is having an affair with her best friend.

This blow however comes as a blessing in disguise as she slowly rekindles her lost relationship with her sister. After reluctantly being dragged to Bif’s dance class one day she also eventually learns to relax, come off her high horse and find joy in life again. Her sisters easy going positivity begins to rub off on her and Sandra slowly begins to find her true feet as she realises how much she’d had to give up in her previous life and how little freedom she’d really had.

Whilst this is the main thread of the narrative the plot also adds depth by delving into other difficult and moving subjects within the storylines of Bif and Charlie (played by Timothy Spall) as their struggles are gradually revealed.

To keep the movie from being to serious and more light hearted the link between characters is introduced in the form of dancing. It’s a beautiful sideline story that follows Bif’s dance class perform, get talent spotted and win a trip to Italy for some added foreign flair. The music, mischief, laughter and friendships found through dancing make you smile and even give way to a couple of laugh out loud moments.

What makes this movie so down to earth and heart warming is the balance of the light and dark elements in the lives of the characters and which are so relatable to us. Watching the growth of the Sandra, Charlie’s acceptance and Bif’s outlook on life and how they each cope with the unfair and difficult hand they get dealt with in life is heart wrenching and moving alike.

I very much recommend this movie and I won’t deny I shed a tear or two!!!

If you’ve seen it I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

Love Carina xo


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,

FirstlyΒ  I would like to apologise for not posting anything on Sunday evening, however I have a very valid reason – and this is why:

The Kaffeehaus Amadeus Re-launch

Kaffeehaus Amadeus is my dad’s amazing Austrian/German coffeehouse in Lanchester, County Durham. After Christmas we shut for 2 months for a big refurb and this past weekend it was finally time to reveal our lovely new look!






We had events on all weekend, from a Coffee Workshop, Viennese Afternoon Tea, Evening Glow with a Feuerzangenbowle (which is a rum punch that is set alight) and a musical affair on Sunday with our in-house quintet Quintessential Voices. The new interior went down well with all the guests and it was lovely to finally see many of our regulars enjoying our coffee and cakes again.



If you haven’t heard of our little gem of a cafe you really need to visit. Come experience something quaint, exquisite and different. I know this is a biased review but I am proud of what my dad has achieved. Being different and bringing a piece of our heritage to this little cafe in Lanchester is what is important to us. We prize ourselves on an atmosphere of GemΓΌtlichkeit and believe we offer the best coffee in the North East, prising ourselves on our fresh single origin bean V60 brew! There are numerous beans to pick from and lovely loose leaf teas if you’re not quite a coffee fan. We offer light lunches ‘Jause’ style all on homemade bread of course as well as soups and salads. Everything is homemade on site from the famous Viennese Sachertorte to our scrumptious German Kasekuchen!




And if that isn’t enough to persuade you to come and try a lice of Vienna on your doorstep, we have the wonderful Anna our professional chocolatiere creating all her heavenly handmade truffles at the cafe!

So please come and say hi and take your taste buds on a journey!

Love Carina xo