Friday, 26 June 2015

Drift - Wood/ Distressed DIY technique

I found some interesting decor pieces at 'the range' whilst with my mum. there were three items all of the same/similar style applied. I love these pieces put all together as they are all quite different but come together because of the colour of the wood. (I think the little graphic art is a little possessive but, I liked the style too much to not get it!)

Original bought pieces - Inspiration

 These pieces inspired me to try and make my own technique on some existing pieces of furniture/ items I have. I wanted to create a sort of distressed/ drift wood/ nautical style and I applied it to an old pine mirror - a hand me down from my mum)  which has an interesting shape to try and work around and had a craft 'treasure box' which I've had for quite a few years, waiting for a DIY project such as this!

Finished Box
Finished Mirror

I don't have pictures of the process sadly but, I think they turned out pretty great. I started by staining the wood with a dark (walnut) wood stain (Ronseal 'Satin Walnut' Wood Stain) and then on top I used liming wax (Coldron Refined Liming Wax), it took me quite a while and in between coats I would have a go with sandpaper to try and distress the pieces. My finished items do not look identical to the wall art but. I like the way they have turned out and it felt like a very artistic process. Thank you for reading :)

Monday, 22 June 2015

Meal Monday - Quinoa and Potato

I've been trying out some exciting original vegan recipes recently. Today I mixed some potato with quinoa and a variety of vegetables and spices and came out with the dish below.

I added in some of my favourite vegetables  (peppers and courgette) very near the end so they were still firm. I also added in lots of chilli powder, coriander and a small amount of chopped tomatoes.

I felt it was quite nutritious but, I think I'm definitely going to work on the flavours some more! Thank you for reading! :)

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Decor Day: Student Halls Decoration (Tour)

It's very exciting that I've almost come to the end of my first year at university and my first year living in student halls. My room when I moved in was very bland, and had blue carpet and walls, this did not feel homely, it was sad and I had to do something about it.

With my room came a huge but, very ugly pin-board so, to brighten it up I covered it in polka-dot wrapping paper (around 2-3 rolls) and then pinned up my favourite photos from my travels. Throughout the year I have been pinning up a random assortment of items for example, some bulb-like fairy lights from next and a row of cards from my birthday.

I definitely think decorating the pin-board made everything feel more homely but, I would also suggest to anyone to get some bedding they really love and that matches other items in their room because the pin board and my bed are the main features of my room.

My bedding is the same stuff I bought at the beginning of the year (shown in my haul), and the only new addition is the geometric fleece blanket (from primark) over my bolster pillow. My bed, after I made with all the pillows, was very comfy and I can sadly say I spent many days in it watching netflix and avoiding going outside (especially when it was raining.)

So, I hope this helps anyone who needs a little bit of simple inspiration and thank you for reading :)

Monday, 8 June 2015

Meal Monday: Perfect Student Curry

 Today, I had a curry. It was Jalfrezi with chicken and rice and a few additional ingredients. I have this meal at least once a week because it's really easy, relatively quick and also, cheap to make. I would normally use a Rogan Josh sauce but, they unfortunately had none in the local shop and also, I sometimes add some chilli if I have it around!

I started off by cutting up the tomatoes, potato and chicken. I add the potato and tomato to add more texture and to make it a little more filling (got inspiration from vegetable curries.) Then, I started cooking the chicken in a pan with a little oil and garlic the chicken.

When the chicken was cooked I added the microwave cooked potato and chopped and de-seeded tomato (with some extra garlic). I let the entire pan simmer with the Jalfrezi sauce for about 10-15 minutes whilst the rice was cooking, whilst the pan was simmering I also added a few pieces of frozen cauliflower (another idead taken from take-away vege-curries.)

Curry served on basmati rice
So, the final product is really filling and really tasty! (Not really sure if it looks that way.)
Thank You for reading :)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

OOTD: Band Night Inspired

After seeing my friend's band play, I noticed quite a few of the girls attending and playing were dressed in a similar style. They looked really cool and comfortable and their looks inspired my casual, colder summer outfit.

I am wearing tie-dye Vans, with skinny high waisted jeans (firetrap), a blue crop top (newlook) and a tartan shirt (select). 
Thank you for reading :)