Side table restoration
Jan23

Side table restoration

This side table is sanded and ready for varnishing. I really wanted to make this into a games table with a chess board painted in the middle. However, on second thought, the table has a lovely parquetry type design to it and it would be a shame to paint it. This is what it looked like before I started working on it. It was scratched and burnt in one corner, probably an unwatched candle. It’s going to feel brand new once a few...

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Snapshots – The fashion critic
Jan20

Snapshots – The fashion critic

I always imagine what my dogs would say if they could talk. Every pet owner is probably familiar with putting words in their pet’s mouth. This is what I imagine Kip was thinking when these photos were...

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Leaf me alone stools
Jan18

Leaf me alone stools

  In 2016, I’ve embarked on a project to restore, recycle or repurpose (dubbed the 3Rs) at least one item a month.  My 3Rs Project for January are these pretty  ‘Leaf me alone’ Barstools. We had these stools in our kitchen for the last 10 years. They had become pretty grimy and they would have looked pretty shabby in their shiny new home. Just compare the ‘before’ shot below with the end product...

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Snapshots – Paint brush shopping
Jan17

Snapshots – Paint brush shopping

The one on the left is a special brush for varnish but sheds a lot of hair. I’m in the midst of restoring an old wooden bed of my mother’s and needed paint brushes. I had new brushes at home but they shed worse than my dog and I wasn’t game to use them. I needed some wood filler as well, so when I stopped by the hardware store, I asked the woman who was serving me for brushes for varnishing wood. Sure enough she...

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Recipe – Brazil nut and pineapple white chocolate fudge
Jan15

Recipe – Brazil nut and pineapple white chocolate fudge

This recipe is so quick to make and taste delicous too. It uses white chocolate and cream cheese. The addition of dried pineapple and brazil nuts gives it a lovely flavour and texture. I love brazil nuts in fudge. The recipe is below. Make and enjoy. Ingredients 250g white chocolate broken into small pieces 220g cream cheese 2 1/3 cup icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla a pinch of salt 3/4 cup brazil nuts chopped 1/4 cup chopped dried...

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