Little blog tidy up!

I can’t tell you how long I have been trying to figure out some of the Widgets on WordPress, but this evening I had a break through! I’ve worked out how to add buttons (not my own, that’s the next challenge!), tidied up my sidebars and shrunk the number of posts on display. Still haven’t worked out how to jazz up the colours without investing any moolah in custom design, but I’m pleased with tonight’s progress.

If anybody has any tips for creating buttons, please let me know!

Victoria xx

My one and only shelf in the flat gets a mini makeover!

As I have mentioned before, I live in a flat with next to nothing in the storage stakes, and even less shelves then cupboards, and being a rented flat means that I can’t put any up either! So when I was recently assessing my storage/display options, I realised that I had severely neglected the one and only shelf in my flat.

The shelf in question is in the kitchen, and is non inspiring unpainted wood, which we use as a dumping shelf…its one of the few places, where Baxter can’t reach, he may be nimble, but he would need stilts to access it. It’s covered in all sorts of bits and bobs, cook books, cake stands, iron and anything we don’t know what to do with and things we don’t want Baxter to grab. So today, on this lovely wet dismal Sunday, I decided to spruce it up a little.

The paint in my kitchen is a funny mushroomy colour (bleugh), and doesn’t really lend itself to many styles that I like, but it does work okay’ish with Shabby Chic style. I’m not naturally drawn to shabby chic, but I have been rethinking that lately, with an active toddler, SC may suit my needs, the more scuffs and bumps the better right? Surprisingly, I managed to put together a little bundle of SC bits n bobs, cake stands, vintage egg crock, scales, picture frame and gorgeous tea cup and saucer my cousin bought for me. I then made some more pinwheel bunting (that stuff is addictive) out of some countryish paper that I had hanging around.

The cookbooks were relocated next to the cooker (slight fire hazard? Hmm, we will have to see how they fare), the crap was discarded shoved in a drawer, and the iron is still to be rehoused! Things we don’t want Baxter to touch, are currently being hidden behind the boiler (how very clever I hear you say).

I’m quite pleased with my little mini makeover since it cost me no pounds and made a spot of my kitchen look pretty. It needs work, from lack of Shabby Chic things, it’s a bit spartan and the heights of objects don’t quite work, but generally I’m pleased. I suppose the only real bugbear is the clock, not very vintage and not even a style I like…but essential for getting me to work on time, so it can’t come down until I find a replacement. Have you come across any vintage looking clocks that fall into the cheapo category? Or do you think it would be possible to give it a makeover???

Victoria xxx

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Me old China!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I am sentimental about the strangest things, old toys from cereal packs I’ve had for years, purses from my childhood, my Nans old seeing glasses and cups! I am by no means a hoarder and I’m rather fond of ebaying and periodically getting a bin bag out and recycling old goods, but sometimes the strangest things hold many memories.

The cereal packet toy is Puss from Shrek and reminds me of my beloved kitty Roy, the childhood purse, a reminder of wearing it proudly when I was five, Nans glasses because they were such a part of her. Nan was five foot nothing, had a little head and always had these huge glasses on which dominated her face, so when she passed away it felt like a natural reminder. The cups, five of them, bone china, floral and polka dot from Cath Kidston that I shared with a dear friend when I lived with her a short while, before going off travelling and meeting Mr Egg.

The cups were originally purchased as a six, long before I lived with my friend, they were pretty, girly and perfect for a cup of tea and a slice of fruit bread, so many happy memories of those cups and our long long chats. When I moved in with Mr Egg, my friend gave them to me, as we didn’t have a lot of stuff and she knew how much I loved them. Well those old cups are still in use today, although there are only 4 of the originals now. I look at them every now and again, and think I would like to replace them with something less stained, more modern and more to my current taste, but I can’t bring myself to ditch them or more to the point I haven’t found anything to replace them. Sure I have supplemented them, there were the Polka dot Spode mugs my mum bought us, lovely but too big, the neon orange blossom mugs to match my orange Bodum kettle (which was returned faulty this week less than a year after purchase) and various ‘novelty cups’ if your one of my family or friends reading this, I erm really really hate novelty cups, I’m not sure my work desk will be able to support the weight of another cup, since that’s where they end up, sorry!

So looking at the cups once again this morning, I remembered a really handy tip I once read about for cleaning tarnished cups…bleach! If your going to try this tip, use your common sense, unlike me the first time I cleaned up my cups!

1. A couple of drops of thick bleach in the bottom off each cup. Preferably multiple purpose, not toilet bleach, or you will have pine tasting tea for days after…

2. Swill the bleach over the ugliest stains

3. Fill the cups up with water and leave to soak for a hour.

4. Et Voila! Shiny new cups. Oh yes, and don’t forget to thoroughly wash them after for safety reasons!

Just to point out, my cups get stained very quickly, I don’t usually let them get this skanky!

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So, what random old things do you hold onto that you can’t /won’t replace?