Got no idea what to buy that boy for Christmas? Need a last minute present for your brother/uncle/workmate?
Here is an easy tutorial to create a one of a kind notebook that I first posted late last year.
I made this for a friend of mine, who is obsessed with comics, and who is leaving work to start training as a teacher. I thought this would be great for him to scribble down all his planning notes in.
What you will need…
A4 Ringbound Hardback Notebook
A comic of your choice (I had a vintage 50′s one laying about from a car boot sale)
Now before you all get your knickers in a twist, I didn’t chop up a 1950′s comic. I popped into work and took a few photocopies, and then gifted the comic along the notebook.
Cut around the edges of each frame. I tried to mix up sections of the comic too, so I had lots of different sections on the front and back covers.
Lay them out on your notebook in an attractive fashion, leaving a straight edge where the rings meet the cover and then begin pasting them down with PVA Glue. Ensure some of the edges of the comic reach further than the notebook cover so you can fold it them over and finish it nicely.
Do a layer of PVA glue on top of your pictures to ensure they are all secure and nicely finished. Leave all your loose frame edges sticking over the edges of the notebook.
Allow to dry overnight, folding your loose comic frame edges in and under whilst the glue dries.
Once all the PVA is dry, duct tape the frame edges down on the inside of the cover.
And Voila! A Comic Covered notebook.
You could use children’s comics or vintage book illustrations too. The Dandy anyone?
The lovely folks at I Want One Of Those popped some of these fab moustache straws in the post as an early christmas present for me. How ruddy nice eh?
I am a little gutted we had to open them and play with them as they would be a great treat to slip in someone’s stocking or as a Secret Santa this Christmas. I was particuarly thinking of my teenage brother at this point…aren’t they the HARDEST people to buy for?!
Is it JUST me that wants to see these used round the Christmas dinner table? The moustaches are made of a lovely solid plastic that can be washed (if you drop it in your wine/gin/cola) and reused, so perfect to be brought out at any dinner that requires facial hair…..ALL dinners surely? I particularly liked the descriptions of each tache on the packaging….is it just me that likes to rock a handlebar?
I cannot wait to see my younger brothers sipping their fizz through one of these bad boys over some turkey!
Please excuse the drinking wine through a straw….it had been a tough old day at work….
You can get your own Moustache Straws here!
*Although I was a sent a lovely gift to review, my views are honest and my own*
It’s flipping chilly out there isn’t it?
My favourite way to keep warm at home is to bung the oven on and make something yummy.
Here are some of my favourite things to make, on the hob and in the oven when it is positively freezing outside! Some of these things also make fabby Christmas presents if you are planning on making munchy yummy things for friends and family this year.
Easy Peasy Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Pigeon Way
Oooooooooo….this has made me hungry now…off to go make something yummy!
Does your ribbon collection look a bit like this?
Here is a quick and easy DIY to get your collection in check!
You will need an old box (I used a shoebox), a craft knife and a cutting mat (or a thick piece of cardboard so you don’t damage your table).
It does seem silly to give you a how to for this as it is really easy peasy, but bear with me.
Cut small regular sized rectangles into the box with the craft knife. Thread your ribbons through the holes, this works really well if they are on reels, but it is not a must.
Feed the reels at the back through the holes at the bottom and then the ribbonssyou put at the front through the top holes. This stops them getting tangled.
Pop on the lid (if you can!) and away you go! I know that posh expensive organisers are easy to lust after, but really…who is going to spend money on organising ribbons? Not me!
How do you keep your craft supplies in check?
I spent a recent weekend away with friends for my birthday, and whilst our hotel room was lovely, our bathroom was the size of a teeny tiny wardrobe for dolls. Of course, the MILLION skincare products I am currently using to attempt to clear my face of what I fondly call ‘plague’, littered the itty bitty sink, and one of my lovely girls ended up spotting the hand-written date in Sharpie on the back of the bottle.
Why on earth do I DATE my beauty products? Oh…. I don’t JUST date my beauty products…I DATE EVERYTHNG.
Washing powder, washing up liquid, nail polish remover, dog food (ours comes in humongous 15kg sacks)….everything.
Why you ask? Well…last year I made this video and I feel it needs a repost, because it is the BEST tip I have ever been given.
My lovely stepmumma has been doing this for years, I never truly appreciated her actual genius until this past year, and now I have jumped on her bandwagon loud and proud.
Work out if what you are spending your hard earned pennies on is worth it….and keep a handy eye on when your make-up/skincare has reached the use by date…so then you can sniff it a bit and check it is ok to use…. just joking Miss Lauren….
I am pretty ramble-tastic in this vid…sorrrrry!
If you are finding it hard to view these vids, pop over to Youtube and visit my channel!
It’s been a while since THIS feature has been up on the blog….mainly because my ENTIRE LIFE is about doing things on the cheap….I mean…why spend money on boring stuff like bills, when you can spend it on fun things that you will remember or enjoy for a long ole’ while.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty…Freezer Sauce….I know I know…it doesn’t inspire any sexiness on a dinner plate at all…but it proves to be a life saver on a night when I am just to tired to cook (and am sooo tempted to phone the nice lady at the chinese), and after the vegetable glut we had this year, it also stopped us throwing food away. Which is a massive problem for families at the moment. PLEASE…stop throwing food away….you are literally throwing money in the bin.
Freezer Sauce was invented so we could cope with the MOUNTAIN of courgettes I grew this year. Courgettes are notoriously hard to freeze as they end up with the consistency of slugs when defrosted…pleasant no? The best thing to do with them is to mix them with something else and make a sauce. A sauce in fact that is great for bunging with pasta and cheese and is also 2 of your 5 a day.
I realise now this is slightly out of season for the home growers…but something to bear in mind for next year!
You will need tinned tomatoes (or if like us, your house is an episode of The Good Life… your own home grown toms, cooked down), some courgettes and some garlic. Now giving you measurements would be a little useless as I generally use one tin of toms per medium-large courgette.
Pop the chopped/grated garlic in the pan, fry gently for a minute or so then add your tomatoes, cooking down if home-grown or warming through if tinned (I use both…so no judgement!). Then I add the courgette that has been through my mini food chopper, so it is almost grated in consistency. You can chop into small chunks however if you don’t have a super cool tool.
Cook for 10 minutes on a medium heat, allow to cool, transfer to suitable labelled freezer storage (bags or tubs…whatever your pleasure) and freeze.
It will keep frozen for 6 – 12 months if you abide by that sort of thing…
So picture this….horrid day at work…you have gotten home late….you are starving and you have serious E.T.S (Empty Tummy Syndrome – it’s a real problem in our house). You can defrost this sexy sauce in the microwave/in a pan as your cook your pasta in another before combining the two…. and before you get all weird about defrosting things as you cook them…you’ll be fine…done it a million times….and it’s VEGETABLES forgoodnesssake. Cover with grated cheese and collapse on the sofa and fork it into your face as fast as easibly possible….. bliss.
What is your homemade go-to freezer filler?
Ok…..let me start this post with an apology. This blog has been a little quiet as of late and the only reason I can give you is because I could not find the time to write actual blog posts! Life is totally getting in the way of my online prescence….I mean really…. how rude. I am trying hard to get back on top of some sort of blogging schedule, so bear with me!
Let’s get on with what you came to see shall we?
Yes….I know what you are thinking….Chekhov is not going to fit in that…
I spotted this left out by some bins on my dog walk, I checked it over to ensure there was no cat carcass inside…..you can never be too careful…. and noticed that the carry handle was snapped and beyond use. I grinned and juggled this under my arm whilst the pooch pulled me all the way home.
I got home, checked it again in the light to ensure I had de-catted it enough (P is quite allergic), pulled out the old broken wicker handle and popped it by our fireplace whilst I pondered a use for it.
I honestly couldn’t believe that someone had thrown this out… on its end it is a lovely tall wicker recepticle with a wire lid. We considered it as a log basket (we are yet to have a woodburner so this seemed silly), umbrella stand, laundry hamper, end table…but finally decided to use it as paper storage in the craft room.
This seemed to be the best use, especially as Chekhov loves ripping up paper.
I could have quite easily removed the gate, but I kept it just in case we decided to change the use later….bring on the woodburner!!!
Have you found anything brilliantly thrifty recently?