Grand Designs @ The London ExCel

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Thanks to the lovely Nick from Power Cases I actually found out that this was on. I really do need to concentrate more on the social scene for events and such things! Killing two birds (no animals were harmed during the writing of this post – had to be said!) so to speak as I had to pick up some bits for other people I headed off to the show just to collect and run. HOWEVER – once there with the press room calling I got my golden ticket and was away like wildfire with my camera. This post is going to be heavy on the photos and light on the words. So this is what I saw on the day . . .

old skool

In a little corner these lovely vintage looking items were placed. My only problem was the price tag being almost £10k!!!

garden loving

So many beautiful things for the garden and pretty much something for every corner of a broad imagination and a lot of money.

kitchen crazy

for the love of vodka

a little pizzazz

light

That’s about it from my little trip to Grand Designs! There were some amazing sights but overall I have to say most of the stuff is heavily over priced and most people would most likely be able to reproduce if a little effort was put in!

Did you go? If so what was your favourite part? Did you buy anything?

3 Simple Steps to Newness!

There are many candles in my house as not only myself but my mother has a slight obsession with the beautiful smelling things. From Yankee to Ikea we have a wide range of wax in our house. Thankfully it is not a house of wax (odd film!).

End of the Jar

As you can see from the above images from the small selection of house candles we are a different points with each candle. The one on the right is Fluffy Towels scent which seems to be a particular favourite especially in the bathrooms in the house. It smells incredibly fresh and comforting especially when sinking into a hot bath with a good book. Sadly this candle has come to its end (there are more in the cupboard!) so in the spirit of recycling the wax must BE GONE!

Step One

Fill your jar/container with boiling water from the kettle put the lid on and leave on the side.
Perfect time to make a cuppa and catch up on some reading or whatever else is on your to-do list!

Nice Hot Soak

There are many blogs around the blogosphere and pins on Pinterest linking to instructions of how to clear out that final bit of wax and make this large jar ready for use of something other than a candle! I have thought about sweety jars, flower pots, pasta containers but (and it may be slightly cliché) I will be using this lovely jar for make up storage and a few others I have got my hands on for make up storage. I cannot claim that it is something different but it looks nice and that is enough for me!

Step Two

After leaving the jar for about 30 minutes the wax should have slowly made its way to the water’s surface as shown in the picture below.

wax floating

Once you can see the wax at the top and the jar has cooled down it is time to get that wax out.

etvoila

Step Three

Now comes the bit that might be a bit tough and take a few soaks. Removing the wick base.

For me this took two more soaks and about an hour in the cooled water before the base lifted out with ease.

All that is left after that is a good scrub inside and out and then you will have a jar ready to use.

dirty to clean

The only thing I noticed about the Yankee jars is under the sticker on the outside you are left with a residue. After scrubbing there is still a vague outline as you can see however I am sure if you pop it in the dishwasher it would come off. If not then you have the perfect place to put a label or paint over with some chalkboard paint!

Overall I am happy with my three simple steps and now have a lovely jar ready for my make up brushes.

ready & waiting

If you like this post then please do let me know and if you have any inspiration for other projects please do let me know.

Ciao Ciao!

Ideal Home Show 2014

ideal home outside

With great thanks to the lovely press people who organise the Ideal Home Show myself and Catherine were given press passes to this wonderful event. There were many great sights and despite missing the opening day the show remained in full swing right until the last-minute of the day and I am sure until the closing day.

Once we crossed the threshold we headed to the press office to collect our passes and get going.

press pass mistakes

My question really was ‘how many times can you get BLOG A BOOK ETC wrong?! Not exactly the picture of prepared for someone who you know is showing up. The kicker was that Catherine’s who they claimed was my +1 was on the side waiting neatly written out and they ‘couldn’t find it’. After this debacle we giggled for a while after this.

Now the next set of pictures will be favourites picked from the many traders that were showing the day I attended. There were so many traders and it was almost impossible (for my memory card anyway!) to take pictures of everything!

Ideal Home Show picks1

Good right?!

Floral Headpieces

These great headpieces I can imagine being worn at many festivals – how cute are they!

Bits & Bobs

From cute to tasty . . .

sweetsformysweets

Did anyone go to the show and if so I would love to hear what you thought about it – if there were any favourites at all?

Kilner Composter

Composter2

My very own Kilner Composter. I am such a lucky girl! I know this may come across as slightly sarcastic but I am seriously happy that the lovelies at Kilner have provided me with such a lovely product to review. And to top it all off I am ‘being green!’

Composter3

When I sat down with Catherine the other day over a coffee we started to discuss how little recycling is done with regards to the containers for our Tassimo coffee machines. Both being lovers of coffee sat back and scratched our heads (not literally!) and out came the kitchen knife and teaspoon as mentioned in a previous post. Now I have a longer term solution that will hopefully make my garden look beautiful in the long run! Here’s hoping!

Composter1

The Kilner Composter is slight in size but a good weight that will sit well on any kitchen counter top or window sill. Made of metal it is durable and wipe clean so mucky spills don’t get too comfortable on that shiny surface. Packed well by the reliable Kilner this product reached me in perfect condition and now it is time to put it through its paces! I am sure it will be featured in many future posts especially if my composting goes well from now.

Composter4

At the moment it is picked with some great compost material, mainly fruit and veg skins and that of the like – it has been emptied twice and I am now getting a larger compost bin for the garden so this can be used as a filter between the kitchen and there. Not only is it encouraging me to eat better but it keeps the smell of rotting food at bay with its handy carbon filter.

If I had to rate this product it would get:

rating4*
worthy fix

My thoughts behind the 4/5 are based on the size of the caddy. If it were a little bit bigger like the size of the average food bin it would be a lot more kitchen friendly for the average ‘family’ household without having to empty it every couple of days therefore reducing the number of compostable food bags used. However overall a handy, durable and good-looking product.

You can buy one of these fabulous Kilner jars at any of the places below:

Amazon UK

Amazon.com 
This option for worldwide may be a bit pricey but worth it!

All Green

Lakeland