Posted in May 2012

Pretty as a picture jam jars

Pretty as a picture jam jars

These old jam jars have been given a new lease of life by Decopatching the lids. I have them filled with spices but they’d make great gift filled with sweets or bath salts. You could even use them as favours at weddings by colour co-ordinating the lids with your theme and adding personalised labels. And … Continue reading

Buying fabrics in Dubai

Buying fabrics in Dubai

If you want to buy fabrics in Dubai your destination should be Satwa or the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai. Which place you choose depends on what you are looking for. In Satwa you can buy all the things you need for your sewing, that is fabric, threads, buttons, zippers, scissors and so on. The fabric … Continue reading

Easy to make glass charms

Easy to make glass charms

We went to a friends house last week and she had these cute glass charms that stick to your glass, it made me think, not for the first time, how much I’d like some glass charms myself but being as frugal as I am I never want to part with my cash. So, I decided … Continue reading

Jewellery upcycle

Jewellery upcycle

This silver locket is one my grandparents bought me for my 21st, its been sat at the bottom of my jewellery box for years. It’s not that I don’t love it because I do, I just haven’t worn it, that is until this afternoon when I gave it a makeover. I was trawling through a … Continue reading

Pinterest board of the week – Play tents

Pinterest board of the week – Play tents

Kids love to play inside tents. The tent can easily be made, they don´t need to be fancy. Just by lining up few chairs and throw a blanket over makes a really fun playtime. Or make a tent that stays up for longer time inside the kids playroom. We found many different play tents ideas … Continue reading

Newly discovered paint-heaven

Newly discovered paint-heaven

I recently went into this little mall on Jumeriah Beach Road. Its close to Jumeriah Mosque on the same side. Its called Jumiera Center. Here I found a small bit of heaven – A shop with good paint and great solid canvas. The shop had everything in stationary and the art supplies was great. I … Continue reading

Silver and pearls, a perfect partnership

Silver and pearls, a perfect partnership

For the past couple of days I’ve been making these adorable bracelets. I’ve been using  charms that I’d already made in silver and wasn’t too sure what to do with. This pearl fingerprint bracelet is all mine,  I’m not usually a fan of pearls but I love this, it goes with everything and I especially … Continue reading

Racing car room

Racing car room

My little boys room is my favourite room in the villa, it’s bright, colourful, interesting and his racing car theme is perfect. His room is huge, the ceilings are high and the floors are tiled, making such a large room feel snug and welcoming for a two year old isn’t that easy, but boy has … Continue reading

Very British bunting

Very British bunting

Continuing with our work for the jubilee party and inline with our Pinterest board of the week we’ve been making bunting. For the past few weeks I’ve had the kids colouring union flags and if they’ve had friends round they’ve been doing it too. They’ve done some beautiful flags and hung together they look great. … Continue reading

Dinner in 15 minutes – Tuna Pasta

Dinner in 15 minutes – Tuna Pasta

This pasta is so simple and so delicious. The kids love it and it only takes like 15 minutes to do. It won’t harm anyone if you add fresh Parmesan and serve with garlic bread and fresh salat. But in a hurry, with hungry kids screaming for their meal, njaaaaa….. let´s save it for better time. … Continue reading

Good old fashioned salt dough

Good old fashioned salt dough

Last week when I was making homeland shortbread biscuits Harvey (my two year old) was trying to help in his Harvey style way, which is actually no help at all. So to give him something to do I made some salt dough, it kept the two kids, and my husband, occupied for ages which is … Continue reading

Charmed

Charmed

I love my Pandora bracelet, I love how individual it is and I love the charms I have to mark special events that have happened over the past few years. However, one thing I have never found are any nice letter charms, I wanted to have the children’s initials, they do them, but I just … Continue reading

Fingers in red, yellow, green and blue

Fingers in red, yellow, green and blue

Today we made some fingerprint artwork. We used acryl paint and with pencil we painted sponges to dip the fingers on.  It can get a bit messy, specially with small children who can get their dirty fingers all over in a split second. If you have a damp cloth ready before you start you should be … Continue reading

Coooookkkkiiiee mmoonnnssttteerrr

Coooookkkkiiiee mmoonnnssttteerrr

Yesterday was bake day at Maddy’s school and these Cookie Monster cupcakes I made sold out in minutes, what can you expect, a cupcake and a chocolate chip cookie, two treats for the price of one. You will need Fairy cakes (cup cakes) Desiccated coconut Blue food colouring Chocolate frosting Mint imperials Chocolate chip cookies … Continue reading

“The sweet life”

“The sweet life”

Lovely danish “hindbærsnitter” – Raspberry pieces   I’m expecting visitors this week, and I promised them I would prepare these biscuits. We always eat them whenever we are together. As we cant buy them here – I have to make them myself. They are not difficult to prepare and the taste is amazing. The sweet mix of sugar … Continue reading

Tomato, cucumber & coriander salad

Tomato, cucumber & coriander salad

This has to be one of the easiest, healthiest and tastiest salad, ever! Every now I then I find something that’s so nice and so easy to make that I make it over and over and this is one of them, it goes with anything. And now we have the limes from our own tree … Continue reading

She sells sea shells

She sells sea shells

I love shells, and I love them even more when they’re made from pure silver. I made these cute silver studs from a small shell I found on Kite beach in Dubai. I took a mold of the shell then filled the mold with silver clay, I then inserted an earring post and left to … Continue reading

Best Jubilee products

Best Jubilee products

I haven’t found anywhere in Dubai yet to rival Lakeland’s choice of jubilee products. Cake stands, cookie cutters and muffin cases to name a few.  Monsoon and Accessorise come a close second with beautiful union flags and bunting. I’ll also be checking out Daiso and Carrefour for red, white and blue balloons and napkins. However, … Continue reading