Friday, 14 March 2014

9 simple storage tips to organise the small things

I love being organised, I love colours so put the two together and I probably go a little overboard! I've put together a few of the simple things I've invested in that saves me heaps of space as well as time looking for things. Of course, there's the added bonus that the kids will put things where they belong, ok there's hope! ;)

Cutlery drawer. Upon the insistence of my daughter, I was happy with my pretty tins on the window but I must admit, this does kinda look better :)

Having just 4 drawers in my kitchen I am hell bent on limiting what goes in them, I admit I do feel the need for a junk draw but it's not this one, nope, its one full of manuals, menus and other paper products 'just in case' and I'm ok with that! This draw sorts the most used things and a teeny tiny little pot for small junk ;)

I was so fed up of washing powder leaking over the worktop so I had a brainwave. This 3 drawer unit is perfect. Each drawer holds approx 4kg powder and as we use 2/3 different ones this sorts it out clearly.

Add a little dessert cup, this 2oz one is the perfect size to fit the drawer and dispense the correct amount of powder per load.

What a fab idea! Not mine, I regret but one I found on the tinternet that is ideal for Charley's smaller books, papers etc as we home school. I also figured it's a great tool for organising the days lessons for him to work through as well as adding any little tools he may need.
I showed this one on my home schooling post here, I had to reshare as it's proven ideal for all the stationary he seems to need. I like that it's easy transported to the living room when he fancies a little 'extra' creativity.

A little cute tea cup my sister bought me last year, I knew immediately that it was perfect for the little items.

My little corner that holds the most used utensils. (The orange watering can shouldn't be there!)

Don't  you love storage baskets? They are inexpensive, available in so many colours and perfect for organising any place. Under the sink has been my nemesis for years, till now.

What I've accidentally found with this kind of storage is when the kids are doing their chores, they'll grab a basket and go. i.e. If Charley is folding the laundry, he'll pull out the tea towel basket and put it away.
Simple tins in a prettily decorated box keeps things all in one place.

This was a blog post, read here. I used these tins long after we left the temporary accommodation.

This post can be found here. A secret hiding place I'd created for the teens room.
I'd love to hear your tips for storage.


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Can you guess what I'm about to make?

I haven't done any kind of tutorial for such a long time so when I saw something on Pinterest that I fell in love with I knew it was time.

Fabric from Nortex Mill
Any ideas yet? Ok, here's a clue!

I'll be showing a full tutorial when I've made it.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

A recipe bought to you...


1 cup cake and pastry flour
1 cup granulated sugar
8 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 unbeaten egg whites
1teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.

  2. Sift the flour and granulated sugar and set aside.

  3. Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar and salt until foamy, then gradually add the icing sugar, whipping until the whites hold a medium peak when the beaters are lifted. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour to the whipped whites in 2 additions and using a whisk to fold in the flour evenly and easily.

  4. Scrape the batter into a 10-inch ungreased tube pan, spread it to level.

  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until it springs back when gently pressed. Let cool completely.

  6. For the frosting, Combine the sugar, water, cream of tartar and salt in a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and stir until the sugar dissolves.

  7. Meanwhile, place the egg whites in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Slowly pour the sugar mixture into the egg whites while the mixer is running. Continue beating until the mixture has cooled and is light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add the vanilla

  8. Frost the cake immediately.

  9. Original Angel Food Cake With Fluffy White Frosting Recipe found at Grandmothers Kitchen Recipes.

    Friday, 7 March 2014

    Ikea, what's not to love?

    Hands up if Ikea makes your palms go sweaty, heart racing and brings you to your knees with sheer excitement?

    Yep, me too :)

    So a few weeks ago I decided to see if their reputation for fitted units was really true, or if I'd have to get the saw out and do some additional alterations for a shelving system in  my kitchen. I was not disappointed, in fact, the measurements were totally spot on for the space I wanted to fill!

    The Expedit range - ideal for almost anywhere in the home/office.

    You see, my kitchen is a multi-function room. Not only do we cook/eat there but I do my crafting/work there too and now it's where Charley does his school work. Storage shouldn't have been a problem in this house, it's quite big for a 3 bed but somehow I needed all the storage in the same room. It was by accident that I came across this range so I took the plunge.

    My too much growing amount of craft stuff (even though I have decluttered and rehomed much of it) meant that if I didn't get this right it would be sitting in boxes forever. My friend, Jamie put this unit together for me one night and I instantly became the happiest girl on the planet! The cubes are 13" x 13" x 20" 5 across by 5 high, that makes for a generous amount of space for the baking books, crafts, kitchen gadgets and school stuff not to mention extra space on the top. I still use a four drawer unit (a gift from Kirsten for Christmas) for the smaller things but by using cute boxes I can contain the go-to items I use most.

    This unit has been a huge good move, it's totally sturdy, excellent quality and fit for purpose abundantly. I was so impressed that I decided to get the 4 cube square one for the teens room (in beech effect) and plan to get one for my room to finally have a set up for the sewing machine and fabrics.

    This totally gets a 10/10 from me. 

    What storage solution have you fell upon?