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Recover a Footstool – Fast!

From this to this! A bit of material and a staple gun is all you need!
That’s it you are done, took 30 minutes only.

 

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The Best & Easiest Dundee Cake Part 2


Simply take…

Part 1 repeated…

In a large bowl take
1lb 6oz of mixed dried fruit
3oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, the fruit will be full and lush.

Add to the fruit

Part 2
6oz butter
6oz castor sugar
grated rind of 1 orange
4 large eggs
7oz plain flour
1 teaspoon mixed spice

Mix well and place in a buttered round cake tin, traditionally for a Dundee cake it is 7 inches but I use a 9-inch cake tin as we like a lot of almonds on the top.

Place as many almonds as you like on top of the cake to decorate.

Bake in centre of the oven for 2 hours for a 9-inch cake tin and 2 1/2 hours for a 7-inch cake tin. Test with a skewer, when it is clean, the cake is cooked. Leave in tin 10 minutes before turning out.

Place on a plate or cake stand and add a ribbon around cake for a party.

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The Best & Easiest Dundee Cake Ever! Part 1


You can choose to make the Dundee cake with or without alcohol and using any dried fruit and or nuts that you want. All my recipes are very forgiving and can be adapted for your preferences. It is a very easy recipe; I do it in two stages.
Stage one is taking all the dried fruit, and adding one cup of scotch, brandy or any other alcohol on hand to soak the fruit until plump, approx 24 hours. If you are a teetotaller you can use any fruit juice for good flavour. If you are in a hurry, this stage can be omitted. See, really easy! This cake is a hit with anyone who loves almonds and is good with tea, coffee, milk or something harder.

Simply take…

In a large bowl take
1 lb 6 oz of mixed dried fruit
3 oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, fruit will be full and lush.

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Using Monochromatic Colour Schemes

GORGEOUS BLUES

For my wardrobe, I really like using monochromatic colour schemes where you take one colour and use various paler and darker shades of the same colour then pair with a neutral such as black or white.  Here the earrings are the same colour. 

I do the same in my rooms too. For example, a monochromatic room in green may include different shades of green on upholstery fabric, walls, and curtains, the neutral may be a white ceiling and woodwork.

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Repurposing & Making it Useful – Earring Organizer.

My friend Kim who is super creative, stopped by and saw my “new” to me earring organizer and declared it “pure genius” and said that I had to post it so all could adapt. It was an old very tall CD stand in black that I spray painted gold but you could leave as is or paint any color you would like.

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My Art-Deco Bar! Here Are The Results

#style organization

It was a lot more work, but it always is. I love the way it looks now and the cupboards hold all the bottles. The drawer holds corkscrews etc. with the lower cupboard housing overflow.

#style organization

This is the neat part, open the top and there is a mixing area for drinks. 

#style organization

Here are the new knobs 7 in all. Ready to have a cocktail party and serve a cocktail to Hercule Poirot I think. Fancy dress perhaps!

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My Art-Deco Bar Another Project! The Before

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco
My Art-Deco Bar Another Project!

I saw this online and I thought it would be the perfect piece to store all our drinks as well as look great in our very 1930s dining room. Please note that most of my staging projects lend a contemporary look when staging to sell, but it is always different in your own home, as the way you live is indeed different to when you place your home up for sale.

My latest project had to be repaired and restained as once home, I found it was coming apart at the back and needed to be thoroughly cleaned, repaired, reglued, and reinforced.  It also needed to be restained. New shelves to be made and stained as the old ones had buckled and would not support any weight. It was useful to have them as templates for the ones to be made. New knobs ordered as some were broken and the drawer to be lined. The reveal will come soon. 

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco

#styleorganization #bar # renovate # Art-deco