What have I been busy with?
Admiring SJ's handiwork for one thing.
When he first moved in, he built this bike cave for our bikes. Keeps them safe from rain etc. on the balcony and hidden when we have guests over.
Our poor herb garden gets smashed by the wind, it's amazing they are still surviving.
So SJ built a 'greenhouse' for them our of leftover clear tarp (the tarp is clear with white reinforcing through it, it looks quite nice in real life).
So now our little plants are all protected :-)
I do a bit of DIY myself, but usually in the cosmetic variety. I scored this brass chest thingy from Inertia in the Free For All thread on VF. It now houses all that 'boy' stuff you would normally keep in a shed, plus a lot of SJ's bike stuff (like extra wheels and things) no longer making my balcony look icky.
I intend to clean it up a bit and stick vinyl black and white checkers all over it (technically an outdoor tile from Bunnings). I will try to get onto that next weekend.
Also, remember these from a few posts ago? My half shelves for our Expedit (yeah yeah so SJ actually made those) and my second Bekvam stool (I put that one together at least!).
Well I got around to painting those at least! The stool in particular has already been invaluable. All my shoes and handbags live in the top of the wardrobe and now I can easily reach them...and keep them tidy!
Which is particularly important when I keep buying more shoes! See all my new PeepToes in their new home? I'm so glad I put photos on the front though. Means I can contemplate which ones to pull out before I climb up there!
While we're still in my room, this is my bed. I posted photos of my aparment ages ago (before anyone read my blog) but the bedroom was super boring. Now it has the quilt that SJ's mother made him for his 21st on it. Not really my style (I am so NOT a handmade quilt person) but it at least fits with my colour scheme :-)
Last night I was also busy with some baking, we have 4 new people (all temp contracts) in my group at work so we decided to have a morning tea to celebrate. Cue some late night baking.
Though I made Rocky Road and Marshmallow/Apricot Roll so no actual baking was required. Or really any exact measuring, just the way I like my cooking! I made these recipes with some young cousins at Christmas, definitely easy for kids. The only 'cooking' is melting chocolate.
So not on the 12wbt eating plan!
Apricot/Marshmallow Roll - crush half a packet of morning coffee/similar biscuits. Cut up marshmallows (about 60g or half a cereal bowl full) and apricots (about 125g or half a normal pack) and mix into biscuit crumbs with a big handful of slivered almonds (about 1/3 of a little pack). Add half a can of condensed milk. Mix well. Spread desicated coconut over a sheet of baking paper. Put mixture on it and attempt to create one large log*. Refridgerate and cut into thick slices when firm.
*if you fail at making a log, it is perfectly acceptable to make 'Apricot/Marshmallow BALLS' simply make little rum ball sized ones and roll into coconut.
Rocky Road - cut up marshmallows (1 pack 250-300g) and raspberry lollies (2 packs) and mix with 1/3 pack of slivered almonds. Melt 2 packs of milk chocolate melts and mix it altogether. Spread into tray. Put in fridge. Take out and leave until soft enough to cut into pieces. Add more of less of the ingredients as you desire :-)
Went down a treat at morning tea and I have saved half of each batch to freeze and bring next time. So long as SJ hasn't eaten it all today...
Last night I also painted my nails (right after cooking and before washing up was required...meant SJ had to do it..oops haha). I was trialing two colours for the wedding this weekend so I painted them as 'nail art' over the stick on nail polish I was already wearing.
The colour on the left is Revlon 'Cherries in the Snow' the one on the right is 'Love her Madly'. Can you tell the difference? I'm finding it hard too.
Dodgy photo with flash helps. I think I like Cherries in the Snow (left) better. Will paint them properly tonight :-)
Can you belive that tomorrow is Friday already?
Oh and I am getting dangerously close to 100 followers, almost time for another giveaway. Anything anyone wants to see? I'm thinking of hunting down a Revlon Lip Butter for myself, maybe I should grab a few extras...