We have an electrial panel in our front hallway/ kitchen. It sticks out about 1/2″ from the wall and it’s long so it’s hard to cover it with a picture or anything else. I hate it. It’s really ugly. Not all panels stick out like this (so my electrican boyfriend tells me). Apparently only “older” homes have this. I’m just glad it’s flat.

Now it’s a chalkboard. It’s cute, functional and I love it. It’s also magentic, witch is pretty handy aswell. Total cost: about $9

All you need is come chalk paint, a paint brush, and maybe some painters tape. Apply 2-3 coats following the instructions on the can. Pretty easy.


I haven’t posted in a while but I have a good excuse:

Meet Penny Lane. Our puppy… she consumes all my time and attention. But now that I’ve been distracted by her for a while I can get back to everything else.

She’s a 6 month old Chihuahua/Dachshund or as some call it, a Chiweenie. Cute eh?

Happy St. Patricks Day!

A whole day of the year dedicated to the Irish. What could be more fun. Beer, Baileys, dancing and of course, stew! Here’s my irish stew recipe, it’s a pretty typical Irish stew (why mess with a good thing), but the special ingredient here is a chocolate stout.

First the ingredients:

  • 2-large sticks of celery
  • 2-large carrots
  • 2-medium onions
  • Fresh rosemary (or you can substitute bay leaves, your choice)
  • 1lb-stewing beef
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt and peppercorns
  • 2 cups of stout beer (like Guinness or what I used, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout)
  • 1.5 tbs -All-purpose flour
  • 1-14oz can of diced tomatoes

First thing to do is to prep all your veggies. So peel away and then roughly chop all the carrots, onions, and celery. No need for precision here.

Throw them all in a large heavy bottomed pot or in a Dutch oven if you prefer. Add a healthy amount of olive oil and begin to fry them for around 10mins or so, also at this time add your herb of choice.

While those are frying pull your beef out of the fridge and lightly season with sea salt and pepper.

After the veg has softened up just a little, throw in the beef, flour, the diced tomatoes, and pour in the beer.

I wrote 2 cups of beer, but I usually just free pour from the can/bottle. Place the remainder of the beer (if any) directly in your mouth. Now you’re cooking like a true Irishman.

Stir all your ingredients together well and season with a bit of salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil

Once boiling, put a lid on, and turn the temp down to a simmer.

Let simmer for about 2 to 2.5 hours.

While you’re waiting crack yourself another beer, or two. Or 3?

If after the 2.5hrs you’re still coherent, take the lid off your stew and if its looking a little dry add some water to the mix.

Continue to simmer, with the lid off, for another half hour or so.

At this point everything should be tasting delicious and tender. Pick out your herb stalks and taste to see if it needs a touch more seasoning.

Serve on a bed of garlic mash and with a nice hearty loaf of soda bread or potato bread.


Baby, you got a stew going!

This is a really easy project to knit. It’s super warm, soft, and cozy. Using big needles and bulky yarn makes knitting this really fast.

What you need to know: casting on (long tail cast on is best), knit stitch, purl stitch, knitting in the round, casting off.

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Making your own piping is really easy and makes things like pillows and bags look professional and well made. Use self fabric for a subtle detail or use a contrasting fabric to make seam lines and design details stand out. I’ll show you how to do it:

You’ll need at least half a meter of fabric (or else you’ll have lots of seams) and figure out how much piping you need before you cut up your fabric. If your fabric is expensive you can make your piping out of a plain cotton that matches. Making your own piping is great because you can choose how thick you want the piping to be. I usually use 1/8″-1/4″ cord bit you can use any thickness.

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