Tuesday Treats #1

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Who will buy my beautiful thiiiiiingssss!
Today we have my New Baby greeting cards – there seems to be a baby boom at the moment! I know several Mums-to-be and New Mums and these cards will be ideal for sharing your congratulations! Or why not put them by for Baby’s 1st Christmas!!
Beautifully crafted handmade greeting card.

Blue or Pink 3D chest of drawers with a baby grow to one side, a giraffe to the other and a teddy bear perched on top.

Left blank so suitable for any occasion and you can add your own special message.

Would be ideal for a Baby Shower, New Baby, Baby's 1st Birthday!

100% recycled.

Size 5" x 5".

Comes with matching envelope. Will also be sent in a hardbacked envelope to ensure it reaches you in pristine condition.
To purchase your own or view what else i have please visit: and pictures on my wall store
As I’m unashamedly advertising my crafts to you why not get involved and feature your own items on Tuesday Treats - anything from creative crafts, jewellery, cakes and more. We could even set up a Swap Shop! For more info or to feature just contact me in the comment box below or email me: kirsti_r@hotmail.com.


Caslon & Co Kitchen Linen: Victorian Flourish Oven Mitt

Sunday, 8 December 2013

I was recently invited to try out some of the gorgeous kitchen linen by Caslon & Co and opted for this lovely sky blue oven mitt. As you may have noticed from my blog layout I love white, turquoises and greys and am slowly sneaking the colour scheme into the kitchen so when I spotted this design I knew I had to have it!

The oven mitt is heavy duty and well made - when I first tried it out I noticed how much thicker it is compared to my usual oven gloves and that it is lined with a plasticy fabric. I feel this will be a great benefit as sometimes my oven gloves get wet while i'm cooking as I constantly wash my hands and I cant hold baking trays and roasting tins for long but with the lining I think this will prevent it from happening in future. Another plus to the Victorian Flourish Oven Mitt is that it is completely machine washable - win!

I just love the vintage, shabby chic pattern and am so happy there is a matching apron and tea towel to complete the set which I've added to my Christmas List ;)

I have a fabulous 15% discount code for all my readers if you'd like to grab some of the beautiful kitchen linens by Caslon & Co and jazz up your kitchen in time for Christmas - just enter xmas25 at checkout!

What's your favourite patterns for kitchen linens?

Sunday Lunch #1

Sunday, 3 November 2013

What's this?! A brand new series for you to enjoy! ... Sunday Lunch is where I will post my fave recipe of the week whether it be a dinner I’ve made, a tasty snack or a yummy dessert.
Recently we’ve gone on a bit of a health kick and tried to kerb the takeaways and meals out and switch to healthy homemade delights. Since doing this I’ve ignited a passion for cooking, finding recipes and trying new things.
Today I’m showing you a tasty fish dish inspired by this Slimming World recipe.
I wrapped the salmon in tin foil parcels with 2 tsp of soy sauce, 1 tsp of honey, 2 teaspoons of lazy chilli and a spoonful of lazy garlic.
I then stir-fried a selection of veggies. Mange tout, spinach, button mushrooms, red and white onion and half a chilli chopped up finely. I chose these vegetables for no other reason other than they needed to be used up! Ha.
As a yummy accompaniment I made Sweet Potato Jackets – I’m not a massive potato fan but these were a delicious alternative to an old classic. To make simply prick the sweet potato several times and cook in the oven for 40 minutes.
And voila! A healthy homemade dish oozing with flavour!

Panasonic TZ40 Vine video

Friday, 28 June 2013

What do you think of the Panasonic TZ40 Vine video?

Inspiring summer holiday destinations? I think so :)

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Disney Wonder Linen Spray

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wonder by Disney is a fruity sweet subtle scent designed for a baby's nursery and bedroom linens.
I am absolutely in love with this spray and spray it several times a day all over my house - I have even sprayed it on myself as a body spray, it is that delicious!
The scent is a wonderfully sweet scent - like marshmallows or candyfloss with a hint of apples and adds a lovely comforting smell to your room and linens.
The bottle is nothing less than a masterpiece! Its chunky, simple and well made . The bottle is clear with only the logo and Disney picture (Bambi and Thumper!!!!) on the front with a shiny gold cap.
Wonder Linen Spray also comes in a gorgeous cream and gold sturdy gift box which is unbelievably cute and I cant bear to throw out!
You get 125ml of spray per bottle for £8 which I think is very reasonable especially as it seems to last forever! I've had mine for 2 months now and still have over two thirds left.
The only downside I have found is that the smell isn't long lasting but I have just seen that they have added a candle with the same scent to the collection and this may be better to use along side the linen spray as a room fragrance. Cant wait to try it!! :)
Have you tried the Disney Linen Sprays?

Upcycled Noticeboard

Sunday, 31 March 2013


Aloha! So last Friday on my first day off from work I decided to deep spring clean the kitchen! Cray cray, right!? While tidying up the dumping corner I rediscovered my whiteboard behind a million papers and cook books looking rather sorry for itself - I decided to rehome it and give it a sparkling makeover :)
I took it up to my craft room and raided my drawer of Washi tapes (seriously, you NEED washi tape in your life!!) and within 5 minutes I had recovered the bland wooden frame and turned the noticeboard into a cute shabby chic floral masterpiece.
I also gave it a brand new home within our kitchen! Previously it had just been propped up against the wall on the work surface and would either keep sliding down or get hidden behind junk. I used a set of Command Strips and pinned it to the side of our fridge - ideal to keep track of meal plans and add to a shopping list while we're rifling through.
And voila! a very inexpensive way to upcycle a dull noticeboard.
What's the best use you've found for Washi tape?

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Centre's

Saturday, 23 March 2013

The other week I fancied a little naughty treat and decided to make these light and fluffy chocolate chip cupcakes with gooey peanut butter centre's!
They turned out perfectly! Super light and moist (ok, they are a little burnt around the tops but they didn't taste it!) with a hidden surprise in the middle!
To make these you will need:
100g sugar
115g butter
150g self raising flour
1 egg
Chocolate chips or chunks
Peanut butter (I used crunchy)
~ Preheat oven to 190°C and grease a muffin tin
~ Cream butter (I softened mine first in the microwave a little) and sugar for 1 minute (I used my electric hand mixer)
~ Add the egg and beat on low until combined
~ Sift in the flour and add chocolate chips or chunks and mix together with a wooden spoon (or spatula or any other tool you have handy!)
~ Scoop a small teaspoon of mixture into the muffin tin, then add a small spoonful of peanut butter and then top with another spoonful of cake mixture.
~ Repeat until muffin tin is full (my mixture made 6 generous sized muffins!)
~ Cook for 15mins or until golden brown.
~ Devour while still warm!!
I'm so excited - I've finally took the plunge and ordered myself a beautiful, shiny stand mixer! Just waiting for it to arrive - cue lots of baking, treats and recipes very soon!
Have you tried making these? Let me know what you think :)

Scarlett Fashion - Sugarhill Sorbet Sweater

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

I love spring! It’s my most favourite season. I love the colours – lemon, mint green, whites! I like that it’s just warm enough to go out without a coat! I love lambing weekend and seeing baby chicks! And Easter Eggs!
And I absolutely adore this jumper from Scarlett Fashion! It's by Sugarhill and it’s the perfect transitional piece to go from these chilly winter days that are lingering to sunny spring ones!
I was very lucky enough to receive this jumper from Karen at Scarlett Fashion. A little boutique based in Preston with a extensive website featuring fabulous clothing and accessories from a range of brands including Sugarhill, Yumi and b.young. There's also beautiful Jewellery By Scarlett.
A massive plus for me is that Scarlett Fashion accepts PayPal payments! I do love shopping with my eBay monies!
Lets get back to the jumper! ...
The jumper itself is a lovely soft, fine knit and has beautiful flecks of colour throughout the pinky peach and baby blue yarn. I love the cute cream heart on the front too!
I ordered a Medium which I would say is roughly a size 8-10. This is the ideal length to wear with leggings or jeans and I’m so looking forward to wearing this when the weather warms up with coloured skinnies!
I live and die in jumpers and leggings at the moment and this has really brightened up my wardrobe from the usual blacks and greys I tend to turn to! I can see this lasting me throughout Spring/Summer as a go to item when I want to lounge around or throw something over a vest or tee when there's a chill in the air.
You can check out the full range of brands, clothing and accessories at Scarlett Fashion.
What items are you wearing as transitional pieces for Spring?


Saturday, 16 March 2013

After careful deliberation and being on and off hiatus for just over a year i have decided to take this blog forward in a slightly new direction.
That can only mean one thing! ... A MAKEOVER!!
So tadaa!! Welcome to my all new blog!
Apart from the visual aesthetics of my blog undergoing a makeover (thanks to the very talented Kayla) i have also renamed my blog to fall in line with my new craft store.
Kirsti @ the Notebook is now ... and pictures on my wall.
Since fleeing the family nest and moving in with my boyfriend, fashion and beauty has taken a back seat. I am still very much interested in these things and am still reading your blogs daily but for me personally my priorities have changed. I have taken on the role of housewife (while still working a 9-5!) and am relishing my new role. I’ve learnt to cook! I DIY (well, i DIY’d before as my full-time job requires these skillz) and am a proud step-mummy. I find myself reading home decor magazines and searching for new recipes rather than picking up a gossip mag or trying to hunt down the latest MAC collection.
So with that in mind i have decided to move forward with a more lifestyle & home based blog (while incorporating some of the ol’ favourites like reviews, DIY/handmade projects, etc). I will also be using this space to showcase some of my crafty wares that i recently launched.
I would love to hear from you - I’m looking for feedback on my craft items, guest bloggers (whether it be showcasing your handmade items, recipes, DIY skillz, etc) and general chit chat about what content you’d love to see around here now on 'and pictures on my wall'.

I'm sure you've all heard by now but Google Friend Connect is departing us and while I'm a little annoyed about this I have embraced some new tools to help you guys follow me easily so you don't miss any of my updates!

You can follow me via Bloglovin' (don't forget you can import all of the blogs you follow on GFC by going to this link!), Hellocotton and NetworkedBlogs. You can also find the easy 'Follow me' icons down the left-hand side of my blog!
I do hope my you stay around and join me on this new journey, take care for now ...

Handmade Shabby Chic Home Decor

Thursday, 7 February 2013



Hi all,

Just a little post to show you what a busy little bee i've been ... i've gone and opened my own Etsy shop selling my button art!!

Please stop by: http://www.etsy.com/shop/kirstiatthenotebook and share with your friends and family.

All my items are handmade (with love and care <3 ), ideal to place anywhere in the home or to give as gifts.

I'm also taking small custom orders so please contact me if you are interested :)

xoxo ~ kirsti

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