Friday, 29 November 2013

Before And After: Little Old Vanity


I've got a few completed projects around the house now, all ready to be taken off to the Makers' Market on the 7th. Most of them are stashed in our guest bedroom, which kinda makes it hard for visitors when they come. But...if they're staying here, then they know me and know to expect a little furniture clutter here and there! The most recent visitor said to me, 'Just clear a path so I can get to the bed!'

This was one of those I needed to shift out of the way...

This one used to be a bathroom vanity which had a timber and tile splashback attached, which I have plans for, and it possibly had a tiled top as well.

I had a whole other design plan for this one, but...things can change and you've just gotta go with the flow sometimes, right? ;-)
I made the top out of tongue and groove hardwood which Tony then cut to size for me. 
He also pulled out three of the four castors for me with his big, manly muscles. I could only get one. 
Thank you Tony :-)

The inside is painted in Klavier (of course!) my fave dulux black and the outside is hogs bristle.
The whole thing got some wax, except for the interior which I used wipe on poly.
I also primed this first with cover stain so that the stain would be...covered ;-) Didn't want that seeping through onto my lovely white finish! 
The knobs are from Provincial living, but I removed a little of the gold flowery element to keep it a bit on the plain side. Sometimes I'm just not feeling the flowery, tizzy thing.

It would be a perfect bedside, hall table, entrance table, side table. You could plonk this anywhere really!
It's 900 wide, 420 deep and 740 high. (That's in mm's peeps!)
It is coming along to the market...not long to go!!
I think my stall will be on the smaller side this year, I have had so much custom work this year that I haven't had time to do much of my own stuff. But it's all good!!

Hope to see you there!!
Except if you live in another country...then you're excused. ;-)

*Update - This little beauty is now sold.

Courts xx

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Friday, 22 November 2013

What On Earth Do I Eat, If I Don't Eat Bread??

I was pondering recently about what it was like when I very first started 'thinking' about eating healthy and seeing the words - gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, raw, grain free,  no processed foods, vegan, etc floating around the old interweb and I wondered what on earth these people ate?!!
If I couldn't have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pasta for tea...what would I eat? How would I survive?

It all sounded like a whole lotta giving things I loved up to me!

And that's not even mentioning chocolate!! There's not a snowballs chance in hell I'd be giving chocolate up! ;-)

But really, one of the biggest things I wondered about was bread. If they don't eat bread, what do they eat?

I've had a couple of conversations with friends lately who asked me that very question. And so I figured I'd share it all here, then you would know too! :-)

I have touched on what I eat in previous posts, which you can see here.

But let's break it down a little further into meals.

I do want to preface this by saying that my taste buds have completely changed now to what they were 18 months ago. They changed drastically after the juice fast and then making gradual meal changes meant they've gradually changed more. I also eat way less than I was because I am in tune with my body and what it needs and when. I see food as fuel now and have a much better relationship with it than I did. Food used to have a hold over me...and some days it gives me a run for my money, but I'm so much better equipped to handle ridonkulous cravings I may get. If I blow out...I blow out on something healthy that's been sweetened with honey or maple syrup. You may have seen the raw snickers I made on Instagram a while back? Heaven!!
Remember I made gradual changes after the juice fast, then lapsed back, then made more healthy yet gradual changes to my diet up until June, when I finally decided that I was worth treating my body with love and respect and giving it whole, healthy foods. I decided to fully commit to this lifestyle change and I haven't looked back. I feel so amazing and there's something so freeing when you improve your relationship with food, that I don't want to go back to eating how I did!
If this is something you're thinking about yourself (Go You!), gradual changes is the way to go. Do your research and find what works best for your body.

Ok, enough of that, lets start with breakfast! 

I pretty much have a cooked breakfast every morning. Generally I'll have 3, sometimes 2 eggs which I poach, fry or scramble and they sit on wilted baby spinach - not toast ;-) - and I'll have 1/2 an avocado, mushrooms, bacon and tomatoes or whatever other veggies I have on hand and feel like eating in the morning. 
This definitely keeps me going until lunch time! 

Yes, this means I have to be up a little earlier, but it's like anything new...the more you do it, the better/quicker you get at it. 

Occasionally I'll have pancakes which I make from rolled oats, an egg, banana and a little almond milk which are then topped with a splash of pure maple syrup. 

Lunch is also cooked. Sometimes, if I remember, I'll make extra tea the night before and have that for lunch. Quick and easy! But it's usually chicken with a sauce made from coconut milk on top of a fresh salad that takes a couple of minutes to whip up. 
Or frozen prawns that I quickly fry up in some ghee and garlic and throw over a salad. 
Or a egg, bacon and veggie frittata. 
I'm not a huge soup fan, I don't find it filling enough but occasionally I'll have veggie soup followed by some soft boiled eggs on salad. 
FYI, If  I was a full-time worker, I would still have these types of food for lunch, I'd just prep them the night before.

And lastly tea. This is the easiest one. You probably already eat meat and veggies for tea. It's just a matter of adding some healthy fats, which I usually do now via a coconut milk sauce. It's so easy! You just take your cooked meat out of the frypan, turn the heat down low and grind some salt, pepper , garlic powder, onion flakes, curry powder and/or any herbs you like. You could add in some sliced mushrooms or onions. Splash on a little water and stir for a second then pour on a tin of full fat coconut milk or cream. Turn the heat off, plate up your meal then pour some sauce over. Done!
FYI, I cook my meat in either ghee or coconut oil, both I get from the supermarket. 

What about snacks, I hear you asking? I don't snack every day, it completely depends on how I'm feeling and how much exercise I've done or if I've eaten enough for brekky/lunch. If I'm snacking,  I only eat something I've made from scratch myself. There's heaps of clean recipes out there for sweet snacks that are so easy to make. It's just a matter of getting the ingredients into your pantry so that when you really feel like something sweet or snack-y, you can whip something up. 
Most supermarkets here in Australia stock good nuts and seeds and coconut oil, dates etc. These generally go in a sweet snack. Cacao I buy from the health food store and is what gives me a chocolate fix when I need one!

The next step for me is to eat more raw foods. I have been craving raw veggies lately, which is new to me so I'm going to introduce that a little more now. I figure coming into summer it'll be a good time to try raw foods more. Plus I'm happy to give up cooking three times a day! I'm not the worlds most organized person so I tend to forget (a lot!) to make extra to eat for the next meal ;-)

You may have noticed that I didn't mention fruit at all?

I've never been a big fruit eater, and I'm ok with that! But also, a few years ago I read a book called Fit For Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond and it was hard going, but the one thing I got out of it and it's something I've always done since reading their book - fruit should only be eaten on an empty stomach. For me, that's first thing in the morning. The reason for this is really well written in their book, but in my own words/understanding it's because fruit digests really fast and if it's digestion is slowed down by other foods blocking its path...well it can ferment in there and if it's something that happens often, it can cause big problems down the track. As in later in life, down the track. 
This theory was really sold to me via their book, but I'm not trying to sell it to you! Just thought I needed to explain why I hadn't mentioned fruit!

Hope this helps anyone who had pondered that 'no bread' question and I guess I need to throw in why I don't eat bread - because it is highly processed and has other 'unclean' ingredients and really does nothing good for my body. I'd much rather eat eggs on spinach with bacon in the morning than two pieces of toast and be hungry an hour later. ;-)

Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Thanks for reading :-)

Courts xx

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Before And After: Cane Bedheads


So cane has made a bit of a resurgence and I must admit...I kinda love it ;-)

Not that I would want a house full of it. Just a few pieces here and there to add some boho vibe to a room.'s gotta be bright.

Like bright, bright.

Maybe a colour like this...

Which used to look like this...

There are two of these (Yay!!) and I've done both in the same colour - Seaside by Rust-oleum 2X spray paint.

I'm pretty well in love with this covers so well compared to others I've used. It really does cover twice as much and it comes in some cool colours too!
Up until now, it's been impossible to get a spray paint in anything other than a basic colour here in Australia, so its fantastic to finally have cool choices ;-)
It is also affordable, at only $10.95 a can, it ticks all the boxes for me :-)
If you're in Horsham, Mitre 10 has it (not all colours, but they'll order in for you and it doesn't take long) and is where I get mine.

I've also used it in sun yellow on this...

This is a perfect yellow...not too gold and not too lemon! Now I just need to find the perfect spot to hang this!

I'm busy now getting things finished for the Makers' Market on December 7th and if you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen I've finally had some success with sewing piping round a footstool!
 I have just a few more to go so fingers crossed it keeps working for me ;-)

Hope you're week is going great!

Courts xx
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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Before And After: Chevron Ottoman


I'm pretty sure it's how this little ol' blog is feeling lately.

And excuses are pointless, really. I could babble on for ages about what I've been doing instead of blogging, reasoning my way out of the guilt.

But I won't.

Instead...I'm going to show you this awesome ottoman I re-designed last week!

Not only is it chevron and an ottoman - ergo cool - it is also neon!

Oh read right.

A Neon Chevron Ottoman.

This is definitely one of those one's that if it doesn't sell...I don't mind in the slightest ;-)

Here we go!! -

Wanna see the before? It's a doozie...

This one was definitely an ugly-duckling-into-a-swan kind of transformation. My favorite!

FYI, I put the pillow top thing back on after removing the old fabric and then went over nice and tight and snug with the new, it's what gives it such a beautiful luxe shape. :-)

The new feet are made for the ends of curtain rods (can't think of their proper name) and are suitably chunky. All I needed to do was wax them for a little sheen and protection. 

So I'm doing the Makers' Market again this year on Saturday the 7th of December at the library here in Horsham. I just realized it's about 3 weeks away and I don't have much to take, so I'd better get on that ;-)

Thanks for still reading, I really do appreciate you :-)

Courts xx
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