Monday Catch Up #12

This week can be summed up with two words: drawers and lions – I’ve been very definitely stretching my crafty and creative skills to their limits (I am neither crafty nor creative so this blogging business is really challenging me in a good way).

I never look forward to Mondays so try to cheer myself up with little things like newly painted nails, lovely perfume and yummy food. nails and perfume



After work we took Maddie to the vets for her first post-neuter checkup, she’s doing great but frustrated of course at not being able to be her normal high energy self. Pete and I went for a run, our first in a really long time – it was good to be back on track.



Tuesday I worked from home and decided to get stuck into a crafty project that Wayfair had challenged me to, using a set of drawers they sent me to give an “autumnal ombre” makeover to. Now whilst painting walls is no bother at all, painting furniture is a whole different proposition.

Fortunately there’s lovely flower shop in Lee just down the road which sells Annie Sloan chalk paint so I hopped on the bus in my lunchbreak to go and pick some colours so that I could get started after work.

annie sloan



Wednesday I was back in the office but went off to meet my BFF and her hubby at the Natural History Museum for lunch since their little boy – my littlest godson – turned 2! It was so lovely to have a catch up and grab a cuddle from this cheeky chappy who is VERY active!


Thursday I was at home again and did a bit of painting in our spare room and a bit more work on my drawers which were starting to take shape and headed to Pilates after work. Another two week break now before it starts again in September.


bud vasesFriday was one of those days. One of those magical days where I should have played Euromillions but didn’t. It started early with an email from Wayfair to say that this post that I wrote with our home office catch up had been featured in their weekly round up of design blogs to read! Totally thrilled as it was so out of the blue.

Then the post came and I had a tax rebate of just over £100 which will come in so handy with all these house projects to work on PLUS the knobs that I’d ordered for my drawers project arrived and impatiently I set to work putting them on. So pleased with how this has turned out.

tax rebate


Finally later in the day a huge box of new stock arrived for DaisychainBaby in the form of new shoes and rompers from Poco Nido – I think their AW collection might be my favourite yet!


On Saturday after a little bit of shopping I started tackling another blog project which was to create a new recipe using two new Oreo’s cookie flavours in conjunction with Foodies 100. I made my base for the recipe – a Madeira cake – before Pete and I headed off to East London to meet a lovely lady who runs interiors company Barnaby & Co. She was having a pop-up across this weekend and invited us to visit at a drinks reception afterwards.

let the baking begin

Barnaby & Co

It was so lovely to meet another small business owner who is juggling running that with a full-time day job and who is also so passionate about interiors. There’ll be a separate post coming up about her wonderful business but we did a little bit of shopping…

shopping in East London

Sunday we had a low key day and pottered about the house, Pete did some DIY stuff in our spare spare room, hanging a mirror and changing the light fitting from the hideous OTT fake chandelier and replacing it with the gorgeous pineapple shade in the picture above.

I got on with my baking project and turned the Madeira cake into a friendly lion with complete with Oreo cookie mane! Definitely my greatest culinary achievement so far in life which isn’t saying much since I rarely cook or bake from scratch, but gradually I’m trying to learn.


lion cake

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week x

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  1. August 17, 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Sounds like a fab week, the drawers look great and those teeny shoes are adorable! #twtwc

    • Lins
      August 18, 2015 / 10:50 am

      Thank you! I’m so pleased with how the drawers turned out, much better than I expected X

  2. August 17, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Wow, you seem very creative to me! Those drawers are amazing, I want them and that cake, wow! Sounds like a lovely but busy week! Have a good one,
    Becky xx

    • Lins
      August 18, 2015 / 10:51 am

      Thanks Becky, maybe some previously undiscovered talents are coming to the fore. Have a super week too! X

  3. August 17, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    Excellent cake! Also love the drawers – very cool. x

    • Lins
      August 18, 2015 / 10:52 am

      Thanks lovely, the cake made it into the office where it has been devoured. I’m not sure I could look at it anymore! X

  4. Lucy
    August 18, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Don’t knock your skills, the lion turned out brilliantly! What’s the Annie Sloan paint like to use? I was torn between that & F&B when I did our table and ended up going with F&B. The drawers look great, love the colours (even though it does unnerve me that it’s almost autumn). Looking forward to the post about Barnaby & Co, she sounds like a very inspiring lady x

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