Hi all, sorry for not posting over the past two days. I have limited access to the Internet at the moment but normal posting will resume tomorrow. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and see you tomorrow. Mel
Hi All – I forgot to mention that I have finally added a subscription button to the blog. The button is located top right hand column. Once you sign up you will get an email automatically when I upload a new post. This will save you time as you only have to drop by when there is new content to read. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind the repeat hits but I know it gets frustrating when there is nothing new to read. Any problems let me know.
Sorry for being absent for three days. I was away in Cannes baby for work and thought I could update the blog in the evening but it didn’t happen. And I didn’t even take photos of all the lovely interior and homeware stores I past each day. Bad bad blogger. I promise I will make it up to you all.
If you are in the market for some french style furniture then you might be interested in this offer. A bridal shop located in Dublin 2 is clearing out the following furniture and equipment.
• 3 Mirrors for a Changing Room to be fixed to the wall – €80 each
• 5 Female Bust Manequins – €50 each
•1 Child Manequin – €30 each
• Display Shelving Unit with a Mirror backing, 4 shelves – €350
• French Chateau White Table with a Glass Top – €350
• armchairs (can be painted to likening) – €50 each
• 1 Sewing Machine Nfaff – €200
• 5 Free Standing Rails on Castors (ideal for a Stock Room) – €80 each
• Display Hanging Rails for Show Room with glass shelves to hang gowns (fixed to walls) €900
• Raspberry Taffeta Curtains with Velcro Tab Top (easy to put up and light) – all for €100
• Office Desk (with fold out section) – €150 (plus free chair)
• 1 Charles Hoover (Dry and Wet cleaning) – €75
• 10 -15 Gold Picture Frames – €10 each
I recently attended the Rude Health fair at the RDS a couple weeks back to meet the god of Low GL – Dr Patrick Holford. Anyway I missed out on his seminar as it was full. So to console myself I tried out some raw chocolate and then watched a ‘cooking’ demonstration on how it is made. Chocolate makes me happy and Holford doesn’t allow normal chocolate. He is very mean. But guess what – raw chocolate is low GL! Yippee. Ok I have probably lost half of you at this stage but – Chocolate that is good for YOU! All you need is to track down some agave nectar (plant from Mexico) and maca and you are all set.
60g grated cacao butter
2 tbsp maca
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp agave nectar
Directions: Bring a small full pan of water to boil. Place a glass bowl on top of the pan ensuring the bottom of it does not touch the water. Add grated cacao butter and stir continuously. Raw cacao butter has a low melting point (38°C). If it is allowed to heat above this it’s molecular structure begins to change, which will affect its beneficial nutrients. Dip a finger in to check it doesn’t get too hot (should only be moderately warm) Once melted add the maca and cocoa powder. Once dissolved add the agave nectar. Then add mixture to chocolate moulds or ice cube trays and put in the fridge to harden. Depending on your taste buds you may wish to add a little salt and fresh vanilla bean.
However if you are lazy and want instant gratification you can buy it from Natasha’s Living Food. She makes the best Chocolate Truffles ever – And I should know as I’ve tasted a lot of chocolate in my time.
My little old blog was featured in Munster Interiors! The lovely Lorna over at Garrendenny Lane was hired to write a piece on the merits of blogging and she chose to feature six blogs she reads on a regular basis. I was so thrilled to be included. Thanks Lorna – you making blogging a joy!
Every week the guys over at Desire to Inspire give a little blog love with their weekly list of recommended blogs!
And I feel very honoured that my blog was included this week!
Thank you Jo.
And welcome to all of you who have dropped by via D2I.
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What is your current obsession? Fresh flowers for the apartment and plants for the balcony
Coffee or tea? Tea but coffee when I am out
What’s for dinner? Fresh garlic, Chorizo and Pork burgers on pita bread with rocket and tomatoes. here is the recipe.
What would you eat for your last meal? Chocolate until I die
What was the last thing you bought? A gorgeous tea dress in navy and forest green
What are you listening to right now? silence
What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe? My new dress
What is your favourite ice cream flavour? chocolate
What do you think of the person(s) who tagged you? Paula has my shop!
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go? I’m going with Paula – French flea market with a wad of cash.
Which language do you want to learn? French – then I would learn how to play the cello and move to Paris
What is your favourite colour? Hmm – that’s hard because I like so many colours. Vibrant orange, lilac, deep purple, forest green and lately turquoise and bright yellow.
What is your dream job? to be a world famous interior and furniture designer.
What is your worst habit? Day dreaming
If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on? Me
What book are you currently reading? Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. Breath and The Riders are also amazing!
Describe your personal style? I don’t think I have a particular style. I like to think I am hip but the fact that I just used the word hip means that I am not.
What are you going to do after this? I am going to try and resist the urge to surf the net some more.
What are your favourite movies? Too hard to narrow it down to a few. I like comedy but not like Dumb And Dumber – I hate toilet humor. I like movies about the human condition and I can handle the odd action movie if there is someone good to look at. Shallow right?
What is your favourite fruit? Peaches
What inspires you? Anybody who takes a big risk to follow their dreams. And all the amazing bloggers out there.
Do you collect something? No and never have.
If you could change your name to anything, what would you call yourself? Mia
What is your favourite smell? Chocolate
What’s your favourite item in your home? My two Tulip dining chairs
How many times do you press the snooze button before you get up? Usually about 5 times.
Cats or dogs? Dogs
What’s your biggest fashion mistake? The whole of the 80s was one big fashion mistake.
What is your guilty TV pleasure? I am really too embarrassed to say.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Artist
What is your biggest regret? I used to have a few but now I don’t feel that strongly about them anymore so I going with – none.
What is your worse decorating disaster? Orange walls and lime skirting boards! Eeewww!
Victorian Terrace or contemporary new build? Either please.
Sorry but I think I am having another one of those days. Do you ever feel like you are not living the life you should be living?
I guess everyone has one of those days and for some, those days turn into weeks until they can handle it no longer and they quit their day job!!
Etsy has a whole section dedicated to people who quit their day jobs.
Very inspiring and very very tempting.
Have any of you quit your day job to follow your dream career / life?
I am having one of those days where you feel very uninspired. So the pics below are from my inspiration files in the hope it spurs me on to find something inspiring to post about.
I definitely have a thing for cool whites with pops of vibrant colour and warm woods combo.
pics from – Desire 2 inspire, AT, Pia, Daily Decorator, Fuse Interiors and CH4