Living My Real Life

Happy weekend my friend! The photo above is of my historical family homestead in Whanganui. It’s not very big is it? Just to be clear, I’ve never lived there – my family sold it long before I came along.  I’ve been inside once, I was amazed that this family of fourteen managed to squeeze into this tiny house.

I’m sorry about the quality of this photo – I do have abetter version of it somewhere but I just can’t find it right now. This is theRoots family – Thomas, his wife and twelve children.  Can you imagine! Twelve children!

I took the photo of the house about five years ago, just before my Mum passed away.  The land in front of the house (actually the side of the house) is now filled with houses.

Anyway, enough of a history lesson. I am perpetually interested in history so I thought I’d share that little bit with you today.

On the Blog

Five Minute Earrings

This week I started a new series called “Five Minute Earrings”.  You can see the Playlist on YouTube.

My purpose is starting this series is to show how incredibly quick and easy jewelry making can be. Granted, there are more advanced projects which take longer but earrings are generally pretty quick and easy.  Why not make a pair for every outfit, or every day of the month!

The first pair of earrings in this series I just called “Red”.  Very original but I just couldn’t think of anything else to call them.  If you have any suggestions, let me know – nothing is set in stone.

Red - 5 Minute Earrings Tutorial

Gluten Free Granola

My Thursday blog post this week was another recipe.  I’ve been on a bit of a roll with recipes lately.  I’ve been making this Gluten Free Granola for a while now and my family just loves it.  It goes so fast that I make a huge batch.  I’ve given the recipe for a big batch but you can cut it down if you don’t have a family who inhales it.

Fun fact: In New Zealand we call this Muesli.  I looked up the difference between granola and muesli and according to Healthline the difference is that granola is baked and contains something sticky, and muesli is uncooked.  Well, I grew up on muesli that was held together with something sticky and either baked or toasted.Maybe it’s a cultural thing – in my book, they appear to be the same thing.  

Any thoughts on this?  I’ve love to hear them – leave me a comment below and tell me what you think.

Gluten Free Granola Recipe

Around the Web

Resin Keyring

I saw this beautiful resin keyring earlier this week and I knew I had to share this with you all. To be honest, I’m a bit afraid of resin.  I’ve never used it but when I watch people using in on YouTube, it either looks really easy or things go really wrong.  

Have you ever tried using resin? What are your thoughts?

Artsy Karma Keyring

Painting My Table – Research

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I acquired some tables recently.    We have decided to sell our beautiful wooden dining room table and paint the oval one (still haven’t had time to get a good photo).

I’m going to paint this table, but I didn’t know what paint to use.  Should I use latex paint like I have for furniture in the past, or is it time for me to foray into the world of chalk paint or milk paint?

So, I’ve been doing some research. I know some of you have been following along with this to see what I came up with so here’s what I found. The best advice I’ve found was on Sarah Joy’s Blog.  Sarah has compared Annie Sloan and Rust-oleum chalk paint.  This is well worth a read but after reading it, I have decided that Rust-oleum Chalk Paint is the way to go.

Sarah Joy Blog - Rustoleum vs Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Sarah has also done a comparison of Rustoleum chalk paint versus Rustoleum milk paint.  I found this very interesting as well. After reading this article, my decision to use Rustoleum chalk paint for my table was cemented.

Sarah Joy Blog Rustoleum Chalk Paint versus Milk Paint

If you have time and are interested in using either chalk or milk paint, I highly recommended reading these two articles.

I’m hoping to work on my table over the next few weeks but there are some factors (mostly time) that will dictate this.  I’ll keep you posted and share my project when I do it.

Well, that’s all I have for you this week.  Have a fantastic weekend.  



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June 12, 2021