Nursery Dresser Upcycle.

Before & After

I always knew I wanted to do something special for Taylor’s room as soon as that little stick changed colour and said “yup, your pregnant” but being in rental accommodation then and staying with Sam’s parents now, that was always going to be easier dreamt then done. After thinking about it long and hard we decided we would find an old dresser and upcycle it and build a toy box and book shelf to match.

After searching for what seemed like forever in second hand shops and Trademe I eventually won an auction for a sweet little wooden set of drawers for a happy price of $15. I was stoked, Sam was pretty happy with my find but knew how much work was to come.

As we were keeping the gender of our baby a surprise we went with a light green and dark teal, a lot of people said it’s a boy colour combo but I think it works great for girls too. Not that it was an issue with our little one being a boy.  We chose from the Resene’s KidzColour collection  with Tutti Frutti being our base coat & Yabbadabbado used for the animals.

Tools

First Sam sanded the dresser back and through away the old knobs as we had purchased some new ones that would be easier for little hands to open.

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Next we added some custom made legs and primed it up. Originally the drawers only stood 0.6m high and were a bit awkward for us adults to bend and open the drawers. After adding two coats of primer we added two coats of Resene Tutti Frutti.

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Prime & undercoat

It took me a while to decide how exactly to decorate the dresser I eventually I decided on silhouette’s of American animals to remind us of our trip to Canada and around the USA and my homeland. I found some images I liked online and traced them onto OHP sheets and cut them out. Once the base coat of Resenes Tutti Frutti was dry & ready I traced around the stencils with a light pencil and painted the animals and other small pieces on in the Resenes Yabbadabbadoo. This actually took me a very very long time because I did it while heavily pregnant, yeah I really don’t recommend that. Each animal took 2 coats so smaller art brushes came in handy.

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After all the paint was dry we added a secret message to our baby on the back and loaded in the clothes. The drawers are small but I like it that way as it means Taylor doesn’t have a ridiculous amount of clothes that he grows out of before I realise he’s never worn it & Sam being a good daddy whipped up a bookshelf with matching colour scheme and animal silhouettes big enough for books, toys and all his added extra’s.

 

- Tui

 

 

This post is not sponsored or in conjuction with Resene’s.

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Sunday Supper: Peach Passion Pie

About a month ago we had some house guests all the way from Wales and a bumper crop of peaches spilling out of the fruit bowl and taking over the kitchen counter so we decided to have a big family dinner and finish it off with a peach pie. and yes I have had this post in the works for about a month now, life can get pretty hectic some times.

As I sat peeling and slicing a pile of peaches and dreaming of just how good this pie would be Sam’s aunty walked in with a huge bag of passionfruit with the instructions of eating them all as soon as possible as they just had so many they didn’t know what to do with them. After eating about 5 passionfruit right there and then I realized there was just no way they would all be eaten before staring to turn so I scraped a few out into that pie and took it toe the next level and by next level I mean we had fights over who would be getting that last piece that sat lonely and deliciously in the pie pan after deserts and coffee, me and my sister in law won that one thankfully.

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Ingredients:

  • sweet short pastry crust enough for 9-inch pie
  • 5 cups fresh peaches, sliced and peeled
  • 3 passionfruit
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°c. I blind bake my pie crust but this is completely up to you.
  2. Stir together flour, 1 cup sugar, and cinnamon and set aside.
  3. Wash, peel, and slice fresh peaches.
  4. Mix together peaches with the combined dry ingredients.
  5. Turn into pastry-lined pie pan and dot with butter and passionfruit pulp.
  6. Cover with top crust, I favor doing a lattice pie crust but you can just place a sheet of pastry over the top and pierce a few times with a sharp knife or fork and sprinkle top with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  7. Cover the edges with foil to prevent over browning; remove foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  8. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust.

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Pie may be frozen for future use, perfect way of storing an abundance of peaches for winter in my opinion.

 

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Sunday Supper – Apple Spice Cake

IMG_8906 We got struck with the tail end of a tropical cyclone this week. It doesn’t feel like summer in NZ until you get a cyclone, and this year we’ve been really lucky to not get one till mid-January even though it felt like our summer started in mid-September with lovely hot sunny days. While we were stuck in side with the rain and crazy winds I craved comfort foods and thought an apple spice cake would be the perfect answer. It helped I had a few apples in the fruit bowl that were only really any good for cooking seeing I had left them there for so long. IMG_8907 IMG_8908 Apple Spice Cake  

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of all spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups of apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 2 apples peeled and sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease well and flour a 10″ round spring form cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. Stir in raisins, applesauce, oil and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared cake pan and spread out evenly. Arrange slice apple on the top.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until skewer comes out clean.      This cake is lovely served warm with fresh whipped cream or ice cream. 20140121_15373420140121_15552220140121_172300

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What Taylor Wore 21.01.14

Our little guy was 4 months old on Tuesday. He’s growing so fast and learning new skills even faster. This week he rolled from his back to his tummy, became even more vocal and tried his first solid food; watermelon. We didn’t get to see him do the rolling because he decided to do it for the split second we had turned our backs and just the once but we’re sure he’ll do it again soon.

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He’s also mastered grabbing toys and shoving them in his mouth for a good chew. Hence why his collar is always covered in a good amount of drool. Knowing that nearly everything Taylor can get his hands on will be shoved in his mouth I am very conscious of what his toys are made of. We have tended to focus on buying him toys from smaller mom and dad shops and ones made out of natural materials such as wood over plastic or rubber. We have also noticed he does prefer to chew and suck on his wooden toys rather than his plastic or rubber toys which has been a great sigh of relief.

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Outfit Details:

  • All-in-one – Bonds 
  • Teether – Dax & Maisy (closed down)
  • Moccasins – Bobux
  • Socks – Bobux

 

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Sunday Supper – Strawberry Coconut Loaf

This weekend we wen’t to the Kumeu Classic Car and hotrod show, just like we do every year but now we have Taylor and our saving our pennies to buy a house I decided we would take a picnic and not need to spend money on over priced junk food. I gathered a few cans of drink, items for a cheese platter and some fresh fruit but also knew we needed something else to make it special. We had quite a few strawberries that I considered freezing but thought better of that and whipped up a delicious Strawberry Coconut Loaf and boy was it good. Heavy enough to be a good lunch box treat but sweet and refreshing that it was perfect for a hot day out.

Strawberry Coconut Loaf

Strawberry Coconut Loaf

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup Chelsea White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries hulled and chopped

 

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160°C  and grease a loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients together. Make sure not to over mix.

3. Put into a greased loaf tin, bake at 160°C for 1 hour.

Strawberry Coconut Loaf

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What Taylor Wore: 14.01.2013

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I’ve been thinking about doing this feature on good life diaries called What Taylor Wore. I love dressing him! He is like my real life doll. We will try to post a picture once a week of an outfit he wore and share where everything is from.

I am not one for clothing sets and things being overly matchy for kids. In fact I prefer the gender neutral stuff to the blues for boys and pinks for girls and I really don’t spend a lot on his clothing either. I just can’t do it, he just grows too fast to warrant spending so much on an outfit & just wait till he starts crawling and walking and getting into everything. His OCD clean freak mom is going to have to learn to chill out on that front.

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I love to mix and match things. I can’t help but pick things I would love to wear as well. I love plaids and button up shirts, leather jackets, skinny jeans, lots of cardigans and mixing patterns. He will always be a little bit me I think.

I am excited to share his daily little outfits!

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

T’shirt – cotton on kids

Leggings – mobi minors from Baby Factory

Socks – linzi

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Sunday supper

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While Taylor and daddy napped this weekend I decided it was time for me to get in the kitchen. While giving the fridge a bit of a clean out I found half a pumpkin that really needed to be cooked up so I decided I would whip some pumpkin puree baby food as it won’t be long now before Taylor starts solids and use some to make a pumpkin and cranberry loaf for me and Sam. It smelled amazing, it had great flavor (Sam may of even had thirds) and was fairly was easy to make.

Pumpkin cranberry loaf.

 

Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf

  • - 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • - 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • - 2 eggs
  • - 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • - 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • - 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • - 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • - 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • - 1/3 cup of water (room temperature)
  • - 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • - 1/2 cup dried cranberries

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180’c and grease a 9x5inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sugar and oil and mix well. Add the eggs and beat till well mixed.
  3. In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients; flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Sift the dry ingredients into the sugar and egg mix alternately with the water until just combined. Make sure not to overmix.
  5. Stir in the pumpkin and cranberries.
  6. Pour your batter into the pre-prepared pan and bake at 180’c for an hour or until skewer comes out clean.

 

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We had our with just a small slather of butter and a cup of tea after dinner but it would be delicious served with a orange glaze or marshmallow fluff topping.

 

- Tui

 

(Sorry for the terrible photo quality but I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures until after dinner so missed my pretty light time)

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