DIY Countdown to Christmas board

I thought I’d share a little festive DIY that I produced for the team at Pinty Plus UK. It’s a very satisfying quick upcycle which I really enjoyed putting together and which I’m pretty confident will become a memorable part of our family Christmas routine.

To make this countdown to Christmas blackboard you need the following…

  • An old picture frame without glass
  • Pinty Plus spray blackboard paint
  • Pinty Plus spray chalk paint in a colour of your choice (I used Broken White)
  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Printed words to fit your frame (I did mine in Photoshop, but you can do them in Word too)
  • Blackboard pen

The back of the photo frame is sprayed with blackboard paint and the frame itself is sprayed with chalk paint. The lettering is easier than you might think to do. You just cover the reverse of your printed words with chalk and then trace the outline on the right side with pencil. (Thank you Robyn for introducing me to this concept!)

The video below was shot in Pinty Plus’s warehouse on a farm in Hampshire and the pallets that made up the backdrop were just bits I found laying around. At least one person who works there thought I was a bit off when I wanted them in shot!

Here’s the full step by step tutorial showing you how to put it together…

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HomeLife Project – December (shooting mirrorless)

In last month’s Home Life Project post you may remember me saying that I was without my DSLR as it had been in for repair for a month, well I did get it back for a couple of days and then it went straight back in for repair again! So this month not only was I without my DSLR again but I was also without Jim (away on a work trip) and it was the darkest, most uninspiring time of year too… Ho hey…

However every cloud has a silver liming and after nearly two months without my DSLR I have been learning to embrace my compact light-weight Panasonic mirrorless camera (which I initially bought for filming). Last week I bought a cheap (50mm equivalent) prime lens for it which has transformed my shooting experience. Though I was fairly unimpressed with it in November, I have to say that today it’s really done a pretty good job and it’s much much more portable than the SLR.

Atfer many years of searching I think I have actually found a camera that I am happy to travel with instead of lugging round a load of heavy professional camera gear…. I’d be interested to know what you think of the photos too.

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From Epic Fail… to Cupcake Master with the Kenwood Chef XL

Last year we started a new tradition for Theo. He has an August birthday, so misses out on taking treats in to school for his classmates, so instead, as he was born in Scotland, he celebrates St Andrews Day with Saltire themed cupcakes.

This seemed like a great idea in principle, but last year’s baking attempt was a bit of a disaster! The cakes rose with a little mound in the middle and the thin icing I attempted all ran to the edges leaving naked cracked cupcake mountains. It was not the Pinterest worthy moment I had been dreaming of!

With the end of November started looming again this year, I was wondering how to overcome last year’s obstacles when AO.com stepped in and offered me a Kenwood Chef to review. I’ve considered purchasing a stand mixer for years, but I wasn’t sure they were really worth the money or the space on the worktop. The St Andrews cupcake challenge seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out if they were… (more…)

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Our epic half tonne pizza oven installation saga

Over the summer Jim turned forty and I decided to treat him to something he’s wanted for nearly decade… a brick outdoor oven. We first started looking at ovens like this when we lived in Cyprus in 2009 where they were known as Kleftiko ovens, but living in a military quarter meant they weren’t a very practical purchase and we’d almost certainly have had to leave it behind when we got posted. We were keen enough that we visited a few shops that sold them though and there’s a picture of us from the time with Jim looking wistfully at one*

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Home Life Project – November (without a DSLR!!)

It was not a happy start to this month’s Home Life Project weekend! On the day of the last Home Life Project I took my DSLR to the beach, got a grain of sand in it and the autofocus stopped working. I took it to be repaired three weeks ago and though I am expecting it back any day, I’ve still not got it. So for this weekend’s HLP I used a compact camera I bought for filming, a Lumix G7. It’s great for video, but the manual settings for photos are limited and the photos aren’t as crisp as an SLR would produce.

I wish I could say something profound about my day using it, like how it taught me to get back to the basics of photography, or that it challenged me to think about light more, but it really didn’t. It just made me think of the days before I had an SLR when I had no control over the settings and everything I shot in low light had motion blur.

I’ve talked before about my desire to buy a mirrorless camera and it is still something I intend to do (particularly so I can take it to the beach next time!!) however it needs to be a camera (like this) with a wide range of easy accessible manual controls otherwise it’ll just cause me endless frustration.

So anyway, on with our day. Jim was here for the start of it, but disappeared at lunchtime for a business trip, so whilst Alice was having her lunchtime nap Theo and I spent some time working on his memory quilt which is made out of all the t-shirts he’s outgrown… and then suddenly it was dark…and then I really really missed my SLR and prime lens!

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