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Pin It Forward UK 2013

Pinterest are launching in the UK, well localising it probably a better term. They will have a new British English language setting and improvements, to make local UK content more easily discoverable for UK pinners when searching.  As I’m bit of a ‘Pinterestaholic’ (yes that is a new word and I couldn’t think of a better one!) they asked me to write about how I use Pinterest.

As most of you know I am a long time fan and user of Pinterest,  I find it one of the handiest sites around.  I was banging on about it back in 2011 when it first launched. And although we’ve had our ups and downs, Pinterest has remained I think one of the most useful sites out there if you have a crafty/design bent.

For those of you not familiar with Pinterest it’s like an online ‘Pinboard’ you can create ‘boards’ and pin images or posts from sites so you can have them all in one place (just remember to give credit where it’s due!). They are fantastic if you are planning a new room design, project or just a bit of digital hoarding.  You can have them public, private or collaborative with your friends.

For example I have a few boards, my most useful being Kitchen Inspiration

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Children’s Spaces

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 and Beautiful Gardens

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As I’m in the middle of re-making over the house, these boards and ideas are great for me to see what I want to do to the house and keep good ideas I spot all in one place.  The Bathroom board was invaluable when we were planning the new bathroom and I got so much inspiration from other people’s boards.

But my favourite board has to be my DIY Tips board – if you click on the image below you should be able to sign up to Pinterest and follow my DIY board. Nifty eh?

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I started the board as there are some amazing DIY tips on Pinterest and I’ve grabbed a selection from various creative blogger’s sites. I’ve learnt how to get a straight line when painting two colours next to each other (simple but who knew?), how to create a photo wall, paint furniture and clean kitchen equipement – all simple and straightforward.  Just the kind of tips I like.

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I’d like to introduce you to another Blogger Annaboo’s House who pins a wonderful crafty selection here her Crochet Board and Garden Boards are my favourites. And the lovely TeaWagon Tales who introduced me from her site, I think they are both gorgeous.  Go check them out!

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{Review} White Company Herbal Candle

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but one of my favourite companies sent me a candle to review.  I love White Company stuff, and my Mum generally gets me something nice for Christmas from them, so I was thrilled to try out one of their new candle range. It’s a herbal smelling candle, I received ‘Fresh Thyme’ and it smells gorgeous, I can smell some lavender and other herby smells in with it too.  The idea behind it is a ‘two in one’ use/present. To have your lush candle and then when it’s finished the ceramic container can be used to grow herbs in.

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Now technically I should have used up my candle and grown some herbs in it by now. But frankly it’s got a really long burn time until the candle is finished (I’ve had it a good 2 months) and I’m not trashing a lovely candle until it’s lived it’s life out. However when it’s all used up and I’ve planted it I’ll pop some photos on here so you can see it. It’ll look lovely in my kitchen.

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Pork with Honey, Garlic and Rosemary

I was cooking tea last night and I realised it was probably a good one to blog as I only invented/discovered it recently.

I am the queen of lazy cooking, I don’t have much time to cook dinner. Mr VP get’s in on the 8pm train, Miss L has to be in bed for 9.30pm so that pretty much gives me what? 30 minutes to cook dinner so we can have a family catch up and eat.

So this is a quick favourite of mine and it’s pretty cheap to make too.


Liz’s Pork with Honey, Garlic and Rosemary


You’ll need:

image     2 Boneless Pork Chops – our local butcher does these dead cheap.




image_1     Honey and 1 Pot of ‘A Good Handful of Garlic and Rosemary’ from Waitrose. (I think other supermarkets do similar, I know Sainsbury’s do.)



image_4Veggies or Salad to your personal taste.




How to Cook:

1. Pop the meat onto a cooking tray, drizzle the honey over it and put 2 teaspoons of the ‘Good Handful’ over each piece of meat.  The ‘Handful’ has breadcrumbs in it so it gets a nice crispy top


2. Put it on for 25- 30 mins on 180 degrees/Gas Mark 4

3. Make either a Salad for the summer or in the winter we have it with Mashed Potatoes and veggies.

4. Done!

Told you it was lazy and quick 🙂




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Small Veggie Gardening

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Just started on the veggie patch this year and I’ve put some pots by the back door for herbs and fresh lettuce.  I could put them in the raised bed but they are too far from the kitchen then and it’s much easier to have them to hand.  I think I’m going to do rosemary, basil and maybe mint this year?

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In Miss L’s Veggie patch we have: Raspberries, Strawberries and Lillies and Dahlia’s for cut flowers for her room.  In mine: Peas and Swiss Chard so far. I’m also going to put in some carrots again and spinach, they both worked well last year.


What have you all got in your veggie patches this year?  What’s worked really well in them? I’m dying to try something new!





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