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The Vintage Garden look

*I love sitting on my sofa relaxing, coffee in one hand, catalogue in another and I squealed in delight (yes, even I, the unsquealy, squeal from time to time) when the postman dropped in the fabulous BRAND NEW Spring/Summer 2012 Home Collection from Matalan!

It is the most awesome sneak preview of  fresh and fantastic ideas to decorate your home and Matalan have once again shown their strength of style with fantastic affordable prices that allows you to have a whole new house without breaking the bank!

Whilst smiling like a fool and drooling over the pages, I decide over and over again what I want, which is pretty much everything and then some.

Matalan have four key themes in store for us this Spring/Summer.  Vintage, Harbour, Heritage and Colour Pop. 

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I WANT!!

Each has it’s own strength of character with Heritage and Colour Pop giving us bold, bright and luxurious colours whilst Vintage and Harbour give us a soft, fresh and breezy outlook on decor .  Every room in the house can have it’s own story and character with these versatile ranges.

My personal favourite is the Vintage and I’ve already earmarked several pieces for our home when the range debuts across the stores but having more of a look at the catalogue I can’t stop poring over Colour Pop this year which gives us a living style worthy of Carnaby Street colours!, a fabulous rich Mediterranean look for the garden, and a warm bamboo style called Apples and Pears for the Kitchen!
 
For such a home decor novice as myself, the sneak peek is a God send.  I can picture how I want things to be where we are now, and with plans to move house in the next couple of years, these timeless designs are easily transportable.
I find myself one step closer to having a home that is adorned with lovely bits and pieces.  The beauty of the price is that it is so affordable, you can buy a few
*extras* as well.  At least that’s what I’m going to tell The Husband.
 

Colour POP Living

 
So if you’re in the mood for updating your collection or fancy re-doing rooms, here is an exclusive SNEAK PEEK for you too so that you can start making those plans to have fabulous new stuff for your home this Spring/Summer!  
 

Nautical Bedroom DecorBeautiful Vintage Bathroom

Mediterranean Garden

Heritage Living

 
 
 
*This is not a sponsored post. All words and opinions are my own.
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By now, you will have realised that my best skill is cooking and I like blogging about it too.  I am sure, or at least I hope that at some point, I’ll get to the sewing, knitting and other stuff!  Here is another food one I wrote  in the summer last year but I am now going to use it in a series of *Make your own* posts that I am going to experiment with.  Enjoy.

The fresh ingredients...

My parents have been away for a couple of weeks and I was left with strict instructions to pick the tomatoes from my fathers garden and eat them.  Well, I love tomatoes as much as anyone else but I have to admit, there were quite alot of tomatoes to be contending with and there is only so much salad we can eat!! 

I wanted to do something to test my own skills and so I decided to make a Passata sauce. I have never actually eaten any passata before so was very worried about what I was doing but decided it was all for the name of experimenting!

I found a simple recipe online that called for ingredients that I had in the house already.  Tomatoes, fresh basil, (I have a pot that was given to me on my birthday), garlic and onions – check!

Firstly, I boiled then simmered the tomatoes along with a whole onion and a couple of sprigs of basil for about an hour.  Then I had to strain the mix through a sieve as I don’t have a mouli (a food mill) and this took quite a bit of time and really hurt my arms (cooking is good exercise!) but I was pleased with the end result.

Once you have the sauce ready, you then add a finely chopped onion and several finely chopped cloves of garlic with more basil and salt to taste.  I boiled it down until I thought it was thick enough to be a *sauce*.  The aroma of garlic and basil had engulfed the house making us all hungry.

For my first attempt at making this sauce, I think it went very well indeed.  I was more happy because I used two homegrown ingredients which, even though I didn’t grow at home myself, it still gave me a personal sense of satisfaction!  If you feeling even more adventurous, you can couple the sauce with a homemade pasta and garlic bread too!

 

 

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