Quick earring holder!

So on Tuesday night I was going out for a meal with Ruth. I wanted a pair of nice dangly earrings to wear… 

A while back the holder I had been using had reached its last legs and so I had thrown it away. I had dumped all my earrings into a box and subsequently only worn a few pairs because it was stressful trying to find anything!

On Tuesday I couldn’t seem to find a single paired pair in the box-y mess so I tipped them all out and managed to find some.

Then, on Wednesday it was bugging me again so I had a look around on Pinterest for some inspiration that would be cheap, quick and that I could make with what I could find in the house.

There were lots of beautiful photo frame holders of varying designs but that was not quick or cheap. Eventually I chanced across a bamboo table mat hung on the wall with some wire through the top and was INSPIRED!! Yay!

We have some rollable table mats that are beautiful but we never use, and we have wire for the garden so… I gave it a go and… I am ecstatic! It is so easy and I have now  found that so many of my earrings do have other halves 😝 they just needed to find each other!!! 

The actual assembly process took maybe 5 minutes!

 I found the place mat and wire, cut the wire to length and then threaded it through the top of the mat and wound it round itself to secure it in place.

I moved a picture hook that wasn’t being used to a free bit of wall behind our bedroom door and then hung it up!

The bit that took time (but by far the most satisfying part) was putting my earrings on to it in their pairs… What a sense of achievement, yay!


Super quick smiley face wrap pizza!

I had a day off with Elsie today and the sun has just started to peek its lovely head out from behind the clouds and bless us with warm sunny blue sky days!! YIPPEEEE!!!

So we made the most of it 🌞

After a visit to the dentist we cycled over to the park and spent 2 hours enjoying the sunshine: playing and pic-nicking. Then we cycled to the library and had a lovely hour reading stories, colouring (Elsie wrote her name, remembering what the letters should look like from memory-waaah!)

We bumped into our lovely friend Cat and shared a delicious veggie pally from a Tibetan street food stand and then headed home.

Elsie was overjoyed to find that her bike basket had finally arrived (I ordered it cheap from Hong Kong so it has been a few weeks…) so we attached that and went for a cycle around our road… Phew!! What a lovely sunny, full day out.

I am going out to celebrate joint birthdays with my gorgeous friend Ruth tonight so just needed something simple for Elsie for tea. I asked if she would like a pizza and she asked for an ‘up’ pizza… This has been her phrase for pizza for a while. There are ‘up’ pizzas and ‘down’ pizzas. And she only likes ‘up’ pizzas 😝

I explained that it would be a wrap pizza, but I’d make a sauce and put cheese on and she asked for olives too so… 5 minutes later 1 smiley-faced wrap pizza ready and being wolfed down happily in front of Little Princess (as a special treat after a tumble from her bike)…

Elsie is just polishing off her last slices now.  She was ecstatic about the smiley face made out of olives and this really was so simple!


1 tortilla wrap
Tomato purée

Dried basil



Cheese (or vegan cheese substitute)


Turn on the grill to max temp.

Squirt some tomato purée into a glass (about a dessert spoonful).

Add water to make as much sauce as you need (I was using an old Nutella glass and filled it about a quarter full) and mix together to make a sauce-y consistency.

Add a shake of dried basil and mix in.

Put the wrap on a baking tray and pour the sauce onto the wrap, spreading out to fill the wrap.

Cut up enough olives to make a smiley face and arrange them on top of the pizza in a smiley face pattern.

Grate cheese over the top and grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese is all melted.

Cut up and serve to your hungry 3 year old! Easy peasy 😊