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Mini World Market Haul

Before I begin today’s blog post I want to say….Hello everyone! Not many of y’all know this, but I came home from holiday, vacation, hols, whatever you want to call it, on Saturday. I spent about 6-ish days in the lovely state of Florida. The weather was lovely, the beach was fun, and the museums were fascinating. Anyway, on to today’s post!

While we were in Florida we went to a place called World Market. Now Mum has ordered a few things from there before, but none of us have ever been to one of their stores. It. Was. Amazing.

Even though I’ve never been to World Market I was on the hunt for two things that I knew they would have. A glass teapot and some flowering tea. How did I know they had them? Google is how I knew about that. I had been googling where to find glass teapots and flowering tea at for a while now.

You see I watched a YouTube video and this British YouTuber tried some flowering tea and it looked really neat and tasty. After looking into flowering tea I learned that a lot of people love them, and you will too, especially if you love herbal teas.

Anyway, about 5 minutes into being at the store I found the glass teapot. I immediately picked it up and put it in the shopping cart.

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One thing down and one more to go. I looked around at the kitchen items a bit longer and was pretty tempted to pick up some mugs and plates. After looking around the kitchen items I set off to find some flowering tea. On my way to the tea I found a coffee bean grinding station that I thought was pretty neat.

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After looking around at the coffee beans, I found the tea!

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This is the tea I picked up, it comes with four different flowering tea bulbs. After picking up my two items I spent my time following the family around the store looking at all the different items the place had.

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The bath towels there were so soft! Mom gave me an idea to pick a hanging glass jar to put sand and seashells in for my bathroom. So I picked up this little guy.

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Fast forward to Sunday morning and I made my first pot of flowering tea! I loved watching the bulb “bloom” into a beautiful orange flower!

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The tea I had on Sunday was called Dragon Lily. This was white tea with orange lily petals. An it has a description of having a “velvety apricot flavor.” It was very tasty and had a lovely amber appearance to it after it steeped.

Now to have another day off to enjoy some of the other teas! I hope everyone has had a lovely summer! Until next time!

Chloe's Cottage

Cactus Canvas DIY

So Stephanie (from Taste of the Tumbleweed) recently had a birthday. Every year we seem to go with a theme for each other when thinking of gifts. Since she’s been absolutely obsessed with all things cacti, I decided to make cacti this years theme. Steph has also recently moved to a new apartment and has totally redone the place. So with her gifts I tried to incorporate her new apartments colors as well.

I looked around on Pinterest and decided to make her a canvas painting of a cactus in a planter. I found an easy, almost cartoon-like, step-by-step drawing of a cactus. After a lot of practice drawing the cactus I felt like it was time to draw it on the canvas. I drew the outline of the painting and then came along with a paintbrush and black acrylic paint and completed the outline:

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After this dried I mixed some pink acrylic paint with some white acrylic paint. With this blush pink I painted the background of the canvas.

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Next I mixed a light green acrylic paint with the white to get a lighter, more muted green:

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After this all dried I had to touch up on the black outline again, then it was on to the planter and painting the lines of the cactus:

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I decided to do a bit of a design on the planter since it looked bare and finished up the lines of the cactus:

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Once the lines dried it was on to paining the ‘spikes:’

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Finally I painted two yellow flowers and then it was completed:

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I gave it to Steph when we celebrated her birthday with family and she loved it! I see more crafts like this in the near future!

 

 

 

 

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Cottage Flooring Part 1

The day after the tiny house (which I will now refer to as the cottage) my Dad started on the flooring. He went out and bought a floor sealer and paint combo in a light grey color. Not only does the 2 in 1 sealer/paint save time, it saves money as well. Win win!

Dad started doing the first coat on the back part of the cottage while I was at work. I came home and saw this:

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So today I started painting some more of the floor. This is what it looks like now:

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I actually painted a bit more, but I forgot to take another picture. There is a small patch of flooring that needs it’s first coat before we move on to the next step!