Coloured chalkboards especially for summer

Ok so I am soooo excited about our new product. Being inspired by all the lovely geometric shapes, and the sun finally coming out we have designed some funky coloured chalkboards! So without further ado here are our new chalkboards.

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So we have a range of shapes and colours, and we can always do a custom order for you! I have the Miami two toned hexagon on my wall! Go to our ETSY page and take a look!

So yeah that’s a new product from us…Woop!! I am totally wooping due to pro-activeness.

Also as a special feature, you get a piece of chalk which has been hand picked by your’s truly from the beach. Yeah it’s sea chalk. I am pretty sure that’s a thing.

 Our Inspiration

So thought I would show you some of my inspiration for these beauts. Miami beach huts were a big factor. With the colours and shapes. Gah I want one. I think this would look great in my garden in Essex….

 

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Happy Earth Day. Our up-cycle projects

So some of you may or may not know but today is Earth Day. Here at Wooden Flamingo, caring for the environment plays a massive part in our creations. We source our wood from old pallets, discarded furniture and doors from industrial burn piles. We try to always find a way to re-use found materials and furniture, to save them from going on the landfill. We have even used builders left over concrete, and plumbing piping.

So I thought I’d show you some of the things we have saved from a burn pile (before it was lit), skips and curb-sides.

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Venison Shoulder Steaks – Low Fat Beef Alternative

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This week on the steak front is something completely new to us, venison.  I think this was the first time we have tried venison and based on todays dinner it won’t be the last. More expensive than flat iron but only about the same as a decent butchers beef rum steak. However we got ours from the reduced section at tesco so it was even cheaper, sometimes always being on the look out for a bargain pays off.

About the size of a good fillet steak, bigger than the plate with leftovers for the next 3 lunches they are not, but good things definitely come in small packages. I used my classic steak rub and treated it the same as beef, a little research said medium rare is the sweet spot, as it becomes tougher with more cooking, but as you probably know I only cook my meat rare so thats not a problem. Thick but small I cooked for about a minute and a half on each big side, then seared off the edges to brown all over, transferred to a warm plate and covered with a foil tent to rest for about 5-10 minutes.

Venison is much leaner than beef, with about half the calories, a third the total fat and about a sixth of saturated fat. It also has more vitamins and minerals. While all this make a big difference to Sophies calorie counting all that really matters to me is the taste, at first I thought it was going to be gamey but it wasn’t at all, much richer in flavor and definitely better for it. Very tender and as easy to cook as beef its a fantastic alternative.

My Verdict: I will definitely try and get venison into our food rotation, finding a lower in fat and slightly healthier red meat that Sophie can eat occasionally is a great find, and the fact that its very tasty and tender is a massive added bonus. It won’t completely replace beef for me though, as I love the marbling of a good rib-eye and it being so big it could feed a family.  Do give this a go if you find it on your next shopping trip and i’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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My view on Selfies, Sister has taken over.

My darling sister has put me in charge of the blog post today (oh dear)

I thought I would just stick to what I know; which is selfies. I really enjoy the year of the selfies if I’m being honest, I’ve never seen it as being vain (even though it kind of is). People posting pictures of themselves is rather nice, it shows confidence in themselves which sometimes is hard to find. It’s a day brightener to get complimented for how you look, I’m happy to say that. A compliment once in a while can go a long way; people’s words mean more than they think.
(Let me take a second to just to make a point of the words ‘peng’ or ‘fit’ are not compliments.)
Looks are so important in society these days; especially around the teenage years when you don’t know what the hell your body or face is doing; it kind of just does whatever the hell it wants until it finally decides to settle around my age (19 going on 20).
I know I go through phases when I feel like I look like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, so dressing up and taking a nice photo can always stem those thoughts for a while…until the morning after when the make up is smudged around my face and my hair is a birds nest.
Now I went through the awkward phase of not being able to smile properly, which then egged my family to make fun of me, I was the butt of a lot of jokes round the dinner table and was imitated a lot, mostly by my eldest brother, before I was able to perfect my on cue cheesy smile.
He still continues to question why I post so many pictures of myself over Facebook, to which I say, why not? Who is it hurting?
I think selfies are a wonderful thing and if people are really against them then just don’t look at them, it’s simple.
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This was my awkward half smile, I’m not even sure what possessed me.
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And this is the face I will pull anytime anyone brings a camera within thirty feet.
I hope you enjoyed my insight to the selfie, maybe I need to stop with talking about it now, I may have exhausted all my knowledge on it!
Enjoy your evening everyone.
Abby x


Easter Weekend. Up-cycle Inspiration for a Busy DIY weekend

So I am very much looking forward to the long Easter Weekend. My plans you ask? Well with Richard having the Friday and Monday off I am looking forward to getting the garden started and finishing off some much needed DIY up-cycled projects. I have a couple of dressers around the house which need a bit of TLC and we have a set of chairs which we need to finish for our ETSY store.

I am looking forward to doing some much needed yoga on a newly cut lawn, and just generally chilling. I have a list the size of my arm of things that need to be reviewed, finished, put on Etsy and so forth. But hey it’s a holiday. I have been in a bit of a funk lately. With craving sugar ( I shouldn’t of had that brownie a couple of weeks ago) and just generally feeling blah, so I am looking forward to spending a weekend at home with Richard, chilling in our little abode and getting covered in paint while doing up some loved pieces of furniture.

So lets start off with some pin-spiration on dressers

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 These two are so beautiful and so delicate, I’d love to do something like this for one of mine. It will never be as good, but it would be a personal touch of my very own. The colour choices are genius, I love how the second has an almost clash are art deco and floral themes.

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 I love the subtle blue ink like design on this piece. It almost looks like an indigo dye.

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 I love the blocked colour paired with the natural legs. This piece is from the Design Files.

So I am totally attracted to bright colour and patterns, as you may know from my previous pin posts. I want these dressers to be statement pieces, I love the idea of block colouring one and maybe designing a pattern for another.

 

So lots of pattern ideas. I like the idea of using African and Bohemian influences.

 

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I just love love love this. The colour, the shapes. Everything

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I’d love to go somewhere like Morocco and stock up on beautiful textiles for my home.

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I don’t think you can ever have enough baskets. The colour, the patterns, I am just in awe. I would fill my house with these beauties.

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So we have some patterns and colours inspired by Africa, now for some clashing of textures and bright neon colours from a more bohemian theme.

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I love the pink chairs, paired with different rug textures and colours. I’d love to have a house full of rugs, but they can be so expensive and sometimes so unoriginal. That’s on my wish list to go somewhere like Marrakech and buy some beautiful rugs for my home..This image is from Love is Speed blog. There are some beautiful pictures on that site, so do go check it out.

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I love how playful this room is, I am pretty sure I had a rug like this when I was little. It was probably one of my brothers and it went with the toy trains we had. I love all the little details on show, and the pictures. I like it when homes are filled with interesting trinkets to please the eye. Why go somewhere where all the belongings are hidden away?

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I’d love to have a chair upholstered using an old rug. Plus how beautiful is that tree bark table?? DIY project?? I think I’d like to maybe frame one of my many scarves that I have collected over the years from a variety of places. I couldn’t find the source for this image. If it’s yours let me know and I will credit it.

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 This is my dream. To have a breathtakingly eye-catching gallery wall. A mini exhibit of my inspirations, loves and life.  It’s a very religious theme, but needless to say the layout and mix match of colour, sizes and textures makes it stand out. I’d could look at this all day.

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Sorry about all the pictures. If you too have been in a funk. Take a breath, go for a walk, plant some seeds, do a drawing or have a fancy cocktail. Or do some yoga on a freshly cut lawn.

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Have a lovely Thursday x



Fashion for curvy women. Plus size problems.

Ok so I did end up having a lovely weekend, even though the morning had me nearly in tears in the middle of Chelmsford. So straight to my rant. What’s the deal with the curve fashion, or lack of it. I stupidly left myself two days to get an outfit for London. I ordered a couple of dresses from ASOS but felt they weren’t right. Being as one looked like I had been squashed into a balloon and the other like I was off to a funeral. So Richard decided we would go to Chelmsford early before getting the train and pick up a basic dress and a pair of shoes. Easy right?

So being a size 18, I was already limited to certain shops, H&M, New Look and Primark do bigger sizes  at a reasonable price. So I hit those shops first. What I was greeted with was 2 rails of clothes in the H&M curve section. Of which most of the items, were white shirts in a few different forms. There were two skirts, one of which I tried on which was pleather. Horrid to say the least. FYI if you have a few bumpy bits, tight fake stretchy leather never looks good. I tried on some jeans from the sale, paired with a tank top. Was hardly going out fashion. But I was willing to do casual.But the fit wasn’t good, and the tank top was shapeless. But never mind, I pootled on to New Look. Surely they’d have a bigger selection…

Now what I want to know is why is it assumed that people who are plus size and curvy want to wear baggy floral tops or tight red meshed dresses. There is just no in-between. The curve range at New Look ( in Chelmsford) resembled a 50+ boutique. Completely fine for curvy women who are at a  mature age looking for an elegant look. Not for a 25 year old who wanted somthing simple, or slightly cute for a night out in London.It took me 5 minutes to go through the whole curve range, and that was me checking through things twice. So I went on to Primark. Not my first choice, I have no problem with Primark it’s just the que’s and overall hectic-ness of it stresses me out. After sweeping through the rails of clothing, nothing caught my eye, that I could wear. The 2 pieces I found led me to a que which nearly led out the store for the changing rooms,so after finding a small corner I  quickly pulled them over my clothes. It wasn’t good.

That’s when I admitted defeat. Stood in Primark with tears stinging in my eyes, red in the face from trying on countless outfits and Richard reassuring me that what I was wearing looked fine. I’d like to admit I hadn’t had much sleep and was starving. Which led to an argument of my consicous. I wanted to eat, but felt I shouldn’t due to the situation I was in. Which escalated my overall bad mood.

It was a horrific feeling. Trying to find an outfit and the knowledge that some of the beautiful clothes on offer wouldn’t fit me and the time limit didn’t help. It’s ridiculous that I went to a busy city to find an outfit, and was left feeling devastated and frustrated at the offer of choice that was available. The annoying thing was that I swear when I went into H&M the other week there was more to offer… Why is it when you need something in a hurry it’s never there.

So. While wearing an old t-shirt dress, we went back to H&M. I brought a basic black skirt in a large, to put under my dress to add some layers to it. I purchased some black velvet pumps and a deep pink bag with a gold tassle detail. Richard brought me a flamingo comb, and a new make up pouch (to cheer me up, which it did a lot.) and we went on our way.

Maybe sticking to ASOS is the only solution. Or maybe,  Chelmsford doesn’t need the size variety so they don’t stock the shops. Who knows. Lesson learnt, Next time i’ll give myself more time, and look online first. So for funsies I thought i’d have a quick look and found three possible outfits within 10 minutes that I’d love to have worn. Here they are. Though most don’t fit my budget that I had. Although my mother ( a day late) did offer to get me an outfit. Which was lovely, so she ended up buying my shoes, skirt and bag. Lovely mum. So if I could have a re-do ( and no money budget) these are my three outfits I would wear. Well not all at once, but I’d order them then pick one. (unlimited imaginary budget remember).

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Outfit 1

This is my favourite and costing a total of £98 it’s the most expensive choice. Typical. We have the dress coming in at £45 the clutch is £18 and the shoes £35 all from ASOS. I like bright colours, and the purple clutch and the shiny neon of the shoes would suit the tiny flecks of colour in the dress. Plus I like to clash a little, never be afraid of experimenting with different colours and textures. Plus how cute is this combo. *ill start saving now..*

Outfit 2

The dress is New Look for ASOS and is £14.50 in the sale. (where was this beaut on Saturday?)  the clutch is £18 and the shoes are £19.99 again New Look for ASOS. So this outfit is simple but classy. With the pop of colour with the clutch I would pair this with some bold jewellery.  This outfit came in at the cheapest costing £52.49.

Outfit 3

Is kind of a dream world goddess look. The dress which is in the sale at ASOS is £17.50, The faux fur clutch which is incredible, comes in at £35 and is the most expensive bag out of the three. It adds a fun flirty aspect to the outfit. I’d quite happily pair this clutch with the other two outfits too. The shoes just combine the clutch and dress together keeping the clean palette with a pop of colour. This outfit costs a total of £80.

Ah well maybe next time I go out I will get one or two pieces. I love the first one. You can’t go wrong with a bold pattern and shiny shoes. Note to self. Always give yourself more time and don’t leave Chelmsford high street as a back-up.

Would love to know that I’m not the only loon who went through this?… Anyone?

Have a lovely Wednesday, I’m spending my evening buying some soil to start our garden and an Easter egg. (just a small one).



Weekend Antics round 2. The Coal Hole and Leicester Square

So my weekend started off rocky, so rocky that I nearly didn’t bother going. But I will talk about the horrid morning that was my shopping another day.

Lets talk food, yes I am still doing my healthy eating, 10 pounds down, although I feel I have lost some of my momentum. But anyway  so thanks to the lovely Pat and Bob (Richards parents) we were treated to a meal at the Coal Hole on the Strand.

Now this old fashioned pub, placed next door to the Savoy, is a treasure. With a warm welcome, old dark wooden tables and hidden alcoves, it was a lovely spot for a bit of lunch.

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When we went in, it was completely packed but we found the little staircase down to another dining room, which soon filled up quickly after we sat. I love all the shapes and details on the exterior. Also how nice is that typography?

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A quick picture of where we were before it filled up quickly. Right behind me was a little alcove, which was packed full of 10 people celebrating a birthday. It looked so cosy.

 

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Our starter, calamari was delicious. Me and Richard shared this generous portion, of which I was pretty full before even getting to the main and thats a garlic lemon mayonnaise. I am not ashamed to admit, I may have dunked my finger in the sauce once of twice…after we had finished the calamari..moving on.

 

The mains. I went for a grilled chicken burger, which came with the most amazing skin on chips and coleslaw. It was cooked to perfection and paired with a sweet BBQ sauce. If your a burger person get this.  It took me a while but I nearly managed to finish the beast.  Richard went for a rib eye steak which was cooked rare to perfection. He polished this off nicely while drinking a local ale. He was very happy, and I also managed to get a sneaky pic of him too.

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Ah I do love him, and it was such a nice day. We went walking around Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square then ended in Leicester Square for two of my favourite ladies birthdays Alex and Letty! Letty is below, I didn’t manage to get a pic of Alex, maybe she was hiding. We spent the celebrations on the balcony of Ruby Blue over looking Leicester Square with cocktails in hands. Was a lovely evening.

 

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I look rough, but it had been a long day  of walking. In new shoes none the less. I know I know rookie mistake.

My shopping rant will come another day, I leave you all to enjoy your Tuesday evening.



52 Week Drawing, Body Part Illustration

Ok, so this is late yes, but it took me ages, and then it all went wrong. So it’s a bit messed up so it’s abstract…. It’s not exact, so random tubes maybe somewhere they are not meant to be. So if your studying Biology or medicine, I’m sorry, but you can’t use this as an exact replica of a human heart…

Next week it’s draw a place… Now calm down. Hold your excitement…. But do join in and leave a link!

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Enjoy!

P.S Hope you all had a good weekend. Tomorrow I will tell you all about mine.

 

 

 



Spring time outfit. Sister fashion Style’s

Ok so the weather is lovely so I thought I’d bring my sister back for another selfie outfit post. I have my cycling outfit, which kinda makes me look like I should be on a gondola…It’s no lie that I love H&M’s hareem pants for cycling. Paired with a striped top (charity shop buy) and my quilted denim jacket from ASOS makes it a breathable outfit to cycle around in.We can’t forget my green Cambridge Satchel, which sits proudly of my bike basket.  I definitely need some new shoes though..

 

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Aren’t you just living the caravans in the background? That’s what you get when your boyfriend works as an engineer in a industrial park..so picture-esq. Not sure what stance I am doing either…awkward much..

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Ok so I change into my ASDA red skirt and another striped top from H&M. I am really loving stripes at the moment if you couldn’t tell.I quite like to wear block colour mixed with a pattern when I am out and about, This skirt is such a nice red and has a cute lace thrill bottom .So I think I am channelling Italian and Parisian styles today, with my stripes, red and white sock combos..  Plus ignore the hair, I have a serious case of helmet hair going on. There’s just no way of taming it.

Me and my sister are very different, not just in style but body shape too. I wouldn’t say that we look similar but when you meet us we have some very similar mannerisms. Plus when we do see each other, we fight quite a bit. More often then not on her lipstick colour choice… FYI I hate beige lipsticks she loves them. But hey she’s 19, I let her off..But this outfit is one of my Spring time looks. Colourful and light, perfect for sunny days.

 

Ok sister here. With the sun blaring in the sky I now return (even though I still wore them throughout winter) to my favourite piece of clothing; the crop top. I have a draw full of various different crop tops, I don’t know what it is about them that I love so much, but as soon as it’s warm enough to wear one without having to don it with a jacket, they are whipped out. I suppose I love the freedom, I love for my stomach to have a breather and get a bit of a tan, seeing as I am whiter than Casper the friendly ghost, getting a tan is a priority in the summer.

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When I was frolicking about in London with one of my best friends she was chattering about these trousers that she had seen on someone famous on instagram. My best friend is one of a kind, bless her, and she had made up a name purely because the picture of the star was walking off a plane she calls them plane trousers. They are hands down the comfiest things I have ever worn in my life, breezy, able to do anything you please in them (including the splits I might add) and they look quite cute too. Because it is a rather defining pattern I decided to just pair it with my plain white crop top. Cute, rather plain, but overall a comfortable look for me.

Just to also stick by my last post I’ll quickly tell you about my London clubbing outfit.

 

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It was a bit out there, it did attract a lot of attention and maybe, just maybe I admit it, it was a little bit revealing. I’m not going to lie, I absolutely LOVED my dress. It was a plain white, quite a low neck line and it was a tiny bit see through, but hey when you’re drunk and in a dark club nothing matters. Plain black heels, a statement gold necklace and London wasn’t ready for me. I think I’ve rambled enough, enjoy this gorgeous day however you please!

 

Have a good weekend all,

Sophie & Abby

 



My favourite pins of the week to get me out of my funk

So today has been a bit blah. I can’t feel my butt due to cycling to work on an old bike. Cute and vintage it is, comfy..not so much. (sorry for the over share). On another note I have spent my day hunting for a dress for my weekend plans. It’s not going well. £25.00 budget and its to suit a fancy lunch and evening out. So much choice.

So to get me out of my funk I have browsed the lovely world of Pinterest and here are some nice pins that may brighten your’s and my day.

 

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Zipped lip. Can’t go wrong with clashing pink and red.

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I love this so so much. Spooning. Done by Brookman Harris.

 

 

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A freaky pattern, I wouldn’t mind a pillow in this pattern or a quilt. How much is too much of a pattern?

 

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Gah I just love this..

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I’d love to use smoke bombs in some of my photography. Just look at that colour.

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I want these pots. How cute would they look with plants in them?? From Gorman.

 

 

 

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You can’t go wrong with a pineapple wearing sunglasses. I want this image framed on my wall.

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I leave you with the pineapple wearing the sunglasses in bed. Have a lovely evening all, and tune in tomorrow for mine and my sister selfie style. When I should be out of my funk.