I’ve Tried Hand Rolled Ice Cream And I’m Never Going Back

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So if you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen the post I made about this drool worthy ice cream — if you didn’t here it is

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So there is this little ice cream place called Roli Poli and it is right on Richmond Row in Downtown London. I came across their Facebook page one day and I have been dying to get over there to try it out!

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I decided that tonight was the night and no one was going to stop me!! Plus, it was a perfect night to go because some of our favorite people from Cornwall were down visiting and it made for a great after dinner treat!

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Here the kids are anxiously waiting to dive into their ice cream. From Left to Right — Ava, Sophia, Chloe and Dougie.

Spoiler Alert It was more than worth the wait! 

OK … so first of all, I have to start off with that this is the BEST ice cream I have ever had! It’s made completely fresh and right in front of you.

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If you have never had hand rolled ice cream you should make it your mission to find a place that does this! If you’re local to London or live even remotely close to this area just go to Roli Poli!

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You won’t regret it!

Not only is the ice cream so delectable, but the staff are also friendly and helpful.

So if you’re in London and you’re looking for a delicious summer treat stop by here!

Check them out on Facebook, too! Give them a like and drool over their photos!

This is just our experience, but take it from a true ice cream lover — we will be back!!

Just look at this!!!

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Yes, you are seeing that right — that is a toasted marshmallow! Ava got the S’mores Galore!

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Mr. Douglas got the Lil’ Loopy — perfect for any Froot Loop lover!

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At the end of the day just remember…

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You said it, Roli Poli!!! 😀

Holly

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DIY Summer Cloche

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Hey, friends! So I wanted to post this a while ago but this summer has been just flying by!! It always does thought doesn’t it?

I have had a thing for cloches for a while now and I have always wanted to incorporate one into my decor. I was at my favorite antique market the other day (you know the one that I always get all my best treasures from and I just so happen to score this adorable little glass cloche.

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After taking it home, I had to decide what I wanted to put inside of it.

If you aren’t familiar with a cloche it is a small translucent cover for protecting your stuff.

I just love the idea of decorating with bird eggs so I headed out to the craft store to get some. Imagine my dismay when I found out that decorative bird eggs were going to cost me a small fortune… OK, so they weren’t overly expensive but they were a little more pricey than I thought a Styrofoam egg should be.

I had this bag of clay that I had bought a while ago at the dollar store and I thought, why not just make my own eggs.

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Here’s how I made my eggs.

All I did was take my clay and roll it using my fingers into an egg like shape. I didn’t care if all the eggs were exactly the same shape and size because I thought it would look a little more natural if they were all different.

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I left the clay to harden over night and then they next day, I grabbed some Robin’s Egg Blue acrylic craft paint.

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I painted all of my eggs and then let them dry.

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Once the eggs had dried it was time to speckle them! This is the fun part.

I mixed together some black and tan acrylic paint. This was just to get a more natural looking color. I didn’t want a stark black for my speckles.

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The most fun and easiest way to do the speckles so that they look really natural is to do this flicking technique. I actually learnt this from one of those paint night things that I did with some ladies from work.

Except we were making stars not speckles, but it worked really well for this, too!

You just simply dip your paint brush in a bit of water. You don’t want it soaking just a little damp, then dip your brush in your paint and then using your hand, flick the bristles towards your clay eggs.

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Make sure that you do this is in a clear area. The paint flicks everywhere.

I started out with a small brush and then ended up switching to a larger one cause I was getting better flicks — if that makes any sense.

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I did a couple of larger speckles by hand as well.

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Doesn’t it look sooo real!!??

After my eggs had dried it was time to arrange them under my cloche.

I set some log slices on a glass plate, some faux moss and arranged my eggs on top.

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Now I have an adorable piece of decor for my table!

What do you think?

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Best part is I can switch out what’s inside of my cloche based on the season! I am already thinking about what I am going to do for Fall!

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 If you like this decor idea make sure you Pin it!!
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I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

To all my friends and followers!!!

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I NEED YOUR HELP!!!

I have had my blog for a little over a year now and it has opened so many amazing doors for me and right now I am standing in front of another door and just hoping and praying that I get the “key” to unlock it!!

To get this “key” — I need your help!

I have been selected as a finalist for the Ryobi Brand Ambassador search and it has come down to the voting round.

If I win, this would mean huge things for my blog and also mean that I could show you guys some pretty amazing DIYs!!

If you would like to help me accomplish this goal, I need you to vote! It’s super easy, too! All you have to do is click this link and it will take you to my entry on Facebook. Once there, all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT or SHARE the photo of me!! 😀 You can do all three, too! They all count as extra votes.

BUT you have to click the LINK and go to the original Facebook post for it to count 😀

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!!! 

It would mean SO much to me to have your support and I thank you in advance!!!

Let’s do this thing!!!

My Favorite Free Fonts!

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Happy Monday, everyone!! Since Mondays are so awful maybe this will cheer you up!

It definitely warms my heart — I have a thing for fonts.

So what I have done is compiled a list of some of my favorite fonts and where to download them… best of all — they are free!

Although, these fonts are free they are for personal use only. The artists design these and offer them for free so it’s important to not take advantage 😉 

Let’s dig right in!

Click each image to be directed to the website to download the font

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Check out these fonts and download the ones you like!

Make sure you pin this image, so you have this list for when you need it.

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Raspberry Cordial — Just like Marilla used to make.

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You may not know this about me yet, but my favorite novels are the Anne Of Green Gables series from Lucy Maud Montgomery. I have loved them since I was a little girl. I also LOVE the TV mini series that was made in 1985 — the one starring Megan Follows.

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No one will ever play Anne quite like her. 

I have always wanted to try Raspberry Cordial, ever since I watched Diana Barry get drunk off it — of course, as any great Anne fan knows, Anne accidentally gave her some of Marilla’s current wine by mistake. I must try that sometime, too!

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I thought we would whip up a batch of Raspberry Cordial today. It’s Sunday and it was a gorgeous day to be outside for a picnic and I think I have found my new favorite drink.

If you love Anne as much as I do or even if you just want a drink that’ delish, keep reading so that you can whip up your own Raspberry Cordial.

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Place your raspberries in a large metal mixing bowl and then squeeze the juice from two of the lemons over the berries.

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We had a juicer dish so that helped, but if you don’t have one of these, your hands work just as well.

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Kids love to help with this part!

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In a separate pot, boil the water and add the sugar, mixing thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

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While the water/sugar mix is still hot, pour it over the raspberry/lemon juice mix.

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Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

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Cover your mixture with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge.

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Let the mixture sit in the fridge covered for 24 hours and then strain the mixture into a pitcher, and keep it refrigerated.

When you are ready to serve, chill it over some ice and garnish with a slice of lemon.

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Enjoy this refreshing beverage on a nice summer day! Great for a picnic!

And if you haven’t seen Anne of Green Gables, you should give it a watch! Well worth it!

Make sure you pin this idea to your favorite board so you have it for later!

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Holly

 

10 Summer DIY Projects

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Summer is a great time to get outside and do some DIYs! Here is a little list of DIY summer projects that I put together.

These projects are sure to bring a great summer vibe to your home and brighten up your space

Copy Cat DIY White Clay Flower Pots  

Tutorial – Worthing Court

DIY Pineapple Tassel Pillow

Tutorial – Design, Dining + Diapers

Watercolor Printable Summer Art

Tutorial – Holiday Printables 

DIY Citronella Candles with Essential Oils

Tutorial – Midwest Modern Momma

Spray Painted Patio Cushions 

Tutorial – Playdates To Parties

Summer Painted Planters

Tutorial – The Crafted Sparrow

Marbled Hanging Planters 

Marbled Hanging Planter DIY

Tutorial – Oh Joy!

DIY Summer Banner Tutorial

Tutorial – Today’s Creative Life

Watermelon Mason Jar

Tutorial – Kara’s Party Ideas

DIY Stamped Watermelon Doormat

DIY Stamped Watermelon Welcome Mat

Tutorial – eHow

Fall in love with any of these amazing projects? Make sure you pin this list for later!

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