Home Etc #79

It’s feeling decidedly festive this week! I was browsing through the Home Etc hashtag on Instagram last night and there are some really gorgeous shots on there, with a decidedly Christmassy flavour.

I’m definitely feeling that sparkly season is now well underway; particularly after being treated to the HomeSense Christmas bloggers party last week.


theordinarylovely / lazydaisyjones / georgia_coote / lifeasourlittlefamily / lizzie_woodman
/acupfullofglitter / letstalkmommy /aaamylouxo  /three_sons_later

It’s so lovely to see that folk are using the #HomeEtc hashtag on Instagram! If ever you post  anything home, interiors, DIY, craft & garden related please do join in – we love seeing your pictures — and it’s a really fantastic way of keeping up to date with the Home Etc community. You don’t even have to have a blog to get involved!

Home Etc Favourites

Favourite posts from last week’s Home Etc came from Gemma at Two Little Misters and Rachel who blogs over at the Ordinary Lovely.

Gemma shared the most fabulous DIY Christmas gift idea for under a tenner.

A really sweet idea comprising of a box of 12 little photographs plus all the other components you need to create a mini photo bunting kit.


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Such a simple idea — perfect for godparents and grandparents | Images courtesy of Two Little Misters

Such a lovely idea and a sure fire hit (that’s if you can bear to be parted with it!).

Our second favourite was from Rachel.

She wrote about middle age and side tables — and it made me laugh because I’ve been on the look out for a low side-table for our sitting room!! I am SO middle aged!! I actually found one in the Black Friday sale (under the guise of a stool) from Redoute.

I’m really looking forward to it’s arrival; particularly as I’m not sure how many more ‘near misses’ we can suffer, with little feet so very nearly kicking over cups of tea or — worse — glasses of red wine on the carpet!!


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Purple rein — loving this DIY paint effect! Images courtesy of The Ordinary Lovely.

I loved Rachel’s customisation — such a pretty colour.

Well done both of you — you’re now in the running to win this month’s voucher from our fabulous sponsor, Laura Ashley. The winner will be announced next week.

Thanks so much everyone, for linking in.

Home Etc House-Rules

1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

The Twinkle Diaries


2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!)  — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POSTS which will always be the first two entries in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries— with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Jess or I will always retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

Finally, Jess and I will pick one favourite post each week then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!


Thanks so much for linking up all your fabulous posts.

The linky portal is open until midday on Friday.

Lots of love,

Caro & Jess x

Mothers Ruin | Creating a gin bar at home

Aaah gin. They call it ‘Mother’s Ruin’ don’t they?

In the 1700s it was considered a poor man’s drink as it was so cheap. To the extent that some workers were given gin in lieu of wages.

By 1743 the equivalent of 10 litres of gin per person, per year, was being drunk in England.

In fact, it was so widely consumed that there was an epidemic of drunk and disorderly behaviour in London. And the government imposed a tax — The Gin Act 1751 — to try to reduce the effects of it.

These days it’s a little more gentile.


Creating a gin bar at home

Did Someone Say Gin O’Clock?

‘Gin o’clock’ has become the by-word for relaxation. And with numerous artisan gin companies popping up all over the place — distilling small batches of the juniper infused spirit — gin is enjoying a heady revival.

I’ve said on many occasions that it’s my favourite tipple. It actually states ‘gin lover’ in my bio on my social media channels; and I think it would be fair to say that I love the stuff.

I created a little gin based cocktail last year — The Jubarb — and my boy and I have an ongoing competition to see who can outdo each other by bringing home the ‘best’ or most unusual gin.

We’ve had Dodd’s, Caorunn, Aviation. Plus one from Portugal that was DELICIOUS but I can’t remember the name of. To name just a few.

My favourite used to be Brecon, by the Penderyn Distillery. Although that’s recently been knocked off the top spot by Adnams Copper House Dry Gin; an explosion of ginny, florally, citrusy goodness with a gorgeous sweet finish.

(You’ll note the lack of an Adnams bottle in my photos — it doesn’t tend to last too long once it crosses the threshold of our home).

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

The Gin Bar

We’ve usually got a few bottles of ‘mothers ruin’ stashed in our drinks cupboard; but then some of the bottles are so pretty that it’s a real shame to hide them away.

Cue a mission to find a suitable table to create a little gin bar at home.

I found the perfect one at HomeSense — a bargainous £39.99 with fold away legs and a removable butler’s tray top.

I’ve seen cheaper alternatives but I loved the reverse dipped legs  and white/pale wood colourway. Plus if we’re ever out of gin — *snorts* — it doubles up nicely as a cute lamp table.

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

So there we have it.

The perfect little display table for our gin collection and large enough to house all the other accoutrements needed to make a G&T.

Apart from it’s not *quite* big enough to accommodate a mini drinks fridge/freezer for the ice and tonic.


A girl can’t have everything, now, can she?

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

Creating a gin bar at home

This is a collaborative post but as ever all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.