I GOT BRACES! My Six Month Smile Video Diary: Day 1

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Hi my lovelies,

So last Friday I finally took the plunge and got fitted with adult clear ceramic braces!


six month smile adult braces
Say cheese!
Never one to do things by halves I'm having both top and bottom teeth corrected, which will then enable me to change my much hated 3 tooth bridge...bleugh....I really do hate that bridge.

adult braces with bridge
Check out the much hated 3 tooth bridge.
My braces are 'Six Month Smile' corrective braces, I have some crookedness and overlapping caused by overcrowding to correct. My orthodontist thinks I'll need to wear the braces for about 5 months, and then a clear retainer at night to stop the teeth moving back. Did you know your teeth continued to  move as an adult? I honestly didn't....until it dawned on me a few years ago that my overlap was getting worse eek!

So to document my progress I'll be doing a regular video diary...vlog...video blog....whatever the heck you call it. It's easier for you to see what's going on in a video.




It makes me laugh to see this. Seriously, how hyped am I? Just too excited after being at the dentist and finally getting the braces after years of debating. If you want to see me looking a little nervous....aka 'shaking like a leaf'... then check out the previous video where I'm sat outside the dental clinic.

I have to say the braces feel enormous to me, like they arrive 5 minutes before I do! Yet most people took a while to even notice and some didn't realise at all until I pointed them out. Not sure if that's because the braces are pretty much invisible, or if we really don't take that much notice of each other.

So get used to seeing some highly unflattering tooth photos of me as I'll be posting regular updates to let you know of my progress, any problems I encounter and to give any hints and tips I come across.

Thanks for reading and watching!

School Dinner Jam and Coconut Cake

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As the weather gets colder and the dark nights draw in, I feel the need for comfort food. Traditional recipes that hark back to childhood, and this is one of my 'old skool' favourites... "jam and coconut tray bake cake".

jam and coconut cake

One of the highlights of school life, light and fluffy coconut cake topped with jam and coconut sprinkles and served with lashings of hot custard. If the dinner ladies were feeling adventurous, then we had pink custard...errr I think I'll give that a miss and stick to the golden variety!

jam and coconut sponge cake
Puddings were always the best part of school meals!
This is quick and easy recipe based on a basic Victoria sponge. Give it a go and be top of the class!

Ingredients:

 
jam and coconut cake

  • 8oz caster sugar
  • 8oz softened butter
  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • 2oz desiccated coconut 
  • half teaspoon baking powder
For the topping;
  • strawberry or raspberry jam 
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut.

Method:

  • Cream together the sugar and butter.
  • Gradually add the beaten eggs and mix well.
  • Add a couple of drops of vanilla extract
  • Add the coconut and gently fold in the flour.
Grease and line a baking tin. Add the mixture and bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins or until the cake is firm to the touch and golden.

When the cake has cooled slightly spread the top with jam and sprinkle with the remaining coconut. Serve with lashings of hot custard.

Top marks for you!





Jet Slade Film Production - Fight Scene

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Hey lovelies,

Those of you who've followed my blog for a while will know I'm involved in an independent film 'Jet Slade', playing the lead role of Jet, a highly trained agent who must track down a team of assassins targeting her team.

Work on the film is progressing at a steady pace, and co-ordinating such a big project around all the cast and crew involves a huge amount of time, effort and organisation. But I'm happy to say today I have a promo clip to share with you... from one of my fight scenes!


How much did I love filming this scene with fellow actor Chris?!
Jet looks bad ass - don't mess!
This is just a rough edit of much longer fight scene, and it took many weeks of fight rehearsals to perfect these moves for camera, and still ensure everyone's safety.

I'm not a martial artist, and had to learn all these moves from scratch. But this is where I really appreciated the training and body conditioning I'd done for The Wag Doll Protocol, my fitness regime. It meant I had the strength and co-ordination to concentrate solely on the technique, and be fit enough to do the moves over and over again in rehearsals and on set without getting tired.

 I can't stress enough how preparation for a role like this is so important to avoid injury and ...well, I'll just admit it, I just love training and learning new things!






Nursery Chest of Drawers Makeover - A Spray Paint Tutorial.

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Hey lovelies, let me share my first ever furniture makeover project, a nursery chest of drawers!

how to spray paint furniture

After making the 'Quick and Easy Baby Quilt' I was reminded just how much storage a baby needs.
...such a little person, so much kit and caboodle! 

I had just the perfect cupboard in mind for this project, but no idea how to go about 'upcycling' it (is that actually a word?!). And so I poured over every blog, pinterest post and youtube tutorial on painting furniture and then got stuck in...


Read on for my hints and tips, and before and after pics...

Quick and Easy Baby Quilt With Piping

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easy baby quilt


I've finally done it, I've made a quilt! Surely a milestone in every sewing journey.

I wanted to make something practical yet totally gorgeous for a very special couple who are expecting their first child, something precious which can become a family heirloom. And isn't this the cutest design? The piped edging creates such a neat and unusual finish yet it's the easiest quilt ever, perfect to make in an afternoon.
 
cheater quilt

How so quick you ask? Shhh...I'll let you into a secret, it's a 'cheater quilt'!

Read on for more confessions....