New design yet again!

I have been changing around the design like nobody’s business these last couple day but finally… I have done it and I am proud and happy with my blog design. I went for a simple design as I tried before to be over complicated but the design just looked messy. Added a new mascot/logo birdie using a tablet pen (If you haven’t used a tablet before you should! It really makes Photoshop a whole lot more fun and totally beats the mouse.. I dont actually think I can even draw a straight line using a mouse).

Anyway hope you guys like this one!

Oh yeah I will just add to this post that some people really need to get a life. I have been getting a lot of abuse in my comments from pathetic individuals who have nothing better to do then troll my blog.  Some people commenting on this blog are disgusting! One troll called me out as either being a dumb youngster or having a mental illness then going on to threaten me which kind of goes to show how pathetic these trolls are.

Just because something looks nice doesnt mean it isnt bland

Today Sue (a friend of mine who I forced to join the forums) posted on the D.I.Y forum “Maybe I should just scribble all over my walls” and raised a very good point about interior design and D.I.Y which was basically on the lines of saying making something pretty doesn’t mean your making something creative. I TOTALLY AGREE!

Interior design needs to show personality (hopefully yours) and I guess if you have a bland personality you can go around copying other peoples designs and pretty features but at the end of the day there nothing behind it, even though maybe equally bland people may like the prettiness of it all it wont be unique and will always be superficial.



Revamping some mundane shelves

In this little post I will be showing you how you can revamp even the most mundane of shelving units. The thing I really like about revamping shelves is that you dont need to be an expert only handy with a paint brush and in the case good at wallpapering and that’s it!



You can make even the most gross shelves the best ever just by sticking a bit of wallpaper on them and giving them a nice new lick of paint! what-you-are-going-to-needalmost-done after-shelves

Wallpaper it just makes everything look better ;)




-Depending on how DIY savvy you are this little project should only take you about 3-4 hours

-Total cost of materials was including the old shelf $75.

You are going to need:

Scissors (unless you are going to use your teeth though bite marks all over the wallpaper may look odd lol)
Wallpaper roller (to smooth out any lumps and bumps in the wall paper)
White Matt paint
Paint brushes

I think that is everything…

What to do!

It is best take out the shelves and individually paint and stick your wall paper design on them!

Firstly what you need to do is get sanding. It is important not to over do it or you will end up with a very uneven looking book shelf (unless you want that).
With mine I made sure that I got a nice smooth finish. I then painted the frame with Matt white paint and the rest of the shelf with dark Matt black with 6 coats of paint just to be on the safe side.
The to get a nice gloss you have to then use applied gloss to the painted areas after it dried. Only a thing layer of gloss mind you!

You can also use acrylic paint as well, using acrylic paint may actually be better as you dont have to use gloss after wards.

After that  I wallpapered (I think that is a word) the back of the shelves using a roller to even out the lumps and bumps. I then did the same to each one of the individual shelfs.

To be honest there not much else to say its very easy to do and anyone can do it.

If you have got any questions please ask below. thanks.

(I have just quickly rattled out this post.. very tired after making this little project and I need some rest. I will update this post later on with better instructions).

No more annoying ads for me!

Here is something clever that I have just found out that you can do… block ads on youtube (though maybe I am a bit behind the times and you guys already know about this). I know.. I know this isnt really DIY but I just had to share it with you guys. If you are using firefox or chrome just install an adblocker extension and say good bye to those frustrating and loooooooong ads on youtube. Plus adblockers also get rid of just about all annoying ads from popups to silly sidebar ads.

-The most popular adblocker is adblocker plus (wow I bet that took something to think of that name) however I found that one slowed down my computer and apparently google has been paying the inventors of adblocker plus millions not to block some of there ads. I would instead go for a plugin called Adblock edge instead :)


Just added a forum section! Get involved

Hi guys.

I have decided to add a forum section to maillardvillemanor to help everyone share tips on DIY, foodie stuff as well as chit chat about anything you can think of! There is also a blog section letting you share/talk about your blog and talk to other bloggers letting you build relationships with them which is really important in blogging!

You can sign up here.

If you do sign up your account will need to be approved first (this is to stop spam robots signing up and spamming the forum).

If you have any suggestion on making the forum better then please give me a hoot. I hope to see you all there very soon.


Update: Just fixed a problem with posts being blocked by default.


Homemade ovencooked crisps!

Yours should look like this when done.

In my household we are living on a budget, meaning we have to live on budget foods like supermarket branded crisps… which aren’t very tasty or healthy at all. To be honest they taste like cardboard. The crisps also look pretty gross too either being transparent in color because they have been fried so much, or in a packet you often find all sorts of really weird mutant crisps in different colored crisps like the charred black ones, the fungus whites, the moldy green ones or not forgetting the bogey yellow colored ones usually found at the bottom.

So I have decided to scrap the cheap crisps and make my own. So a couple days ago I got cooking and ended up making some rather yummy crisps. So I thought I would just quickly share with you guys what I did, its not really rocket science! Honestly making your own crisps is easier, cheaper and you can make them much healthier than the moldy ones you buy at the shops.


Seasoning of your choice (you can really experiment here)

A couple potatoes.. SWEET POTATOES ARE THE BEST! (1 potato gets gets you plenty of crisps)

1tablespoon of vegetable oil

How to

Slice your potato(s) into paper thin slices, use your own judgement as to how chunky you want your crisps! If you use a peeler to slice your potatoes I find are to flimsy and I find it is best to use a knife to cut them.

Then place your potatoes slices into a sandwich bag and then pour in your vegetable oil you then have to shake it which should coat the potato slices!

Once coated you should make to shake off any excess oil on the slices and lightly coat a oven pan with vegetable oil (this is to stop the crisps from sticking to the pan).

Next put your coated potato slices onto the pan making sure that there are spaces in between each potato slice and season. When seasoning it is always good to sprinkle the seasoning on from height helping you to better cover all the slices more evenly.

Place the pan into a preheated oven at around 250 degrees you should bake them for 2 hours flipping them over half way through. This is the best way to get the crispiest chips possible and stop them from getting soggy.

Resting the crisps for around 10 minutes after baking is a good idea.



New design! again!

After taking on board some of the comments I was getting about the new webdesign, I have decided to start again with a totally new one. With the last one I think I was trying to copy pintrest too much! Well guys and gals please tell me what you think again in the comments below… if needs be I will change it again :)

PS, creating a logo is on my to do list.


Letter cushions! Inspiration

Letter cushions/pillows what ever you want to call them can really put some attitude into your room! If you get it right you can brighten up your room and put some of your creativity into your room. You can put these on your sofa, bed, shelves or dump them where ever you want.. they really do go anywhere.. though mind you dont over do it with too many otherwise it might look tacky.

You can buy some really super letter pillows or you can choose to make your own quite simply by stitching on your own letter or word. I like making my own… once you get the hang of it you can really make some great designs. Just buy a blank pillow and just stitch your design onto them… The trick is to know what your going to do and do it! It is best to get a stencil on first so you know what your doing. (you may find that you will need buy a couple of practice pillows as your first attempt may not be perfect. I will be making a how to post later on to tell you guys exactly how you can get started! but first I thought I would post here some great designs to give you some inspiration and get you thinking.


*Remember they are your pillows so you can put what you like on them (even rude words if you so wish.. but you might want to quickly hide them when you have visitors).

Webdesign, never happy!

Im never ever happy when it comes to webdesign! I am always constantly (overly) tweaking bits here, there and everywhere… spending hours sometimes on the smallest details (you wouldn’t really think that by looking at it) and at the end of all of this im never 100% happy. Website design is so technical as well editing style sheets, sorting out fonts and  arranging color schemes… I prefer house DIY over website DIY… for me its a lot easier to get right.. plus with real life DIY you can get your hands dirty and get creative because webdesign is so technical and because you cant exactly reach into the screen and change what you want straight away it is rather frustrating…..

I am looking at my design for my blog right now.. and I know there is something not quite right about it… Im thinking of starting again.. and changing it totally.. any suggestions?

Sick and tired of my sore feet

I have been searching around.. just about forever on the web lately to find some good orthotic insoles for my plantar fasciitis. To be honest my version of plantar fasciitis probably isn’t plantar fasciitis and just a mild case of sore feet but that doesn’t matter.. hehe. I have been asking on various forums and what not about what I should buy with some people telling me to get one thing and giving me advise and other on another forum people telling the complete opposite. Plus Iv searched so many site now I am sick and tired of seeing insoles…. Finally made up my mind.. im gonna buy some from here.

So of you might go.. no dont buy them.. buy some £200 custom made insoles instead… well I am not made of money and after reading and reading iv came to the conclusion that custom insoles wont do my feet much good… because im not suffering from fallen arches or anything like that so I dont need them… plus all of this is giving me a sore head so id end up needing some insoles for my head as well soon if im not careful ;).. So that it decided getting some off shelf ones and that’s final!