Friday, 17 May 2013

Trolley tricks!

Happy Friday my lovelies! Boy, am I glad it's the weekend! It's been a crazy week. As some of you might know, we've had the most wonderful holiday in South Africa (more about that later!), but what I haven't shared with you, is that it ended on a bit of a 'oh dear...what now? ' You see, we had problems with our eight year old son's visa, which meant we couldn't fly back when planned. We stayed on for an extra week, hoping we'd get it sorted, but it took a lot longer, and we ended up having to leave him with family until we could get his visa. It broke our hearts! But, he was in very good hands. He stayed with his aunt, uncle and cousins on their farm, and had a fabulous time without mum and dad! Well, he returned home on Monday, and we were so excited to have him back! Unfortunately he'd caught an awful tummy bug, and has been very ill all week! So, the weekend is here, and my thoughts are turning to 'down time'...'chill out time'...'relaxing time', ...'catch up time...'!

Now, since we've been back I've been on a mission to de-clutter. I wish I could say it's because I want to live a simpler, more minimalistic life, but truth be told, it's only because I want to get rid of things I've grown tired of, in favour of new, different lovelies! A while back I picked up a tea trolley from a goodwill store for an absolute song! I didn't quite know what I was going to do with it, but I thought it would come to me in good time! It has just been sitting on the side, looking a little lost, wanting a purpose in life. I have seen these trolleys making a bit of a comeback, being used as...

Book trolleys...

Tea carts...

Stationary Stations...(very clever I think!)

For links to the above, and more inspiration, you can visit Pinterest @ Trolley Dolly.
There are so many ways to use these, painted up for a fresh look, decoupaged for something different and unique, and they are so versatile! I wanted to go for something a little more retro, and perhaps a little 'grown-up' too. So, I've turned mine into a cocktail cart! Now, I'm not a boozy bird by no means, but at the weekend I enjoy a little tipple or cocktail! And what better way than to have it at the ready for such occasions! And here is my version...

 Stocked with a few our our favourite mixers...
fresh lemons and limes...and of course a couple of cocktail cherries! The beautiful dipped candles were made by my little man in sunny South Africa.

I found these very kitsch cherry glasses at a boot sale for just a pound!

 So, we're ready for the weekend! What are your plans? Anything exciting? Whatever it is, may you have a good one!

Tania ♥♥♥


  1. These are all such marvelous idea! I especially like the notion of having a book trolley to push around. It's so evocative of a librarian hard at work in a library, and that so appeals to me, as there was no where else I loved to be more than the local library when I was growing up.

    Great post, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Hi Jessica! I share your sentiments on libraries...I can't think of a better place to while away a few hours! There is a part of me which still fancies the idea of being a librarian, hard at work amongst the wonderful world of books! I think it is because I have such fond memories of the quiet solitude I used to find in those walls as a child! Hope you're recovering well sweet lady! Thanks for stopping by! Tania ♥

  2. Can I come for a visit? I saw many a thing on that trolley that I could enjoy!

    1. Hi Bronwyn! Lol! You are very welcome indeed! There's only one thing better than having a tipple...having it in good company! Thanks for stopping by! Tania ♥

  3. Hi Tania...Thank the Good LORD you had someone trustworthy to leave your son with. That almost sounds like the making of a movie! So glad you have him home and can help get him well now! Those tummy bugs are not fun are they!?

    Your cart is very nice! Those candles are amazing for an 8 year old boy to make!!! I can't figure out how he did those strips!

    1. Hi Cathy! Yes, we were very blessed indeed that things worked out the way they did, and that our little man ended up having a wonderful adventure amidst the uncertainty! God is good!

      As for the candles, well, he informed me that all he had to do was to dip plain white cancles into the different colours, one colour at a time! Just lovely! Thanks for saying hello!
      Tania ♥


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