Friday, 30 August 2013

Paper Craft - Framed Quote

I had been scouring Pinterest one evening and came across lots of lovely motivational quotes!

I love a motivational quote I do!

So, when I had all this gorgeous paper from the Homemaker magazine, I decided to print directly on one of them and pop it in a frame! 

I chose this paper because it wasn't too dark and I love the flowers on it! 

I just typed up my chosen quote in word and chose a navy font to go with the design.

I wasn't sure about this at first but I kind of like that the letters get a bit lost in the design, it adds something for me I think! What do you think? 

Anyway it's taken pride of place on my little desk for now! 

Enjoy and please do share if you make one yourself ! x

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

My first ever Crochet Flower

OK, so spending half my life on Instagram makes me very jealous of all the lovely people who crochet !

SO, I decided to bite the bullet one morning and give it a go !

It was pretty stressful at first, I couldn't even hold the hook and yarn properly. I watched numerous videos and this one seemed to help me the most with just getting started.

Then I spotted this gorgeous video on how to make a little flower ! I must have paused and rewound a million times, I even wrote down the instructions for each bit (in my own language I must add)

I must learn the correct crochet terminology.

Anyway, so it eventually worked !! I am super happy with my little flower and now raring to go and make granny squares, a blanket, mittens a scarf oooh you name it...

So, if like me, you have been oohing and ahhing over all the prettiness, give it a go !

Be determined and you'll do it, and any pros out there, please do share your favourite books / videos and any tips - thank you !! x

Paper Craft - Wrapping

This is a super simple idea, but what gorgeous wrapping paper does this paper from the Homemaker Magazine make ?

Add a little matching washi tape and you're on to a winner ! Gorgeous, cheap & easy x

Monday, 26 August 2013

Paper Craft - Fan

I have been wanting to try making my own fans ever since I bought some plain ones in Hobbycraft and couldn't for the life of me, work out how to decorate it.

So here is my own little handmade one using the paper from Homemaker Magazine. These would make such cute summer wedding favours.

Take your paper (A4 in length and cut down the width to about 12cm.

Start at the bottom and concertina all the way up, back and forth. Then tie in the middle with ribbon or twine.

Then stick two of the sides together. So in the picture below, I stuck the top two sides together, with pritt stick.

Then on the other side - glue a lolly stick on each side. Make sure you go as close to the middle otherwise it won't fan open.

I then made a little fastening just out of the scrap paper in the same design. I just cut out a strip and wrapped it around and using the glue just stuck the edge down. Make sure it's not too tight, so you can get it on and off. So this is the fan closed.

And the same fastening works to keep it open !

It's a shame the sunny weather seems to be on its way out but as I say, these would make cute party decorations or even better - wedding favours !
And they're just so cute & fun to make !
Enjoy & please do share and let me know if you make any ! x

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Gremlins List

OK, so this is a slightly different post than normal but I wondered if anyone did the same as me, and if so, my little exercise might help you too.

I am so totally messy and organised by nature. I know, you wouldn't think it right....well it's true.

But what's come to my attention recently, is that I let really important things slip for some reason. Don't ask me why. I mean REALLY important things, that could have catastrophic repercussions if I don't do them, but something in my head doesn't click and make me do them.

Let me give you an example. The Dentist. I cant remember the last time I went. Without going in to too much detail, I have some problems, really need to go and get them seen too, but I'm too scared. So I put it off. BUT if I put it off completely, I could get really bad gum disease, my teeth could fall out or I could get heart disease. So surely the hassle of finding a new dentist (we've moved since I last went) and going through 20 minutes of discomfort should be easier than that ? So why doesn't my brain tell me that.

Anyway, there is a whole list of other things like this that I have, some more serious than others, some I could end up in prison for (only Self Employed Tax issues before you start to worry) so I really need to get them sorted.

SO, I started a little spread sheet and I added these titles to the columns:

  • How long will it take me
  • Why do I hate it
  • What can I do to not hate it so much
  • Repercussions if I don't do
  • Seriousness (out of 10)
  • What to do about it
  • When
As I stared filling out the sheet, something happened. I found a dentist. One that seems to be accepting new patients, and one that has a friendly kind of website, is in a nice building in a nice town, so I sent them an email. (It's bank holiday) Otherwise I would have phoned them, honest. So its a start. I can hope for an email on Tuesday, and if not ill call them.

I cannot tell you how good it feels. I have squashed a little gremlin. I have to actually book an appointment and actually go, but they are other little gremlins to squash when the time comes.

I already feel like a new woman. An organised type that I long to be like.

OK, so my list is pretty big with some serious things to take action on, but you know what, I started today and I will stick to it until all the little gremlins are squashed and in future, i'll be able to just grab the little gremlin, shake his hand and send him on his way. Never to bother me again.

So, if like me, for some unknown reason you seem to procrastinate when you shouldn't, try this little exercise and please do share with me if it helps.

For those of you who think this is just ridiculous and are super organised, PLEASE share some of your magic with me ! x

I'm off to start on my next task, budgeting it is !

Happy Bank Holiday all xxxx

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Paper Craft - Bookmark

This is such a simple DIY and I think it's soooo cute.

Again using the gorgeous paper samples from Homemaker magazine I folder over a square of paper and cut it in to a rectangle.

I then decided to shape it, kind of like a heart or a cloud but you could do it square or triangular.

Then as below open it up, cut a little slit and fold up the edge so you can glue them down.

Glue the flaps and fold back down and stick together!

Simple as that!! And there you have it, a very stylish little cute bookmark!! 

I did a few in different colours with some other scraps! 

It tucks so nicely in your book! Enjoy x 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Craft Paper - Calender

So here is my next paper craft using the fabulous paper from the Homemaker Magazine.

I made this cute little calendar and have been using it ever since ! It's small enough to tuck away in a drawer or pin it up some where near your desk !

What you need:

A4 Paper
A4 Cardboard Envelope (the backing)
Pritt Stick
Peg or bulldog clip

So to get started, rip the front of the envelope off and use for something else if you wish or just bin it (or recycle).

It will need to be cut down slightly depending on the size you want the calendar part to be and how much paper you can wrap around.
At this point I printed out my calendar which I created in word just using a table. If you want to use mine - you can download it here.

Then cut the cardboard to the size that will fit inside the paper. It needs to wrap around at least a cm and glue in place.

Here it is... I LOVE this design.

To strengthen it I added a piece of corrugated card to the back and stuck it down with strong tape, but it's up to you if you have something else you can lean on when using it.
Then take whatever fastening you are using, I have these gorgeous little mini pegs and was chuffed to find a yellow one in my stash !
So place the calenders on the bottom half and work out where it needs to go and superglue in place.

Once its dry, pop the papers in place ! How cute is that !? I love it.

If you want you can add extra embellishments if you like - I added one of my rose cabochons in yellow and think it really adds something cute to it.

So, there you go - a super easy, cheap GORGEOUS weekly calendar !!

Do share and please show me yours if you make one !
Enjoy xxx

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Ruffle Cake

I have wanted to try this icing effect for ages now so I was so excited to try this! My Mother in Laws birthday was a perfect excuse.

So I have to be honest with you here, I didn't make the cake! I had 80 macarons to make as well so I just didn't have time.

So I bought two small cakes and sandwiched them together x 

I found this fab video tutorial about the ruffle icing technique and you can watch it here

For the buttercream I used this recipe:

140g butter
280g icing sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
2 tsp strawberry essence

I always sieve the icing sugar first! 

For the decoration I used the wonderful tutorial by Patchwork Harmony and you can read it here. Thanks so much Caroline! I absolutely love it - and so did Karen! 

It was so easy to follow, so I printed the name out on card, cut it out with scissors and a scalpel and used a pritt stick glue, then covered it in glitter! I added some cute little stars too. 

Then using washi tape, I attached these gorgeous paper straws I got from Iced Jems - you can buy them here

I think for quite a simple technique this is really effective and I'm sure I will make many more of these! 

Let me know if you've made one similar or if you try for yourself! 


Monday, 19 August 2013

Paper Craft - Notebook

In this months Homemaker magazine - ooh first, who else has got a copy? Lucky you if so - Ooh and if you don't, you'll want to go out and get one! There is a fabulous magazine included all about Habitat wall paper and fabrics so it's full of beautiful paper samples!!

As soon as I laid eyes on them, I knew I had to make use of it and create some gorgeousness! 

So, I thought I would create as many things as possible from the beautiful paper and then share them with you. 

So, first up it's a paper covered notebook!  Might be pretty simple, but boy is it pretty!!

I got the notebook from Hobbycraft for a couple of pounds and it's a plain brown cardboard one. (I've just seen they're on offer!)

So firstly start by laying the straight edge of the paper up as close to the rings as possible and then flip the book over and cut about 2cm larger than the book cover. Fold over all the edges so it wraps around the cover. You can trim the corners at an angle to make it neater. Once it's got it's shape, just using a pritt stick, glue all over the front cover. Stick the paper to the cover. Turn it over and glue the paper overlaps and press them firmly down to stick in place. 

That's the cover done, how easy is that!

The papers are all about A4 size so I had some little cuttings left and thought I'd make a cute bookmark to go inside.

So, with the size piece I had left I folded as below, so as to get a rectangle.

Then I took some nice matching ribbon and glued it in between by placing about an inch inside the two sides.

Then on the inside cover at the back I glued the ribbon in place with another little scrap of the paper, to secure my bookmark!


I absolutely adore this paper and it has so simply transformed my notebook! Books like this can cost about £8 in the shops so I'm mega chuffed with my handy work! Thank you Homemaker Magazine for the gorgeous paper!! 

You could even cover the inside with some more paper or make a pocket but I don't mind this look.
Oooh what shall I make next?! Xx


Sunday, 18 August 2013

Bright Macarons

On Friday, some of you may have seen my instgrams of the 80 macarons I was making for an Indian Henna Party. (Night before the wedding)
I was up at 7am and it took me until about 3pm to get them all done ! I actually have a blister on my little finger BUT I was really pleased with how they turned out and I hear they were scoffed quite quickly !
So I just thought I'd share a few more tips I found out following on from my Perfecting Macarons post.
I discovered that only sieving the almonds and icing sugar can result in lumpy tops ! So I sieved mine 3 times !
I also used my quantities from the first blog and did about 8 rounds ! I like doing this in case one batch didn't work for some reason. So it's a lot of cleaning but each time I weighed everything out, got the piping bag ready and the baking sheet cut for each of the trays. It definitely paid to be calm, do it slowly and be organised !
I also had the pleasure of meeting the amazing pastry chef Claire Clark recently and a good tip from her and available in her book is to add a pinch of cream of tarter to the meringue !
So here they are:
I love how they are traffic light colours !
Ohh so if you'd like to try the fillings here's the recipes:
Mint Chocolate Buttercream
140g butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
2 heaped tablespoons of cocoa powder (or enough to get the colour right)
3 tsp peppermint essence (do one at a time and taste)
I chop the room temperature butter up and pop in mixer. Slowly add icing sugar, mix well. Then add milk. Then flavouring / colouring.
Lemon Meringue Buttercream
140g butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
3 tsp Lemon essence (do one at a time and taste)
4 Mini Meringues Crumbled
Strawberry & White Chocolate Buttercream
140g butter
280g Icing Sugar
2 tbsp Milk
80g White chocolate melted
3 tsp Strawberry essense (do one at a time and taste)

I made some little signs so the guest knew what the flavours were !

I am sorry but I had to share this... hahaha ! What do they look like !

Sorry - haha !
SO many macarons !!

I had some lovely comments so good luck to those trying these and do let me know how you get on and share pictures !!!
I'm off for a cuppa and a dodgy left over macaron ! x

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Fair Betty

I couldn’t wait to share with you all a lovely blog I have discovered. It is written by the very lovely and inspirational 16 year old Bethany ‘Betty’.

She had me at ‘ I am also the co-founder of Bee's Ice Cream along with my 12 year old brother'. How amazing is that ! If I had started something at 16, I may be somewhere with it by now !

She has an incredible attitude too – read here to find out more about how she took herself out of a bad school and gave herself a better chance at Education ! Pretty awesome !

There is even a blog for the Ice Cream business – which I love the name of – ‘Bee’s’ so check it out here. They make the most delicious looking lemon meringue ice cream !

I have never made ice cream before, so I might have to try one of Bettys recipes !

I would definitely keep your eye on this girl as I am sure she will go far and before long, I’ll be following her around the country in her gorgeous ice cream van !

Please check out her lovely blog and leave her a comment – ooh she’s also on instagram

Have a lovely day everyone x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich

Ok so you've seen macarons and ice cream cookie sandwiches - now macaron ice cream sandwiches!!

Imagine all the colours and ice cream flavours!! 

So I had to try these for myself and trust me, they are not disappointing!  

Firstly make your macarons - you could make them bigger than normal but I stuck to the regular size here.

Let them cool completely then add the ice cream of your choice! 

I tried to 'shape' mine first and then smoothed the edges a little with a spoon! 

These were vanilla ...

I cannot wait to try other flavour combinations, thinking mint choc chip next! 

I really suggest trying these little beauties! Maybe next time you are making some, do a few extra to try with ice cream! 

Delicious!! Enjoy! X 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Craft Fair

So last weekend was my first ever craft fair !
I was so nervous in the weeks running up to it - I don't know why as everyone was so lovely.
The fair was held at the assembly rooms in Chichester which I thought being on the main road, would mean that it would be super busy but I was quite disappointed at the lack of people.
I mean there were people, but some just walked straight passed without even looking because it was so quiet. I found if someone was having a browse, someone else might come along too so maybe its just people don't like being the centre of your attention. Or maybe they just didn't like my stuff !
But anyway, I made a few lovely sales and met some lovely people so will definitely do another !
This was my little stall and note the tempting marshmallows which went down a treat !
Does anyone have any advice for next time or any good fairs to do ?
I am going to be at The Garden Party in September so will see how that goes !
I am also adding bits to my Etsy shop if you like anything you see below :)
Thanks so much x  



Wednesday, 7 August 2013

August Break 2013 - Week 1

A little update on my August Break 2013 photos ! Here they are from the past week !

Its been so much fun seeing what everyone else is doing and trying to think of creative images to do !

Who else is taking part ?

1. Breakfast  - smoothie time !

2. Circles - some of my fave things from my love.

3. Yellow - gorgeous rose earrings you can buy here.

4. Love - lazy Sunday mornings!

5. Close Up - was eating a French fancy at the time ! (or two)

6. Diagonals - I caught him playing on the stairs !

7. Skyline - a lovely view out to sea at Chichester Harbour.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Pizza Pasta Pub

We visited this gorgeous little pub out in the gorgeous countryside near Chichester called The Pizza & Pasta Pub and what a little delight it is !
Set right next to some fields, with a lovely outside seating area (including play park) and a lovely cosy atmosphere inside.
This is the pubs current menu - such a great idea to serve just a few things, as they can then do them really well !

We sat in the little courtyard area outside and I LOVED to see a blanket for when it got cooler in the evening !

The sun was shining so it was even more gorgeous !!

This is the little outside seating area and they had benches out on the grass too, oh and did I mention - an ice cream van !!

Oooh then came our yummy Pizza & Garlic bread !!

You can tell it's homemade ! Delicious !!

Look at the queue, it's apparently super busy at dinner times...... !!

They even let you peak in to the kitchen !

I definitely recommend this pub if you want a lovely cosy and relaxing dinner out ! It's great for kids too ! (I wanted to go on the swings ! )