Wednesday, 30 May 2012

A Big Thank You (Shout Out!)

We had a few technical difficulties this evening, but thank you to the sharp eyes of two of my readers, and the much appreciated help of my awesome boyfriend, we are all good again and no one was hurt in the process!

Therefore, I would like to shout out to Heartstitch and OurCraftShops, for their help this evening, in pointing out the problem!

Heartstitch is an amazing little bundle of joy, based in Plymouth! She is still relatively new to the Facebook and blog scenes but already has a tonne of likers and followers! Regardless, check out some of her adorable work!

Baby Blue Kitty Keyring with vintage fabric

Hanging Heart

Check out her Facebook page by clicking here!

My other shout out goes to OurCraftShops, which is an amazing page and website that gives exposure to crafters and artists!



They have actually featured my Maggi doll this afternoon, which was much appreciated, and was the other reader to notice the problem with my blog earlier. So please go and have a look at OurCraftShops.com and their Facebook Page!

Thanks again guys; what would I do without you!

Nom Nom Nom

Boo the tortoise, nomming tomato ^.^

Me again; third post today...sorry! Just wanted to check in and say that I have been naughty, and splurged a few days ago...

Oops!

Needless to say, they are freakin' amazing, and I can't wait to start using them in my journal and scrapbook!

Wedding Wrapping

Today I wrapped presents for my friend's wedding! Obviously I'm not sharing the contents, but here is the finished product!


I purchased the wrapping paper, ribbon and tags from Sophie Victoria Joy, on notonthehighstreet.com, and it is stunning! I'm so pleased with the outcome! I am so impressed with the quality of the product, and when in contact with Sophie, she was awesome help and really great to talk to! Needless to say, I will definitely be back ordering more paper in the future! She's got a fantastic range of colour coordinated wraps, ribbons and tags.


Three pretty parcels, for Chloe and Nathan's wedding on Saturday. I can't wait for them to open them!

Check out Sophie Victoria Joy's amazing range here!

Poorly...and Creative Journalling

I am a poorly Shazzles. My ear infection has come back, and yesterday I passed out in my Doctor's surgery; nothing beats a bit of drama eh?

Anyway just wanted to share my little square of creativity that I put into my journal a couple of nights ago, depicting my yummy cheesecake!

Stickers, Washi tape...what a girl

I thought it looked nice, and made a pretty addition to the page. Hopefully I will have more pretties to add to it soon. However, right now I am going to go and have a shower, and then try and add some more pages to my scrapbook (so many creative books!!). Then I will sleep, and go to work later.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Feeling Fruity!

The yummiest selection of fruity crochet that I could get my hands on! Jewellery, appliques, and lots of home accessories; all with the delicious theme of summery fruits ♥


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Baked Raspberry Cheesecake

Well, today I have been a busy bee! I set myself the target of doing some baking, and made a recipe I've been meaning to try for over a year. You know when you just don't get round to doing something? Nightmare! Anyway, I finally found the time and the motivation, and today I made a baked raspberry cheesecake.

BAKED RASPBERRY CHEESECAKE



Serves 8

Ingredients:
  • 8 Digestive biscuits
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 600g cream cheese
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 yolk
  • 142ml soured cream
  • 300g raspberries
  • icing sugar
 1. Heat the oven is 180C / Gas 4. Crush the Digestive biscuits and mix with the melted butter. Press into a springform tin and bake for 5mins, before leaving to cool.

2. Beat the cream cheese with 2tbsp flour, the caster sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 1 yolk, and the soured cream, until light and fluffy. Stir in 150g of raspberries and pour into the tin. Bake for 40mins and then check; it should be set but slightly wobbly in the middle. Leave in the tin to cool.

3. Using the remaining 150g raspberries, keep a few for the top and put the rest in a pan with 1tbsp icing sugar. Heat until juicy and then squash with a fork. Push through a sieve. Serve the cheesecake drizzled with the sauce and fresh raspberries.

Now, I wish I could claim this recipe as my own, but unfortunately I can't. It's published on the BBC Good Food website, which I will send you to here.

I am so pleased with the outcome of my finished cheesecake! I'd never made one before, and it's absolutely delicious! Of course, I documented the whole process, so here are some pictures!

Working the shades, dragging my brother to Tescos

Mixing raspberries into the cheese...

Raspberries and icing sugar, for the sauce

Me with my pride and joy ♥

Yeah, my presentation skills suck...it makes up for it in taste!

So there you have it! I baked something that wasn't a complete disaster! It seriously tastes amazing, I am so happy. Tomorrow I am even driving a few slices out to my Grandparents so that they can try it too! I'm now going to sit and write it into my recipe journal ^^

In other news, and an excuse to post another picture; today I posted two postcards out to the Netherlands and Germany. Hope they reach you soon!


Enjoy the recipe, guys x

Saturday, 26 May 2012

K&Co Smash!

As we all know, I'm an avid scrapbooker and more recently, a journaller. I just love securing all my memories into these little books and keeping them. It's like a photo album, and then some!

Swatch Washi Tape

I recently bought a Washi tape from the K&Co Smash range; don't get me started on how much I love K&Co...it's not safe! The tape is way cool, and I hadn't heard of Smash before. Turns out it's a really new range of theirs, and wow...


I want to get some more of the items from this range! It's all so cute! But why is it you always find stuff you want to buy, at the end of the month? I would really like to get some of the Smash Pads, which include everything from Top Ten templates, through to quotes and recipe cards. Oh when pay day arrives, it'll be a combination of Gok Wan, and K&Co being ordered, I feel! Not good.

I'm tempted to print some pictures from the last few days and update my journal at work this evening, actually. Woop!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Gok Cooks Chinese

Aaah I have just watched the first episode of Gok Cooks Chinese, which I recorded a few nights ago. I'm in love!


I love Gok Wan, and when I saw he had a cookery program coming up, I was a bit apprehensive. I hate it when celebrities try branching out into things that have nothing to do with them; like from fashion to cookery. However, Gok has a background in Chinese cooking, not only from his Father, but also from having been brought up in restaurants and the like. So I watched the program, and squee! The recipe for beef in black bean sauce was divine! I am definitely buying this book when payday comes around!! Roll on next week!

Busy Days

I've had a really busy couple of days, although definitely busy in a good way!

On Wednesday morning, I took a trip down to Abbotsbury Swannery, to see the cygnets! They are so adorable! I ended up having a total photo binge, and shot 360 pictures of the swans and cygnets! I'm still trying to work my way through them all!

"Ugly Duckling"

I never understand how these beautiful little creatures could be deemed ugly ducklings! Look at him! This particular cygnet was cuddled up to his mother and her remaining eggs. He also had a load of brothers and sisters, scurrying around! I'm really proud of this photograph! What do you think?

Yesterday I met my friend, Kelly, in town for lunch. We decided to go to a relatively new place called The Loft, in Antelope Walk.


We were really impressed with the food! Kelly opted for their all day breakfast (which looked absolutely delicious), and I had leek and goats cheese tart, coupled with rosemary potatoes, couscous, and a yummy selection of salad leaves (with a really nice dressing...no idea what it was though!).

How good does this look!

After meeting Kelly, I had a quick browse around town, and managed to find myself some wedge sandals to wear with my butterfly dress (previously mentioned here) for just £19.99 in New Look!

Adding a few inches to my pathetic 5'6"

I really like them! And they're suitable to wear with loads of other stuff, so that's ok! Very pleased with my chance find.

In the evening, I went to Poole and my lovely boyfriend cooked me a very nice stir fry, which was followed by a walk in Poole Park, and snuggle time. Woop woop!

I'm sick of the heat though. I'm such a typical English person; moan when it's cold, moan when it's hot. I've never been very good with heat though, so I hate it when Summer hits. Definitely an Autumn and Winter person! But hey, can't control the weather...I'm just not really looking forward to trying to sleep tomorrow, in this heat. Anyway, two more nights and then a couple off.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Girly Girls

The sun has suddenly shown it's face in the UK, after weeks of horrendous rain and storms, so I thought I'd celebrate by sharing some lovely crochet dresses with you all!


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Recipe Journal

My Jan Constantine recipe journal arrived this afternoon! It's so beautiful! I absolutely love it!

LoveLoveLove

It includes conversion charts, loads of room for your recipes, and lots of wallet space in the back for your nicks and nacks! I can't wait to start writing in some recipes!

Have a look at Jan Constantine's website for a whole range of incredible British themed chic products! I could spend an absolute fortune!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Pruning Time!

Today I gave my bonsai tree, Chiisai, a good pruning and feed! He is currently sunning himself in the garden; life as a bonsai is so easy!

He's been doing some serious growing this week, so I really needed to trim back the crown of the foliage. I've managed to tame him a bit now!

Before

After

As you can see, I took off the top parts and also finally got the guts to remove the branch on the bottom right. It's been bugging me since I bought the tree, and I didn't have the guts to remove it, because it was quite a well established branch. But today I finally plucked up the courage to take it off, and I think Chiisai looks a lot better for it!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Twenty Twelve

I've just come across a page on Facebook called Twenty Twelve, which is dedicated to a book being written by a mutual friend of mine. Basically, you have to choose the last 20 songs you would want to hear, if the world was going to end. What a conundrum! I adore music, so this has been really tricky, but I think I've succeeded in coming up with a cool selection!

"With just enough time to listen to the last 20 songs he'll ever hear, what does he choose? What would you choose?"

 

1. "Anyway" by Genesis
2. "Planet Hell" by Nightwish
3. "Wond'ring Aloud" by Jethro Tull
4. "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp
5. "A Hazy Shade Of Winter" by Simon & Garfunkel
6. "I Have To Say I Love You" by Hayley Hutchinson
7. "Paper Shoes" by Incubus
8. "Woodstock" by Matthew's Southern Comfort
9. "One Vision" by Queen
10. "Under The Sun" by Nine Black Alps
11. "Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist" by Muse
12. "Kinslayer" by Nightwish
13. "Locomotive Breath" by Jethro Tull
14. "Resurrection" by Brian May
15. "Daniel" by Elton John
16. "Heaven On Their Minds" by Carl Anderson
17. "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
18. "Don't Leave Me Now" by Supertramp
19. "More Fool Me" by Genesis
20. "The Great Gig In The Sky" by Pink Floyd

You can find out more about Twenty Twelve on the Facebook Page by clicking here!

Friday, 18 May 2012

A Few More Hours

A couple of movies (Secret Window and Signs) later, and we've gone from this...


To this...


Obviously there will be a yellow band on each side, but I'm working each side individually, to minimise on ends to tie in. Slowly but surely!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Finished Squares!

I finished sewing in the squares in my blanket this afternoon (and have since started on the border) and thought I would share some pictures of the, so far, finished product!

Hundreds of squares!

I am so pleased with the outcome of it! I really like the colours that I've chosen; slightly different to the ones in the pattern, but not too dissimilar. I think there is a nice balance!

Up close and personal!

I'm now working on the border, and am currently working a round of black, before I move onto blocks of "bright yellow". It's going to be very sunny!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Flutter By, Butterfly

I am going to a wedding at the start of June, and my dress is covered in butterflies. I simply have to share a picture!

Best £19.99 I've ever spent!

The weird thing is that I'm actually really scared of butterflies! Don't get me wrong; they are beautiful! But the flapping freaks me out something awful! Regardless, here is a butterfly inspired treasury, to match my dress!


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Friday, 11 May 2012

Silky Twist

I've seen a blanket pattern on the Lion Brand yarn website which I absolutely adore! However, the yarn it uses is Silky Twist, which is produced by Lion Brand. As far as I'm aware, you can't purchase this in the UK, and i was wondering if anyone had any alternatives that'd give the same kind of effect?


Silky Twist is apparently super bulky, and I love how it looks! I just don't know all that much about the kind of yarns that are available over here, but if anyone could help that'd be fantastic! I'd really like to make a blanket with more texture at some point, rather than just DK!

And Some More!

More squares? Yes indeed!


I am so close to finishing the squares now! As you can kind of see in the picture; I still have pink to put in the top left, and then it's simply a case of adding the single square to each corner! Then it's borders away!! I'm really proud of myself; I think it looks fantastic so far, and the colours have worked out nicely. Any opinions much appreciated!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Many More Squares

I haven't updated you on my blanket, since the 9th April! So we are long overdue a new blanket picture!

Rounding off for the corners!

Last time you saw it, I was just starting the second round of darker blue. Since then we have mint green (which is the shade after the blue, which hasn't photographed very well) with four pink squares, pea green, and the very edges are a rich dark purple (which again, haven't photographed well).

Better shot of the purple

I've just started lilac next to the purple round, and am really enjoying bringing the squares to an end. I haven't decided what colour the main blocks on the edges will be yet, but it's all going to be edged with black, to bring the colours out. I'll update again when I've finished all the squares!

Santa Claus

I can't knit, and I won't even claim to have any idea about it (funny, because apparently knitting is easier than crochet???). However, my Mum has knitted for years, and recently completed her first ever "doll". She saw the result of my Zebra, using the Sirdar Snowflake yarn, and decided to hunt for a pattern that she could make. She settled on Sirdar's Father Christmas, which can be found here. And the result of her first doll is very impressive!


Would be great to get some feedback to pass on to her!

Tools Of The Trade

Let's face it, you can't crochet without yarn! So I have scoured Etsy for some handspun yarns, and wow...you are all so talented! It was really hard narrowing it down to just 16 choices, but I hope you like them. You can tell I'm a colour fanatic!


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!

Monday, 7 May 2012

Sepulchre

Yesterday I went on a photography outing with my boyfriend, to The Hell Stone, just outside Portesham. I really love this place; extremely unique and not many people know about it!

I shot this with a long exposure, and some ND filters (2, 4 and 8 all at once!). I'm really pleased with the outcome! Just click on it to view larger!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Snap!

I'm late again, sorry. I'm not doing very well! Been poorly with an ear and throat infection, so please bear with me!

Yesterday I started my Open University course in Digital Photography, which was really exciting! So I've hunted down some fantastic goodies for you and your camera!


Check out the collection by clicking here!

Also, if you are Facebook user, please feel free to tag your gorgeous work, on my page!