Friday, 29 June 2012

Thank You, Juste!

I received a lovely handmade postcard in the mail today, thanks to Juste from Postcrossing! It's the first entirely handmade card I've received, so I thought I would share it with you all, bearing in mind that Juste took the time to draw it for me!


I love the cupcake! It's so cute! Thank you again Juste; it was lovely to wake up this afternoon to find such a lovely gesture, all the way from Lithuania. It made it's journey in 10 days, completing a distance of 1,037 miles. Love it!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Share Some Love!

I really like making people smile, so yesterday I went to visit my elderly neighbour (who is awesome, might I add!) with some flowers. She had an operation a few days ago and I wanted to cheer her up...

Can't beat flowers!

They were a mixture of lilies, gerbera, carnations, and some others that I can't remember. Pretty though huh? She really liked them. It's so nice to give and receive flowers; they're such a simple gift!

Liebster Award


I've been nominated for a Liebster Award, by the lovely With U In Mind (please check out the link!). It's designed for bloggers with less than 200 followers. I'm really flattered, so thank you ever so much! I now have to play by the rules and do the following:

RULES

1. Each person may write 10 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and then come up with 11 questions of your own to ask the people you will be nominating.
3. Choose 10 people to nominate and link them to your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. Remember - no tagging the person that tagged you!

10 things about myself you may or may not wish to know:

1. I have spent the last 18 months of my life, working nights!
2. I am terrified of spiders.
3. I own a red Nissan Micra called Rosie.
4. I suffer from depression and an anxiety disorder.
5. I love photos; my room is absolutely full of them!
6. If I could eat Chinese food every day, I would!
7. I hate soap operas...
8. I live in the sleep town of Dorchester, in the South of England, and absolutely love it here.
9. I would choose winter over summer, any day.
10. I recently broke my toe, walking into a snooker table.

Answer the questions set by the tagger:

1. What's you favourite seasonal holiday and why?
I am a complete Christmas junkie. I've actually already started my Christmas shopping! Wrapping takes weeks (and months of preparation) on it's own, and I spend even longer trying to find the perfect gifts. I'm not a religious person but I love using Christmas as a way to show my loved ones how much they mean to me. It's my favourite time of year!

2. Are you a cat person, a dog person, or a people person?
Dogs dogs dogs!

3. What was your most embarrassing moment and why?
My life is full of embarrassing moments. I'm always saying stupid things and coming across like a complete idiot...the less said, the better!

4. What is your number one pet hate?
People not listening

5. What is your idea of a nightmare day?
Loads of people, loads of pressure, stupidly hot weather, and being forced into it all

6. What did you most want to be when you were a kid?
A nurse. I'm halfway there I suppose; I'm a paediatric carer, but I don't actually have any care or nursing qualifications. I can't really see myself as a proper nurse, in all honesty...

7. What's your favourite film?
Silence Of The Lambs! I love Hannibal Lecter; such an amazing character

8. What is the worst item of clothing you have ever worn?
I seem to remember my Mum bought me an amazing pair of sunflower patterned pedal pushers when I was a child. Actually, 90s fashion in general was a little bit scary really!

9. What trait of your personality of you proudest of and what trait do you wish never existed?
I like to think I'm quite a fun and creative person, that will accept anyone and who they are. I don't judge people unless they are really asking to be judged! And I wish I didn't have such problems with my nerves; even now, it restricts me on a lot of things. Sad really...

10. Mothers cooking or a meal out?
My Mum is an awesome cook! Sometimes a meal out is nice though

11. Your 5 holiday abroad must haves?
I've only been abroad a couple of times (I've never flown!) so I would guess; suncream, sunglasses, a translation book, something good to read, and a map!

My 11 questions to my nominees!


1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
2. What is your favourite film genre, and what did you last watch?
3. What craft or hobby do you excel at?
4. Do you like cheese?
5. Have you ever broken any bones?
6. Which do you prefer: night or day?
7. What is your favourite jewellery or accessory item?
8. What's your favourite colour?
9. Do you own a lucky charm? If so, what is it and why?
10. Do you sell on Etsy, or similar? What's your shop address?
11. Name 3 words that you find funny!

Finally my nominees are: 


1. heartstitch
2. Amigurumi Barmy
3. Crochet Adventures
4. Knits and Knots
5. Jose's Jottings
6. Lue and Sue
7. The Art Hutch
8. Teacup Lane
9. You Look Dashing
10. Kitty Pinkstars


Korean Beef

My boyfriend and I cooked the most delicious meal last night! So I thought I'd share the recipe with you all (credit goes to Good Food, and you can find the original here).

KOREAN BEEF



Serves 2
Ingredients:
  • 300g rump steak
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Vegetable oil
  • 4 spring onions, sliced lengthways
  • 100g basmati rice
1. Slice the meat as thinly as possible. Mix the sugar, soy, mirin, garlic and 1tsp oil, add the beef and stir well. Crack over a good grind of black pepper.

2. Heat a wok until very hot with 2tsp oil. Sear the meat for a few minutes and then add the spring onion. Stir fye for another minute. Serve with basmati rice.

It was so good! The original recipe calls for sesame seeds as well, but we didn't use them and it worked out fine. Would definitely recommend!!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Cupcakes!

Posting a day late; really sorry! I finished work yesterday morning and was super tired. Anyway, to make it up to you, have a cupcake!


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Monday, 25 June 2012

Giraffe

I started work on the giraffe that will accompany the Pink Zebra that I made, quite a while ago. However, me being me, I got all wrapped up in in making that blanket (which I am yet to finish...I'm useless, I'll hold my hands up to that) that I got distracted and my poor giraffe became a little neglected.

However, a few days ago, this happened...

I finally have a face!

Hopefully my motivation will continue, and I will have him finished in no time! Then again, I know only too well what I'm like. For reference, I am using Janet Cyr's Grant The Giraffe pattern.

Friday, 22 June 2012

5th and 6th November

Since I shared the video of my boat page last night, I thought I'd give you a peek into my other two completed scrapbook pages from yesterday! I was on a roll; I'm so pleased with how all three turned out!

5th November 2011

The 5th November consisted of a full day in Wales, whilst away with one of my best friends, Kirsty. We were staying just outside a tiny village called Crugybar, and decided to head over to Carmarthen for the day, to visit the market. On the way, we passed a gorgeous lake and got out to wander around for the little while; there were loads of wild birds and Red Kites! The photo top right is the lake, with a framed photo of two Kites. Bottom left is actually the view from my bedroom window that morning, but it was so beautiful that I wanted to include it anyway! You can't really see from the angle of the photograph, but a lot of the pieces are 3D on this page; the stamps, frame, top title and some of the flowers are all raised, and accented with coloured pearls.

6th November 2011

The 6th November was the day we came home. But we made a day of it (partly because we got fantastically lost in the mountains!). We managed to accidentally find Pen-Y-Fan; the highest point in South Wales, which is sitting in the top right corner. Underneath is a mountain I don't know the name of, but I really liked the picture! And of course, a photo of Kirsty and I just before we left the cottage that morning. I love this page. It's so cute and happy! Again, lots of it is 3D; some of the flowers, the birds, pink statements, and rainbow. I also added gems to the flowers centres to make them a bit more fun! Most of the embellishments on this page are K&Co's Panacci Blossom, which I recently purchased on eBay, after lusting after them for a while! I also used my Washi tape for the first time in my scrapbook! So far it's only featured in my journal, but I figured it fitted in here nicely and used it! That was the reason I bought it in the first place, after all!

Anyway, really, really pleased! What do you think?

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Scrapbook Boat


Scrapping!
Today I've been scrapbooking again! I managed to get three pages done overall, all in November 2011. I finished my weekend in Wales with my friend Kirsty, and I also did a page featuring an outing with my brother. I'm so pleased with these pages!

Anyway, I will share the finished pages tomorrow! For now, I am going to introduce you to my brand new Youtube channel!


This is a section from my trip out with my brother. He decided to get into a boat while we were out, so I made something very special for this page! Enjoy and please give me some feedback! More videos, and better quality, soon!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Gorgeous Greens

Green is a symbol of new life, growth, peace and harmony. It's also one of my favourite colours; what isn't there to like about green? It's all around us, everywhere we go; from your lawn to traffic lights! I wanted to share some love for the colour green, with you all ♥


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Friday, 15 June 2012

Calling All Home-Dyers!

Home-dyers? I have no idea what that is either, really! What I mean, is people who have experience of dying fabrics at home, using shop bought dyes. Better?

So...I bought this scarf. It's lovely! So soft, and has an open weave...I really like it. On the website, it is described as being "Watermelon Pink", and looks like this...


What I received, was not "Watermelon Pink". I'd send it back, but I really like the scarf!



As you can see...it's neon...very neon. It actually glows. And it does nothing for my complexion, or my hair (call me fussy...). Granted, I am wearing it with some pretty groovy colours, but that's me all over...it's very, very neon pink...and I'm not a Barbie.

So, i need your help. Would I be possible to dye this successfully? It's 100% acrylic, if that helps? Can anyone recommend any dyes? Tips, advice...all welcome! I was wondering if I would need to bleach it first or not. The colour I think I'll go for is a dark purple, so I doubt it'll need bleaching. I'm clueless though!

Please help me!!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Who Needs Yarn?

Who needs yarn when you could use wire? I've always wanted to try wire crochet, because the jewellery is beautiful. One day I might do it, but I'll never match up to these incredible wire artists!


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Monday, 11 June 2012

Cacti

I was just having a quite browse through some new "softie" patterns on Ravelry, and stumbled upon some awesome Cacti patterns by Diana Dimitrova!

Cactus 03

Cactus 05

There are 6 cactus patterns to choose from; all are absolutely adorable and can't be missed! Also, check out Diana's Ravelry page (linked at the top of this post) to see some of her other cool patterns!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Scrapping!

I've only just had the chance to update, but I spent my afternoon on Monday, working on my beloved scrapbook. I added two pages, but am especially proud of one, which I'm going to share with you!

Back in October, my friend Kirsty and I went to Glastonbury, to see artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith at the Faerie Fayre. We were not disappointed! Jasmine was absolutely lovely, and more than happy to chat and pose for photos with us both. We both bought some signed prints (mine was Carnivorous Bouquet), and I decided to show off my one on this page in my scrapbook.

Only a small section of my table...work in progress!

I really went all out on this page; I actually bought embellishments specifically for it and everything! Wanted to show it off as best I could!

Details of the frame feature

I cut out a section from a flyer I had, and used the face from one of Jasmine's paintings, Ophelia, as the picture. This actually took me ages; it's got about 4 or 5 layers to it, but I'm pleased!

Signed print

I've kept the print in the film bag so it doesn't get damaged. It can be removed if I choose, but I'm happy with it where it is!

Finished page ^^

I have since added a couple more flowers to the gaps by the annotation, but that's it. Really pleased; do you think I did it justice? You can check out more of Jasmine's amazing art on her Facebook Page!

I'm sorry for the lack of crochet updates recently; I've been stupidly busy and haven't had much time for stitching. I will get to it soon though, don't lose faith!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Jubilee Day

This weekend, it has made me proud to be British (and it honestly isn't often that I will say that nowadays). Our amazing Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. So how could I possibly resist using that as the theme for this week's Treasury Tuesday!


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Congratulations!

Just here to share a couple of photos from the beautiful wedding I attended and helped photograph at the weekend!

Bride, and Maid of Honour

The happy couple ^.^

One in colour, for good measure!

Myself, and my beautiful best friend

An amazing day. Really, something I will remember forever! And I'm so glad that Chloe and Nathan enjoyed it as much as everyone else did!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Wedding Tree

As I've said on Facebook, I have had a really hectic couple of days at a wedding! I'll update properly on the whole event later but I wanted to share a picture of the present that my boyfriend and I gave the bride and groom!

Wedding Tree

When I found this, I immediately had to buy it. What an awesome idea for a guestbook, for all of your wedding party to be a part of, right? Very unique, and no one in the world will have one exactly the same as this. I bought my tree from here (they also sell Christening and Family trees) and am so pleased with how it's turned out. The guests managed to spread out evenly too, so it looks pretty. This is definitely a gift I would buy again!!