Thursday, 9 November 2017

Early Morning Walk


Hi all, 
I hope you have had a nice week. It feels very wintery right now although thats probably just because it's so cold! But what should you do when it freezing cold (literally) get up before the sun rises and go for a walk? Well that is just what I did the other day and it WAS SO cold! But it also looked very pretty (once the sun did rise) and it did feel very fresh.

 The first picture was taken on a bank over looking a field. As you can probably tell I added a grain effect to the photo.

 This picture was taken in a wooded area so it looks quite dark but I think it gives a nice autumnal feel especially with all the fallen leaves and bear trees.

This one is taken looking across a bridge into a field again a added a grain effect. I thinks this image looks quite wintery.

This photo is quite dark, over looking a small river. I like the look of the clouds in this photo and the reflection of the clouds in the water 


I know its a short post but hope you enjoyed and thank you for reading. Have you been on any cold wintery walks yet this season? - let me know in the comments below.
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Winter Clothing Haul


Hi all, 
Hope you've had a nice week, and a good halloween! In this post I am going to show you my new winter clothing purchases, this mainly consists of jumpers with a few shirts and a pair of snazzy jeans.

I have tried to link what I can but unfortunately I was not able to find everything so I added the most similar Item I could find and stated it is similar.

On with the post! 
 First thing is this sparkly goldish jumper from H&M the glittery thread doesn't really show up on camera but I assure you it's glittery. I thought this would be perfect in the run up to Christmas. 

You can buy this jumper here from H&M

 This is a H&M basics range jumper, it's really soft and cosy!

You can buy this here from H&M

 This is a kind of oversized shirt from Topshop with embroidered flowers. I love this shirt, it's perfect to wear with another top underneath to layer up. 

You can get this here from Topshop - It also comes in tall and petite.

 This jumper is from New Look it's a cropped jumper and it's so soft! I love wearing this with a high waisted pair of jeans. I know this jumper says bonjour in sequins but the font really reminds me of the Barbie logo. 

You can find this here on new look 

These are the snazzy jeans I spoke about earlier. They are from H&M you can't really see from the first photo but they are covered in little shiny studs which you can see from the second photo. I love this as an outfit with the sparkly jumper above - I like my clothes to sparkle wherever I go especially in the run to Christmas! I'm not sure how well the studs will stay on I believe there just glued on and I think one has fallen off already. So I might search for some more black studs to replace them.

You can get similar jeans here from H&M

This is just a plain green top from H&M basics but this is great for layering with pinafores or shirts. I like wearing pinafores in autumn and winter so basic long sleeved tops always come in useful.

You can get something similar here on H&M

This top is from H&M, it's a short sleeved cropped top. It has a sequined collar that I love. To me it feels quite festive with the sparkles! (I know it's crinkled I will iron it before I wear it, crinkles always seem to show up more on camera)

You can get a similar top here from H&M


This is just a fairly simple jumper from H&M. I love wearing this with a largish statement necklace because I think it looks good with the high (almost turtle) neckline.

You can get a similar jumper here from H&M

This shirt was from Topshop. I really love dogs, so of course, I'm going to love this shirt! It has pugs and Yorkshire terriers on.
You can get it here on Topshop - It also comes in petite.


 Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Do you like any of the items I bought? Which is your favourite? I think mine has to be the dog shirt! What's your go to winter clothing item? I'd love to know in the comments below!
Bye for now,
see you next week!


Monday, 30 October 2017

Pumpkin Picking!


Hi all, 
Hope you're having a good Monday and are prepared for halloween if you're celebrating it. I had a really fun halloween get together with some of my friends on Saturday so I think tomorrow I will just curl up on the sofa and eat some leftover halloween snacks! If you want to make some halloween snacks I did a post sharing two really cool and easy recipes you can find that here!

At the weekend I went pumpkin picking with one of my friends, it was a lot of fun. I only bought one pumpkin, it was a huge pumpkin! I also had some pumpkin soup (I think a pumpkin farm is the best place to enjoy pumpkin soup) and a cinnamon doughnut which all felt very autumnal. 
I took some photos that I wanted to share.
 So here are the photos...

 The first one is of these four pumpkins together in the field. There are two parts of the pumpkin patch. One where all the pumpkins were already picked, and a part with the pumpkins still on the vines. 

This photo I added a blurred edges effect that may be a little much, but I like it.

 I like the way this pumpkin is really long and thin. This pumpkin looks a little like the one I bought.

And this is the same "thing" as in a picture above. I'm not entirely sure what it is so I'm just going to with stripy pumpkin.

This is a very orange post! 

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed. Have you ever been pumpkin picking? How do you celebrate halloween? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you on Thursday!


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Halloween Treats!

Hi
Welcome back to my blog if you've been here before, if not hello there, welcome, take a look around.  This week I have a double halloween treat post for you today, I am going to share the recipe to make these two treats shown above!
Halloween is coming, so this week I have been doing halloween prepping as at the weekend I have a halloween party with some of my friends, therefore I wanted to make some, tasty food that had a halloween theme!

Spooky Chocolate Bark
This chocolate bark is so simple to make and I think it looks really effective! Perfect for halloween get togethers, party or just to eat while watching tv on your sofa.


You Will Need 
One bar of milk chocolate
Edible eyes- you don't need these but I think they look really good.
You Could add 
Sweets
Dried fruit
Biscuits
Marshmallows
Toffe

I used dried mango because I love mango and it's orange so looks extra Halloween like. I also used two kit kat sticks and halloween coloured m&ms, but you can add anything you like.


Line a baking tray or with grease proof paper.

 Next melt the chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of water (or you could use the microwave)
Once the chocolate has melted pour onto the lined baking tray and add all the goodies to the chocolate. Allow to cool before putting ing the fridge to set.

And your done, break up into peices as necessary and enjoy.



Toothy Cookies

These are really simple to decorate and taste so good, perfect as a fun themed cooking for a halloween party!

Making the cookies 
I have a really nice cookie recipe here (which makes about 12 large cookies) but you can always use or your own recipe or use bought cookies, just skip to the decorating section below.

You Will Need 
300g/2cups of flour
225/1cup of castar sugar 
1 egg 
150g Chocolate chips 
200g/1cup softened butter 
1tsp baking powder 
1tsp vinilla extract
1 pinch of salt

Preheat to oven to 180'c or gas mark 4 
Mix together softened butter and the sugar.
Next sieve in the flour, baking powder, salt and add the vanilla extract.
Add the chocolate chips and mix.

Next add the egg.
Using your fingers mix together to make a dough texture. 

Roll the dough into balls and press down on a lined baking tray. 
Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

And your done with the cookies to decorate see below! 

Decorating the cookies 


You Will Need 
1 cup of icing sugar 
75g Packet of mini marshmallows 
2tsp red food colouring 

First cut the cookie in half. Mix the icing sugar with 2 tbsp of water you should do this slowly to make sure the icing doesn't become to watery, it needs to be quite thick so it stays on the cookie and the marshmallows stick. 

Spread the icing over the half the cookie making sure the flat side is down. Spread the marshmallows around the cookie like in the picture above. Add more icing to the top cookie half and place it onto the marshmallows.

And your done, now all you've got to do is eat them!!
Im sure you won't be disappointed!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed. What's your favourite halloween treat, let me know in the comments below! Let me know if you give either of these a go! 
Bye for now, 
see you Monday (I know, bonus halloween post YAYA!)



Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Knitting and Stitching show 2017!


Hi, 
Hope you've had a nice week. I am currently on half term which is so nice I have had most of this week off and will have all of next week, but I have quite a bit of home work. 

Last week I went to the knit and stitch show at Alexandra Palace, which I love. I went last year and really enjoyed it so I had to go again this year. It was a trip with my College textile group. Due to the nature of the event, I don't have that many photos, but I'll chat you through it all the same. 

We had to meet the group at the train station at 9 o'clock. Me and my friend got there really early because you can never tell how the busses are going to be so we always set off early to make sure we're not late to the train. But that was a good thing because it meant we were able to go and sit in this really cute bakery and eat some breakfast. 



We both had chocolate croissants. They were so good!



We then met with our other friend who was also going on the trip and waited for the rest of the group to turn up before getting on the train and heading to Alexandre Palace. When we got into the building we started looking around there was so much amazing stuff! One of my favourites was a hand sewn quilt with different panels for each season which then had more panels each with individual things associated with that season, such as ice cream, autumn leaves, chicks, snowmen, sleighs and a lot lot more. There was also a long line of bags each stitched with an interesting patterns or in interesting shapes. I was able to take a picture of one of the bags. This was the most unusual of the bags. 



We then carried on looking around at all the different exhibitioners work. There was some really interesting things for example there was some work made with really thin lace and layers of acrylic either side, these created really cool shadows on the wall.

It was so busy there were no tables to each lunch so we had to sit on the floor, which was fine as we were only eating sandwiches so it was kind of like a picnic. When we were finished we went to look around the market hall. I love that bit. It's filled with the most amazing fabrics, wool, and any other textile based craft you can think of. One thing that was being sold was a book showing you how to needle felt realistic looking creatures - the book is called "the natural world of needle felting" By Fi Oberon

Here is an image of some of a needle felted scene using animals shown in the book.


It is very difficult, if not impossible, to go to the knitting and stitching show and not buy anything! I bought some really lovely dusty pink fabric to make a cushion, this was bought from Soft and Still. I also bought a set that allows you to make a hanging cactus garland from Handicraft, and some really pretty felting fibres (I'm not sure where these were from)


Thank you for reading hope you enjoyed! I would definitely recommend the knitting and stitching show if you like that sort of thing! Have you ever been? What items can you never resist buying, let me know in the comments below! 
Bye for now, see you next week, for some halloween treats! 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Scrapbooking Tips!

Hi
Hope you're having a nice week and enjoying autumn! Today I am going to share with you 5 tips for scrapbooking! I love scrapbooking. I think it's a really great place to display all the bits, bobs and photos you keep without keeping them tucked away in boxes or piles that you're never going to look at again. One of my favourite things is looking back on old scrapbook pages and remembering what I did - like a snapshot of the day, week or a particular event. I tend to scrapbook one day at a time, and on days where I have done something fun or exciting. 

Tip 1
You're going to need a scrapbook. This can be any book preferably one with plain paper. Think about the size you want - you don't want a book too big you can't fill a page with a day's worth of stuff or a book so small you can only fit tiny pictures on it. I would also recommend trying to find a scrapbook with a pocket in the back so can keep your photos and materials before you have scrapbooked them.

Tip 2
You should consider if you want your scrapbook to have a theme running thoughout or if you want each page to have an individual theme to reflect the day you've had. I don't have a running theme. I like to make the page suit the activity, for example if I am scrapbooking a day with my little cousins I may make it more childlike with little animals, cars or things that they like, whereas if I'm scrapbooking my Birthday I will add balloon pictures, colours and probably birthday themed stamps. 

Tip 3
Collect things. By this I don't mean the items such as photos you what to scrapbook about, I mean collect things like stickers, gems, coloured paper or card, any pretty or themed bits you want to add to your book to make it that bit extra special! 

Tip 4 
Keep things. Now by this I do mean keep photos, postcards, tickets and wristbands relating to anything you want to scrapbook about. One of the things I really love to put in my scrapbook is Polaroid photos, I think they look so cute and work well in a scrapbooks. I use the fujifilm instax mini 8 camera that I got for Christmas last year. 

Tip 5 
Add a date and a title. I know this is not school and you should be enjoying your scrapbooking, but it makes it so much nicer looking back in years to come if you can see exactly what you were doing that day and when it was. You may want to write this in nice coloured fine liner pens.

Here is an example page from my scrapbook that I made of my summer holiday!
If you want to see what else I got up to on my holiday you can click here for part one and here for part two  (slight plug but it is one of my favourite posts!)

Now it's time to get going if your new to this and want to start a scrapbook, some things you could start with may include birthdays, summer holidays, a day out with friends or family and of course halloween is coming up so if you're doing anything exciting this would make a lovely scrapbooking page!

These are just some things I think that it is nice to consider when scrapbooking obviously I'm no expert so if you can think of any other tips please leave them in the comments below. I'd also love to know if you keep a scrapbook and what your favourite pages are. Thank you for reading, hope you have enjoyed! 
Bye for now, see you next week! 



Thursday, 5 October 2017

What's in my bag!


Hi
Hope you're having a nice week! This week I have decided to do a what's in my bag post, partly because I love reading this style of post (probably because I'm a tad nosey) and I hope you will too. I think most people have at least a little nosey streak! I did an inflight travel bag post before I went on holiday you can read that here, but this one is a general day-to-day bag.

First thing, is of course the bag. This bag is from Accessorize  I bought this quite a while ago but it's lasting well. It's good for shopping because it fits quite a lot of stuff in it. It has two main pockets with a zipped compartment in the middle, another zipped compartment at the back and a few little phone pocket bits inside. 


 Next thing is my purse. I really love this purse from Cath Kidston. I have had it for many many years and it is still in perfect condition! I did buy other purses in this time because I wanted a change but I kept going back to this purse because the others annoyed me!

This is a phone charging purse thing! This is so useful. It is like a little purse thing but has a battery pack in it to charge phones. It's pale pink with glitter, that doesn't shed. I hate when glitter falls off things you can't tell from the picture but the glitter writing reads "Too posh to care". You get about two complete phone charges from this which is perfect for a longer day out. My Mum bought me this from America when she went away with her work I'm not sure of the name of the shop but it was from a mall in Ann Arbor.

Next is the essential bag items that I have in every bag! I have hand sanitiser, a small ted baker body spay, lip balm and hand cream. I have the Zoella beauty "hungry hands" cream. I think I got it around last Christmas but then put it away for the summer but now that autumn is here, I am going all out with the gingerbread scent.

 I always try to keep on me some hair bands and hair clips just in case. Sometimes, but not always, I will pop my pressed powder and lipstick into my bag too. In this photo I have the Loreal true match powder and the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in the colour 16.

 And lastly I have headphones, I use the ordinary headphones that came with my phone. I always find headphones get tangled at the bottom of my bag so I bought this little bag keyring thing from Cath Kidston which I think is really cute and keeps my headphones safely inside.

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What is the one thing you MUST always keep in your bag? 
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Chatty Update!


Hi
Hope you're doing well! This week's post is a chatty update of what has happened and what is coming up in the near future.


School is well underway after summer. So far it is going well. All my classes and timetable has stayed the same and I am happy with it. In my textiles class we have begun the designing stage of the project which I am enjoying but struggling with a bit as I find drawing quite difficult so drawing out so many designs takes me a long time, but I do have an idea I want to use I just have to develop the idea and make it. 

The pressure is on however with uni applications and writing personal statements and making final decisions on where people want to apply to go next year. I was struggling quite a bit with this whole process of deciding what to do as I am not sure if I even want to go to university and I definitely don't feel ready to go yet! But I have made a decision. I am going to stay at the sixth form I am at now and complete the Art Foundation course which will help me develop me skills in textiles and design and if at the end of this course I do decide to go to university to study design or textiles, the course really helps and some university courses even require an Art Foundation on application. 

In the summer you may remember me talking about my Etsy shop which I loved making things for during the summer, but then I got ill so everything kind of stopped and I spent the beginning of my summer holiday feeling rubbish. Then I had loads of school summer work to catch up on before I went away, so I did not spend as long as I would have loved during the summer doing crafts and making things, but now that I am feeling better I am slowly working on it and making things again! As well as this, I am planning to do a Christmas fair stall with cards and other things that I have made. 

I know it is still September, but I feel like the run up to Christmas is starting. I love this time of year I like halloween, I love Christmas and I like the cosy feel this time of the year has. However some of the things I am not looking forward to is the dark mornings and dark evenings! I really hate when I have to wake up and go to school and it's dark. Then when I come home and it's dark again, it feels really miserable. It also feels so so cold on the bus! I do however love wearing boots, hats and scarves!

During the summer I was unwell, which started with really bad hayfever which kept getting worse and caused my chest to become really tight and uncomfortable, which caused me to cough and made me wake up during the night. I went to the doctors and got hayfever tablets but the tight chest and cough continued to annoy me so I went back to the doctors and had more tests. It turned out to be asthma so I was given inhalers and began to feel a lot better. I am still on those inhalers and it does flare up still sometimes especially this week, which I think it is because I currently have a cold which is why some of my posts during the summer were not as I would have liked.


Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What are planning to do in the run up to Christmas?
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Cookies

Hi all,
Hope you have had a good week. This week I wanted to share with you these cookies! They were so tasty. I feel like they are a bit autumnal (really can't say that work!!). I think they're autumnal because of the toffee. Toffee reminds me of autumn, is that just me? Probably because of toffee apples!


Ingredients 


140g golden caster sugar 
225g self raising four
175g unsalted butter at room tempriture 
2 tbsp milk
50g ground almonds
2 egg yolks
85g ready to eat dried apricots 
85g chewy toffees (I used dark chocolate ones to make the cookies chocolatey)


Method

Preheat the oven to fan 170'c, conventional 190'c and gas mark 5.

 Using an electric whisk, beat together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Then stir in the egg yolks and ground almonds. Cut up the apricots and toffees if they are big and add them to the mixture along with the flour.



 Mix well until the mixture is like dough, then roll into walnut size balls and place on a baking tray. Flatten the balls to make the cookies. Leave room between the cookies as they will spread and then brush  with the milk and bake for 10 minuets or until cooked but still slightly soft. Leave to cool for 5 minutes on the baking tray before placing on a wire cooling rack.


And then enjoy!! These are really good with milk or hot chocolate!! You could also experiment with different fruits! I really like these with the chocolate covered toffees! 

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! What is your favourite flavour of cookie? Let me know in the comments below, let me know if you make these yourself!
Bye for now, see you next week!