Thursday, 14 December 2017

Feeling Festive!


Hi All
Hope you've had a nice week! I am very excited for Christmas. I don't have long until I am on Christmas holiday! I am really busy at the moment with deadlines before Christmas so even though so many bloggers are doing blogmass, and I really want to read all of them, I have had so little time and am missing so many posts...but next week I'm going to have a proper good catch up!

Today I am going to share with you my list of festive things you can do in the run up to Christmas to get into the festive spirit!

1) Going to garden centres
I love going to garden centres at this time of year there are always so many lights and Christmas decorations! One garden centre near me has had reindeer and donkeys visiting throughout December!

2) Reading Blogmass posts 
This is something I have not done very much of this December but will definitely be doing next week!

3) Watch Vlogmass videos
Again something I have not had much time to do but I've watched a few and they make me feel so Christmassy.

4) Watching Christmas Films
I love watching a good Christmas film with a mug of hot chocolate.

5) Wrapping Christmas presents 
Some people feel wrapping Christmas presents is a chore but I love it. You can see last week's present wrapping post here. I show seven different ways to decorate a present! I love wrapping presents in-front of a Christmas film, an open fire and the Christmas tree lights!

6) Eating Mince Pies 
I really love mince pies and have eaten a few too many this December. I feel they are only around for a short while so I've got to make the most of them!

7) Baking Christmas Treats 
I really enjoy baking so I definitely love baking Christmas treats like gingerbread men and cinnamon biscuits. You could even bake mince pies then eat them!

8) Listen to Christmas Songs
Can I just say this December I have found Heart Extra Christmas radio station and I love it. 24 hours a day of Christmas songs until the 27th of December!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Is there anything you love to do in December that I've missed off my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Wrapping


Hi all,
Hope you've had a good first week of December. This week I have been getting into the Christmas spirit with decorating for Christmas and wrapping up Christmas presents. Here I am going to show how to do the Christmas wrapping decoration like in the picture above. I have seven different ways to show you and they're all really easy and will look great underneath your Christmas tree. All of them use plain brown paper so stock up on your brown paper and let the post begin...


 1
This one although it is still easy takes to longest of the lot and is the biggest decoration. I think this will look great on a bigger present. In the picture above it's on a shoe box.




You Will Need:
Two sheets of A4 paper
String (a little more than enough to go all the way round the present)
Glue stick
scissors 
pencil 

First fold your paper into a concertina effect like the picture above, mine was folded into 2.5 cm pieces. Then mark on with the pencil where you want to cut you can make curves or triangles like you do when you make the window snowflakes (I think everyone has made these at some point during primary school). When it's folded cut out the shapes so your cutting through each piece of paper at the same time. Do the same with the other piece so it looks like the picture above.

Then tie your string around both pieces of paper when folded like in the picture above.

Then open out each piece of paper and then glue to join them together so you have one snowflake. You should be adding glue to four pieces of paper. When you're done it should look like the picture above and you can tie it onto your present with the two ends of string. You may want to add a bit of tape so the snow flake stays in place.

2
This next wrapping is done using the normal brown paper and a wooden stamping block. This wrapping did probably take the most effort, but once you have the things you need and know what you're doing it's actually quite simple and looks really good and works well with presents you're going to post because it's flat and won't be ruined in the post.

You Will Need:
A wooden stamping block 
Ink 
Ink tray 
A foam matt
sponge  
you can get all this Here at the crafty place website. I bought mine at a craft fair.

First lay the paper you are printing onto the foam matt, you may want to cut it to fit the present first so you can see where you want the print to sit. Next put the ink in the tray, use the sponge to carefully dab the ink onto wooden block (don't rub it as that will take the ink off). Place the stamp down and press on the paper and lift it. You can repeat this until you have enough then wait for the paper to dry and wrap up the present.


3
This one I call my ribbon and ricrac present.

You Will Need:
Ribbon 
Ricrac
any other ribbon like things (I used a pompom braid)
scissors 
tape

Place the ribbon and ricrac on the present like in the picture above you can have the different pieces overlapping you can either tie them underneath or secure with tape.

4/5
Using a simple pompom I have created two ways of wrapping a gift. Excuse the wrapping on the first gift it was not an easy shape to wrap. I'm best at wrapping box shapes.

You Will Need:
Pompom (you can make this)
Wool to match 
Scissors
Tape 

I'm going to assume that everyone can make pompoms with wool and cardboard - I remember making them so often at primary school. If you can't I'm sure plenty of instructions will  come up if you search how to make a pompom. 
Okay so you have your pompom you're then going to use the matching wool to tie around the pompom so you can tie it round the gift. If you shuffle the wool you won't be able to see it. 
Then tie it around the present. You can add more pompoms to create a different look or use lots of colours or add more wool like the first present in the photo above. Using the same pompom idea I created a Rudolf face on the the present by drawing antlers and eyes. I think this is really effective and works well on presents for children!


6
This one is really simple and so easy.

All you need for this one is scissors and some colourful or Christmas tape (I think a papery tape would work better rather than wash tape as it's for the person opening to remove or rip through it)
All you do is stick the tape on any way you like it's so easy and I think it looks really effective.

7

Finally I have present wrapped in a thick silk bow and a pressie topper. It's really simple but looks good.

You will need:
Thick satin ribbon
Present topper preferably on wire I got these from Hobby Craft 

This one is really self explanatory but take the ribbon and tie it around the present in a bow, then wrap the wire topper around the bow and you're done!

Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Do you enjoy wrapping up Christmas presents? Which one of my present wrapping ideas is your favourite? Will you try any this year? I'd love to know in the comments below! 
Bye for now, see you next week!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Christmas Day in London!


Hello there!
Hope you have had another great week! Christmas is so close I can't believe that it's December tomorrow! I am so excited for Christmas. I am a big lover of all things Christmassy.
On Sunday I went to London with two friendsnfor a Christmas themed day out, to do some shopping and have a look at the lights.

It does not take very long to get to London on the train from where I live so my friends and I caught the nine-twenty train and arrived in London at about ten-fifteen. We then headed to Oxford Street, although we did not stay there for very long because it was half ten and the shops didn't open until twelve as it was a Sunday. How did none of us check the shop opening times before getting on a train to go shopping? Twelve seems so late to late to me! All the shops nearer to me open earlier and close earlier! 

Anyway, as the shops were closed on Oxford Street we headed to Covent Garden using the internet this time to check the opening times! The picture above is of one of the Christmas decorations in Covent Garden - just a silver reindeer on a sleigh.

We then had a look around the Apple Market and the surrounding shops! I love the shop Sasse and Belle that is underneath the market, it has some really cute things that would make perfect Christmas gifts! I also saw some really pretty leaf jewellery on the market. Each leaf shape metal pendant was cast from a real leaf and it looked so pretty - it just cost a little more that I was planning to spend on myself just before Christmas. 

Another picture taken at Covent Garden - outside this time. I love their Christmas decorations.

Here is another cute Christmas decoration outside Covent Garden.


We then finished up at Covent Garden, went back to oxford and got some lunch from an Italian restaurant called Vapiano. It seemed like quite an odd system, but it worked...they gave you a little card and menu on the way in. You then walked around and ordered the food you wanted from the different sections, scanned your card, they then gave you a little buzzy thing that beeps when your food's ready so you can go back and pick it up. I had the fungi pizza it was very tasty!


Once we had eaten we headed back to Oxford street to have a look around more of the shops, they were open this time! One of the shops we went in was Topshop. The Oxford Street Topshop is MASSIVE! I believe it was five floors. They had lots of things you don't see in normal Topshops such as a cupcake shop, jewellery engraving, a potted plant shop section and personalisation of jackets. I also loved looking at the all the Christmas window displays. Selfridges has a really cool display this year. John Lewis has a lot of very large Mozz the monsters in its windows with a snoring monster and one that wriggles as you stroke its feet through the glass!

Finally we walked into Hyde park to have a look at the winter wonderland, this was just as the sun was setting through the trees so I took the picture above.

At this point it was getting late and we were all tired so we had a look from afar (where I snapped this picture) then headed back to the train station to catch a train home. Although there was more I wanted  to do such as going to Knightsbridge and looking around Harrods and their Christmas decorations it was a really good day and I'm sure we'll go back before long! 

Thank-you for reading, hope you enjoyed. Have you ever been to London? What's your favourite thing to do in London? - I'd love to know in the comments below! 
Bye for now, see you next week! 



Thursday, 23 November 2017

One Year of Blogging! - reflecting on my blog, what I've learnt and looking to the future.

Hi all, 
Hope you have had a nice week! You read it right I have been blogging for an entire year!  I have been blogging for year so I thought it would be a great time to reflect on the posts I have written and things I have got up to in relation! 

It is actually really strange to think that this time last year on Thursday the 24th of November, I sat down and wrote my first ever post on this blog, admittedly it didn't say a lot (you can read that here) it was more of a creating the blog and working out how to use it post. 55 posts later and I'm still here and going strong. 


What have I learned?
I had no idea what I was doing or what programme to use i chose blogger because it seemed really simple but I still did not know how to use all the features. I didn't even know how to publish a post and it took me a long time to learn what all the features did. I also think my photography has got a lot better in a year I enjoy creating flat-lays and mine have improved in a year. Another thing I now know my blog is how long it takes to write and do the photographs for a blog! - It takes a lot longer that I thought it would, especially if your adding links into the mix to! I was really nervous about writing and posting things here and although I wasn't expecting anyone to read it but I was nervous of what people would think if they did! But thankfully everything went well and I am still here working on and growing my blog today.

My five favourite blog post I wrote in my first year of blogging!
And why I like them!

I have done quite a few posts showing my favourite jewellery, earring, necklaces and bracelets. I believe this is one of the first and has three pieces of meaningful jewellery I still have and love.

I know is's nowhere near easter so why would add it here but this cake was delicious and I love how colourful it was! I really enjoy baking and I have done quite a few posts sharing recipes and all of them were so tasty so it was quite difficult to chose just one post but I settled with this one!

Again I love the look and images in this post and it reminds me of my birthday which I really enjoyed! So it made it onto my list! 

I love the look and layout of this post and really love my scrapbook so this is one on my favourites If you like scrapbooking or are thinking of starting one then Id recommend having a look!


I know that technically the Croatia posts are two posts but in this case I having them I was going to do them as one but I had so many photos and wanted to say so much I made them into posts. I laid out this post in a diary style post talking about and showing what I did one day at time. I think together these posts are in joint first for my favourite posts ever on my blog!

I would love it you had a look back on any of these posts! I think my writing and definitely my photography has improved throughout this year!


Looking to the future!
I love blogging and love this blog. It is definitely something I am excited about continuing with and working on in the future, hopefully for many more years. But there are few things I want to change. Such as updating the look and tidying it up a bit I want it to reflect me and the things I love and currently I don't think it achieves this. I am not very good at the whole technical side of blogging (although I have got a lot better) so if you have any advice or know of any good posts I can read advice I would be really great full if you could links or tips in the comment section. I also want some more backgrounds for photographs so if you know anywhere that sells them that to would be really helpful.
Overall I am excited for the future and look forward to creating more posts and changing up the look.

Thankyou for reading! I hope you enjoyed, if you did you can follow me on the various social medias below so you don't miss a post.
Bye for now, see you next week!



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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Christmas 2017 Gift Guide!


Hi all, 
Hope you have had a great week. I have been so excited for Christmas. December is so close and that means pretty lights, Christmas trees, mince pies, decorations, Christmas songs, advent calendars and Christmas shopping (insert any other christmassy things I may have forgotten). In this post I am going to be sharing some Christmas gift ideas. This is your warning if you haven't started Christmas shopping yet, now would be great time to get going! 
On with the post... 

Boots Scrapbook £8.00 (currently on offer - normal price £12)
As you may know as I did a scrapbooking tips post, I enjoy keeping a scrapbook and you can get pretty and themed scrapbooks that I think would make a really Christmas gift. The one above is from Boots. They have quite a few different patterns and themes.

The next gift we have here can also be found at Boots and is this scented candle in a concrete candle holder. I like the added pattern on these candles and again Boots has quite a few different ones with different decorations and different scents.




This John Lewis cardholder may be the perfect gift for a tricky to buy for Dad or Grandad, who just seems to have everything. It is a hard metal card holder held together by the elastic in the box. You get a choice of black or blue elastic to add to the cardholder. John Lewis stock a range called "Gentlemen's Hardware" selling similar things in the style of this cardholder.




I love this make up bag from Oliver Bonas. I really like the print, colours and Oliver Bonas is one of my favourite shops! I love the style of their products. I know some things can seems a bit on the pricey side but they are such good quality! There are also a few other products in the same style as the make up bag above.

(Almost) everyone likes chocolate so if you're stuck on what to buy someone consider chocolate! 
This snowman is from Hotel Chocolate and I think it looks so cute, It is one of their chocolate slabs with a snowman face. They also sell a similar snowman to this but made up of mostly milk chocolate!
Thank-you for reading, hope you enjoyed! 
Good luck with your shopping! If you have any gift suggestions I'd love to hear them in the comments! 
Bye for now, see you next week! 

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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!