Monday, 31 December 2012

570 - Last Look Back December

So I didn't do one of these posts last month as I didn't have the time to make any pages, so some of the pages I've made this month are maybe a little old.

First up a collection of lovely things from my last bout day.

Scrapbook snaps

Some things from some general nice days in the past couple of months.

Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

A Graze box themed page.

Scrapbook snaps

Scrapbook snaps

And finally, my awesome FVRG award, with a page all of its own.

Scrapbook snaps

Sunday, 30 December 2012

569 - Sunday Snaps

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Instagram

Friday, 28 December 2012

568 - Friday Favs Top 10

Very cute dress.



Amazing bug brooch.



This is so cute. I don't even know what I would use it for, but I love it.



These cookies are so cute.



These necklaces are amazing.



This hair is just awesome.



I love this rug. Mad skills.



Could not agree more.



Lovely gift card holder. So sweet.



Dork Stitch does it again with her AMAZING Ikea Monkey cross stitch pattern.



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Thursday, 27 December 2012

567 - Christmas Hampers

So this year when I was browsing Pinterest, I saw this idea and I quite liked it.



I decided I was going to make one for Donald's mum and his two sisters. Here's what I put in mine.

Christmas hamper

So we have some oven gloves, a nice tea towel, a cookie cutter, a spatula, a pastry brush, some cake cases and two recipes I printed out myself (1 cupcake and 1 cookie for each person).

Christmas hamper

Christmas hamper

I stuffed the paper cases, the tea towel and the kitchen tool into the oven glove, and then tied the cookie cutter, the recipes and the smaller oven glove together using this Christmas ribbon. I then tied the whole thing together with thick Christmas ribbon and done!

Christmas hamper

I think they look awesome. I love when Pinterest ideas come to life!

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

566 - Work in Progress Wednesday

Wip

One piece left! So happy. Though the part I just finished (the part in the top right hand corner that looks a bit like boobs) has ended up not being quite right. I made a mistake somewhere, though god knows where! So just hoping that turns out alright in the end.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Monday, 24 December 2012

564 - Bake Once a Month December

So as it's the festive season, I decided to leave my Christmas baking until the end of the month. This month I baked three different things, though one of them was from a supermarket box kit so it doesn't count.

1) Gingerbread house.

I bought this box kit from Asda because I've always wanted to do a gingerbread house but I don't actually like gingerbread. Luckily Donald does, so he got to eat this one all to himself.

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

2) Brown sugar spiced shortbread.

I've been dying to make some Christmas biscuits to use my lovely cookie cutters I bought last year, so I decided some festive shortbread was in order. They're made with brown sugar (I used dark instead of light), so that's why they look so dark, they're not burnt I swear.

You can find the recipe for these here.

Christmas baking

3) Christmas cake.

After last year's failed Christmas cake, and the fact my boyfriend doesn't like normal fruit and marzipan Christmas cake, I decided to just make a nice sponge cake with jam and butter icing so I would at least have something to put my retro looking decorations on. My cake skirt was a bit too small for it so I didn't use it, but I think it would have got covered in jam anyway, so it's probably for the best.

I got the recipe for this cake from The Perfect Baking Cookbook by Next.

Christmas baking

Christmas baking

Christmas baking

Phew! Anyway, it's Christmas Eve today! I'm so excited!

Sunday, 23 December 2012

563 - Sunday Snaps

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Instagram

Friday, 21 December 2012

562 - Friday Favs Top 10

As it's Christmas in a few days (so excited!) this week's Friday Favs will be Christmas themed! Whoop whoop!

It wouldn't be Christmas without Wild Olive. I love this brooch.



Cute crochet trees. Eek!



Lovely pink wreath.



Lovely fabric gift tags. I wish I could make these.



Lovely little cup gingerbread houses.



Amazing gift wrap that looks like mail. Double cute.



Granny square Christmas tree. If only I hadn't crippled my hand doing the tree skirt ha ha!



Lovely string snowman. Such a cutie.



Tiny Christmas embroideries.



Oh I love these stockings! Look at the bear!



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Thursday, 20 December 2012

561 - Crafty Creative Box 6

If you haven't heard of Crafty Creatives before, it's basically like a monthly beauty box, but with craft supplies. Loads of my crafty/blogger friends get it, but I've been good and held off until now. Purely because I do not need crafty supplies! If you've ever seen in my spare room you will know this!

However, I saw the Crafty Creative girls tweeting that for December only, you could buy the same bx that all the subscribers were going to get. You can get a taster box which has a little bit of various things that have featured in other boxes, but this is the first time you were able to get the same box as everyone else. I had to jump on this. I've been so jealous of everyone else's boxes and this way I could get just the one and still be pretty guilt free.

Every month the £10 plus postage boxes are themed, and December's theme was ice. I love it. While it's quite a Christmasy theme, it's not flat out Christmas themed, meaning you can use the supplies all year round.You also get a different kit to have a shot at a different craft every month and I'm very excited about this month's kit.

Crafty creatives box

Crafty creatives box
A sneak peak at this month's ice themed box

Crafty creatives box
My favourite item, the ice wool! It's so lovely.

Crafty creatives box
This month's kit - bath bombs!

Crafty creatives box
A little extra.

Crafty creatives box
Pinned on my work in progress basket.
I have to say I love my Crafty Creatives box, and if I can cut my stash down to a normal level, this is definitely something I would considering signing up to longer term, but for now the one is enough! If you like what you see,I would highly recommend signing up!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

560 - Work in Progress Wednesday

WIP

I think I said before that I got a little bored doing this for such a big chunk of time, but after leaving it be for a while, I've definitely got back into it.

I'm working my way through the second last piece as we speak so I might even have the latch hook section finished by next week. Of course I still need to sew it together, which is the scary part!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

559 - Finished all the crochet!

Crochet flower

So after I posted up a photo of the 3d crochet rose I made (above), one of my derby girls asked if I would make her one to sew onto a headband.

Well it took me a little while to get around to it, but after all my Christmas crafting was out the way, I finally got it made.

Rose

I had the option of making a red or pink one, but I thought red might be more fun as I'd already done a pink one.

This also means that I have crocheted five items this year and can tick that resolution off my list! I never thought I would manage that one so I'm so happy I did!

Monday, 17 December 2012

558 - Last of the Derby Cards

Phew so here's the last batch of the derby birthday cards I made for ARRG this year. I just waited to for everyone's birthday to pass by a couple of weeks so I could post about them, so hopefully it's safe now.

Derby birthday card

Derby birthday card

Derby birthday card

Derby birthday card

Derby birthday card

Sunday, 16 December 2012

557 - Sunday Snaps

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Friday, 14 December 2012

556 - Friday Favs Top 10

It's a pear...with like a little face. HOW CUTE!



I love the colours in these mittens.



Wonder Woman nails. Yes!



The cutest little Santa ever! Bring me some nice crafty pressies please!



Lovely little Piglet pillow.



Amazing but no doubt expensive Chanel purse.



Lovely little pin.



Ha ha I don't even know what this is! I love him.



Lovely outfit.



Lovely Wild Olive present topper/hair band. Yes.



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Thursday, 13 December 2012

555 - Wellies!

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a pair of Joules wellies on the blog. Now I'm not a girl to turn down a pair of shoes, so I jumped at the chance!

I was allowed to pick any pair I wanted, so I went for these lush fox print ones! They are amazing.



Aren't they just the cutest pair of wellies you've even seen? From the tiny cute foxes, to the bright mustard edges and the stripey lining, these are just tooamazing.

I decided the best way to review a pair of wellies was to put them to the test, so me and Donald headed out to the woods for a walk to see if they really held up. We took Jack a walk around South Queensferry, so there was some lovely views!

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

Walkies

So after trawling them through various levels of water, ice and mud I can say that these wellies are awesome, and the minute the snow comes I will be rocking them to work! I did feel slightly bad about getting the cute little foxes dirty though!

If foxes aren't your thing, you can also get horse, dog, rabbit and pheasant print! Epic!