Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bake Something Funny for Money - Comic Relief

comic relief red nose bake off
Image: Comic Relief


It's Comic Relief this coming Friday 6th March and schools and businesses around the country will be raising money for this well-known and worthy charity.

Have you been watching The Great Comic Relief Bake Off? It has been great fun to watch. I loved Jonathan Ross's creations, haha. Very, erm, interesting to say the least! If you haven't seen it yet, then you can catch up with it on BBC iPlayer! There have been lots of people inspired by the show to bake something of their own, which leads us onto one of the main themes of Comic Relief 2015 - Bake Something Funny for Money!

Image: Comic Relief


On the official Comic Relief website you can download a Great Comic Relief Bake Off kit to decorate and publicise your own bake sale - this includes fun bunting, so a nice bit of craft for an evening before your bake sale!

You can buy an official Comic Relief Bake Off recipe book from Sainsburys, the Comic Relief online store, and other good retailers. So if you're stuck for something to bake, then why not pick that up and have a go at some of the recipes? Sainsburys are also selling some really cute cupcake cases and decorating kits, and of course money from them goes to Comic Relief too.

TK Maxx and Homesense are also involved in raising money for Comic Relief, and are currently selling a selection of merchandise to help out. There are t-shirts being sold in both stores, which look pretty cool, but what I'm most interested in are the tea towels, aprons, and leather bound notebooks.

Most Homesense stores usually have a great baking selection - whether you need new cookbooks, mixing bowls, decorations or a new cake stand, they are a great place to pick up a bargain and something a little more different to other stores. And for Comic Relief, as previously mentioned, they are also selling notebooks, aprons, and tea towels. These, like the t-shirts being sold in TK Maxx, feature really inspiring quotes from inspiring people, and are designed by the fabulous Henry Holland.

The tea towel comes in two designs and is a bargain at £4.99 (of which at least £2.50 from each will go towards Comic Relief):

comic relief homesense tea towel
Image: Homesense

henry holland homesense charity tea towel
Image: Homesense

And here's the apron, which retails for £12.99 (of which at least £6.50 of each will go to Comic Relief):

henry holland homesense comic relief apron
Image: Homesense

If you don't have a Homesense near to you. the above items can also be bought online from TK Maxx (more information here). The last time I popped into Homesense (I have to go in at least once a week to see what they have in) I picked up the first teatowel design - so cute!

I'm still trying to figure out something funny to bake - let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas!

If you want to donate without buying any Red Nose Day merchandise, you can do so at the Red Nose Day (Comic Relief) website.


Post written in conjunction with Homesense, but all opinions are my own.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Guide to Project Life Products

Guide to project life products

With a new year, comes new projects, and a lot of people have started Project Life for their new hobby in 2015. Partly to do with the growing popularity of planners, partly to do with YouTubers & Bloggers such as Lily Pebbles and Sprinkle of Glitter, and partly because it's a fun idea.

I've tried to do it before, but without a proper crafting space, I struggle to prioritise my crafting and just do what I can. Ideally, I'd spend a little time every month creating some fun pages to illustrate what I'd been up to that month. Wouldn't that be great? To document your life! However, you need photos for that, and I need to take more photos... see how it progresses?

Anyway, not to put you off in the slightest - Project Life is wonderful, and is a great hobby in itself. Whether you're single, married, engaged, a parent, teenager, retired, or work full time, it fits YOUR needs when YOU want.

I thought that I'd show you my favourite crafty bits for Project Life, just in case you want to try it out for yourself. Remember - you do not need to buy all of the 'official' Project Life products. In fact, if you have some craft bits and a printer, you're almost there!

To Start Project Life


You will need...

  • An album


I love American Crafts 12x12 D-ring albums as this is what I use for my scrapbooking too. We R Memory Keepers (who were bought out by American Crafts, I believe) have a fab Teresa Collins range, they are simply gorgeous:

Teresa collins gold project life binders


You can pick up the Teresa Collins gold stripe album* (note, this isn't 12x12) from Amazon and from specialist online craft shops.

teresa collins camera 12x12 album


I also really love this Teresa Collins 'Our Life in Photos' 12x12 scrapbook album*, it's pretty and understated.

  • Photo Pockets

a set becky higgins project life wallets


You can buy official Project Life pockets such as the ones pictured above (Becky Higgins Project Life Set A* for 12x12 albums), or unofficial ones such as these October Afternoon Daily Flash photo protectors from Papermaze.

Free Project Life Printables


I have a ton of free printables on my Printables and Project Life Pinterest boards. Make sure you follow at least these boards if you're looking to take on the challenge that is Project Life, or if you just fancy using free printables for other reasons (like scrapbooking, or resizing the images and printing onto sticky paper to then pop in your planner)


Photos, Cardstock, Ephemera, Craft Embellishments, and Memories

The rest, is up to you!

I have a massive collection of cardstock, paper, embellishments etc, and it keeps on growing. It's good to see what your style is, to buy what you can afford, and most importantly, what you like.

Some people choose to use some of the journalling cards available too, there are some awesome ones available - here's a selection of some of my favourite journalling card sets:

Project Life Mini Kit Love Notes


Love Notes Project Life Mini Kit - £12.99 from Papermaze

Polka Dot Party project life Kit


Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party Mini Kit - £9.28 from Etsy


heidi swapp gold project life kit

Heidi Swap Gold Foil Mini Kit - £14.99 from Crafty Charlie


Colour Magic Heidi Swapp Project Life

Heidi Swapp Color Magic Value Pack - £14.99 from Crafty Charlie


Have you ever thought of trying Project Life? If you have, make sure you link me to your photos and blog posts with your pages in the comments below!

NB: Some of the items featured in this post have affiliate links. They are marked with an asterisk. All of the items mentioned in this post are chosen by myself and myself only. I have not been sponsored or paid to recommend any of the above items.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Brighton Fringe Festival 2015

Looking forward to Brighton Fringe Festival

In my last blog post I featured what I had enjoyed in January 2015 (January 2015 Favourites) and also discussed the fact that I am looking forward to everything that this year may hold for me. One thing I've not taken advantage of, even though I've lived in the Brighton area for the past decade, is the Brighton Festival, and more importantly the Brighton Fringe Festival.

I think as a crafter and creative person, the Fringe Festival is something I think I'd really enjoy. Last year, there were shows, get-togethers, workshops, and all kinds of things to get involved in, and now that registration has closed, I'm really looking forward to what the 2015 Brighton Fringe Festival has to offer. Plus, it doesn't matter if you're short of money, because there are free events to get involved in - 2014 saw 211 free events take place, and I'm sure that 2015 will see as many, if not more happen.

brighton fringe festival dancing

Brighton Fringe Festival 2015 will take place from 1-31st May 2015 and there are some beautiful venues lined up so far, including One Church, Proud Cabaret, the Dukebox at St Andrews Church, and some of my favourite pubs.

If like me you're looking forward to seeing what the line-up will include, then keep an eye on the Brighton Fringe website. And if you're hoping to attend some of the festival events and fancy a discount at some Brighton restaurants, hotels, and spas, 2 for 1 tickets for the Fringe Festival, and invites to VIP events, then why not sign up for Friends of Brighton Fringe membership? Restaurants in Brighton you could get discount for (dependant on level of membership) include some of my favourites, including Curry Leaf Cafe, Verano Lounge, Alcampo Lounge, Foodilic, and Graze.

Here's hoping the 2015 Brighton Festival Fringe line up is released soon - I'm excited to see what I can go and enjoy!

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