Sunday, 22 March 2015

February 2015 Favourites

February favourites - Tea, Cake and Make

Hello all!

Apologies that this is a little late, but I really can't fathom how March has gone so quickly! I've been in a little work bubble, and outside of that I've been in a bit of a funk to be honest - more about that in a future post, however.

I thought I'd share with you a few things which made February 2015 a little brighter or easier for me. Let me know in the comments below what you've been loving recently!

king thali at chilli pickle in brighton

Lunches at the Chilli Pickle, Brighton

In February I had not one, but two lunches at The Chilli Pickle! Let's just say that I love King Thali's and the fact that I can get discount with my Brighton Fringe Festival Platinum membership (read more about that here). I've tried the lamb and fish variations so far, and am sure I'll be back to work my way through the others soon!

pretty pastel skull candles
Image c/o Ember Candle Co

Cute Skull Candles

I was looking through Instagram and saw that a shop I follow was having a special offer - I'd not bought from them before but had them on my wishlist, so thought "what the heck" and ordered myself some gorgeous pastel coloured skull candles. A lilac, parma violet scented skull, a pastel pink cherry scented tiki skull, and an even lighter pink candy floss scented skull. The tiki skull candle was free in the special deal, which also included a set of scented wax melts - I chose cherry scent again as it's one of my favourites!

White stuff and metro deco afternoon tea brighton
Image c/o White Stuff

White Stuff Tea Party

I was invited to the Brighton launch of the new Tea Ceremony clothing range at White Stuff. It was great fun and I got to catch up with some lovely local bloggers such as Sophie, Amy, and my lovely chum Jess.

Beautiful Bexhill sea view from De La Warr

A Trip to Bexhill

The De La Warr at Bexhill currently has an amazing exhibition on about Ladybird books - Ladybird By Design, which is on until May 10th. It was awesome to see some of my favourite books as a child, and some of the original design plates. I was a bit miffed that they didn't have my ultimate favourite Ladybird book 'Princess and the Pea' related items to buy in the shop, however!

So despite feeling rather gloomy on a number of occasions, there were some great favourites from February!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bake Something Funny for Money - Comic Relief

comic relief red nose bake off
Image: Comic Relief

It's Comic Relief on Friday 13th 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.


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