Sunday, 29 March 2015

Crafting: Recent Makes

Guess what? I have a laptop again! Hoorah!
It feels so good to be writing this blog post on a real keyboard (I've been using my phone, kudos to anyone who does that all the time!) and I finally have some crafty goodness to share.

Of course with a new laptop, a new laptop case was a given, and I whipped this up as soon as possible from scraps in my fabric stash. It's not my best work - you know when you probably should have stopped working about an hour before but you keep going anyway and then get annoyed when things go wrong? No? Just me?
Well anyway, that's what happened here, but I powered through and have ended up with a case that won't win any sewing awards, but is a very snug and protective case nonetheless.

The purse is a labour of infatuation and curiosity that was flung upon me after discovering a purse in Present in the Laine a few weeks ago.
You can see the purse in question HERE, and it's by Betty & Walter (I can't seem to find a website for them but they have a few stockists). I've been working with purses and bags for a few years now, and this design just stood out to me. It's so brilliantly clever and I feverishly worked out how it was made on a dreary Sunday afternoon. There are two compartments; one accessed by the main clasp that I added dividers to so that it serves as a multi card holder, and then a zippered compartment at the bottom of the purse perfect for any loose change.
The fabric is thanks to a small stash of Liberty scraps tucked away waiting for the right project and this purse seemed like a good place to start. I adore this fabric, it is just stunning.

It's been really nice having two self contained projects to work on lately. Everything wedding related is obviously an ongoing process, and sometimes there is nothing better than quick, satisfying projects to give your crafting mojo a little kick!

Monday, 23 March 2015

We're Getting Married #4 - Update

It's rambling time! Right now I should probably be working on my wedding dress, but it's been a while since I talked about all the other wedding bits and bobs here, so I thought I'd post a few updates about what's going on.

In particular, I wanted to post an update on the DIY Cactus Terrariums, although as you can see so far this is a very anti-climatic DIY! After the initial budding from these 4 guys (out of 30 seeds by the way!) very little has changed in the last few months and I am pretty much resigning these to the failed DIY pile. I'll leave them and give them a chance up until the last moment, but I think that after that I will just have to empty the demijohns out and use them in a different way for decorations. C'est la vie!

Next on the list is the invites, which I think I've mentioned before have us both super excited. We should be getting those done and sent out in the next month, so after that I can share them here - yay. I really hope they work out as well as the image I have in my head!

Another thing I've been trying to keep up with in all our planning is a little scrapbook for us to keep as a memento. It's nothing too pretty or polished, but I know that I'll be glad that I kept a record of all our musings and thoughts along the way. When registering our notice to marry last month, the lovely lady even whipped out her calligraphy pen to fill in our registration card as she said lots of couples make scrapbooks, so at least there'll be a few pretty snippets.

The initial overwhelming feeling that I felt when we started planning this wedding has mostly subsided. Of course there are lots of things that I'm worried about (finishing the dress for one!), but in all honesty I spend most of the time we're planning it all with a big smile on my face.
I think for so many people all the big stresses come from worrying about what other people want, but J and I have been so strict about this. Neither of us ever really envisaged this as something we would do, so I think we're both really relaxed about how the day should be, and have no preconceptions about what should or shouldn't happen.

Check back in in a few months to hear me screaming the opposite to all of that ;)

Friday, 13 March 2015

Present in the Laine

Just a quick post from me today as I'm still laptop-less, but I wanted to talk about the fab evening I had last night and give anyone struggling for Mothers Day gifts a heads up on a great little shop in Brighton. I was kindly invited along to Present in the Laine to celebrate its first birthday and mingle with some lovely people surrounded by lovely things. It was great to meet Caroline and chat to her about the shop and how it's evolved in its first year, and of course it's always lovely to meet up with Brighton bloggers.
There are some gorgeous pieces in the shop and I was super excited to see candles from the Isle of Skye; I couldn't help picking one up for my mum as a little Mothers Day present as well as a pretty little mug!
If you're ever stuck for gift ideas then I'd definitely suggest a visit - there really is a perfect mix of homewares, jewellery and accessories and even though I gave in and bought myself a cheeky little trinket, I've still added at least a dozen other pieces to my wishlist (especially those jam jar lights, swoon!)

And if after a cheeky shopping trip you still want to add a touch of home-made to your mums day, then a hand made card is always a winner.
After making cards for everyone in my family ever since I was little, sometimes my mind draws a blank for ideas. Lucky for me, the girls at Super+Super posted this tutorial and I eyeballed it to come up with a (far less intricate) version for my mum.

I'm so excited to go and spend the day with my mum on Sunday now, and even more excited to give her these little treats. Thank you so much to Caroline for inviting me along last night; spending time with some Brighton favourites supporting local businesses really is one of my favourite past times :) 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Baking: Home-Made Nakd Bars

I can't remember what I did without Nakd bars in my life. I think I became hooked about a year ago and since then have stocked up whenever they were on offer. Lots of them are gluten, wheat and dairy free, are super good for you and are absolutely delicious. Basically Nakd bars = win win.

When J's mum Alex came to visit at Christmas I shared my love for them with her and after reading the ingredients, she said she was going to make her own.
True to her word, a few weeks later Alex made her own Nakd bars and blogged about them HERE and as soon as she posted it I couldn't wait to give her recipe a go.

It took me two attempts to get them right (listen to Alex when she says not to add liquid of any sort!) but now I've now successfully made them I am pretty smitten. They are so easy to make, and just as amazing (if not better) than the originals.
They are pretty cost effective too - I can't afford Nakd bars unless they are on offer so these are a great alternative. I bought enough ingredients to make two batches of 10 bars which came to about £7, and already had the raw cacao in the cupboard.

And the motto of this post? As it turns out, home-made or not, Nakd bars really are just a win win :)

p.s. I currently have a broken laptop hence the very intermittent blog posting, hopefully I'll be back soon!