Saturday, 28 March 2015

How to Make // Pom Pom

For some people this may be the simplest thing EVER! But I overheard a girl in Hobbycraft the other day asking her Mum how to make a Pom Pom! WHAT? I think my whole childhood was spent making Pom Poms, so for those of you who don't know and want something fun & easy to do with the little ones, then here is how...

1. Cut two rings out of card, making sure they are the same size. You can do these any size you like - obviously the bigger the ring, the bigger your Pom Pom. 
2. Tie the end of your chosen wool to the rings (tying them together) and begin wrapping your wool through the middle hole and around the ring. 
3. Once you have finished wrapping your wool around the rings, cut down the middle of your wool. It's easiest to make a little opening at the top and pull apart the two rings so you can use them as a cutting guide. 
4. Cut yourself a length of wool and tied it tightly down the middle of the two cardboard rings. 
5. Finally, cut the cardboard rings and pull then away from the wool - here is your Pom Pom! You can neaten it up by cutting any extra long pieces off. 

What do you think? It is such an easy activity for all ages (and cheap as well!). If you want to get super good, you can make Pom Pom Animals - I haven't quite mastered this yet - but you can search Pinterest for ideas!


Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bedroom Accessories // Wish List

I am currently looking at ways to make our bedroom seem more cosy. Although I love the bedside cabinets I made last year & our feature wall looks lovely, I feel like it still isn't quite there. So I have put together a little Wish List of ideas - things I could perhaps buy or things I could use as inspiration to make my own version.

Like many other girls I'm sure, I am a massive candle lover. This little Glass Heart Latern from Wilko would look great on our bedside cabinets and at £3 each, I would definitely get more than one! They would be perfect to put some lovely scented candles in & would definitely help to create a more cosy / chilled out atmosphere.

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I have always thought having a bed full of cushions makes it seem so much more cosy & welcoming. I have been dying to get my hands on some Scrabble cushions - an "N" & a "Z" (for Nick & Zoe, obvs). In the back of my mind I always think I should just make these myself, but I just don't think I would be able to do such a great job of it & would probably end up costing me just the same in materials as well as taking up my time. These ones are from Not on the High Street & retail at £20 per cushion.

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Back to Wilko again - I am really impressed with their home range! I absolutely love having fresh flowers in my house, but sometimes you have to prioritise your pennies and food / bills comes before fresh flowers unfortunately (it's a mad world we live in) so I have been on the look out for some nice fake alternatives. Whilst I want something that looks really realistic I still didn't want to spend a fortune. I think this Wilko Daisy Seagrass Pot certainly fits the bill - so cute & only £4.

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For a long time now, I have been thinking about making a Patchwork Quilt. They always look so impressive but can be quite costly. I love this Red Patchwork Throw from Next & would love to make something similar. Although it requires a lot of time & patience, I think it would be so worth it. However, if you don't have the time, then this one is £70 or £90, depending on the size you want.

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So there is my Bedroom Accessories Wish List - I'm sure this will continue to grow. As I sit here writing this I am actually contemplating a little Home Haul as pay day is only a few days away....


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Thursday Thoughts #15

Happy Thursday!

Something I think I am good at is always being myself; no matter who I am around. I think it is important to remember to never pretend to be someone you aren't just to impress others. Unless you're at an interview, of course. You don't have to tell your potential employer everything! But do make sure you always look out for yourself & do what makes you happy.

Enjoy the rest of your week - it's almost the weekend!


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Easter Project // Bunny Gift Bags

I have recently been working on a little Easter Project for mine & Nicks nieces - little Easter Bunny Gift Bags which we will fill up with plenty of Easter / Chocolate treats as a gift. I saw the idea on Pinterest (where else) & completely fell in love - they would work great for Easter Egg Hunts too!

I used a plain, cream cotton fabric for the bag & the ears. I had some really pretty floral material that I decided to use for the inside of the ears - one in Orange / Red / Yellow, the other in different shades of Purple. So cute! I had to buy some pink & purple ribbon from Hobbycraft & they match really well. I then hand sewn the eyes, nose & mouth which took a fair bit of planning (I was nervous I would mess it up after I had just finished making the bag)! I think they have turned out great, I am really pleased with them. Hopefully the girls will love them too! I will post a photo on my Facebook page when they are all filled up with Chocolate & ready to be delivered!

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Friday, 20 March 2015

One Lovely Blog Award

Random post today, but Lucy from Sons Brighten Up My Day (Thank you Lucy) has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award! So the deal is:

Thank the person who nominated you & link back to them in your post
Share seven facts about yourself
Nominate 10 other bloggers for the award 

So here we go...
  1. I am a lefty - Nick thinks this is hilarious & always mocks me for it.
  2. I hate people touching me feet. It seriously isn't allowed!
  3. I'm scared of the Sea.
  4. I am a Purple Belt in Kickboxing
  5. I have completed a Half Marathon in 2 hours 20. No idea how I managed that but I'm real proud of myself for it!
  6. I have met Philip Schofield - I love him
  7. I have always wanted to be a Paramedic - but opted for an Event Management Degree instead
 I nominate:

And anyone else who wants to take part :)


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Thursday Thoughts #14


I am loving Taylor Swifts album at the moment & can proudly say I can absolutely nailed "Shake It Off" on my way back from work one evening! And then Sew Magazine posted this on Facebook...

I love it!


Sunday, 15 March 2015

Sunday Baking // Mothers Day Chocolate Cake

Happy Mothers Day to all of the fabulous Mummas in the world! Every year my Mum says "I don't want anything, don't spend too much..". Typical Mum! So this year I decided to bake for her instead! I had seen an idea on Pinterest ages ago & loved it. I have been trying to think of an opportunity to make it & thought it looked perfect for Mother's Day! The sponge is just a standard chocolate sponge with chocolate butter icing. The decorating part used up quite abit of chocolate. I used: 

9 kit kats (broken in half)
Half a bag of giant buttons
Half a bag of white chocolate buttons
A few Mintrels (if you like)

And this was the finished product...! I am so pleased with it & so was my Mum. Makes a nice change as usually me & my Sisters all opt for Flowers / Vouchers / Chocolates so my Mum ends up with the same thing every year, 3 times!! Did you do any baking for your Mum?