Wednesday, 2 August 2017

CRAFT HAUL | ACRYLIC PAINTS, CONFETTI & SPIROGRAPHS!



My second favourite thing to shop for after homewares? Being a massive lover of the crafting world means shops like Hobby Craft are heaven to me. When it comes to crafting there is not one particular area of arts and crafts that I stick to the most and I am always wanting to experiment with new mediums and materials. Recently though I have been loving acrylic painting and have felt so inspired to just sit with my art book or a canvas and splash some colours onto a page. I think when it comes to painting in particular I used to feel this immense pressure to paint something fantastic or extravagant and that has always left me feeling like I didn't even want to try at painting as it would never be perfect. The thing that I am learning most about painting now is that like everything else in life - there is no such thing as perfect! And it seems to be the pieces that I don't feel like I have to follow a strict regime or certain colour code turn out to be my favourites. 
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

A SPLASH OF COLOUR | MY SUMMER FASHION WISH LIST




In true Gwen Setfani style indeed if I was a rich girl I would at this moment in time be changing up my entire wardrobe. I feel like as I am getting into my 20's I am going through that rather cliche finding myself stage. But my discovery stage doesn't include a gap year to Thailand or mediating on the edge of a cliff - rather just wanting to be a little bit more experimental with my fashion choices. I have lived so long in black leggings and baggy t-shirts BTW still a great outfit choice. But I feel like my love of colour and sparkle is screaming to be expressed. Therefore I make this very public pledge that I will from now on buy clothes that I WANT TO rather than clothes I feel I should... Anyway enough of that, I thought it would be fun to share my current wish list of some fashion pieces I have so desperately been needing recently. I love reading other peoples wish lists and had just as much fun putting my own together, so I hope you enjoy seeing it too!

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

MINI DONUT CAKES & HOW TO MAKE THEM!


Hi everyone! So today I wanted to share my latest baking creation with you and it is these colourful, mini donut cakes. They are actually miniature Victoria sponge cakes with freshly whipped cream and strawberry jam disguised to look like donuts. I want to try and start making different types of cakes/cupcakes that look like other foods - I have seen the burger cupcakes circling on Pinterest for ages now and I am so desperate to try and make them myself! I just like being a bit different and not just making the usual cupcake with icing on top (although don't get me wrong they still are one of my favourite things to do!) I think these mini donut cakes would be perfect for a party of any age or just to make for a bit of fun. So let me get started and tell you how to make them...







Whilst I was making these I thought how good it would be to make one giant donut cake - it would look so good for someones birthday cake right?

Question... If you could only ever have one type of cake for the rest of your life what would it be? Please leave your comments below and don't forget to follow me on other social media accounts to see my other DIYS and interior posts. Thank you so much for reading!

Em xox 


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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MY FIRST SUMMER FASHION HAUL | PRIMARK, TOPSHOP, H&M & ASOS


Clothes, clothes, clothes I just can't say no... There seems to be phases of either there being literally nothing in the shops that I want or that just gives me a meh feeling; or it's kinda like I NEED IT ALL... Unfortunately for my bank balance it was the latter this time - but every cloud has a silver lining right? It was my birthday so I had some extra dollar to spend. 
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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

THE BARGAIN QUEEN & TOO MANY NAIL VARNISHES | #DECORATING DIARIES




If I was going to wait until I was happy with my blog content enough to actually post anything then I would end up never, ever posting! I have been watching so many decorating/moving VLOGS on YouTube at the moment as I have been redecorating my whole bedroom; and I thought why not document it through my blog? I have been wanting for so long to restart this blog - I have so many ideas but the lack of confidence just cripples me and then in the end I just end up not posting enough and ultimately feeling even worse about myself. I decided that redecorating doesn't equate to beautiful surroundings and aesthetically pleasing pictures, but so what? I want this blog to be about my projects and what I am inspired by and that isn't always going to be crisp and perfect. All I will say is you will have to excuse the mess of my bedroom, as you can imagine everything is a little all over the place at the moment. 
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Thursday, 13 April 2017

MINI EGG COOKIE CUPS | EASTER BAKING







So as promised here is another recipe just in time for the four day Easter weekend! My last recipe was for super gooey Creme Egg cupcakes and I did say in that post that I would be sharing a recipe for all you Mini Egg lovers out there. 

Mini Eggs are so moreish and there are hundreds of recipes on the internet of various baked goods revolving around them. I wanted to do something perhaps a little bit different... so here are my Mini Egg cookie cups! Okay I wanted them initially to be just cookies but the first batch turned out a little bit thicker than I intended them to be. But I kinda had the eureka moment and thought, well why can't they taste like the usual cookie dough but be thicker and more cakey? Am I making any sense? I hope so.

So then I had to think of what else I wanted to add into the cookie cups... There was endless ideas but I really liked the sound of added a nutty flavour and the best combination? ALMONDS! Ahhh these cookie cups smelt DIVINE!! And again they proved to go down a treat... Here is the recipe and how to and I hope you enjoy them just as much as my family did...

What you will need
250g Unsalted butter
120g Brown sugar
300g Self raising flour
150g Plain flour 
1tsp Almond extract/paste
125ml Whole milk (although Semi Skimmed would be okay)
200g Almond flakes 
275g Mini Eggs

Before you start making and baking you will need to set your oven to 170 celsius! This recipe will also make 16/18 cookie cups!

1. In a large bowl beat the butter until a smooth paste and then add the sugar. Continue beating together with an electric mix until both are combined well. Add the almond extract and stir in. 

2. Weigh out the plain and self raising flour and add to the butter mixture. Using an electric mix continually mix until all is combined in a cookie dough like mixture. The mixture will be quite stiff so you may want to use a wooden spoon and manually combine the milk into the mixture instead of using an electric whisk. Place cling film over the top of the bowl and leave in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. 

3. Next you're going to want to add in your almonds. Now for this step I took the dough out of the bowl and put on a floured surface and worked the almonds in myself. I did this by pressing down on the dough on the surface and sprinkling in some of the almonds and then folding the dough over. Continue until all almonds are evenly distributed through the dough.

4. Take a standard cupcake baking tin (ensuring it is either non-stick or lightly buttered to avoid the cookie cup sticking once baked) and distribute your dough evenly among the holes. Once divided take a spoon and press down on the dough so it spreads out in the little hole. 

5. Bake for 15 minutes on 170 celsius and carefully remove from the oven and push 3-4 Mini Eggs into the dough ensuring they are pushed well into the cookie cups. Place back into the oven for a further 5 minutes until your cookies are a nice golden brown. 

6. Remove from oven and enjoy!

What do you think? Is this something you would try? I would love to know if you have any other combination ideas for Mini Eggs, let me know in the comments below...


Love, Emily Jayne xox 


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