Thursday, 31 March 2016

Delicious marshmallow cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing*

Welcome Spring! What a perfect season to bring out the tea set and invite your friends around for a cuppa and a cupcake or two, or maybe three? I have written the perfect recipe for a batch of yummy marshmallow cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing for Wayfair. 

I was sent their cupcake making machine to test out and now it has become a staple in my kitchen. I can't wait for any occasion to pop up where cake is acceptable. Saying that, when isn't the right time for cake?

Click here to read my recipe on how to make your own batch of delicious marshmallow cupcakes with vanilla buttercream icing!

* Click here to view my other post for Wayfair about how to use your tea set to style your home!


Tea party with a twist by Wayfair*

Being an avid tea drinker and enjoying nothing more than a pretty teapot, I started to wonder: what other ways could I use a tea pot and tea cup to decorate my home?

I have teamed up with Wayfair to bring you a few ways you can use your tea set to decorate your home and some ways to put your tea set to good use, other than for tea parties! Whether you are a beauty queen, have green fingers or an artistic flare - there is a style to use your tea set for everything. 

To read my other post for Wayfair on how to bake some delicious marshmallow cupcakes click here!


Emily xox

Monday, 14 March 2016

10 reasons why I love Spring

1. Oh hello there sun

Sun? What is this thing you speak of? What's there not to love about warmer weather? Plus Spring is perhaps the perfect season because it has the potential to be sunny and glorious during the day and not too stuffy at night. Oh yeah and cheaper heating bills.

2. Pastels

My favourite colour palette and I love how during Spring everything from fashion, nails to home decor is predominantly in pastels. Anything on the pastel pallet just shouts happiness, optimism and fun. 

3. Less layers

The weather does brighten up that's for sure but it does still seem to be in a bit of limbo. Of course we can take off a few layers such as the gloves, scarf (and a jumper or two.) But it still gets chilly so I think it might be too much to put the cardigans and jackets away just yet. 

4. Spring cleaning 

Spring stands for new beginnings and fresh starts, so it's the perfect opportunity to clean out your home and your life. Giving your home a deep clean from top to bottom and clearing out all the things you don't need anymore and donating them to charity is a great idea. It can also be a time to cleanse yourself, perhaps learning something new?

5. The great outdoors

It's time to crack open the windows and step outside into the great outdoors. It feels like Winter has lasted an eternity this year; and whilst I do enjoy being cosy and warm in front of the fire, I am pleased that the weather is warming up enough to enjoy walks and fresh air more. 

6. Drip, drip drop little April showers

You know what they say April showers bring May flowers.

7. Lighter mornings, lighter nights

Bye, bye  SAD and hello brighter weather and brighter mood. What better feeling than waking up to the sun. 

8. Flowers in bloom 

To me daffodils and tulips are the epitome of Spring. Flowers really do add to the beauty of anywhere and seeing them beginning to bloom really does make me smile. As soon as I start to see daffodils appearing I know Spring is on the way. 

9. Baby animals 

N'aww the general cuteness of baby animals in Spring is just adorable. Fluffy little ducklings by the lake with their mother and bunnies. Nature I think is such a fundamental part of the Spring season.

10. Season love 

Spring is great, but guess what season is next? SUMMER!

Also doesn't Spring make you feel more optimistic? Waking up in the morning to nicer weather just seems so much more encouraging than waking up to doom and gloom!

Emily xox 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Emma Bridgewater factory tour

I love collecting cups, mugs, teacups, saucers and teapots, so when I knew there was a chance of a tour around the Emma Bridgewater factory I was delighted. The other week I was fortunate enough to be able to go on one of the morning tours around the factory and was astonished by the whole process of creating some of our favourite pottery. Up until this point I had been quite ignorant as to the mechanisms of how the pottery is created. I was left in awe at the sheer craftsmanship and skill that it took to create each piece individually. 

It all started with a teacup & saucer 
The Emma Bridgewater factory is located in the heart of pottery making, Stoke on Trent. It is directed by Emma Bridgewater and her husband Matthew. The whole collection is hand painted and the process to actually creating our favourite pieces is long and extensive. There is a firm guarantee that your product will have had time, care and patience put into it. Emma has said that her eureka moment came when she was hunting for a teacup and saucer as a present for her mother. She said she couldn't find anything that she could picture in her mother's kitchen, thus came the idea to start designing pieces that could belong in any home yet still maintaining British tradition  I was eager to go and see for myself the process of how the pottery that ends up on our kitchen tables is created. I mean if it's good enough for Kate and Wills to visit, then it's good enough for me!


Friday, 4 March 2016

5 quick ways to add Spring to your home with Next

Guess what? Spring is almost upon us! Even though most of us seemed to have had a flurry of snow this week (seriously it's March?) 

I am more than ready to say goodbye to Winter for another year and welcome the new life and freshness of Spring. As the seasons change there is always so much I want to buy and do to redecorate the flat. Unfortunately many of us simply cannot afford to do this. So the next best thing is to make simple and quick changes to your home to welcome in the new season.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

DIY: M is for mum | the perfect, handmade Mother's Day present

So it's the week of Mother's Day and if you're still thinking of the perfect, unique gift for your mum/nana/auntie/whoever, then why not try something handmade?

You don't have to be into crafting particularly to make a present as it is the personal touch that adds to the sentimentality. This year I decided to create my own bespoke 'M' with a shabby chic theme. Letters are increasing in popularity and I thought instead of buying one from the shops, hand making one and adding certain elements I know would suit my mums personality would be nicer. It was quick and cheap to make but still is a cute little present to give your mum this Sunday!

ALDI stationery haul

Ask me what my favourite thing to shop for is, besides home decor and the answer would be stationery. I admit I can often find myself caught in a storm of disorganisation, but as a rule I do like to be organised, I promise! This means I need, yes need, to buy pretty stationery, because pretty stationery just makes everything better, right?

This week I was in Aldi and came across an amazing range they have out as part of their weekly special deals. I don't know about your Aldi but at mine you literally just have to dig through a big basket where everything seems to just be chucked in. It's kind of like the Hunger Games only you're fighting for a notebook or cereal tin. I literally picked one up and then another, and then another... You get the picture.

Here is what I bought:

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