Just Relax

Short and sweet, I leave you with this picture, which I can’t find the source for, so if you know drop me an email. I have a busy weekend ahead but I am going to chill tonight, jacket potatoes corn on the cob, a film and m & m’s. So enjoy your Friday night all!!

 

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Lavender Cup Cake Recipe

What you need

For the cake:

120ml whole milk
 3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers or 3 tablespoons of lavender syrup
 120g plain flour
 140g caster sugar
 1½ teaspoons baking powder
 40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
 1 egg

For the icing:


 25ml whole milk
 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers or 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup
 250g icing sugar, sifted
 80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
 A couple of drops of purple food colouring (optional)
 A 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases

 

1.Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/gas mark three.

2. On a very low heat infuse your milk with the dry lavender or lavender syrup. Do this for a couple of minutes then leave to cool.  Do both batches for your icing and cake mixture to save time. 


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Ok so I tried out both methods with using dry lavender infused in the milk, and using my lavender syrup. The syrup was more subtle so I preferred the syrup cakes, but both work well.

3. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter in a bowl and mix until you get a sandy consistency and everything is combined.

4. Strain the lavender-infused milk and slowly pour (the amount for the cakes) into the flour mixture, beating well until all the ingredients are well mixed.

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You can add your food colouring while combining the mixture. 

5. Add the egg and beat well.


6. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean.

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7. Leave the cupcakes to cool slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

 

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For the icing.

1. Beat together the icing sugar, butter and food colouring.

2. Add the infused milk into the mixture and beat together.

3. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy (at least five minutes). The longer the frosting is beaten, the fluffier and lighter it becomes.

4. When the cupcakes are cold, spoon the lavender frosting on top and decorate with a sprig of lavender.

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I also tried combining flavours alternating the lavender cakes and icing. Lemon goes really well with lavender and so I did a plain lemon cupcake using the lavender icing which went sooo well together!! Tune in next week for fun lavender cocktails!!

 

I got the original recipe from Hummingbird Bakery book, which is awesome and has such fantastic recipes in it! I recommend you check it out!!

 



Wedding Wednesday’s: Facts and Traditions /05

Ok so as my planning gets ever more exciting, I have nearly decided on a colour scheme, I find myself learning more and more about  traditions and facts I never knew about weddings, so I thought i’d share with you my top 10 facts I didn’t know.

 

Fact 1. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger on the left hand because it was once thought that the vein in that finger led directly to the heart. The vein of love or Vena Amoris. I have to say I think this is my favourite fact of my list..so it’s all down hill from here…just kidding.

Fact 2. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.  I have noticed that their a lot of traditions warning off evil spirits, it’s all rather fascinating really, when you learn the next couple of facts which are from different cultures.

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Tony Curtis carries new bride Janet Leigh over the threshold, 4 June 1951. Source.

Fact 3. According to Hindu tradition rain on your wedding day is good luck.

Fact 4. In Holland a pine tree is planted outside the newly-weds home as a symbol of fertility and luck.

Fact 5. In Korea, brides wear bright hues of red and yellow to take their vows.

Fact 6. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits. Although I haven’t managed to find any pictures of it. So maybe this is an old tradition…I am not sure.

Fact 7. The something blue in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity and love.

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How lovely is this idea for something blue and something new! From Etsy Shop Arte Di Amore.

Fact 8. Saturday is the most unluckiest day to get married. Wednesday is the best. Tuesday is good for health and Monday for wealth… But yet Saturday is the most popular day to get married…

Fact 9. It is believed that if the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance at the wedding barefoot or risk never landing a husband. Thank fully Abby (my younger sister) has a while before she thinks about getting married.

Fact 10. I have an emerald engagement ring so I was looking at the meanings of different stones, bar finding out that they scratch easily (great I know),  they symbolise true love, loyalty and devotion. They are also believed to give you a hint if your partner is unfaithful by changing colour.

 

So there you have possibly a few things you didn’t know about weddings. Next week you get to see how I asked my Bridesmaid and Maid of honours to be a part of our special day.

 

Speak soon

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Weekend Antics: Legoland and a very wet bank holiday craft fair

Ok so the craft fair has been and done, and boy was it a wet one. I mean come on! It just didn’t stop. Where we had our stall, was a popular fair that normally attracts 1000′s, this one attracted more like a couple of hundred. We made a few sales at the start when the weather was nice, but once the down pour started, the place became empty, and most crafter’s left. We were lucky we sold just enough to cover our costs, and managed to barter some sausages too in exchange for a meat rub we did, but after talking to a few other stalls most had only sold 1 or 2 and a handful nothing. It’s such a shame when you think about how much work goes into to big shows like the one yesterday, and the effort of all the crafters. Anyway it’s always a learning curve I guess!

 

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So there’s our little store, so colourful right? I have to say I was pretty proud of it, as the last two weeks, I’ve hardly slept. But I was proud of the outcome. Was just a shame it wasn’t that busy.

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Just a few things we were selling, like the colourful chalkboards and wine racks. Plus my watermelon nesting table….

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And here are the god awful cakes I made as free samples for the lavender syrup..recipe to come soon. Hopefully you can make them better then me…

On another note we did go to Legoland, and we did have a blast in the Star Wars bit, but alas I didn’t have memory card in my camera, for the first like billion pictures I took, I know I have a degree in Photography..but anyway I managed to get a few of the mini land, which is super impressive.

 

So I took so many pictures of all the places like Denmark, France and USA, but I thought I’d share with you some UK ones.

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Ok so the London scene was truly incredible. The time and money to make this must be insane, with the moving buses, and all the spot on details.. just look at the London eye..

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The scene at the back of Buckingham Palace. Prince Georges 1st birthday party, how awesome do the balloons look. As we know, Legoland did a big thing for the Royal Wedding when that happened too!

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So it was pretty fun to find random figures within the scene. So for USA they had NASA, and hidden away near the space shuttle was Yoda… my inner Star Wars geek loved this. But here we have Superman in a phone box amidst the London scene…

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Here we can see the iconic London red bus travelling down Trafalgar Square and the iconic blue rooster…I mean the detail is just incredible. How cool would it be if this was your job…

 

 

Anyway bar the fact it was just me and Richard and we waited for hours on end for silly rides like learn how to drive a boat…it was a fun day out, ending with a small fortune being spent in the gift shop!

 

Hope you all had a good weekend!



Craft Show Stress

I have been feeling really urgh, about not being able to blog properly. the last two weeks, I feel my post’s haven’t been up to standard, and it’s crazy how much it is starting to bother me. With Richard being away the last week, I have been crazy building, sanding and painting our products 24/7. This is my lounge right now.

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Horrific isn’t it. I am completely out of my routine. I haven’t been at work this week because of the fair, but I normally work part-time 9-1, then I stay at work and do my blogging bits. I have a desk, and I use the workshop there. It’s easy, it keeps me in routine and keeps my living room clear. Problem is? I am leaving this job soon to a possible move/ new job for Richard. ( I work part-time where he works)…so…My home is going to become my little work place/ office. I have no idea how I am going to handle it.

I feel like a need a space, where I can just shut the door when the day is finished. We can’t afford a studio or office space, so the spare room it is..but I want to know from people who work from home. How do you swtich off? How do you keep your house clean from the clutter, and from spreading throughout the house. Wooden Flamingo products, aren’t a neat and tidy process, there’s paint and there’s sanding, there’s glueing and glitter. I am worried that getting into that routine to get up and go to your work place, and not do it in front of the tv is going to be hard…

At the moment I can’t see one section of clean floor, I have broken glass which has been brushed up, but is still in the brush pan in the corner.. I have literally become like a hoarder. It’s crazy. but only one weekend left.

 

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So tell me your secrets! How do you self employed/work at home people do it?How do you managed to find that balance of separate work/home living..

Haha, gosh I think I might need a maid if I end up working from home, or an intern….or just a stiff drink.

 

I promise exciting blog post’s next week! I need my routine back!= and hopefully I can’t report good news from the craft Fair, it’s our second one, so nerves are high!!

Speak soon all



Wedding Wednesday’s: Wish List /04

With all the preparing for the craft show on Monday, I have been more then occupied with other things. My house looks like a unicorn has died in it. Colour and glitter everywhere. Anyway, I am not going to lie to you, I am no closer to planning our wedding, the venue and colours are still a mystery to me, so today I just wanted to have fun, and look at cute random ideas for weddings.

 

So here they are.

 

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We all know my love of lego, and me and Richard already had this idea, but having the blocks that they stand on with names on, just takes it that bit further. This is from here.

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Richard thinks these are cheesy, but I kind of love them, they could be shoes to change into for the reception.. This  from Wedding Chicks. 

 

 

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A sweet bar is a must, look at all those goodies. Get them here.

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I love this idea, it’s so sweet and would look lovely as a new piece in your home after the wedding. I got this from here. Plus you could get stamp pads that match your wedding colours…so special no?

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This is so awesome, precise and to the point, and having refreshments during the ceremony which may be outside is such a cute idea!! And look at those colours and graphics… This is from Bridal Musings.

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I love love love this idea, so sweet and unique, this is perfect for a winter wedding too, maybe put some faux fur coats in the mix too…this is from Bridal Musings too.

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I am so doing this for the kids who are invited to the wedding, a nice way to entertain them during the day! Get the print out’s here at Something Turquoise. 

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Who doesn’t love confetti and bursts of colour everywhere. This is from a birthday party but I am loving the balloons. See the post here.

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I love balloons and I love this photo. It’s so simple yet so beautiful no?? This is from The happiest are the prettiest blog. 

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I love this, I don’t even care if its cheesy. Get yourself two chairs do them up and this is a cute decor idea which I think will wow your guest and make them go awww.. haha. This is from Green Wedding Shoes.

So there are my pins for my wedding wishlist. At the rate things are going there is going to be a lot going on…probably too much, at our wedding!!

 

Speak soon all!!

 

 



DIY Confetti fun

There’s something special about confetti, the colour the shapes, the celebration! I have ben playing around with this DIY project I found here, at Best friends for Frostings, but making a few adjustments.

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So I have made three different types of confetti straws today. The first using sequins and tissue confetti shapes, the second using bio-degradable tissue paper and the third using flower petals.

 

What you need

-Smoothie straws

-Stapler

-Confetti shapes

-Sequins

-Flower petals

-Bio-degradable tissue paper

-PVA

-Glitter

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So you staple one end of your straw as close to the end as possible, making sure it’s closed so no confetti will fall out.

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Then you pick your colour theme.I went for a fruit salad like thing. Orange,yellow and pink. I am making table confetti first. You can use these ones to decorate your tables for celebrations, because it uses sequins and confetti which isn’t bio-degradable these aren’t suitable for throwing outside.

I got these big circles which are awesome from here, they are too big to put in whole so I have cut them into strips which looks super pretty. If you want to keep them whole, make an envelope like this one, and use that instead.

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So we have our cut up circles, so then I added some yellow sequins. I put them all in this little dish so that they get a nice mix when they go into the straw.

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I decided to snazz things up with some gold and silver squares, cut into triangles so they fit in nicely. Paired with some gold sequins and your ready to start filling up the straw.

 

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So all you do is fill it up, I’m not going to lie to you, it’s a bit of a mission but the outcome is worth it.

 

 

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There you have it, just staple the other end, and dip each end in PVA then glitter, to finish it off nicely.

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Do the same for petals and bio-degradable tissue paper, which are fine for throwing outside, but always check with using the tissue paper, some places don’t like it!

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I used rose petals, lavender buds, and chamomile petals for the petal confetti straws.

 

So there you have it, it’s pretty fun, plus they look insane as decorations alone. To disperse the confetti either cut the straw in the middle, or if your strong pop the end opens!

 



Socks, Thursday

Ok so it’s been raining quite a bit here, and it’s starting to get a lit cooler, I know, what am I saying it’s only August, but either way, one of the things I love to do when its cold and wet is wacking on some warm leggings, socks and drinking warm drinks…like lavender lattes…see the recipe here. But anyway back to the socks and yes before you say it I am totally doing a post on socks.

 

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These were the more expensive of the lot, all of them being from ASOS.  These socks, are so warm and soft, and I think would look really cute with converses…no?

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Slightly more glamourous, with sparkles and stripes, these look so cute with my jelly shoes!! Get them here. Plus they are on sale for just £2.

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Pineapples!! gah I went crazy over these when I saw them! Get them here! You know you want them!

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Bright blue socks, they are sooo lovely, and so so soft, it’s unreal. Get them here.  and they are only £3.50!!

 

 

So yes I may have gone overboard with socks, but they are soo comfy, plus it’s nice being all wrapped up especially as Richard is in Qatar for a week!

 

Hope you enjoyed my sock post, it will soon be icy cold, and socks look so cute over tights! I am soo excited to wack my tights and sock combo’s out soon!

 

speak soon

 



Wedding Wednesday’s: Colour Palette /03

Ok so I still have no idea on possible colours for the wedding. I don’t want to be pushed into a corner of using autumn colours just because of the time of year we are hoping to get married. I love blues and greens, but I want some warmth in there too. Gah it’s so exciting and there are just too many colours to choose from.  So here is where I introduce the awesome blog that is Color Collective. Which I am going to use to help me decide. So this site is run by Lauren Wager, and what she does, which sounds simple, but so  so so genius, is she takes images she likes from around the web, and provides the colour palette for them below… It’s amazing, it’s so effective and it’s crazy helpful. So I have spent all morning going through her website, looking for possible colour combinations that may prove to be inspirational for mine and Richards wedding.

 

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So these are very much autum colours, I’m not sure about these combo’s but the peach, orange and yellow look lovely together. Image from Design Sponge. Taken from Apartment Living taken by Fernando Bengoechea.

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I love these colour’s together, possibly having the peachy/salmon as an accent colour? Bridesmaid in salmon?? hmm. This is on the maybe list for sure. This image is from Design Love Fest.

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Slightly more cooler/autumn colours. I am loving the green and lilac together, this image was taken from Glamour and shot by Chris Craymer.

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I do like pastel colours, but my only worry is….will I like them in two and half years time..it’s a big commitment picking a colour…This image is from Down And Out Chic.

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I love blues, thats for sure, and I quite like the idea of combining a few different shades..This image is from Honey Kennedy.

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Pastels and peach…I think peach my be a certain colour in my mix, I seem to be really drawn to it…Image from Confetti System.

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These colours are rather warm, with the mint green as an accent colour maybe…just picture the tassle decor.. it’s just to die for. Image from SFgirlbybay.

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I am totally loving peach right now, with the blue too…gosh would be soo pretty. Original source of image unknown.

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I love love love this colour combo, my only worry…is it too much?? I think I may need to experiment with looking at flowers and extra’s in these colour choices to make my final decision. Image from I-D shot by Karim Sadli.

 

I got all these images from Color-Collective. 

So I have a few ideas on colour, no idea if there is a hidden rule on how many you can have?…..hmm. let me know what your colour scheme was at your wedding, or what you are planning to have?

 

Speak soon


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Pins of the week.

So it’s been a while since I have done a pins of the week, and now I am engaged, my addiction to pinterest has gone overdrive..but here are my favorites of the week

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I love the colours in this, plus I am always a sucker for abstract paintings, I couldn’t find the source for most of these pin , so if you know please email me and i’ll correct them.

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Ahhh just look at those pineapples, you just can’t go wrong with fruit. Source unknown…

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This is in Portugal, I mean just how beautiful does this door look, the colours the pattern the decay… once again source unknown.

 

 

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This is so simple, but so cool, we all know I am sucker for books…wonder if I could do this in the shape of an s… Source unknown.tumblr_n1ch0xhCFF1qk9famo1_1280

I have a bit of an obsession with patterns, especially fruit and body parts…I love this, I’d love this as a t-shirt.. This is from Rob Hodgson tumblr.

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How eery is this, ink dots or watercolor…, so simple yet so hypnotic no?….just me? I want this in my collection.. This is from Emilio Nanni’s. 

 

Just a few pins I am loving right now, sorry for the short post, I am up to my ears in craft fair prep..you should see my house, it looks like a unicorn has thrown up everywhere…glitter, confetti sparkles everywhere!! I have a pretty exciting post coming tomorrow…wedding themed for wedding Wednesday’s of course!! exciting stuff!

If you know any of the sources for the images above, drop me an email so I can give the credit where credit is due! ta

 

Anyway speak soon x

 

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