Monday, 29 April 2013

New Baking Addition

Recently my kitchen has seen a shiny new addition. I always wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer, and when we were given the chance to have one I jumped at it. Well, strictly speaking the mister jumped at it and I found out when it was sitting in our kitchen!

I normally end up taking endless amounts of photos of everything I bake, from every possible angle. Hilarously for my very first bake with my new mixer I have just one. I barely got that before it was devoured. It was a choc orange cake, that I blogged about here, so we can all just imagine it looked like that!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Crafty Magazine

While I was at the Knitting & Stitching Show I picked up a copy of Crafty Magazine, and it has now been released generally. 

It came with a beautifully presented free gift, calico fabric. And then there were ideas for what you could do with it in the magazine.

As well as some lovely tutorials (the pumps customisations are awesome), there are interviews accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.
 The diary in the What's On section has some cute suggestions. Everyone remember to look on the bright side on the 15th May!
 There were also some great articles on grafitti and vintage cameras, all with beautiful photography.

Overall, I thought it was a pretty cool magazine. There were several projects I will definitely be trying out, books I've added to my Amazon wishlist and blogs added to my favourites. If you're a fan of Mollie Makes (and I struggle to find people who aren't) then you will probably like Crafty too. Although they are perhaps too similar to read both regularly.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show

Last weekend I headed off to yet another craft show. I clearly can't get enough of them! This time it was the turn of the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show. It had the usual mix of stalls selling all manner of crafty goodies. The dinosaur above was part of the Decopatch display, and yes they are cupcakes on his back. 

There was also a small display of costumes from Jane Austen screen adaptations including Colin Firth's outfit from that Mr Darcy scene.

This show also featured a catwalk show, showcasing design by fashion college students as well as fabrics and patterns available from stalls at the show. I thought this was a great idea, I saw a lot of people heading for the pattern bar to buy straight after the show. 

I couldn't resist this beautiful fabric, it's ridiculously summery!

If I was forced to choose, I think I preferred the Knitting & Stitching Show. There were more stalls there that appealed to me, and it seemed a bit bigger/less busy. But both are great days out, especially if you fancy some pretty new crafty materials or even a brand new hobby!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

What Will I Remember

I've been thinking quite a bit recently about doing things I will remember. Especially when it comes to how I spend my money. I know that I will remember a holiday longer than it takes my tan to fade, or a new camera longer than it takes to edit the photos. I'll certainly remember them longer than I will my morning hot chocolate or a cheeky lunch out.

But making those decisions in the moment is much harder. It's tricky to think of summer sun when Starbucks is calling my name on a chilly morning. So I'm trying to remind myself of what I want to remember, and the answer is not 250 hot chocolates (yes, I did the maths and that's probably how many I drink a year).

Magazines for 1 month = sewing workshop

Hot chocolate every morning for 2 months = return ticket to Edinburgh

Shop brought lunches for 3 months = week in Ibiza

Daily can of coke for a year = second hand DSLR

When I write it out like that it doesn't seem like there's a decision at all. I know I'm not going to give them up entirely but just need some more moderation. So I'm making a concerted effort to spend my money on the necessities and save for those big things I want so much.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Things I Like Tuesday

  • The sun finally shining!
  • Exciting weekend plans
  • Still having Easter chocolate left
  • Pretty fabrics and even prettier buttons
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