Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Crafty Commute

Today I was reading the paper on the train to work (as I do every morning!) and a page from the Urban Craft Collective caught my eye.

They are a group who want to make crafting cool again by encouraging people to craft in public; on the train, in the pub, standing in a queue. And I absolutely love the idea! I have a fairly hefty commute (1 1/2 hours each way) and I complain all the time about not having enough time to make things so why not combine the two?

So I hereby take their crafting pledge to craft in public without embarassment or shyness! My first day is tomorrow, wish me luck!

If you want to get involved, check out their website or find them on twitter


Friday, 19 November 2010

Bake of the Week


Welcome to something a little bit new, bake of the week. I’m going to share some of my favourite baking treats. I’m a long way from the best baker in the world so I promise they will all be super easy to make!

Everyone makes cupcakes in a slightly different way but my basic recipe goes a little something like this:

200g self raising flour

200g margarine

200g caster sugar

2 medium sized eggs

A teaspoon of vanilla essence

1. Mix together the sugar and margarine

2. Beat in the eggs

3. Stir in the flour and the vanilla essence until light and fluffy

4. Pop into cases and put in the oven (around 170 degrees) for about 15 minutes

How easy is that? Everyone’s ovens will cook slightly differently so practice makes perfect!

One of favourite flavours is mint choc chip. It has a vanilla sponge base with chocolate chips, then chocolate buttercream icing with a hint of peppermint. And finished off with some chocolate sprinkles!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Gothic Glamour

Gothic Glamour
One of my favourite trends this season is the gothic trend. As the world has gone vampire crazy (including me a little bit) the fashion world has let us indulge in a bit of gothic glamour.

Look out for:
  • Beautiful shades of navy, purple and black with a touch of silver
  • Velvet, lace and crepe
  • Fur and feathers (fake, definately fake!)
  • Ribbons and ruffles but try to keep it subtle!
Top it all off with some super dark nail varnish (I'm typing this with Rimmel Blue Vogue on) and some berry lipstick.

Keep it simple: jeans, white tee and a lace cape

Go the whole way: lace dress and fascinator, accessorised with feathers and velvet

Which would you like to see as my outfit of the day?


ps. This is my first attempt at a Polyvore set. I think I have a lot to learn but I'm pretty happy with it!
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