Friday, 31 July 2015

Bath Time

Since the evening started to get a lot lighter we've had a few cases of the "bath-time blues" here... 
the little guy usually loves a bath but recently as he's started to associate it with bed time and decided he doesn't like getting a wash (!) means it's become a bit of a struggle!
Despite explaining summer he still doesn't want to get a bath/into bed when it's still sunny out.
"But it's still morning mum!?!"
I realised we needed to get him back into enjoying a bath so I suggested his own little "bath bucket" which he was immediately set on.

I wanted something sturdy and also big enough to get enough of his bits and bobs in, I popped into our local Homebase and found this cream enamel trug in the gardening section and thought it would be perfect!
We then went into our local Morrisons to choose some bath time treats..

The little guy happily choose his own towel and flannel in his favourite colour - 
it had to be blue, and luckily they have a good range of colours in store!
Then we picked out some body wash and bubble bath.
I've always had a problem finding bath products for him as he has always had quite sensitive skin,  however we've never had a problem with the "Little Big" range.
As well as being kinder to skin it has soothing lavender and camomile in which is relaxing for everyone- 
always a bonus at the end of a busy day!
Although I don't like to use too many products on the little guys skin he loves a sprinkle of talcum powder and Johnsons keeps us all happy!
He choose himself a new sponge as well as a toothbrush and new toothpaste as he loves brushing his teeth...

The last thing that went into the bath time bucket was his little "Munchkin" duck which we bought when he was born- 
when you turn it over it has a colour indicator to tell you if the waters too warm for your baby.

He was very happy to head up to the bath- provided we made the most ridiculous amount of bubbles!


N.B This post has not been endorsed in any way by Homebase or Morrisons - I just happen to think their products are great.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Summer Trifle Jars

A few weeks ago when the weather was being much nicer, the little guy and I put together these sweet summer trifle jars...

They are so simple to do and great for getting kids involved in creative cooking.
It also makes lovely use of the gorgeous strawberries and raspberries currently in season!
We love jelly in our house so there's rarely a time it's not in the cupboard...
Hence why the jelly to cream ratio is rather off too!

To make these we used some old jam jars and filled the bottom half with strawberry jelly; much fun was then had by the little one throwing in fresh raspberries and slices of strawberries! 
When the jelly was set I sliced a cupcake in half- as it fit pretty much perfectly as a little round sponge disc. 
Although I tend to make a lot of cupcakes, these where Morrisons own!
We then topped the sponge with cream which I whipped and added a little vanilla syrup and icing sugar to sweeten a little...
and topped with a cherry!



Banana Crumb Cake

I've been promising for a while to post this recipe up and today is finally the day!
To be honest I had had never heard of crumb cake until I saw it on "Cake Boss" (I love that show!) and realised I needed it in my life! 
After doing a little Pinterest searching, a recipe popped up for the Banana version which I was immediately sold on. 
I did some experimenting and have altered the recipe slightly to make my own version and it is good!
It is dense, squidgy, banana-ry and lovely.
The good thing about this cake is its fairly simple, little hands can get involved and it keeps really well! 
Its perfect for mid afternoon with a cup of tea but I've also been known to add a (not-so-small) spread of nuttella and enjoy with a Saturday morning coffee...

You can find this recipe all over Pinterest but this one is my own slightly adapted version. Although overripe bananas are usually sitting in everyone's fruit bowl at some point, buttermilk is not really a household staple! So I substituted yoghurt and found it works just as well. 

1 x Egg
1 x Cup of Sugar
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1 x Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 cup Natural Yoghurt
2 Overripe Mashed Bananas
2 Cups of Plain Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

For the Crumble Topping:
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Plain Flour
4 Tablespoons of Butter Melted
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon 
Pinch of Salt

In a mixer (if you have one) beat together the egg, sugar and vanilla until combined then add the butter and beat again until smooth.
Ask your little person to mash the Bananas for you- it keeps them busy!
Add the yoghurt and Bananas and mix again.
In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients then slowly add to the wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
To make the crumble, combine the sugar, flour, melted butter, cinnamon and salt using your hands to make a crumbly type mixture. I like big crumbs!
Pour into a standard sized, greased, loaf tin then do the enjoyable task of not-so-gently crumbling the topping onto the batter.
Bake in a pre heated oven (about 180) for 45-50 minutes.
Dust the top (very) generously with icing sugar. Cake Boss style
Try to wait until it cools down before sneaking a piece, it's much nicer cold!


Monday, 20 July 2015

Tea in your Twenties

Last year when I opened my little shop, one of my first customers was Stephanie who asked for a teacup sending to her best friend Lucy for her birthday. 
I was only too happy to parcel up one of my painted cups and was even happier when I read the lovely review she left for me on my Etsy page.

On top of that I was then contacted by Stephanie to ask if she could write about my little shop on her sweet blog "Tea in your Twenties" !

 I was so touched that she would choose to take her time to write such a lovely post and very grateful for her honest and heartfelt words; so when I re-opened my little shop this summer with my new embroidered jewellery I asked Stephanie if she would like one for herself !

She very kindly offered to review a pendant and earring set which she asked me to design for her and we also chatted between emails about my work, creativity and of course tea and cake!
In the end I chose the colour scheme that matched her blog colours of peach, grey and mustard which I think make a gorgeous combination!

I really enjoyed collaborating with Stephanie on this post and am so glad we met through my little shop. 
I love popping over to "Tea in your Twenties" when I have a quiet moment to read Stephanie's latest posts which are always interesting, thought provoking and perfect for afternoon tea reading!

Do pop over to Stephanie's blog to have a read of our little chat and grab a code for 10% off in my shop



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Under the Magic Willow

I've met some very nice people through Instagram, one of those being the lovely Hannah who blogs at "All of my Days with You".
I have followed her blog for a couple of years as I love her beautiful photography and crafts; so I was very excited when she commissioned me to make her a sign for her wedding back in September!
Hannah and her Husband Lee created their beautiful wedding hand-making as much as they possibly could and having other pieces made for them, even Hannah's stunning dress was sewn just for her!
Hannah contacted me and asked of we could do a little crafty swap which I was only too happy to do especially after seeing her lovely shop "Under the Magic Willow"
We chatted about how she wanted the sign to look and eventually settled on a hand painted sign on reclaimed wood as this fitted in with the rest of the wedding's rustic theme-
 it was for their entrance table at the barn where they were married, for their little basket of bubbles and read 
"We're just Blowing Bubbles - Join in with us after the ceremony"

(Photo Credit- Hannah Barnes)

I feel so honoured to have been a very small part of such a special day for Hannah and Lee, 
They put so much effort into every aspect of their amazing wedding and it shows in every photo.

After their wedding and honeymoon Hannah kindly sent me a little box with some gorgeous items from her shop

The little message is a bottle is perfect and I love these sparkly drink stirrers!
I'm so glad I was able to do this special swap and that our paths crossed though those little instagram squares. 
Hannah is now doing beautiful embroideries from her shop which is currently on holiday as she moves into her new home- however you can see her work on instagram at @underthemagicwillow



Lollipop Box Club

Back in April I was rather lucky enough to receive one of the first Lollipop Box Club Boxes as part of an Instagram give-away. 
Lollipop Box Club is a new monthly subscription kit club for crafty people (such as myself!) who love anything vintage and home-made.
I jumped at the chance to enter the give-away and was lucky enough to win!
Each month Lisa puts together a themed box which contains everything you need for your own crafty creations, as well as pretty stationary, vintage pieces, jewellery, a mini D.I.Y kit and a lollipop (of course!) 
I love the idea of a little box of inspiration popping through the letter box each month, and the element of surprise just adds to the excitement. 

The theme for the box I received was "How does your garden grow?"

The box was packaged beautifully and there was so much attention to detail-
This box contained a D.I.Y Mug warmer kit, rose seeds, a wooden heart, pretty washi tape, bakers twine and floral post-its, scrap booking pages, a purple gel pen, flower and leaf sequins and a cute little green lollipop.

I think Lisa's boxes are simply lovely and although there are other subscription boxes on the market these are individual in their design and who they appeal to.
Not only do the boxes contain everything you need to get started on your own creations, but Lisa also posts up tutorials on her blog to give you even more ideas for what to do with your box and other crafty inspirations!

If you love anything vintage, enjoy making and creating and would like a little treat every month, then pop over to Lollipop Box Club where you can subscribe for future boxes or buy previous ones- 
I'm looking forward to seeing future themes from Lisa and treating myself to another box or two!


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