Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Meet the October Sponsors - Part 3


  
Renée blogs over at Antiquarian Miss. She's a really awesome blogger with a talent for writing. Her posts are so real and she almost always makes me laugh. Her blog is definitely worth checking out, you won't be disapointed.


Jessie blogs over at My Mod Style. I love her blog because she blogs about so many things I'm passionate about; design, style, veganism and disney! Please take the time to go and visit Jessie's blog, she has some awesome things to say.


Melanie's blog My Billie is a constant source of inspiration for me. Her blog is very creative and often includes great design, artwork and photos. She also has a lot of really helpful tutorials and is a super sweet lady!

   
Young Explorer Stuff is one of my favorite etsy shops right now. I love their hand embroidered brooches and their beautiful nature inspired illustrations. 


Lush Prints are another of my favorite etsy shops! They sell personalised stamps, and I just can't get over their adorable doggy stamps. They do birthday cards now too!

Wednesday Art Feature: Nan Lawson

Nan Lawon is one of those artists who manages to make you feel cosy just by looking at her work. I love the way she draws hair and clothes, especially knitwear.

Nan is a self taught artist living in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and two cats. Her work consists of digital illustrations, often based on geekery or hipsters.











Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone!! I'll be spending today painting and I'm watching Silent Hill tonight. What are you Halloween plans?

Just to get you into the Halloween spirit, why don't you try making one of my delicious & disgusting swamp smoothies? (Yes I used tapioca pearls in this recipe AGAIN. I'm still obsessed with them.) I posted the recipe on Modern Girl Blitz, thank you to the lovely Midge for letting me guest post on her blog!


Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Meet the October Sponsors - Part 2

Please take the time to go and have a read of these girl's blogs! I promise you they won't dissapoint :)


1. Solé Designs - Solé is a shop run by Katia from Kitty Snooks. I can't rave enough about how funny and entertaining this girl's blog is! You need to go and give it a read. Not to mention she makes some beautiful necklaces too.

2. Lick My Cupcakes - Em always has something entertaining to say. She has great style and always recommends fun clothes. She's also an illustrator and does adorable digital artwork. Plus she talks ERMAGHERD language with me, so she's pretty cool too!

3. The Busy Bee - Autumn's blog is so full of beautiful pictures. She is great at thrifting and always finds adorable things that I want/need to have. I love to read her homeschooling tips and her outfit posts.

4. Billie Jean - Oh my gosh this girl has style. She manages to make all of her outfit posts look like professional photo shoots. And she has the most adorable daughter who often likes to join in the dressing up!

5. Modern Girl Blitz - Midge has so much style. Her hair is always perfect and she's always rocking a pair of rad glasses. To top it off she's a talented illustrator too! Her work is so awesome.

6. The Cookie Button - I love the way Sammy dresses. She's also really crafty and shares some amazing crafters, shops and her own work with us. Definitely check her blog out if you're into adorable textile creations!

7. Tea Tree Vintage - Emily's blog is full of thrifty finds, adventures and fashion. You can always rely on Emily for some adorable fashion finds. I find myself wanting to buy everything she features.

Batty About... Bats!

I don't know what it is about bats, they scare the heck out of me but somehow still remain adorable.
There's some pretty freakin awesome Bat related Halloween costume inspiration floating about on etsy at the moment! Here are my favs:

4. Bat Bag - $125 from HOLDFAST handbags
5. Bat Tights - $23 from Tattoo Socks
9. Bat Necklace - SOLD from Bone Jewelry

Monday, 29 October 2012

Perfect Pumpkins

I love pumpkins, seeing them always makes me feel cosey. To me they represent the time of year where I can wear big wooly jumpers, silly bear hats and warm scarves. Here are some lovely Pumpkins that I found on etsy.


Which are your favorite? I'm so tempted by the Vintage Pumpkin cards.


Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Skeleton Disco

While I love Halloween and it's orange, black and purple colour scheme, I often find myself wanting to add an extra bit of colour to my Halloween displays & costumes.

Are are my favourite bright skully items on etsy right now:


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Meet the October Sponsors! Part 1

I want to introduce you all to my October sponsors. These ladies have given me countless hours of fun reading! If you have the time please go and check their blogs out.


1. Candy Pow - Casey's blog is full of visual treats. She's a photographer and shares with us some beautiful self portraits. I especially love this post on hair dye.

2. The Quiet Owl - I love Karen's blog, she posts a combination of daily life, beautiful inspiration and outfit posts. I especially love this post on the Kentuck Arts & Crafts fair.

3. Caked Vintage - Jessa always posts great fashion inspiration on her blog. She's got amazing fashion sense and I love to read her outfit posts. This is one of my latest favs.

4. Pearl & Earl - Jessa and Judd's blog is full of fun, nature and creativity. I love seeing photos from the adventures they go on with their dogs. Check out their Pumpkin Painting post.

5. Arrow In the Eye - Beth shares some brilliant thrifting finds on her blog. She has a great taste for interiors, I find myself wanting almost everything she posts. Check out her Glassware collection.

6. Blue Wonderful - Lexie is an artist and it shows throughout her blog. She's very creative and has a great eye for fashion. Have a nosey at Lexie's new hair style, I think it looks beautiful.

7. Alex & Arthur - I love to visit Alex's blog, not only does she have great taste in decor and fashion , but she shares yummy vegan recipes too! & she has an adorable dog called Arthur. Check out her post about her parent's new pup. He's so squishy and cute!!

8. Lazy Explorers - Chloe shares her adorable outfits and beautiful fashion sense with us. I love all her outfit posts, and she's constantly finding cute clothes I want to buy. Check out this awesome outfit post.

9. Tea for Two - The girls at Tea for Two have amazing vintage style. They're so beautiful too! I love this interview with Georgina from By George.

10. Grits & Moxie - Jennifer always has something fun to share on her blog! She posts a ton of creative DIY posts and I love to read about her daily life. Check out her Spooky House post.

11. Boux Who - Daisy is a talented illustrator and often shares cute doodles and digital illustration with us. I especially love her masked lady drawings.

Easy pumpkin cupcake toppers

I've tried and failed at pumpkin cupcakes so many times this year! The last batch turned out pretty good but I forgot to write down my ingredients and now it's long forgotten!

However, one good thing that came out of having to decorate so many failed cupcakes is my quick and easy cupcake toppers!

 



What you will need (for 6 cupcake toppers):
200g Ready made royal icing
Black & green mini cake icers
Icing sugar
Orange food colouring (concentrated gels are the more effective)

Method:
  1. Mix some orange food colouring into the royal icing, adding a little at a time until you get a nice bright orange.
  2. Divide the royal icing into 6 even pieces. Roll each piece into a little ball, if the icing is a bit sticky you can dust your hands with icing sugar.
  3. Squash each little ball slightly. With the blunt side of a clean, dry knife mark the little indents along the sides of each pumpkin.
  4. Add a little blob of green icing on the top of each pumpkin. Allow to dry.
  5. With the black icing draw little smiley faces on. Try and leave the pumpkins on their side for a while so the black dosn't drip while it's drying.
  6. Once the black icing is dry the pumpkins are ready to use!! They look great on cupcakes, or stacked up on a bigger cake.

 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Fashion Favs Friday - 26/10/12 Halloween Edition!


1. I Love NP - I stumbled upon this etsy store this morning. I can't get over how awesome their nail polishes look. If I owned all of their nail polishes I would get extra hands transplanted so I could wear them all at once. Plus I'd be able to blog while painting so it's a win win situation.

2. Crafty Ridge - Geeky crocheted costumes??? This shop is heaven for anyone who likes costumes with a difference. I'm on love with the crocheted Princess wig.

3. Yes To Me - This shop sells a multitude of things. But I especially like their skeleton tights and the way they've styled them with a net skirt to create a ghostly look.

4. Miesmesa Berni - These masks are a must have if you like to creep the crap out of people. Perfect for halloween or if you just like to look scary on any occasion.

5. Basic Style - I love this shop and their on trend clothing. They have such a great variety of prints and I love their new Halloween themed leggings and t-shirts!

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Etsy Shop Feature: Distle Funk

Distle Funk specialise in adorable ceramic cookie stamps. These cookie stamps can not only be used for decorating cookies, they can be used for crafts and all sorts. I can just imagine how beautiful these patterns will look on a freshly baked, shortbread cookie.

 "Cookie Stamps have become a much-loved tradition in countless kitchens around the world. These adorable, handcrafted clay stamps follow the Scandinavian and Pennsylvania Dutch custom of decorating cookies with designs made from carved stamps. It was discovered not long after that cookie stamps were also great for stamping just about anything- clay, paper, wax, chocolate, fondant."





 Which one is your favourite? And what would you use it for? I'd like the labrador one, I'd use it to make little chocolate labrador cake decorations.


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

What I Wore #4 - Deer and the Bear Dog

Apologies for the bad lighting and awful pose. It's been a bit gloomy here in the North of England lately, so not ideal for taking photos. And Effy kept trying to put her head up my dress for the photos, hence the bad pose. That dog needs to learn some photo manners ha! She's such a gross little scruffpot.
Cardigan: Upper 5th for Topshop
Dress: Lavish Alice
Shoes: Matalan
Leggings: H&M
Brooch: Gusosos

Wednesday Art Feature: Kristina Møller

Kristina Møller is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. Her work combines two of my most favourite things, pretty colours and animals! I often find myself wishing I could see the world through the eyes of different artists, and Kristina is certainly one of them. Her imaginitive paintings and confused, childlike portraits are so unique.

She sells her original work too, and for such reasonable prices! I have so many of her paintings on my Christmas wish list. I can't wait to decorate my house with her adorable little cat & dog paintings.





Which one is your favourite? Mine is the girl with the turquoise hair.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Black Cat High Heels

I had lots of fun doing these black cat heels for a customer. I seem to be getting much more Halloweeny orders now it's getting closer to Halloween. I have a ton of black heels like this in stock in a variety of sizes, so if you want some customised just for you send me an email!


My Modcloth Halloween Wishlist

I've just realised, despite all my excitement about Halloween, I actually still haven't got around to doing a Halloween themed post! This HAS TO change!
So I thought I'd kick off my Halloween posts by showing you some kick ass clothes from ModCloth.

ModCloth has a really good deal on at the moment where you can save $20 on any orders over $50 if you're a new customer and have been invited by a regular ModCloth customer. If you Click Here you can access my invite and start shopping (and saving money! haha.)


Click here to take a look at all of these lovely items.
What's your favourite Halloweeny Mod Cloth item?
I can't get over how adorable the little bat bag is. He's made out of vegan "leather" too!

Monday, 22 October 2012

What I Wore #3 - Tea with my girlies

Last week I met up with my girls Ginge & Wensdi to drink copious amounts of tea and plan lots of crafty things for the future. I love these ladies, time always flies when i'm in their company.



What I Wore: 
Cardigan: H&M
Dress: River Island
Shoes: River Island
Brooch: Hana Letters

What Ginge Wore:
Scarf: Lush
Shoes: Doc Martens
Bag: Topshop
Shirt: Thrifted
Necklace: Thrifted

And here's some more pictures of us all being very serious: