Friday, April 18, 2014

♥ Easter Chocolate Nests ♥

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Baking Mad recently asked me to try making a recipe from their site. As it's Easter, and I'm having a little Easter party thing on Sunday for my family & boyfriend, I thought I'd use this chocolate nest recipe. They sent me a few chocolate themed baking supplies, of which I used the chocolate flavour cake covering. I normally use proper chocolate when making these, but I figured this would work just as well, and might be softer/easier to eat.
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For those that have never made chocolate cereal cakes before (you can use rice krispies, cornflakes like me, or if you want them to look more like actual nests, shredded wheat like the recipe suggests), here's a quick run through of what you need, & how to make them. The basics are chocolate, cereal of choice, & optional, paper cases & chocolate eggs. Firstly, heat your chocolate in a bain-marie on the stove until fully melted.
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Then remove from heat (make sure you put the bowl on a heat proof surface!), and pour in your cereal. I do this by eye, rather than weighing it. Add more than you think you'll need, the chocolate will go further than you think when you start to crunch up the cereal. Stir until chocolate coveres the cereal completely.
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Then spoon carefully into your cupcake cases, (or even directly into a bowl to make a giant nest!). Add mini eggs, or leave plain, then put in the fridge to harden. Easy peasy! Hope everyone likes these on Sunday. I'm also planning on making macarons tomorrow (hopefully 3 flavours - strawberry, violet, and chocolate, but we'll see how much time I have). I'm not religious, but Easter is one of my favourite holidays, purely for all the pastel colours, and bunnies & cute things! I'm having great fun organising everything for Sunday, hopefully everyone else will like what I've done!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

♥ Sewing More Dresses ♥

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I bought some more fabric recently (I bought this and this), with plans to make more pretty summer dresses. One of my favourite dresses is this one I made in 2011 (woah - old photo alert!), so I picked out similar striped fabrics, but hopefully not too similar! Plus, the fabric was fairly cheap, at £5.50 a metre. (I bought 3 of each, but only used about 1.5 for this dress - oops!). I made this in a few hours the other day, again from scratch.
 
I always get asked what patterns I've used, but I never use a pattern to sew. The closest I come to using a pattern is grabbing an already existing garment from my wardrobe and seeing how it was made, and copying that. I did draft my own bodice pattern using that method, and made a fabric pattern that I sometimes use. For this one though, I made another pattern myself by making a muslin out of scrap fabric before cutting the proper fabric.
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This dress doesn't really have a fitted bust, it's more of blousy effect, with elasticated waist. I have a picture of me wearing it on instagram (cupcakesloveme). I have recently discovered that regular old zig zag stitch is better than the overlock stitch on my machine which I had been using to finish my seams for years. I feel a bit derpy about that, since zigzag is much faster too, as well as neater & using less thread. I do still dream about getting an actual overlocker someday, but zig zag does nicely for now.
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I finished the hem with pink satin ribbon, and I also for the first time ever made bias binding, which I used to finish the armpits. I have used bias binding before, to finish the edges of a quilt, but I'd not made it though. I really need to buy one of those little things that help you fold it exactly though, would be even easier then. The straps are just frilly broderie anglaise ribbon, which I bought as is, rather than assembling that myself. Finished with a pink satin rose & I have a dress perfect for summer! I don't know why I don't do more sewing, it's very satisfying creating things, as opposed to buying them.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

♥ Making Headbands ♥

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Sorry I haven't updated as much as I said I would...I am useless! Anyway, just wanted to share one of the things I've been up to lately, making new headbands for Dolly Darling. I've also been doing some more sewing - which I plan to show you in my next post, which should be up within the next few days.
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My most recent creation is another deer headband, but instead of the usual flowers, I made it pic'n'mix themed. The antlers are even candy striped (I was hoping they'd look like marshmallow strips, but not sure how successful that was). The ears are made with candy speckled wool instead of plain, so I am super happy with the way these came out.
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The floral kitten headband I've had in my shop for a while, and you've seen one on me in a few recent outfit posts, but not sure I've shared a proper picture with you. I used one of my latest crafts I've learnt to make the ears - needle felting! I actually did a post on my other foray into needle felting here, but I haven't ventured into 3d felting yet, still a bit intimidating.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

♥ Dolly Castle ♥

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Hello again everyone! See, I said I'd try & post more often, this outfit is from the other day, when Carl & I walked back from lunch in a nearby town. We were planning to take photos in the aquadrome there, but it started to rain, so we decided to head back before we got there. The weather brightened up on the way home though, so we took some photos on the moor, & I also snapped a few images of the scenery. We met a lovely cat, who started meowing from a bush as we walked past. I thought it was a fox cub or something, but then turned around to find a cat. I got to give it a fuss before it ran through my legs, I think it was on the hunt. We also saw some farm dogs, ducks, bunnies & a squirrel, but sadly wasn't fast enough to snap a picture of the wild animals!
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The dress is one of my latest creations. I've had this fabric for ages (I got it printed at Spoonflower, it features my old shop logo), & I finally got around to sewing it into a dress. I originally intended to make a Lolita dress with it, but since I don't often wear full on Lolita much anymore, I made it shorter, with less skirt volume & put a heart cut-out in the bodice. I've wanted a dress with a heart cut-out for years, so I am happy to finally have one. I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to do the heart, but I managed it, even if the heart ended up not being centred, annoyingly!
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Friday, March 21, 2014

♥ Pink on Pink ♥

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ASOS CURVE SKIRT // SOUTH CARDIGAN (HAND EMBELLISHED) // ASOS SHOES // EVANS BLOUSE // TKMAXX BAG // MAGASIN BIRD RING // DOLLY DARLING FLORAL KITTEN HEADBAND // DOLLY DARLING POM POM RING // DOLLY DARLING RAINBOW QUARTZ RING // 100% SUZI BROOCH* // TIGHTS C/O OF THE BIG TIGHTS COMPANY
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Hello again everyone! Sorry it's been such a long time since I last posted, I've been pretty busy over the last few months and haven't had a chance to update the blog. After a lovely picnic in a local park, my boyfriend and I wandered down by the canal, I finally got some outfit photos for you, so I hope you enjoy.
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I was sent these tights by The Big Tights Company a while back, in deep pink, to review. I am always on the lookout for new places to buy tights in my size, it's so hard to find decent ones that fit and are comfortable!
 
Anyway, on to my review - I got these tights in the largest size, which is a size 34-36. I'm not that size, but with tights I always try and size up, because they usually come up small, whatever the brand! They do fit well, but I'm not entirely convinced that they would fit the size advertised, but maybe a size or two larger than me. These particular tights come in 3 colours, pink, black and purple. I chose the pink, obviously. They are pretty thick and feel like they will wear well.
 
For comparisons sake they are thicker and feel firmer than my We Love Colors tights, they are also a bit shinier. I also didn't have a problem with them falling down, which I do tend to with my We Love Colors tights. They bunched a bit around the ankles, but the waistband stayed firmly in place. I also have a problem with tights because of my height (5'9), but these had plenty of length in the legs, so I didn't have a problem with them.
 
The only downsides to these tights are the price (£16.95), but I usually have to pay about £10 each + international shipping + customs fees for my We Love Colors, so they are probably a similar price overall, and obviously being based in the UK meant that they arrived quicker. Obviously there aren't as many colours, but next time I need new black tights I'm certainly going to be buying these. The company also offers other brands of plus size tights, which I would be interested to try, but I can't comment on those.
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Sorry once again for my unplanned absence, I am going to try & post a lot more regularly now that things have calmed down a bit!
 
Georgina ♥
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