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Monday Muse – Pretty Gift Wrapping

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Gift wrap is one of my guilty pleasures; I am always picking up gift wrap everywhere I go, (it is starting to take over my studio!) 😂 but I can’t help myself. There are just so many beautiful designs. When I give someone a gift I like to it be a real treat so making it look extra pretty really does that.🎈There are so many different ways you can gift wrap and so many ideas out there I wanted to pick some of my favourites which will hopefully help you out if you are looking for some wrapping inspiration or just want to look at some really pretty pictures!!

1.Luxury Ink Design Wrapping Paper
2.Floral Printable Gift Wrap
3.DIY Abstract Pattern Gift Wrap
4.Spring Flowers Gift Wrapping Ideas
5.Shine Bright Gift Wrapping Idea
6.Confetti Gift Wrapping Idea

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Top 11 Summer Party DIYs You Have To Try

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Summer is the time to party and create awesome diys!! Summer diys are some of my favourits; they are so quirky and colourful.🍉 I have put together a list of my top 11 must try summer party diys. Personalise your party by making special touches with some quirky design elements. Make your summer party truly unique!!🍍

1.Pineapple Donuts
2. A Diy Balloon Fiesta
3. Pineapple Gift Bags
4. Diy Painted Favor Bags
5. Tropicolada Popsicle Party
6. Chairbacker baskets
7. Charming Diy Floral Ice Bucket
8. Pineapple Cup Craft
9. Watermelon Macarons
10. Fiesta Flowers
11. Diy Retro Summer Brunch Soiree

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Art Inspiration – Colour Explosion

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“COLOURS ARE THE SMILES OF NATURE.”

Summer is officially here and my pintrest has been full of all things colourful to celebrate!! I absolutely love bold and bright colours so summer is truly one of my favourite seasons! I have put together some of my favourite images which I have been taking so much inspiration from. I have been drawing and designing so much for my new product range I am designing and finding creative mood boards are a great way to always have some inspiration.

Check out the colour explosion pinterest board to find your favourite images and even more colourful inspiration – Colour Explosion Board

 

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How To Plant A Wild Flower Container

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One of my favourite things to do in summer is to get out in the garden and have a refresh of all the pots and planters. This year I have seen a huge garden trend of wild flower planters which I LOVE!! They immediately add impact to your garden and I think they would be perfect to add some colour to a patio garden.

Last year we picked up this big wooden planter box from B&Q to grow veg in but we decided this year not to grow veg so it was sitting there empty and I thought this would be the perfect planter for the job!

We went to our local garden centre and picked up a mix of perennial plants which works well together. Each garden centre has a different selection of plants so stick to a simple colour palette and make sure they are all perennials. The great thing about this wild flower look is you can mix different types of perennials to create a really interesting aesthetic.

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I have lost all the tags for the plants (silly me😂) and I have been searching online to find the names of the plants but I could only find a few.

Plants I used

Astilbe Pink
Lupine
Delphinium aurora deep purple
Beacon Silver Dead Nettle
Cosmos Flower Pink
Sea Holly

Some of my top tips for planting

  • Line your planter with a container liner. This will not only protect the planter if it is wood but will also give the plants a strong growing base.
  • Stick to a simple 2-3 colour palette
  • Mix different heights and textures. Set some taller plants to the back and have some low ground cover plants which with fill out the planter.
  • Always position your plants in your container first to see where you want them before planting.
  • Water your plant 30 mins before planting.  Also water them after planting.
  • Plant in good quality compost.

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Shark Week Cupcakes Recipe

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Did you know it is shark week?!? I DID!! I absolutely love sharks which most people find kind of strange but to me they are sooo fascinating! Shark week is a celebration of all thing sharks on the Discovery Channel; there are lots of documentaries and stories which are so interesting. I wanted to celebrate the week with these cute cupcakes!! They would be perfect for a under the sea party or just to make to have a bit of fun! They are so easy to make there is no fussing with piping bags or complicated detail – this is a great beginner cupcake.

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YOU WILL NEED

Sponge

100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
100g caster sugar
2 free range eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g self raising flour
3-4 tablespoons milk
Butter cream icing
100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
250g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons milk

Decorations

White fondant
Black gel food colouring
Navy blue food colouring
Blue Glitter (I used 2 different shades – ocean blue and navy)

LET’S BAKE

1.Preheat the oven to 180c. Beat the soft butter until it is light and smooth and then gradually add the caster sugar and mix until light and fluffy.

2.Break the 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract into the butter and sugar, also add a few table spoons of your 175g self raising flour ( this will stop the mixture from curdling ).

3.Sift the rest of your self raising flour into the mixture and gently incorporate into the egg mixture.

4.Line Your muffin tin with cupcake liners and add a 1 ½ table of mixture to each cupcake liner. If there is any mixture left over top all the cupcakes up equally.

5.Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and the cupcakes spring back when you gently press with your figure.

6.Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack

7.While your cakes are cooling you can start making the butter cream icing.

Butter Cream Icing

1.Beat the butter until it is creamy and pale in colour – an electric mixture makes this easier. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar. You want to mix until the mixture is very light and smooth. Then mix in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 3-4 tablespoons of milk.

2.Then add a few drops of blue gel food colouring and swirl into the butter cream. I over mix it slightly so I lost the swirl effect so the key is to not mix too much.

Shark Fins

1.Lay down a piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and sprinkle a bit of icing sugar on it.

2.Cut a bit of white fondant from the block and knead for a minute to soften it. (You might want to wear gloves for this next step) Next add a few dots of black gel food colouring to the fondant and knead. You may need to add more to get a darker colour it took a little while to get the right grey colour.

3.Roll out the fondant to 0.05cm thick and cut small triangles. Bend the top of the triangle slightly to create a fin shape. Let them dry for 5-10 minutes so they don’t bend when they sit upright on the cupcakes.

MAKE

1.Use a about a table spoon of icing for each cupcake. I use a teaspoon to lightly move the icing around the cupcake to smooth the icing out.

2.Sprinkle the two types of glitter over the icing (I went a bit glitter crazy)😂.

3.Then place the shark fin in the middle of the cupcake and gently press it into the icing.

YOU’RE DONE!! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy your amazing bake!! 🍰

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Grandad’s Cake – Our Family Recipe

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This post is probably one of my favourites so far because of the memories of my grandad ❤ This was his absolute favourite cake hence the name. My nan and mum used to make this for him on special occasions🎂. They then passed the recipe on to me which I now make for my dad and guess what… IT’S HIS FAVOURITE TOO!!

This is my go to celebration cake –  it is so light and fluffy and has the perfect amount of sweetness! Once you get the hang of this recipe it will be so easy to rustle one up. This is a crowd pleaser and a real family favourite!

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YOU WILL NEED
Sponge
225g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
225g Caster Sugar
4 Large Free Range Eggs
½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
225g Self Raising Flour
1-2 tablespoons Milk

Butter Cream
75g Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
250g Icing Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 -4 tablespoon Coca Powder
4 tablespoons Milk

LET’S BAKE

1.Preheat the oven to 180c. Beat the soft butter until it is light and smooth and then gradually add the caster sugar and mix until light and fluffy.

2.Break 2 eggs and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract into the butter and sugar, also add a few table spoons of your 225g self raising flour ( this will stop the mixture from curdling ). Repeat this for the other two eggs. Give everything a really good mix so it is all nicely incorporated.

3.Sift the rest of your self raising flour into the mixture and gently incorporated into the egg mixture.

4.Spoon the mixture into 2 lined cake tins; I greased and lined the tin with parchment paper. The mixture can make 4 thin layers or 2 thicker layers, so depending on what you want you can adjust my instructions. I only had 2 tins so I had to bake in batches. So bear in mind the amount of mixture you leave behind for the other 2.

5.Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and the sponge springs back when you gently press it with your figure.

6.Remove the cake tins from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.Run a knife around the edge of the cake to loosen it from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

7.While your cakes are cooling you can start making the butter cream icing.

Butter Cream Icing

1.Beat the butter until it is creamy and pale in colour – an electric mixture makes this easier. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar. You want to mix until the mixture is very light and smooth. Then mix in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of milk.

2.Then separate a few tablespoons of icing into a separate bowl and add 3-4 tablespoons of coco powder and mix really well.

MAKE

1.Take your first layer of cake and place it on a decorative plate then add a thin layer of vanilla butter cream. Repeat this step for the each layer but leave the top so you can put the chocolate icing there. Now put all the chocolate icing on the top of the cake a smooth out evenly. You can add some icing sugar,sprinkles or any other decorations for an extra wow factor! All that is left is to let everyone dig in and enjoy !!

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10 Colourful Fiesta Party Must Haves

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Every were I look I am seeing fiesta party designs. This party theme appeals to me sooo MUCH! I love bold colours and fun designs which a fiesta is all about! I decided to put together a list of my fiesta party must haves. I have been addicted to pinning so many colourful fiesta party inspiration pictures to my party board on pintrest, so take a look at that for even more inspiration!!🍍

1. Pom Pom Garland | 2. Tropical Paper Plates
3. Inflatable Cactus | 4. Donkey Piñata
5. Flamingo Light | 6. Cactus Paper Cups
7. Pineapple Cups | 8. Flamingo Fun Glasses
9. Colourful Wooden Cutlery

10. 
Inflatable Pineapple

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Gorgeous Local Tomato Salad

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I have been loving the little bits of sunny weather we have been having at the moment. It has really got me in the summer salad mood!! Each week we get our local tomatoes from the Norfolk Veg Box. I have been dying to make a recipe with them and I have finally got around to it. This recipe is so simple but soooo GOOD!! Local tomatoes have such an amazing flavour compared to the ones you get in the supermarket. This salad is all about tomatoes and celebrating how amazing their flavours are!! It would make a perfect addition to any summer BBQ (if the weathers stay nice…😑)

I also decided to make a quick basil pesto for this recipe.For this I used a lovely Jamie Oliver recipe, it complements this so well and I love pesto so much!!

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You Will Need
A selection of local tomatoes (I got ours from the Norfolk veg box)
Good quality mozzarella
Homemade basil pesto ( I used this Jamie Oliver recipe)
Extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper
A few basil leaves to garnish
  1. Chop up all your tomatoes, vary the sizes. Slice some, cut some into wedges and some small to make it texturally more interesting.
  2. Give the tomatoes a good salt and pepper; add slivers of mozzarella in between the tomatoes.
  3. Drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil over them.
  4. Then spoon little bits of basil pesto over the tomatoes.
  5. Finish by garnishing with a few basil leaves and you are finished! 

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Twitter Giveaway – Win One Of My Art Prints (Closed)

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Hey everyone hope you are having a FAB week, I know I am I have just hit 1000 followers on my pinterest and 200 on my twitter which I am super happy about!! I thought it was the perfect time to do a giveaway for you all so come over to my twitter and follow me and RT my tweet pinned on the top of my twitter page!! This is one of my favourite prints I have designed and it is perfect to celebrate the start of summer!!

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Terms And Conditions 
-Frame not included
-To be a valid entry you must follow and RT
– The winner will be drawn at random on Friday 1st July 2016
– I will announce the winner on my twitter, I will also DM you
-Only one entry permitted per person

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