Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cut It Out Wall Sticker Review ::

Our Customised Wall Sticker

One of the fun things about blogging is being able to work with brands, experience and try out there products ..

So when I checked out Cut It Out Wall Stickers, I knew that I would love there products ..

About the Company ..
Cut it out wall stickers was created with its customers in mind, offering you an affordable yet innovative way of styling your interior. We are a team of professional London based graphic designers who set up cut it out in late 2011. We began as a trio, tired of our mundane 9-5 jobs we decided we needed change! Following the recent trend for wall vinyl we followed in swift pursuit but of course with a little cut it out flare. Our doodled designs on post it notes grew to become panoramic wall art.
The hardest part about this review was choosing which Wall Sticker !! There is something for everyone, every style , every room .. The images on the site give a clear example of how the Wall Stickers may look in your chosen room ..

Cut It Out also personalise stickers,  that was the sticker I chose, it really finishes off my youngest daughters bedroom..

I will be buying more for the rest of my girls and my kitchen once that's had a makeover ..

Ordering was easy and delivery was quick ..

Application of the sticker, took a bit of time, but once you get the hang of it , its fairly easier .. the stickers are quite delicate so taking your time is the best thing to do..

All in all , a great company to work with an excellent product... 

So if your looking for a little something to add that finishing touch to your home, I would definitely recommend checking out Cut it Out Wall Stickers ..


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Instagram Blog Hop !!

Welcome to the Instagram Blog Hop! If you're new around here, the Instagram Blog Hop is a party where you link up your Instagram account, find and follow new Instagram friends, and be continually inspired by what you see in your Instagram feed! NOW ON SATURDAYS! No need to have a blog, just an Instagram account! So come hang out with us every weekend!

The Rules are Simple:

1. Follow your HOSTS:

Instagram Blog Hop Hosts
Kimberly of A Night Owl | Instagram: @anightowlblog Erin of My Thirty Spot | Instagram: @mythirtyspot Angie of Little Inspiration| Instagram: @blogali 

2. Follow your CO-HOSTS:

Instagram Blog Hop Co-Hosts
Kelley of The Grant Life | Instagram: @thegrantlife Claire of Live Love Create | Instagram: @livelovecreatex Kendall of Songbirds and Buttons | Instagram: @songbirdsandbuttons ___

3. Link up your Instagram Web Profile:

Just link up your new Instagram Web Profile (http://instagram.com/username) -OR- Webstagram Web Profile (http://web.stagram.com/n/username) in the linky below!

4. Check out and follow a few fellow Instagram friends.

Tell folks you follow that you found them through the IGBH! ___


Before you link and run, we'd love for you to SHARE THE IGBH LOVE! We'd love to grow this lovely community, so we're asking you to share - with your friends, on your social media! Tweet about it, share it on G+ and Facebook or post about it on Instagram! And TODAY to celebrate our new day, we're having a little giveaway! Enter to WIN a $15 Starbucks Gift Card below!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Dipped Oreo's

These simple Dipped Oreo's are a quick and easy treat to make (I made these for my daughters birthday in January ) ..

You will Need :

White Chocolate 
Sprinkles or topping of your choice ( choc chips, nuts ect)

Method :

Open your Oreo's 
Melt your Chocolate (i melted mine in the microwave)
Pour your chosen topping into a plate ..

Dip the Oreo into the melted chocolate and then into the topping !!!

Leave to set ..

That's it, finished :)

Enjoy !!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Monday Moments ::

I had so much fun writing last weeks "Monday Moments" post I thought it would be fun to do another this week ...

So here are 5 things to inspire you this week ....

I love this awesome print via Studio Calico 

I am totally in love with black and white, such a classy look for a home. Not sure how practical it is with children ?? But maybe going through my home creating this look one room at a time may be possible, will have to work on my husband first though !!!

I am a huge fan of Amy Tan (aka Amy Tangerine) I also find her blog and projects so inspiring and I proudly have a lot of her products ... I love how bright and cheerful her projects are .. Amy was a huge source of inspiration that started me scrapbooking and project life , that sadly I haven't managed any this year :( which makes me sad.. I am hoping to get my paper crafting mojo back soon !!!! but for now I am enjoying stopping by her blog and seeing what she is up to !!

During my 6 week recovery from surgery, I have been unable to drive :( which has definitely been frustrating a times. I have had to think of meal preparation for the week instead of on a day to day basis.. So having a meal planner has been really helpful, and how cute is this one ?? I will be using this one next week :) 

For all my creatives out there, thinking of starting a handmade business, this series is a must!!! By the awesome Maggie Whitley !!! Who has inspired my journey in so many ways , her blog is one of the blogs i check daily !! So grab yourself a Notebook and pen and enjoy the series ..

What is inspiring you this Monday ??

Claire xo

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Craft, Create & Inspire Linky Party

Welcome to this weeks Craft, Create & Inspire linky party

Did you all have a nice Valentines Day ??? I had some lovely surprises from my daughter :)   There were some really great DIY, Crafts and more projects last week !!! Thank you for stopping by each week and sharing your inspiration with us.

Featured Projects from last week : 

Anthropologie Inspired Pom Pom Pens ~ The Casual Craftlete 
Gold Painted Geo Planters ~ Homeyohmy
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Roses ~ The Pin Junkie 
Believe You Can Printable ~ Elegance and Enchantment 

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 Ready to get this week's Party started ? 

  • Feel free to link up just about anything. Recipes, Tutorials,  Inspiration, Crafts, Printable's     I would {love} for you to follow my blog.   
  • Please link to your specific post and not your entire blog. 
  •    Please add this party to your linky party list.   
  •  Take a few extra minutes to visit some of the bloggy loveliness that has been linked up.  
  •   Most importantly: HAVE FUN! 
  •    Feel free to grab my button from my and spread the linky fun

Friday, 14 February 2014

Coffee Date Friday :

If we were meeting for coffee today, I would probably by drinking water instead of tea to try and shake this "fuzzy head" that I have had these past few day .. which I know is due to lack of water and not getting a restful sleep ...

I would share with you that 3 weeks ago today I went for my operation, it seems almost like a lifetime ago .. I have another 3 weeks recovery to go , the days are pretty much the same and almost seem to merge together. I am feeling better and my wounds are finally starting to heal .. I am so ready for things to be back to normal ..

I would also share that my girls have touched my heart this week, the eldest came home last night with her edible creations from baking club, cakes truffles, chocolates and cupcakes with hand made roses.. So proud of her .. 
My second daughter surprised me this morning with a  handmade Valentines Card, it's these little moments that make everything worth while..

What else, I started operation sleep this week !! after weeks of my 3 year old going to sleep at 10-11pm each night I was one tired mommy.. This past two nights She has been asleep before 8.30 which is so refreshing just to enjoy those few hours of peace..

I would wish you a Happy Valentines Day xo

What would you share with me ??

Linking up with lovely Alissa @ Rags to Stitches 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Last Minute Valentine's Recipes ....

What better way to show your loved one a little love than by making a sweet treat ??

With Valentines Day tomorrow !!! I have 2 great last minute recipes for you to whip up !!

Cupid Cupcakes 

These adorable pop-in-the-mouth cupid cakes will undoubtedly set hearts aflutter.

Makes:  18
Prep time:  1½ hours
Cooking time:  10 minutes

For the chocolate cakes
  • 20g (¾oz) cocoa
  • 2¼ tbsp boiling water
  • 40g (1½oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 25g (1oz) Lyle’s Golden Syrup
  • 75g (3oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 60g (2½oz) plain flour, sifted
  • ½ level tsp baking powder
  • 2 rounded tbsp smooth apricot jam

For the fondant icing & decoration
250g (8oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Fondant Icing Sugar, plus extra for rolling

  • 4-5 tsp water
  • Squires Kitchen red paste food colour

You will also need 2 x 12-hole mini cake tins lined with paper cake cases, a 4cm (1½”) round fluted cutter and 3 tiny heart-shaped metal plunge cutters, available from Squires Kitchen.

Method :

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan160°, 350°F, Gas 4.

In a small bowl mix the cocoa and water together with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the butter, Lyle’s GoldenSyrup, Tate & Lyle Golden Caster Sugar, the egg and milk and beat well. Sift over the flour and baking powder and mix well to make a thick batter.

Spoon the mixture into the cake tins to slightly more than half full. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 9-10 minutes until risen and they spring back when lightly pressed in the centre.

Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Sift the Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the water, a teaspoonful at a time, and stir with a wooden spoon until it is too stiff to stir any more. Roll the icing into a ball and turn out onto a surface lightly dusted with Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar and knead for a few minutes until it becomes completely smooth, soft and pliable. If it feels too dry splash with a very little cold water and carry on kneading until the water is absorbed. If it’s  too wet, dust the surface with extra Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar.

Divide the fondant icing into 2. Colour one batch with red adding dots of colour in several spots with a toothpick and knead well until the colour is evenly blended. Continue until you get your desired shade. To keep your hands stain-free, wear food-safe disposable gloves until you have finished working with the red fondant. Leave the other batch white.

Lightly dust the surface again with Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar and separately roll out both fondants to about 3mm (1/8”) thick.

Using the fluted cutter stamp out 9 circles, and lots of little heart shapes, from each of the red and white fondant icings.

Put the apricot jam in a small pan with a splash of water pan over a low heat until melted then lightly brush over the tops of the chocolate cakes.

Place the circles of fondant of top of the cakes and very lightly press down so they stick to the jam. Decorate the tops with contrasting little hearts, decoratively sticking them on with a dab of Tate & Lyle Fondant Icing Sugar mixed with a very little water to make a ‘glue’. Arrange on a plate and serve.

Make-ahead :

Make and freeze the undecorated cakes in a lidded container up to 2 weeks ahead.
The fondant icing can be made up to 1 week ahead, wrapped in cling film and stored in the fridge.

LoveHeart Meringues 

Pretty as a picture, these pastel meringue hearts make a stunning finale to a Valentine’s dinner à deux.

Makes:  2 pairs
Prep time:  30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

For the meringues:

  • 60g (2½oz) Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar
  • 1 large egg white, about 30g (1¼oz)
  • Squires Kitchen mint green paste food colour

For the filling :

  • 65ml (2½floz) double cream
  • 110g (4oz) jar cherry compôte
  • Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Sugar, for dusting
  • Squires Kitchen crystallised natural whole roses

You will also need 2 baking trays lined with parchment paper, a 8cm (3¼”) heart-shaped cutter and a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle.

Method : 

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan180°, 400°F, Gas 6.

Using the cutter, draw 4 heart shapes with a pencil on the 1 of the sheets of parchment paper, spaced apart as the meringues will spread a little. Turn the paper over so you don’t get pencil on the undersides of the meringues.

Tip the sugar onto the remaining baking tray and spread it out in an even layer. Warm through on the middle shelf of the oven for about 3-4 minutes or until the sugar feel hot to touch and has lightly coloured, stirring once. Don’t let it caramelize.  Pour into a small bowl.

Reduce the oven heat down to its lowest, 110°C/Fan90°C, 225°F, Gas ¼.

As soon as the sugar is ready, using an electric mixer, add the white to the bowl and whisk at high speed until it is light and foamy, for about 1 minute. Slowly add the hot sugar, a dessertspoon at a time, and continue whisking until the mixture has cooled and is very thick and glossy. Scrape down the sides halfway through. This will take about 5 minutes.

Using a fine skewer or toothpick, add a little of the colouring, briefly whisk again and check that it’s the colour you’d like, if not, add some more.

Use a little of the meringue to stick down the paper on the baking tray. Spoon the mixture into the piping bag and pipe the heart shapes.

Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 55-60 minutes. The meringues are ready when they are crisp on the outside and the bases are dry and not at all sticky. Turn off the oven and leave them to cool in the oven for a few hours or overnight.

To assemble, lightly whisk the cream, divide between half of the meringue hearts, spoon on the cherry compôte, then top with the remaining hearts.  Arrange on plates, lightly dust with Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Icing Sugar, decorate with the crystallised roses and serve.

Make-ahead :

The meringues can be made up to 2 weeks ahead and stored in an air-tight container.

The gorgeous Recipes have been supplied by Tate & Lyle 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Simple Valentines Heart DIY

I finally got out my fabric, scissors and dusted off my sewing machine to make these cute hearts.. It was the perfect project to get me out of my creative slump..

These are really simple to make, even if you don't have a sewing machine, you could use a hot glue-gun instead..

  • Either draw a heart template or search on Google images..   Choose your fabric . 
  • Fold your fabric in half, pin in place, cut .
  • sew right sides together and leave about a 2" gap for stuffing.
  • turn right side out, stuff.
  • sew up the gap ..

Finished :)

These make the perfect snugglies for little ones ..

Happy Valentines Day 

Claire xo

Monday, 10 February 2014

Monday Moments

I thought it would be fun to start of the new week with 4 inspiring things to get us through the week ...

First up .......

Bonnie, is one of the most inspiring people, this article is a great read for tips about working from home and keeping your creativity and inspiration flowing, something I have struggled with post-op but really hoping that is going to change soon .. Go grab yourself a cup of Tea and spend 5 minutes reading this article..

I love Starbucks Mugs, I have been meaning to buy myself one fora while, but I have to say I think this Bistro Mug would be perfect and a great little reminder each day to be present in each moment .

Paper Cupcakes ~ Damask Love

The lack of creating in my home, is kinda sad.. but i think these cute paper cupcakes might be the thing to get my creative side going.. I think these would be the perfect "sweet" treat for my girls, maybe with a little something just in time for Valentines Day (4 days away !!! yikes ).

And lastly .....

10 Years of Kikki.K

I think this is such an inspirational video about turning your dreams and goals into reality and making things happen !! Not to mention the cutest stationary ..

So there are my 4 things to start the week of inspirationally..

If you have any inspirational links to share with us, please leave a comment below so we can stop by and check them out !!

Happy Monday 

Claire xo

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Craft, Create & Inspire Linky Party :: Heart Addition 2 ..

Welcome to this weeks Craft, Create & Inspire linky party
Featuring Heart Inspired Projects

I don't know about you, but I am loving all the Valentine's Inspired projects, I have yet to make mine, hopefully this weekend... There were some really great DIY, Crafts and more projects last week !!! Thank you for stopping by each week and sharing your inspiration with us.

DIY Valentine's Day Cards ~ Homeyohmy
Heart banner ~ Hello Little Home
DIY Valenine's Day Card ~ Passion Shake 
White Chocolate Cake with Strawberry Cheesecake ~ Winnies Blog 

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Friday, 7 February 2014

Coffee Date Friday ::

Happy Friday !!

This is the first week in a long while that has dragged ... maybe it has something to do with the fact that my days at the moment are pretty much the same, whilst I recover from my operation ..

I am two weeks post-op and finally feeling more like my usual self. After a few set backs, a reaction to medication, more anti-biotic's and a leaky scar :( ..

If we were meeting for coffee/tea today i would be excited to see you and glad of some company ..

I would share with you that I am ready to kick start a more healthy lifestyle and exercise!! 

I am loving blogging at the moment and I am really grateful to have some really good blogging friends that have helped me out guest posting for those days where opening up the laptop was really unappealing..

I would also share with you how I am feeling a little lost at the moment , with regards to career and what to do with myself :( 

So how about you  ? What would you share with me ?

Claire xo

Linking up with the lovely Alissa 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Apron Tutorial :: Sally's Angelworks

Thank you so much, Claire, for having me over here at your sweet blog! My name is Sally, and I blog over at Sally's Angelworks! I'm a wife, mama, musician, and a quilter!! And one of my latest obsessions is aprons! I am in love with aprons right now. It feeds my desire to play with fabric in a practical way. We all want something we can use in the end, right?

 So today, I'm bringing you a fun, quick tutorial on how to make a darling little apron with embellished pockets!! Join me! Let's start by grabbing our supplies...

6 fat quarters of your favorite fabric! (I used Stephanie Roth's Modern Roses from Moda!!)
34 1/2" x 21" piece of backing fabric (I used premium muslin, but you could add two more fat quarters to your pile of fabrics and use them for your backing!)

from each of 4 FQs -   one 9" x 21" strip
1 FQ - cut 4 - 4 1/2" x 21" strips (for waist ties)
1 FQ - cut 2 - 6" x 14" rectangles
Cut out two flowers from two different FQs

Let's sew!!

Sew your 9" x 21" together on the long sides to create a big rectangle (the main front of the apron)

Place your back lining (backing) right sides together with the front. Match the edges and pin, pin, pin! Those pins are your best friends!! Sew it together on the sides and the bottom, leaving the top open.

Turn right side out turning the corners and iron the seams.

Sew the short ends of your four 4.5" x 21" strips together forming one big long strip. Press your seams open.

Place the long edges right sides together and sew along the long side making a big tube. Turn the tube right side out. Press the tube flat with the seam in the middle. 

Fold the pressed tube in half longways to find the middle of the strip. Fold the main body of the apron in half and mark the middle of the raw edge of the top. Match the top of the main body middle with the waist tie middle folded over the raw edge of the main body. (see picture above) Pin, pin, pin!!

Sew the bottom of the tie all the way across the top of the apron...

Go all the way around the top of the tie folding in the ends and finishing it all the way around.

Sew top stitching from the top of the apron to the bottom 1/4" to the left of each of the seams on the front of the apron. This keeps the layers together!

Take your pocket pieces and fold them in half right sides together. Sew them together leaving a 2" opening on the bottom of the piece.

Trim the corners and turn your pocket right side out. Press.

Place your cut out flower and sew it onto your pocket. Do this for both pockets! I used free motion quilting to sew my flowers on.

Grab your fun button bag and grab two vintage buttons.

Hand sew your buttons on!

Pin your pockets where you want them. **Hint: put the apron on and see where you want to reach for that cell phone!

Sew a double seam on the sides and bottom of the pockets to secure them.

Voila! You have an apron!!

You can add other embellishments if you'd like. Embroider your name or your word of the year! Hand sew other buttons all over the apron or sew flowers all over the apron. 

Thanks again to Claire for letting me play over here!! If you'd like to join in on more frolicking aprons, quilts, and other wildness, join me over at the blog, Sally's Angelworks

Thanks again to Claire for letting me play over here!! If you'd like to join in on more frolicking aprons, quilts, and other wildness, join me over at the blog, Sally's Angelworks