26 October 2010

Crafty Halloween Spider!!

Hi my lovelies!!

Things are starting to get a little spooky around here...Full moons...VERY dark nights...freaky displays in shops....it MUST be Halloween  !! EEK!


Here in the UK it is half-term ( a week long break from school)..and this craft is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained and creative....it's even great fun for a big kid like me : )

You will need:
  • Two cardboard circles with an inner circle cut out
  • Black wool
  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes or just paper and a black pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun  





 Method: 

 So to make these little creepy crawlies you firstly need to cut out two circles like below. I just used a cereal box to create these circles (which can be used over and over so you only need to do it the once!!)



 Put these two circles on top of one another. Cut out a long length of wool (It doesn't matter if it isn't long enough...if it isn't just cut some more, tuck it under the other wool and carry on).



Poke through one end of the wool through the middle and hold it down with your thumb or finger. You will then need to face the circles the other way (so your finger and the end of the wool is at the back).

Start wrapping the wool around the card by feeding it through the hole, continuing all the way around until you cannot see anymore cardboard.



Once it is wrapped all around the cardboard, use your scissors to cut through the wool around the outside edges (so your scissors are cutting in between the cardboard)


Cut a little bit more wool and tie the piece of wool between the two cardboard pieces into a tight knot, securing the pom-pom spider in the middle.


Once the pom-pom is secure, you can wiggle the cardboard circles off the wool...leaving you with a lovely soft round pom-pom...YAY!!

Cut your pipe cleaners and glue gun them in the appropriate place under the spider...in between the wooly bits. 

Leave for a while to dry.

To create the eyes I just cut out small circles on paper and used a black pen for the pupils...(mine are a bit dodgy), sticking on with the glue gun.


If you want to hang your spider around the house or in the garden...simply tie another length of wool around the pom-pom, leaving enough length at the top to hang it and  to also tie a loop for hooking it onto something.


I'm hanging mine outside on Halloween! Not many of our neighbours indulge in a bit of Halloween spirit so we are having a bit of a chocolate hunt in the garden..weather permitting!!!

Let me know if you have any questions or comments!! 

Lots of love,

Gemma xXx

25 October 2010

CSN Review and Bedroom update

I have been approached by CSN to do a review. As you know I'm re-doing my bedroom (pictures to come soon - I promise!!!) Whilst browsing through their  websites I came across some beautiful Wardrobes  that would look great in my bedroom.

A girl can never have too many clothes so in my case I need quite a large one. Something like this...Big...with Drawers and a mirror!




Plus it's Shabby Chic!!!

At the moment my room is CRAZY! All cracks have been filled and sanded down...creating lots and lots and lots of DUST!! 
 
EEK!!!
 
Not great.
 
All my furniture is in the middle of the room with dust sheets protecting them from anything that comes there way...hectic or what?!
A family friend is a decorator so he should be coming over in a week or two to start putting up my wall paper...I'm really excited to get back to normal : )
 
I hope you've had a great start to the week...join me tomorrow for a crafty Halloween decoration...

Gemma xXxXx


22 October 2010

A little perspective...



IT IS the most wonderful time of the year...No doubt about it.

We have a whole load of wonderful things coming up..giving and receiving presents...eating the most wonderful..filling (in more than one way!) food...relaxing in the cosiness of our own homes.


Sometimes we can get a little wrapped up in Christmas. We don't fully appreciate what we have got...we are always striving for more...wanting more.

I came across this video whilst searching online for Clothes..

I felt that I didn't have enough..

I wanted more..

I wanted to indulge...

THIS video gave me a lot of perspective... Please watch it!!!





A bit of a tear jerker but what he says is true. This man is a true inspiration.

We all need to focus on what we HAVE rather than what we don't have...big or small.

We all need to remember that there is always someone less fortunate than ourselves.

All we can do is make the best out of what we have...and help others.

In light of this I'm going to do a weekly post on what I am thankful for in the weeks running up to Thanksgiving in the US.  

* I am thankful for a whole week off next week! It's half term here in the UK. It will allow me to spend more time  and keep cosy with my family.

* I am thankful to feel happy and healthy!


* I am thankful to be able to go upstairs and hop into the shower whenever I feel to.


Please feel free to join in on your blog!!!! Let me know if you do so we can have some linky love ; -)

I hope you all have a lovely weekend...


Gemma x

20 October 2010

On the go food - Mini Pizza Puffs...

Hi All  !


Sorry it has been a while..life took over for a bit and I hadn't got around to uploading this recipe...I hope you like it : )

At the beginning of the week I have a few aims, goals, or targets so to say. They may be...'Make the order of cushions I have received over the weekend ASAP'..or...'Sort out my wardrobe'. One that seems to re-occur every week is 'Try/Make/Do something NEW'.

So my new thing for this week is 'Mini Pizza Puffs'. I came across this idea a few weeks back and have been thinking about it ever since. I found a really simple recipe online and made some for my lunch today..and they are great!

You will need:
  • 3/4 Cup of Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Dried Oregano (I used Basil...lovely jubbly!!)
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 4oz of grated Cheese
  • Sliced Pepperoni or Ham (I used Ham)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ketchup
  • Muffin Tray or something similar
Method:  

Pre-heat your oven to 375f, 190c or Gas mark 5. Grease the muffin tray (I used one of those spray light ones).  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Salt and herb of your choice. Add the milk and beaten egg. Stir in the grated cheese and meat of your choice. Let it stand for 10 minutes.


Stir again, then divide equally into the muffin tray. Lastly squirt little dots of ketchup onto the top of the batter....So good!!!


 
 Excuse the grease in between each batter...I went a bit crazy with the spray!!!


Cook for 20-25 minutes or until puffed and golden.





You could also use:

  • Bits of Pepper
  • Sweetcorn
  • Onion
  • Pineapple

These mini snacks are really good to keep in mind for all the holidays coming up. You might be having a party and these little o'dourves are a really easy thing to whip up. They are also great for those surprise guests who may pop around randomly!!  


Thanks for reading my lovelies!! I really appreciate every one of you...!!!

Love Gemma xXxXxXxXxXx

12 October 2010

Mini Pumpkins

 - Or Squash...whatever you call them...are great to use as an accessory at the moment.

They are in season right now!!! We got two from the Supermarket and they look great amongst all our festive decor.



They are so sweet and look great dotted here, there and everywhere. They really make the brown and cream Autumnal colours come 'alive'!



 They also double up as a Tea light holder.


Simply draw around the Tea Light...

   Cut out around the circle and scoop it out..


....And wiggle in the Tea light!


 Adorable!!

 They would be especially nice if you were having an outdoor Autumn/ Halloween party...very creative!



To keep them fresh for longer keep them in the fridge during the night.

Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration for your Home / Garden. I think it is the little simple things that make the bigger picture...and these pumpkins work a treat : )

I hope your week is going well so far..remember to enjoy every moment of it!

Gemma x

8 October 2010

Friday afternoons.

Once the clock hits 1:15pm on a Friday (very early I know!), I am racing to get out of the door at work and start heading to that beautiful place called home.

When work is over and done with you feel yukky anyway, but imagine what it's like having sticky fingers pulling at you all day...ergh! After a quick rest and a large glass of water the first thing I do is have a yummy hot shower...AAAH! 

Rinse those weekday blues away : )

I change back to MY black leather handbag...The one that is ME.....MY style.....NOT that boring (yet very practical I must add) 'work' bag I use all week.

I put on my favourite necklace...The one I have been longing to wear all week but daren't wear it to work as there is a high risk of a little one yanking at it!


I wear comfy clothes as I know it is COLD out there and all I want to be is COSY...plus I have nowhere I have to really 'be' from now till tomorrow...out come the UGGS and leggings.

I treat my nails to a pretty colour and know it will remain there for the next few days.... Nail varnish in the week just wouldn't last...!!



I look forward to the simple, colourful, heart warming dinner I will be making for my family tonight... fajitas!! YUMMY!!


I smile cos I know it's my grandads birthday this weekend and I've got him a little something which he will love!

Hello weekend...Hello me!

7 October 2010

Dried Apple Wreath

 Hi all : )






I've been on the prowl for a few Autumnal projects and came across this one at Cherry Menlove.com

It looks like something that could appear in a magazine and yet it is really easy. It also makes your home smell absolutely divine...a great bonus!

If you didn't read my previous post, you will know this project takes a little bit of prep work.

If you'd like to have a go at this project then you will need to: 

  • Buy around 20 medium sized apples.
  • Slice them not too thin..not too thick (about 3mm).
  • Bake them in the oven on the lowest possible heat for a few hours until they lose their moisture but remain bendy! (Check every half an hour).

I found it was easiest slicing the apples with a Bread knife.


You will also need: 

  • Wire - Cut into lengths of 60cm (you'll need about 5 lengths). 
  • Glue - You could use a glue gun or super glue
  • Ribbon -  I used the same colours and lengths that Cherry used as I think it looks fab! You could use whatever colours you choose : ) However you will need 3 lengths, one 50cm , one 70cm and one 35cm.

Start by twisting together your lengths of wire..to make one thicker wire. Then feed on your dried apple slices, leaving around 3cm of wire which can be twisted tightly to make it secure.






The apple slices should be nice and snug on the wire. Once they are then secure the ends of the wire by twisting them tightly.




 Then wrap your 50cm ribbon around the visible wire...secure with a glue gun!


You will be using the 35cm ribbon to hang your wreath up. You can do this by feeding one end of the ribbon through the middle of your wreath and tie the ends into a tight bow.

To add the finishing touch to your wreath, tie the last bit of ribbon (70cm) into a bow. Secure this onto the green ribbony bit (where you're hiding the wire) using the glue.






 Beautiful!

 Pretty colours..

 Very Rustic...


 Very Natural..

  

 Very Autumnal..

 I love projects like these. Ones that can be done in stages or can be done straight away (apart from waiting for the apples to dry out!!). 

It is super cheap and yet looks like it could feature in a magazine.

Thank you for reading & I would love to read any comments you have 

: )

Gemma x


 

5 October 2010

Happy October Everyone!!

Well it is officially OCTOBER!! 

It is hard to believe that it is already the 5th...Time is going way too fast! Slow down a tad...I need to savour you!

The Countdown till that special day in December has started in this household. Sometimes I think it is the build up of Christmas and the atmosphere that comes along with it is what I enjoy the most.

The lazy nights in. The merry nights out. The search of getting that perfect gift. Baking( and Eating!!) till your hearts content. Candle lit rooms . Traditional films. Good times!!!



Until then we have birthday celebrations, Halloween and Bonfire night.  In the upcoming weeks I am going to be trying and showing you some great recipes, craft ideas and possibly some 'Homemade' Christmas stocking fillers.

The first craft I have to show you is super easy and involves APPLES!  Very pretty and very Autumnal. If you'd like to have a go at this project then you will need to: 

  • Buy around 20 medium sized apples.
  • Slice them not too thin..not too thick (about 3mm).
  • Bake them in the oven on the lowest possible heat for a few hours until they lose their moisture but remain bendy! (Check every half an hour).

Keep an eye out for it on Thursday!!

What does October have in store for you & your family? Any special occasions? Any traditions?

I hope you are all having a good week. It's great hearing from you all and would love to read any comments you have...that includes you lurkers!!! : P

Thank you for reading and love you all!

Gemma x


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