26 September 2012

Handmade Make - Up / Bits & Bobs Bag

Today I've been making Make-up/ bits & bobs bags. I got some new fabric and just felt like making some cute zip bags that will fit in my bag and hold anything. Make-up, money, phone, keys, sewing supplies , medication and chocolate bars (maybe that's just me!).





They are fully lined and measure 20cm x 15cm / 8" x 5.5". They are perfect for yourself or as stocking fillers for Christmas! They can be custom made so you can choose what fabric you want.





They are £6 + £1.30 UK P&P. I can ship internationally too : ) Let me know if you would like one.

Now although I think these are really cute and will come in handy to keep everything in one place in my handbag...I am sticking to my old make-up bag.


Ian made this for me back in our teens. He used old jeans, hand stitched in the zip and also hand stitched 'I love you' on it. Something I will cherish forever : ) : ) : )

Gemma xXx

19 September 2012

Recipe : Brownie Pudding



This is a recipe that I've been meaning to share with you for a while now! We first made it last Autumn and I couldn't believe how good it was considering it needed very few ingredients and were ones that you'd normally have in your cupboard. 

This is the kind of dessert you make when it is cold outside. It would be perfect to hand out on Bonfire night to your guests or just for you and your family to devour on a cosy Friday night in.

The top of the dessert is crisp but slightly chewy and the inside of the pudding is gooey and warm and amazing.


Ina Garten's Brownie pudding from foodnetwork.com


Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus extra for buttering the dish
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature (I use 5 medium eggs)
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup good cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour)
  • Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean (I use Vanilla Extract)
  • 1 tablespoon framboise liqueur, optional (I leave this out)
  • Vanilla ice cream or single cream, for serving.

Method

Preheat the oven to 160c / gas mark 3 /325 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9 by 12 by 2-inch baking dish. Melt the 1/2 pound of butter and set aside to cool.
In a bowl beat the eggs and sugar on medium-high speed for 8-10 minutes until it's thick and light yellow in colour. In another bowl sift the cocoa powder and flour together and set aside.
When the egg and sugar mixture is ready, slowly mix in the Vanilla, cocoa powder and flour mixture.  Mix only until combined. Still slowly mixing,  pour in the cooled butter and mix again just until combined.
Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared dish and place it in a larger baking pan. Add hot tap water (enough to come up halfway on the brownie dish) and bake for 1 hour exactly. The center will appear very under-baked; this dessert is between a brownie and a pudding.
Allow to cool slightly and serve with vanilla ice cream or single cream.
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This is an American recipe so it uses cups instead of grams. In all honesty I prefer cooking in cups as it's much more straight forward than getting the scales out!

All I can say is make this, make this, make this! 

If you love chocolate and a little bit of richness in your life you wont be disappointed.

Gemma xxx

14 September 2012

Our Mini Break To Whitstable

 Firstly I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent their congratulations messages to Ian & I! We really appreciate it : )  .

As you can imagine I've been thinking about wedding planning everyday and although it wont be for a while yet, I've started to make the effort to go onto Pinterest and 'pin' the wedding things I like. I could easily waste hours away lusting after lots of different weddings and ideas! There are so many pretty things on there and I plan to share some of the things I like on here some time soon :)

Anyway I thought I'd share a few more photos from our break away to Whitstable / Canterbury last weekend.




Our hotel was in Whitstable and was really convenient. We were in the country side but a 10 minute drive to the beach and a 10 minute drive to Canterbury town center. Perfect!

When we got there we took a nice long calm walk along Whitstable beach and then had a good look around the gorgeous little shops.











The weather was fantastic. Nice and warm and sunny. We were so blessed to have perfect sea side weather!

Later that day we went for a look around the ruins of a Normandy Castle. At this point I could really tell that something was on Ian's mind..little did I know he was just anxious to propose to me!




♥ You can read about the proposal here if you missed it! 

That evening we had a romantic meal for two at the hotels restaurant. It was casual and relaxed and just perfect!


The next day was what I had been looking forward to...shopping (or maybe more specifically..Cath Kidston)! Canterbury has so many great shops. What I love most about it was shops like Debenhams and Starbucks changed their logo to fit in with Canterbury's olde worlde look.



Something else that we had planned on doing in the Town center was to go on  a historic boat tour. It was £8 each and lasted for 45 minutes. It was so interesting and relaxing just to sit of a little rowing boat on Canterbury's clean rivers and learn.






We went under really low bridges so had to duck our heads. There were cobwebs but I tried not to look. It was a little fun!



After this fun filled morning we headed to Herne Bay to visit a wild life park then onto the beach.

We were really lucky as there weren't that many people there. We let them go ahead a bit so we could walk around and feel like we had to place to ourselves. 

By the time we got to Herne Bay Beach it was late afternoon. I really wanted to stay and watch the sun set but it was boiling!!! I look at these photos now and think that we could have been in any country from the look of them. It was just so beautiful.










A holiday to remember!! 

I would 100% recommend going to Whitstable / Canterbury if you fancy a little break away. There is so much to do and see. We are already talking about our next visit there!!

Happy Friday : D

Gemma xXx

P.s - I forgot to mention that I was told by someone on Instagram that the flower from my previous post is called a Japanese Anemone. Now it would be good to try and get this flower in our wedding!!

10 September 2012

I'm engaged : D

Well I'm sad to see that weekend go. To say it was one of the most amazing weekends ever is an understatement! 


Ian asked me to marry him..and I of course said YES!!! Eeeeek!! : D  : D

As you know we went to Whitstable in Kent for a long weekend. We were so lucky with the weather, the sun shone and it stayed nice and warm the whole time.

I could tell something was up with Ian. He just seemed a little tense as we walked along Whitstable beach the first day we got there. Now I know why! Later that day we happened to come across a teeny tiny walled butterfly garden along the river that flows through Canterbury. 

It was beautiful. He asked me to sit down, we had a little lovey dovey moment...and then out of the blue he got down on one knee and proposed to me : ) 




 Such a surprise!!! I was gobsmacked and of course had lots of happy tears.









The garden had this flower everywhere! It was so beautiful and we decided to try and grow it ourselves. We just need to find out what flower it is. Does anyone know? We'd really appreciate it if you could tell us the name.





























We are both over the moon. It was so lovely and couldn't of asked for anywhere more prettier or private. We plan on having a long engagement as we need to save for a place first but we are really excited : D 

Gemma xXx

3 September 2012

Hello September...

And just like that, Autumn has arrived. September is here and all of a sudden there is that chill in the air in the mornings. Leaves outside are turning and my cosy cardigans and boots are waiting in my wardrobe ready to strut their stuff again. 

I'm finding as time is going by I'm becoming more and more crafty. Along with sewing and crochet I have now embarked on a little cross stitch. I spotted someone on Instagram making up a Christmas tree. 

As soon as I saw it I wanted to make it (even though I have never done cross stitch in my life!). I searched online & asked a few bloggers and eventually someone was kind enough to scan and send it to me. Thank you so much Martha!!!

Here is mine so far...



I absolutely love it and am looking forward to framing it for this festive season.

I don't know why but when it gets colder I feel like I naturally want to craft more and more. The idea of snuggling down with my crochet, a huge cup of tea and a good film is more than appealing! Do you agree?

So apart from being excited about the change in the season, i'm also excited about a little break away with the OH that is coming up. This Thursday we are heading off to Whitstable in Kent for a few days. The plan is to have leisurely walks along the coast, see the Cathedral, eat lots of good food and do lots of shopping (a trip to Cath Kidston is what I'm looking forward to!). 


I will of course blog about it when i'm back but I will be Instagraming if you want to have a look see. I'm gemma_gld : )

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