14.10.14

My favourite Etsy homeware shops...

etsy-home-decor-favouritesIn the past week Ive only shared one post, how did that happen!? Sometimes real life just gets in the way and blogging goes from a main priority to on the back burner. Anyway, as a huge etsy shopper I thought I would share some of my favourite etsy stops for home decor and accessories with you guys.
Art Prints
Anek, is a great little etsy shop that has these cute typography and food prints, I pretty much want them all! This basil print is one of my fav's and I think it would be perfect for any kitchen.
Little Red Window, I just love this little sketch drawing of kitchen utensils. This is gonna be my next etsy purchase!
Gusandabby is my all time favourite shop for amazing little dogs prints and calenders, if Dave is reading this Id like the sausage dog, the pug & the toy terrier. for Christmas. :)
Cushions!
Dave has banned me from buying any more cushions as we have enough for a four bed house and not a tiny terrace where we actually live. But... if I were to buy another cushion or five. Heres the ones Id snap up.
ZanaProducts, Mint Chevron cushion. Gotta love some chevron... some might say its essential. These big spoon, little spoon cushions I have seen on instagram already and think they are just too cute! Lastly saying I have slight obsession with foxes how could I not want this Mr Fox cushion in grey and acid green.
Wall Decoration
These little wall hangings have become super fashionable, pinterest is full of them! They are a nice way to add something to a wall with out any hassle. Kiss Cuddle Repeat & Lets be adventurers are my personal favourites.
Candles
Ive developed a love for candles, Im not a fan of smelly scented ones as they tend to give me headaches but I love the soft homely glow they give. These awesome stacked tea light holders mean you can have a set three or stack em and have a tall candlestick.
Clocks
I have a bit of a thing for clocks, Dave cant have them in our bedroom the ticking does his head in when he tries to sleep. So Im just gonna have one in every other room of the house! This Scandinavian-esque house shape clock is super chic and modern.
Retro Random things
A great little shop for retro and refound pieces such as this phone. Full of  pretty homewares and ceramics I could spend a fortune at this cute etsy shop, I think this awesome gold tray would look amazing on a hall table for keys and nic nacs.

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12.10.14

Sweet Sunday: Apple & Sultana Muffins

bake-apple-and-sultana-muff I said about a month ago now that I was starting a new blog feature called sweet or savoury Sundays. So far Ive been doing it every other Sunday or so (pretty good for me!) but I have yet to do a savoury post! I just find baking so much more relaxing and also a lot easier to photograph than a steaming bowl or saucepan. I promise I will try and do some savoury dishes soon, Im thinking some wintery soups would be tasty!

This little recipe is an adaption of a recipe from Avoca Tea Time, which is a recipe for plain muffins.

Ingredients:
250g self raising flour
115g caster sugar
115ml milk
115 unsalted butter
1 egg, beaten
100g of sultanas
1 chopped and diced apple.

apple-and-sultana-scones Preheat oven 180oC fan. Have a muffin tin ready, I used a silicon one as they are much easier to pop the muffins out later. Mix the flour, sugar in a large bowl & make a well in the centre. Heat the milk & butter together until the butter melts. Although to cool, then add to flour and sugar with the egg.
Mix until smooth, then add the sultanas and chopped apple. Spoon into muffin tins.  Bake for 20 minutes.

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5.10.14

Sweet Sunday: Inside out buttercream cake...

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This cake probably has a proper name, but my name for it is the inside out cake. Instead of the buttercream being sandwiched in the middle I have smothered it over the top and sides of this simple sponge cake. Making it kinda messy to eat but the more buttercream the better in my book! All you need it a fork.
You'll need:
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g softened butter
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
This is such a simple recipe to make. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees(fan). Grease a 20cm sandwich tin. Then beat all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

how-to-bake-blog top-lifestlye-blog-uk Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 20minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

simple-cake-recipe buttercream-cake-recipe-bloSlice the cake in half with a large knife and apply a generous layer of raspberry jam.

Then sandwich the two layers back together.
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2-step-cake-recipeFor the buttercream mix equal parts sugar and room temperature butter and beat together.
I applied the buttercream with the back of a spoon to create a rough texture and then covered in little sprinkles. Yum!
buttercream-spinkle-cake top-british-blogEnjoy with a cuppa tea and a movie on netflix. Perfect for a Sunday evening :)

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2.10.14

Winter Wishlist...

winter-wishlistTartan Dress: George, Coatigan, Denim bib, Hat: River Island, Black Boots & Bag: H&M, Blue loafers: Asos, Jumper: New Look. Checked Dress: George.

This is always my favourite time of year for clothes. Layering and personal style is just easier to portray in autumn, does anyone else find that? October time is the best! Before it gets too cold when all you wanna do is be inside in front of the fire in your onesie all day and all night. The weather now is just cool enough to pull out the tights and ankle boots, a knitted coat/cardigan over a short sleeved dress and you are set! I think my accessory of choice is definitely gonna be a scarf this season. Tartan, spotted or pastel. Im feeling a scarf moment coming on!
Above is just a little selection of things that have caught my eye recently, some may even wind up on my Christmas list.. is it too early to start thinking about Christmas!? :)

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