Oh the wonderful world of biscuits. I LOVE BISCUITS, more so than cake (unless it is coffee and walnut cake) and cookies. I am not however the best at making them. The usually get a bit crispy round the edges. But here are some rather fancy tasty looking biscuits I want to try my hand at.

1) The Pink Whisk- Love Heart Icing

2) Gourmet Traveller-Lemon Glazed Biscuits

3) BBC Food- Shortbread Biscuits with Salted Peanut and Carmel Filling


4) Baking Mad- Crunchy Oaty Biscuits


5) BBC Food- Shortbread


6) Delia Online- Chocolate Almond Crunchies


I have not made shortbread before but am a sucker for it. I really like the idea of traditional shortbread with lemon sugar on top with a good cuppa! Nom.




Hello again!

So I have just finished my fabric pen design, finally! It is for a friend’s birthday present as she is a massive batman fan.

photoWish had a better photo of it, but it’s already wrapped up! It did not take long to do. If there is interest I can do a quick tutorial, but it was simple to make.  However I found it was difficult to draw lines (most likely the fabric), this outline is made up of lots of dots! I did want to fill in it, but I’m quiet happy with it.


1950s theme

Good Morning,

I love a good themed party. I went to a couple last month and I have one this week which is 1950s themed and I am excited. I mainly need to think about hair and make up style as I have collected everything else. I thought I would post some tutorials and ideas, in case any of you lovely people are in need of 1950s costume! I will post a photo of me in my get up on Friday so you can see the end result!

This dress is amazingly gorgeous. I want it 🙂

lace dress

But this is more the style of dress that I have:


I had trouble in deciding if my dress was 1950s, but I hoping with the right accessories and make up I’ll be fine!

If my hair was long enough I would try a style like this. She looks stunning in this photograph.


 Cherry Dollface has some really good 1950 inspired hair style tutorials. I am planning on styling my hair using her video. She also has alot of other videos based on 1950s themed styling.

This is not a blog about 1950s themed styling. However, this photo of her is amazing. How she has done her make up is the style I am aiming for.

1950s face

Or maybe I should go with the hair roller look? What you think?


Yesterday’s Girl is a blog about vintage life and styling. Check her out if you are interested in this kind of stuff. She has a tutorial on how she does her make up as well as the products she uses. This is her face made up prettily 🙂


 Time to get the red lippy out!

I’ll add a photograph of me all dressed up later in the week, I promise this time it will happen!


Cats, all the cats

Hello pickle plums,

At work there is an increased amount of cat related clothes (before people start to have Anchor Man images, nope, I mean cat motifs on human clothing). I want them all. But they cost money I don’t really have (trying to save). So I thought why not either upcycle my clothes or go charity shopping to revamp them into cat fashion! I’ve been looking around online and found a wealth of clothing with cats on them. Some of them look rather easier to DIY. I thought I would share with you the inspiration for my upcoming DIY. It will probably be a bit till I can post a photo due to so much life happening at the moment, but I thought if any of you wanted to have a go in the mean time you’l have some links at your finger tips! Just click on the photos and it’l take you to the page.

Cat dresses! How cute are these, though they are out of my price range. They are from ROMWE and $49.99. I love the idea of incorporating a cat shape onto the dress. The best way to do this, I think, would be to get a lace dress and applique a cat face onto the top half and add a bow. The main difficulty with this would be in finding matching colours; the dress and the applique would need to be the same shade otherwise it would look too homemade.

cat dress

Galaxy print, a cat and a cape. If you are looking for a jumper with all these things, look no further. I know I shouldn’t but I love this. Its amazeballs.

galxy catI have no idea as to how to copy this. I guess a transfer? You kinda have to get past the models pose ( not 100% whats happening there), but once past, you’l see just how awesome this jumper is. They have tees with it on and dresses too! This jumper reminds me of one that a friend has recently brought. Though his is more jazzy.

It is like dungarees, but with a cat on it. Not quiet sure what to make of this, or if I should copy it.

cat demin

I do really like the idea of it (having the ears stick up and the face all cute) but it lacks shape. I need shape in a dress otherwise I’ll look like a bag of potatoes. It looks like the denim is attached to the top; this is a cool way to keep the cat in shape and stop the dress of sliding around. I think if I was to copy this one though, I would create straps of a different colour that go behind the ears and not attach it to a tee. I would bring the waist band up to add some shape. I would also consider adding scalloped bottom edge. And maybe a tail on the back, but that might be pushing it too much!

This lovely dress is handmade and being sold at £46, but is too much for me.

cat asos

If I was going to attempt this, it would end up being more costly and time consuming that I would have thought.  The best way to mimic this one would be to find a dress you like and add the paneling to it. Make sure that the material is light weight and that they are washable together. In fact, I would consider washing the panel before sewing onto the dress. I do really like this, it unusual and is bit more subtle than the last ones!

Another way do make cat themed clothing is to have cat print as the staple.

cat print

The smaller the print the better, in my opinion, in case you were asking! I would like this as a loose playsuit. This would not be a upcycle and the idea of this excise for me is to keep it cheap. Though a cheaty way to get round this would be to get less material and make a skirt! There are some great free online skirt patterns out there.

This lovely lady already has a DIY and it would be an upcycle.

cat jumper

What more could I say! Other than this would be the easiest and cheapest to do.

Other ways to get cat themed clothing (or any other motif) would be to block print. This lady has a great DIY for it. Another way would be applique, there are many DIY’s out there for this, one such is Penelope Teapot.

Hope enjoyed looking at the cat madness, until next time chickpeas.


Tapas Night

Hello my cheeky parsnips,

I like eating and talking, tapas, I find is a great way to do both. I have been hankering tapas for ages and decided the other night to make some. All the dishes I made were a first for me and they went rather well 🙂 I made 8 dishes and it was a far too much for boyfriend and me to consume, so reinforcements were called the next day! I did take a photo, though it is not the best.  I do not know how people make food look good photographed.


So apologies for the rather poor photograph! It doesn’t look it, but it was rather yum. I toasted a stack of pitta to dip into the dishes. I also bought some nice olives and sun dried tomatoes  to go alongside them. Here are the recipes I used and made up:

1) Hummus,  Vegangela: I used this recipe (ish). It was good, though shelling chickpeas takes far longer than I expected.  So if thinking about doing this, leave extra time. It took me about 30 mins to shell a can of chickpeas.

2) Broccoli Guacamole, Vegangela: This was yummy and I received compliments on this. It was really easy to make though was the most expensive dish.

3) Spanish Green beans and Tomatoes, allrecipes: Mine did not look like the picture; it was much more liquidity.

4) Espinacas con Garbanzos, allrecipes: Again nothing like the picture, though that was because I blend mine more. I would suggest putting less garlic in this than suggested. I think I put in 2 cloves and found it was fine.

5) Olivada, allrecipes: Garlic ahoy, next time round I will use less, maybe half a clove. It was avoided second time round. So beware!

6) Mushroom thing. This was in part used Vegangela  recipe. I used chestnut and shitake mushrooms chopped finely. I did not use capers,  olives or parsley, or blend it. I did use garlic though only one clove and definitely used wine! I enjoyed my finial dish, but would be keen to try hers as I have enjoyed her other recipes.

7) Tomato Tapas, allreciepes: I used this but adapted it. This was the best dish. The recipe asks for pepper and basil, I didn’t use these. I used less garlic, I think 2 cloves. I also used more spices and curry paste. It has the option of blending it which I did. The dish got likened to Bombay potatoes, and the recipe was demanded.

8) The last dish I made up as couldn’t find what I was after. I name it Aubergine and tomato tapas, as that is what it was. I chopped an aubergine finely and roasted it with spices for about 20 mins on low heat. As it was roasting, I fried half an onion and a clove of garlic. When the aubergines were done, I added them to the frying pan with a tin of tomatoes and added more spice to give it a bit of a kick.

This isn’t the best laid out page, so well done if made it this far!



As it is the middle of the week and I am craving some delicious noms, I thought I would post some recipes for cupcakes in an attempt to cheer myself and anyone who reads this! I have recently bought myself a piping bag and have been trying it out; it is more difficult than I thought. Tip of the day: make sure not to take to long if using butter frosting as it goes goooey.

1) Baking mad, Banoffee Cupcake

cupcake 1

2) Connie Cupcake, Glittery Cherry

3) Baking Mad, Chocolate and Raspberry cupcake


4) Lemon Sugar, Cherry cordial cupcakes

5) BBC good food, Cranberry Ripple cheesecake cupcakes

6) Food Network, Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

I making vegetarian tapas this evening, so if I have time I will attempt at making some cupcakes. Will post a photo later!

Inspiration Monday, Fabric pen designs

Hello people,

Today my fabric pens arrived in the post. Hopefully in a weeks time you will see my crafted beautiful mess. Until then I thought I would share some inspiration for this DIY. It‘s Inspiration Mondays!

1) Modcloth, Faux Sure Bag


2) Owl drawing, Cut out and Keep


3) Animal stencil jeans, A beautiful mess

animal print jeans

4) Stenciled cushion cover, Apartment Therapy

5) Patterned shoes, Refinery 29

6) Panda tote bag, A Jellybean in the Oven

Can’t wait to get started!