This story begins when I got my tattoo post Christmas. I’d been told to keep it moisturised and that cocao butter was really good for this. I speedily ordered myself what can only be described as a bucket of the stuff, without really realising it came in solid flakes. The smell was literally amazing, full of chocolaty goodness and so I spent considerable amounts of time just smelling the bucket. I realised that as soon as I rubbed the flakes on my tattoo it immediately started to melt and moisturised the area really well…so my thinking was ‘I need to turn this into a sweet smelling lip balm pronto!
Hello hello! It’s about that time when I whip up some free printable Valentine’s treats, don’t you think? Well, that’s exactly what I’ve done with these mini brush lettered notecards and matching envelopes. They’re perfect for writing sweet or slushy love notes to the object of your affection this Valentine’s day. Why not use them all and they can open them throughout a Valentine’s breakfast? Any excuse for a scrummy breakfast works for me as you may well notice from my instagram feed.
It’s time for a new month’s Styling The Seasons post and this month it’s a little bit special. Laura Ashley teamed up with the monthly style challenge to provide some of the regular bloggers that take part with a few pieces from the SS15 collection. The idea being that we’d then style these products for February.
You can see all twelve blog posts on the Laura Ashley blog over the 10th and 11th of February and you can even vote for your favourite one which will enter you into a draw to win £50 to spend at Laura Ashley! I do love a freebie!
It’s nearly Valentine’s Day! I’m sure lots of people are groaning as I write this so you have my full support to make a speedy exit but I know lots of you like a little bit of mushy goodness. I came up with these free printable postcards. A romantic picnic in the park is never on the agenda in the UK come February but why not invite your partner to a picnic on the sofa with yummy treats, candles, kisses, cuddles and a film from the comfort of your own home. Nick and I actually did this one date night not long after we got married, back when I used to do much sweeter things (token wrist slap).
For the card you’ll need…
- Downloadable Valentine’s card
- A4 card
- Scissors or a scalpel & a ruler would be even better
- Download your card here and print onto A4 card
- Cut out/ or scalpel according to the markers
- Score to fold in half neatly
For the envelope you’ll need…
- Downloadable envelope
- A3 paper
- Scissors or a scalpel & ruler
- Double sided tape or glue
- Download the envelope here and print. You will need a printer that can print A3 for this, in order to accommodate the card size.
- Cut of scalpel around the edges and then score following the guide.
- Fold and secure with your glue or tape. You can use a dot of glue or tape to fix it shut or alternatively use a sticker of some sort.
Hi! Sorry for my absence in blogland. There’s been a whole lot going on and changes brewing which have left me little head space for much else. To my surprise January whizzed past, turning into one big rainy blur. Now suddenly it’s February and nearly Valentine’s and I went to get in quickly and share this simple little DIY with you.
All you need to make your little jar of love is…
- downloadable labels
- A small jar
- A4 paper or inkjet sticker paper
- Heart shaped sweets
- Start by downloading your free printable sheet of labels. You can either print this onto paper and glue your labels onto the jar or you can print them onto inkjet sticker paper, which is a little easier.
- Choose a heart size that works with your jar and draw a circle on top of the heart pattern to cut out and use for the lid. Stick them on.
- Then fill your heart with sweets. I used heart shaped Haribos but it would work just as well with heart shaped chocolates.
I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use this Birthday gift ever since June. My mum bought me this cookie cutter with interchangeable letters. Now it might sound lame but this was definitely one of my favourite birthday presents. Anyway I ditched the cutter from the packet and used a heart one instead, stamping niceties into the biscuit dough, packaged them up and voila, homemade Valentine’s love hearts for the hubbie!
Life has seemed pretty non-stop busy recently, which is possibly why I ended up rundown and nursing a yucky cold this week. Nick and I decided to do Valentines day on Saturday rather than Thursday which was a brilliant idea! Pancake day had also been a no show as Mr Cold had me wiped out and asleep on the sofa by 8pm. It seemed to make perfect sense to combine the two celebrations, the outcome being Valentine’s Day pancake brunch…win, win!
I decided to do something a little different so it was raspberry pancakes, along with caramelised banana pancakes on the menu. The rest of the day was spent reading the Bible together, aimlessly wondering along Chiswick high street, lunching in a sweet little cafe, a candlelit dinner and a movie. It was the lovliest, chilled out day I’ve had in a long time and the fact it was with Nick made it even better.