Friday, 25 November 2011

Holiday Time!

Hi there people! Well it is now officially the holidays for me myself and I and...... I'm 17! Flip that is very old, well it seems that way to me anyway. Anyway, it is actually only JUST today, 1:00 am. Technically 3 hours until I am born (that makes it sound epic, like I am a time traveler or something..... but sadly - no.) So it is still yesterday for me. Why it is it that despite the fact that it will be an ordinarily ordinary day, I can never get to sleep the night before? I think this may be normal.... although i shall never know for sure. I just wanted to formally introduce you to my manny, he's pretty random and crazy and also slightly cute. Oh - and he has a beard! Here's Angus:

This morning he decided (in all of his 10 month old wisdom) that he would help me to do my hair and makeup. How lovely and thoughtful! However, him softing my mascara while I was trying to apply an even coat - while adorable - didn't really go down so well. 

This is a song that I have become quite fond of these past few days, I think I prefer the acoustic version but I am in love with the video of the original, which I suggest you check out. The song is 'Two Cousins' by a band called Slow Club. Very relaxing.... I think I will have to purchase the album to be honest. I haven't been getting up to much lately, my final exam was yesterday. As interesting as history is, the history examination itself is not what I would call the most stress-free experience. Still I am free now! Hazzah! I have been using my free time wisely, planning my party for next Thursday. The theme is medieval which I think is fun and a bit different. It is based around a few dinners that the family has had with the same theme and the party will involve an outdoor feast (if the weather is nice and behaved) and some medieval movies. I sent out the invites on Wednesday and now am set to be busy at work with preparation and decorating! Yay what fun! I love planning parties! here is a peek at the invites. I made a whole twenty and sent them off by post to friends. Really, I have just come to the conclusion that the time and effort put in was merely a procrastination to studying, but I am pleased with the result!

Hopefully a few more photos to come from the event itself! I have also been a busy bee making a cover for the visual diary I got a good friend for his birthday. This is to go alongside the painting and is a print style painted cover with Florence and the Machine and some text - he is a huge fan.

Unfortunately with this, and study and party planning and plenty of baking and eating (of course) I haven't had much time to work on my 100 squares project (see the top of the site for how I am going) but will try to update it with the squares I have been working on since last Wednesday. Let's just say I will have to pick up the pace if I want to have a blanket by Christmas! Anyway, I better be off to sleep now! I have a long day of being 17 ahead of me, so Bon Voyage and toodle pip my faithful followers, and a happy 26th of November to you all! x

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Good Music and Magnificent Meringues

Hello there.... finally!
A long silence over the weekend, but there hasn't been too much to report really! A trip up to Auckland for my cousin's very 1st birthday and a whole Monday spent in bed with a book, well... I enjoyed it! Not to mention these fantastic meringues and strawberries (oh and the ever important whipped cream in a can!)..

A song that I have not been able to stop listening to this week (obviously by the fabulous Florence Welch - aka Florence and the Machine! Who Else?!) It's a cover of 'I'm Going Down' and is sung with Kid Harpoon. Give it a look, it is well worth it!

Today was nice, finally had a chance to catch up with a friend I hadn't spoken to in weeks, over frappes which makes everything 5 billion times more exciting! I got a wee bit of painting done on a piece for a good friend of mine's birthday (which I hate to mention was months ago...) and now I am off to bake a cheesecake! Yummy Scrumboes! 
I find it a tad hilarious that the majority of my posts on this blog seem to revolve around food, but then again so does my brain to be completely honest! Not literally- that would be weird... Well I am obviously tired and slightly (HA!) insane, but some more time in bed can cure at least one of the two, so I will say adios amigos and also be careful, because as we all know... it's a jungle out there! x

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Lazy Days

Hello interweb!
I hope that everybody, plant, mammal, rock and other, has had as much of a splendid day as I have!What started as a rainy morning, as I dragged myself out of a far too comfortable bed and onto a hairbrush, soon got  better with the arrival of friend, neighbour and fellow art 'n craft enthusiast Kate. Out came the knitting bags, the kettle was boiled and ideas and patterns were exchanged as me, my beloved mother and Kate settled onto the big blue couch and had needles whizzing and wool flying in no time.

As the clock struck 12, knitting books had gathered in small mountains and wool was strewn into a vast multicoloured carpet across the living room, some had even found it's way to my wee kitty cat Angus, who was rejoicing at what he decided was a challenge. Watching Sophie Dahl's cooking show 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' had also inspired me to venture down to my room and find the book by the Grand-daughter of legendary children's writer Roald Dahl. It is a beautiful recipe book which I highly recommend, you can find it here; Flicking through the pictures of mouth watering soups and delightful cakes is enough to make anyone hungry.

Diving into my knitting bag, I found the beginnings of a blanket I had started a few months back. The very small beginnings. Thanks to school and other pressures I only managed to find 8 small squares, each about 10cm by 10cm. As I am a relatively normal sized person, it may need some work. So, as it is almost officially my holidays, I have decided to complete the blanket as part of what I have called 'The 100 Squares Project'. What's great about this? You, my avid followers, can join in! Well, sort of....... Check the top of my home page each day and you can see how I am getting along as I work away, a few squares a day (that rhymed tee hee) and hopefully I will have a completed blanket by Christmas! Wish me luck.... it will be needed.

It comes as no surprise that this stylish little guy, as one of the last three gingerbread people, faces a grim end this afternoon, as my colourful gang were wolfed down one by one since I made them yesterday. 
So, we shall say goodbye to 'Bow-tie Guy' and I shall say goodbye to you, wishing you all a lovely evening!
Toodle Pip x

Monday, 14 November 2011

Gingerbread People

A spot of baking today, and i know it is two posts in a day but this blogging thing is addictive! Anyway I had a go at gingerbread men, a first for me which is a bit embarrassing but i must say that it was a blast. Especially the decorating  where i am afraid to say that I went a bit crazy... It is a great recipe though and i urge you to give them a go!

Golden Gingerbread Recipe  - From 'The Complete Book of Gingerbread' By Valerie Barrett

You Will Need:
350g plain flour                                       100g butter
2 tsp ground ginger                                 175g soft brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon                                        4 Tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda                     1 egg - beaten

1. Sieve the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Rub in the butter with fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

2. Stir in the sugar. In a saucepan, warm the syrup to make it runny.

3. Add the syrup and the beaten egg to the flour mixture; mix to a soft dough. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour.

4. Knead the dough lightly until smooth.

5. Roll out as desired. If the dough is rolled out thinly, a crisp texture will be obtained. If rolled out thickly, a softer texture will result. Bake in a preheated oven at 190'C/375'F/Gas Mark 5 (Note: If a fan forced oven is used, bake at 180'C instead of 190'C) Most items take 8-10 minutes to cook, smaller items will be less, and larger items more.

Yummy Scrumboes!
Enjoy x

Let me introduce you to my friends!

Hello there! This is, for those who were not observant enough to notice, my first post. I'm not quite sure what it will be about just yet actually, so this could get interesting. It is a bit strange being out and about on the big wide web, and I'm not really talking about Facebook or Twitter or whatever. I would like to say that I can offer you my knowledge or teach you everything there is to know about the world, but then I wouldn't be telling the complete truth. I am not, as they say, a wise owl in the form of a spring chicken, I am merely a confused sparrow looking for something to sink my teeth into..actually, birds don't have teeth...but you get the metaphor I think. Anyway this is what i hope will be the home to many wonderful and interesting and strange and creative things. There isn't really a story behind the name either, it just sounded like the title of a nice place that people would want to go for a break, the little picture was done by yours truly and the owls are called Norah and Sylvia, for anyone who is particularly interested. I guess if you want to know more about me you can check out my 'ABOUT ME' section - pretty self explanatory really... I'm Diva anyway (my real name, yes) and for now here are a few pictures to keep everyone relatively entertained. Cheerio x