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The Easter Bunny

Happy Easter! Look what the Easter bunny brought me this morning.

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I hope you’re having a lovely long weekend filled with food, family / friends and lots of chocolate. Here’s a picture of the easter bunny after he delivered his eggs to me. This bunny is very hard to take pictures of, because he never stays still. I guess he has no time to stay still, since he has so many eggs to deliver!

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Have a lovely day 🙂

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Jam Jar Lanterns

A couple of months ago I went to an allotment party (If you haven’t been to an allotment party before, I reccomend it!) and we decorated the trees with lanterns made out of jam jars. It was the best – warm cider, roasting marshmallows, a campfire and sing-a-longs. I don’t know why I ever have parties indoors!

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Don’t worry though, jam jar lanterns aren’t just for allotment parties. They can make any space look pretty and atmospheric – indoors or outdoors.  I decided to make a couple of lanterns for the house, and here’s how I did it!

You will need:
A glass jar
A tea light
Glue (I used prit stick but PVA might be slightly more weatherproof!)
Nice paper / fabric / lace for decorating
String to hang your lantern up
Scissors

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Step 1: Decorate the lantern. Just cut out your fabric or paper and glue it on! I think the candlelight looks lovely shining through some thin gausey paper, or lacey fabric, but if you are using something thicker make sure you leave some gaps for the light to shine through. There’s so much room here to experiment, you could make a stripey lantern, you could cut out some cool silhouette’s out of black paper, or you could tie some ribbons round the jar.

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Step 2: Once you’ve done that, you need to tie the string around the top of the jar so that you can hang your lantern up. Cut off a long piece of string, and tie it around the top of the jar, leaving one long end. The natural ridge of the jar should hold the string in place. Then tie the left over end of the string to the other side.

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All finished! Just pop the tea light in, and hang it in the garden or in the corner of a room that you would like ot be a little cosier.

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I’m sure the weather will be gloriousy sunny soon so that you can hang up your lanterns in the garden!

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Brioche French Toast

At uni, me and my friends take it in turns to make each other breakfast on the weekends. It’s so much fun, breakfast with friends is the best way to start the day! The last time I cooked, I made french toast with brioche, and it was so yummy I’ve been making it every time I want to treat myself. The recipe I am about to show you has been adapted from this one from bbcgoodfood, and makes enough breakfast for two people.

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You will need:
Brioche! I used four brioche rolls, but you could also use four slices of brioche loaf, or make your own brioche if you’re feeling particulary adventurous.
1 egg
1 mug of milk (I use soy milk, which makes the brioche extra sweet)
Sugar
Cinnamon
Allspice
25g butter
A punnett of blueberries, or whatever berries you like best – rasberries, strawberries and blackberries work too!

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Step1: Whisk together the egg and soy milk with a teaspoon of sugar.

Step 2: Slice the briche rolls in half, and dip them in the eggy mixture. Melt the butter in the frying pan on a low heat, and put the brioche slices in the pan. Once they have browned a little, turn them over and cook the other side.

Step 3: Whilst your french toast is frying, put the berries in a pot on a medium heat. As they heat up, the juice will spurt out and it will become lovely and jammy. At this point, stir in a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of allspice.

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Step 4: Once the second side of your brioche has browned, put them on a plate and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Spoon on your juicy berry mixture, and then add some cream, if that’s your kind of thing.

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Enjoy your breakfast! Remember to serve with a nice big cup of tea, the morning paper and some friends. 🙂

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What I Wore: Stripes and Lace

I’ve decided that I’m going to be more adventurous in the way I dress. I already love wearing bold colours and patterns, but sometimes it is just too easy in the morning to get up and put on the first thing I see. Especially when I’m super busy! Dressing up is so much fun, and if I feel good in what I’m wearing, I feel good all day. To help me in this challenge, I’m going to start documenting what I wear on my blog. I hope you enjoy!

I have inhereted a lot of clothes from my Grandma. She had such great style! This shirt belonged to my Grandma, and I found this skirt at a vintage fair in York.

Stripes and Lace 1Sripes and Lace 2IMG_0651I’m looking forward to this challenge of dressing up more. How do you get ready in the morning, do you plan your outfits the night before? Or do you work it out in the morning? I hope you’re having a good weekend!

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Upcycling: How to Make A Dress Backless

I very rarely make my own clothes from scratch. However, I hate throwing away clothes, and my clothes are always ripping so I make a lot of alterations! My friend Chelsea asked me to make one of her dresses backless and I realised that this would be a great way to change any old dress you have that you’re bored of. You get new clothes without having to buy any new clothes. What could be better?

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Now I’ll show you how I made Chelsea’s dress backless. Athough her dress is bodycon, this would also work with non-bodycon dresses. This is how Chelsea’s dress looked before:

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You will need:
An old dress
A needle and thread (the thread needs to be a similar colour to your dress)
Scissors
1 meter of bias binding (this should be a similar colour to your dress but lighter)
Sewing machine (optional)

Step 1: Fold the dress in half, and draw the shape that you would like the cut out to be onto one half of the dress. Then trace this line, and draw it onto the other side of the dress. This is the easiest way to make sure that the cut out will be even!

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Step 2: Cut out the backless shape. If you have lining, you should pin the lining and the outside of the dress together at this point.

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Step 3: Tack the bias binding onto the inside of the dress, along the edge that you have just cut out. Make sure that you tack it on at least a centimeter away from the edge.

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Step 4: Fold the extra cm of fabrc over onto the bias binding, and tack it down. This will mean that you have a nice clean seam.

Step 5: Sew both sides of the bias binding onto the dress.If you have a sewing machine, you should use it at this point!

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And there you go! I hope you have fun altering your clothes. And if you want to see more of Chelsea’s pretty face, (or back) you can find her at You’re On Loudspeaker

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Everybody wants to be a cat.

Who loves dressing up? I love dressing up! I seem to be going to a lot of costume parties recently which is great because planning and making the outfits is so much fun. I love putting a lot of planning into what I wear. People who go to themed parties in their normal clothes are BORING. Recently, my friend had a cat party, and I dressed up as a lion.

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I made a tail – which I attached onto my gold disco pants with a safety pin – some ears, and a fur collar. The great thing about the collar is that it isn’t obviously part of a costume, so you can wear it during the day too!

How To Make A Tail

You will need:

A small strip of furry fabric
A scrap piece of white fabric
Scissors
Needle and thread
PVA glue.

Step One: Cut a strip from your furry fabric, 4cm wide, and 40cm long.

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Step two: Fold the fabric over, like is shown in the picture below, and sew it together.

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Step three: Cut a piece of white fabric, 5cm by 10cm. Put PVA all along the bottom of the fabric, and roll it into a tube. When the PVA is dry, cut into the white fabric at the top so that it has tassles. Then, push the white tube into the bottom of the furry tube. When you pin it onto your trousers, it should look like this!

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How To Make Cat Ears

You will need:

Cardboard
A small piece of furry fabric
PVA
A headband
A small piece of white fabric
Scissors.

Step 1: Cut out some ear shapes out of the cardboard.

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Step 2: Cut out two ear shapes out of the furry fabric, making sure that the shape is at least 2cm wider than the carboard, the whole way around. Then, glue the furry fabric onto the cardboard, sticking the excess fabric onto the front of the carboard ears.

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Step 3: Cut some smaller white fabric ears out, and glue them on, so that they cover the carboard that is showing through.

Step 4: Glue the ears onto the headband! This part can be tricky, so I tied the ears to the headband with elastic bands whilst they were drying.

How To Make A Fur Collar

You will need:

1/2 a meter of furry fabric
1/2 a meter of white fabric
PVA
Scissors.

Step One: Cut out the collar shape from the white fabric twice. You can see the pictures below for guidance on what the shape should look like! Then cut out the collar shape from the furry fabric, making sure that it is at least 3cm wider all the way around  than the white collar shape.

Step Two: Put one of the white collar pieces onto the furry fabric and fold the furry fabric over, gluing all around the edges, like shown below.

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Step Three: When this has dried, glue the second white collar shape down onto the side where the white fabric is showing through.

Whoo, and you are finished! Have fun partying with all of your catty friends. Have you made any costumes recently?

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