And The Winners Are…

Our competition to win 1 of 5 copies of the Absolutely Chocolate recipe book ended last night and this morning with the help of Random.org I picked the winners. So without further ado the five winners who will each receive a copy of Absolutely Chocolate (RRP £19.99) are:

Wendy_mcd83
Shellybee
Angela
Stuart

I hope you all enjoy the book and make up some fabulous chocolate creations!!

Simple Upcycling Tutorial

It’s that time of year now when we all unpack our hats and scarves. But sometimes you just don’t like them as much as you did last year. Maybe you have a new coat or hairstyle, maybe you just fancy something new. Whatever the reason you shouldn’t just bin last years wares, instead you should up/recycle them into something stylish and new. Here I’m bringing you one really simple and quick way to turn a plain hat and scarf into a gorgeous new item.

What You’ll Need

Hat
Scarf
Buttons
Sewing Needle & Thread

Step 1

To be truly economical you should raid your button stash. If you don’t have any buttons then take a look through your clothes, are there any you were planning to get rid of and could borrow the buttons from? How about making your own (see my previous tutorial here for instructions) or buy some.

Personally I like the buttons to be different sizes, styles and shapes. From a design point of view odd numbers always look better so keep that in mind.

Step 2

Arrange your buttons on the hat until your pleased with the effect, then sew them on. I sewed mine slightly to one side.

Step 3

Repeat the previous step on your scarf.

Step 4

Enjoy your brand new creations!! It really is as quick, simple and cheap as that!

Remember Remember…

Remember, remember the fifth of November.
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Well alright it’s the 6th of November today. But yesterday was indeed the 5th of November when we traditionally remember Guy Fawkes failed attempts and light bonfires and fireworks aplenty.
In a typically British fashion it was raining quite heavily here but that didn’t thwart us, or rather it didn’t thwart the husband. While the children and I all hid inside and watched through a window he let off a lovely display of fireworks which thoroughly impressed us all.
We were then treated to some huge fireworks by a local temple, as not only was it Bonfire Night, it was also Diwali yesterday as well.