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Oct 18, 2017 - Blog    Comments Off on Halloween Hygge

Halloween Hygge

I plan to do some Halloween hauls but at the moment I have so much stuff that I don’t even know where to start.  I thought it would be nice to apply Hygge to Halloween.  Hygge is something that I have started to introduce to my life about a year ago.  Halloween is my absolute favourite time of year.  I live for it.  This year, however, it hasn’t been as easy to celebrate Halloween as we have suffered the loss of our beautiful baby, Pumpkin.  I won’t get into that now because it is too painful and sad, instead I’ll discuss some self-caring and fun things to do at Halloween other than eating lots of sweet and scaring the bejaysus out of people (both of which are very great activities). Here are a few Halloween things that I think lend themselves well to the concept.

Pumpkin Soup

I’m not one for being overly warm or cosy.  I hate the idea of fleece socks or pjs as I’m constantly boiling.  Those kind of things make me feel claustrophobic so for me candles and soup is about as toasty as I’m willing to go.  This pumpkin soup is lovely; it is healthy and low in fat.

You will need a pumpkin, a red pepper, an onion and some stock, chicken or vegetable, whichever works for you.

  1. Cut the pumpkin into segments like you would with a melon and roast it in the oven for about 15 minutes.  This will make it easier
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Aug 17, 2016 - Blog    Comments Off on Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Shoes

Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Shoes

For the next installment of Wedding Wednesday I’m talking about wedding shoes. Shoes don’t have to be white or ivory; (of course they can if you want them to be) they can be as bonkers and as personalised as you want.

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I have recently started decoupaging shoes and I’m going to show you how to make your own shoes or indeed shoes for your bridesmaids.  Decoupage is basically small bits of paper or tissue paper stuck to another surface as a collage.  There are a couple of ways of doing it. I have made three pairs so far: Disney Princesses, Beauty and the Beast and Batman.  The princesses and Batman were made out of wrapping paper and the Beauty and the Beast were made out of tissue paper with printed designs.  These were a lot more work so for today I’ll show you the wrapping paper method.

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beast shoe

The Batman shoes were my most recent creation so I’ll use them as my example.  Firstly find shoes that are comfortable and that you like.  They need to have a smooth surface so that the glue will stick. You can use any colour or style as they will be completely covered.  I bought a few pairs of shoes on clearance in Penneys for €5 and used them for all of my decoupage designs.

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You will need:

  • wrapping paper
  • shoes
  • scissors
  • pva glue
  • Mod Podge
  • some paint brushes
  • a paper cup
  • hair dryer
  • glitter (optional)

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  1. Cut out the shapes from wrapping paper that you
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Dec 12, 2015 - Blog    Comments Off on DIY Christmas

DIY Christmas

I have published two Christmas guides so far and today’s one is for craft lovers and the budget conscious. I have a few DIY Christmas ideas.  I love handmade gifts and crafts with thought behind them.  They are really personal.  They are also great when on a tight budget and let’s face it, Christmas can be ridiculously expensive.  These ideas are simple and easy and will help you provide unique and lovely presents.

I’m going to start off with baking.  Don’t freak out if you’re not a baker, I’m going to make it really simple.  A few years ago I made Christmas baskets for everyone.  I made miniature Christmas puddings and cupcakes.  Now,  I have bad news for you.  If you haven’t already made puddings it is too late so don’t bother even trying.  They usually need to be made around Halloween time.  I made two types of cupcakes, gingerbread with toffee icing and black forest with a whipped cream topping.  These were easy to make and I’m happy to give the recipes to anyone that wants them.  In the spirit of keeping things simple, however, buy a ready mix.  If you’re not a baker these are great ideas and Betty Crocker have lovely red velvet mixes.  There are few really simple ways to decorate them, roll two white balls of ready made icing and you have a snowman.  Get cheap cookie cutters in Dealz and create shapes out of ready made coloured icing.  Simple.  I also made brandy cream … Read the rest