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Anniversary Giveaway!

Myself and Ashley have been together 3 years today!….or tomorrow. You see we don’t really know when we got together as I agreed somewhere around midnight so we tend to celebrate over two days! However we’re not doing much today as we have very little money and so just spent a long relaxing morning and afternoon together and both have work tomorrow. I have bought him vouchers for a graffiti art lesson though, although we can’t book it for a few weeks as we’re too busy!

Still, it’s been really nice to spend some time snuggled up together thinking ‘how on earth have we put up with each other for 3 years!’. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs like every couple, but since we’ve both finally got new, well paid and enjoyable jobs things have been really good and we’re as loved up as ever!

To celebrate our anniversary i’ve decided to give away one of my Penguin cards to one lucky winner, so they can share their love with someone special.

I am actually giving away an extra large card, a size not available in my shop, featuring the adorable picasso and lots of fish (above)! This was my most popular card design over valentines and so is sure to be the perfect way to make someone feel a little special.

To enter to go over to my facebook and then like and share my competition image here.

You have the rest of today and tomorrow (the length of our anniversary) to enter!

Good Luck!

Claire x

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A Penguine Valentine

It is now February, the month of love and my sisters birthday! I actually have a very hectic February planned so expect plenty of updates coming up!

Now i’m not a big believer of Valentines, i think it’s pretty stupid really and would prefer my boyfriend to be romantic spontaneously,  but despite pretending not to care i always end up doing something. I know I shouldn’t and it really is hypocritical of me, but somehow I do still feel a little bit of excitement and my valentines boycott fails every year.

So this year i’ve decided to embrace it, I still think it’s stupid but it’s not going to stop me doing something special and so I thought i’d start getting into the mood early with a valentines treasury or two and some new Items!

I made this penguin themed treasury to celebrate the first of my Picasso digital drawings going up for sale! There were so many cute valentines themed penguins it was hard to narrow my picks down, but eventually I made my final decisions. You can find the treasury here

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Picasso is also getting in the mood for love and is sending you all lots of hugs and kisses! You can also send on Piccasso’s affections to your loved ones with this super cute card I now have listed in store! It features our very own Picasso hugging a heart close to him and can be customised with your own personal message!

Heart Hugging Picasso with ‘Happy Feet’ option.

You can buy the Picasso Hugging Heart card right here

I have also just listed this adorable card featuring Picasso with an armful of fish!

You can find Picasso and his fish here!

Happy February!
Claire x


365 Project – Days 14 to 20

Jan 13th saw a 12 hour shift in the kitchen. Ouch. But hot chocolate with marshmallows made up for it 🙂

Jan 14th saw another 12 hour kitchen shift (double ouch!) plus I wasn’t very well, but my sweet tooth saved the day again as I spoilt myself with yoghurt. I always view yoghurts as a special treat as I very rarely buy them to try and save a bit of money, I seriously love them though, possibly even more than chocolate!!

Jan 15th I still wasn’t very well and took the day off work (I was meant to be on another terribly long shift). By the evening I was starting to feel better and so treated myself to Chinese with the housemates whilst watching films.

I spent most of the 16th playing League of Legends with my housemates. It’s super fun, although quite complicated and stressful at times, but i think i’m starting to pick it up now and am not completely rubbish.

on the 17th I took all the ingredients for a chicken wrap to work with me. Unfortunately I completely failed in making the wrap somehow, but my kitchen friend came to the rescue. Yum!

On the 18th I decided it was a good day to show off my window. I love this window and it’s view. It makes me smile every morning!

Last night I took this picture of my Fish lights. It was after midnight and so it counts as the 19th 😛 My sister got these as a present years ago as I’ve always been obsessed with the sea, they fitted in with my ‘under the sea’ themed room and now I have them strung up on the partition in the middle of my bedroom. I think they’re awesome.

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Next week is a lot nicer shift wise and I plan to do a lot of sewing and adventuring!

Claire x


Breaded Fish – Cooking Tutorial

Recently I’ve found that, although I love cooking, I’ve been a bit lazy with my meals lately. I never seem to make anything interesting any more, It’s just pie and chips or sausage and mash. I seem to have lost my enthusiasm for it. So I figure what better way to get it back then to blog about it! I was thinking this could be a weekly or maybe fortnightly section of my blog and will hopefully inspire many of you to cook as well!

I have actually been thinking about doing this for a while but wasn’t sure about the idea. I mentioned this on Pillowsalamode’s blog and she gave me the final push I needed to get round and do it! You can find her awesome blog here . She really makes some adorable sewn products.

Anyways. Before I start with my first ever cooking blog, there are probably a few things you need to know about my style of cooking:

1) I am very slapdash. My recipes are always changing and most of them made up as I go (although usually based off some prior knowledge) .

2) I like simple easy recipes. I know I can cook more complicated things, but what’s the point when quick and easy can taste so nice?

3)  I don’t really measure or time things. When it looks right that’ll do. If you’re looking for precise recipes this is not the place.

Got all that? Still want to read on? Great stuff.

Today I am making some lovely breaded fish. I’ve never actually made this before nor do I know how to, but I do know it involves eggs and breadcrumbs. I’ve battered fish at work and figure it can’t be much different to that right?

First off is to make the breadcrumbs. This is easy. All you need is a ‘Wizzer stick’ (as I like to call it) or a blender, and obviously some bread. I got my ‘Whizzer Stick’  for a christmas present years ago and absolutely love it! It’s so useful with all it’s different attachments and so much easier to store than a blender. I definitely think every kitchen should have one.

I just used 1 slice of bread and whizzed it up until there were no big pieces. Easy.

Next You need to pour the bread crumbs into a longish container which will fit in your fish, mine was a little too small but still worked fine enough.

You also need to crack some eggs into another dish and whisk them up just a little bit so they’re nicely mixed together.

Whisking eggs in the Batman Apron I made for my boyfriend

Now comes the messy bit. Dip your fish firstly in the egg and then in the breadcrumbs and repeat. I found  I had to do this double dip to make a really good even coating of breadcrumbs on the fish (see learning as I go!). I used a nice fillet of Cod given to me by work as it was past the date we could sell but still edible. I think for this recipe it is probably best to use a thicker fillet as it would be harder to over cook, but thin ones like this should be fine as long as you are careful.

Lovely juicy cod!

 

Meet bob. He’s helping me fish the cod out of the egg sea.

And now helping to apply the breadcrumb coating

Then I put them on a baking tray along with some wedges I’d made up and put them in the oven. I put the oven on around 180-200˚c for around 20 mins (as I said i’m not very precise). Or at least that’s what I intended. I actually ended up forgetting about food as I got distracted with some others things and slightly over cooked it all (looked nice but the fish became a little dry, like I said you need to be more careful with the thinner fillets and I was not). But basically just throw it in there until everything looks brown, golden and delicious!

And there you have it. It’s tasty, quick and easy and so much cheaper than the shop bought breaded fish. We ate it with homemade wedges, peas, sweetcorn and salad cream.

I have actually already started thinking about how to improve this recipe.

1) Obviously don’t be an idiot and forget about it cooking.

2) Add some herbs and spices to the eggs or breadcrumbs for a little extra flavour.

If anyone decides to have a go at this recipe or even has some more ideas for improvements i’d love to see your results and suggestions!

I really hope you enjoyed reading tis tutorial because I really enjoyed cooking, eating and writing it 😉

Next time I will have more of my sewing updates as I have a project almost finished! (sneak preview below!)

Till next time!

Any guesses which game this is from?


Table Top Sale Finds

Today my boyfriend and I decided to pop along to a little local church table top sale. I found quite a few bargains I’m proud of!

Venetian Bead Necklace

My first find. I bought this and then went back to the same stall for the rest of my things. I actually got this for £5 not any of the other prices on the label. Going to take it apart and use the beads to make some earrings and things.

Silver Heart Ring

I saw this and fell in love! Only cost me £5 as well! I love all the little hearts which go all the way around 🙂

London and Hertfordshire Charms

I thought these were cute and quirky, the exact kind of things i’m looking for to use in my jewellery making. Now just to figure out what to do with them…

Ashley also bought a Saw, hammer and a big, and well made, wooden box of nails for just £3! He wants to build things.

In other news. There is finally a new item for sale in my shop! I haven’t listed anything for ages (mainly due to a lack of internet) but now i present to you my fish and pearl necklace! 🙂


Special Beads for a Special Event.

Today I will be going to the UK Etsy meet up in London and decided I needed to make some special jewellery to wear for the occasion. I haven’t kept many of my handmade items for myself as I feel guilty when looking at the mounds of jewellery i already own.

But for christmas I was given some beads from my mum’s boyfriend that I was under strict instructions to use for myself, as I really should start wearing my own things. I mean if i’m not going to wear it why would anyone else?

Plus I feel this kind event really does need me to advertise my wares so i really needed to knuckle down and make some items.

The only problem was, i’ve been lacking inspiration for a long time and had no idea what to make. So, i decided to rummage through my jewellery box and came across an old necklace that i hadn’t worn for ages. This necklace sparked some ideas in my mind and I suddenly went on a productive streak managing to make 3 necklaces and 3 pairs of earrings in the space of a few hours!

Pink and Pearl Heart Necklace

Cute pink and cheerful, bit more girly than i’m used to, but I like it any way. It has a string of pearls broken up by pink and gold coloured beads and a large gold heart pendant.

Flower Dangle Earrings

Again cute and girly. These special flower beads seemed to suit the pearls beautifully to create a cute pair of earrings perfect for spring.

Fishy Necklace

This necklace has actually been made to sell. A string of pearls separated by a cute fish bead. A fun and quirky necklace for those who like the unusual.

Blue Chain Earrings

An eye catching pair of earrings made to to make a statement.

 I also made a pair of earrings for my sister’s birthday as the present i really made her was a big fail. I made them to match a dress she already owns. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of them for you. Maybe another time.

In other news, our flat now has pets!

Shrimp!

They are completely self reliant in their own little ecosystem, they require no feeding, cleaning or any other pet related chores. The perfect animal for forgetful me!