I’m the type of person that can’t keep a cactus alive; despite the fact that I absolutely adore the thought of growing my own fruit, veg and flowers I have never been all that green-fingered.
That makes the next statement even more unbelievable; this year I grew my own pumpkin from seed (and it’s pretty sizeable too!) For today’s Blogtober post I thought I would share a few tips and tricks to growing your own pumpkin – pieces of advice I learned along the way. It’s not as easy as it looks but it is very rewarding and if I can do it, anyone can!
This year we decided we wanted to join in on the trend of wreath-making. After a quick search online G came across a workshop that was being held in a craft shop in town. At just £30 per person the workshop was considerably less than what’s typical for London, and with the practicality of the location – we were sold.
During the Autumn months there’s nothing I like more than a hot drink, and my drink of choice is always a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. There’s something about the delicious spices and whipped cream that epitomise the season for me; if I wasn’t on a diet I could easily drink one every day.
Sadly I am on a diet and as such, I can’t drink one every day. I follow Slimming World so spend a lot of time coming up with ingenious hacks to lower the saturated fat content and ‘syns’ in everything I eat. The other day I came up with a really simple recipe for a Slimming World-friendly pumpkin spiced-coffee and it was actually really tasty. Today I thought I would share the recipe with you. It’s great if, like me, you’re following the Slimming World plan but want a tasty and low-syn treat to curb your coffee cravings or even if you’re just trying to save a few extra pounds – those Starbucks PSLs are expensive after all!
There’s something about October that makes me want to bake. I’m not quite sure if it’s the need to come up with new, fresh content for Blogtober or all of the Bake Off I’ve been watching but, the drive is there.
Yesterday we spent the day at a pumpkin patch – and I came away positively inspired. I recently discovered that the ‘Pumpkin Spice’ mix that I so adore rarely has any pumpkin in it whatsoever – and is actually just a blend of spices. I wanted to try this spice mix out to see if I could make the flavour I love so much. Putting two and two together I decided to bake some pumpkin spice biscuits! Here’s the recipe…
Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year. I love any excuse to get dressed up and celebrate, but there’s something about the spooky-season that really appeals to me (probably all of the pumpkins everywhere!)
When I was a kid Trick or Treating wasn’t as big as it is today. I don’t think I ever went Trick or Treating at all – it was just something I read about or saw in the movies. But despite that my family and I always celebrated the day with home-cooked Halloween-themed dinners from my Mumchelle (sausage and mash can easily become fingers and brain…) and funny little games played out in the living room. And every single year without fail my mum would treat me to a couple of those fun Halloween Lucky Dip bags on the walk home from school. Even our local newsagents would get in on the action, with a Halloween display in the shop window. I have fond memories of popping in to buy a bag of crisps and coming away with plastic fangs and bats. I guess nostalgia plays a large part in why I love Halloween so much – it was just such a happy time for me!
I adore Autumn. The gorgeous burgundy, mustard and rust coloured leaves, the cool, crisp air, conkers in the trees and fields full of pumpkins.
And it’s a great time of the year to get crafting too. With the cold, dark evenings I find I’m much less likely to venture out of the house, instead preferring a cosy night in. What better way to keep occupied than with a craft project?
I combined my love of Autumn and crafting to sit down and create an Autumn wreath to celebrate the change of seasons and hang proudly on my front door. Here I will share with you how to create you own – it’s a fun activity to keep you occupied on a rainy day!
If you read my Autumn Baking – Golden Syrup and Walnut Cake post, you’ll know that I’m by no means a baker – but I’d like to be.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bake Off is giving me all the inspiration. Today I decided to try my hand at another simple bake – an Autumn-inspired apple strudel.
I’m not a baker, but I do enjoy a nice slice of cake and greatly appreciate those skilled enough to bake yummy treats. Although I’m a proficient enough cook, my foray in to baking has taken me as far as burning some misshapen biscuits with my mother when I was much younger.
I don’t know if it is the change of season or the fact that I’ve just started watching Great British Bake Off for the first time ever (let’s be honest, it’s probably the latter) but lately I have really had the urge to try my hand at baking.
Hi guys, I just wanted to share a suuuuper quick post with you today to let you know a new pin has landed in my Etsy shop! The pin is a colour variant of the original pastel blue tit pin and has an adorable pink belly instead of the standard purple. When I drew this design it did actually have a pink belly so this new pin is a lot closer to my original vision. I’m really happy with how this little guy turned out! If you would like to purchase this or the purple pin please feel free to pay my shop a visit. It can be found here!
Just as a side note, I’m open to pin swaps if you’re a maker with a cute design. I support small biz now and forever!
Thanks for checking this post out.
This year I decided to take Pretty Little Finch in a new direction and bring together my two loves; birds and pastel colours! Perfect for spring, this pretty little blue tit pin features a gorgeous pastel palette and is sure to brighten any outfit!
Disclaimer: I was not paid or gifted to write this post.
Love them or hate them, there’s no arguing that adult colouring books have become a ‘thing’ in a big way.
Centred around the ideas of mindfulness, a technique taught in cognitive behavioural therapy, adult colouring books are a fun throw back designed to help adults curb stress. The idea behind it is to become fully immersed in the task at hand (colouring) and to focus your senses and become present in the moment; something which is increasingly difficult for this stressed out generation to achieve.
Anyway, we’ve all seen them in book shops and supermarkets and there are now so many different types for sale it would seem there’s one to suit every interest. But have you heard of adult sticker books?
So, as I mentioned a few posts back, I have been working hard to create some new designs for my Etsy shop in the hopes of luring more customers in.
I had originally created four designs but, after much thought I decided to listen to what people had been asking for – and I went back to the drawing board to create something new.
After much deliberation I settled on two designs. The robin and the nuthatch. I am really happy with how both of these designs have turned out and think they will get a good reception, what with the Robin being a firm fave with us Brits!
Anyway, here they are – my new pieces.
I’ve also made a few changes to my existing items, and have re-shot the photos, tweaked the descriptions etc etc. So please go and check it out. If you’d like one of my pieces, please take a look HERE
Thanks for stopping by!
It has been a couple of weeks since I opened the online doors to my Etsy shop now and whilst I have no big ‘updates’ to give as such, I thought I’d take the time to write a little bit about how it’s all going.
The TLDR; of it is this: slowly.
It’s what I had expected, what I had read and what others had told me. I guess it’s only natural that when you first start a business it takes some time to get your name out there and to build up a following. I follow many creatives and Etsy sellers on Instagram and can see that it has taken them a long time and a lot of trial and error to gain the many loyal followers and buyers they have. But still. Even knowing all this good stuff I’m horrifically impatient and want all of that success already. I’m terrible, I know.
I am enjoying all of the processes behind running a small business though. I enjoy accumulating followers on Instagram and that little thrill when someone tells me something I’ve made is cute. I enjoy checking my stats on Etsy and seeing how many people have looked at my shop. It makes my day when someone favourites a listing. I know I know, I’m sad but what can I say? It’s all sorts of fun to see something you’ve created grow.
At this time I have made one sale, so I think that means I am getting there. I know success won’t fall at my feet overnight and that I just have to keep myself motivated. I’ve been reading a lot of success stories lately and I do think that helps to keep my mind focused on the overall goal (which is to have a successful Etsy shop.) I’m also hoping to start producing some new designs too, as I think that will help boost views of my shop and perhaps I will sell a few more things!
As long as I can keep moving forwards, I am happy.
If you’d like to visit my Etsy shop, you can visit it here. You can also follow my journey over on instagram here. If you’d like to buy something, please feel free to use the code PRETTYLITTLEBLOG10 for a 10% discount on your order.
Please feel free to share your Etsy shop links with me, as I love discovering new places to buy!
I have decided to open my Etsy shop a little earlier than I originally anticipated. Largely because I’m impatient, but mostly because I really want to get the ball rolling with this one – and I now have everything ready and in place.
If you’d like to take a look, you can find my shop here
I am selling handmade wooden necklaces featuring garden birds.
I have a limited number of lovely blue tits.
And a limited number of beautiful bullfinches. But I will re-stock (and add some new designs) if and when these sell out.
Get buying people – help me create more things and realise my dream of working from home in my PJS all of the days.
Life has been pretty hectic lately and it feels as if I’ve not stopped. But it’s a good kind of hectic, the kind where you feel you’re making progress.
My job as a copywriter takes up most of my waking hours but in my precious spare moments I’ve been cramming a lot in. When I’m not writing/blogging, adventuring or adding to my ever-growing feather family (yes we did finally get those quails) I have been working on a creative side project.
It has been a dream of mine to create and open an Etsy shop for a long time. Previous posts will show you I’m the crafty type and and fully support handmade. So the ideas I’ve now ‘realised’ have been on the back burner for quite some time, they haven’t just popped up over night.
Recently I’ve been playing around with a lot of creative mediums and trying to discover what it is I really want to create. After a lot of playing around I decided to combine my two greatest loves: birds and jewellery.
The process of creating my pieces was understandably time-consuming and much of it was a learning curve as cliche’d as that probably sounds. But now I’ve created some pieces that I’m really proud of (and this is a big thing for me, because I’m not ever proud of myself!) My Etsy shop is set to open next week, Saturday 13th February. More details of this can be found over at the Pretty Little Finch Instagram.
The whole idea around my shop and my pieces is centred around birds that you might find in a back garden in Britain. Here’s the spiel:
Pretty Little Finch is a collection of hand-painted, digitally edited and laser cut wooden jewellery inspired by the beautiful and varied birds that visit British back gardens.
Carefully selected for their beautiful colours and patterns, the collection focuses on birds that can be caught at a tantalising glimpse in gardens across the country. This natural beauty found in the most ordinary of spaces is translated in to highly wearable pieces that will lend a touch of charm to any outfit.
Each piece is lovingly hand-painted in our studio before being adjusted digitally and prepared for the laser cutting process. Pendants are crafted from plywood and glossed for protection.
And here are some shots of the finished pieces
I’m hoping that this venture will be successful because I’d love to continue creating more pieces. I have a lot of ideas and designs in the pipeline…it would be fantastic to realise them. For now though, I’m just having a lot of fun with it!