Dog Days

Friday, 30 March 2012

I wanted to share some photos of my gorgeous Labrador Toby enjoying the sunshine before the good weather ends.

I was flicking through the new Company High Street Edit with a glass of wine whilst he was enjoying himself chasing various things flying past him.

I love the effects of these photos - I think they really bring out the warmth of the day.
All in all a lovely late afternoon.

Sunday Sweetness

Sunday, 25 March 2012

So for this week's Sunday Sweetness, I wanted to look at perfecting my cookie baking.
I have been reading some Joanna Fluke murder mystery novels, about a cookie shop owner called Hannah Swensen who happens to keep stumbling across murder victims face down in her baked goods! Interspersed throughout the books, there are various recipes for cookies, so I thought I'd try a couple out.

I thought it was only appropriate to photograph the cookies with their literary counterparts!

Choc chip crunchies

Molasses Crackles

Regency Ginger Crisps

I had to convert the recipes from USA measurements to UK ones, and figure out that molasses is essentially treacle!

I'm not sure if there's copywrite on the recipes so I'm not sure if I'm strictly able to put the recipes on here, but if they are wanted they I have been known to cave in to peer pressure! But is worth getting hold of the books if you can, good read and cookies to boot!

Much lobe xx

OOTD - What I wore

Sunday, 25 March 2012

So, even though I had made a new skirt, I felt slightly overdressed for the occasion, which was just a meal in a local Italian with some girlfriends.

Here is the outfit I ultimately ended up wearing:-

Coral Jeans - Topshop, Shoes - Moda in Pelle, Bag- River Island,
Top - Charity Shop, Earrings - Vivienne Westwood.

Do you see my cat getting in on the action? My photographer (my Other Half) is not the best as you can see!

I love these jeans for summer. I bought these coral jeans last year for my summer holiday, and they seem to be the colour to wear this year after Kate Middleton wore some.

The top was a charity shop find when I went shopping with my mum, and cost about £3!. I love anything with florals at the minute, and this style was flattering at the end of the night when I was very full with a gorgeous carbonara!!

Close up of my mu clutch purse - the bonus to it being neutral is that I can use it with other shoes too!

The shoes were a bit of a mistake - I bought a navy dress, and coral belt last year and I'd seen the exact same shoes in Dorothy Perkins for about £40 - unfortunately they didn't have them in my size, but already had the belt and dress by this point, and a holiday a week away! So I found these at Moda in Pelle and bought them in desperation! By the time I got back off holiday, Dorothy Perkins had them in my size!! Typical eh?

Close up of my Vivienne Westwood earrings.

I didn't wear any other accessories as I felt the bright colour pop jeans and the floral ruffle top did all the talking.

So that's what I neded up wearing - what do you think?

Tutorial - 3 seam pencil skirt

Sunday, 25 March 2012

So here is the pencil skit tutorial I promised, apologies for the delay, but I was a bit ill for a day or two and then I've been stupidly busy!

Anyway this is my first go at a tutorial so if there's anything I've missed out you want to know, just ask!!

This is a really simple skirt to make and you only need to be able to stitch in a straight line to get it right.

Here's a picture of me wearing the skirt for a night out - although I didn't actually wear it in the end as it wasn't suitable for the occasion, but I'll show you what I did wear in my next post!

So here's what I did:

I used a pencil skirt that I already own as a template. I allowed a good 3 inches at the top and bottom for hemming and seaming. I was using a tube of fabric, so I just butted up to the edge. (You could just fold your fabric in half)

Turn the fabric, right side together, pin and sew the two open sides together to form the seam. As you can see I struggled to match my stripes up a bit but this will be at the back so this doesn't bother me too much.

View of the seam from the inside, after it's been stitched.

Measure a peice of elastic around your waist so it's just comfortable around your waste. Sew the elastic together to form a loop. Making sure your skirt is inside out, place the loop over the top of the skirt, fold the top over the elastic and pin. You will need to stretch the elastic while you are doing this - I did mine on the ironing board. Stitch all the way around to form the waistband.

You can see the elastic inside the waistband here.

Pin up the bottom edge, to form a hem, and sew on the inisde.

And that's it! Simple eh? Just make sure all your seams are well pressed, and put the seam to the back of the skirt.
You can use the exact same technique for a boob tube top.

I'm working on another skirt thats comes past my knees - I'll upload when completed.


Tutorial Coming Soon!!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Just to let you know, I will be uploading my first tutorial later today - a 3 seam pencil skirt and it was the easiest skirt I ever made!!

Pictures will be included!

Sunday Sweetness

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

I know today is technically Tuesday so I am behind but as I've said I'm still getting to grips with this and I have only just figured out how to upload from my mobile! I will be better in future!!
Sunday is generally my 'bake day', as I get most of the morning, until around lunchtime to myself, so I tend to do any baking I want to do then, before getting Sunday dinner ready.

This week I made mint choc chip and chocamocha cupcakes. Neither are particularly revolutionary, but it's the first time I've not actually followed a recipe, aside from my much loved basic cupcake recipe, and all in all they turned out pretty good!!!

You can't tell in the picture above very well, but the buttercream on the mint choc chip is a gorgeous pale green which contrasts with the dark chocolately colour of the cupcake.

I thought I'd also include some photos of other bakes I've done in the last couple of weeks, just to give you a flavour of what I do.

This is a zebra print birthday cake I made for my 'sister-in-law to be'. The cake is a chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream and iced with sugar paste (or fondant depending on your preference)

I got this cake stand for Christams from my Mum and Dad. I'm currently in the process of collecting matching teacups/teapot etc. I made choc chip cookies (as my other half was getting bored of cake, and they sat in the bowl better!) and some vintage style cupcakes.

Close up of the cakes for reference. Doesn't everything look much better on a cake stand? These are a mixture of sugarpaste and buttercream toppings on a plain chocolate cake.

More bakes to come in the future - this Sunday! I'll be making biscuits.

Much Lobe xx

p.s much lobe came from a typing error between me and my friends which has now stuck, in case you were wondering or irritated by my terrible mispelling!
So this is my first blog and my first blog post. I'm really new to this and have been inspired by the many blogs I have found and now follow as a result of my ever growing obsession with pinterest! I'm going to be using this space to collate all the fabulous ideas I've found and my efforts to recreate them. It will almost be a signposting service to start with until I get up and running and let my own creative juices flow a bit more. The page will be update and the layout changed a lot of the next coming weeks while I decide what works and what doesn't. Much lobe!
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