The Big Reveal!!!

Saturday, 30 June 2012

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I talked about being a secret blog Angel. Well the time has finally come for me to reveal the blog I've been secretly supporting.And the special person is.......

The Lovely Alesha of Blessed to be a Blessing!

I previously mentioned that I was unsure how I was going to help Alesha. One of the other things for me, was that Alesha has a strong faith, and I did wonder how we were going to get along - but it just goes to show that all girls can find something in common (usually clothes!). I supported Alesha bu commenting, tweeting, emailing, and (hopefully) generally forming a bond.I also offered to host her button, but Alesah (being the lovely girl that she is!) offered to host mine back. I even entered and tweeting about her giveaway, not intending to win, but it kinda didn't work out that way!! (Although I'm looking forward to my new flipflops I won't lie to you!)

The best thing about supporting Alesha's blog was that her blog is so full of positivity.I got to the stage where if I was feeling down that I would have a read of some of Alesha's blog posts, and I would come away feeling good about the world again.

Alesha herself, is so lovely and friendly and will literally do anything to help someone. The hardest thing about supporting Alesha was the time difference, as we would often miss each others emails or tweets and sometimes it meant we didn't always reply in time.

I didn't expect to fall in love with Alesha's blog in the way I have. She does some fantastic link ups, and gets involved with so many too. I will continue following and supporting Alesha even now the project has finished, and hopefully will keep building on our growing friendship.

I can't wait for my blog Angel Capture by Lucy to finally reveal themselves and come out into the open! I think I may be logging on from Cuba today to see if I'm right!

I've loved being involved in this project, and I will be looking forward to getting involved again.

I would also like to say "Thank You" to Rosie of Craftbotic, who took over for me in supproting Alesha whilst I was away. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did Rosie.

Blogger Swap - with FHCS

Friday, 29 June 2012

No long after I began this blog I signed up to be involved in a Jubliee inspired blogger swap organised by Lakota of Faith Hope and Charity Shopping, hoping to get to know swome new bloggers.

My swap partner was the lovely Vicky from Lady Bug Says who quite frankly spoilt me on a modest maximum budget of £12! Here's what she sent me:-

Nautical candle, wire heart, cupcake candle, union jack cupcake cases,
handmade heart bunting, vintage scarf

I've got a spot earmarked for the wire heart in my kitchen,
but I haven't hammered the nail in yet to hang it

Vicky included a little card, where she explained that the heart bunting was handmade by herself!
 It's so perfect for my kitchen as well!

As is the cupcake candle!

And here's my nautical candle in situ in my bathroom.
And the vintage scarf with my collection of vintage suitcases!

Thank you so much for my lovely gifts Vicky! They were all wrapped beautifully and arrived just in time for me to open on my Birthday! I hope you liked all yours!

Guest Blogger - In the Kitchen with Vanisha

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

This is the second in my series of guest blogger posts, looking after things, watering the houseplants, feeding the cat, that sort of thing while I'm on my jollies!! Enjoy!

Hello lovely readers of Bows, Bangles & Bakes! My name is Vanisha and blog over at Vanisha's Life in...Australia I'm guest posting for Jenni whilst she's on holiday and thought I'd share with you some dreamy baking and kitchen related images and my thoughts...

Baking (and cooking) usually is a slow process for me. I don't like storming through the kitchen and getting something on the table in record time (though sometimes that cannot be helped). I can spend hours in the kitchen baking (and cooking) and decorating. I don't like being rushed, or rushing. 

For me, it all starts with pretty things, superficial but whatever. I try to buy pretty yet functional kitchenware. It sure makes my time in the kitchen more fun, and given that I spend so much time in there, it's only fair that I'm surrounded by gorgeousness! 

In some instances it's so important to get the measurements right, enter - gorgeous measuring bowls and spoons! 

spoons  jar 

I love having my collection of wooden spoons on display (and for easy access) in a nice jar by the stove.

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Like Jenni, I love cupcakes! In addition to a collection of wooden spoons, I also have a collection of cupcake wrappers! I store my cupcake wrappers in a jar as well, how could you not when they look this gorgeous!

I'm usually in the kitchen on my own, the way I prefer it. But on occasion I ask my husband to do something and he ends up staying in there with me and it's so much more fun! We discovered the joy of baking (especially bread) and cooking (especially pierogi) together by chance but now do it often. 

In our home, everything tends to revolve around the kitchen. We don't have children yet but how beautiful would that be...It sure would bring another element to baking and cooking and our love for our kitchen! 

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One thing that I do need to buy more of are cake stands! I've seen a number that I like but haven't got around to buying any yet! 

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My beverage of choice whilst baking is champagne. A lovely glass of bubbly, sifting flour and the warmth of the oven heating are my favourite feel good moments in the kitchen. Often the process of baking and cooking is a lot more enjoyable for me then sitting down to eat!

What are your feel good moments in the kitchen? 

I hope you'll stop by my blog and say hi! I'd love to meet you and learn about your blogs.
Thank you so much Jenni, for having me over, I hope you're having a wonderful holiday! 

Much love, 

Thanks for a great post Vanisha! I love the idea of the cupcake wrappers in a jar! I have so many pretty ones, I'm certainly going to be displaying them now you've shown me this.

Charity Shop Haul - Again!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

More thrifty hauling going on here - I'm starting to wonder if I have some sort of problem!
These were not all bought on the same trip or even in the same month - this is pretyt much what I have bought since my last haul.

2 floral tops £1 each

L-R F&F Linen Shirt, Miss Selfridge Foral Shirt, Topshop Polka dot top,
Topshop Blue Vest all £1

L-R Topshort button vest, Topshop Navy Tee, Nautical Striped Vest
(possibly Primark but the label was cut out) I can't recall the prices

L-R: Goerge ditsy print top, Miss Selfridge Lacy top,
Primark Vintage Pink dual layered blouse £3.00 - this is one of my exceptions to my
Primark rules as it was so pretty!

L-R New Look Dress, £2, BNWT, New Look Top, 20p Topshop
Denim Skirt, £2.50 Scarf 20p
All car boot

Vintage Clutch Purse £5. This is certianly vintage, you can tell by the interior
fabric and the metal fastenings.

Jumper Abercrombie & Fitch £1, Dress Matalan £2
Car Boot

My beautiful vintage cases! They cost me £25 for the pair which is really cheap as they seem to be so expensive everywhere right now. They go perfectly in my bedroom. I'm going to use them to store summer clothes in to save space in my wardrobes.

As I do a lot of charity shopping, I'm considering doing a post on my charity shop tips. Obviously there are lots of bloggers out there who have done similar, but these would be the things that I do. Please leave comments below if this is a post you would be interested in reading!

Guest Blogger - Sunday Sweetness! Citrus Fresh

Sunday, 24 June 2012

You may remember that I was looking for guest bloggers to look after you all and keep you entertained whilst I'm away. Well here's the first of my guest blogger posts, look out for some more over the next week or so!

Hi, I'm Amanda from Tatty Tulip where I love sharing my passion for fashion and beauty and sharing the odd moments where I like to bake and think I'm the next Nigella Lawson.

In typically British fashion we are all still waiting for summer to reveal its shiny head, so in the meantime I have been filling many afternoons with an awful lot of baking. Most recently I've come across a brilliantly summer recipe of white chocolate and lemon cookies that I thought I would share with you all.

110g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
55g soft brown sugar
pinch of salt
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon of lemon extract/juice
1 large egg
170g plain flour
half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
200g white chocolate

How to:
1. Preheat the oven to 190c (fan assisted 170c) and line a baking sheet with baking parchment
2. Cream together the butter, caster sugar, soft brown sugar and salt until the mixture looks fluffy
3. Beat in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Make sure you have a sneaky taste of the mixture and add more lemon to suit your taste

4. Beat the egg into the mixture
5. Sift in the bicarbonate of soda and flour into the cream mixture
6. Mix the chocolate chunks into the mixture.

Now you're ready to bake!
Drop well spaced heaps of the mixture onto the baking tray. I would suggest a good teaspoon full of the mixture for each cookie.

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes but remember to keep an eagle eye on them and pull them out once they start to brown around the edges. Leave these to cool on the tray for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. These cookies are SO moreish - with the gooey goodness of the chocolate and the zesty lemon you will be left wanting more and more.

My taste tester was my six year-old step daughter and I have to say they went down a treat! She spent the whole day trying to sneak off to the kitchen to steal another cookie. I hope you all enjoy this recipe, let me know if you give it a go.

Remember to stop by and say hello at Tatty Tulip. I love getting new visitors.

Thanks for sharing this Amanda, these look really yummy! I'm definitely going to baking some of these when I get home!

Charity Shop Haul

Saturday, 23 June 2012

I mentioned that I spent one of the days of my Birthday weekend, thrift shopping in Leek with my parents. I had a fantastic haul that I wanted to share with you! Altogether I spent about £40, which normally I wouldn't get one dress for! I can't recall the exact prices of individual items as I'd taken the labels off before I took these pictures.

This Necklace is actually a new item and can be found in British Heart Foundation shops.

L-R New Look, New Look, H&M
All three have gone in my case!

L-R Skirt:River Island, Top: Miso, Top; New Look

L-R Top; H&M, Top: BNWT, but don't know what brand.I think I'm
going to change the buttons on this to make it more nautical looking. Top: Vila

This sweet little pill box was £1.50. I'm going to use it for storing odd earring studs on my dressing table.

This scarf was £1.50, and there's loads of fabric to it!

80s style clutch bag - It has loads of different flaps, pockets and compartments in!
Aside from the necklace, obviously you won't be able to pick any of these items up yourself, but hopefully it inspires you to go thrifting and seeing what you can pick up too.

Birthday Pretties & Shenanigans

Thursday, 21 June 2012

You may have heard me mention that it was my birthday coming up. I wasn't going to do this post at first as I thought it may be a bit braggy, but a couple of people have asked, and I actually didn't get mountains of things so I figured it would be ok.

My birthday fell on the Sunday, which meant I got a full weekend of Birthday-ness. On the Friday, my other half took me to TGI Fridays, for ribs and shrimp. We were going to go and see The Avengers, but we were both quite tired afterwards. We intended to go another night but it didn't happen!

I spent Saturday with my parents, thrift shopping (look out for this coming up), and then they took me for a gorgeous pub lunch at The Royal Oak, in Hurdlow, which is at the end of the Tissington Trail. I wish I had took a photo to show you, as the steak and ale pie I had was HUGE!! With homemade chips veggies and gravy. I was really stuffed, but it was absolutely fantastic.

On Sunday (my actual birthday) I got breakfast and presents in bed, and a takeaway curry in the evening, and a lovely afternoon walk with the pup.

So here are the gifts I received - I'll be honest, I picked most of them myself. As we were due to go on holiday, my other half couldn't afford to risk buying me something I didn't like,so he asked me to pick what I wanted.

'Almost'-Alexa Bag from, Fifty Shades of Grey,
Kinky Cupcakes book, Silver Charm Bracelet, IPhone Cover, Kindle cover, Notepad, Vintage Suitcase

The iphone cover and kindle cover were both bought from Etsy. You may have seen this cover
when I linked up to Current Crush Thursdays. My friend bought my the notepad for
blog ideas - she's the only person who knows about my blog (aside from my other half)

This is an example of one of the cupcakes in the Kinky Cupcakes book.
 Do you like posts like this? Or are you generally not interested in someones birthday gifts?

Ten Hours of Tedium

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

As you are reading this (I know, I scheduled it! Aren't I a clever little monkey?) I will probably be many thousands of feet up in the air - assuming my flight hasn't been delayed! I have 10 hours of flying time to kill, as well as many hours stuck in Manchester Airport (although many an hour can be killed in Duty Free!) plus lots and lots of beachtime. Considering that I managed to finish 5 books on my last holiday to Greece for week (one of which was just on the plane!) I thought it was high time I invested in a Kindle.

I'm not going to do a Kindle review here - I like books, lets be honest. I like the smell of books, I like the feel of the pages, those ones with the supersoft covers, the smell of new school text books - I have a gorgeous set of Twilight books, plain white covers with blood red pages - I love books! What I don't like about books is that they blumming well weigh my case down, which means less shoes for Jenni!! So as much as my Kindle won't replace my books, it comes in handy for holidays - I'm not sure my beautiful Twilight books would survive the pool (No I haven't read them yet, or Fifty Shades of Grey, I'm catching up, so sue me!)

I thought I would share with you, what I have downloaded for this trip (there's a lot) and what I may be reading right now. I had to download in advance as I don't have a 3G Kindle, and it would probably cost a fortune on holiday if I did! If you have read any of them, please comment below and tell me what you think and quite frankly whether to bother (although I appreciate it may be too late to save me!)
Percy Jackson

I'd never even heard of Percy Jackson (clearly I live under a rock!) until I saw the Lightening Thief film on Sky (other digital players are available). I've read the first one - I downloaded the sample to see if I would like it and ended up reading the whole thing in a couple of hours! Ooops! I'm looking forward to reading the rest. I love Greek Mythology, and know more about than even I realised, when I was filling my other half in at the weekend when he was watching Clash of the Titans (I am notorious for being a wealth of generally useless, but interesting, information!)

Call the Midwife

Again the reason for me downloading this series is after seeing the television series. I though Miranda Hart was fantastic in the series as Chummy, and I loved Trixie Franklin's 1940s style with her blonde short waves and bright red lipstick. I can only read so much of these types of books at time as the often remind me of work, so I end to dip in and out of them, but a colleague told me that they are quite good, and shouldn't remind me of work too much. (Not really what you want on holiday)

Chick Lit

I've read all the books by Belinda Jones after I picked up about 5 all in one go in a charity shop. I tend to collect books in series and keep them, so I'll end up buying it in paperback too when I find it cheap. They are the perfect holiday read, not too complicated and plenty of sun and romance. I've already read the one that's based in Cuba unfortunately, so I'll be dreaming of California this time! Next holiday maybe?
Croissants and Jam is a bit random. I think I found it via '100 Kindle books under £2.99'. The blurb sounded good and it had good reviews. The sample made me laugh and it was cheap so I bought it - it so easy to do that on a Kindle its dangerous!
Me before You :- My manager (who at times I find difficult to get along with) recommended this to me, as she had read it on backpacking holiday around Vietnam. I'd never heard of it but it literally has 100% 5 star reviews on Amazon. Again I got the sample, and ended up buying the full version and reading a bit of that (until midnight!) before managing to stop myself. I did curse my manager the next day much to her amusement.


I'm a bit odd, I love a good murder mystery/whodunnit. I blame my mum for this, she has an unhealthy obsession with murder mysteries! I don't like to just take murder mysteries on holiday as I don't want to get a chill in 30 degree heat, but I need to mix my selection up a bit - I'm very much a "what I fancy" rather than reading what I bought next.
I've read (and own) all the Kathy Reichs books, this is the next in the set. They are nothing like the series 'Bones' on TV, and I actually like the character of Temperance Brennan better in the books, she's a lot more normal and a lot less odd. In fact none of the other characters appear. Once you get your head around that you'll do fine.
The Simon Brett novel was an accidental purchase (see I told you it was dangerous!) as I clicked the 'Buy now' button, thinking it would take me to the Kindle store - it didn't - it bought it now. I've read some of these but not all of them. This is one of my Mum's collections rather than mine.
Again the 11th Hour and Backlash are the next in the series of the Women's Murder Club and the Anna Travis/DS Langton collections (you may have seen some of these on ITV if you live in the UK). These, like the Kathy Reichs, will also get bought in paperback when they are supercheap in Tesco or similar.

I don't think I will read all of these, but I'm reckoning on at least 8-10 of them will be done, depending on how long each one takes. If they are anything like the first book, the rest of the Percy Jackson's will be finished before I even arrive!

Have you read of of these books? What do you think of my holiday selection?

I'm leaving.......

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

On a jet plane! But I know when I'll be back again! In the meantime, I've got lots of things coming up for you including some thrifty hauls, guest blogger posts and my Blog Angel reveal! Was I your blog angel? Stick around to find out!
Please feel free to leave comments while I'm away. I'm sure I will get near a computer 2 or 3 times during the next fortnight, and I will certianly reply to any lovely comments when I come back.

Take care, and water the plants while I'm not there!

Find me over here....

Monday, 18 June 2012

Because what's a blog post without a picture!!

I've done a guest post over at Miss Mia Maree blog, reviewing some MUA make up for her and her readers! I'd love to go take a look and I'm pretty sure she would too!

Ok I'm off to schedule some posts for you for while I'm sunning myself in lovely Cuba - I've got some lovely guest posters, some Hauls, a what's in my bag post all ready for you all. Don't I just spoil you!
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