Monday, 19 December 2011



Thursday, 17 November 2011

Nail Art Gift Idea

I owe a massive apology to my loyal tramps*. I've been annoyingly absent from the so-called 'blogosphere' for a while now and it probably bothers me a billion times more than it bothers you! There's really not enough hours in the day at the moment to do all the things I need/want to do! I've found myself cowering in my local coffee shop nursing my busy head with a white chocolate mocha (with a generous helping of marshmallows) whilst staring into space. My sister's birthday present gave me the perfect reason to procrastinate for a fair few hours and, in turn, come up with other cracking ideas for Christmas presents!

I thought I'd share her little present with you in order to inspire you/give you a kick up the arse to get your Christmas shopping started! (I've yet to start so this is a little hypocritical but ssssh!).This is an idea that is simply called '_________ in a jar'. When in doubt, stick something in a pretty jar and you're never going to fail; that's my motto! My younger sister is turning 16 in a couple of weeks, if you ask her she'll tell you the exact amount of hours til her birthday she's that excited, and I wanted to get her something a little different to the usual shit CD or terrible DVD; her taste is acquired. I'd previously made boxes of goodies for friends and family with specific themes but it had been a while since I'd done so. Thankfully, the ever lovely and resourceful Gem came to my rescue and told me to create her a little nail starter jar. Armed with perfect advice from nail art goddesses, I set out to create an awesome nail art starter kit! I'd better just mention that I also bought my sister the Models Own Nail Art Kit too - just so she had a pen and some other goodies to enjoy! Oooh, and I've also got her some dotting tools!

- I bloody love confetti!

This was a relatively cheap present to put together and is something that, I'm sure, will be a lot more fun for her than spending half an hour trying to unwrap my mother's ridiculously over-cellotaped present. I've always loved the look of Kilner jars. I'm not sure what it is about them but I think they're just so amazingly versitaile and beautiful so I picked one up from the high street and mused over what to fill it with. If Luke and I ever buy a house together, I will be filling the thing with jars. I bloody love them! Alternatively, you can pick up some nice ones from charity shops too. I gave my little jar a bath with some Radox before I used it because Kilner jars tend to smell like they've housed death. After her little soapy bath, she was ready to use. Here's what I used to create my little gift:

purple tissue paper: paperchase £1.50 // twine: came on jar but available on ebay // 
kilner jar: wilkinsons £1.75

Kilner jars are actually amazingly cheap so I'd definitely suggest that you pick a few up for presents this year. You can also get ones with the flippy lid thing ~technical term~ to store your preserves in - yum! Paperchase has just opened up in the local shopping centre so I had a whale of a time waltzing around picking things up and then putting them down because I shouldn't spend all my money on notebooks that I'll never find a use for. Funny story, whilst I was browsing, a Grandmother asked me to help her find some 3D stickers for her granddaughter. I had no idea what 3D stickers I just picked out some spongey ones and I'm now praying that I haven't ruined that little girl's Christmas/relationship with her Grandma!! Someone put my mind at ease?! A lot of the stuff I got for this gift came from Ebay and I'd advise you to use it as your first port of call for all things gifty. There are so many pretty ribbons, strings, tags and bags to be had for so cheap!

hot pink organza bags: ebay seller 25 for £2.49 // powder blue vintage style tags: ebay seller 10 for £1.25 
// balloon confetti: paperchase £1.75

I adore the organza bags that I found on Ebay. They're so cute and really help to make the jar pop with colour. There are different sizes to choose from and so many different colours on Ebay so get looking! They're cute for storing goodies in as well as presenting jewellery. I picked up the powder blue luggage tags because I wanted something a little different to write mymessage on. I'll definitely be picking them up in festive colours for Christmas gifts.Naturally, I had to pick up some confetti because, A) it's shiny and B) it pisses Mother off no end because it gets EVERYWHERE!

I won't insult you by suggesting this is a tutorial, because, lets face it, apes could probably put these together and make them look better than I did but I'll just cover the basic steps. You just need to take your tissue paper and fit it to your jar - you want some overlap at the top so that you can squash it all down to conceal your prezzies! Throw a few bits of confetti down the sides of the paper just to jazz it up a bit and of course, throw lots inside!! To make it look more interesting you could obviously use printed tissue paper or go for quirky newspaper for a different look altogether. My sister can always be found sat in her room surrounded by a big collection of nail varnishes getting high on the fumes so I knew that if I bought nail varnish, I couldn't go wrong. Her collection of colours is actually pretty constricted so I picked up a load of mini nail varnish sets from the high street in order to make sure I covered different colours and ensure that they'd fit in my pretty little organza bags.

The two little four piece sets were from H & M and I think they were £2.99 each. They're pretty little pastel colours that I know she'll absolutely adore and they're perfect for floral nails. The other two pinky colours were in a set from - wait for it- Poundland!! I know, right?! They look really cute so I'm glad I picked them up - for 50p you can't really say no. To present them, I just popped two into each organza bag and filled it with some obligatory confetti. Gem gave me the heads up that there was a little nail art kit in Poundland that I couldn't pass up so, curiously, I paid Poundland a visit and saw the little beauty there. Regretfully, I didn't get any snaps of the little individual bags but they contain pearls in various colours, hearts/stars in various colours and little nail gems. I think it'd be ideal for any beginner to nail art that perhaps doesn't want to buy too much in whilst they're still getting to grips with it. If she likes these, I'll definitely buy her some off ebay for Christmas!

Here's the finished result! I had so much fun putting this little jar together and it's definitely given me ideas for future projects and presents. I've compiled a mini list of alternatives that you could fill the beloved Kilner jar with. Let me know if you have any other great ideas/will be putting jars together this festive season! I've put some alternatives together to give you all a helping hand. What do you think?

Alternative fillings:
1. fill up your kilner jar with homemade chutneys, jams or sweet treats!
2. create a sewing kit in a jar!
3. treat your mum/grandma/sister/girlfriend (etc) to a little pamper jar: fill it with skincare goodies, bath bombs and luxurious smellies. you will forever be loved!!
4. fill it with nostalgic sweets for peckish family members and kids!
5. create some handmade crafts and present them in the jar
6. brew your own alcohol or make your own lemonade and fill the jar with it's goodness!
7. take the lid off of your kilner jar and use it to present a pretty little flower for the keen gardeners in your life
8. grandparents love a bit of nostalgia? fill it with old photographs of the family together and little things that remind you of them
9. fill it with toys for little hands to enjoy
10. purchase a tall jar and use it to house a load of arty goods and pens/pencils for the artists in your life!

Hope you've enjoyed this post! I had a lot of fun with it and would love to do stuff like this in the future. Have you had any present brainwaves as of late? I'm off to try and coax Luke to wander around the little Christmas market with me - I'm hoping the promise of a pulled pork roll will tempt him!! xo

Friday, 21 October 2011

Bee's Travel Journal

I was meant to dedicate a post to this after I came back off holiday all the way back in July. (You can view some of my holiday photos whilst weeping into your hot beverage here). However, I'm an incompetent fool and completely forgot that I promised you an insight into my travel journal that I actually fell in love with. There's still tons of room left in the journal so I'll be dragging it around the world with me for a few years to come. Have any of you guys ever kept a diary like this (albeit with better illustrations)? Apologies for the extremely dodging lighting/blurring issues on some of these images. I only had the scanner for a very short time because Luke has bought himself the new Batman game so I couldn't re-do them! Boo. Click on the images to view them in better quality.

(stunning illustration, i'm sure you'll agree)

There you have it! My scribbly little travel journal. I'd just like to point out that this is in no way sponsored. Unfortunately, I've yet to reach the stage in life where people send me journals just for spouting a lot of shit on the internet. A girl can dream! I'm off to immerse myself in creative writing work; it seems to be the only thing I ever do! Luckily, I've got a film and snacks night to make the situation a little easier. Hope you're all well!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

A Sunny Afternoon In Plymouth


Monday, 26 September 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 51

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watching day turn into night
collections of things
letter writing
layering up for winter
epic landscapes

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.




Monday, 12 September 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 50

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embarking on new adventures
getting dressed up
little trips away
the novelty of snowfall 

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Monday, 29 August 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 49

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driving by country houses and picking favourites
hugs with mum
kite flying at the beach
old couples
completing wordsearches 

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.



Monday, 22 August 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 48

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terrible fake accents
the sound of fingers on keys
finding images in the clouds
terrible prank calls
window seats

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.



Monday, 15 August 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 47

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big thick jumpers
receiving postcards
when my food arrives at a restaurant
fresh flowers
face paints

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Monday, 8 August 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 46

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chips at the end of a night out
coffee dates
cinema treats
winter mornings

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Monday, 1 August 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 45

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picking blackberries
chilling in bed 
searching for second hand photo frames
filling up notebooks
believing in magic

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Monday, 25 July 2011

Things That Make Me Happy 44

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burning candles
freshly baked cakes
relaxing in hammocks
afternoons in pubs

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I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.


Friday, 22 July 2011

Things To Do On A Rainy Day

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read a good book

organise your bookcase
bake cakes and eat them while they're still warm
sort through your favourite jumpers - pop one of them on
pour yourself a hot bath and don't leave it until you're wrinkly 
warm up some thick comforting soup 
indulge in a netflix marathon
fashion a hot water bottle out of your pet
put blankets in the tumblr drier and snuggle in them until they get cold 
make fancy hot drinks
write lists
catch up on boring admin
write in your journal
hunt down your photo albums and get nostalgic
engage with your guilty pleasures
perform childhood dance routines
write prose
write poetry
write a letter or a note for a loved one
sit in your empty bath and sing. appreciate the acoustics.
share anecdotes
watch the rain
take photos in the rain
go for a run
take a nap underneath a double duvet
sort through things to sell
have a tidy up 
settle down with a dvd and some snacks
reblog, reblog, reblog
unplug from technology
play video games. shoot zombies.
make plans
read blogs
play a board game
make a scrapbook
listen to your favourite albums
make comfort food
play a prank on someone
pamper yourself
people watch in public
toast marshmallows



Tuesday, 19 July 2011

A Week in Corfu, Greece

I just want to close my eyes and magically be transported back to the poolside where I could read my book in peace and tan to my heart's content. Alas, my holiday has come to an end and I'm freezing my tits off back in good ol' Blighty whilst trying to deal with all the delightful things reality likes to throw at you to remind you that no one can just sail through life without a little wave hurling them in a different direction. Paleokastritsa was beautifully serene which in turn created a safe haven for me to just forget about my own identity for a while. There was no sense of urgency or schedule and I love having that flexibility in my life. Luke and I have decided we'd like to live out our days on a yacht - now we just need to become millionaires in order to feed this desire. Oh, such is life! 


Friday, 8 July 2011

12 Things That Remind Me Of Childhood

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What reminds you of your childhood? 

1. A bubbling dish of shepherd's pie, placed in the centre of the dinner table, that would be met with chants of joy. 

2. Performing the hits of the Spice Girls in playground, official dance routines followed implicitly. 
3. Gingham dresses.
4. Finding my daredevil cousin funnier than anyone in the world, especially when he was getting told off.
5. Convening in the village square during carnival season or whenever there was an event that warranted a street party.
6. Hours lost to the sand pit.

7. Mother's Diedre from Corrie glasses and horrendous perm.
8. Matching daisy print shoes from Clarks.
9. Picking apples from the orchard with Grandad.
10. Reciting the Italian 1-10 with him over breakfast every morning.
11. Disinfectant mouths in music class. 
12. Falling asleep to the same old stories but loving them all the same.


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