From Crafts

Chocolate Crunch

I completely came across this recipe by accident, but when I spotted it, I decided I HAD to make it! I remembered it from school and I absolutely adored this, and shared it with my school friends on Facebook before we started reminiscing about lunch times eating it and pink custard… Which as it turns out isn’t even custard.

To save a bunch of washing up, I simply mixed the whole thing in the silicone tray that I was going to bake it in. It was super quick, simple and tasted just as I remembered it. I was quite surprised I managed to make the batch last a week! I saw some other recipes that showed eggs, but this one only uses plain flour, butter, sugar and cocoa, so it is nice and cheap too! I can see this being a comfort treat in the winters around here, as it certainly is good when warmed up :)

View the recipe here

So much for a 3 day rest!

Last week I had 3 days off work where I had every intention of resting up and catching up on some much needed sleep (thank to suffering with allergies keeping me up at night and the 3am ish pee I have to take every night)

What I actually did was turn the bedroom upside down!

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All my scrapbooking supplies ended up all over the place!

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And clothes too!

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But as we are limited on space and can’t fit in a chest of drawers I thought I would empty out my craft tower as my little table would be going but then I thought we could probably use it to store some clothes in :) The tower is small enough that even with the cot in, I’m sure it would fit in OK.

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And while I was on it sorting out the wardrobe and clearing space, that the middle part with the shelves would be for baby supplies!

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What an exhausting 3 days that was! And now I have a pile of stuff to get rid of. Clothes will be donated and I think I will sell all the craft stuff as a bumper lot for cheap on a local site. But glad that’s sorted and one less thing to do!

19 weeks tomorrow

And now I have a proper bump! It’s hard to believe I am 19 weeks tomorrow… 1 week away from being at the half way mark! Now if only the hospital would hurry up and send me my 20 week scan date through, it seems like I’m the only one in my November group to still be waiting :(

 

Mojo is back!

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I am back to Zumba classes :) So fab to be with such lovely ladies, and they were all talking about a video which Reg gave us a demonstration of (minus the Zumba men!) So glad to be back.

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I’ve also been on Illustrator which just does not want to co-operate on my laptop. I managed to export 2 of my vector images but for the last 2 it claimed I did not have enough memory to complete the operation. Thank heavens for smart layers! I copied and pasted the vectors into photoshop.

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8 papers made for a new “Shout It Out” kit I’ve been toying with for Hanson Crafts. Hopefully will lead on to phone wallpapers, 10×8 print to go with the subway art I made… My vectors are far from perfect though, but I made them so they’re good enough for me ^_^

Hang on, wait a minute!

Christmas Eve is tomorrow! Can we just pause for a little bit, I have 2 more presents left to finish! Only have half a day at work to get through before swinging by the shop for last minute essentials and hubby’s stocking gifts.

I cheated with everyone’s presents at work this year, I found some Christmas scented tea lights on sale in Sainsburys, so bought a box of those (bonus for me, I get the left overs!) and some of the Soft Caramels from Tesco. Cheap and cheerful! I had some wrap left over from the easter eggs last year so I used the last of that to make them look pretty! It’s OK, everyone has already received them ;)

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Oliver made us some ornaments for the tree :)

 

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And yesterday Elijah was playing at Nan Irene’s, as it was the Saturday before Christmas we had a full house!

 

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A lot of stuff is going on at the moment, so I will be missing in action (though I may tweet a little, so keep your eyes peeled and follow me! @mmmbisto ) I shall be spending time with family and will not be blogging again until the New Year. So I will leave you saying:

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Smashing!

So a couple of my online twitter/instagram/facebook friends have quite a lot to answer for ;) Katy¬†started a group on facebook for Smashers which she invited me to, but I didn’t smash… Well I do now after seeing everything has been up to!

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I ordered some smash supplies, and then I came up with an idea as I was stroking my new supplies! I went to Paperarts and got some cardstock that matched my kit that I designed.

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I still hadn’t done a minibook for the concert back in November!

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So I finished the mini book (pictures to come when I have better light in which to take photos!)

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And I designed a Hanson Smash book, and fully assembled it!

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I smashed a couple of pages…

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Which I also figured to go with a smash book and to make a mini book, people need some journalling blocks! So I designed some of those too! I hope to get pictures, downloads and tutorials to follow on the Hanson Crafts site shortly I hope :)

Little bit of silver paint

So a lot of my hoodies are either (1) falling apart or (2) too small. I love my Hanson hoodies with a passion though my Walk one is a little too small for me right now *sniff* (well it IS an extra small after all!), so I decided instead of the top that I wanted to decorate, I was going to do something a little different. So a trip to Matalan and a black hoodie later, I got home to cut the Hanson symbol inside a hidden Mickey (my two loves: Disney and Hanson!) and I just hoped that it would work! I ironed the freezer paper on, painted on the metallic silver paint, let it dry learning a lot as I peeled the paper away once it had done… and it’s not perfect but I am super happy at my new hoodie! The DIY will be up at Hanson Crafts this weekend I hope :) it’s so nice and soft to wear, I can quite happily snuggle down in it! It’s a nice little comfort while at work.

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Kelly Purkey’s post was something that was quite refreshing to read. I appreciate those kind of posts, especially when I see her photos and swoon over them and think how lucky she is.

And whose life doesn’t look lush and gorgeous when you add a little Valencia filter on Instagram

I’m slowly settling now, things being all over the place isn’t really freaking me out now. In fact, I managed to fit in a Zumba session (a 45 minute one on medium intensity… what was I thinking!?) I weighed in on Monday. A pound gained in two weeks, could have been worse but I still have 10 lb to lose.

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But I felt good for it. Such relief for things to start feeling “normal” :) And look at our green beans and our tomatoes!

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Trying to come out of hibernation though :) but on Tuesday the weather girl said “Don’t be fooled, it is spring not winter!” come on spring I know you’re here hiding somewhere. But in the meantime, snuggling on the sofa for big bang theory and then how I met your mother… Thursdays are my new favourite!

Hanson Crafts Site

After the announcement that Hanson.net were stopping their web space, I quickly uploaded what I did have of my site up to my domain and now it is pretty much complete. I have a fab idea that I hope to do this weekend as a craft (it’s actually part Hanson, part Disney after the concerts at Epcot and I saw another fan with a particular hoodie, I decided I had to have a top with the same thing on it!) So please come and peruse my

HANSON CRAFTS SITE

(PS. we also have a Facebook group!)

More gifts in the making

I love it when I’m working on nice smelling crafts (bath stuff or baking!) because it makes the flat smell lovely :)

 Soaps

Silver embedded stars soap

If I am covered in glue, glitter, paint or ink… I’m happy :)

Covered in blue dye

In actual fact, I have been planning in my head a reworking on my Hanson crafts site over the christmas break, so I look forward to that too :)

Now I have been working on my December Daily, I will share that when I can. At the moment only day 1 is truly completed, I am not falling behind in the slightest but my paper scrapping time is limited and I want it to be an awesome album to look back on so bear with me :)

Getting my (Christmas) craft on

My dec daily #decdaily album base pages complete!  Next to do: journalling blocks :)

My December Daily has all the base pages completed.

and I have added a ribbon to keep it closed as it is quite chunky now and won’t close :)¬† I will take some better photos on a day where it’s not overcast and with a camera that’s not my iPhone

I started on my Christmas gifts too, I have done some candles, some lip balm (though I need to remelt them and add some more flavour to it),

I tried making some “bubble bars” which I tried one tonight, and it worked but didn’t last long :\ I may need to use my soap bar moulds to make them slightly larger to see if that makes a difference, but I love this mould! I plan on using it for my bath bombs and for the soaps that I will be gifting :)

and one of my magazines “Making Gifts” had a recipe for indulgent bath melts, which I also tried out…

and then last night we went to see Lee Evans in Cardiff, it was a good show and interesting to see a show Live as I’ve only ever seen Comedians on a DVD!

in 5 days it’s Hanson!