Craft-urday. Hobbycraft Flamingo Pom Pom Kit.



I've come up with a new post series that i've dubbed "Craft-urday"
Basically every Saturday I will be posting a craft-y themed blog post. These will come in the form of reviews, tutorials, WIPs, and wish lists. I come across so many things I want to do so and would love to her about all the things you are up to. Please let me know!



Today's post is about the Hobbycraft Flamingo Pom Pom kit. Whilst looking for things to create my friend's new baby hamper I came across the cutest little pom pom animal kits. For £1 each!!! I could't help myself so left the store with the Flamingo and the Turtle one. The lovely ladies at the store in Aberdeen also recommended I buy a glue gun for £5 as they worked better with the materials. Boy was I glad I bought one!






There was two glue sticks with the gun, and when I had finished making the flamingo there was loads left. I will definitely be able to use the gun many more times in the future.

The kit came with all you needed to create the flamingo, and all you had to do was to follow the easy instructions on the back of the cover. It took about 30-40 minutes, mainly as you had to wait for the glue to dry before continuing.



I only made 1 flamingo today (i've named her Penelope!), but this kit has enough material to make 4. For my first attempt it went OK. She's slightly wonky, her eyes are a bit squint and she doesn't really stand up properly but that's all part of her charm.


Penelope isn't exactly how she is supposed to look like on the package, but how boring would it be if we were all exactly the same and uniform?!

I will definitely be buying more of these wee kits. A nice and fun Saturday afternoon craft. 
What crafts have you been doing this week/weekend? Send me your links!

xoxo

Emma 


Book Review: Me Before You - Jojo Moyes



On 6th April my friend Taylor sent me a message on WhatsApp. "I just finished the book "Me Before You". You should read it so we can talk about it together."

Now, when someone says get a book and read it, it doesn't take me long to say "ok, let's get started." Fast forward 24hrs (thank you Amazon Prime!) and in my hands was this pretty little (maybe medium sized) book. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.
This book has been on my radar for a while, on book blogs, book tube and the like, I had seen the comments and the reviews.
Usually I do not go for "fluffy" literature. Just doesn't float my boat. However, I have been having a bit of a reading slump at the moment so figured this could be the way of getting my reading groove back. Something quick, easy and lighthearted.

Two out of three aint bad!

It was quick. It was easy. It definitely wasn't lighthearted. That isn't a bad thing though.
For being a 'romance' it wasn't too sickly sweet to the point of nausea.

If you haven't heard of it (where have you been?) it's also set to be released as a movie starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones quine) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games). I'm sure it will be a tearjerking success.



Blurb

Louisa Clark (yep, how perfect is Emilia for the role, she even has the same surname!) has a pretty standard life. She works at her small town cafe, has a fitness fanatic boyfriend and lives with her chaotic family.
All that changes when her life is turned on its head. Finding herself jobless and without direction she applies for a job as a carer for a local gentleman in the town's castle estate. Expecting an old man, her employer happens to be the handsome Will Traynor! Not what she was expecting at all. A victim of a motorbike accident Will has given up on life, totally dependent on his family and carers he has lost his zest for adventure. Then Louisa arrives and the rest they say is history.

This book is the perfect holiday read. It will have you laughing, crying and pondering the bigger questions in life. It will definitely make you think about what you have and how your life could change in an instant. It's uplifting and heart-wrenching all at the same time.

I would recommend it if you enjoy a bit of soppiness, but not too much. Those who love rom-coms will love it! Some of the characters are annoying, but not enough for you to hate them. Everyone has flaws after all.



There's also a sequel to MBY called After You. I've yet to decide if I will read it or not. Is it worth it book bloggers? Would love your thoughts.

Have you read this book? What did you think?!?!

xoxo


Emma  





First Attempt at Brownie making.


I love to bake. In the past year or so however I have not been doing as much as I had previously. Perhaps that's due to me moving house and having all my utensils hidden away, or maybe I have just been lazy. Oops.
Last Sunday however I decided to ease myself into the kitchen and create some chocolate brownies. I had heard they were super easy to make, and that the outcome should be pretty yummy.
After searching online for the best recipe I also wanted to find one that was the easiest and which used the least amount of pots/pans. (laziness!) My kitchen is pretty tiny, so wanted one that didn't clutter up the place whilst baking too.

I decided to go for this All Recipes recipe. It was so easy to follow and I was amazed by how quick I was able to get my brownies into the oven.



All you need are the ingredients below.

110g unsalted butter. Melted.
200g caster sugar.
2 eggs.
60g flour.
30g cocoa powder.
1/4 teaspoon of salt.
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

The recipe also called for chopped walnuts, but as I have a nut allergy I, of course, omitted them from my brownies. :) No reaction here, folks.
Also, the recipe said self-raising, whereas I used plain as it was what I had available. I'm not sure how much of a difference it made, but I will definitely try it in the future with SR to see if there was a change in texture. 

- Preheat oven to 180 C and measure out ingredients. 
I like to measure beforehand so I can just chuck everything in when I need to.

- Beat the melted butter and sugar together till it's smooth, add the eggs and mix until it looks like the picture below.

Tip - wait until the butter is slightly cooled before you add the eggs. Don't want those bad boys to scramble.




- Combine the cocoa, flour and salt and stir it into the buttery-sugar mixture.
- Mix in the vanilla and add any other ingredients that take your fancy.




-Spread the yummy mixture into your preferred tin and bake in the oven for 25-30 mins.

Now the BEST BIT.
Like the bowl dry!!!!!!


It's hard to judge when the brownies are done due to their brown colour. After 22-25 mins have a quick peek and poke at the sides of them. If they are pretty firm then you will be ok. Once they are out of the oven they will cook a bit more, so don't worry if they are a bit soft. 

This little tin is PERFECT for this recipe. I got it from ASDA for only £5. It is marketed as non-stick too. Not going to lie, I am always pretty weary when things are "non-stick", i'm never sure if things will come out like they are supposed to. This pan, however, is pretty decent. I didn't line or grease it, and the brownies came away without too much of a struggle. I needed to scrape around the edges a bit but they still stayed in shape once they were eased out. It also fitted the exact amount of mixture I had. So no need for two batches!



I was rather happy with my final results. Not bad for a first attempt anyway. They tasted like they should, and they sure went down a treat when I took them into work the next day.

Next time, because lets face it there will be a next time, I will probably add a bit more chocolate as well as chocolate chips. The recipe is so changeable that you could add anything to it so the options are endless.

What are your favourite recipes? I'm always looking for yummy things to make - so please send them this way!!!

xoxo
Emma

NYX Haul


We don't get NYX in Aberdeen. It's a travesty and an abomination.
I had heard such great things about their lip products from my sister so I was super bummed to find that the only way I was going to get my hands on some goodies was if: 1. My she bought some in Glasgow and brought it back up or 2. Order their products on line.

Call me impatient but when I want something I want it there and then. Gosh, I sound like Verruca Salt! So none of those options seemed exciting to me. Also, i'm rather old fashioned when it comes to some things. I love to feel and see products before deciding to buy them or not.

Recently on a trip to Dundee I was so excited to find out that they stocked NYX in their Boots store!
Judging by the amount of people crowding around the stand it's safe to say that this brand is realllly popular. It was hard to not nudge people out of the way to get to the pretty lipsticks.

I came away with 6 products, but honestly I could have bought way more. The variety of colours they have is incredible. Definitely something for every skin tone. With the creams and lipsticks ranging from £5-£6 you are getting a luxury style product for drug store prices.




R: Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm L: Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Juan
I had already purchased the lip cream in the colour Istanbul so just had to pick up a couple more.

Full Throttle Lipstick in Lethal Kiss. LOVE this bright colour, but not 100% sure if I can pull it off yet. Maybe with a tan!? 

Lip Primer in Deep Nude.

So pretty. The colours are so pigmented, and I really adore the lip primer. Way better than other primers i've bought from more...ahem...expensive brands. It doesn't overwhelm your lips like a gloss but it creates a perfect base for matte products. As we all know there is a constant struggle with keeping the lips from drying out when wearing matte products. 

I can't wait to play around with my new goodies. Particularly the brighter colours.

Do you have a favourite NYX product that you want to shout about?
What colours are you wearing on your lips this Spring?

xoxo

Emma  





Favourites of the Week.



I've recently purchased two beautiful products that I've become somewhat obsessed with.
Once I find a product that I love I tend to stick with that brand for a while.

The first one is a MAC lipstick. Of course! We all know how great their lipsticks are, but I've never found a lipstick that has stuck so much. It doesn't matter what I eat or drink this lipstick does not budge!
I went for the Matte Mehr which has been described on the MAC website as a dirty blue pink. I LOVE this colour. It goes with pretty much any outfit, and can be built up to create different looks.
I do prefer a matte lipstick, so i'm looking forward to buying my next one soon! You can never have too many. Right?!?


It retails for £15.50, but this lipstick is worth the price due to it's longevity. 

Next up we have the stunning Jo Malone Lavender & Coriander Cologne from their Herb Garden collection. Gahh I cannot even begin to describe how delicious this smells!


It's definitely not your usual floral fragrance. It's strong, almost masculine so it would definitely suit both ladies and guys. I for one LOOVEEEE mens fragrance, so I'm so happy to have found a product that is a bit in the in-between. 
I adore Jo Malone but I must admit these bottles don't last long. Maybe it's just me but I can go through one of them in a few months. That's with me only spraying it once a day! Luckily this spray lasts the whole day for me, and it's one of those rare types that means I can still smell it on me even after i've finished work and gone home. That very rarely happens with some other cheaper brands of perfume.
Again, it's a little on the expensive side when it comes to its size but at £44 I would have to say it's worth it.  
What are your favourite MAC or Jo Malone products? I'm always looking for new inspiration, so would love your suggestions. 
xoxo
Emma 





Hey There!
I'm Emma. 

I am 26 years old and I live in North-East Scotland.

I have size 13 (Children's size!) feet. Not joking.

Reading and arts + crafts are my main passions in life.

I have also been known to sing (mostly in tune..I hope!)...constantly. Sometimes I don't even know i'm doing it.

I have a growing obsession with finding the perfect make-up, in particular stuff to make my spot prone skin look flawless. It's an ongoing struggle...

I prefer matte lipstick to shiny and love Diet Irn Bru a little too much.

Would love to chat to like-minded people so please feel free to hit me up below.

email: imemmajack@hotmail.com
twitter: @imemmajack
instagram: instagram.com/imemmajack

xoxo

Mini Benefit Haul



I don't know about you, but every time I pop into Boots I end up spending wayyyy more than I ever need to. So when I stopped by my local store after work on Monday I was only expecting get a few essential things.


30 minutes later and £60 down I walked out with three new Benefit products.
I'd seen them around Instagram and Youtube and I clearly have no self control. When I want something, I eventually end up buying it. Need to work on that! haha.



I bought the new Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer, Dandelion Shy Beam Liquid Highlighter and the Hoola Bronzing and Contouring Brush.



I love the look of this product, like a stick of bamboo. The liquid itself is something to get used to. I do love a powder bronzer, but once I get the hang of it and get the application 100% perfect it could be really pretty. It's a more natural bronze than a powder and it's very buildable.


Love this green! Again it looks like a stick of bamboo so it fits in perfectly with the whole hoola theme. It works pretty well with the bronzer, but I may end up trying the bronzer with my fingers to see the if that makes a difference. Either way it's a soft and durable brush that I will definitely use again.


It looks like there are scratches on the bottle but it's actually pretty white dandelions! I ADORE rose gold at the moment, so this bottle is right up my street. I must admit i've never really used a highlighter before. Shock horror. I've only used the product a couple of times, and I think i've been pretty sparse with it so I think I need to build it up more to get that highlight effect. I guess I don't want to end up with a shiny face! How do you strike a balance between highlight and shine!?!?! Need to work on that too!

I am a Benefit lover and have never been disappointed with any of their products. I'm excited to use these products more confidently and incorporate them into my daily routine.  

What's your favourite Benefit product?! Have you bought any of their new Hoola range? What's you favourite??

xoxo

Emma 




Beginners Weaving Class - Le Petit Moose


Photo courtesy of Le Petit Moose


Last Thursday I had great fun attending a Beginners Weaving Workshop. It was hosted by the wonderful Stephanie at Le Petit Moose.

I had previously seen (stalked!) Stephanie's beautiful work on Instagram, so when Barbara at Rocking Stitch announced Le Petit Moose had planned some workshops in her studio I jumped at the chance to join.

We were taught the basics of weaving on a loom, as well as setting it up and finishing off your project. As part of event we were actually given our own laser cut loom to take away so we could continue on our weaving journey.

I cannot thank Stephanie enough for her patience in teaching us, particularly with me! I struggled with getting my pattern to go into a shape, so it's something I look forward to practicing.





As you see I didn't get very far in my weaving. I blame my inability to chose a colour! 
I also spent half my time removing stitches I didn't like. HA. I'm such a perfectionist. I will probably end up taking this one out and starting again...sigh...

Have you tried weaving? 

xoxo
Emma 



New Baby Hamper

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One of my closest friends recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. When she told me she was pregnant way back in September I did two things.

1. Scream down the phone and nearly cry.
2. Plan my next crochet project.

I had previously made her a blanket for her first darling baby girl, so I knew I wanted to make one a similar style. I took inspiration from Attic24's Neat Ripple Pattern. This website is great for crochet beginners and the instructions are so easy to follow. Once you get the pattern ingrained in your head it's very easy to see quick and beautiful results.
I went for blue-ish tones for this blanket, as and was so happy with the final piece.
There is nothing better than creating something and giving it away as a gift.

 



Of course I couldn't stop myself there with gifts. I created a wee gift hamper. Inside there was a couple of tiny onesies, socks and the cutest hats. I embellished the wicker basket with a "Happy Birthday" garland. Couldn't believe the amount of times I was asked why it said Happy Birthday. Hello...it's the baby's birthday so of course it makes sense. hehe.   


I also put some It's A Boy ribbon on the handle. I didn't want to decorate it too much, as I want the hamper to be usable in the future.

Most of the yarn, the hamper and the other embellishments were bought at The Range in Aberdeen. It's probably the best, and most affordable place to get arts and crafts stuff. I could spend hours in that place. 

So many projects....not enough time.

xoxo Emma 

The first post...again.


So clearly I am showing my total naivety when it comes to blogging.
In my eagerness to delete some draft posts I only went deleted my first blog post!!! Wahhh.
Needless to say I nearly cried...


It is a good lesson to learn though. For now I am going to start writing drafts of my posts and save them, so this little mishap should (hopefully)never happen again.
Frustrated yes, but not giving up!

On Friday the lovely Lauren I had the chance to pop into the Curated Stories and have a gander at their Spring Sale. Now if any of you Aberdonians haven't heard of this cute boutique shoppie then boy! you are missing out.
Situated on Claremont Street this haven of gifts and homeware is a welcome choice of unusual and never-seen-before-in-Aberdeen style goods.
One of the main draw for me is the fact that they stock the sublime Rifle Paper Co.
When I saw these beautiful coasters on sale I just HAD to pick them up.



How pretty are they?! Of course I wouldn't dare use them for their intended use. The thought of them being ruined by drink stains is too awful to imagine. 
If you are ever in Aberdeen please pop in by Curated Stories. You won't be disappointed.
xoxo
Emma 

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