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That’s All Folks…

OK, that’s it, I’m packing away my metaphorical office and heading to my new place of work.  In my head, my new place of work is an old, dusty, gothic library where I can sit and type and read old love letters from sailors to their sweethearts and bury myself away in a dreamy fiction world.  In reality it’s currently my dining table looking out over a miserable day and basking a teeny bit of baby-free silence for a couple of hours.

Thanks for the ride guys, I look forward to catching up with you all over on Twitter etc and I look forward to finally catching up with a bit of blog-reading too!  Lord knows it’s been long enough since I did that!  I guess the door is always open, but for now, let me just thank you again for all your support and blog love and I hope to regale you with my creative written word sometime,  in the near future, very soon.  Like.

Stay Peachy! x

Speedy Stamps: Superquick Business Cards!

IMG_20140826_210134A while back, you know, before all the big life changing decisions, I was contacted by Speedy Stamps about reviewing their personalised stamp service on the blog.  As with all craft-related reviews, I jumped at the chance but also wondered how I would review such a thing?

Speedy stamps offer a huge range of stamping paraphernalia – from the self-inking to the eco-friendly, just check out their website for more information.  After choosing to have my stamp logo and an ink pad, the lovely people set about making up a proof of my stamp, before sending to me for approval.  Once approved, the stamp was sent to me within a couple of working days – a great turnaround for something bespoke.  The question was…how was I going to use it?

I had this dilemma with business cards a while back, there are some fabulous business card manufacturers out there and, whilst you can get some fantastic deals on the market these days, I felt I needed to put together some business cards with as little budget as possible.  I pulled my resources together and made these!  The prices of the stamp itself starts from £15.00 with an inkpad setting you back around £5.  The beauty of owning something like this for your blog or brand is that, aside from replacing the pad, you only pay once for something personal and you can get a whole lot of stamped products out of it.

So, without further ado, let’s run through this simple tutorial for your very own personalised business card…

IMG_20140826_205219You Will Need:

A Specialised Speedy Stamp and Ink Pad

Brown Luggage Labels

White Stickers

Black Ink Pen (plus your prettiest, tidiest writing)

Coloured Ribbon (your choice)

Now Do This..

Remove the string from your luggage labels and stick a white label on either side, try to keep your stickers straight and central as much as you can.

On one side of the luggage label, and keeping as central on the white sticker as you can, stamp your logo into place.  I chose a red ink pad to keep with the ‘peachy’-ish theme

IMG_20140826_205245On the second side of the luggage label, with your pen write any info you need to go on your business card – it’s probably worth pencilling your info in first, to make sure your spacing is even.

Finish off by threading your coloured ribbon through the hole in the luggage label.

Et Voila! A personalised and simple business card that stands out from the Vistaprint crowd!

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Disclaimer: I was sent the Speedy Stamps personalised stamp and inkpad for review purposes and was not paid for this post, though did receive the stamp for free.

Stay Peachy x

I Am Super Capes: Crafting for A Cause….

 

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Having run #CraftBlogClub over on Twitter for NEARLY A YEAR – I’ve been lucky enough to interact with some wonderful charities that use crafting for good causes.  I stumbled across Claudia who runs I AM SUPER CAPES a little while ago and, as her charity was so new, I wanted to feature her wonderful work and spread the word for her.  And the best thing?  If you’re a crafty sew and sew (ha) – you can get involved!

1619516_735088179870717_7445558403150310978_nThe idea for I Am Super Capes was born when its founder Claudia, worked along side Mercy For Action, a fantastic charity that works with children on the island of Cebu in the Philippines.  As she had worked with them when we did our amazing collection, in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon Haiyan, she found she wanted to do more.

        “I really wanted to do more after the non-stop 3 weeks of collection for the Philippines.  I came across a website about a lady that make superhero capes for children fighting illnesses in the USA.  I love the idea as I have 3 boys and I know how putting a cape on a child transforms them into little Superheroes, ‘flying’ around and having fun.  As I had worked with Mercy In Action for our Philippine collection I decided to work with them again and make them my first mission.”

I Am Super Capes-25Having been inspired by the lady behind Tiny Superheroes, who makes and sends capes to ill children in hospital, Claudia set about making and sending 21 capes to the children in The Phillipines and they were given to a group of 1st graders on their first day at school.  It was amazing to get the pictures and see their happy smiling faces.

Claudia started with a sewing machine, a basic sewing lesson from a local mum and some donated fabric.  After setting up business pages on Facebook and Twitter, she started spreading the word about I Am Supercapes.  What followed was a wonderful donation from a lady in Buckinghamshire of 21 capes and the start of something beautiful, fun and very much from the heart.  Claudia is also in the process of registering as a charity, which will enable Claudia to attract funding to aid in purchasing fabric for her little heroes!

After completing her first mission alongside Mercy for Action, Claudia turned her ideas to helping children who are ill or in hospital.  Having already started to make capes, her first Little Hero was a little boy called Lewis, who has been in hospital for 6 months.  Having come across his story on Twitter, Claudia got in touch with Lewis’ Mother and made a Toy Story and Chuggington themed cape for him.  Whilst she knows that her donation of a personalised cape doesn’t take away their illness, she believes that it helps to put a smile on their face and forget their hardships, even if just for a little bit.

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Although still in the early stages of development – having officially launched in January 2014, I Am Supercapes, has already been nominated for a Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards.  They are also holding two huge events later in the year, the first being a Super Skydive.  On the 13th September 2014 Claudia and her team are jumping from an aeroplane 10 000 feet up to raise money for I Am Super Capes.  A terrifying yet exhilarating experience.  Our other event is a Swishing Event.  In October 2014 they are holding a fantastic Ladies evening swapping good quality used clothing.  Fun, fizz, canapes and clothes.  Claudia is also hoping to confirm a pop-up weekend sewing shop in Winchester, be sure to check out the website as there will be more details to follow.

So, all that remains to be said is just how YOU can get involved with I Am Super Capes,

              ”  There are basically four ways you can get involved:
1 – Source fabric and send it to us. This could be fabric from a store, duvets, curtains, sheets etc. As these are going to childrenthe brighter & happier the better.
2 – Make capes for us (we can send you a paper template if you require),our only ask is that you use velcro on the neck straps.
3 – Organise a sewing day/morning/evening. We can help you spead the word of your event and we can help you source fabric.
4 – Donate money to us to be able to purchase fabric when needed.”

So many ways to get involved with such a fantastic idea, why not give Claudia’s charity a follow on Twitter and Facebook, she’s already doing such wonderful work, I’m excited to see where her idea takes her in the future.  She has pure enthusiasm for giving something fun to children who cannot live life to the full and I for one, can’t wait to get involved where I can.

“Every child deserves to be a Superhero, no matter who they are,where they live, whatever they are going through. Every child deserves the right to be a child, to have some time to be able to get away from the hardships and stress of the situation/environment they are in.
That is why I Am Superhero capes was born. We are wanting to send capes to these children. To help light up their imaginations, to give them a moment of respite from what is around them.
To give them the POWER to be children!”

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Lately: Lows, Highs and DIYs

dreyfus cafeLast week was a bit of an impromptu blog break for me – apologies for taking a bit of time out but, as you will see, it was really quite needed!

We had a bit of a whirlwind week, with the aftermath of Daisy’s Birthday, a trip to White Post Farm and my lovely Mum staying with us all week!  Top that off with a much excitable young Miss Peachy spending her FIRST WEEKEND away from the babe and taking a trip down memory lane to London – what more could you ask for???

daisy cakegoatWell…more on the trip itself to come, I’m sure.  With the sudden change in weather patterns and all, I was really feeling the need for a change up in the wardrobe department – not at all easy when you’re on a year long spending ban and still in-between sizes!  So, armed with a little bit of Christmas money I had saved, I took myself off to eBay and the incredible charity shops in Hockley, and I got a few bits of vintage and second-hand loveliness to tide me over and bring a little more ‘me’ back into my life!  In typical secret-goth fashion, I’m bypassing the pastel trends of Spring and embracing my love of leather skirts with this gorgeous vintage leather skirt from eBay – just £10, fits like a glove and goes with just about everything!

leather skirt comboI couldn’t resist a breton stripe top too to go with it – I’m a sucker for a Chanel-inspired stripe and my wardrobe has been seriously lacking in my usual stripy staple for a while, so I pulled a great £3 bargain from eBay!  Having always been a fan of dresses, I decided to really start embracing the idea of separates and picked up this amazing red polkadot shirt from Sue Ryder for just £5.  That’s right, a whole new wardrobe injection for less than £30 and all perfect for all weathers!  That’s my kind of Frugal Fashion!

Not only that, I got one step closer to a little bit of DIY wardrobing with this rather fab velvet skirt.velvet skirt  Simply cut from an old tunic that is both too short and too low cut, I thought something black and velvet would suit everything in my wardrobe – specifically my ‘new’ shirts.  After cutting the desired length of the skirt, I tacked in a thick piece of elastic to hold the skirt in place.  Et Voila!  A whole new use for something old AND another addition to my unique wardrobe.  I have a burgundy tunic I’m considering chopping up – perhaps a future tutorial to follow – once my sewing looks a little more professional!

So, as you can see, there have been plenty of highs and a little bit of DIY….but with the irony that was National Happiness Day, came a little bit of sadness in the Jeffberry household.  As of Thursday Mr J and I decided to separate.  I’m not one to go into the gory details but, after taking some time to work on things, we have simply decided that we don’t work anymore and, for the sake of our family, feel we would be better off as single parents.  So, whilst I’ve been basking in my new charity shop finds and jogging some wonderful memories in London, it has also been a very painful time coming to terms with one big ending and just how I aim to forward from now on.  So do forgive me if the posts drop a little, I’m still out there NOT High Street shopping and have even more reason to support the Frugally Fabulous way of life now – but I have a lot to put in place and a little bit of time out never hurt anyone!  It’s all still business as usual – but my focus is Little D and starting to plan a new future for us, so bear with me whilst I deal with all the tough stuff.

I would, however, like to thank everyone for their support and messages of comfort and to all the lovely people who tweeted me the things that make them happiest last Thursday – like I said, you have no idea how much that meant on that day!  I’ve got through the first few days…it’s onwards and upwards from here!

fearless and free

 

Stay Peachy x

#MidsBlogMeet is TOMORROW!

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It’s TOMORROW!!! I can’t believe after months of planning and putting everything in place, we will be meeting some lovely people from the Blogosphere at The Malt Cross!  I’ve got a quite a few last minute bits to finish up today – but I can’t wait to meet everyone and I really hope you enjoy what Kelly and I have put together!

If you are local to the Midlands and would like to come along – you’re more than welcome!  Drop me an email at missemmaberry@gmail.com to reserve a place!

Have a wonderful Friday people and Stay Peachy x

#CraftBlogClub Challenge: I Re-Love You

craftblogclub badgeOooooh look – a cheeky #CraftBlogClub post!  It has been a while since I launched a #CraftBlogClub challenge and a while since we have done one!  So, for February, may I introduce our crafty challenge….

‘I Re-Love You’!

Since the heady days of our Secret Santa challenge, #CraftBlogClub has gone from strength to strength and we have welcomed aboard some lovely new members!  I wanted to set a challenge to ease us all in to the New Year – I toyed with a Valentine’s theme and wanted to do something a little different. 

Before Christmas, we talked about what we would like to incorporate into future #CraftBlogClub challenges and the word ‘Upcycling’ came up A LOT.  So, with frugal in mind, February’s challenge is to upcycle and bring new life to an old piece of furniture or homeware!

Them’s The Rules.

I’ve kept the rules pretty basic – you can either purchase something or use something you have lying around the house.  I haven’t placed restrictions on this – but keeping to a budget would be advisable, for your own sake!

By furniture or homeware, I mean exactly that, furniture or homeware.  You can use a craft method you are already familiar with, or try something new.

As usual, when you have finished your piece, it would be great to write a post on your challenge and I will upload a post and provide a Linky for you to link your posts to. 

The deadline for ‘I Re-Love You’ is March 4th – so we have a month to upcycle and write a post on it!  

If you fancy joining in, to test your upcycling skills and get involved with some truly crafty talent, then we would love to have you!  Our challenges have been a great success so far and I am already looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!  Challenge posts and WIPs are also welcomed – just use the #CraftBlogClub hashtag and also #IReLoveYou to show everyone how you’re doing!! 

P.S The amazing new logo at the top of the page was designed by the lovely Icy Sedgwick and JUST as soon as I’ve worked it out, it will be the official badge of #CraftBlogClub for you all to display, proudly, on your blogs!  Once the teccy bit is all done – I shall pop it up for you all to grab!!

Stay Crafty x

Frugally Peachy Handmade Giveaway: Oscar The Owl!

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Just before Christmas last year, my friend and I set each other a challenge of handmaking a present for each other.  I love giving and receiving handmade items, but wanted to try something a little different for my friend who was both, a proud new rent-er of her own place AND a huge fan of owls!  So, after trawling Pinterest, I thought I would try my hand at making a little owl mug-warmer…meet Oscar the Owl!  He may not be cutesy, but he’s lovely, moderately creepy and snuggly for your afternoon cuppa!

Made from brown and cream double knit yarn; I’ve taken a lot of inspiration for Oscar from some of the china owls my Nan used to collect.  My Nan was too cool for school – she had an owl obsession waaaaay before woodland animal interior themes became cool!  I knitted the main body using woven stitch, which really worked on some red cafetiere cosies I did the year before and I fixed two press studs to fasten the holder.  The eyes were made from a traditional flower knitting pattern and I had these wooden buttons lying around too.  The result was weirdly sweet, quirky and looks LOVELY in my friend’s home!

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So…do you fancy making an Oscar the Owl yourself?  Why not follow this simple tutorial to make your own!  Now, be kind, this is the first knitting pattern I’ve technically written, I hope it makes enough sense!  I have designed the mug warmer to fit around a large round mug, so you may need to adjust stitches if you want to make a smaller one.

If, of course, you don’t fancy making your own Oscar, why not scroll to the bottom of the post – where there is a little surprise waiting!!

YOU WILL NEED

1 x ball of brown yarn – I used an old DK one.

1x ball of cream yarn – I used a Sirdar Aran Knit I had – but a cotton would also look really effective

2 large round buttons – wooden ones really work with the texture of the woven stitch

2 Press-Studs (you can also choose buttons).

1 Pair of 3mm Needles

1 Tapestry needle and 1 small sewing needle as well as matching thread for the yarn,

METHOD

Using 3mm needles, cast on 62 stitches and, beginning with a K row, work regular stocking stitch for 10 rows.

With the knitting facing the ‘right side’, complete the next row as follows;

k1, sl1 wyf, k1, sl1 wyf, repeat until last stitch, ending with a k1 (this seals the row)oscar 1

Next row: Purl

Repeat the last two rows for a further 14 rows, ending with a purl row.

Next 2 rows: Knit

Next row: Purl

Starting with a Knit row, stocking stitch a further 6 rows, ending with a purl.  Cast off.

FOR THE EYES (make two):

Using your cream yarn and 3 mm needles, Cast on 57 stitches

First row: Purl

Second Row: K2, *k1, Slip stitch back onto the left needle and carry over the next 8 stitches, of the needle, YON twice, knit the original stitch again, K2*. Repeat the starred section until end of row.

Third Row: K1, *p2 together, drop loop of 2 YON stitches and k1, p1*. Repeat until the last stitch, k1.

Cut a length of the working yarn and, using a tapestry needle, thread it back through the stitches and release.  Tie two yarn ends together to make a ‘flower’ shape and secure.

FOR THE BEAK:

Using your cream yarn again, cast on 12 stitches.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3, Decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of the row

Row 4 Purl

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 2 stitches remaining – thread yarn through stitches, break yarn and sew in end.

TO MAKE UP:

Sew all the ends of your main warmer-body in and, place two little brown yarn loops about 2 cm from an end.  Sew securely into place, using yarn.  Match up the two sides of your press studs and sew on each end of your main body.  I always find measuring by hand and eye much easier than using ACTUAL measurements! But then again I am a crafting renegade….

For the eyes, place your cream knitted shapes and large buttons in the middle of the body.  Using thread and needle  that will fit through your button holes, sew securely into place.  You can also tack a few discreet stitches through the cream shape too, to hold in place, before you attach the buttons.

Finally, place the large end of your cream beak in between and slightly underneath the eyes, stitch into place along the top line.

BUT WAIT! There is, in fact, more.  As a special thank you for tuning into my new venture and for the support my lovely readers have shown me since I started my new blog, I’ve handmade another Oscar The Owl to GIVE AWAY to one lucky Frugally Peachy reader!  So what are you waiting for?  Your tea is getting cold…..

How to enter….

There are a number of ways you can enter the giveaway – each way that you choose to enter will be counted as 1 entry, in other words, you do all three? You get three entries in the bag! The giveaway will run until Sunday 2nd February – and I will pick a winner using the age-old tradition of names in a hat! The winner will be announced on Monday 3rd February – so make sure you tune into my blog! Good Luck!

1. Please leave me a comment at the end of this post and your name will be entered into the giveaway.

2. Share this post on Twitter, tagging @LivePeachy and using the hashtag #OscarOwlGiveaway and your name will be entered into the giveaway.

3. Give my Facebook page a like and leave me a comment on my Oscar The Owl Picture and your name will be entered into the giveaway!

Good Luck everyone – Oscar’s waiting to meet you!

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Frugally Beautiful: The Body Shop’s Satsuma Beautifying Oil

satsuma 1Before I start, I should probably say I’m not really much of a beauty blogger.  I’ll leave that to the lovely professionals who tirelessly blog their hauls and their product trials.  I’m not one.  Because I’m boring and have had more or less the same make-up routine for the last 13 years.  My eye-liner flicks change depending on my mood, or if I’ve listened to much metal that week.  I wear red lipstick.  When I don’t wear red I wear a shade of purple.  I use a hot-cloth cleanser, I’m not brand-loyal but I love Benefit packaging.  There you have it.  But…on the hunt for frugal and beautiful bargains, I couldn’t not write about my latest frugal find!

Well over a year ago, a customer of mine in my old job and old life, very kindly gave me a £10 voucher for The Body Shop, as I had retrieved a lost phone for her.  So here I am, a whole probable 400 days later, willing and eager to spend that cash!

When I think of The Body Shop, I think of school.  I think of the Vanilla and White Musk miniatures you were always given at Christmas (nobody liked White Musk very much), not to mention the most pointless product of all time;  Clear Mascara.  I can almost hear it now, ‘I hope I don’t get told off for wearing make-up, I’ve got my clear mascara on’.  Chances are, young Emma of the past, you’ll not get found out!

In all honesty, it had been a while since I stepped inside a Body Shop branch, I’ve kept their body butters in business most Christmasses through my twenties, but it had been a while since I’d peroused their ever-growing collection.  I do, however, rate their dedication to not testing their products on animals and I do, now, rate their customer service.

satsuma 3I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for, when I found this Beautifying Oil, which comes in a range of light and lovely fragrances.  I went with Satsuma – always wanting to hold on to the Winter by hook or by crook.  Or by conjuring fragrant memories of seasonal fruits, it seems.  For £9 (or a voucher – for me), you get 100ml of a lovely scent, a non-greasy dry oil that can be used as a hair conditioner or a face and body moisturiser, applied to either wet or dry skin.

The versatility of the product really grabbed me, first off – I’m not one for shelves of potions and lotions but could this oil really cancel out the need for conditioner AND moisturiser?  The best was yet to come…

Not only can you apply this to every part of your fabulous self, the very helpful assistant suggested mixing a tiny bit of the oil with some soft brown sugar, to create your own body scrub.  In effect, for £9 – you get 3 for the price of one.

As a product, I really enjoyed using this oil, it is both softening and illuminating, which disappears within minutes, leaving your skin feeling supple and light.  I use it more at night than day – as daytime doesn’t always agree with the amount of time I have, from shower to leaving the house, for it to not mess up my make-up.  Nearly 4 weeks into owning it, the bottle is still 95% full – you really only need a tiny amount as it is so pliable and soft on your skin.  As a hair conditioner, I use it on the ends to cover up the splits  moisten the dryness and it really works for me.  I’m not one to over-condition (thankfully) so again, just a little pea sized amount covers the areas I need it to and I tend to use it about every three or four days

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As a scrub, I loved mixing up a mini pot of this and keeping it handy for any pesky dry patches that oft appear in the harsh winter months.  I love the fragrance and the lightness of the oil itself, but especially LOVE the weight of it on my wallet!

If you’re looking for an easy, non-irritating product that leaves you feeling naturally moisturised and illuminated, I would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a bargain – £9 for this bottle goes a long way!  Looking at savings – I’ve saved a further £4.50 (approx) on conditioner, £7 on a (decent) facial scrub and £6.50 on a moisturising night cream.  With all that gumph totalling £18, that’s a tremendous saving of £9 on an item.  Looks like The Body Shop have moved on from the days of White Musk Miniatures…they are topping my Frugally Beautiful list!  Do you have any frugal beauty tips?  Or any brands you are loyal to?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Stay Peachy x

 

How To Be….A Low-Key, Gin-Guzzling Fabulous Host

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I know we are all sick and tired of Happy New Year’s BUT, today I thought I would share a little recipe and a bit of my Frugal New Year with you!

It is my strong belief that New Year tends to be something of an anti-climax for anything that’s overplanned.  I’ve done the pub crawls, house parties and over-priced nights out; this year we wanted low-key and channel flicking with Jools Holland.  This sort of half-nod to celebrating any kind of event cannot be argued with; good food, good drink, good company, good…God is it really 2014???

The key to a Frugally Fabulous celebration is, really, the company.  A fancy bar or club is only as good as the people in it and, trust me, I’ve had some great nights and some really awful ones.  Luckily for me, my best chum BFA, lives about four minutes away from us, so the three of us traipsed over for an American Diner-inspired evening with sparkling cocktails, homemade burgers and a homemade sign – my little ode to the sexiest best programme on TV; True Blood.

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Using authentic sesame-seeded baps (6 for 99p), lean mince and ‘plastic cheese'; we made gorgeous farm-assured lean beef burgers served with a little salad, a little relish AND traditional curly fries (£1.50 for 2KG bag).  Mr J had his with some of the leftover Christmas wine, BFA knocked back a few ciders and Daisy, bless her, slept through the entire evening!  I chose to try some gin cocktails – it had been a while since I’d indulged in a gin and tonic and I wanted to make something tasty, but not so tasty I would forget my parental duties and wobble off to the nearest nightclub, demanding Sylvester’s You Make Me Feel (Might Real) on loop.  The result was sweet, tasty and trickled down the throat just nicely, smooth as Jools’ Jazz jams themselves!  Topped off by serving in old, recycled jam jars with a little zesty orange and sugar frosting decoration, they are bound to please the cocktail-drinkers among your guests.  So, if you’re thinking of hosting a little something similar, here’s the recipe…

Ingredients (To make 4 Tall Jam Jars)

Approximately 4-8 shots of Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire – on offer at the time for £20 – and believe me, as a mother of a young child in practical hibernation, this is a going to go a looooonnnggg way)!

2 Litres of Tonic OR Basics Sparkling Water (approximately 39p for 2 Litre bottle)

4 Oranges

2 long Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary (plus extra for stirrers – any extras are great for flavouring that Hangover Roast)

4 tbsps Sugar

Method: In a saucepan, over a medium heat, bring about 500ml of water to simmering with the sugar – this creates the syrup.  Once the sugar has completely dissolved into the water, remove from heat.

Meanwhile, using a squeezer, squeeze the juice of the oranges into the saucepan and add the skin to infuse with the syrup.  Add your sprigs of rosemary and leave until the mixture has cooled.  Strain orange peel and rosemary before adding to the serving jars.

Once the syrup is cooled completely, fill 4 jam jars or glasses with ice to about a third full and pop your shots of gin in each jar.  Equally add your syrup and top up with sparkling water/tonic water accordingly.

Et Voila! Serve with Rosemary Sprig Stirrers and Orange Peel decoration, smudge a little bit of sugar around the top of each jar for a sweet hit.  Do kick back, do do a little bit of stupid dancing to Lady Gaga’s Telephone, do enjoy watching other, more drunk people failing at Guitar Hero and do enjoy your Low-Key, Sparkly, American-Diner-Shoehorned-Themed Low-Key celebration!

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Stay Peachy x

 

De-Fusing The Yarn Bomb!

bootees 2At the start of the year, Mr J and I decided to have a huge clearout of our house, top to bottom.  New Year certainly has that effect on you – we are both so busy with work and projects, not to mention lovely Little D thrown into the mix; our home can sometimes become a whirlwind of clutter, paper and all sorts.

It was the most therapeutic thing I had done in a long time, I felt cleansed and ready to hit 2014 with a bang.  But, mostly, I was shocked at how much of a fabric and yarn hoarder I had secretly become.  My craft space – which doubles up as the front dining room, was overrun with colours and patterns, some of which I couldn’t even remember buying.

So I made it one of my ‘Frugal Resolutions’, to try use up the remnants of my yarn and fabric stash, where possible, before purchasing new bits and pieces to work with.  And what better way to welcome in a new year, than with welcoming in a new little person?

I have used knitting patterns from Val Pierce before, they are great for quick knitting projects and her book of Baby Knits, which a good friend sent me when I was pregnant, is full of gorgeous projects for little ones.  Knitting is my absolute favourite craft; my Nan taught me the basics when I was very young and, in the past few years, I’ve tried new stitches and patterns and actually managed to create some lovely little pieces.  So when the aforementioned friend gave birth herself in December, I couldn’t resist making these little keepsake bootees to celebrate the arrival of her son.

bootees 3bootees 1Having not knitted a bootee shape before – I was surprised at how easy the pattern was, working mostly with garter stitch and needle turns, to create a really sweet keepsake for my friend’s baby.  When I was expecting D, I didn’t have a lot of time to knit everything I wanted to for her, but I was so grateful for all the lovely handknitted cardigans and bootees we were given and I’ve kept them all!  These make great memories as anyone who has had a child will know, they really do grow up so fast!  And best of all……I used materials that I ALREADY HAD!  The Cream yarn was a lovely baby-soft knit I used to knit a blanket for Daisy, when she was born.  The ribbon was from a reel I found lurking at the bottom of one of my many bags and the little cat buttons were an impulse eBay purchase from several months ago. 

I packaged these up in a lovely box we were given, when I gave birth to D, made a little card for the recipients and sent them on their way to their new home.  Living in Nottingham now, and hailing from the South West – migrating through a little bit of mad London for a time – I have a whole heap of far-away friends who mean the world to me.  I just wish I could see them more.  Hopefully my little gift will be one that my friend will treasure and will remind her that she’s not far from my mind, but I can’t wait to meet the little man himself soon!

Stay Peachy x