December 29, 2011

Getting creative for Christmas

Being a poor student this year meant I had to put on my creative cap when it came to presents. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen dying chocolate pink and folding cream into dulce de leche. Alongside the edible delights I also made a mother of pearl shell bracelet, which went down a treat! 

At about 10 o’clock on Christmas eve when I was putting all the presents together, I suddenly realised I didn’t have anything to put the chocolates in. So using left over wrapping paper I made these cute boxes, which were just perfect! I also made another box and a lid for the bracelets!

I also made pink macaroons and salted caramel truffles which were to die for! The fantastic recipe can be found here -

 Chocolate slab - inspired by Hotel Chocolat 

 These little chocolate wafers made fantastic presents for Christmas and look ever so pretty! I used quality white and milk chocolate, and then dyed some of the white chocolate pink to make it extra girly!

 Little heart sugar cubes

I ordered some beautiful mother of pearl shells in a button shape, the pastel pink colour is just stunning and it’s truly dazzling when it catches the light. I soldered on a silver plated clasp and chain and then placed it in a little handmade box. My mother and sister were thrilled! 

December 18, 2011

I'm coming home, I'm coming home for Christmas.

I'm back in sleepy Somerset to spend christmas with my family - and it has to be said I really do miss the countryside. The perks of home also help - an overflowing fridge, dinner that does not consist of pasta or sainsburys own and long warm baths during the cold months. My sister and I took our dogs for a long walk yesterday, its only 5 minutes from where we live but it never fails to shock me with how beautiful it looks. It was so nice to stroll through the fields and anyone who passed me would make conversation - something I've greatly missed living in London! The weather was bitterly cold so I wore a vintage faux fur coat, Topshop lace dress, vintage silk scarf and Vivienne Westwood "Melissa" wellingtons.

My sister Zoe

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