Saturday, 26 April 2014

Toddler crochet & a peek at Esra's room!

Happy Saturday!

Last night I finished a cushion I was working on and wanted to share...

I used the popcorn stitch and various colours, I had already made her a tiny version and just enlarged it. I love how it brings out all of the colours in her room.

I have placed the Ikea Rast chest of drawers beside her bed as a bedside table, I painted it with Wickes 'Damsel Chic' chalk paint and combined it with white.

I used a mixture of my scrap yarns for the cushion all of which were 100% cotton.

I LOVE the 'Pirum Parum' pear poster and knew I wanted it for Esra's room ages ago, I have used and Ikea 'Ribba' frame for it. The 'Maileg' bunnies are so beautiful and perfect for any little girls room. I added the neon yellow rabbit from 'Zara home' for a pop of colour and for a fresh modern feel. There's also a little 'Maileg' mouse sitting in a yarn candle holder I picked up from 'TK Maxx', it's so cute and a great way to bring more grey into the room.

The small suitcases are by 'Sasse & Belle' which I purchased from Amazon, I love the colours and ditsy feminine print. We have 'Play Doh' stored in the bottom, wooden pattern blocks in the middle and sponge alphabet letters on the top. Talk about pretty toy storage!

Also from 'Sasse & Belle' I got the heart bunting that I have hung across the room to have some continuity in the room. Her pink floral lamp shade was a complete bargain from Amazon, it gives off a sweet pink glow at night and Esra is completely and utterly obsessed with it. I handmade her pom pom garland that sits nicely on top of the poster, I love the pops of colour against the grey!

And some more toddler crochet for you! I made a couple of these baskets and one is hanging on a knob, I combined 2 yarns (a pink & grey) to form a thicker strand and used a 6mm hook to single crochet the basket. I started off with 2chains, and SC 10 into the first loop, then 2SC into each loop, then I did 1SC, 2SC, 1SC, 2SC etc in the next round then 1,1,2,11 and then you enlarge accordingly I don't even think I'm making sense, but you enlarge your circle until you have the desired base size then single crochet all the way round about 15-20 times  and that gives you the basket, I finished off with SS all the way round to have a sturdy top and then I made a little loop.

And now this bunny sits perfectly inside!

Well that's it for now, but I am thinking of making a YouTube room tour video as I can explain myself properly, I also took a recording of the 'before' so it will be fun to compare! On the other side of her room is the play area, and on the side we have a reading area. It's almost done, and the things that are left are her blinds, her closet door and a few other bits and pieces.

Speak soon, and enjoy your weekend! xXx

Friday, 25 April 2014

Loving & Hating...

Good morning all, long time no speak... Don't ask! But I'm back!

Lately I have really been into my neutrals, and haven't fully got into the Spring mood, I'm hoping next month will change that! However, there have been some standout items that need some praise!

  • Bobbi Brown 'Bone' Eyeshadow - This is the perfect 'I'm in a rush shade' as all I do is sweep it all over my lid and it's done. It has a natural brightening effect and is great for everyday.
  • Mac 'Pure Zen' Lipstick - I'm in love with this lipstick, I got quite a few lipsticks this month and this was the one that wowed me, even though I probably have a million different nudes, there's something about finding the next best nude shade. It's the perfect milky peach that has just enough pigment to suit m complexion, it's on the same wavelength as 'Hue' just much peachier. An honourable mention goes to 'Rebel' as I wore that a few days in a row just dabbed on my lips with lip balm.
  • Bourjois CC Cream - This colour correcting cream is perfect for everyday, it has a light liquid texture that gives a semi matte sheen. I apply this with a wet sponge as I got the darkest shade which was a shade too dark for me, so using a wet sponge helps sheer it out and blends into my skin perfectly or I mix a little bit with my moisturiser for an even lighter finish. The coverage is buildable and lasts almost the whole day on my normal/oily t zone skin.
  • Bare Minerals 'Medium Beige' Foundation - I have rediscovered my love for mineral foundation, I forgot how flawless it makes my skin look and for some reason it gives much more coverage than I always expect. I use it on days where I am feeling oily or when I want a flawless finish.
  • Urban Decay 'Walk of Shame' Lipgloss - This is a neutral nude that is ever so smooth, it glides on so easily, isn't sticky and layers nicely over 'Pure Zen' lipstick. What more does one want from a gloss? Oh and I like the 'flunk' noise it makes when you open and close the lid. *weird* 
  • Mac 'Well Dressed' Blush - This is probably my favourite 'go to' pink blush, I have used it for years and it never fails me. It applies the perfect amount of colour in a couple of sweeps, it's quite sheer so you really need to build it up if you want it to be more vivid. I personally, prefer the natural finish so the lighter the better for me. I don't really like my cheeks looking too pink and 'Well Dressed' is the perfect balance with it's cool pale pink undertones.

However it's not all good! I have a couple of products I have been HATING!
  1. No7 Stay Perfect Macara (Gold Tube) - OMG this is the worst mascara ever, it has the thinnest wand which I'm not going to lie separates the lashes nicely, but oh boy when you come to remove it, it's the worst, I lost so many of my lashes regardless of what eye makeup remover I used. I officially hate all fibre mascaras!! The lashes on my left eye are uneven and I have started using 'Li Lash' again to remedy the problem. 
  2. Real Techniques Miracle complexion Sponge - Ok so, there's so much hype on this, and my experience has been awful. My sponge after a few uses has holes in it, it won't return to it's shape and the stains don't wash out properly. I will put my hands up and say I don't wash it immediately after use as I usually have a toddler wrapped around my legs so I leave it for later. But regardless, I'm not a happy bunny. However, it was a dream to use it before it got damaged as it particularly applied concealer beautifully. I have however, now resorted to the cheaper multipack sponges and just use them once and bin them which works out to be more effective and hygienic. 
Have you tried any of the products mentioned and is there any products you are hating recently?