02 May 2015

The Wonderland Giveaway


A very merry unbirthday to you all, today I thought I would celebrate the blooming of the roses by hosting another awesome giveaway for all my lovely readers. I've noticed a slow but steady increase over all my social media platforms this past year and wanted to do something special for you guys to show my thanks.

The Prizes
♥ Alice in Wonderland playing cards

To win yourself all these awesome goodies just click on the widget below for details on how to enter and remember the more times you enter the better your chances of winning are so get to it xoxo

This giveaway is open internationally and entries will be accepted from now until midnight (GMT) on May 31st, just follow the instructions in the widget above and be sure to leave a valid email address that I can contact you at should you win.

Good Luck
Cate
xoxo

30 April 2015

Things That Make You Go Oooooo (April 2015)

I smoked my last cigarette with flowers in my hair

April seems to have flown by so quickly, I was super excited for a lot of things this month and it hardly feels like my feet have touched the ground. I've been making some very positive changes in my wellbeing which have worked wonders for my overall health and mood so I will be sharing them very soon for those of you interested, I'm just happy to be in a happy place although I am feeling a bit restless and in need of an epic adventure...

♥ I've been cooking a lot this month and one of my favourite recipe blogs has to be Food Adventures (in fiction) so much cute food!

♥ 5 Simple Ways to Maintain Focus

♥ This gave me a giggle and I'm totally guilty of a few of these!

♥ Being Kind to Others is Being Kind to Yourself

♥ My sleep schedule has improved so much thanks to these Sleeping Tricks

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♥ These Nut Milk Boba Creamsicles look AMAZING!

♥ Here are some great blogging tips from The Nerdy Fox

♥ Plug Into Your Weirdness

♥ I'm making a real effort to treat myself better so these 45 Simple Self-Care Practices have helped me so much so I try to do at least 1 a day!

♥ How to be Successful just by Improving your Common Routines

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♥ Game of Thrones is back and with it my obsession with the costumes, check out these gorgeous wearable looks for my girl Sansa

♥ Reasons to Love Whedonverse

♥ If you need a bit of extra motivation to do that workout here are 8 Surprising Facts about Fitness

♥ How to Land your Dream Job

♥ How Women Undermine Themselves With Words

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♥ I think I may have just found the perfect skirt for spring and summer

♥ Want to start a blog? Here are some great tips

♥ 100 Things To Love About Yourself (That Have Nothing To Do With What You Look Like)

♥ If you're having a bad day then here are 3 simple ways to make you feel instantly better

♥ 6 Signs You're Doing What You Love







Love & Bluebells
Cate
xoxo

26 April 2015

D.I.Y. Fashion Tutorial: Hannibal Inspired Antler Headband

The Nightmare Stag

Being a "Fannibal" antlers are something I have tried to make multiple times but I was never happy with the end results, this time however I was so pleased with how freakin' simple they ended up being and how awesome they looked that I thought I would post a tutorial so you all can make them to.

YOU WILL NEED:

Let's begin...

STEP 1: Wire Frame
First I wrapped some wire around the headband to give me and anchor then I basically freehanded the design until I got a shape I was happy with, using the pilers to help flatten and twist the wire, so go crazy with one you can make them as long or as short as you want .

STEP 2: Masking Tape
To create a basic shape and form the antlers I used masking tape because it's lightweight, sticky and easy to mould. I basically wrapped tape around the wire frame to create the defined points of the antler and add mass to it so I'd have a base to work with.

STEP 3: Papier Mâché
To give the antlers strength I decided to go down the papier mache route as this would be lightweight but durable and I decided to use glue instead of flour and water to prevent mould and create a stronger base. I used small strips of newspaper and did about 3 - 4 layers letting it dry for a few hours between each layer, if you want yours thicker then add as many extra layers as you want until you're happy with the result just make sure to let it dry completely before starting on the next layer.

STEP 4: Prime
Once I had allowed my Papier mache base to dry overnight I decided to prime the base to cover up the newspaper print so I would have a nice clear and easy base to work with. Also at this point you can also sand down any lumps and bumps you don't want, I chose to keep mine a bit rustic and gnarled for a more natural effect.

STEP 5: Paint
I used acrylic to paint my antlers black and painted about 3 - 4 coats until they were opaque. As with the primer be sure to let your paint dry completely for a few hours between coats to prevent any streaking and unevenness then once you're done allow them to dry overnight to make sure the paint is completely dry before you wear them.

STEP 6: Gloss & Decorate (optional)
If you want a shiny finish to your antlers you can paint on a coat of modge podge gloss and if you wanted to add a few flowers like the antlers above just simply glue them on with a glue gun.

The Nightmare Stag

If you decide to make your own antlers be sure to let me know in the comments, I want pics!
Love & Stags
Cate
xoxo

24 April 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Games I Love To Play


Lately I don't seem to play very many games so for #Fandom5 I struggled to think of anything I actually regularly play. After watching Tabletop I would love to get into playing more board games as they would make a refreshing change from computer games, speaking of although I spent a large chunk of my life playing games I don't really play them at all now. I used to love playing action and adventure games but now all I really have time for are cute little puzzle games which I normally play on my phone so the games I chose are the ones I have had the most play out of recently which all happen to be hella cute!

Disney Tsum Tsum
(add me: Cateaclysmic)

Phoenix Wright

Animal Crossing

Professor Layton

Katamari Damacy

Check out #Fandom5 creators The Nerdy Girly & Super Space Chick & join in on the Fandom Friday fun!
Love & Puzzles
Cate
xoxo

21 April 2015

On Etsy: Sushi, Cookies, Direwolves & Superheroes

House Stark Direwolf Scarves

There have been quite a few new items added into my Etsy Shop lately so I thought I would share some of them with you incase you've haven't seen them yet. I absolutely love crafting and sometimes find myself up all night working on a project, when I get in the zone I can't stop! A lot of the designs I've made lately have been projects I've had in mind for a while but haven't had much time to complete so I'm so happy to share them with everyone today.

Game of Thrones Direwolf Scarf (Lady)
It has taken me a long time to to complete my Direwolf scarf collection because I wanted to get the perfect yarn for each of them. Lady is the final addition to the collection and I decided to go with a simply grey design with silvery flecks to represent her and Sansa's innocence and youth.

Kawaii Mini Sushi Bracelet
When I first got into polymer clay jewellery making one of the 1st things I made was a sushi bracelet so I thought it was about time for an updated one now my clay skills have improved, and I had to include my absolute favourite Tamago on there to, just looking at it makes me hungry.

Pink Love Heart Macaron Bracelet
A friend mentioned that it has been a while since I made any macaron jewellery and they're right it has been almost two years since my last one. When I was in London I treated myself a huge raspberry flavoured macaron from Laduree which was super cute and just as delicious so I thought I would recreate it in clay. 

Candy Cookie Bracelet
All I've been baking lately are cookies so of course I had to create some cute jewellery to match the occasion and as yummy as this one looks it probably won't taste that good but never fear I shall be posting a few of my fave cookie recipes soon.

Purple Bunny Scarf
A lot of my bunny scarves are pastel coloured so I thought I would make something a little bit darker and found this beautiful purple yarn in my stash, I think of this one as an older sibling to my Candy Violet Bunny Rabbit Scarf.

Kinder Egg have been releasing a bunch of awesome Marvel themed eggs lately so I thought I would make something awesome out of all the extra figures I have and turned them into necklaces, they all look super cute don't you think?

Love & Cookies
Cate
xoxo
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