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Mother’s Day Mini Canvas Giveaway

[AD – I was gifted products from Sweet Wild Designs in exchange for an honest review]

Last year, I teamed up with the lovely Helen from Sweet Wild Designs and she drew me a fabulous picture of my cats: Simba & Zazu. The artwork is still proudly framed on my wall and I often catch the cats admiring how nice they look. So, when I saw Helen was looking for bloggers again, I raised my virtual hand and had a chat, we decided with Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March it’s a good opportunity to host a giveaway!

Helen is from Somerset, UK and created Sweet Wild Designs to fuel her passion for painting, drawing, crafts, sewing, graphic design and everything in-between. Helen does a whole range of beautiful customized artwork on canvas, cushions, mugs and cards. If you love inspirational illustrations of nature, cats and birds then you won’t be disappointed. Check out Helen’s Instagram for all the gorgeous designs.

Helen created this pretty piece of art on a mini canvas for me to give to my mum. I asked for bright and colourful flowers and that is exactly what I got. It’s so lovely! Helen has also very kindly offered to giveaway any choice of art print and a Mothers Day card to one lucky winner (see details at the end of post).

I love love love the purple Mother’s Day card, it’s is such a pretty colour with beautiful flowers. You can never go wrong with flowers and mums. Helen has designed a fab collection of Mother’s Day Cards which you can find in her shop. If you haven’t picked up a card yet, why not see what is available!

Thank you so much Helen for the gorgeous mini canvas and card, I am sure my mum will love them!

If you would like a chance to win an art print of your choice and Mothers Day card you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW HELEN ON TWITTER @HELENARTDESIGN

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Friday 15th March 2019 at 6pm.

Good luck to everyone who takes part!

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Hobbycraft Colour-In Canvas

One of my favourite ways to unwind and switch off is to grab some felt-tips, put on a Spotify playlist and spend ages just making things bright and colorful. It makes me feel relaxed. The other week, I was browsing Hobbycraft (the shop of dreams) and came across this ‘Be Happy’ Colour-In Canvas for £4.50 and thought yes, I need to buy you, you affordable piece of creative happiness, you are coming home with me.

For this, I used my Pastel Tombow TwinTone 12 Dual Tip Markers (also available in Hobbycraft).

The cool thing about these pens, other than the fact that they are amazing pastel colours, is that they are dual tip. It has a bullet tip and fineliner tip all in one pen, ideal for many different projects such as hand lettering, bullet journalling, sketching or just writing a very pretty shopping list.

As well as pastel, you can also get your creative hands on a pack of Twin Tone Bright Dual Tips too.

With a cuppa and my Spotify playlist (I was in the mood for Pop Punk Powerhouses) I got colouring…

I used a mix of thinner tips for the more intricate details and thicker tips for the bigger spaces and background. Initially, I expected the pens to be more pastel but the more I coloured, the more I was liking the bright bold colourful vibes, perfect for a cheerful ‘Be Happy’ picture.

There are a range of different canvases available, also in mini size for a quicker art project. Other favourites include ‘Today Is Going To Be Awesome’, Waves, and Bird House. The lovely Kay from Kay At Home shared the very pretty ‘Love’ canvas in her post: Valentines Gift Ideas – Handmade With Love.

This canvas took me an afternoon to complete, once I was in the colouring-in zone I just wanted to finish it – although it would also be a great project to spread over a couple of evenings.

It was a very enjoyable few hours just listening to music and colouring everything in pretty colours. Sometimes the simply things in life can bring so much calmness.

Related post: 5 Ways Creativity Improves Mental Health.

Ta-da! And here is the finished canvas, I decided to leave the text white to make it stand out more (and my arm was aching by this point, ha ha). I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest creative project!

Do you enjoy colouring in? Have you tried a colour-in canvas before? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Pastel Elixir Mystery Box

I had the most sweetest package arrive for me last week. You can probably already guess it was a Pastel Elixir Mystery Box but I had absolutely no idea who it was from. It arrived the day before Valentine’s Day with a cute message simply saying ‘Happy Love Day Bexa’. It honestly made my day but also intrigued me greatly…  someone knew where I lived and someone also knew I also loved Pastel Elixir too…

If it was a man, I was already planning on marrying him as mystery boxes full of cute and colourful prints, badges, stickers and bookmarks are a sure way to my heart. I later found out that it actually my lovely sister (so no wedding bells yet) but if there were awards for the best sibling, she would have them all.

In the box: Believe In Yourself Unicorn Print, Llama Balloon Print, Squirrel Print, Leaping Bunny Print, Tiger Cub Print, Otter Card, Llama Bookmark, I Like Yummy Things Postcard, Sweetcorn Button Badge, Lightbulb Button Badge, Cow of Compassion Sticker, Heart Sticker. 

I have made no secret of loving Pastel Elixir, I have featured Enamel Pins, Mystery Boxes and other goodies on my blog already. I adore everything about the designs, it is cuteness overload.

Who is Pastel Elixir? Ellis and her husband James run Pastel Elixir with their two gorgeous doggies (Vespa and Custard), in Leicestershire, selling all of Ellis’ illustrations on bookmarks, mugs, cards, badges, prints, postcards, stickers and enamel pins! Everything is so fun, colourful and cute, and Ellis’ prints and postcards have been brightening up my walls for ages now and always make me smile.

You can follow Pastel Elixir on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

I love that each week my badge collection is steadily growing and I don’t need to do anything about it. Last week, I received a few wonderfully colourful and punny badges in my Katie Abey Mystery Bag and this week I have a couple of adorably cute Pastel Elixir badges to add next to them. Yay! =)

I’m taking this awesome llama bookmark as a sign that I should read more books.

Check out this playful Tiger Cub Print – Ellis’ illustrations are fantastic!

The cute Cow Of Compassion Sticker is also available as a print here.

If you want to jazz up plain notebooks or add some colour and cuteness to your planner/bullet journal, I’d recommend Pastel Elixir stickers. Currently, there are some really fun packs to choose from such as adorable unicorns and happy vegetables!

Every card in Ellis’ shop is beautifully illustrated with unique designs and blank on the inside for your own personalized message. Ellis now stocks a lovely range of handmade cards, a few favourites include: Rainbow, Carousel and Broccoli.

That hot chocolate has gotta be the hot chocolate of dreams, right? (Also available as a badge).

I hope you enjoyed having a sneak peek into my Pastel Elixir Mystery Box. What a huge bundle of awesomeness! Thank you so much Vicky (aka. Dorothy) for my fantastic treats, you know me so well, I absolutely love the selection of goodies and it really made me smile =)

Have you ordered from Pastel Elixir? Which is your favourite item? Click here to order your very own mystery box too!

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Rainbow Cake Pops: The Baking Tree

Shut the fridge door, two baking posts in one month, who am I?! Before you get too impressed, I’ve not quite ventured into the world of recipe-book-baking just yet, it’s early days and I’m still using a trusty kit. However, I’m now the proud owner of a pair of shiny new scales (thanks to my step-mum Wendy who saw my guesstimated Unicorn Confetti Cupcakes post and kindly gave me proper cooking tools). So hold tight, things are about to get rather technical in the kitchen, at least when I measure the butter anyway…

Today, I’m making Rainbow Cake Pops by The Baking Tree. I found this cute looking kit whilst browsing Not On The High Street and anything with rainbow in the title immediately catches my attention. I always enjoy trying something new and challenging myself and this ticked all the boxes.

The kit has all the essential ingredients included, all you need to do is add two eggs and butter. Simples.

Firstly, you need to add the cake mix, two eggs and 75g of butter into a bowl and mix. Yes, this is actually and accurately 75 grams… yay! Although if it goes wrong I can’t blame my dodgy measurements anymore.

Next pop the mixture into a grease proof lined cake tin (or whatever I have) and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 degrees. This recipe requires bowls, plates, baking trays, saucepans, the lot! My top tip is wash up as you go and use the same bowl instead of creating a mountain of washing up later on.

Meanwhile, when you are not washing up or staring at the oven, it’s time to create the delicious chocolate buttercream. This time 40g of butter is added to the icing mix and believe me, it is an impossibility to make something like this and not give it a taste or ten. It’s too good and twenty minutes is a long time.

20 minutes later… cake and delicious chocolate buttercream are ready for the next stage.

Well not quite, firstly you need to let the cake cool down otherwise you’ll just burn your hands. Once suitably cooled, the cake can be broken up into large pieces and placed into the bowl.

Turn large cake pieces into small breadcrumbs (again, intermittent tasting is mandatory with this recipe).

Add delicious chocolate buttercream to small breadcrumb cake bowl.

Here comes the fun (and messy) stage: the mixture should be slightly sticky and easy to roll between your hands. The kit suggests making 12 balls; I made 7 more photogenic balls and three fatter less-photo-worthy but purely indulgent chocolate balls… oh stop typing, this sentence is just getting plain weird.

Freeze your balls for 30 minutes but don’t let them go rock hard (this post is funnier than I expected).

We can leave our balls alone for a bit whilst we heat up some chocolate buttons and prepare the sprinkles…

After 30 minutes, check your balls and get ready to dunk them in melted chocolate!

The final stage is adding the colourful rainbow sprinkles and then popping them in the fridge to set.

The kit also comes with this handy foam block so that the cake pops can stand alone in the fridge.

I already had a good feeling these were gonna taste nice but I was even more impressed that they looked nearly identical to the ones on the box (except I was more generous with my sprinkles). The step-by-step instructions are so clear & detailed it is hard to go wrong anywhere, so big thumbs up to The Baking Tree.

There are so many awesome creations to try, such as Red Velvet Cake Pops (inc. pink hearts, perfect for Valentines Day) or how about Polka Dot Cookies, which look like so much fun! Which baking kits are your favourite? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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