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At the weekend, I was browsing my local Hobbycraft looking for a relaxing Sunday afternoon crafting activity when I found myself in the décopatch aisle. Décopatch is new to me but the bright and vibrant decorative sheets caught my eye (I’m like a magpie for anything colourful) and I was curious to learn more. The idea is pretty simple: using a dab of glue and the range of bold patterned papers you can completely transform a boring looking object into something fun and eye-catching. I wanted to give it a try.

First you select your base object, this can be anything from an animal, box, picture frame and much more. For my first attempt I wanted to keep things simple with a few mini plant pots. Next you pick your paper, there are tons of beautiful designs to choose from: I went for Pink Llamas, Multicoloured Mosaic and Watercolour Polkadots. Finally, grab some glue and a brush and you are good to go!

I admit, I did Google ‘How to decopatch’ when I got home to see if there were any special skills I needed to learn. Nope. All you need to do is tear up the paper sheets, generously cover object in glue and stick.

It’s like papier mache, but prettier and less messy.

I did a few layers of paper and sealed the whole thing with an extra layer of glue. Ta-da!

Next up was my llamas. The paper looked cute but it turned out to be the most fiddly. As you don’t want to rip your llama’s head off you gotta be especially careful here. Sadly, I don’t think this was the best paper to use for the job, I mean it’s adorable, but headless llama’s tend to lose their cuteness factor. 

Photo showing the side with the most complete llamas.

For the last one, I could go back to random tearing without having to worry about harming any llamas.

It’s enjoyable to watch something plain turn into something so colourful in a matter of minutes.

Once you are happy with the finished design, give it some time to dry then the pots are ready to use. 

I saw these unusual looking cactus in the garden centre complete with bright colourful heads, they fitted perfectly in my pots so I thought they were too good not to buy. Colourful pots need colourful cactus, right?

The possibilities with décopatch are endless! You can make a patchwork design using multiple sheets of paper, you can decorate various animals, letters, pots, boxes and much more. Just grab a base, some pretty paper and get sticking. Have you ever tried décopatch before? What did you create? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Baking is not something I do very often (I can count 3 times here, here and here in the last 12 months). But when I do, you can guarantee it is going to be a) something sweet and b) from a baking kit and c) I’ll blog about it to prove it happened. Today is no exception, however this time I decided to get extra creative and put my own spin on the classic Vanilla Cupcake and then bring it to life with added Unicorn Confetti. 

You will need: Vanilla Cupcake Kit, 1 egg, butter, Unicorn Confetti.

Maybe one day I’ll learn how to make a cake from scratch, but for now it’s all about the baking kit. All you need to do is mix an egg and the cake mix together and bingo, step one is complete.

Great British Bake Off 2019 here I come…

If you have a cupcake tray, it is probably best to use that. I have no idea what my tin is designed for (not cupcakes) but it seemed to do the job so into the oven it went. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 170 degrees. 

Whilst the cupcakes are in the oven, part two can now begin. Things got a bit complicated at this stage as the icing needed 50g of butter and I don’t own scales – so I guesstimated and hoped for the best. I don’t think you can go far wrong though, the more creamy-sugary-deliciousness, the better.

Confession time: I never planned for the cupcakes to be so slim, it is just what happened. However, stacking two together transformed them into cupcake sandwiches and it almost looks like they were supposed to turn out like this. Plus TWO layers of tasty icing is a definite win for me.

Once the cupcake sandwiches have been iced, sprinkle on the Unicorn Confetti and bring on the colour! 

And that is how you transform the classic Vanilla Cupcake into a Unicorn Confetti sandwich! It is so quick and easy to do and they 100% passed the taste quality control test (I had to try a couple to make it fair).

Do you enjoy baking? Do you use baking kits or do you make cakes from scratch? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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Back in September, I treated myself to a couple of Sugar & Sloth Pin Party Club Boxes and only got round to blogging one of them. Click if you want to see Llama’s on a Fancy Dress Parade. I knew I was going to LOVE these boxes and I think you will love them too if you are a fan all things cute & colourful.

The creator behind Sugar & Sloth is the lovely Anita who is forever adding a splash of colour and creativity to Instagram & TwitterFrom the websiteAnita’s unique designs provide a humorous look at love, cats and motivation. Sugar & Sloth is on a mission to fill the world with more adorably inappropriate animals and sassy cuteness. Today’s installment of fun is the Kawaii tea party (ft. cute Corgie in a cup)!

Each monthly box has a different party theme and you can sign up for £9 a month inc. free postage.

Inside the Kawaii Tea Party box: a cute hard enamel Corgi pin, a Kawaii macaroon button badge, a Tea Party sticker, a Kawaii Tea Party recipe card and love hearts.

Kawaii means cute in Japanese and this box exactly that. A cute tea party with adorable animals, rainbows and flowers. And it’s all pinks and purples with automatically adds an additional level of cuteness, I think.

Sugar & Sloth do the most awesome stickers, a couple of my favourites are the Motivational Unicorn saying “You can do ALL the things!”.  I also love the Dinosaur Book Club Sticker Sheet, because dinosaurs.

“Meet Queenie the Corgi, her motto is ‘Tea Time, all the Time’ or at least that would be her motto if she wasn’t so busy drinking a lovely cup of tea” She is even wearing a little crown, so much cute. If Corgi’s in heart teacups are not your thing (explain yourself), how about The Crazy Cat Lady Bunch Of Flowers pin, the Panda With Pizza pin or the Socially Awkward Girl Gang (give me a lifetime membership, please).

“Wear this sassy macaron button badge when you’re feeling bad ass, and also a little French.” Enamel pins will always be my first love, but recently I’ve started a small but growing collection of badges. I’ve just spotted a few brilliant additions which may be coming soon in the form of the In Naps We Trust badge,  Amateur Cat Photographer badge and Party Like A Platypus badge.

Frozen Kawaii Delight – I’m so going to give this a try in the summer but for now I’m sticking with tea.

This is such a fun subscription box for all those pin-lovers out there. Why not check out all the other party themes such as Duvet Day Self-CareUnappreciated Animals ClubPanda Pizza Party and Rainbow Space Cadets. Personally, I think signing up for £9 a month is great value for money as an enamel pin on it’s own is usually about £7-8 and you get all these fabulous extra cute and colourful goodies too!

If you liked this, why not check out Llama’s On A Fancy Dress Parade because that’s what llamas do best.

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Last year, I rekindled my love for magazine scrapbooking and had fun creating different pages to see what colours and things were inspiring me at the time. February was a time for fresh whites, pastels, flowers, bikes, tea and marshmallows. May was full of bright pinks, plants and adventure. August I was feeling all the colourful, creative and motivational vibes and most recently in October I was living my most cosy chilled out life with hot chocs, Dr. Martens, and all things orange. Here is what is inspiring me in January 2019…

Prepare yourself for all the pinkness! For these pages, I used a couple of my favourite magazines: Molly Makes and Project Calm. I guess that sums up how I want my year to be – creative and relaxed.

Scrapbooking is one of my most favourite creative activities. It doesn’t require very much thought, it is relaxing, and if something doesn’t look right just simply stick something better over the top. You can easily turn blank pages into a story bursting with colour and inspiration.  All you need is scissors and glue.

Just by cutting and sticking, you can start to see a theme. This month, I’m feeling the pink, positive, happy vibes (see: happy dinosaur and happy cloud). I am also feeling motivated and ambitious but at the same time know that it’s okay to take a break, play guitar, drink tea, eat cakes and chill too.

Along with magazines, I also used postcards, stickers and washi tape (all scrapbooking essentials).

The cute little happy dinosaur is a sticker designed by Sugar & Sloth.

Stop comparing your life to others. Mini affirmation cards by Emily Cromwell.

The thing I love most about scrapbooking is that there are no rules, anything and everything can go onto the pages. Feel like adding a purple llama sticker, then add a purple llama sticker. Go for it, do your thing.

Magazine scrapbooking is basically an old-fashioned Pinterest Board without the internet connection. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun and be creative! Do you enjoy magazine scrapbooking? I’d love to hear from you!

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