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Pastel Elixir Goodies

I have been following Ellis on Twitter for a while now, and have always been impressed by her cute, bright and vibrant illustrations. So when I saw a tweet about her Kickstarter campaign, I was keen to show my support. Ellis and her husband James run Pastel Elixir, a shop which sells all of Ellis’ illustrations on bookmarks, mugs, cards, badges, prints, postcards, stickers and more! The aim of the Kickstarter was to print tote bags to raise awareness for animal rights & ethical shopping. The campaign was a huge success and four different designs (animal, coffee, avocado and unicorn) were printed – I loved them all but in the end the pink unicorn bag won for me.

Everything about Pastel Elixir is bright, colourful and fun – even the packaging is pretty!

Wow, I received such a huge bundle of awesome goodies! How cool is all this! I got two prints, a postcard, a greeting card, bookmark, 4 stickers, a badge and a some sweeties, and of course the fantastic unicorn bag itself. Amazing!

Hot chocolate postcard: this is soo adorable and very true indeed. For more awesome Pastel Elixir prints and postcards click here.

‘You Are Magical’ unicorn card: such a cute little card. Check out all the other fantastic greeting cards available here.

I love this super cute unicorn bookmark and llama sticker. Ellis has so many fun sticker packs such as the Eff It collection which is simply brilliant.

Be A Rainbow quote print: a colourful motivational print, what is not to love about this. I have framed this and put it on my desk and it looks fantastic.

The whole bundle of goodies is definitely awesome sauce. I loved it all! Thank you so much Ellis and James and so glad your Kickstarter campaign was a huge success! To keep up with Pastel Elixir check out their Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Shop / Etsy and support their business.

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Sweet Wild Designs: Simba and Zazu

Coming home from a lovely holiday can be a bit of a downer, but not when you have blogger mail waiting for you! Exciting! Before I went away, I answered a tweet from Helen at Sweet Wild Designs who was looking for bloggers with pets. Simba and Zazu were lucky enough to be selected (their modelling career is really kicking off now) and yesterday I received this gorgeous artwork.

Wow! I absolutely love this, everything about this drawing is spot on. Helen uses watercolour pencils and paints, digitally edits the design and prints on high quality 300gsm paper. The cool thing is, Helen created this picture from two separate photographs of the cats – it is so impressive! I even got to choose the background colour for that added personalized touch.

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. She does a whole range of amazing custom artwork from pet portraits, cards, cute personalized wedding art, inspirational quotes, new baby embroidered artwork and much much more!

Thank you so much Helen for my fantastic artwork of Simba and Zazu. Here is Simba inspecting the drawing (he approves but was more interested in flicking the stars around ha ha). Make sure you give Helen a follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for behind the scenes photos, first glimpses of new collections, giveaways and extras!

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Make Your Own Origami Treat Box

Origami is supposed to be a relaxing activity, I mean there are even books out there entitled Origami for Mindfulness. But having recently attempted to make an origami crane I’d vote otherwise, hah. I think I have a long way to go before I find paper-folding even remotely calming. However, before I gave up, I was successful in making a little box. So today, I thought I’d share with you my simple step-by-step guide in the hopes you can follow along, create your own and fill it with goodies.

Here are the twelve steps to make an origami treat box:

Step one: Fold the paper diagonally both ways. (I’ve used a pencil line to show you were the creases are) 

Step two: Fold a corner inwards to meet the centre point.

Step three: Repeat step two for all the corners.

Step four: Unfold the paper refold each side inwards. (Does that even make sense, I dunno?)

Step five: Basically it should look like this.

Step six: Repeat step four but fold top and bottom.

Step seven: Fold the side corners inwards to meet the centre point.

Step eight: Fold the side inwards for a second time.

Step nine: Repeat step eight on both sides. Yay, it is starting to take shape, kinda. 

Step ten: This is most probably the trickiest part. You need to create these little triangles by some kinda magic folding. Keep experimenting and you’ll get there.

Step eleven: Once the triangles are in created, fold the flap over and shape into place.

Step twelve: Repeat steps ten and eleven on the final side. Ta-da! Little origami box is complete.

If you make another one, you have the box and a lid. I think I was just lucky that one box fitted inside the other one.

As it’s Easter, I filled my boxes with mini eggs and gave them away as little treats to my family. I also made sure I had a box (or two) for myself, of course. If you made your own box, well done, origami is not the easiest thing. I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and if origami isn’t for you, why not check out my last post on how to make Mini Egg Marshmallow Cakes. 

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Mini Egg Marshmallow Cakes

The last time I did any kinda baking was at Christmas. I made a Gingerbread House and the roof caved in and my dad ate the front door. Nightmare. As I am clearly a seasonal baker, I thought it was time to venture back into the kitchen and create something Easter related. I didn’t want to do anything too challenging so decided on these mini egg marshmallow cakes – what could possibly go wrong.

You will need:

Rice Krispies

Marshmallows

Golden Syrup (or something similar)

Mini eggs

Fancy cases

I picked Agave Nectar as an alternative to golden syrup mainly because it’s lighter and less sticky. You really don’t need much as the marshmallows do a good job of binding it all together. All you need to do is add the marshmallows, Rice Krispies and syrup to a pan and heat on a low flame whilst stirring. Keep stirring for 5 minutes or so, then serve up in the fancy cases adding the mini eggs as decoration. Simples.

Pop them in the fridge for a while and let them set and ta-da! Happy Easter!

Despite Zazu getting marshmallow stuck in his tail (and looking very cross about it), I’d say the Easter cake making was a success.

Have you done any Easter baking this week? Feel free to share your creations in the comments, I’d love to see your recipes! Hope you all have a lovely Easter and enjoy all the chocolates and treats!

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