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


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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Make Your Own Alpaca Pin Cushion

My sister has got to be the hardest person to buy for in our family and as her birthday was coming up, I sent her the obligatory ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ text message. She has recently taken up sewing, so I got the reply ‘a pom-pom pin cushion please’. With no more clues given, I turned to Google for help. A quick search lead me find this little chap and I thought how absolutely brilliant is that.

A pom pom pin cushion is what she wants, so a pom pom pin cushion is what she will get (the fact there is an alpaca attached to it is an added bonus). Here is how I made it:

Luckily, Alpacas are quite easy to get hold of these days. I managed to bag myself two Alpaca Stallions from Amazon without too much difficultly.

The Alpaca saddles are made out of felt. I brought an assorted pack of patterned orange because I get the feeling Alpaca’s like orange.

Lookin’ good there, Mr. Alpaca.

The next stage involves lots of little pom poms and Gorilla superglue.

Look at his mate waiting patiently in the background for his turn.

Now for the big pom pom. Pick you colours carefully before you superglue, that Gorilla glue is serious stuff.

Don’t forget to do both sides, you don’t want an uneven looking Alpaca.

Ta-da! Here are the finished Alpaca’s doing their pin cushion job.

Hope you enjoyed this little how-to post. Let me know what you think in the comments. Have you made anything similar? I’d love to see your creations! (Also, Happy Birthday to Vicky – I hope you like your new sewing buddies!)

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