Afternoon tea

July is always a busy month for me in terms of birthdays. There is my best friend, stepdad, husband and sister (who also has a blog you should go check out, especially if you are into fashion) and not forgetting my birthday at the end of the month!

This year me and my best friend Vikki decided along with our best friend Mel to go a bit upmarket and have a champagne afternoon tea at the regency styled Francis Hotel, in the beautiful city of Bath, to celebrate our birthdays.

(As I write this I’m suffering with a stinking cold. It’s hard to believe I was in such fine health on Monday)

You can read the history of afternoon tea here

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Yummy scones

Ok I admit it, I’m a little bit obsessed with Pinterest. Where else can I get recipes, knitting and crochet patterns, make up tips and funny pictures all in the same place?

I came across this recipe the other day for summer berry scones that I just had to try for myself. Although these scones where indeed lovely, I wanted to put my own twist on them. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for a lemony based cake, so for my second batch of scones instead of adding the frozen berries I added 3 heaped tablespoons of lemon curd and some white chocolate chips. The results where amazing and all my friends and family loved them. What combination would you make?20140708-212938-77378022.jpg20140708-212937-77377303.jpg

Beautiful art

I have recently discovered the artist Mark Ryden and wanted to share my discovery with you guys. The thing I really like about his paintings is the mixture of beautiful innocence and a somewhat darker vibe that is apparent in the background. The faces of the girls in the paintings are childlike and innocent resembling that of a porcelain doll, which is a stark contrast to the dark undertones such as mysterious figures in the background, tears of blood or a meat dress (move over lady gaga).

I know I am kind of late to the Mark Ryden party but my favourite paintings are:

  • Incarnation
  • General Sherman
  • The Tree of life
  • Clear Hearts, Grey Flowers
  • and of course Santa Worm

Check out his work here, I would really love to know what you think and which ones are your favourites.

xx

Torment (a poem about living with OCD)

As you may have guessed by the title of this post I have OCD. I have written a poem to explain to those who luckily don’t suffer from this, how it feels to live with OCD.
My form of OCD is to check things. I check doors, plug sockets etc about a million times before I’m satisfied that it is safe to leave them. I have managed to learn how to control these behaviours over the years, but I still have some days when the urge to check everything numerous times raises it’s ugly head.

My mind is conspiring against me
It is a daily battle
One I must face alone

My mind she taunts me
Making me doubt myself
I am trapped by her

She questions my every move
Until she drives me to the brink of madness
Like a petulant child

I call to my inner wise woman
In a bid to calm her tantrums
At times she prevails

The child is hushed now
But I know this is only a lull
Before the impending storm that threatens to rage
©2014 Victoria Tucker

No one should ever be embarrassed or ashamed about having OCD. It comes from a deep rooted need to protect and care about others and is born out of a fear that something you may neglect to do may cause someone harm. For me it is the fear of leaving something on like the iron and the potential it has to cause a fire and ruin my family’s lives. For others it is the need to clean out of a fear of germs. Just know that you are not alone and that some of the nicest, caring people you will ever meet are OCD sufferers xx

Tea Light Jars

I got this idea from a friend of mine who has made a large number of these as lighting for her summer wedding. I washed out some old jars I had (I like the small Doritos salsa dip jars as I think they look cute) and then wrapped some twine around the jar. I have attached hearts & flower shapes to the jars that I have made from salt dough (recipe below). I then filled with coffee beans (you could fill with whatever you fancy pebbles, sand etc) and a lovely scented candle (velvet amber) that I got from Sainsbury’s. The coffee beans warm up when the candle is lit and combined they give off a lovely scent
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Salt Dough Recipe

it doesn’t really matter too much about precise weights as long as you stick to the principle of one, half, half e.g.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup cold water

mix all ingredients into a bowl and kneed until dough is soft and pliable

roll out onto a floured surface to approx. 1/8″ thick

cut into shapes

using a straw make holes to be able to thread them onto your twine

you can now leave to dry for 48 hours or bake in the oven on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper for 2 hours at 220 f

let your shapes cool completely before painting them

I like to give mine a coat of pva glue once dried to stop them from cracking

 

happy making x

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Wonderful world of TUT

I want to tell you all about tut.com. And their daily emails from the universe. I discovered this service after seeing vine star jessi smiles upload one of her messages to Instagram. The message was so uplifting and inspiring that I signed up for mine immediately. Every week day (not weekends) I get an inspirational email from the universe. It always makes me smile and sometimes makes me chuckle aloud. Here are some of my favourite messages.

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Sign up at http://www.tut.com it’s totally free

Be inspired every day and know that you are loved
Hooray!!
Vicki & The Universe xx