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
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?
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:
- 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.
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
I came across the easiest tutorial for these knitted bunnies whilst perusing Pinterest the other day. This cute little bunny started off as a simple knitted square. The original pattern can be found at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-bunnies. My mum and daughter have named this one Boris. I think I will make some more (possibly a larger size) for my niece and nephew.
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
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