Year: 2015

Hello 2016!

Hello

Is it just me or has this new year kinda snuck up on us?

I am very excited to share that I will be doing a #366project this year! I will be scripting one quote everyday with watercolours. You can follow along on my Instagram. I decided to do this because I thought it would be good for me to commit to something that I enjoy doing and if I’m sharing it publicly, I kind of have to do it. I’m hoping to improve my scripting even further this year.

I have so many fun posts planned for this year and I can’t wait to share them with you!

One of the amazing things about exploring is you find things in the most unexpected places! I have found a treasure trove of creativity in Cape Town and I can’t wait to dig deeper into it in 2016!

Thank you for following along with me on my blogging journey thus far! I appreciate every view, like and comment so very much.

Have a wonderful year and be creative!

What are your projects for the year looking like?

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Peanut Butter Bomb Cookies

Hello

What a wonderfully busy time this has been for me! Although,the holidays have been wonderful and relaxing for me, hope yours have been too!

I love peanut butter cookies and so does my family. This is a recipe I swear by! I found a recipe in a kids cookbook, tweaked it up, changed quantities here and there and landed up with this perf’ recipe. I baked a batch for a road trip a few weeks back, and I was so busy that I totally forgot to take a snap for this post. Anyways…

You will need:

  • 125g butter
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 4 tablespoons Maizena
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°/C
  2. Cream butter and sugars together
  3. Add the egg, vanilla essence and peanut butter
  4. Beat until fluffy
  5. Sift in the dry ingredients
  6. Mix mixture well together
  7. Spoon onto a greased baking tray
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bottom of a cookie is golden brown
  9. Leave to cool

If your mixture is the right consistency to roll out and use cookie cutters to make the biscuits, then you can obviously give that a shot too!

Have fun making these x

Miss Artsy-Crafty

Creatively Using Prints

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Today’s post is one I’ve been excited about for weeks! I will be showing you all the different uses there are for prints! The ones in my pictures are some beautiful ones from Printspiring. There are so many things you can do with prints and I honestly had no idea that they’re so easy to re-size and use. (Cut me some slack, it was my first time buying prints).

Here are a few snaps of all the different ways I used mine:

Greeting cards

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Even although you can buy greeting cards in the online store, I used my print, re-sized it so that it was about A6 size and printed it. They make great cards for anyone creative and even for people who are not.The quotes are super inspiring too!

Mood Board Inspiration

I love collecting interesting little bits and pieces for my mood board such as quotes off Pinterest, photographs, clothing tags and my own handscripted work. This print was the perfect addition to all of that and the vibrant colours look great!

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Foward Planning Inspiration

You can print them out small and use them in planners and calendars like I did, below.They are great just to inspire you and add some colour to you planner.

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Wall Print

And of course, their original purpose, they look so beautiful framed. You can put a frame virtually anywhere, so where you choose to put yours is entirely up to you! I left mine hanging on the wall of my bedroom and I love seeing it there. It brings a fresh burst of inspiration, art and colour into my space.

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DIY Bamboo Quote Frame

I have two fun DIYs for you.I think that sometimes, the smaller prints can get ‘drowned’ by the rest of the items surrounding it, so here’s a quick idea for when you want to get something on its own.

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You will need: scissors, A6 prints, mini pegs, bamboo chopsticks and string.
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Step 1: Start by tying the chopsticks together using string. Make sure they are secure.
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Your frame should look something like this
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Step 2: Tie another piece of string tautly across the frame.                           Step 3: Peg the print of your choice onto the string.
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Lastly, find a place for your frame. I put mine on my desk. As you can see, my mood board is pretty full!

Fabric Wall Hanging

This next DIY is so simple but it looks beautiful!

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You will need: print printed onto canvas, chopsticks, glue, mini pegs, string/twine
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Step 1: Apply glue to about one cm of the print and wrap it around the chopstick
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Step 2: Leave it to dry. Next tie string the the ends of the chopstick that is on the top of the print
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Voila! Isn’t it pretty?

You can use fabric tape or cold glue too, depending on how thick your material is. My canvas material was quite thick, so I had to use craft glue instead of tape. The texture is so great on the canvas material too!

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I hope you have come to see how versatile prints are! I highly reccomend Printspiring prints. They are so colourful, fun and inspirational and are of high quality.

I had a lot of fun using them and they’re hand painted too which makes them even more pretty.

Enjoy the holidays, everyone!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{All opinions are my own. Thank you so much to Dee from Printspiring for being so generous. Also a big thank you to Jenny Traviss for so kindly assisting me with the printing}

You can find these prints at www.printspiring.com

 

Lately 01

Hello

When I first started writing my blog, I read loads of other blogs and all they seemed to write about was themselves. And there and then I decided that that was exactly what I wouldn’t do on mine… But I did realise that I’ve never really written anything about myself at all over here…

I’m writing this from the place I am on holiday at. I’ve decided to fill you in  a little about what I have planned for you over the next two or so months that I am on holiday. I have a post planned with an artist that makes the most beautiful art prints and sells them on Etsy. I am looking very forward to sharing this with you. I also have a post planned with a local business that sells the most beautiful purses, bags, wall hangings and bedding. I am so excited to share all of these posts with you and I also promise to share some of the recipes I try out!

Have a fabulous day and if you’re on holiday, enjoy it!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

DIY Blog Journal

Hello

One of my new year’s resolutions (even although I don’t fully agree with only making fresh starts in a new year) for 2016 is to carefully plan and curate my inspiration and ideas into output as creative projects. More often than not, ideas stay at just that. Ideas. Because inspiration isn’t organized meaningfully, its hard to use it constructively.

I decided to make a ring-bound note-book to store my blog ideas, plans and inspiration so its easy to go back to. Here’s how I made it:

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You will need: paper, scrapbook paper, rings for binding, stamps
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Step 1: First punch holes through all the pieces of paper

 

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Step 2: Slide the rings through all the paper
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Step 3: Stamp your cover. (You can decorate it however you like).

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I know it’s really simple to make, but its so great for storing anything from quick ideas to magazine clippings and polaroid print-outs.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Choc-Chip and Oat Cookies

Hello

My exams are finally over and it feels so great to just be able to do whatever I like. I’ve been planning to post this for a while, but naturally, in between studying and school, I didn’t have much free time to blog. But hey, it’s almost holiday time and I have some really cool posts planned that I’m looking so forward to sharing with you.

A little while back I tried this really great cookie recipe and they were SO yum, so I thought I just had to share.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g of chocolate (you can substitute it will nuts, or sweets. Anything really)

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°/c
  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Next, add the egg and beat well
  • Seperately, add the flour to oats, baking powder and bicarb
  • Add the butter and chocolate
  • Spoon onto  a greased baking tray
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes (time may vary depending on how big they are)

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I definitely recommend you give this recipe a shot. Please leave your bog links in the comments, I’d love to read them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Mini Doughnut-Waffles

I am in the midst of exams at the moment and decided to do a little post that’s super-yum just to chill.

Here’s a really easy waffle recipe I found and absolutely love! I poured the batter into a mini doughnut machine to make mini waffle doughnuts, but you could always just go traditional and use a waffle iron.

You will need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (I prefer vanilla extract)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil

Method

  • Combine all dry ingredients
  • Make a well in the centre and add the eggs, vanilla essence and milk
  • Add the oil and stir until everything is combined
  • Pour into waffle iron/ doughnut machine and bake!

These are super yummy!

I am also super-excited because I wrote a letter to Ideas magazine and they published it!

Have a fab week!

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Art of Crafty Card-Making

Hey there!  Lately scrap-booking and card-making have been my form of escapism.
It requires you to think creatively and use what you have to create something that matches
the theme of your photo or the personality of the person you are making a card for. Here are some ideas on card-making,
along with some of my favourite techniques, methods and supplies…

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My Supplies

I use a variety of supplies when creating my cards. Some of them include stamps, watercolours, papers, pens, and stickers.

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Stamps

Another one of my favourite techniques is stamping. It’s easy, fun and if done properly can, it can look beautiful!

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cardstock, washi tape and stamping.
 
 
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can look highly professional.

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And last of all, some colour inspiration! Never be afraid to use colour!

Use all those tips and tricks and voila!

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I hope these tips were helpful! Be sure to try some card-making yourself! 

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx 


DIY Watermelon Notebook

A few days ago I was walking around in a store when I saw this adorable watermelon-shaped notebook! I fell in love and decided I just had to make one! Here’s how I made mine:

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You will need: green and red cardstock, paper, scissors, needle and thread, glue, pencil, black Sharpie
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Step 1: Cut out the watermelon shapes out of the cardstock. The green shape should be a little bigger than the red ones.
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Step 2: Stick the red shape onto the green one and add pips with black Sharpie.
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Step 3: Use thread to stitch the paper into the covers. You could always just staple it.

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And voila! How cute? Perfect for making notes in the summer months ahead here in Africa!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Outeniqua Farmers’ Market

Hey all

Today I’ll be sharing some pictures from my visit to the Outeniqua Farmers’ Market today. It’s a super-cute market in George, South Africa. They had really cute stuff and really yummy goodies to eat. They also had divine hand-made soaps that smelt so great! I got an amazing lemon-grass soap.

Anyways, here’s the pictures.image
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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

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