27 November 2013

Simple Robin Card 'How-To'

For a couple of years I have been making these robin cards and selling them at craft fairs, to friends and family, and, frankly, anyone who will buy one! Whilst I am not complaining about making a few pence, I thought I would let you all in on the secret because they are really so simple and you can adapt the technique for other things too. I have made baubles and Christmas puddings using this watercolour technique too.

What I love about watercolour is the lack of control you have over where the colour is going to end up. The more water you add the more 'colour bleed' happens and you end up with beautiful puddles of colour that are rich and glossy in places and transparent and matte in others. Here are some pictures to illustrate the various stages I take (written description below!):

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1. Dip your brush in water and paint a watery circle on the card. This allows the card to absorb some water and be ready for the watercolour paint.
2. Add your base colour to the circle of water and brush out two wings on the side (I use a reddy-brown shade) - at this stage I take a dry, bristly brush and flick the ends of the wings to look like feathers.
3. Get another shade (I use a darker brown) and load the brush with water and paint and drop it onto the robin so that the colour 'bleeds' out. If it is looking too full of water just use some kitchen towel to absorb the excess. The idea is to add base tones to the robin to form the main shape.
4. Allow this to dry completely and then repeat process. It is better to add thinner, more transparent layers and let to dry - this way you can see the layers once dry, which I think is beautiful.
5. Wet the middle, tummy, section of the robin and add oranges, reds and darker crimsons to form the red breast. I usually apply two layers, leaving to dry completely in between.
6. When the painting is done you can draw in the beak with coloured pencils or pens or stick on some coloured paper. Finally draw in the eyes and feet and you are done! (For an extra special festive touch why not cut out some red tissue paper or card for a Santa hat and add some cotton wool for the bobble - just for extra cute appeal!)

This is a simple little craft to do with your kids. With the younger ones you could just do some Christmas baubles. Make a large watery circle on some card or thick paper and drop lots of paint on - it will stay inside the circle and create some gorgeous patterns. Once dry add some glitter and hey presto!

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25 November 2013

Collective Haul!

I love watching 'haul' video's on YouTube (because I'm nosy!), and I really like filming them, so thought I would treat you to a rather long one today! This is a 'collective' haul, in other words, a mixture of things from over several weeks, rather then a mammoth splurge!

I hope you enjoy this video, I have included some make up, skin care, clothes and a couple of randoms just for fun, and if you are really good and watch to the bitter end you will see me getting all tongue tied in a mini 'bloopers' section!

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22 November 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #22

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Girls night (on a school night and everything!). It has been a while since I have had a girls night, but Monday saw yummy pizza, garlic bread and maybe some delicious dessert too (maybe....well, definitely!).
  • Exciting baby times! A certain someone in my life is not far from giving birth now (...no, it's not me! It's just bloating there I promise!). I have been on edge all week waiting for news - I can't cope anymore!!
  • A programme on BBC1 called Animal Odd Couples, did you see it? I can't usually watch animal programmes as there is inevitably some sad part and then I cry - a lot! But there were hardly any tear provoking moments in this show. It covers strange and unusual animal friendships which really do tug at the heart strings! You should try and watch it on catch-up this week - amazing!
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To sort out Christmas! I haven't even thought about what I am getting for who yet - I need to get on top of it - I can't believe it is only a few weeks away - insane. On top of Christmas there are two special birthdays coming up too. Are you all sorted for the festive season? 
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • I have been so busy this week that I have had zero time to train regularly and properly plan food. I am mad at myself for that and I know that next week will be the same due to Christmas Fairs and major work happenings. I try and tell myself to just 'do my best' and that is what I will try to do! I just get so frustrated!! I will try and get on top of my health vlogs, over on the Lifestyle Tab once I have gotten over the next 7 days. Bear with me lovely people!


20 November 2013

In love with tartan

I think our little trip to Edinburgh sparked a bit of an added interest in tartan in me - I saw so many gorgeous variations and colours and seem to have a bit of a tartan obsession now! I really want to get a few home-ware bits and pieces for the winter (and maybe a scarf too...), it is just so homely and comforting to have about.

Here are a few of the bits I have seen recently:
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1. Tartan mug set from Next £12.00 / 2. Tartan and velvet heart cushion from Next £14.00 / 3. Tartan Cosmetics Bag from Etsy £8.60 / 4. Doorstop from 'Pins & Ribbons' (via Not On The Highstreet) £32.95 / 5. Tartan Scarf from Primark £4.00 / 6. Cushion from Anta, from £45.00 / 7. All Wool Tartan Rug from Heritage of Scotland £27.98


18 November 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eye Shadow - Metallic Pomegranate

I will soon be putting up a 'haul' video on my YouTube Channel showing you guys a few bargains I recently got from Superdrug, including this little gem, the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in 'Metallic Pomegranate'. I love the  Colour Tattoos anyway, so didn't need converting, but up until I purchased this shade my favourite was 'On and On Bronze' - not anymore! 

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I really like the cranberry look that is in for eyes at the moment, but unfortunately I just look like I have been crying for a week if I attempt it, so I was looking for something a little more subtle and easier (and more practical) to wear. I found this and have fallen in love with it completely. The Colour Tattoo range has amazing longevity and does not budge. They act as amazing bases for your eyes as well as being just as stunning if washed over the eye and left at that, I really adore them. 

See me creating a soft, smoky look with this product in the video linked below. If you like the video please head over to my YouTube Channel and hit the 'Subscribe' button to be the first to see all my videos as they are uploaded! I have a special series coming up in December, as well as a few Christmas 'looks' for the festive season. Stay tuned!


17 November 2013

Sunday Snaps!

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1. Trying, but failing, to take a sensible photo for a YouTube video / 2. Autumn is officially here and it has brought the fog! Somehow it still looks gorgeous here though! / 3. A gift from Joe... how cute! They are super fluffy on the inside! Find them HERE! / 4. A very over-worked Gizmo takes a nap / 5. Christmas has come ever so slightly early in our house! These two cuties, from Next, joined us last weekend - we didn't want to wait until December to display them. They are adorable and have individual name tags sewn onto their bottoms! / 6. An attempted 'selfie' with Joe (who appears to be attempting to hide behind my head!) / 7. This Saturday we went to The Odeon cinema in Salisbury to see 'Gravity' - this is the entrance - so impressive huh?! / 8. 3D time!  / 9. Gizmo singing along to 'Planet Rock'! 


15 November 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #21

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This week I am LOVING:
  • Glittery nails! Yep - Christmas is coming people, don't be shy, get your sparkle on! I still have an awesome one from last year, by Revlon, called 'Facets of Fuchsia', a deep purple glitter, which I add as a top coat over my 'Vixen' polish by the same brand! There are so many out there. Personally, I like them as a top coat or added just to the ring finger for a little understated sparkle. Some of my favourites out now are the Barry M 'Glitter Paints', Nails Inc 'Snowflake' collection and 'Ritzy' by Revlon.
  • My lovely mans music...he has just finished this amazing track, called 'Monomyth: Exodus-Revelation-Return' - sit yourself down with a cuppa to listen to this, it's one to ponder over. Check out his Facebook Page too if you like it.
This week I am NEEDING:
  • To get filming! I have a list of YouTube videos to get on with, including a mixed 'haul', which I am excited to do. Plus there is a series I want to film to go up in December, featuring 'Top 5' products from different catagories...stay tuned for that! I have now seen my new camera that Father Christmas has brought me too, he's good like that, just popped round to check it was the right one - then flew away with it - he's a busy man!
  • What I really need to do right now is get surgically removed from my new, fleecy, spotty pajama bottoms that I got last week from Tescos - they were only £6 and are ridiculously comfortable. I have been throwing them on as soon as I get home from work with a snugly, knitted jumper - that's not style is it?!
This weeks 'MEH!':


11 November 2013

'You Beauty Discovery Box' - November Edition

In a post last month I told you about a new beauty box I had subscribed to, called 'You Beauty Discovery Box'. Every month they email you with a menu of products to choose from - you can choose two every month and they will get packed up in a lovely little box and sent to you (along with a couple of surprise extra treats too!).

Each month I will be uploading the 'unpacking' of my monthly beauty box, alongside a mini review of the products (if I have used them), onto my YouTube Channel. To see Octobers video please click HERE!

In this months box I had chosen the following two products:
Oriflame 'Wonder Lash' Mascara (full price £8.45) - I really like this product. I received a full sized version, which is always nice, and it was in good old 'black', can't go wrong! This mascara really does what it says on the tin! It lengthens, adds volume and generally makes your lashes look wonderful! I mention in my video that it didn't hold a curl but that is not as important to me as the mascara not smudging all about my eyes, which it didn't - hoorah! Love this.

Nailberry Nail Polish (worth £13.50 full price) - My box contained the colour 'Nut Cracker' which looks like a dusky pink in the bottle but, when applied, actually comes out more brown than pink. I have to be honest, it is not 'me' but I think it may work with my glitter top coat - I will try it and see! Colour aside, the formula went on well and dried fairly fast, leaving a lovely, glossy nail. They do some other, really pretty shades in the collection, my favourites are 'Strawberry Jam', 'Almond', and 'Grosielle'.


10 November 2013

Vegetable Frittata

After seeking some 'what else can I take for lunch' advice from various people, mostly the lovely dudes and dudettes over at Box Bell Fit training centre, I have researched into a few different frittata recipes and combined a few ideas to make this super simple and very adaptable one! Scroll down for recipe!

This recipe really is simple. The basics are that you choose your vegetables, roast them in the oven-where required (mine took 30 minutes), but if you were just having spinach in yours, for example, you just need to wilt it in a pan. Then you whisk up some eggs (I used 8 in mine) - you can add a splash of milk if you want to, some salt and pepper to taste and some cheese to if you like - basically you need enough eggs to cover your veggies!

Once you have poured in the eggs just oven for however long it takes for the eggs to 'set', try not to over cook or it will be too dry. Cut up into portions and you are done! Another idea is to pour the mixture into muffin tins so you already have lunch time portions ready to go.

It really is that easy and you can just add whatever you have in the fridge to the egg mixture.


Last months favourites...

What products, health, beauty or otherwise, can't you get through the month without? Every month, over on my YouTube Channel I show you what I have been enjoying using throughout the month. Last months video was a mixture of things, as is this months, and includes a few bits and bobs I have started turning to now the weather has cooled down a bit (that is being polite - it is so cold now!)

Mostly, when talking hair, make up and beauty, my blog and YouTube channel is catering for a lower budget, using high-street products and affordable 'dupes' for higher end treats. However, in this video I am using some Liz Earle products. I always repurchase the Hot Cloth Cleanser as it is a miracle product for my skin type, but I saw an offer, and not being one to turn down a bargain, I thought it a perfect opportunity to try some other things, check out what I thought of the products in the video!

If you have tried some ridiculously amazing skincare, hair care or make up products from the high street, that you think I will like too, please get in touch! You can contact me on any of my social media (see yellow icons on the right side bar) or email me on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com! I love hearing from you guys so please get in touch.


8 November 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #20

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This week I have been LOVING:
  • Creating Christmas 'Wish Lists' online. Naughty, I know, but a girls gotta dream! I have one on the go on Amazon and on Boots - there is just no stopping me 'adding to wishlist', it's like a disease! It's not like I am actually expecting to get these things, it's just a bit of Christmas fun!
  • Horror! When we were in Edinburgh we picked up a couple of super cheap 'horror' films. Neither of them are new, but they are always on TV so late that I fall asleep as soon as they start! We got '28 Days Later' and 'The Hills Have Eyes'. Horrors are one of those genres that, if done well, are amazing, but in the case of most films, they are carbon copies of each other with slightly different scary people in them. You know what I mean... group of college students, no doubt in a camper van, get lost in the middle of nowhere, with no 'cell phone' reception (or any common sense) etc etc.
This week I have been NEEDING:
  • To actually get on with making things for my craft fairs! I sold right out of the collage Christmas cards I made last year as they were all individual and a bit different, as well as those, my robin watercolour cards flew off the stall (no pun intended...makes a change!). I have had zero time but I have no choice as my first fair is just three weeks away people.
This weeks MEH!:
  • If you read my blog regularly or look at my Facebook page (please 'Like' that btw!), you will see that we have a lovely little cat, called Gizmo, who lives somewhere round our road (but we don't actually know where), and comes to visit daily to sleep on the kitchen table on a special towel which is now hers! Well, on Halloween she went out and never came back. It was almost 7 days with no Gizmo, then suddenly, last night, there she was! So the 'Meh!' has now turned into a 'Yeah!'. We were thinking that her real family had moved or something bad had happened, when actually, if logic had kicked in, we should have realised she had just had a holiday! (She looked fatter too so clearly hasn't been outside for a week!) Happiness is restored!


4 November 2013

Get Ready With Me: Autumn Update!

During the autumn I really enjoy trying out slightly darker and richer make up looks, smoking up the eyes a little or adding a more striking lipstick to the mix. The look I have done for you in this video is quite a standard autumn/winter make up for me. I enjoy wearing winged eyeliner more this time of year as it lends itself to the romance and drama of the change of the season.

All the products I have used in the video are listed in the description box below the video, but you must view it via my YouTube Channel to access that. Please 'Like' the video and hit the 'Subscribe' button to stay up to date with all my uploads - I would love to see you as a subscriber! If you don't have a YouTube account you should certainly sign up, it is super quick and easy and then you will never miss a video by any of your favourites!
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3 November 2013

Sunday Snaps!

It has been a little while since one of these appeared, sorry about that! Here is a little photo round up of what has been happening over the past few weeks... I upload photo's regularly on my Facebook Page, so please head over there and hit the 'Like' button!
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1. Joe and I at the airport ready to head off to Edinburgh. If you haven't already seen the videos from this trip you can find Vlog One HERE and Two HERE! Have a peep! / 2. Our little breakfast haven in Scotland, I think we got way too comfortable here! / 3. My designer Christmas trousers (well, Primark!), I make no apologies for these, they are cosy and warm and I like them! / 4. Our tour guide on the Ghost Walk - he was quite funny actually, despite the fact that he insisted on making me jump out of my skin right at the start of the tour. / 5. Edinburgh Castle in all its glory. What an amazing place. / 6. Pumpkin time! Did you see my post on how I decorated my pumpkins this Halloween? Check it out HERE. / 7. My 'stock' pile for the Christmas markets I have coming up! Little clay hearts - it's been like a factory here. / 8. A shameless selfie - with a pout! / 9. Gizmo eating my hair - she's obsessed I tell you!


1 November 2013

Loving, Needing, Meh! #19

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This week I am LOVING:
  • A change of scene. I am completely inspired  by the trip to Edinburgh. I won't waffle on about it because I have mentioned it enough in my other posts, but it has reignited my want to see more. I have always dreamed about taking in the British coast line, with a sketchbook and a good friend for company! It is achievable in small chunks and I think I need to get myself a big old map of the UK and start thinking about where may be next...
  • Wrapping up warm for winter. The temperature in bonny Scotland was noticeably colder, so we had to rush out for a new bobble hat for me to prevent my ears from snapping off! I love the feeling of long, knitted jumpers, fluffy hats and warm boots at this time of year - so snuggly!
This week I am NEEDING:
  • To correspond to my comment above, I am thinking that one of these scratch off UK maps would be a lovely addition on the wall! I love the world map version too.
This weeks 'MEH!':
  • This week it was all about the cancelled flight on Monday morning really - other than that I have zero complaints to report! We were super frustrated that the storm chose the one day in the year we had booked a flight, but such is life huh?!


A Little Jaunt to Edinburgh: Day Two (vlog and photo diary!)

If you saw yesterdays post you will know that I was in Edinburgh for a couple of days this week. A fabulous time was had by all!

Click HERE to visit my YouTube Channel to see the first part of my vlog before you watch the video below! (You wouldn't want to miss the flight cancellation fun now would you?!)...Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel to stay up to date with the many ramblings!)

 Here are a few pictures from the trip:
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