Friday, 19 September 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be in the world.

it's freebie friday once more and i have a downloadable, printable colouring sheet for you this week.

you can colour your own cat woman!

simply click on the picture mock up above to view, download and save the free printable. i'd recommend printing onto a4 good quality paper stock so you can add as much paint and other colourful goodies as you'd like.


have a fab friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

ps. don't forget about this special offer - it ends in just one week's time! click on the picture below to find out more :)

Thursday, 18 September 2014

my inner guardian angel

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be.

today i wanted to share with you one of my newest pieces of art work - my representation of my inner guardian angel.

i created it after taking a class with tam at willowing, and i am so proud of her.

she is colourful yet strong. fierce yet calm. beautiful yet full of inner depth and beauty.

i videod my progress with this piece and shared it with my curiously gorgeous sisters.

over two hours of intense art work.

over two hours of intense happiness too :)

art = happiness for me. plain and simple. 

have a wonderful day people!

ps. don't forget about this gorgeous offer lovelies! by signing up as a sister you'll gain access to the guardian angel video series too :) click on the picture below to find out more!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

meals and menus: fruit loaf cake

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share a lovely cake recipe with you. it's one i prepared for my weaving class and it was a real hit. one of the major barriers to baking that i face is a lack of eggs. my husband eats them all!

so, this cake requires no eggs at all. it is a lovely, moist fruit cake though. here's the lowdown:

ingredients (makes one loaf cake): 180g fruit (i used some frozen fruit i had and defrosted it a little in the microwave first), 2 tbsp ground almonds, 100g coconut flakes, 200g brown sugar, 55g butter, 250ml boiling water, 220g flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp bicarboate of soda, 2 tsp vanilla essence, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp mixed spice.

1. preheat your oven to 200 degrees centigrade, grease your baking tin and weigh out your ingredients. combine the almonds, coconut, sugar and butter in a bowl.

2. add the fruit and juices plus the vanilla essence and stir in.

3. add in your boiling water and stir. leave for 15 minutes.

4. combine your flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and spices in a separate bowl.

5. after the 15 minutes are up, sieve in your dry ingredients half at a time and mix in thoroughly.

6. pour in the mixture to your greased loaf tins and place in the oven for 45 minutes.

6. remove from the oven and allow to cool.

ta-da! ready to serve and especially nice with a cup of tea or coffee.

i hope you like this cake recipe and have fun making some cake of your own.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

ps. don't forget about this special offer just for you. only available for a limited time so don't miss out! click on the picture below to find out more :)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

working with others can bring unexpected rewards

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share a collaborative project with you that i took part in with a local business woman and friend jen.

jen is the owner and creator of blissful baby gifts, and she approached me about using my art work in a number of different ways. here's the first collaboration:

jen asked me if i could provide her with some illustrations to represent some of her products. the first one i illustrated (above) was her diaper cake offer. cute huh? here's how they look in real life:

another one of jen's blissful gifts is a keepsake for parents. she takes your little ones outgrown clothes and creates a gorgeous range of stuffed toy memory keepers with them. her majestic lion is my favourite. here's how it looks in real life:

the final illustration jen wanted was for one of her newer items - the sock cupcake! she makes them for kiddos and adults, and they make super cute gifts too! here's how they look in real life:

the final project we just completed was one where jen took my already existing art work and use it to create something completely different.

here are the original works jen was interested in:

jen had the idea of using applique elements to some of her bags she stitches for her shop. she particularly liked these three designs and was sure they would make for good applique designs.

here's how they turned out:

aren't they adorable? i have one to put my wool in for loom weaving - i love it! such good quality thick fabric bags too.

so you see, you never know where your creative ventures may lead you. working with other creatives can be a real gift - enjoy the opportunities that life sends your way.

and speaking of opportunities ...

my special offer for affiliates is up and running! this is a great opportunity to join a gorgeous creative community at a really affordable price whilst helping me to spread the word about the sisterhood to other creatives who need it.

basically, in return for becoming an affiliate i am offering full membership at the awesome price of only £70 per year. What's even better is that once you join at that price you'll never pay more, however much the price may rise in the future.

simply click on the picture banner above to find out more about becoming a curious connoisseur and to learn about the discount and how you can access it.

but hurry as this autumn offer runs out on friday september 26th. don't miss out!

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Monday, 15 September 2014

having an awesome autumn

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. i hope you are having a wonderful start to your autumn too! i am learning to bake cakes without eggs (as we never have any eggs in the house!) learning to loom weave and courting the local press for publicity for our local workshop series.

it's a busy time, but one that is also full of so much possibility. i really feel it in the air - i get new students pretty much each and every week, more and more sales both locally and on etsy, and there is a real feeling of take off! which is truly awesome.

regular readers of my blog will know that i have been working hard and building a steady following here for a number of years now. it's nice to see that coming to fruition.

i have also been working hard on my sisterhood site. the curiously gorgeous sisterhood is now full to bursting with goodies galore. over £1039 worth of gorgeous, inspirational and uplifting delights.

recent additions include my "living more intentionally" and "creativity can heal your soul" ecourses and a gorgeous two part video tutorial about creating my guardian angel.

becoming a sister is a wonderful opportunity that i truly believe can be life changing. it certainly was for me.

inviting more creativity into my life has changed everything for me. i am happier, more well rounded, i feel alive and full of ambition.

as soon as i let the art into my life, my soul seemed to expand and my heart grew full.

i believe this is an experience that anyone can have, if they allow themselves to let it in. let art and artistic expression into your life and you'll become a person who is richer in spirit, full of new ideas and feeling happy and supported too.

i love to connect people with their inner artist - i think this is a big part of my raison d'etre. i was put here to fan the flames of inspiration in others and to encourage them to connect with their creative centre.

with all of that in mind, i have a special offer for you lovelies!

as we have entered a new season (hello autumn!) i have a gorgeous affiliate sales price to share with you for the cgs.

i am always looking to recruit some new connoisseurs to share the sisterhood far and wide. as an extra special gift, i am offering a super low yearly price for your subscription! 

a full year's membership to the cgs is normally priced at £99, but if you sign up as an affiliate you will get your full year's membership for only £70.

and what's more, you will lock in this yearly price for the lifetime of your membership - you'll never pay more than £70 for your yearly membership, no matter how much the value of the cgs rises.

so, there's never been a better time to join us!

this offer is only available for a limited time though - sign up before friday 26th september to take advantage of this great value offer.

i'd love to welcome in some new connoisseurs as well as some new sisters too.

simply click on the special offer banner above to find out all about becoming an affiliate of mine and how this discount works.

have a fantastic day lovelies!

Friday, 12 September 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some gorgeous freebies - as i do every friday!

i love this little tradition of giving.

anyhoo, today i have a set of social media icons for you, which i have named "yellow sparkles".

all you have to do to access these is to click on the picture mock up to view, download and save the folder of icons to your computer.

then you can use this tutorial to help you install them on your blog/site.

have a very happy friday people and a smashing weekend!

ps. just a little announcement! i have picked two winners from recent giveaways, and wanted to share the results with you here too.

cynthia moody (one of my craft fair stall customers) has won a custom cartoon of her choice.

lauren bracken (one of the lovely people who completed my survey here on the blog) won a place on my "journal with purpose" 52 week ecourse.

congratulations ladies!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

darla's purrfect box

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be.

today i wanted to share with you my little kitty darla's experience with her first ever purrfect box :)

because of my little blog, darla herself is of course famous and receives occasional fan mail from admirers. when roan of purrfect box got in touch and wanted to send darla a box of her very own, she was kind of snooty (but secretly keen) about it, in the way that cats tend to be.

her box arrived last week and she very much enjoyed the experience of receiving her first ever hospitality package. here's the full story:

she always has to claim new things, by rubbing her cheeks along the edges vigourously. even if the thing itself doesn't actually belong to her.

inside the box were more things to be nuzzled and claimed! 

darla (and murphy) especially loved this little felt heart toy.

darla tries to get into the box, but realises it will have to be emptied first.

the most favourite heart in all the world. seriously inseparable.

murphy of course came for a looksee too.

he soon got himself involved, especially with the scratching post box (catnip provided too!)

murphy got his turn with the heart too, and he was equally smitten!

much nuzzling ensued. darla also received some shrimpy cat treats (yum!)

some multi vitamin paste for her food.

and a laser pen toy! we had great fun with this one at night time (sadly not the best time for photo taking) but definitely the best time for the laser to really show up and drive the cats crazy!

murphy performing his version of "if it fits, i sits". the box has gotten a lot of love too - i didn't have the heart to throw it out when they enjoyed it so much!

mine. this one is mine.

darla (and murphy) loved this little box. it was also awesome to have a parcel arrive addressed to darla - it certainly confused my husband!

if you'd like to find out about getting a purrfect box for you own feline familiar head over to their facebook page to find out more. they even have a special offer context for you - you can enter below :) just by entering you'll get a 20% off discount on your purrbox order :)

have a fantastic day lovelies!