Craft how to: Making a tassel

Hello Lovelies,

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a craft tutorial so today I’m going to show you how to make a tassel. These can be used for pretty much anything, scarves, bag charms even hair for plushies, and they are pretty easy to make too. To start with you’ll need some wool and a pair of scissors. You might want something to make a note of how many wraps you do as well.

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Planner Update with Mimo Pencil Case Shop

Hello Lovelies!

I hope everyone is well today! For those of those of you who celebrate it, I hope you had a fantastic Easter and long weekend!

mimo planner

Back in October last year the lovely folks at Mimo Pencil Case Shop sent me a huge parcel of products to review! (You can ready my review here and check out the Mimo Pencil Case Shop here) Back then I said I wanted to make the planner into something I could use for inspiration and motivation too as well as giving making it my own!

mimo inside

Today I’m happy to announce that I’ve done just that! I’ve created something I love and has a lot of fun and colour to it whilst still being practical. Here you can see that I’m making full use of the card slots in the planner – I’ve used some for my business cards, a couple for the garage and one for a Rilakkuma card I had – I’ve also used the bigger slot at the back to store appointment cards and some sticky notes! I’ve even added in the sweet note from the owner of MPCS – It’s just such a cute note! My personal details are on the sheet behind this – I careful removed this from an old Rilakkuma planner I had and it seemed a shame not to use it again!

mimo diary

On the next page I’ve used some stickers to brighten up a blank sheet – and here’s the first of my custom dividers! I’m so proud of these – they’re postcards I’ve collected and cut down to fit – postcards are just the perfect width for these planners! I love this one in particular as the top bird is on a little spring that wobbles about.

mimo little clip

I’ve used one of the kawaii paperclips to hold the first divider for month views to the current month – this was I can keep previous month to refer back on with out having to sort through lots of pages to find the current month – this little heart fits in perfectly.

mimo month view 2 mimo month view

Here’s one of my month views – it’s really fun to draw in little doodles, they also brighten up the pages – I’ve used stickers in places too! I added in some kawaii note papers on each of the month views for any extra little notes.

mimo totoro clip

I made a couple of my own little book marks for the planner too – this one is a cute little Totoro – I had a lot of fun making these and will most likely make more of them.

mimo weeks

Here’s the custom divider for weeks – I thought this one was quite bright and fun.

mimo week view

I’ve used the weeks sections to go into more detail on anything I need too and make extra notes on addresses and things I need to remember for appointments. There’s also another little bookmark of Usagi from Sailor Moon.

mimo addressesmimo todo

A custom dividers for addresses and the to-do lists

mimo kawaii notes mimo kawaii notes 2

I’ve lined up and hole punched some kawaii note papers to use in my planner too – this way I can add in cute extra pages in weeks or months if I need to.

mimo photos

I’ve used a clear zip file here to store photos and pictures I like (Check out Harry looking super grumpy/unimpressed!)

mimo stickers

Finally in the back I keep super useful page markers (I use these in my favourite recipe book!) and some extra daily schedule sheets – these are useful for making notes at work.

So there you go! I am absolutely loving my gorgeous planner and will be using it for a long time to come! I’m still thinking of other ways to customise it and add to the cuteness! Do any of you have any fun tips for things I could add into the planner? Let me know in the comments below!

Ta-ta for now,
X

Let’s Cook! – Old El Paso Stand N’ Stuff Taco kit

Hello Everyone!
It’s time for another Let’s Cook! Today I’ll be showing you Old El Paso’s Stand ‘N’ Stuff soft Taco kit – this is the smoky BBQ one. Old El Paso very kindly send me some of their new range to try out, as I’ve already tried out the fajitas before (The BBQ one is one of my favourites!) I decided to try out the taco kit first as I’ve seen these advertised on TV recently and as I like Mexican food was curious about them.
The kit comes in a brightly coloured box – you’d definitely notice this in a super market! I love the fact Old El Paso’s branding uses a red tile roof, it makes you think of somewhere warm and sunny. So the kit is very easy to use – you only need to add 500g of minced beef, two tomatoes, lettuce and 125g of grated cheese. The back has very simple and straight forward instructions on how to prepare the tacos – I think this is ideal for a week night dinner as it’s ready in 20 minutes with very little fuss or mess.
Inside the box are the tacos, a sachet of seasoning mix and a pack of salsa.

The instructions say to heat a little oil in a pan, add in your mince and brown the mince. Easy peasy!

Once the mince is browned, the box says to drain off any excess liquid (I didn’t seem to have any!) Then sprinkle in the seasoning mix.

Once the seasoning has been added you mix it through to coat the mince before adding the water. I do love the smell of this seasoning.

I’ll be honest I found it quite hard to get the seasoning to mix through as there didn’t seem to be enough of it or water. The box says to let it simmer and once its boiling to let it boil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Mine never came to a boil as it just didn’t have enough liquid in it despite following the instructions. I’m wondering whether I should have cooked this in a sauce pan rather than a frying pan, the box didn’t specify either way and I use this pan for fajitas.

Whilst the mince is cooking you need to warm up the taco shells – again this is really straight forward, you simply take them out of the packet, carefully separate them and pop them on a microwaveable safe plate and into the microwave for 30 seconds on high power.

After about 10 minutes the mince looked like this – I think due to the lack of liquid it did dry out in a few places, it smelt really good though!

Here’s my pre-pared lettuce, tomato, cheese and the salsa sauce from the kit.

Everything all together! Look how colourful it is!

Assembling the tacos is simple, you take an empty shell, add some mince, some tomato, lettuce, salsa and finally cheese! How easy is that? Dinner in 20 minutes with very little mess to clear up after which is always an added bonus. These did taste pretty good, although I thought a little dry and the flavour wasn’t super strong – it’s very similar to the BBQ fajitas which is great in my opinion. If I bought these again (and I may well do) I’d be tempted to add either more water or try a different pan to see if that made a difference to the dryness. As tasty as these were and fun to make I still think Old El Paso’s fajitas will remain my favourite for the time being, but I’d definitely recommend giving this a try for a straight forward and easy dinner!
You can find the Old El Paso range in most super markets, but if you’d like to check out their products, why not take a look at their website below?

Old El Paso Website

Ta-ta for now,
X
In collaboration with Old El Paso.

~*NEW SEGMENT*~ Kawaii/Cute on a budget!

Hello Everyone!
Today I’d like to introduce a new segment called 
Kawaii & Cute on a budget!
There’s a couple of reasons I thought I’d start this segment – firstly, thinking back to Hyper Japan and some of the scalping going on, I wanted to show you where you can find the same things, if not similar for a reasonable price, I’m also aware that some of my lovely readers are on a pretty tight budget or want to get the most value they can for their hard earned money (I know I certinaly do!) and lastly I wanted to share with you a few of the sites and sellers I use to buy for myself! I’ll also probably be putting in some how-to’s for you to make 
I thought I’d split this up into several posts so that I can add to the finds/make it easier for you to search via the labels – so if you’re searching for something specific, say stationary or lunch boxes you can just click that label to find all the posts on that subject! (They’ll be labelled with the prefix K/CAOB: so for example K/CAOB: Stationary so they’ll be super easy to find!)
So far I’ve figured out a couple of different ideas for what you might like, but if you have any more please let me know in the comments or on the Facebook page!
Bento/Lunch Boxes

Home Wares

Clothing

Mascots

Plushies

Make-Up

Jewellery

Stationary

As always any and all suggestions are welcome!
Ta-ta for now!
X

Let’s Cook! Victoria Sponge (BBC Recipe)

Hello Lovelies!
It’s a Let’s Cook today! I tried out a recipe for Victoria sponge cake I found on the BBC Good Food website (Granny’s Victoria Sponge). Now, the reason I tried out this recipe rather than than my go to one in my Marguerite Patten Every Day Cook book is that the book has vanished! I have no idea where it’s gone but I’m sure it’ll turn up sooner or later! So in the meantime I decided to give this a go.

Go Get

200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium eggs
200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
about 6 tbsp raspberry jam
250ml double cream, whipped (NOTE: I didn’t use this as I decided to use butter cream instead)
Icing sugar, for dusting

Go Do

Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease and flour 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. I cheated on this as I hate greasing tins, I have a cooking oil spray which is super handy – you just spray the tings with it and drop in the greese proof. (NOTE: I also find cutting out greaseproof paper a pain to get it the perfect size, how ever most pound shops sell packets of it in a variety of sizes! You get quite a few tin liners for your money too!) You can see the pre-greased tins in the photo above.
 Place the butter, sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl and beat well to a creamy consistency. You can either do this with a wooden spoon or an electric mixer. 
Slowly beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the flour and mix well. ( You might find the mixture curdles if you do it too quick((I did!)), if this happens all you need to do is beat in a little of the flour to bring it back to normal).
Divide the mix equally between the cake tins, try and smooth out the tops as best you can and place into the oven and bake for about 20 mins until risen and golden brown.
  
Optional: Find yourself a super helper who will sit on your feet whilst your trying to mix cake batter!
The cakes should spring back when gently pushed in the middle when they are cooked. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack and cooling completely.
In the mean time whip up your cream or buttercream.
Once your cake is completely cooled, place the bottom of your cake on to a plate – if you’re intending to move this about/take it anywhere you might find it a good idea to put a little put of jam or butter cream under it so it doesn’t slide about.
Place a large spoonful of cream onto the cake.
Spread it out right to the edges.
Spread your chosen jam on to the top part of the cake whilst its still on the rack, again try and get it right to the edges.
Place the top half of the cake on the bottom and press firmly but gentley to sanwich the cakes together.
It should look something like the above!
Here’s the stencil I mentioned earlier – you can just dust your icing sugar straight on top, but I was trying to be fancy!
You can just about see the pattern.
 Pattern close up.
There you go! Tasty cake perfect for afternoon tea! I would say unlike the usual centrepiece I use this didn’t rise nearly as well/maybe I should have doubled up the mix for my tins? I usually get gigantic sized Victoria sponge!
Ta-ta for now,
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