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Friday links

Friday links MarchHooray, it’s Friday again! I bet you could do with a break. Here’s another three links to inspire, motivate and educate you this weekend:

1. The power of a good ‘to-do’ list never fails to organise me via Stylist magazine.

2. These fabric buckets are next on my list of items to sew. The full tutorial can be found over at Apartment Apothecary.

3. Learn how to make a digital design board via The Decorista.

Have a great weekend folks!

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Could these be the cutest cupcakes ever?

bunny-coconut-cupcakes-5835Spring is officially here and Easter is just around the corner. Time to get planning! Easter is one of my favourite times of the year. The flowers are coming back to life, days are getting longer and new foods are coming back into season. Therefore I like to mark this time of year as best I can but with a full time job and other commitments, sometimes you just need a quick win! These cupcakes are a quick win for me. The bunny ears are the easiest things in the world to make – just a marshmellow cut in half with some edible glitter applied. Perfect. You can see the full tutorial over on the blog ‘Styling my everyday’ and other Easter projects on my Easter pinterest board.

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Sunday night feeling

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If you’ve been to Paris, you’ve probably seen the love locks on the bridges across the river Seine. They are so popular that there are now sellers who lay out blankets on the bridge, selling padlocks and keys. The idea is that you write the name of you and your beau onto the padlock, lock it to the bridge and throw the key into the river below. It’s a sign of never failing love and eternal commitment.

This weekend I spent time reflecting on lots of ‘things’ that have kept me locked in a certain state for a while. I went to a women’s retreat day at Everyday church in Wimbledon. I’ve never been before and didn’t really know what to expect. There was a lot of time reflecting and time spent focussing on God and your relationship with him. I’m not always the best and stopping, thinking deeply and listening for answers. I like to consider myself to be a reflective person and I do often think about relationships, work, goals etc. However, after thinking I quickly move on. I’m not always great at listening. This weekend I listened and I was encouraged by what I heard. For the first time in a long while, I felt a weight being lifted from my shoulders and a hope for the future that I haven’t felt for a while. I’ll share more explicitly with you sometime in the future. It’s not a topic I can go into detail about today as although I feel encouraged, this chapter of my story isn’t quite over yet. When it is and life has moved on to the next chapter, I’ll fill you in. Apologies if that’s frustrating. I don’t mean to be cryptic! For tonight I just wish to share the fact that I really do believe that there is hope to be found in Jesus and a relationship with him. I’m still learning what that means and what it’s all about but I’m excited to do so. So, whilst I appreciate the sentiments behind the love locks, I’m happy that tonight I feel as if a padlock has been taken off me and trust me, I’m throwing it in the river! Being free to hope for the future and dream of good things to come is an incredible luxury and one I hope never to take for granted.

Have a good Monday folks,

C.x

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Spring time surprise project

Springtime project 1Last weekend I had a lovely surprise as my parcel from the Springtime Surprise project arrived. I signed up to be a part of this project a few months ago via Lucy from the blog ‘Capture by Lucy’. The idea of the project was to create a surprise parcel for a fellow blogger that Lucy had paired you up with. The value of the parcel was to be no more than £5 and we were encouraged to include handmade items and favourite recipes, meaning that there wasn’t a pressure to purchase everything in the parcel.

I received my parcel from Rebecca from ‘ReallyPrettyUseful’ (her blog is just gorgeous by the way. I recommend that you go and take a look). Rebecca had included the items in the image above for me, as well as some basil seeds; a recipe for homemade pesto and a pair of dainty little scissors which you can see hanging up on my kitchen wall below.

Springtime project 2I’m going to include some of the items Rebecca sent me in my entry for March’s ‘styling the seasons’ which I’m hoping to style and shoot this weekend.

Springtime project 3The ribbon that came wrapped around my gifts is currently being used to adorn this vase.

In return for receiving a surprise parcel, I was asked to create a similar one for Cathy, the blogger behind ‘My sweet things’. I really enjoyed thinking about what to send her based on her interests and decided upon lots of stationary and some tea. You can see the contents of other people’s parcels if you look up #springtimesurpriseproject on Instagram.

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Sunday night feeling

Hello friends. It’s been a bit quiet at Celebrate Creation as unfortunately I’ve been feeling poorly this past week and so wasn’t able to post as I had planned. Still, I’m feeling better now thankfully and hoping to feel brighter in the coming week. I was cheered up yesterday by a lovely parcel that arrived in the post from Rebecca of Really Pretty Useful. We had both signed up for the ‘Springtime surprise project’ that has been launched by Lucy over at Capture by Lucy and I was fortunate enough to have Rebecca send me some lovely items in the post. I’ll share the contents with you in the week although if you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen that I posted a snap to my account yesterday afternoon as I was so chuffed!

For tonight’s ‘Sunday night feeling’, I wanted to post a few more images from Cornwall with you tonight in order to share more of my progress towards my ‘learn to use your camera Claire’ goal!

Pink flower

Succulent plant

Beacon Path Gardens of Heligan

Lost gardens of Heligan

It felt really good to finally spend some time working on this goal. I’m hoping to take some holiday over Easter and so am now starting to think about what I might work on next. I’ve wanted to take a dress making course for a long time and am thinking of doing this one by Sew over it in London at some point. I have some colleagues at work who are incredibly creative and make their own clothes, including one of my bosses, and so it’s encouraged me to give it a try.

Do you have any hobbies or goals that you are working on at present?

Have a good week folks,

C.x

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Sunday night feeling

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So here it is – one of my first attempts at using our camera more expertly! I was playing around with the focus and aperture whilst we walked around the beautiful lost gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. I’ve been wanting to practice using our camera for a long time now but never really had the chance to set aside time to focus on it until recently. I’m glad I did as I really want to improve my lifestyle photographs for Celebrate Creation.

I love this succulent plant by the way and am looking out for something similar for my desk at work. The succulents were housed in a white green house in the gardens and the gardener had left some small pumpkins out next to them so I played around trying to get some snaps of them too. That part didn’t work out so well unfortunately but it helped me learn some lessons about depth of field in a photograph for the next time I’m with my camera.

All in all it was a pretty great learning experience. I’m planing on using my photographs in this month’s ‘One Little Word’ prompt. I’m trying to record photographs from each month of the year so that my project becomes a bit of a mix between a photo album and a writing/memory project. I’ll share some images of my project folder in the future so that you have a clearer idea of what I’m trying to create.

Have you learnt any new skills recently or practised existing ones?

Have a good week everyone.

C.x

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Ideas for the weekend

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A regular post I enjoy reading  is ‘5 positive things to do this week’, written by Lisa over at Mathilde Heart Manech. Every week, Lisa posts 5 simple ideas that you might like to try in order to inject some positivity into your life. The ideas help you savour the ‘everyday’ in life and are not usually budget dependent. Inspired by Lisa’s posts, I’ve decided to write my own list of 5 things you might like to try this weekend as being cheered by the lovely sunny weather we’ve enjoyed recently, I’ve been mindful of some of the activities I can start up again now that spring is on its way.

1. Buy some daffodils to brighten up your kitchen.

2. Brush the cobwebs off your gardening gloves and tidy up the garden ready for spring.

3. De-clutter a room in your home and donate items in good condition to charity, or save them for a boot fair at a later date. (Call it an early spring clean if you will!)

4. Buy a new lipstick/nail polish ready for the brighter weather.

5. Treat yourself to a magazine and enjoy a quiet hour of reading.

Have a great weekend!

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Spring door wreath – with a twist

Spring door wreathIsn’t this the best door decoration ever?! I would so love to hang one of these on our front door. I found it at this source but unfortunately do not know the original credit as I’d love to know how it was made. We enjoyed a beautiful spring morning in west London today and so I hung up our spring door wreath on the front door as I left for work. My husband laughs at me as we have a wreath for all seasons but I like to decorate our front door and don’t think that you need to wait for Christmas to do so! I’ll try and take a snap of the wreath at the weekend to share with you as I’m currently planning a ‘decorating your home for spring’ post.

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Sunday night feeling

a35f7940f98a5d479a314f6e25de2f31Good evening friends, how was your weekend? I spent the entire afternoon on the sofa today with a cup of tea and the Sunday Times. I haven’t dedicated an afternoon to reading the Sunday paper in such a long time. It was good to catch up. Today was the first day that felt like spring too. We had such a bright and sunny morning in west London today and then a good old shower this afternoon. I enjoy each season that we experience in the UK but am happiest when spring is on its way and all those dark and cold mornings start to disappear.

This week brings lots of marking and a research proposal for me at work so I’ll be doing lots of reading! I’m aiming to leave my desk and take a break at lunch times though – even if only for ten minutes – so that I get outside and enjoy some of the sunshine that I’m hoping we are going to have. Here’s an interesting article on why a break at work is so important.

Enjoy your week, see you soon,

C.x

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Friday links

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Yippee! It’s Friday. I for one am glad to see the weekend this week! Here are some of the things I’ve been enjoying on my Bloglovin feed recently:

1. This Lemon and Coconut polenta cake looks delicious and I have most of the ingredients in the cupboard already so I guess I’ll be making this on Saturday :)

2. Looking for a mini project this weekend? How about restyling your bookshelves?

3. I’ve pinned this foyer makeover onto my interior design board on Pinterest as I really like the the tiled floor someday. I’m thinking that perhaps we could have something similar in the bathroom?

I had meant to share my photo updates with you this week but time ran away with me and I wanted to post the washi tape frames instead. That’s the beauty of a blog. You can change your posting schedule as and when you like! Still, for those of you that were interested, that post will still come – just next week instead.

Have a wonderful weekend folks!

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