November 30, 2014

How to Decorate a Hospital

Basically, THIS is how you decorate a hospital...

(Me, Mom and Dad did everything apart from the Christmas tree)

The pictures are from last year, (I am, thank fully, at home this year) from ROH in Brimingham. I'm kind of in a Christmassy mood, and I found this half finished post from last year, and thought I'd post it today, it being Advent Sunday an all. (And yes, I did have two advent calendars, one my parents bought me, and one the hospital gave me)

November 07, 2014

Mini Paper Chains

Hey, here's another post I wrote last year for you. No, I have absolutely no idea why it didn't get posted last year. 


I sat at home one afternoon and made this paper chain. (The red and white one below.)

Ah yes I do, I was waiting for someone to take a picture of the paper chain, but no one would. Just imagine it. 

It was very easy to do, they came in pre-cut strips, and you slotted the end with a tab into the end with a slit. (It took me about 30 minutes). When my brother came home, he very kindly pointed out that the paper chain (which was actually more of a card chain, and so even heavier) was too big to fit on our tree. 

I don't know why he said it, we'd never put our paper chains on our tree before. 

Just in case you couldn't tell from that picture, here is a photo of the tree, adding a bit of scale for you. 

Our tree this year is tiny. It's a real live Christmas tree, but it's tiny. It means that I don't trip over anything, and it also solves the problem of who's going to put up the tree this year as I can't, but it's too tiny to put presents under, which I must admit is my main worry. But apparently my brother's main worry is that the paper chain is too big. And so I decided to make him a mini paper chain. (It took me about 2 hours)

Mini Paper Chains
 I must say, it is pretty easy, if a bit fiddly. 

What You Need
2 Colors of Paper (you don't need a lot)
Glue Stick

How to Do It

1. Cut strips out the colored paper. They were too small a strip for me to be bothered using a ruler, but feel free. Mine were about 1/8" by 1". So small. (Yes, you'll need more than 6)

2. Glue the first ring. Then, loop the second strip through the ring, and glue the second ring. Keep on going. 

3. And going

4. And going until you have the desired length of chain. It is really that simple. 

5. Use your paper chain to decorate whatever you want. We decorated our tree, but this chain would be perfectly at home decorating a dolls house. Or adding a 3D effect to a Christmas card. 

October 31, 2014

How my Dad Makes a Bento

This, people, is how my Dad makes a bento. Let's ignore the fact that I don't like mint clubs. 

It's not bad all things considered (we'll also ignore the fact that the apple crisps are not in the box.) I mean, I have a strong feeling that he was poking fun at me and my bento-ing, but ho hey. He cut my sandwiches into shapes. He was a bit annoyed when I text him to double check what he'd put on my sandwich, but he actually cut my sandwich into shapes!

And I can't complain. On the day I asked him to please make me a packed lunch, he did. With only a lot of complaining :P

Now shall we get onto some Halloween bentos that I made?

Yes, lets.

Actually, to be honest, this bento isn't much better than the one Dad gave me! I cut a tortilla into pumpkin shapes and then stacked them on top of each other, then there's Quorn cocktail sausages, dried apricots (with a jack o lantern face), an Alpro chocolate soy pudding (renamed 'Dirt Pudding') and some baby corn (who needs candy corn when you have the veggie equivalent?) It was meant to look a lot better than it actually ended up looking!

So, how did it stack up (you know, I feel like I haven't done this in ages!)

1. TIME I made this while eating my breakfast. An effective use of time that would otherwise just be used to, well... Eat breakfast! One star. 

2. LEFTOVERS From the tortilla pumpkins. Well, "The best laid plan of mice and men" and all that. Basically what I am trying to say is that I just lost that star. 

7. CUTENESS  The dried apricot has a face on it, and the tortillas are cut into shapes. I will give myself that star back, thank you very much!

8. PLANNING I made sure that we had (not candy) corn in, and I did a lot of work trying to find that cutter. (Preston seem to be having a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter shortage- I got it in Hobbycraft eventually but it isn't listed on their website!) So.... that totally counts as a star, cause I knew I wanted a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, and I found one. 

So that ends on 2 stars for me. (Happy dance) 

And yeah... 3 bentos in one post- aren't you lucky!

So, this one is still using cocktail sausages, but that's it as far as cross over between the two boxes go! There is a mini open top sandwich (okay, it's just a piece of bread spread with cream cheese and cut into a pumpkin shape), "beetles" on a log (i.e. olives on cream cheese) and an orange that has been attacked by aSharpie, cause you know, it's Halloween and all! And then got cut in half cause it was too big to fit into my box otherwise. 

1. TIME Again, I did this box whilst I was eating breakfast. I mean, I really should be making these bentos before I go to sleep at night, but as for using my time wisely, this is currently working for me. Sometimes. But this box took about five minutes, which on the scale of things, really isn't that bad. So a green star to me! (Green seems a Halloween-y colour!)

2. LEFTOVERS Lets move on

5. BOXABILITY My Dad took one look at my lunch in the morning and declared that it would just end up a royal mess by lunchtime. He was wrong, of course! Because everything fitted so awesomely into my box, nothing moved around and so everything was precisely where I wanted it! Told you so Dad. 

7. CUTENESS I have beetles on a log (mark one) jack o lantern faces on an orange (mark two) and a jack o lantern face made out of veggie cocktail sausages on a cut out of a pumpkin. Well call it our ghostly pumpkin. And decide that oh yeah, we are so getting a star!

8. PLANNING Like the last one, I made very sure that I had everything that I wanted in so that I could make my bento in the morning (in five minutes). Good planning = a good number of stars. 

And that gives me a result of 4 stars! 

I definitely come out treat this Halloween, hope you do too! 

October 30, 2014

Nice Nails # 11: The Spooktacular Version!

Hi guys, 

I am still here, honest. I'm just doing a good impression of someone who's comatosed. Well, I'm a teenager- what do you expect? (Although my brother has an uncanny ability to start practicing his guitar the moment I put my head on the pillow. Seriously, uncanny.) And on top of being uber tired, I have a shed full (okay, but it's a considerable pile) of college work, a lot of typing and finding the write documents and just generally getting organised with my Leadership Qualification for GGUK. Then, when I have spare time, I'm trying to get the hang of balancing writing books and writing blog posts. I'm getting better at it, but we're not there yet. 

However, I'm learning better how to handle my new laptop so this is improving. 

And I've set reminders and deadlines for blogposts and chapters of my stories. 

And I spent WAY too long on the John Lewis site making a collage of the clothes that one of my characters wears. Though she is currently in a First Holy Communion dress (if in doubt, just don't ask!)

Seriously, I so want to ask Izy from Top with Cinnamon how she balanced A levels and blogging! (But she's too amazing brilliant for me to bother her with such silliness!)

But here are (Okay, so they are last years) Halloween nails (I was ill, and I didn't think that you'd want to see Halloween nails in December!)

(Although maybe you do, tell me)

I used Barry M's Gelly High Shine Nail Paint in Mango.  Cause, you know, gotta get a bit of Halloween colour in there somewhere!

The bat stickers came in a nails kit I got several years ago. It seemed to be a bit of a waste using all the bats in one go, but it's Halloween. Let's go with a bang people!

Plus, they seem a bit out of place with my normal style for the rest of year.

And my toes were glittery and black. 

So... Happy Halloween!