Thursday, 31 December 2015

Visiting the Seal Pups

Every December, the grey seals descend on Horsey along the Norfolk Coast to give birth to their pups. They will be there as long as it takes for the pups to lose their white fluffy fur, then it's off into the sea to start the next year! 

I went along the other day to see them. Despite living in Norfolk my entire life, I've never made it out there yet so figured it was about time. It's better to go a bit earlier in December when more of the young pups will be there, but there were still a lot around and they're so cute! Annoyingly, I took my camera but discovered that the battery was flat so I couldn't use it and was stuck with just my phone. What is life.

You're not meant to go down on to the beach because it disturbs them - also these are mother seals and they're there to protect their young, get too close and you could be in danger of getting a bite, plus they do carry diseases, so it's better all round to keep your distance. It makes me sad when I've seen pictures on Facebook of people clearly getting too close to them, give them some room already!

The whole area is worked by volunteer 'Seal Wardens' who do an amazing job of trying to keep everyone safe. They're also extremely knowledgeable about the deals and are more than happy to fill you in on what's going on - bravo to those guys who are out there in all weather doing what they do.  In the video clip, I was told that this is the mother seal warning off a chap's advances... you heard the lady mister!

Has anyone else made it out to see the seals? Hope you didn't get rained on like I did!

Shel x
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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Reindeer Christmas Gift Boxes

I have four nieces, four!! So Christmas can get expensive, but for me the part I really love about Christmas is how they are still young enough to find it all so magical and I think we could all do with a bit of magic in our lives. 

So I've begun a new tradition of creating gift boxes for them each year. Last year I made Frozen themed ones with blue sparkly paper, snowflakes and Olaf labels but this year I decided to go with something more traditional, I mean come on, who doesn't love a cute reindeer?

Once I had my boxes, I wrapped them up in brown paper and then spent a while googling reindeer templates, hitting print then chopping them up with my scissors. I've been bringing home a stash of cardboard from any scraps that I find at work to mount the reindeer pieces on then hey presto glue them to the box and the job is done!

I'm still tempted to find some glamorous way to write each of their names on the side of the box but I don't think I have enough red glitter for what I have in mind and I just can't bring myself to face the shops this close to Christmas. All the people, the queueing... *shudders*. Nah.

What do you think of the boxes? I already have something in mind for next year, although I might go all out and create them different ones each. I don't make life easy for myself do I?
Shel x
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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

DIY Christmas Gift Wrap

Part two of my Christmas creative comes in the guise of DIY gift wrap. I tend to stick to the brown paper theme but this year I wanted to jazz it up a bit while maintaining that festive feeling. 

I printed out some Christmas carol sheet music, ready to stick on to the paper. Of course, I needed some labels that went with that too, so I designed my own ('design' being a loose term, it was really just making a circle in Word and putting some text in it). 

This look is again, really easy to create and you could swap out the sheet music for anything - your favourite songs, family photos? 

Hope you like it!

Shel x
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Friday, 4 December 2015

Snowflake Bunting

Christmas is the only time of the year that I start to get a bit crafty. I have four nieces, all under the age of 9 and I would be willing to bet that I spend more time up at the table with the sticky tape, card and pva glue. I'd like to say it's because it's therapeutic and good for the mind etc etc but lets face it, I just have too much time on my hands.

Anyway, here's the first contribution to my Christmas crafting : Snowflake Bunting. It's so easy to make but I really like the 'feel' of it when it's done. I printed out some snowflake templates onto white card (you could play around with colours if you're a bit more inventive than I) and I chose to use the words 'Noel' and 'Joy' to give it that extra festive touch, so I had a letter on each snowflake with a plain one either side of the word. You know, for symmetry (ok, my OCD).

Chop them out, stick to them to some twine and hey presto, your rustic snowflake bunting is complete. Easy peasy.

What do you think?

Shel x
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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Make Up and Glow

 I know it's not really the right time of year for discussing bronzers, it should be berry lipsticks and liner right now but I've only now gotten round to actually trying out my W7 Make Up and Glow bronzing base. I bought it months ago and it sat in my cosmetics basket gathering dust until I had a 'play day' where I hauled everything out and swatched and applied till I looked like Aunt Sally. 

The texture of this is super light and sheer, which I gather is down to it being a gel base rather than a heavier cream. It's perfect this time of year for adding a bit of healthy colour to my 'it's-dark-90%-of-the-day-now' ghostly sheen that I've currently been sporting. For a night out, it works great as a contour, just blend blend blend (which it does pretty well).

Fair skinned gals, beware. It's very warm and if you're pale I think it'll look too orange. If I tried to apply this directly to my skin without any foundation on,  I could probably just about get away with it if I spent an hour buffing it in but colour wise, it works best when I'm a bit evened out with foundation. My preferred method is to apply where I want it with my fingers (heat from your hands keeps it a little more malleable) then blending with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

I love the packaging for this product. It's way better than a powered bronzer that cracks and spills everywhere and there's always something ever so slightly more decadent about a product in a pot, plus it makes it that little more like Chanel's bronzer... except this one is under £6. *Sound the Bargain Horn* Plus, this is well pigmented and a little goes a long way, I honestly only need to swipe across the top for a bit of colour. I've used this several times now and it still looks brand new. Yasssss. I love it when they stay looking brand new for longer, instead of old and hideous and then I have to go out and buy replacements... just 'cos.

W7, this one gets a thumbs up from me!

Shel x 
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