If you’re looking for a simple but effective Easter craft to give yourself some seasonal creative joy, or perhaps even an activity to entertain the kids on Good Friday, this DIY watercolour Easter egg card might be just what you’re looking for. It’s really easy, can be adapted to your favourite colours and pattern, and creates a lovely card you can give to a friend or family member this Easter.
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Whether you’ve got a special valentine in mind, want to send some love to a friend, or just want to create something pretty for yourself… this DIY watercolour rainbow heart card is the perfect creative project to inspire some hope and joy.
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If there is one thing that will make the joy of painting disappear, it’s aiming for perfection. In fact, that’s true of any creative activity. Of course, there are times as a professional artist when I need to be conscious of how something looks at the end (clients don’t pay me to create something that looks bad!) but, when you’re wanting to get something from painting – whether that’s enjoyment or relaxation – letting go of the end result can be a big release. So, with that in mind, here’s a little watercolour painting exercise you can do for joy, not for perfection…
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If there was ever a cake to make me feel nostalgic, it’s Apple Crumble Cake. My grandad is a great baker and ever since I can remember he’s been making tasty treats. Now, more often than not, it’s his infamous ‘chuck-it-in cake’ (there is a recipe for it, but he thinks he originally just threw all the ingredients together and the name ‘chuck-it-in cake’ sort of stuck). However, when I was a child, he always used to make Apple Crumble Cake. It was, and still is, my favourite!
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Well, I think it’s safe to say, this post is coming to you somewhat later than planned. I wrote the first part back in July (where did three months go?!) and I had every intention of writing this follow-up within a few weeks. Anyway… it’s for good reason I’ve taken my time, and I’ll explain all. So, let’s talk cross stitch, learning new creative skills, and making time for creativity.
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Mmmm, cherry Madeira cake! I’m a little bit in love with cherries at the moment. We discovered frozen cherries in the supermarket a few weeks ago and I started adding them to our morning porridge (they make it taste great, and the colour is amazing). I’ve also been making compote for yoghurt, which is yummy, and we recently discovered a cherry and vanilla ice cream too. It’s really given me the taste for cherries. So, last weekend, I decided to dig out my recipe for cherry Madeira cake. It also just so happened to tie in with the first week of a certain TV baking show and, knowing how peckish the programme usually makes me, it wasn’t a bad thing having a tasty treat on hand whilst watching.
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It has been a couple of months since I last wrote a creative lifestyle post, and this one is quite different to any I’ve written before. I’ve been wanting to share a creative writing project for ages but couldn’t think of the right way in. Then, this morning, I saw another single vowel poem pop up on Instagram (having seen my first only a few weeks ago) and immediately got the urge to try writing my own. Thankfully, I’d already scheduled time to write a blog post this afternoon (I’ll write that idea another day), so I was able to have some guilt-free creative fun.
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Okay, so, I’m going to be honest. I had every intention of this just being a single post with my experience of trying a new creative project (a cross stitch kit), from start to finish. I was going to take you on the journey with me, from the blank material to the completed picture, in the hope it inspired you to try something different. Little did I know, learning cross stitch again, after nearly twenty years since last attempting it, would actually remind me what creating for joy is all about… and take me somewhat longer than expected! So, instead, I’m splitting the post into two and want to share a little insight into what I’ve learnt so far (spoiler – not just how to cross stitch!).
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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me mention the idea of making a hair-tie/scarf/thing the other day. Can someone please tell me what they’re actually called?! Well, yesterday, I decided to stop thinking about whether it would work or not, and just go for it.
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If you saw my Instagram stories the other day, you may well have seen a little glimpse of these yummy bakes (well, two of them anyway). You answered, unanimously, you wanted the recipes so – your wish is my command! Today’s creative lifestyle project isn’t just two recipes, however, it’s actually three. The original “Healthy” Oat Squares, “Healthy” Chocolate Oat Squares, and “Healthy” Chocolate Brownies. I’ll explain all the inverted commas in a bit.
The reason? Well, though I have made the original “healthy” oat squares/bars many times before, this was the first time I had tried the recipe in chocolate and I’m not certain if I like it or not. I mean, I’m still eating them, but I don’t find myself reaching for more than one chocolate oat square at a time (the mark of something really delicious!). I like the flavour but, to me, the texture is odd with the chocolate taste. It doesn’t work together somehow. My mum, on the other hand, loves them – which is why I’m still sharing the recipe, in case it sounds like the sort of thing you’d enjoy. That little spark of promising flavour got me thinking, though. What if I could find the right texture to go with it? That’s when I came up with the third recipe, for “healthy” chocolate brownies… and oooh it’s good!
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