Once new, but now it's ours.


 
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I spend a good amount of my time trawling Lark and filling my wishlist. My bestie actually told me yesterday that it is basically me as a store, and I really don't think I could disagree with that.

These egg cups are the cutest thing, I definitely need a couple for The Batman and I - I'm thinking a Bear and a Wolf! I also adore that meadow-printed linen tablecloth. I think it would be a really sweet backdrop for my cake photos!

I'm really freaking into big warm blankets, especially at this time of year- it's freezing cold in my house. This dark teal velvet one looks like a world of comfort. I would really like to blanket-fort it up under that thing.

I've always been a huge fan of balloons and everything they stand for, so I basically freaked over these giant confetti filled ones. It was my birthday in April, just FYI, and I'm always open to very belated party decor!

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But my point of view's forever changed.


So, it hasn't been long, but it's been a whirlwind of a year so far!

I declared to myself that 2014 would the year of art, and I have to say even I'm surprised at how wonderfully it's going. I've made more profit already over these past 2 weeks than I made over the whole of 2013! Hello, money for Japan adventures in April!

I've made a brand new store that's stocked up with prints, and a shiny new facebook page (come like it!)



So what's in all of this for you? Why, free stuff of course! I have two of my favourite geeky prints to give away to some lucky winners.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can see the full versions of prizes Thranduil the Piemaker & Skeletor the Ambivalent Archenemy in my store! You can enter a bunch of times if you so please. Open worldwide because I love you.

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Dawn is coming, open your eyes.


I have my own little tradition of tossing a handful of glitter in the air on New Years Eve, while I think about how far I've come and what my hopes for the future are.


I don't have any resolutions as such - but I know for damn sure that 2014 will be the year of stepping up my creativity and finding ways to adventure everywhere, anywhere, any time.


To love, be loved, surround myself with goodness and feel.


Happy New Year, I hope 2014 is as wonderful as we all deserve it to be.

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Turn your head long enough to let it bite.



COOKIE DOUGH STUFFED M&M CUPCAKES

INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes
125gm soft butter
2/3 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
1/4 cup milk

Filling
1 roll of pre-made cookie dough - I used Aunty Kath's home bake with M&M minis! If you don't have access to pre-made cookie dough, or feel like being a little fancy, you can totally whip up a simple cookie dough mix from a packet or scratch, and throw in whatever treats you like!

Vanilla Buttercream
125gm soft butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar (I normally end up using a bit more)
2 Tbsps milk

Decorations
Mini M&M's, or whatever delightful things you choose!


MAKING THE THINGS!

Follow the baking method and spoon holes in cooled cakes as per my Lemon Meringue Cupcakes.

Roll balls of cold cookie dough and squish them into each cake well. EASY!
(NOTE: I have also made these by placing balls of cookie dough into cakes BEFORE baking. That also works! It's completely your choice to do either - I've found that people react a bit better to cold cookie dough so I now use this method. It has more of an "OHEMGEE factor". If baked, your cookie dough will still stay soft however it also melts away quite a bit and leaves some holey air in the middle of your cake.)

For your Buttercream, combine butter and vanilla extract with mixer until it begins to pale in colour. Beat about half the icing sugar, add milk and then beat in remaining icing sugar. I pretty much wing it on buttercream when it comes to taste and consistency. This amount is a good base- but give it a taste and feel free to add more sugar to make it a little firmer, more milk to make it creamier- you really can't go wrong if you just keep balancing milk and icing sugar. This is why I have an issue with normally ending up with like 3 bowls of extra frosting. I have control problems.

Pipe & decorate, feed to the masses! Okay 12 people. Or 6 people because everyone will want two each. Who am I kidding you should probably just eat them all yourself.

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THE CREATIVE INITIATIVE: WEEK 5.

It's been a hectic week, so I'm a little late in posting this..or anything else on my blog this week! BUT. Guess who has two thumbs and two weeks off work starting now? THIS GUY! Can't wait to get my bakey/crafty/arty/lazy on.

This week's theme for The Creative Initiative was Dreams.

I have some weird, weird ones. My dreams are always incredibly vivid and play out like movies, changing scenes multiple times. Sometimes after waking it takes me a little while to realise my dream didn't actually happen.

It took me few attempts deciding what I wanted to draw this week. One of my actual dreams as a comic strip? Me snoozing? Something dreamy rather than a literal "dream"? Eventually I went with the cute option.

Here's my little family. Me and my favourite dream to date. Chico dreaming of his very favourite breakfast- Poultry and peas. The Batman dreaming of..well..sausages, because I assume that's what boys dream about. Note: he has since confirmed this suspicion.



So, why a Dinosaur with a steak? Well. Once I dreamt that I had a tiny pet T-Rex. He was no bigger than my Chihuahua. Because I kept him vegetarian, he stayed small and I was able to keep him concealed from the authorities, who of course would take him away and probably lock me up for keeping a Dinosaur in secret if I was ever found out.

Apparently I didn't take this threat very seriously because I decided to go away on holiday and leave Mr. T-Rex with a friend from work. She likes Dinosaurs too, so of course was the logical choice. Unfortunately she wasn't so great at Dino-proofing and left the fridge slightly ajar. Rexy got into a raw steak.

Cut to the next scene; me driving toward Perth after returning from my holiday..to see the city on fire. There's Mr. Rex, bigger than a skyscraper, terrorising the town, smashing buildings and throwing cars around while hordes of people run screaming and Government officials try to shoot tranquilizers from Cross Bows.

I awoke shortly after in a panic trying to figure out how I could conceal him so we could escape together.

Next week's theme is "try something new"...I'm yet to figure out what I should do, so feel free to leave suggestions! If you're interested in seeing more of my art, stop by and say howdy on tumblr!

xx