The Sunshine Award

Thank you to Sliced Science for nominating A Mess to be Made for the sunshine award!

On to the award acceptance process: according to the rules, nominees must (i) include a link in your blog to the blog that nominated you; (ii) answer some questions about yourself; (iii) nominate 10 fellow bloggers, linking to their blogs; and (iv) inform them that they have been nominated.


1. Who is your favorite philosopher? Kant – for immature reasons and for getting me through my Higher RMPS exam – watch this

2. What is your favorite number? 49.

3. What is your favorite animal?  Penguins make me happy.

 4. What are your Facebook and Twitter?

5. What is your favorite time of day? About 9 on a Sunday morning when I’ve just woken up and can lie in my cozy bed guilt free.

6. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas.  I’m so excited already.

7. What is your favorite physical activity?  Going for a walk somewhere pretty with my doggie Beckett.

8. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Starbucks Gingerbread Latte.

9. What is your passion? Books, songs, crafts and generally just having fun.

10. What is your favorite flower? Purple tulips.

And now our own nominations to pass the Sunshine Award on, in no particular order:

Library Quine

Living Towards Love

You Make Me Smile

Duct Tape Doodles


Make Bake & Sew

Nurse on the Run

Allie Taggart

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

The Craft-Art Kid

Hope everyone has an amazing week!

Fall Craft Challenge: Leaf Print Stationery

A little while ago, (okay, quite a long time ago…) Karel from Living Towards Love and I decided that we were going to do a Fall Craft Challenge.  We’ve both finally found the time to put together our little projects and share them with you.  Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s how to:

What you need:

  • Acrylic paint in fall colours
  • Card (or something else to print on)
  • Baking parchment
  • A selection of leaves

Step 1:  Spread the paint onto the underside of the leaf (as it has more texture).

Step 2:  Place leaf paint side down onto the card.

Step 3:  Place baking parchment over the leaf and smooth over with your fingers.

Step 4:  Remove baking parchment and gently peel off leaf.

This stationery was so much fun to make and playing around with paint and leaves made me feel like a little kid again.

Keep an eye out for more of our seasonal craft challenges and check out Karel’s post here.

Christmas Countdown 1: Primrose Bakery Maple Pecan Cupcakes

I love the holidays, but as I’m now living in Scotland I don’t get to properly celebrate Thanksgiving anymore.  To get in the spirit, I decided to do a bit of baking.  These Maple Pecan Cupcakes with maple syrup buttercream icing and caramelised nuts are another recipe from the Primrose Bakery (see the vanilla ones I made here) and are amazingly tasty.  Definitely a good replacement for traditional pecan pie.  The recipe was the winner of a competition to raise money for the bakery’s Wellbeing of Women charity and you can find it here.

Christmas Countdown

The holidays are coming and I could not be more excited.  I don’t think I’ve ever lost my love for all things festive.  To get in the spirit, I’m going to be posting a holiday craft or recipe each week.  So look out for my Christmas Countdown posts!

DIY Tote Bag (take 2)

When I was in the craft shop looking for a plain tote to use for my moustache tote bag and discovered that they were only £1, I ended up buying several.  This one has been my sitting-in-front-of-the-television-on-a-rainy-day project, but as I’ve had so much else going on, it’s taken several months to complete.  This is also why there isn’t a picture for every step (sorry!).  I’m so pleased with the final result though.  Here’s how you can make your own:

What you need:

  • A plain tote bag
  • Sheets of felt in different colours
  • Several colours of embroidery thread and a needle
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • A scrap of paper and pen
  • Cellotape
  • Black puff paint


1.  Iron the bag to get rid of any wrinkles.

2.  Draw your design onto the scrap of paper and cut it out.

3.  Place the template onto the felt and tape around the edges (this makes it easier to cut the felt).  Repeat a bunch of times.  The template will probably grow with the amount of tape used on it, so you may need to cut it back to the original size once or twice.

4.  Thread the needle and sew wings onto the birds (I’m no expert at sewing, I just went over the same spot until the lines looked thick enough.

5.  Using the puff paint, dot eyes onto each of the birds (you could probably sew on a single black bead instead to create the same effect).

6.  Decide on layout and arrange the birds on the bag.

7.  Place a dab of glue into the middle of each of the birds (don’t spread it out to the edges or you will never be able to get the needle through to sew on the outline and attach them to the bag.

8.  Secure birds properly by sewing around the edges.