I’m supposed to be writing an essay, so typically I’m looking for other ways to spend my time. We had this mini-pumpkin lying around from Halloween (no time to carve it), so I grabbed a paint pen and started doodling. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and think it might make a pretty little centrepiece for Thanksgiving, especially when paired with these cute golden leaves cut out from a tomato puree tube.
This year I was very grateful to receive a new phone for my birthday, and while I’m loving the fact that I don’t have to turn it off and on again every time I want to read a text, it does mean that I tend to bring my camera with me a lot less often. The quality is not as good, but it is much more convenient. So, for this edition of The Little Things, I thought I’d share some of the pictures taken with my phone of the little things making me smile at the moment:
The beautiful Fall and Winter weather: Stepping out in the pretty Autumn colours, and even the snow, has made me appreciate what a pretty place I live in (even if I did fall on my bum because of the ice…).
The food and drink: Cheeky afternoon drinks, my first gingerbread latte of the season, and the desert (apple pie – YUM) of an amazing Thanksgiving meal celebrated with friends.
Spending time with friends and family (and Beckett, of course): Cuddles with my dog never fail to put me in a better mood and celebrating with friends in great shoes and the discovery of Christmas ornaments I made when I was 2 have made me smile during the last few stressful weeks.
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.
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.