Walked through the delights of the city, glanced at every nook and cranny. Admired architecture, smelled the scent of crushed flowers – contrasting and different, but working together so seamlessly. Had dancing colours of sunsets mirrored in her own eyes, how blessed she was to touch the diamonds of nature.
Had the constant urge to capture scenes, freeze moments in time, remember what was seen that too often gets lost amid the fast-paced energy the air brings. Slow down, slow down, slow down.
Thought about what could have happened, what could have been. Thought about why some things unfolded the way it did, tried to remind herself that everything happened for a reason. Thought that maybe waiting a little longer, leaving time to make decisions for her, would bring certain joy – even the simplest joy, that was all she wanted. Till today, still waiting. As if someone paused the clip in the middle of a movie, left to attend to something more important, then forgot about the plot altogether. But with hope that someday, this someone decides to replay the motion picture, she will continue to wait.
“Rivers know this: There is no hurry, we shall get there some day.”
Hello, and MERRRRRYYYYY CHRISTMAS! My favourite holiday ever is finally here (I’m writing this on Christmas day), and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been putting this Christmas baking post idea off for quite awhile since I’ve been overseas for a large part of December, hence the pretty last minute upload. But that’s alright, its here now hehe.
Today I made these (very) simple sugar cookies, and decorated them with some royal icing. I’ll list the exact ingredients I used below, and if you decide to follow them, this recipe will be diary, gluten, wheat, and egg-free. You can definitely substitute any of the ingredients if you wish or if you can’t get your hand on them, though. Also, the base recipe for these cookies (I’d say) are fit for any season. Obviously according to the time of year it is now, I made Christmassy themed ones!
They are so incredibly easy to make – trust me, if I made them and they actually look and taste half-decent, you can do it too. Here’s how:
2-4 tbs cocoa powder/matcha powder etc. (optional)
*Utensils used: mixing bowl, measuring tools, rolling pin, spatula, non-stick baking paper, mixing spoon, rolling pin cookie cutter (IKEA). Also didn’t end up using the cocoa powder, but you could if you wanted to 🙂
Make the dough!
Next, roll out your dough on the worktop and use the cookie cutters you have to cut out the shapes. If you feel like your dough mixture is too soft and difficult to handle, wrap it in clingfilm and place it in the fridge to chill for a couple of minutes before you roll it out.
Transfer your cutout cookies using a spatula to a baking tray/sheet, and put it in the oven at 180°C (350°F) for 10 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when you poke it in the middle of a cookie.
You could very well leave them as is, but I used some icing to give them a nice finishing touch. Regular royal icing calls for eggs in the recipe, but since I’m trying to keep this vegan, I omitted eggs.
Eggless royal icing:
1 tbs water
1 tsp vanilla essence (optional)
1 cup icing sugar
Mix these ingredients together and check the consistency – it shouldn’t be too runny. If you dip the tip of your finger into it and no icing drips off, you’re good to go! Add more icing sugar by the tablespoon if you find it too runny. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag (I used a ziplock bag, because I was not made for the baking life and thus do not have any of the baking life necessities), and start icing!
You’re basically done – now its time to take pretty photographs. Here’s the finished product, a.k.a my first ever successful attempt at baking. Clap for me.
Yep, there you have it! I hope you enjoyed this post, and that you try making these yourself! They literally take 1/2 an hour to do. Even if you are reading this now, it is not too late to get your baking game on before Christmas dinner. Else, you could always make them for New Years’ / whenever you feel like it. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think about them! Happy Christmas, and God bless. 🙂
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Hello! Its the second week of December, which means its time for my second Christmassy post on this blog. I’m really excited for this one, so I hope you enjoy it!
Yesterday evening, I made a rather impromptu decision to join my Mum in making some Christmas wreaths (she makes good un’s, its a little intimidating). I remember making one last December, and to be very frank, it didn’t turn out very pretty. So, in hopes of my second try being much better, I snapped some photographs that captured the process of the wreath-making-evening. Here they are!
They may look slightly complicated to do, but there really isn’t much technique put into making one of these! A lot of the positioning of leaves and decorating is up to your preference and artistic eye – you decide what works best where. As long as the final product results in some semblance of a circular shape, has leaves/cinnamon sticks/other Christmassy things on it, and smells like the freshness of pine, you’re fineeee.
I think wreaths do an amazing job of getting any space ready for the Christmas season. We made a few of these in varying sizes, and put them around the house (mostly for our viewing pleasure). Here are some photos of just how cozy of a vibe these lil’ things create.
Yep, that was a quick sum-up of my Thursday evening. Definitely give making these a try, and leave a comment/email me if you’d like a tutorial type thing. Honestly though, I think figuring it out yourself just adds to the fun! 😛 Its a great activity to do with the family, or even by yourself with some good music on in the background. I’ll include a list of things you need to get started anyway. Hope you’ve enjoyed the second Christmassy post of the season!
Christmas Wreaths: Things you need (+where i got them)
❅ Candles – IKEA
❅ Paper ribbon – IKEA
❅ Rattan balls – IKEA
❅ Ring foam – GG Flowers
❅ Pine leaves – GG Flowers
❅ Dried Pinecones – GG Flowers
❅ Cinnamon sticks – Cold Storage
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Hello! Its the first week of December and I hope you’re feeling the Christmas spirit as much as I am (it is definitely not too early now). Whilst in the midst of enjoying the decorations going up all around me and watching a YouTube Vlogmas playlist that’s longer than my arm, I decided to write a blog post.
Starting late November, I began making Christmas cards to send out to my friends and family – the people who always have my back and whom I love and appreciate so, so much. The least I can do is thank them! I’ve been designing, hand-writing, and snail-mailing Christmas cards to friends for a good 3 years now, and personally I find it much better than a text message on Christmas morning. Don’t get me wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (I do it too, although I’ve sent cards out already. People must hate me for my over-the-top Christmas vibes). Whenever I receive a letter in the mail, though, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I decided doing the same would make people happy, too. I love writing little notes to those I am grateful for, and sending them out oddly gives me some sense of satisfaction.
I snapped some photographs whilst making the cards, and decided to share them with you. They’re simple designs this year, but I thought they were still pretty cute (cute enough to share, that is). I included the materials I used too, so feel free to get inspired and do the same. Here they are!
So yes, if this kind of thing is your cuppa’ tea or you just want to try it out anyway, then go put on some Christmas music, sit in a comfy spot with art supplies, and start making some cards to send out to people – its not too late yet! Even the littlest note can put a smile on someone’s face. 🙂
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Hello! The school holidays have come, and as I casually avoid the pile of work awaiting me that’s due the beginning of next year, I decided to make these lil’ pins.
These are hand-drawn and painted on shrink plastic, which I then cut and put in the toaster-oven to bake. (If you haven’t heard of shrink plastic – they are sheets of plastic that shrink to 1/2 their original size and thicken when heat is applied. ✧✧ magic ✧✧). There are many Etsy sellers and freelance artists who make these pins, and I drew my inspiration from them. The ones I made are faaaaar from professional or as good as theirs, but I thought I’d share them with you anyway. It was a fun little project to take my mind of stress and stuff. Here they are!
If you noticed, the backgrounds a pretty Christmassy. Yes, my family is ready for Christmas and it is hardly December. No, it is not to early. Hope you enjoyed this post! 🙂
p.s. if you like any of the pins and would like me to make one for you, or if you want me illustrate your portrait and transform that to pin-form, feel free to leave me a message! I’ll put them up for sale upon request. 🙂
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