Friday, 30 January 2015

Happy Birthday Kelanjo

Its hard to believe that today marks my blog's 6th Birthday. Six years. Wow. A lot has changed since I sat as a student on my Mum and Dad's sofa and started this little blog. 
As I sit and type this post I have suddenly become overwhelmed with a sense of pride that after 6 whole years I'm still sat (albeit in on my own sofa) typing away on my laptop and writing my blog. What started out as my attempt at having my own little corner of the internet has evolved and grown with me and I am so glad I have kept it going. 
The whole world of blogging and social media has changed so much since those early halcyon days and I for one am glad I was around to experience them. I know in myself that I could have grown this blog to be so much more and taken it down another path but sometimes life chooses a different path for you and you just have to go with the flow. Upon reflection I'm glad I have done just that as I can safely say right at this present moment in time I'm in a really good place and I'm feeling pretty blessed.
I suppose more than anything I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for sticking with me over the years. It means the world to me that theres a few of you out there who have been here since the early days reading my musings on here. As long as I have my laptop and an internet connection I will keep on blogging - here's to the next 6 years! 

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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Tutorial: DIY Marble Tray

I've been wanting to create a marble effect background for some of my photos for so long now but I just didn't know how to do it until now. This is one blogger bandwagon I am most happy to jump on. I noticed a couple of my favourite bloggers and instagrammers had a sweet marble background in their photos. I wondered how they had done this - whether they genuinely had a marble worktop/table/tray or whether they had crafted their own. Well thanks to my old pal Gemsmaquillage I finally know how to make my own and I thought it would be cool to share this little DIY tutorial with you.

You can cover anything you want using this technique and you can also use whichever pattern you fancy, it doesn't have to be marble. The first and most important thing you need to get your hands on is marble contact paper - or as you and I know it as sticky back plastic. Gemma tipped me off that this could be found in Wilkinsons and after searching high and low I finally found it on a stand near the kitchen wares section. 

The next thing you will need is whatever item you want to cover. It may be a tray to use in your backgrounds or to stand your perfumes on, Nicola transformed an old candle pot into a gorgeous holder for cotton buds. The possibilities are endless and the only limit is your imagination.

Depending on what you are covering you will need scissors, maybe a scalpel and a towel or cloth to help you smooth the covering onto the item to ensure you don't get any air bubbles. 

1. Get yourself a clear work space and get your materials together.

2. Cut and measure out enough adhesive paper to  cover the tray - plus an inch or so to go around the back. (You could cover both sides of the tray but I am only covering the top.)

3. Peel back the adhesive paper backing to show the sticky side and begin to apply it to the tray leaving the inch around the edges to seal around the back. Roll the paper across the tray very slowly and carefully ensuring there are absolutely no air bubbles. You can use a cloth at this point to help you make sure there are no air bubbles. 

4. Turn the tray over carefully and fold over the edges. Stick down firmly to make sure the edges are covered nicely.

5. Sit back and admire your handywork! I think this looks really gorgeous and luxe. This simple project transforms plain items into gorgeous homewares and it literally costs a few pounds.  Its the ideal weekend project that will leave you wondering what you can transform next. Marble worktops anyone? I jest I jest..Kind of...    

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Saturday, 24 January 2015

Eggs in Purgatory

I don't know about you but at the weekend I like to go all out for breakfast. Monday to Friday I'm a porridge kinda gal but Saturday and Sunday its a whole different ball game. This weekend I finally got around to making this delicious fiery egg dish - Eggs in Purgatory. I saw this on Nigellissima a while ago and let me tell you this is a real treat - as Nigella herself says "Eggs in purgatory is absolute heaven when you're feeling like hell" Its quick and easy to do and will leave you asking yourself why didn't I try this sooner. 

You will need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 tsp seasalt flakes
1 or 2 eggs depending on how hungry you are (I say 2) 
2 tsp grated parmesan
Bread for dipping

1. Heat the oil in your frying pan over a medium heat then add in the minced or chopped garlic and chilli flakes - stir for 1 minute

2. Add in your tomatoes and salt then bring it up to a bubble

3. Crack in your eggs and sprinkle the parmesan over the top leaving some of the yellow yolk still exposed. Partially cover with a lid and let it bubble away for around 5 minutes. 

4. Remove from the heat and serve. By this point the egg white should be set and the yolk should still be runny - or as I like to call it "dangerous" Serve with your favourite bread for dipping and if you're feeling fancy another sprinkling of parmesan and a dash of chilli oil. 

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Five Things

1. This week I have reignited my love for Calligraphy. I saw Carrie had taken a Modern Calligraphy class and it instantly inspired me to have a go. I was massively into Calligraphy when I was younger and I remember my Mum and Dad buying me a special Calligraphy set with all of the nibs and inks - I loved it! Sadly I'm not going to London anytime soon so can't attend a class but after a little bit of online research I set about teaching myself. Until I can get some nibs and inks I have set about teaching myself faux calligraphy and I'm absolutely loving it! You can very easily recreate calligraphy with a rollerball or gel pen and a little bit of practice. If you want to have a little go yourself head over to this lovely website I found - The Postmans Knock. Here's a few of my practice scribbles. 

2. A couple of weeks ago I made a big batch of EssieButtons Protein Power Soup and I've just whipped up another batch this evening. Its really easy to make and it is SO delicious. I take this to work with me for lunches and it lasts me all week. I blend it up a little so its more of a smoother soup but I imagine its just as nice if you left it chunky. 

3. This week I finally got my hands on a Lumie Light after wanting one forever! Craig managed to get hold of one for me as one of his friends received one as an unwanted gift so we snapped it up. I used it for the first time yesterday and I love it already. I struggle immensely getting up in a morning. I usually wake up in the pitch black, disorientated and groggy and eventually drag myself out of bed after pressing the snooze button for about half an hour. The Lumie Light wakes you up gradually with increasing natural light that emulates the sunrise. Yesterday morning I woke up naturally at 6am with no alarm and felt alert and wide awake. It was so bizarre I just couldn't believe it!  

4. I mentioned this in my last post but I have been doing 30 Days of Yoga and its honestly the best thing ever. At the start I made a promise to myself that I would complete the daily practice every day no matter what. I wont lie some days it has been a challenge getting myself to the mat but every time I finish I'm glad I did. If you want to get into Yoga but aren't sure where to start this is a great place. I'm currently putting together a mammoth post about home Yoga practice with lots of links and tips so stay tuned for that. 

5. One to follow > Deliciously Ella. I have recently become obsessed with this gorgeous food blog and I can't wait to get my hands on the Deliciously Ella Book when it is released later this month. 

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Thursday, 1 January 2015


Its become somewhat of a tradition that I welcome in the New Year on my blog so here I am once again reflecting on all that 2014 brought and looking forward to whats to come in 2015.

Looking back at my post last year I'm really happy that I managed tick off everything that I had hoped to achieve. I wanted to travel, continue my yoga, keep up my creative hobbies and learn to crochet better. I can safely say I well and truly fulfilled all of those things and more! 

2014 for me had its fair share of ups and downs. Its funny how we only tend to share the good stuff online not the bad because lets face it none of us like to shine a spotlight on our personal problems in such a public forum. Last year I faced some of my toughest moments, Craig found himself out of work and we had to survive on my income alone - I didn't share this at the time because the whole experience was absolutely awful for us both but within a couple of months he found another job, a much better job that he really enjoys. Still at the time it all felt pretty hopeless and the pressure at times was just too much. 
Then in September my Grandad passed away very suddenly which hit me hard - much harder than I could ever have imagined. I felt so robbed at the time and still do but I treasure the memories we made together.
Its the age old saying that we need the bad times to appreciate the good and although there were some lows in 2014 there were also some incredible highs. For me the highlight was our holiday to Mexico. This couldn't have come at a better time - we just made an impulse decision and went for it. It was the best thing we could have done because I was in a pretty dark place before we went and I genuinely came back a different person. 

2014 was also the year where I was offered a permanent position at work. After two and a half years of extremely hard work I managed to secure a role as Team Manager of the team that I started in as a Post Sorter. Proof that with enough hard work and dedication you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. There were times I thought it would never ever happen and I cannot tell you how happy I was when I received my contract. 
I also made peace with myself in 2014. Towards the back end of the year I made the decision to stop being so hard on myself, stop stressing so much, lighten up and be kind to myself. I will share more about this as I document my Happiness Project throughout the year but I spent so long berating myself for all the things I wasn't and couldn't do instead of focusing what I was and what I could do. This was quite a moment for me and is something that I intend to do more of in 2015.

So what do I hope to achieve in 2015? This year I want to carry on exactly as I am, enjoying all of the things I pursued this year and more. This year me and Craig are going to begin saving up for a deposit so we can buy our first home. It will probably take us 12 months maybe more of intense saving but its so exciting and theres no one in the world I would rather share the experience with than Craig. 
This year on my blog you can expect to see more recipes, home decor ideas, crafts, yoga and health posts - all things that I'm loving at the moment! I'm 27 in March and I started this blog when I was a student back in 2009. A lot has changed since then - I've changed since then and so have you. Its only fair to expect that the content around here will change and grow as I do. I'm also pretty active on Tumblr, Pinterest and Instagram so if you don't already I would love it if you came over and said hello over there. 

I also intend on carrying on my yoga to the next level and enjoying every part of the process. Yoga for me is so much more than exercise, it's crucial for my wellbeing. I am going to be doing the 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene which is an awesome way for you to get involved too and get all of the amazing benefits of Yoga!  

I have also invested in a Daily Greatness Journal. I have been looking for something like this for some time and although its a little on the pricey side it is totally worth it. 

This is an absolutely beautiful journal designed to be completed every day. Its somewhere to record your hopes, dreams and desires and guides you through the process to help you make those dreams a reality! This journal will not leave my side and I hope it will help me to achieve what I really want this year. To be the best version of me. Compassionate, kind, happy, healthy, loving, and generous. Here's to an amazing year. Happy New Year and thanks for sticking with me for all these years! 

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