Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Four Budget Friendly Autumn Winter Trends


Hi everyone, I thought I'd do something a little different for you again this week.  I've been doing a lot of 'window shopping' lately (online of course) and I've noticed so many really cool trends appearing in all the stores.  So I thought I would sort out some of the best bits I've seen and show you a little selection, I honestly could spend a fortune on some of these gorgeous pieces but I also wanted to make these selections as budget friendly as I could, so you can look like you've just walked off a catwalk and still have some pennies left over! :-)

Lets start with one of my favourites items in the world; Boots!!


1 Black Star Ankle Boots from Dorothy Perkins £33.  2 Metallic (Gold) Heeled Ankle Boots from River Island £40.  3 Silver Glitter Boots from Primark £15.  4 Silver Metallic Ankle Boots from New Look £28.  5 Black Glitter Ankle Boots from New Look £30.  6 Black Velvet Glitter Heel Boots from River Island £45

I would honestly be happy with any of these, I wasn't sure about the silver ones to start with, but they've definitely grown on me, and as for those gorgeous star boots I want, I want, I want!!

On to statement winter coats -


1 Black Long Length Biker Jacket from Dorothy Perkins £48.  2 Textured Teddy Coat from George at Asda £30.  3 Shearling Waterfall jacket from Primark £25.  4 Black Faux Fur Trim Belted Jacket from New Look £55.  5 Cutie Trench Coat from F&F at Tesco £32.  Fit and Flare Dolly Coat from Dorothy Perkins £45

I'm absolutely loving these gorgeous statement winter coats at the moment, especially the biker style ones, I think they really complete an outfit.  Usually in the winter, you cover up a good outfit with a boring winter coat but this season, you can look good and stay toasty warm :-)

Next up is embroidered items, these are so popular right now! -


1 Pale Grey Floral Embroidered Funnel Neck Sweater from New Look £28.  2 Embroidered Skinny Jeans from George at Asda £16.  3 Embroidered Peasant Blouse from George at Asda £14.  4 Slogan Embroidered T'Shirt from Matalan £12.  5 Black Embroidered Bow Hairclip from New Look £4.  6 Black Denim Embroidered Skirt from Primark £12

I just love that blouse, it's so pretty but the sweater is definitely on my wish list, cute and cosy!

And finally big statement earrings -


1 Filigree Drop Earrings from Primark £2.  2 Circle Chain Drop Earrings from Matalan £5.  3 Emerald Green Acrylic Bead Drop Earrings from F&F at Tesco £4.65.  4 White Christmas Tinsel Earrings from Dorothy Perkins £3.20.  5 Diamante Teardrop Earrings from Primark £1.50.  6 Black Jet Cross Earrings from New Look £6.  7 Pom Drop Earrings from Asos £6.  8 Silver Stick & Ball Earrings from Dorothy Perkins £4.  9 Crystal Diamante Earrings from New Look £5.  10 Statement Metal Flower Drop Earrings from Asos £12.

It's funny how fashions and trends come back around, I used to wear big earrings all the time years ago and now they're back in the shops again!  I particularly like the black cross earrings (very me), but I can't help loving the white tinsel pom-poms too, they're so cute and Christmassy! :-)

I think many of the general high street stores have a great selection of the current trends this year, but New Look certainly seems to have the best of the bunch and are stocking some really great stuff at quite reasonable prices at the moment.  So why not treat yourself to some new bits this season!

As always I hope you liked this post, let me know in the comments what your favourite pieces are at the moment or what bargains you've been finding :-)

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Just a couple of other notes - for the next couple of months or so, life for me is going to be very hectic so, I will be uploading posts every two weeks instead of every week, as I'm just not going to be able to give my all to my posts and spend as much time on them each week as I would like to and as I do now!  But When I do start back with weekly posts (and possibly before then too) I may have a few other surprises to tell you about, with other projects I'm currently working on and I'm very, very excited for you to finally hear about them, so keep a look out for those in the next couple of months :-)

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And finally, the winner of my Silver Heart Necklace Giveaway from my 3rd Blog Birthday post, is Ellen Stafford Congratulations to you, your necklace will be in the post soon!! :-D  You find Ellen by clicking on the links below. . .
Twitter @Webkinny
Instagram @webkin1979

Until Next Time Stay Happy

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

3rd Blog Birthday & Giveaway


Hi everyone, I can't believe it's already this time of year again, already!  It only feels like a couple of months ago I was sat here writing about my 2nd blog birthday and now here I am celebrating my 3rd!

I just can't believe I've been writing my blog for 3 years!!  And what an exciting 3 years it's been, I've learnt so much, I've grown in confidence and I've made some really great friends.  I've loved writing about so many things, I've taken hundreds of photos and spent many enjoyable days sat writing, editing and planning for all my various posts.  I've loved blogging about all the different things I love; like doing reviews and tags, showing you my baking disasters and fun days out, my gorgeous poodles and all my naughty spending sprees! :-)

But best of all, I've loved getting to know my readers, chatting to you on Twitter and reading your amazing blogs.  So here is a very big THANK YOU, for sticking with me and faithfully reading my (often very long) posts!


And as a little thank you from me to you, I am giving away this beautiful little silver heart necklace.  It has a small double heart with a double row of pretty pink crystals around the outside.  It's very dainty and would look gorgeous with a nice shirt or over a T'shirt.  You could also wear the two hearts on separate chains for a different look.
*please note, the website did state that the necklace is nickel free* :-)







All you need to do to enter, is use the Rafflecoper widget below.  The giveaway will last for 2 weeks from today (Sunday the 6th of November) and you can enter as many times as you would like.  Please read all the T&Cs below and I'll look forward to reading your comments.  Good luck :-)

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The Rules:
©    To be in with a chance of winning the 'Silver Double Heart Necklace', enter via the Rafflecopter widget
©    Please make sure you leave your first name and email address or twitter name in the comments, so that I can contact you if you win
©    There will be only one winner
©    This giveaway is open internationally
©    To be in with a chance of winning, you must complete all mandatory entries
©    You must also complete all mandatory entries before you can access any of the extra entry options
©    This giveaway will run for 14 days from Sunday the 6th of November 2016 until Sunday the 20th of November 2016, 12.00am gmt
©    Once the giveaway is over, I will contact the winner directly via email or Twitter.  Once the winner has been contacted they will have 72 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected.


Until next time, stay happy and good luck

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Easy DIY Halloween Decorations


Hi everyone, as you know Halloween is absolutely my most favourite time of the year and I love to go all out, with costumes, decorations and binge watching some of my favourite horror films.  Every year as soon as it gets to the beginning of October, I love seeing all the Halloween stuff in the shops, but even though they seem to get better and better things every year, by the time you've bought just a few decorations it quickly starts getting expensive!  So one thing I love to do (as with my costumes), is make Halloween decorations myself.


So a couple of weeks ago I went on to Pinterest, and wow the amount of amazing decoration ideas!!  Some are a lot more time consuming and costly than others, but I also found absolutely loads of really simple and easy ones too.  So here's a few that I tried out, there's a couple of slightly more time consuming ones, but the others are really quick and easy and all of them will cost you hardly anything and best of all, I think with very little effort they look really cool and creepy :-)



First off Spooky Hanging Decorations For these you'll just need a few sheets of halloween-theme coloured card, ie orange, white, black etc, some scissors, pencil and glue, as well as a small reel of clear nylon thread.
All I did for these, was search for specific Halloween templates on google images, resize them on photoshop and printed them out just on to basic white printer paper.  I then cut out the templates, drew around them on to the appropriate coloured card and cut them out.  Then I just made a tiny hole at the top of each one, added a length of thread and pined them in the ceiling.  It's a good idea to vary the lengths of thread, this would look especially great with the bats.  Also there's loads of different shapes you could do like skulls, witches hats, broomsticks, candles or black cats etc!  I've included the templates that I used below, for you to use, just click on the two links and save the images.

Bat & Ghost
Pumpkin



Creepy Jars  for these you'll need two good size jam jars, I got these from Poundstretch.  You'll also need black and red paint, a roll of stretch bandage (20p from Wilko), some small plastic spiders (99p from Tesco) and a pack of eyeballs (also from
Poundstretcher).




These were so, so quick and easy and look really effective.  To start with I painted both lids with a couple of coats of black paint.  For the spider jar, I then took about half a reel of the stretch bandage and pulled it around a bit to make it look more webby, then pushed it into the first jar and just added the spiders.  I found it best to add a little glue to the spider's feet and undersides to help them stick and I also added one to the lid too.



The eyeball jar literally took me about 2 minutes, once the lid was done.  I just ¾ filled the jar with water, added all the eyeballs and then swirled in a tiny bit of red paint on a small brush and let it slightly colour the water, then I just made sure the lid was tight on and done!  Super easy :-)



Lacey Candles for these, all I used was a couple of empty toilet roll tubes, black paint, a small section of black lace, 2 small battery tealights and a piece of black card.


First off I painted both the cardboard tubes in black, one coat seemed to do the trick, then while they were drying I cut a section of black card (approx 6cm square) and cut a cross in the centre, then pushed the tip of the tealight up through the cross and trimmed off the little triangle bits so the light fitted in neatly.  After that, I added a thin line of glue around the top of one of the tubes and carefully led the tealight in the top of the tube, so the black card would stick to it.  Once it was dry, I just trimmed off the excess card and added the black lace around the tube.

For a nice added extra, I also found a couple of little clear pots (like the stacker pots you can get in a craft shop), I roughly painted them black and added some sheer ribbon and a bow just to add some colour and also to help the candles stand up. 



The light are ease to turn on and off too, just by turning the tube upside down and using a pen to reach inside and click the switch!



You may remember this next idea from my Halloween Party post last year, as I made them to add to our decorations.  Again, these were really easy but took a little longer as I had to sit and cut out all the images.  Like before I found the images on google and just printed them out.  Once they were cut out, I just glued them on to the plastic cups and added a tealight underneath, sorted!


And for possible my favourite item, the demonic mummified creepy doll This one took me roughly about an hour and a half in all.  I literally bought the cheapest doll I could find, this one was £2.50 in Tesco, I also used up about 2 and half reels of the stretch bandage and other than that I just used paint and a couple of pins.


The first thing I did was cut off the frilly part of the hood as I knew it would only get in the way, then I made a start of the face.  I mixed a small amount of black and white paint to get a soft grey shade and painted the entire face, I then made it slightly darker around the edges.  Then using a smaller brush and added dark grey to the lips and pure black on the eyes.  To add more detail, I then added a little line of red pain to the bottom of the right eye and pulled it down slightly to look like a tear of blood!  I also added a tiny bit of red paint to the corner of her mouth.  Then with a clean dry brush and lightly dabbed the brush in the dark grey shade that I'd made up and just lightly added speckles and scratched to her head and cheek, and the same with red paint.
Next it was time to add the bandages, I went round the legs and arms first, then the head then the body, I also had to use a lot of double sided sticky tape to help hold it in place, as well as a couple of pins for decoration.  Finally, using the dry brush again, I added a lot of dark grey, dark brown and black paint very lightly to various areas of the bandage to make it look dirty and dragged around, as well as a good bit on the bottom of her feet, for when she walks around at night!! :-)



I've never done anything quite like this before and I'm actually really happy with how she turned out, it honestly even creeps me out and I have to shut it in the cupboard over night lol
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For a few other ideas, why not try -

A spiderweb jar - just add a few stickers, some ribbon and a tealight.

Spider chain - just cut out a simple shape and string them up across a wall.

Giant letters - These are super easy, just print out some big letters either on coloured paper or as a template, add a large bow and hang them on a wall.

Spider trail - grab a cheap packet of plastic spiders and stick them in a little trail up a door or over a wall

Creepy old lamp - just throw some black lace or netting fabric over a table lamp add a spider or two, done!

Large creepy doll - why not go the extra mile and create a bigger doll, you could make her clothes all raggy and messy to add to the creepiness!

Spellbooks - you could either cover a few old books or make some up from card, paint the covers and add some spooky writing.  I think these look really cool and I'm really looking forward to making these up next year.

I'm really happy with how all my diy's turned out, why don't you give a few of them a try and tag tweet me your pics, I'd love to see them.





Until Next Time Stay spooky
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Spooky Halloween Tag

Hi everyone, I discovered a new tag and better still, it's a Halloween tag yeay!!! :-D  So here ya go. . .


1. Favourite horror or Halloween-themed song? I love this track called 'Transylvanian Concubine'.  It's from the original Buffy soundtrack and it just screams ;-) Halloween.  But I also love Michael Jacksons 'Thriller', it's a classic and the video is so well done.

2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.  Anyone else, I mean I could easily say a clown or Freddy, but even if I saw a regular person I'd be very cautious!

3. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board? 
Other than a make-shift one when I was a kid, with letters written on paper, no.  I just don't think they're something that should be messed with.

4. Favourite horror monster or villain? 
It's got to be Freddy from Nightmare on Elm Street!

5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone? 
Seeing a full on ghost in my house, you can read all about it here

6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it? 
No flippin' way!

7. Are you superstitious? 
No not really, I believe you make your own luck

8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision? 
Sometimes!

9. Which urban legend scares you the most? 
Honestly none of them scare me, it's just silly made up stories.  But what does scare me are some of the frightening things I hear on the news like at the moment with all this clown stuff, they've even been spotted in my local town with knives and axes and it honestly makes me worried to go out alone!

10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers? 
Thrillers, I'm not in to gore at all, although being a TWD fan you kind of get used to it, I still prefer a good spooky horror when it comes to movies

11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds? 
You never know, I'm not ruling it out!

12. Ever made a potion of any sort? 
Yes, well I am a white witch...

13. Do you get scared easily? 
Yes, every little bump or creek or shadow and I freak, I hate the dark far more now than when I was a kid.  I am very sensitive to things and I have actual seen and experienced paranormal things many times (plus our house seems to be haunted), but I also blame all the horror films I watch too!

14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary? 
Nope

15. Do you believe in demons/the devil? 
Not in the biblical sense but I do believe in evil people, or maybe demons in human form and psychic vampires (google it)

16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do? 
I'd grab anything that could potentially be a weapon and go and investigate!

17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose? 
Probably Scream, and I'd know not to do all the stupid classic things the victims do, like running upstairs instead of out of the house and screaming all the time so the killer knows exactly where they're hiding!!

18. If you could only wear one halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?
  It would have to be a witch, a cool gothic witch :-)

19. would you ever go to a graveyard at night?
 Yes, I think that would actually be really cool, although preferably with friends!

20. In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice? 
Yeay, I was so happy when I saw this question :-D  Most definitely a sword :-)

21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?
Party, so much more fun

22. You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer? 
I'd like to think either the final girl or the smart one, I've seen 101 horror films, I've picked up a lot of tips for survival!

23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep? 
No not always, they often don't play on my mind so much anymore, but I guess it depends on the type of horror I've watched

24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep? 
Lol I've done all three of those in the past!  Mostly the one yelling at the stupid characters but again, depending on the movie, I have been known to hide behind a pillow too

25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring? 
I get scared and jump all the time!

26. Favorite scary book? 
I don't think I've ever read a scary book!

27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie? 
I think I was about 9 or 10, I saw The Fog (the original 80's version), which I still really like now

28. What was your first Halloween costume? 
I really can't remember, I'm guessing it was probably a witch lol

29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year? 
Sadly I'm not dressing up this year, me and my besties decided to have a girly-horror-movie-sleep-over with lots of nibblies instead, and I'm really looking forward to it :-)

30. If you could have a spooky halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick
A black cat most definitely, I've always loved black cats :-)

I hope you like this little tag post, I didn't actually even plan to do this one, but I spotted the tag on Kayleigh's video and thought, yep gotta do that!  Please feel free to join in and write your answers in the comments and I tag everyone to this :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy

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