29 November 2011

Pink Bear Writing Set

Hello my darlings!
Can you believe it's already the end of november?
How amazing, less then 4 weeks to Christmas! We will be putting our decorations this coming week end, yay!

I'm really excited today, because i completed 4 new writing sets. This one is one of them, that feautures my Love Bear illustration:


And you can find this cutie in the shop!
More will be coming up very soon!
I'll keep you posted, for sure.

much love

x

25 November 2011

*Snap*

hi darlings,
this is just a quick snap of what's coming soon!


I have so many new ideas for my new designs and I can't wait to share them with you!
I hope you week end is going well
take care
love
x

21 November 2011

thrilled

Hello darlings,
how are you all?
I'm over the moon today, since we received these two lovely sea urchin lamps in the mail!

They are absolutely gorgeous, and i can't stop looking at them. The infuse a very relaxing yellow light, that makes the room look really beautiful.

so very pleased with them!

much love my dearest!
x

15 November 2011

Tea at Jane's


Hello my dears,
Guess what? We recently visited the beautiful home of Jane Austen! Is located in the idillic village of Alton, in Hampshire.

It's a gorgeous cottage, with a large wall garden and nice size rooms, as they would say here!
It was a very magical trip. I've been wanting to see it, since, well... forever.


Going in the autumn meant that there weren't too many tourist around, so I could really spend ages looking at things.


We saw her carriage (super cute by the way),
the table where she used to write her novels from, which looks out of the road (I guess it must have been a path in her time)


We saw her books,
the first edition of sense and sensibility (the written by a lady thing really caught my attention)!

And I admired the original illustrations for Pride & Prejudice. The Above it's a classic!

This was Jane's beautiful piano, and this is a replica of her bed:

This is Jane's silhouette which hang on the wall of her bedroom:

I loved it so much that I bought myself a cup that features it! Yay!
There where two gorgeous replica outfits:

Loved the handmade trims, laces, corsets and buttons.
There where also various accessories and belongings of Jane and her family,

and two beautiful hats

worn by actresses in the adaptation of Sense & Sensibility by Ang Lee.

They showed us a documentary of Jane's life, and by going to see her place i discovered so much more about her. I feel like i can understand a lot more, and most of all, what she was writing about…

I hope you enjoyed this my lovelies!
take care

much love

x

11 November 2011

Birthday


Happy Birthday Giulia!


today,
11-11-11
it's my birthday!

I already had some pressies, and two birthday cakes (what a lucky girl) but I shall celebrate some more when, on the week end mum and I are going to have a joint birthday party together. So I'm going to make a vegan Birthday Cake. I'm still experimenting,since I never cooked vegan before, but hey, this is fun. Plus, I feel i can eat more cake like this, since it doesn't have any butter whatsoever! Nor eggs! I always thought that if you didn't have eggs you could not bake! This couldn't be further from the truth. So this is handy even if you are not vegan and you have just ran out of some ingredients in your pantry!

Yesterday jumped right into it and made these two awesome cakes,


one for me and one for Jason!


This on is the chocolate cake. Which turned out to be an amazing vegan brownie cake. It didn't rise hardly at all but I think that's fine because it made nice and moist, and very rich.
I can hardly believe that this hasn't got any butter in it.
(apart from the vegan butter+sugar topping, which of course is optional!)
it's Amazing! try it.


Giulia's Vegan Chocolate Brownie Cake

1 cup organic plain flour
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 vegetable oil
1/2 cocoa
1 tsp vanilla paste or 1 vanilla pod
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Mix well all of the dry ingredients. on a separate bowl, mix water & oil. Gently pour wet ingredients over the dry ones stir well to avoid the formation of lumps. When the mixure is nice and smooth (it's quite liqui, and that's OK) pour over your baking tin and place in the oven, 180* (gas mark 4) for 20 min.

For topping, (optional) mix 3 tbsp of vegetable butter with 1/3 cup of sugar and spread over the cake (once the cake is cool). Decorate with chocolate flakes.


This one is a lemon drizzle one. I used the same recipe of the other cake, but instead of adding cocoa and added lemon zest. I also decorated it with a sauce made from the juice from 1 whole lemon and 1/2 cup of sugar. (could get away using 1/3 sugar i think) then poured it straight on top of the hot cake as i took it out of the oven.

yuppy!
enjoy.

x



09 November 2011

Happy Green Christmas to you


Hello my Darlings,
So pleased today to see that my Candy Cane Tote

has been featured in waterlilyjewels's Time for a Green Christmas treasury list!
it's really sweet, i love it!
I still can't quite believe that Christmas is just around the corner.
Have been trying to get my Christmas shopping sorted early this year, because i do get a little bit stressed out about it. I still need to get a about 4 o 5 presents, but I have all of the others. So now in the evenings I can spend some time wrapping them up while enjoying the cosy fireplace...

08 November 2011

note

The blog is going to change a little bit in the next few days.
I'm really excited about it.
New pretty girly buttons on the side bar and new pages.
So I do apologize for the mess, everything will be normal again soon, i promise!
much love

x

thank you so much for your patience! now the blog is finally complete. I hope you enjoy it even more with his new autumn look.
much much love my sweethearts!

Love is in the Air


I don't know about you.
But I love just illustrations with hearts in them.
something about them…
pure cuteness, sweetness, and l o v e.

This is my new illustration that I think has all of the above characteristics!


Love Bear 2.5'x3' inches, Watercolour


I can't wait to print this little buddy on some new products.
(I will post an update as soon as they are up in the shop)

much love my dear readers
x

*29th November update*




Writing sets featuring this illustration are now available in the shop!

07 November 2011

Nice Read


hello sweeties,
this is the book i'm reading at the moment.

It's really lovely, and i highly recommend it. I also found that Alicia has this amazing blog where she talk about everything, from eco friendly stuff, to rescue dogs and vegan diet.

and i also found this other cute blog today with lots of yummy healthy recipes.
do visit & bookmark :)

x

06 November 2011

Lucky you!

Hello my sweeties,
I have been trying to paint decent good luck illustrations for a while now.
Somehow they have never worked quite good as I wished.
But I'm very happy to announce that I now have a very pretty Good Luck - Be Lucky illustration:
Lucky Birdie, 3'x2'inches, Watercolour

Oh! So very very cute.
I'm going to create some stationery & cards with this beauty.
Keep your eyes open, they'll be coming up very soon.

x Lots of love x
giulia



04 November 2011

uh la la!

what a pleasant surprise i had the other day
When i discovered a sketchbook from last year full of winter cute designs i had completely forgotten all about!

i'm really excited about it and i'm going to dive straight into colouring all of them out in the next few days.

x

03 November 2011

Halloween Memories



Hello darlings,
Here a few pictures from our halloween week end celebrations!



We have been very fortunate this year, since we had not one but 2 celebrations!
An Halloween/Birthday party (for moi) at my sister in law's up in Lincolnshire

and also a little Halloween celebration on Monday 31st with just the 3 of us.
We carved 3 more pumpkins and made orange halloween soup.

We also watched Constantine, (it's knida of scary)

i received some really excellent presents for my birthday, they deserve a post for it self!
shall post as soon as i sort out the pics. :)
such a treat to have early presents, that i can already enjoy having!


much love,
have an excellent week!

x g x

01 November 2011

Autumn Feature

Hello my darlings,
i hope you had a fantastic halloween celebration and that your are enjoying the autumn!
I had a little surprise the other day when i open my etsy mail.

My Snowdrop Robin letter set was featured! Hooray!
The lovely person who put together this colourful treasure was MiniFood!

How sweet :)
have a great day. more twitting tomorrow.
x