• How to decorate a Carrot Cake recipe
    Baking,  Cake Decorating

    The Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best kind of baking is baking cakes I don’t like. You get all the pleasure of producing something beautiful without any of the associated calories! This is one of my favourite recipes, I’ve made it a few times and the feedback I get on it is always phenomenal – it’s a pretty easy bake too so if you need a good cake last minute this carrot cake recipe is the one for you! I’m afraid I didn’t take any pictures during the baking process but the instructions are fairly simple and I’ve included a couple of notes on things to…

  • Pink is my (new) favourite colour
    Fashion

    Pink Is My (New) Favourite Colour

    I’ve never been what you’d call a girly girl, not that I’m a tomboy either but I always preferred teddies to dolls, I never minded getting messy whilst crafting and I have never been drawn to pink. Until now. I can’t seem to get enough of it, everything pink I see I want immediately! It’s also informing some of my current craft projects and is gradually wrapping its tendrils round many aspects of my life (the other day I found myself contemplating whether I’d like a pink car for god’s sake!). Here are some of the pink items that have given me inspiration and had me drooling recently: From left…

  • DIY Monster Co-ord Nail Art
    Fashion,  Nail Art

    DIY Quickie: Co-ord Monster Nail Art

    Co-ords are so cool at the moment, patterned suits, matching skirts and tops are all in vogue. So why not go one step further in co-ordination and hook up your nails with your phone case? I saw this Monster iphone 5 case from ASOS and fell in love, especially because silicone phone cases are much better for protecting your phone as they wrap around the front of the phone so protect the screen if you drop it. As I’ve finally had my acrylics put back on after the torn off nail incident, it’d be a total missed opportunity not to make them up to match my new case! I used: Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish…

  • Craft-Room-Essentials-FI
    Interior Design,  Messages

    Five Craft Room Essentials You Might Not Expect

    This weekend I’ve spent some time sorting out the various piles that had accumulated in my little craft room and  now that it’s a bit clearer, I realised that some of the things that I use all the time aren’t necessarily the most orthodox crafting tools so I thought I’d share them with you to see if I’m not alone in turning every day bits and pieces into must have DIY essentials. Craft Room Essential #1: Baby Wipes Being honest, these aren’t just a craft essential – despite being designed for the delicate skin of babies, these suckers will remove almost anything thrown in their path! Whether it’s cleaning the…

  • Mottos-to-Live-By-FI
    Messages,  Papercraft

    Free Printables: Mottos To Live By

    I’m a total geek. I’m not just a geek, I’m a web geek. I’m not ashamed, I love the internet, so much so that it’s what I do for a living – retail eCommerce. Last week I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Martijn Bertisen from Google who vocalised one of the most sensible things that I have ever heard – “data beats opinion”. Basically, if there’s more than one point of view on how something can be done, test it and find out which is best. In the world of online this is particularly pertinent as everything is measurable – it’s why I love what I do.…

  • Catherine Makes Etsy Store Market Stall
    Messages

    Catherine Makes on Etsy!

    Hi gang! Exciting news, I have just opened my very first Etsy store with some of the wares I’ve been selling at the craft markets. I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think! Click the image below, hit the ‘shop’ link in the top menu or search for CatherineMakesStore on Etsy. 🙂

  • DIY Doily Heart Labels
    Interior Design,  Papercraft,  Tutorials

    Things To Do With Doilies #2: DIY Jar Labels

    I’m constantly on the look out for storage for my craft room, I have a lot of stuff crammed in to a little space but storage isn’t always pretty and as part of my ‘things to do with doilies’ series I found a cute, shabby chic solution. Clear glass jars are great for storage as you can see exactly what you’ve got and they’re pretty cheap. In the past I’ve picked them up from vintage markets for £1 or Ikea have a whole range of sizes starting from a similar price point – I think the jars pictured here were £3 each.   You will need: A jar A doily…