Wednesday, 31 October 2012

amazing Mini food!

If you are a regular reader then you would know i have a weak spot for tiny objects! I recently came across this page and love it so much that i had to share it with you!
Look at the attention to detail which is so spot on...all that work must have been so time consuming and intricate!
These pieces are made by Shay Aaron. Wow hey?
Miniature Food Sculpture


Miniature Food Sculpture
How do they do those tiny pasta twists?! and the water in the pot?! and look at the garlic roots!
Miniature Food Sculpture
How does one create that "cakey" texture?!
Miniature Food Sculpture
awww.....
Miniature Food Sculpture

Miniature Food Sculpture
 wow....
 Miniature Food Sculpture

 Miniature Food Sculpture
 The attention is so great, look at the "Oil" on top of the hummus!
 Miniature Food Sculpture
 A close up of the garlic roots! What is it made from?!


I would just stare at these all day if they were in front of me!

See for yourself more of this wonderful artist here


birdie love
xxx

Halloween special - Craft Share!

Hello! I bring to you a special Halloween themed craft share! bwahahahahahaaaaaaa....!
Hello Kitty Halloween Hair Clip - Hello Kitty Style Hair Clip - Halloween Hair Clip - Felt Hair Clip
http://www.etsy.com/people/BlondiesBowtique?ref=ls_profile

Cute with a spooky edge I say! Check out the shop for some beautifully made hair clips and bows! I'm in love with the Oscar the Grouch hair clip!

Insects spiders flies centipedes Halloween edible images ball style hard candy lollipop - 6 pc. - MADE TO ORDER
http://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageConfections?ref=seller_info

This is perhaps one of the more popular etsy images to be going around the web and can you blame them?! The shop has wonderful and amazing lollipops like these, with incredible array of designs!
I love the planet and aquarium lollipops with little suspended fishes inside! And the bowling party lollipops will just have you amazing how cute they are! A wonder and fun shop to visit!

Leather Purse Clutch Goth Halloween Witch Wiccan Pagan
http://www.etsy.com/shop/pippenwycks?ref=seller_info

A wonderful clutch bag with the most wonderful story...

"This is a Klutchen from the Wildwyck Woods. A whole pack of these wicked creatures slipped into our world through the vortex when it opened. I did not know they were in the cottage causing mischief until I heard the cat laughing. These wicked creatures were in the attic having a party when I caught them!! It seems they really like to party and have a good time!! I cast a quick enchantment and turned them into the first thing I thought of... handbags!! I reprimanded them all quite severely for now my attic is a mess with beer cans and cold pizza boxes!! All the Klutchens have made a solemn promise to never do such wickedness again but I'd keep an eye on them if I were you!!! They will guard whatever you put inside of them with their creepy eye and should anyone try to open them they may find out just how wicked the Klutchens can be!!! The Klutchens need a new home to terrorize...I mean...to bring joy to!!! Wouldn't you like one of your own???"

how wonderful! they remind me of the evil dead book, the necromonicon! (book of the dead to normal people!) and the book from hocus pocus!

Googly Eye Eyelash Jewelry - Halloween false eyelashes with wiggly eyes
http://www.etsy.com/shop/EyelashJewelry?ref=seller_info

If you dont want to go for the whole dressed-up shebangs, these eyelashes are wonderful and *ehem*...eye-catching! so brilliantly quirky i say! Check out the candy corn version (we don't get candy corns in the UK, what do they taste of?)
These beauties look so fiddly to make but so wonderful! I can see them being featured in a fashion article in the future!

Big Candy Corn Guinea Pig Plushie
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Morumoto?ref=seller_info

Speaking of candy corns, i actually for a moment thought someone dipped dyed a real live guinea-pig when i first saw this image!
I love, love, love guinea-pigs! and this little dude looks so amazing and life-like! I like his little orange hand stitched toes!

Rubber Latex Halloween Zombie Dress
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BellatrixxCapella?ref=seller_info

I love wearing latex and will wear it when i rarely can! This shop actually features some really lovely pieces and designs that is quirky and different to what is on the latex market already! Its so fustrating due to the accident I cant quite afford the longline set (£40 people, form an ordely queue!) as I would have had fun modelling that and showing off on the blog!
Love this dress! Even if your not a latex fan, its worth checking out this site to see and admire what can be done with the material!

Halloween Characters ring set in colourful acrylics.
http://www.etsy.com/people/Hx5Designs?ref=ls_profile

I been an admirer of Carol Mallas' shop for a while and love a huge proportion of her rings that it is untrue!
I'm already eyeing up her nativity set rings as well! I think this won't be the last goodies from this shop will be featured on my blog! <3 p="p">

Halloween Black and White Wafer Papers: Skulls, Bats, Rats, Spiders - Edible Images
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CookiePixie?ref=seller_info
 I love the designs this shop stocks on edible images! These spooky ones looks great dont they? perfect for the lazy baker who wants the wow factor and is sorely lacking in icing skills!
I quite like the delft blue porcelain set too! Perfect for a tea party!

ready to ship halloween sale item UK 10 / US 6 cotton bloomers with green lace
http://www.etsy.com/shop/vilicious?ref=seller_info

Why can't your underwer drawer get the halloween treatment hey?!
Take a looksy around on this wonderful shop and you can see bloomers and other such beauties! All perfect for my burlesque days! Wonderful fabrics and designs chosen and I'm having a hard time pulling myself away!

Purple and black vine half mask, handmade, halloween
http://www.etsy.com/people/gringrimaceandsqueak?ref=ls_profile
 woooooweeee! how stunning is this?!
"We are Karen Ruffles and Richard Porter living in Scarborough, UK where we make masquerade masks, take photos, draw and collect sea glass from the local beaches.

We are both artists in our own right so when we decided to work together, a mutual love of costume (both goths, we can't help ourselves) made masquerade designs a natural choice."

this shop is a wonderful, vibrant treasure trove of beautiful to the outlandish  (check out the ram mask - OMG!). I really admire the skills and versitility that gone into these designs and i love the holly crown! I can see myself wearing that over christmas (who got a spare £96 to lend me?!)

Too Many Treats Halloween Trick'r'Treat bag pendant
http://www.etsy.com/shop/NixxiRose?ref=seller_info

"This pendant represents just how YOU should be feeling on Halloween night... bursting with too much candy! :p"

love it! And yes, after my halloween party on saturday, i ate too many sweets and suffered...but it was soooo good!

I love sweets and this is a great piece that would reflect that sugar overdosed side to me!

Royal Cat Crown - Halloween Cat Crown
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ToScarboroughFair?ref=seller_info

Why stop at dressing up yourself?! get the cat involed! I love how regal this crown looks and I think cats do have a regal personality to them which makes this crown befits them even more so!
I think is so sweet....and i wonder if Bruce the bunny would stay still long enough to wear it?.....hmm....*eyes up the rabbit*


Whatever you do, happy Halloween!


Birdie Love
xxx





Tuesday, 30 October 2012

little loves

Recently my life's little loves have been...

 My awesome catwoman mug and coaster! I love it! I bought it a long, long time ago and recently re-found it and decided to celebrate my return to work by drinking out of it! I feel a bit like a superhero now! ^_^
 Admiring the local cake shop's halloween themed window display! Nightmare before christmas baby yeah! Is the film a halloween film or christmas film? what do you think?

 smiling and laughing at how the beardy dragons interact and play with each other through the tanks!
 Enjoying a nice read of this wonderful magazine, tucked up warmly in bed!
Evening strolls in the brisk yet refreshing night's air is a nice luxury!


What are your little loves at the moment?


Birdie love
xxx

white chocolate mint mousse recipe


White chocolate mint mousse
I have made this several times and it always goes down well with everyone who loves it!
So I thought to share the recipe with you guys so you too can enjoy it!
And what is so great is that this recipe is so easy! I now even melt the chocolate (carefully!) in the microwave to shave off even more time!

Directions

Put the pieces of white chocolate in a bowl, and sit this bowl over a pan over simmering water until it melts, stirring gently with a spatula every now and then. When it's melted, stand the bowl on a cold surface to cool down a little. 

In another bowl, and using an electric handheld whisk for ease, whip the cream, egg white and extract together. You want soft peaking rather than a stiff mixture.

Put a big dollop of cream onto the slightly cooled chocolate and mix, and then gently fold the chocolate mixture into the cream.

Divide mixture between 6 small but perfectly formed glasses with a capacity of 60ml/ 1/4-cup each.

Chill in the fridge or give them a fast icy zap but sitting them in the deep freeze for 10 or 15 minutes. Decorate top with a mint leaf before serving.

my tip is if you like your mint, minty or hardly there, taste as you go when you add the mint essence. you can add more  if desired.

Go ahead! Enjoy this recipe! Its lovely and its like eating that wonderful scrummy cake frosting we all love!


What you think?

Birdie love
xxx

Monday, 29 October 2012

Strange but true...and needing a laugh too! Halloween special!

this post covers both the "Strange but true" and the "need a laugh" posts that I regularly put up.
You'll see why...



I still can't stop laughing!

*wheezes*

Birdie Love
xxx

craft share








NERD Tee Shirt in Sign Language on American Apparel Black Tee for Men
http://www.etsy.com/shop/TypsyGypsyTees?ref=seller_info

As regular readers might know, I'm deaf and my first language is BSL (British Sign Language) and it is so great to see a t-shirt with American Sign Language on it!
Epic t-shirt and rock on!

Ghostbusters Proton Pack
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JezebelRose?ref=pr_shop_more

How amazing and show-stopping is this piece?!  *stares gobsmacked*

Jezebel Rose writes "JezebelRose has been my dream since before I could sew. I got my first sewing machine at 16 and it was the first and only instruction manual I have ever read to date.

I love a wide range of crafts and will try almost anything at least once. Believe me, I have my fair share of forgotten projects piled up in the deepest parts of my supplies."

Wow Jezebel, if you're making wonderful things like these proton packs, carry on!

I just wanna go ghost hunting now!

Thriller Zombie Feltie
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewmyheartout2?ref=seller_info
 How cute is this little dancing MJ?! I love the pink sequins for his brains and his zombiefied eyes!
what a lovely little zombie! so cute and the attention to detail is spot on!
check out the shop's book cover and tote as well - such a cute thing!

Halloween Card. Will you be my boo. Happy Halloween. Holidays
http://www.etsy.com/shop/StrangerDays?ref=seller_info

I love this greeting card and indeed the cards in Strangerdays' shop! So catchy and unqiue and some of them have captured the perfect card I wish I had found in several wonderful circumstances!
The "all i want for christmas is us" card reminds me of my hubby!
beutiful!


Happy smiley pearl earrings
http://www.etsy.com/shop/laonato?ref=seller_info

I have not seen such awonderfully fresh look with pearl earrings in a long, long time!
I adore these! I'm hoping to put these on my christmas list! I think they are so bright and cheery and bound to bring a smile to those who spot these upon my divine ear-lobes! check out the shop as there are some beautiful pieces there!

10 Sprouting Seed Faces
http://www.etsy.com/shop/KelseyPike?ref=seller_info

These are so strangely and beautifully haunting aren't they?
I'll let shop owner Kelsey Pike explain more -
"Seed faces are recycled paper pulp forced into a doll face mold, then stuffed full of organic, heirloom eatin' sprouting seeds!

In this batch, you'll get ten seed faces, in a variety of natural skin tones. The faces vary in age and gender, including a baby and a child.

To grow, simply soak in water for an hour or so, then place on top of soil, outside or in a pot. Within five days, you should have a little crop of sprouts to eat.

Each face contains an organic mixture of Clover, Dill, China rose radish, Daikon radish, Oriental mustard, Arugula, Fenugreek, Broccoli, Pink kale, Red and Green Cabbage from MoonlightMicroFarm.

A little cute, a lot weird. Have fun watching sprouts come through the faces!"

I can understand why there is high demand for these!
The gardeners in my family would love these and such a nice selection of seeds too! They are so unusual and playful and what more brilliant is Kelsey Pike runs a substainable papercraft shop - nice one and kudos to you!

Decorative Seagull Plate in porcelain featuring a hand drawn illustration
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrightonCrock?ref=seller_info
 If you are british or visited Britain then you know about seagulls like this one...the cheek of these birds are legendary! They will practically steal chips from you the moment you sit down to enjoy the view outside...if you're not careful! I love the humour and style this hand drawn illustration!

And according to Sarah James, "This decorative plate is probably scientifically proven to keep those hungry seagulls off your dinner. This is Brighton Crock's terrifyingly decorative porcelain plate, Seagull & Chips. Squawk, squawk, squawk..."

Lets hope so sarah, I want to eat my chips in peace from these pesky cretins!


Lovely Russian doll Necklace
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Daisymooo?ref=seller_info
 I love how bright and cheery this lovely necklace is! It made me smile and the perfect thing to wear on a dull wintery day!
An excellent anti-depression necklace I think!
And whatmore Daisymooo mission statement is "Our mission is to banish cream, boring, normal things from peoples homes!.....colour is good!!!"
Excellent! I couldnt agree more! I love the added sparkle to this piece!
Check out the shop for other really sweet and cheerful designs!


Green Ring "A Little Prince Frog want a kiss" - Spring ring with terrarium- glass globe
http://www.etsy.com/shop/HoKiou?ref=seller_info
Oh.....wow!.....How amazing!
My favourite animal of all times is frogs so this already had such an appeal to me but look closer! Look at the tiny attention to details!the little gold crown, the banner and tiny little fly!
Isn't this froggy so....kissable?!
I'm in awe of how beautiful this piece of jewellery is! So beautifully made!

Think you seen it all with plushies?

Super Hero Uterus Plushie is Super Cute
http://www.etsy.com/shop/VulvaLoveLovely?ref=seller_info

You Have now!

"My Uterus is a super hero, and now she's Super Cute!

Complete with cape and super hero curl."

Mustn't forget the super hero curl!

The shop VulvaLoveLovely has this to say "Porn Vulvas are like chimeras, they do not exist in the natural world. We use real models to show women there is no standard Vulva, they are all different and perfect as is. Bleaching is NOT required."
Well said! great of you to tackle this taboo subject straight on! Why not make something cute and share it with the world and spread a little girl-power at the same time? I'm open-minded about it!


Mini Avengers ASSEMBLE
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Cyberscribe?ref=seller_info
 Never have the whole cast of Avengers looked so cuddly cute!
I love how Iron-man is posed to be flying in the air - nicely done!
I seen a lot of Avengers Merchadise and crafted items but this is one of the better ones!
Check out the shop for the gentleman squid...which I have a funny feeling will appear on another craft share post since it's so awesome!


What a wonderful array of goodies hey?
It's hard to believe these are hand crafted, they look that amazing!
I really do respect and enjoy reading each shop's mission statements - you really do get to learn what the seller and the shop is about, what drives and inspires them and share their passion be it from substainable materials right down to Vulva-loving!
Full credit to you fellow craftsters!

I should be back in the next day or so with a special Halloween craft share! So keep an eye out for that!

Have you got something you want to share? please do!

Birdie Love
xxx

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween party!

Photo dump of our halloween party!
 Handmade white chocolate fondant pumpkins (made fondant accidentally but decided to make use of them!) sitting on top of the cream cheese and vanilla frosted red velvet cake!
 poor man's cake pops - instructions to come!
 chocolate whoopie mini cake bites!
 white chocolate mint mousse - so popular with everyone that I will share the recipe on a later date!
 Godson dressed as a little baby skeleton!

 Deadpool was in attendance! A wonderful handmade outfit - awesome to the max! (he even made the gun pouches, people!)
 Halloween pumpkin cake with whooping massive candle ready to go....




...and in action! A perfect start to the party and excellent annoucement that food is now ready!



 "Dude!"
 Joker...

Krypto the Superdog!


 scarecrow...

 less said the better...
 playtime in the park!
....time to go home I think...!


Its a brilliant time to be had and I'm so thankful to be sharing such a wonderful time with good friends.
the food was mostly made by me and i enjoyed doing it! I love baking for the masses! Its a way for me i guess, to share the love via food!
I was dressed up too...both as Iron man (han) and Zatanna and the other half was Spiderman!

What are you doing for Halloween?

Birdie Love
xxx