All posts by shazza

My name is Shazza and I live in a small town in North west England with my boyfriend and our black lab Hugo and black cat Slinky. I work in a supermarket full time and in my spare time i enjoy reading,film,food( mostly eating it,I am a terrible cook!),taking photos,travel,camping,wildlife,spending time with my mates and hunting in car boots and charity shops for vintage teacups.This blog is hopefully going to be a collection of my fave things and musings on life,the universe and everything.Xx

Making your own presents?

Baked By Mummy Iris

For one week, chocoholics unite and indulge more. It’s National Chocolate Week. I must admit, I indulge whenever 😉 No need for any reasons!

This is the best time to show off our new ‘coming soon’ products! We have already been taking pre-orders for them as they are so popular! Here’s a preview of what’s to come to Baked By Me on Wednesday. They will be available to buy on our website and I am able to send email invoices if you prefer. More fabulous news, we will be able to post them internationally. Just message or email me at hello@bakedbyme.net

Hope you agree with me that they are too adorable and FABULOUS. No fuss needed, just melt any chocolate, pour them in the moulds and allow to set.

Most of them are £3.99 and delivery is £2.99 no matter how much you order. Bring on Wednesday! Woohoo. Hope you have a…

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Memories of Morocco

OOOOh a little bit of sun today. Though not the kind that gives out much warmth! My boyfriends brother and his wife are on the second day of their stay in Marrakech. On our recommendation they are stopping in the same lovely riad as we did two years ago. I am so jealous! So I thought I would post a few of the pictures we took on our trip. Hope they inspire you to visit too…..

Here is our room in the beautiful and elegant riad darhani in the medina of Marrakech. Staying in a riad which is a typical moroccan townhouse with rooms looking on to a tranquil inner courtyard makes for a more interesting and authentic trip.

The souks are full of amazing colour, sights and smells




The main square in Marrakech ( jemaa el fna ) is amazing during the day and at night. A world heritage sight, it is packed full of colourful water carriers and snake charmers during the daylight hours.We liked to sit and watch the world go by wil’st sipping mint tea. In the evening hundreds of stalls hook up to a gas supply and cook up lots of interesting moroccan dishes.



I don’t know about you but a holiday is not a holiday without a seasidey bit. Three hours drive away from Marrakech is the beautiful fortified harbour town of Essaouira. We hopped on the locals bus and headed for a few nights stay on the coast . You don’t really want to do the locals bus unless you fancy the whole sharing your seat with farmers and chickens! We found out on the way back that the much more plush and air conditioned Supertours coaches are quicker, more comfortable and exactly the same price.Typical!
Beautiful Essaouira.

Blue fishing boats

the view from the hotel every morning : )

cats and tagines.

So if you do visit Morocco why not take in both vibrant Marrakech and the more chilled Essaouira with its great stretch of beach,wind surfing and fresh seafood restaurants.Wow I want to go back there now!

Autumn walks.

I was mean’t to be doing a bit of retail therapy this wknd, but I have been laid low with a bug ( sigh ) so shopping will have to wait : ( Had to get out for some fresh air today so me and the doog headed down the fields with the camera.I got a few shots but I have also incoporated a few pictures from a previous walk.Loving the autumn colours.

Speckled Brown Butterfly





Robin red breast

Back home and the view from my room.

More Craft fair Finds. :)

I had a stall at The Crafty Vintage fair in Clitheroe at the wknd.I was selling some of my teacup candles.

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I always end up spending the money I make on the other stalls! Can’t help myself.So many pretty things.:)
The girl on the stall next to me makes bespoke handmade paintings, jewellery and cards.I treated myself to this darling shabby chic birdy picture for the bedroom.She paints the birds onto the fabric and makes the frames herself too.:)

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She has more lovely things in her folksy shophttp://www.folksy.com/shops/hannahangela
I fell in love with this Owl as soon as I saw him.He is meant to be a present but not sure I can give him up…

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Another present I found was this fab retro upcycled vinyl clock.

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For More funky gifts in this style look for VANILLAZURBANART on facebook.
I love Cath Kidston so I was overjoyed  to find a stall selling this pretty handmade tie pull bag.I think I will fill it with bath bombs.:-)

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And a final treat! These sweet hair grips with hearts on.:)

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The Crafty Vintage Fairs are held at the st Marys centre in Clitheroe on the final saturday of every month.
What have you found at your local craft fairs?X

The Simple Things & Strawberries dipped in chocolate.

Oh the simple things in life that we enjoy…….., an autumn walk in the park with the dog, a bottle ( or two! ) of wine with friends, a giddy game of hide and seek with the gorgeous niece and nephew, curling up by the fire with a good book…….or finding a copy of the fab new magazine `The Simple Things’ in the magazine stand at work.:)

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I had heard about the magazine a couple of weeks ago whils’t reading the lovely Rosalilium blog and thought it sounded interesting….then totally forgot about it! I shouldn’t have.The premise of the publication is ‘ Embrace A Simpler Life’ and articles include a Gourmet guide to cheese( mmmmm),A day out picking apples and a guide to Trees on an Autumn walk.Theres also a story on seed swapping and a bloggers experience of living in Berlin.

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The magazine is also packed full of recipes, gardening, crafts, and nature articles.The October edition is out now.:)
Speeking of simple things I decided to make a simple dessert to take to my sisters for dinner tomorrow eve.Our friend Becky is making one of her famous delicous cheesecakes so these are simply a quick and easy extra.

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All you need are
Strawberries
a bar of milk chocolate
a bar of white chocolate

Simply melt the milk chocolate very gently in a glass bowl over a pan of water on a low heat.

Take off the heat when melted and holding them by their stalks dip some of the strawberries so they are covered half way in chocolate.

Place the dipped strawberries in the fridge to set on a plate or tray covered in baking paper.

Repeat the same with the white chocolate.

Enjoy!

Now im off to bed with my copy of The Simple Things.Night Night.x

What to do with your Vintage Tea Cups : )

Ooooooh I love teacups and I have about a zillion hidden around the house. Sssshhhhhhh don’t tell the other half.My teacup fetish is getting out of control! Most of us probably have a couple of them lurking in the cupboards unloved and unused. Here are some ideas on how you can make the most of them. : )

I love this teacup bird feeder. The spoon makes a perfect perch too. : ). For a tutorial check out Cap creations website.

Teacup candles are so easy to make and give off a lovely translucent glow. I make them and sell them at craft fairs and on my facebook page Mrs Tibbs Teacups & Candles. Instructions on how to turn a teacup into a pretty candle can be found in my July posts.

A simple yet effective cake stand can easily be created using pretty china plates & teacups and a tube of super glue.
Easy as that!

Why not turn your teacups into cute cactus gardens. Simply cover the bottoms with little stones for drainage and then plant in soil.Voila!

Mmmmmmmm Chocolate pudding in a teacup. Nom Nom. How decadent.The recipe can be found on thewhimsicalwife.com

Teacups & saucers make gorgeous trinket holders.If your handy with a drill ( Or in my case,know someone who is), you can buy the fittings very inexpensively on ebay.

Hope this post has inspired you to create some treasures with your teacups.:0)

Walking The Dog

Jake

Hi I thought I would share with you my other blog over at Shazza.blogspot.com/ called’ Nature spotters blog with a dog’which I got the idea for last year when we lived briefly near the beautiful river Ribble. I have always loved wildlife, having grown up in the countryside and you do spy quite alot of flora and fauna when out walking the hound. Jake our rather handsome black labrador , like all labs absolutely loves water so most days we headed to the river. Sometimes I took my camera and whil’st Jake was busy paddling I snapped away at various birds and flowers. Then spent an awful lot of time trying to coax a very wet Jake out of the water. I think he would live in it if he could!
Oyster catcher on the Ribble.

Peacock butterfly
We usually take Jake away with us whenever we go camping too so there are always lots of great photo ops especially in the dales and the lakes.
Swans and cygnet, Elterwater

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Me & Jake sunbathing and camping in Silverdale

Hemp, River Ribble

More recently we moved closer to town and as Jake is approaching his 13th birthday we only occasionally venture down the fields to the river and walk more round the grounds of Clitheroe Castle.

Red Admiral & Tortoishell on budlea , Castle grounds


For more pics check out my Nature Spotters Blog with a Dog over on blogger. : )