Wednesday, 28 August 2013

[nails] Passionfruit Daisies

Hey guys! Today I have another nails post for you all, after a bit of a break from them. I haven't been doing my nails as much lately - I had a two week holiday so they didn't get much maintenance then, and I've been so busy since! However I did order some cool new nail stickers yesterday so there should be some more new nail content soon. In the meantime, here's a look that I did back in July before I went on holiday. 

I managed to grab two of the Barry M summer Gelly polishes using my Boots points, and this is one of them: Passionfruit. It's the most deliciously bright red, quite orange-tinted and verging on neon. 

I also picked up two of the Barry M nail art pens, in black and white, so I felt like trying the pen out on this bright background, with a simple daisy design. I used Barry M Lemon Ice Cream for the centres of the daisies and topped the whole thing with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. 

I couldn't stop staring at my nails with this look - mainly because of the brightness of Passionfruit, which unfortunately I just could not capture on camera. Trust me, it's so awesome in real life! 

Katy xo

Friday, 23 August 2013

[food] Apple Crumble Bars

How is everyone doing on this fine Friday night? I'm sure most of you are out partying but I took some time out of my busy night-life schedule (ha) to write up my first Platypus Food post for you all. I've mentioned the amazing Chocolate Covered Katie blog before and this recipe is one from her 'Bars and Blondies' section. I made them about two months ago and have been itching to make them again ever since, they're so tasty!

As a Brit and a lover of traditional puddings, apple crumble has to be one of my all-time favourite desserts. My mum makes a mean crumble, as did my grandma before her, so I tend to have pretty high crumble standards. When I found this recipe for putting my beloved dessert into Katie's Hot Apple Crumble Bars, I knew I had to try it. 

Here's all the ingredients needed for the bars - flour, cornflour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, milk, margarine, maple syrup, and apples. 

The mix consists of two parts. The first is the apple filling...

And the second is the delicious crumble crust. 

The apples are sandwiched in between the crust as I've shown above, and then the whole thing goes into the oven. 

Here's what it looked like when it came out! The smell of this baking filled the whole house with appley goodness. The bars came out moist and crumbly, with a good amount of yummy apple chunks in the centre. 

Luckily I managed to get this picture of the finished bars before my housemate and I devoured them all. You can see the lovely soft centre and crumbly crust here - both the texture and the taste were just gorgeous. Basically, this recipe is amazing and you should all try it!

Katy xo

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sunday Smile List #2

Howdy folks, how has everyone's weekend been? I'm being slowly driven insane waiting for the yarn I ordered on Monday to arrive so I can continue with my blanket, but apart from that my week has been pretty good. I'm back with another Sunday Smile List for your viewing/reading pleasure :)

First up I have to share this track with you all - if you've seen Iron Man 3 you'll recognise this from the end credits but my goodness I just cannot stop listening to it! I want to have my own suit of armour and go fight crime whilst dancing around to this. 

Next up is this awesome dude who also paints his nails. I saw his story on Tumblr and thought it was too adorable not to share:

'So, I paint my nails pretty regularly these days. I also work as a barista/cashier pretty regularly these days. A few weeks back, I had a customer come in, a fairly typical, sheltered, suburban soccer mom, and she ordered a latte from me. She saw my brightly colored nails and said, “Wow, you’re so brave! My son asked me about painting his nails, and if it’s okay for boys to do that. Now I’ll tell him there’s a cool guy who does it too!” It was a nice moment, very cute.

Then, last week, she came in again, and said, “Hey, I’m so glad you’re here! I want you to meet someone!” She then brings her son forward, and says, “Okay sweetie, show him what you did!” And he throws his hands up, showing off his bright, sparkling blue nails. He shows them off, and I show mine off to him. He smiles. We fist bump.

Guys, I’ve only wanted to cry once at work before, and that was when someone ordered a large dry soy cappuccino on ice.

This time, though. This was a good cry.'

It's so great to hear of kids being able express themselves with things like nail polish/art regardless of their gender. You can check out the specific post here or see the rest of Angelo's blog here

These gorgeous mini crochet satchels/pouches are just perfect, no? I love the details in the embroidery and the beads on the drawstrings. They are sold by Bunadruhu on this Slovakian website.  

Finally, chocolatey goodness anyone? If you've never seen the blog Chocolate Covered Katie, you are soooooo missing out! This is her recipe for 'Fudge Babies', which aren't actually fudge at all but are a healthy combination of dates, walnuts, and cocoa. I made some yesterday and will have a post up soon, but they are so yummy!

Katy xo 

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

[stitches] Chichester the Pig!

Hey everyone! Today I finally have my first Platypus Stitches post for you guys. I've been wanting to start this section of my blog for ages and now I've finally had the time to take some semi-decent pictures and put together a few posts. I'll mostly be featuring crochet and knitting, but also things like embroidery, cross-stitch, and hopefully dress-making soon!

For the very first Stitches post I thought I'd feature a really simple project that I saw the pattern for a couple of months ago and just had to try out: Chichester the Pig

This adorable pattern is by Helen from Apocalypse Knits and is so quick to knit - it took me about an hour from start to finish on my first Chichester and then 45 minutes for the subsequent ones. 

The image below is the first Chichester I made, and you can see I used a couple of scraps of black yarn to make the eyes. In the slightly darker yarn version above, I used seed beads instead, but I'm not quite sure which I prefer. Any thoughts?

You can see how little these guys are in comparison to the grass - about an inch long and just perfect to stick in your pocket. I love how detailed the pattern is for its size. 

And here's all three of the Chichesters I've made so far! I can tell I'll be making a whole load more in the future since they're so quick and great for using up scraps of yarn that aren't big enough for larger projects. 

If you're on Ravelry and want to check out my profile or project listing for the Chichesters, just click here :) 

Katy xo

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Sunday Smile List #1

Hey guys, today I'm trying out something a little different on the blog today! I've been toying with the idea of starting a weekly favourites list for a while now, and I finally have the organisation skills and the time to be able to put one together. So each Sunday I'll be sharing a few things from the past week that made me smile, from the worlds of craft, nails, food, and general stuff. I hope you guys enjoy it. 

First up is possibly my all-time favourite nail polish, China Glaze's Fairy Dust. I've made a post about this one before, but I'm in love with it even more recently since I wore it on holiday. For the whole two weeks in the USA I wore it over naked nails and it was perfect - it didn't show chips too much and it wasn't too bright to clash with any outfits. Plus it meant I had some sparkle all the time, and who wouldn't want that?

This crochet cherry pie is too cute! The scalloped crust and the bobbles in the side pieces just make it so realistic, and the combination of crochet and food is ideal for me ;) 
You can find the free pattern here if you want to check it out. 

These are actually the shoes I wore for my graduation in July, but they were too nice not to share. They are so comfortable and not too formal to wear out on a regular day. Plus they're currently on sale so if any of you UK readers fancy a bargain... 

I found the most delicious-looking recipe on Tumblr this week - anyone fancy both cookies and brownies together? The recipe is from the glorious Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts blog, which you can find here

And finally, this beautiful, beautiful yarn by Drops. I'm using this in a work in progress lace wrap, using the top colourway in this photo which is unfortunately just named 'Purple', even though it's decidedly pink-toned. It's made from 70% baby alpaca and 30% mulberry silk and is sooooooo soft. Like, rub it against your face soft. 

Check back next week for another Smile List :)

Katy xo

Friday, 9 August 2013

Holiday Snaps

Hey everyone, I'm back in England! Those of you who follow me on Instagram or Facebook probably already know that I've just got back from an amazing holiday to Florida in the USA. I went with my family and this is actually the fourth time we've been, but it was no less magical than before. I thought it would be nice to share some of my pictures with you :)

This a very pic-heavy post so if you want to check it out, it's under the jump.