Monday, 31 March 2014

Mother's Day Flowers

My Mum had a great day yesterday, thank goodness!

I don't know what's going on this year, but aside from cards and gifts she got a LOT of flowers. Here's a few:

My finished card. I got all of my siblings to sign it.

Roses, more cards =]

Haha, not the green leafy ones! We've had them for ages. In fact, the one in the orange pot looks like it needs help =/ One of my sisters bought her this book and the white flowers.

I have a good feeling which sister bought her these flowers!!
Aime always did love pink. And hearts. A pink heart was inevitable.


Next post: Wednesday.
And it really is, I've already scheduled it!



Pinkster xx

Saturday, 29 March 2014

My Handmade Mother's Day Card

Hahaha, I remember in This Post I said posts would be restricted henceforth - but they seem to have become more frequent!!!

Perhaps I'm more addicted to blogging than I thought c: I must admit though, first that the posts are now (generally speaking) shorter and thus not as time consuming, and second that it's much easier to focus on one blog than All Five. MUCH easier. So it's not a biggie, really.



Handmade Card: bring out the arts and crafts!

Greetings cards in general are fairly pricey where I work, many about £2.99, and I've seen cards priced as high as £5.49 =/ Nearby there's a Sainsbury's, where you can get a card of similar quality for £1.99.

I've dropped off of doing handmade cards in the past few years, thinking I couldn't make them interesting anymore. This past year has been a tough one for me, and I'm sure for my Mum as well, so I really wanted to make something that would put a smile on her face.

So, I did a cross vision board/nostalgia/family collage card. O_O


Supplies

 
A2 pink card folded in half (thus an A3-sized card). WHSmith.

Stickers of fruit (they're so cute!); they are actually reward stickers but obviously I won't be using 'Well Done' and 'Good Job' on a Mother's day card (lmao)! WHSmith.

Pretty patterned papers! More about them Here (halfway down), or you can try Decoupage.

Collage of images, mostly resorts and getaways, some of our family. Google Images and Secret Escapes.

As it says on the packet! Adds a nice touch to my handcrafted stuff. Poundland.

My old art and crafts case! String, beads, glitter, stickers, more tissue paper, embossing squares, scoubi strings, embelleshments, fabrics - I collected a lot of odd bits and bobs as a kid =]



Steps

Just to make it clear, I had no plan in mind. I wandered around WHSmith and Poundland, got out my old arts and crafts stuff, and things jumped out at me. So as I crafted an impromptu card, I just kind of took pictures as I went along.


1. I decided to put the floral paper on the front of the card. I stuck it on with PVA glue.

1a. Here's One I Made Earlier.... joke

2. Cut the images out.

3. Decided to stick 'em in the middle and litter it with stickers. The little blue ones are fish ('w')

4. Wrote my message in the gap between them, if possible will get my five siblings to write in the other gaps.

5. Stuck the fruit sticker on card with colours pink, purple and green (to match). Dunno why, really. Cut off the one that was sticking over the edge. Got a pic of my Mum ready to stick on the front.

5a. The stickers should all be smiling. If they are not smiling, you have done it wrong.

:3


6. Wrote 'Happy Mother's Day' on front of card.

7. Ensured tiny stickers were stuck down (the tiny ones are fiddly and troublesome =/)

8. Stuck long strips of wide clear sellotape over the WHOLE THING to make it waterproof, will help it last longer.
Naturally sticky covering film is better, like for exercise books, as long as it doesn't have a yellow tint.


And of course, the one thing I haven't done is take a picture of the finished product *smacks head*


... but you get the gist.
The pics of my siblings are on the back as a collage, also the family pets. The whole thing took... a few hours at least, I think a whole afternoon. It's quite eye-catching, even more because it's huge, so that's pretty cool. I'm glad I posted this, I'll try and remember for Father's Day (already got the stuff for it).



Posts leading up to this one:




Much love to all of the mothers in the world who have been kind, caring, supportive, brave and a whole host of other things, if they're like my Mum! I hope everybody has a blessed Sunday.

 

Pinkster xx

P.S. If you check under Supplies, you will see that the Pineapple and the Pear stickers are not smiling. Which is why I said make sure they all are!!!! Hahahaha

Hugs and lovehearts, fellow pinksters.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Official WOOOW



Found HERE.




Found HERE.


The only word that comes to mind when I see these is GRAND.



Pinkster xx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Review: Ideal Home Show 2014 (Monday 24th)


Yep, I went to another show. This time, my Mum and I went down to The Ideal Home Show at Earls Court Exhibition Centre. It doesn't just run for a weekend; it runs from 14-30th March, half of a whole month! It's supposed to be very popular so I went feeling intrigued, but I suppose I didn't set my hopes that high because I didn't much enjoy the National Home Improvement Show in 2013. Thank goodness I was pleasantly surprised!

When we were approaching the venue from Earl's Court station, we could see that spread of pink flowers from a mile away! Last time I'd been to Earls Court was for Hyper Japan 2013, and it wasn't too tricky to find. With this, though, there was no missing it. They had literally wallpapered Earls Court and how could you not want to go and stand on that synthetic grass? XD


We arrived just after 11 and there were still a lot of people coming in. My Mum and I wondered how to explore the show so that we didn't miss anything, as the stalls were all odd sizes and not in neat rows of box-like stalls, like the Knitting & Stitch Show. Eventually, we decided to explore by colours, as that's how the venue was split up.

I think it would be helpful to do my usual Things To Do list in those same groups:


Things To Do: Ground Floor

- First and foremost, we did GREEN, which was GARDENS.
That had ornaments, awnings, sheds, garden design - this was one of my favourite sections. A bit depressing as well as my Mum's been trying to get our garden into tip top shape for years. So, these beautiful gardens made us feel, er, moderately jealous.



There was a little alcove where we could go in, look at six different gardens and vote for our favourites. My favourite was called opposites attract, based on circles and squares. It had a big dome, little discs on the floor, a square fountain, and I happily imagined myself curled up in there with a book.




My Mum's favourite was the one with the built in sofa. I guess you'd have to get something to cover that when it rains.



Paintballing =( There was a guy doing a deal on booking a group paint balling day, but as I'm saving up for my Cyprus holiday, I couldn't do it. What a shame.

- Second, we looked at INTERIORS which I think was pink.
That had furniture, bedrooms, the study beds and appliance companies we saw at the Home and Improvements Show, but I mainly remember furniture. Such lovely furniture.

-We literally (figuratively) breezed through the GREY Technology bit as it didn't really appeal to me.
I saw gadgets, home cinema experiences, this air freshener/ humidifier appliance that we got a free perfume sampler for, and boy, I wanted to buy it just based on that scent. But I though I'd wait, and a good thing too because we made pricey purchases later. There was this cool one I remember that was a smoke alarm that you could wave at to shut up, instead of having to get up there and press the button. It was trying to promote smoke alarms being a help, not a hassle.

- We saw those prop up houses that you could go inside and have a look around, and a seated demonstration area. I don't even remember what colour that was. I was gonna get some fish and chips (I'd been craving for it so that was pretty cool!) but it was like £8.90 for a portion =( I tried to talk myself into 'It's A Treat!' mode but not even my Mum would let me buy it, so I thought, okay fine. There's a place near my house that does delicious fish and chips, and I thought £5.50 was the top end, at the time, let alone 9 quid. So instead I got a small £3 mocha. That was delish.


- If I'm not wrong, Home Improvements (BLUE) was also on the ground floor.
I can barely remember what that was. but I do remember seeing the Naked Flame fireplaces (website) before we went upstairs, which was an eco-friendly and better looking alternative to a chimney. They were awesomely gorgeous.




Things To Do: First Floor

This was the interesting bit for us, as we weren't entirely sure what the sections were about. I kind of preferred it because it felt cosier, like Camden Lock market or something. That may have been because when you go upstairs, there's less space between the floor and the ceiling, so downstairs feels huge.

Interestingly, this was also were we made all of our purchases.


- We came up the escalators into Woman (Red or something?)
This was fashion, health and beauty and jewellery and stuff. I saw these lovely copper bracelets but putting them on was too fiddly. I'm not much of an accessories person so it wasn't for me. Very pretty though.

- Technically we went to Shopping first. (Dark Blue? Look man, I'm not remembering these colours any more okay, I'm SORRY.) Here there were lots of household appliances and LOTS of demonstrations being done to sell them. We bought the Supervac1000 which really pulled me in because our vacuum is big, heavy, and honestly just falling apart. Every time I pick it up there's another issue. Anyway.

The guy who sold us the Supervac1000 was really pleasant and welcoming. I'm starting to notice that many shows we go to, there always one person who goes over and above to be friendly for the sake of being friendly, not just to sell. And you can tell because they'll happily continue talking to you even after you've bought, usually about something completely unrelated. Its so nice to find those people.

- Just before we ended up in Woman again, we turned into the last bit we hadn't been to, Food, Orange.
It reminded me SO MUCH of Camden! It's like a lil' food market in there! You got burgers, bread, fancy chocolatiers, portable cafes, diners, parties, cakes, sweets, cultural foods, and so on and so on. I would recommend that you go just to check it out.

I was stunned, but I actually didn't buy ANY FOOD. It was so ironic because that was mainly what I spent my money on last week; comfort foods. For some reason I just wasn't in the mood to eat, even with all of this delicious food in my face. I would happily eat it now, heh heh. Though some of the food has no coverings of plastic windows in front, which wasn't very hygienic. Then again,just before we went upstairs I bought a mocha from the fish and chips place.



Here's The Thing

Oh yeah - and there was a RESTAURANT in there! Yes, no lie! It was awesome. I would have loved to try it, but by the time we got round there, I knew I didn't have much energy left to go on. It's a bit of a shame with me and shows - I an stay for up to about 5 hours, if I'm having a great time, but then I just have to go. I think people go and wander around, then sit down, have a nice meal and rest, maybe watch one of the demonstrations on the main stage, then gather their energy and explore the rest. Basically make a day of it, which I'd love to do. But my chronic fatigue thing means that straying too far from my bed for too long is a seriously bad idea. Once it hits about 5 hours, its hard for me to compute anything. Bit of a shame really, but there you go. Life is such.



Haul

I came back with goodies... again O_O

My spending from today, London Super Comic Con 2014, and the Knitting & Stitch Show 2014 - which all happened within a two week time frame - have admittedly put me about £150-£250 over my budget for this month. Also I had to pay off the rest of my Cyprus holiday, buy books for uni, and so on so my expenses spreadsheet is looking pretty bad. But I sold quite a lot on ebay, and removing those three events, I would have spent a lot less than my budget, so I think next month will even it out.

-- So we bought that Supervac 1000 (more details), it was £40 which was probably more than we could've got it for elsewhere, but I felt would be good value for money.
-- We bought these packs of Dizolve (more details) which are non-bio washing sheets. They are way lighter than powder so I hope they work as well!
-- Finally we made 2 purchases at Kedem Cosmetics (website). My Mum was being shown the nail treatment by this very friendly and bubbly lady who I think was called Roxi, and we were with her for ages because she was just so nice and chatty. My Mum was unsure about it (I think we bought it for £20, but even so, my Mum doesn't normally buy nail stuff anyway) so I bought it for her and joked to her that including the £50 silk top I got her (Here for more), that was her Mother's Day gift FOR LIFE. But of course I knew secretly I was getting her something else for the day plus making a fancy card, which I will do a post about.
-------- as for me, I ended up being roped in as well but my interest was caught because I have always had bad skin and had been considering some sort of peel for ages but didn't know enough about it to go for it. So I ended up buying the face peel and a moisturizer at a special price. I just can't believe they were so kind as to put in the soap for me as well. Kedem products are expensive but if I like the products, I would definately go back. I'm trying to take a bit more care of myself.




Freebies

Yay! When we got home we saw the freebies and the bag and it was like an extra treat! 1001 carper freshener, Ariel 3-in-1 pods (Never used them, they look like alien nanotechnology LOL!), Dover Hair Therapy Shot, & Sanex Shower gel.

Also got a Knorr bag which had 2 gravy samplers, recipe cards, and a voucher. I made pasta witht he chicken gravy yesterday. It tasted pretty good (naturally, I used too much) so I think I may buy some more. Got a scent sampler from Arabian Oud (the air freshener/humidifier company) and I wondered again if I should've bought that, but I don't think I actually would have used it; we already have something similar at home that I don't use. It looked great though and the aromas were amazing.



Verdict :)

I think it's very unlikely that you'd go to Ideal Home Show and not find anything that interests you, but say that WAS the case, you'd at least have your bag of goodies. I love getting bags from conventions, it's kind of exciting to be given a semigift; even if they have nothing in them but the show guide, or a few leaflets. I dunno why. It might be a subliminal thing saying, 'Buy something to put in this bag!' Which of course we did :3


Aftermath

We came back just before 3 o'clock, and again I was surprised at how long we spent there. I was getting quite tired by the upper floor, before speaking to the Kedem representatives, and after that I felt energised again. My Mum asked if I wanted to stay a bit longer, seeing as I felt stronger, but I knew that really, that extra energy was only giving me a window of time to get home before I hit rock-bottom exhaustion, and got cranky and snappy. I wanted to quickly get home before it got there.

I really, really enjoyed it. I'm already searching for the next time the Ideal Home Show runs. Can't wait to go back.




To see the last show I went to, click HERE!


Normally, I post about shows and conventions on my other blog.

To see lifestyle shows I have been to previously, check my main blog Star: The Alter Ego Writer.



Pinkster xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Electric Twist? - Hayley Williams

PINK'd and PUNK'd!
I adore this girl.
And there are too many wonderful things about this image.


Found on weheartit, posted by D├ębora


Pinkster xx

Friday, 21 March 2014

Pink Spotting: Mia Wasikowska for AnOther Magazine Photoshoot


So edgy. Isn't it edgy... ???

I love the bright eyeshadow (or is it insane lash extensions?!) and colourful trainers.
It helps to offset the interesting overdose of pink!



Moi xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

A Long List Of Mother's Day Gift Ideas

None of the following images belong to me.


Are you having these thoughts:
Oh God, Mother's Day...
What should I get my Mum?
What can I get my Mum that I haven't gotten her already?!


Because I am, and it's still 18 days away! (even less now, I wrote this a while back :3 )

I decided to do this list - I would normally do it on my blog Star: The Alter Ego Writer, but it's on Suspension. One blog is definitely easier to manage than several! As this blog is pink-based and fashion focused, I'll try to include some pink things and fashion things too.

The following list would also go for birthday presents for lovely ladies or just a surprise gift, because who doesn't love a surprise gift? I like to practice the art of giving and generosity.


I thought it might help to give a price indication, so it would be as follows: 
< £ 15 
££ 15-40 
£££ 40-100 
££££ 100+
Okay, let's start!



My Personal Preference

When I was a tiny littlun, I always did handmade gifts. I stopped because I didn't think they would be appreciated any more. Now I'm more of the opinion that as long as it's useful to the receiver of the gift, or had sentimental value, it could be made OR manufactured.

My personal preference are gifts that the lovely lady can use, which will never go to waste if they actually needed it. Something that will HELP them with their life.

My other preference is to get something that will help them ESCAPE from the pressures of their life, which they may not have said they needed, but will appreciate all the same.


< £ 15, luxury lotions, creams, soaps, beauty products... LOL not anti-aging cream...
< £ 15, food. Food is always good.
££ 15-40, a spa, floatation or salt cave experience. If they're an animal person - the zoo, aquariums, a comedy night...
£££ 40-100, a much needed appliance, an experience, or vouchers/a gift card towards their personal interest, some sort of course, so on.
(Once I got my Mum these three gorgeous dresses that came up to about £100 to wear when she did her singing performances onstage. She was really happy with them. It wasn't Mother's Day or her birthday (LOL), but the point I'm making is that I tried my best to think about what she would find useful. As the time she'd just started doing performances again, and I thought she'd appreciate something nice to wear.)
££££ 100+, a holiday! Surprise holidays are great. Maybe a cruise or tour.
(My sister did this one year, it greatly relaxed my Mum and she was much happier when she came back. For obvious reasons you can't set a date for this, unless you can slyly find out when they could go beforehand.)


Okay so I search for some unique, interesting and novelty mother's day gifts, and here's what I found.
This year I decided to make a Mother's Day card so hopefully I can do a step-by-step post soon and share it with you!




Physical: Markets

If you want to physically go and hunt for the present, try markets. You can find some amazing things in Camden Lock; it's a teenagers dream, yeah, but has a lot more to offer as well. Covent Garden and Portobello Road Market is also a great places to try. That's for £ 15 and ££ 15-40. (Check VisitLondon for more markets.)

If we're talking more high end,  £££ 40-100 and ££££ 100+ I'd say Westfield Shepherds Bush or Stratford, also Bentalls Centre in Kingston is awesome. (Try the TimeOut website for more locations.)

Digital: Websites

If you'd rather find a gift from the comfort of your own home, these are some incredible websites I've found over years of last minute panicking. This'll help me to; now I've got the list all in one place! =]

My personal favourites:
(for writers. Need I say more =] )
(I am ALWAYS laughing whenever I visit this site. Pure genius.)
(This is also a great site with a wide range of funny ecards. Just thought I'd throw this in.)



Fashion

- An Awesome [capital A] printed T-shirt with something that'll make her laugh.
- Or something she'll feel special or beautiful in. Me and my Mum have different styles, so if I were to ever take this route, I'd get a gift card.

Idea: 

To Buy, Try: Ladies Mummy Since (Choose Your Year) T-Shirt on Amazon,
SuperMum T-Shirt on Amazon, 

Idea: 

To Buy, Try: Amazon.

Jewellery

- To find unique handmade jewellery, I would recommend eBay or Amazon business sellers.
- You can also get personalised jewellery from these places.

Idea: personalised Necklace.


Idea: 



To Buy, Try: Tuscany Silver on Amazon - Zirconia, Rhodium,  Zirconia Rhodium and White Pearl,


Edible

Idea: 


To Buy, Try: Oh So Sweet Candy Trees website, general search (tree)
To Buy, Try: Sweet And Tempting Creations website, Unique Gift Store website, general search (bouquet)


Idea: 

To Buy, Try: Gourmet Chocolate Pizza website


Pampering

Idea: 

To Buy, Try: Hot Stone Therapy Pack on Amazon,
Mum's Bath & Body Gift Set from eBay Business sellers.

I checked out this gorgeous item on Amazon, but the terrible reviews made me think carefully about buying from any old body.
If you want quality bath bombs or luxurious bath and body gift products, only one place comes to mind, the place that does fresh handmade cosmetics that smell greeeat: LUSH.



Creative

Idea: 

Try Amazon.


Idea: 

Try Amazon.


Idea: 

Try eBay.




Are you stuck? Maybe I can help!

Leave a comment stating the interests or hobbies of the person you're buying for, and your budget, and I'll do my best to help you think up a gift/present idea!


Pinkster xx