2015 Christmas Cards

Here's a little peek at a few of the Christmas Card designs I came up with this year.
Everything I used to make my cards was using stash I already had or freebies I had gotten with magazines. I was determined NOT to buy anything because God knows I had enough in my stash without buying anymore.

I wanted to keep them simple so i used a kraft card base and the same basic design for all of them. I started by embossing some pearlescent white card with snowflakes, added a ribbon and then matted and layered that onto some coloured card. Using that as my base I then made a few different designs by adding die cut snowflakes (freebie from a magazine) and other various things I had in my stash.

I loved how they turned out and thought the combo of the kraft card and the pearlescent white card worked really well.

I also decided to decorate the envelopes using, you guessed it, a freebie stamp from a magazine.

Let me know what you think in the comments and let me know if you made any Christmas Cards.

Autumn Penney's / Primark Haul

I was in Penney's (Primark to those of you in the UK) recently, and naturally couldn't leave without picking up a few bits. So I thought I'd share what I got.

There are some gorgeous things for Autumn in store at the moment and I really need to go back and pick up some more because this little haul consists of mainly shoes and PJs.

The only clothes items I picked up are these jumpers with faux blouses which are very popular at the moment. They come in a range of different colours at €12 each. I picked up the black and grey. The black one has a plain shirt and even though it doesn't show up very well in the pic the grey one has a polka dot blouse. I've already worn them and they wash SO well. They're practically dry coming out of the washing machine.

I'm pretty fussy when it comes to knitwear and don't waste my money on anything that's 100% acrylic anymore. I'm fed up of buying things that I truly love and then after one or two wears they go all bobbley. My advice: check the labels and if you see that it's 100 acrylic, put it back!

For obvious reasons (my love of owls) I HAD to pick up these pj's. I did need some new winter ones and when I saw these I knew they were the ones I had to have. I thought this set was cute and such good value. The top was €5 and Bottoms were €8.

This one is also adorable. Top €8 and bottoms also €8.

I have a slight scarf addiction and it's getting a little out of control but this fab scarf for €6 was just too good to resist. It's literally the size of a blanket and is so snug and warm. I've already worn it on a few occasions and it will definitely be getting plenty of use this winter. I may have to pick up a few more in some other colours {blush}.

These shoes were just too gorgeous to resist. I love the fact that they have a chunky heel (which I'm sorry is difficult to see in the pic) but I wanted a pair of dressy high heels that didn't have a really skinny heel. These fit the bill perfectly and at €20.00 were also easy on the pocket.

This style of shoe is very poplar at the moment so I grabbed a pair when I spotted my size. They cost €7.

These are super light but I fell in love with the colour and for €5 they ended up getting thrown into my basket.

I picked up a couple of homeware items. The little mini drawer set that I thought might come in handy in my craft room or maybe even to alter was €8 and the cushion covers were £3.50 each.

Last but not least I picked up this cute watch. It's more for the summer but I loved the colour and style of it and at €7 it was super affordable.


August Favourites

Because I love looking at other people's Monthly Favourites posts/videos so much I thought I'd start putting up my Monthly Favourites. And while in an ideal world I'd like to have started this at the beginning of the year,  life isn't perfect, so here I am starting this off with my August favourites.

I'm gonna mix it up a bit and include EVERYTHING. So I'll be including beauty, lifestyle, craft, food, music and movie faves and anything else that tickles my fancy. Sometimes there may be more of one that there is of another.
I'm so excited, so let's get started...........

Let's start with beauty. This first one has been a favourite for quite a while now, so much so that I just repurchased it for the third time (which is practically unheard of for me). It's the Seventeen Falsifeye HD Mascara (Boots €9.49), it's top of my beauty faves this month.

I've found myself reaching for the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm (Boots €3.99) in peach more and more this month for when I want a bit of colour but don't want to wear lipstick. This does the job perfectly while also keeping my lips moisturised. I also love the smell of it.

Versace Vanitas Perfume (Amazon £25.66) has been my everyday perfume for the last while. I first got a sample of this in a Glossy Box ages ago and fell in love with it immediately. At the time it was only available from Harrods in London and when I looked it up on their website the postage cost nearly as much as the perfume so it just didn't seem logical to purchase it. Time went by and while browsing through the winter sale on the Debenhams website 12 months ago 3 guesses what I spotted. I took it as a sign and purchased this little beauty and haven't regretted it since. At first I kept it for evening and special occasion wear but when I used up my regular everyday perfume I started using this one as my daily scent.

I love using the Simple Eye Make-up Remover Wipes but they're a little bit on the pricey side. These Tesco Eye Make-Up Remover Pads (Tesco €1.99) are exactly same. They're unscented, the same size, have a textured side to make sure they remove any stubborn eye make-up and they're gentle enough for contact lens wearers.
At €1.99 they're a fraction of the cost of the Simple ones. Also being pads and not a liquid means they're ideal for packing for any holidays.

The last while I've been using this Maybelline Eyebrow Mascara (Boots €7.49 ) on my brows. I've never liked how brow powders or pencils look on my brows but this brow mascara is so easy to use, looks so natural and is the perfect match for my brows that I can't see myself ever using anything else.

I had been eyeing up this Mitchem Cream Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant (Tescos €6.99) in my local Tescos for quite a while but thought that the €6.99 price tag was a bit much so I skipped buying it. And then I saw Fleur De Force mention it on You Tube and she said how good it was. She has never led me astray with products before so I took her word for it and popped it in my basket the next time I was in shopping. I'm happy to say I haven't regretted my purchase. It does everything it says and is definitely my favourite to use now.

 Bookwise I've been reading On The Water's Edge By Sara Gruen (AmazonUK, AmazonUS ). If the authors name is familiar to you it maybe because she is also the author of Water for Elephants that was later made into a movie starring Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon.

My final favourite of the month is a food favourite and it's this Kelkin Popcorn (Tesco €2.79). You're probably saying it's just popcorn, what's so special about that? Well let me tell you..... This popcorn comes in sachets that are suitable for one. I LOVE this because I love snacking on popcorn when I feel like a salty snack. But if I use the ordinary sachets it makes WAY too much and I can't help but eat it all because I love popcorn that much! Also I prefer the popcorn that you pop yourself because the smell of it just makes it all the more appetising to me, so these smaller sachets are just perfect!

So there you have it. That's what I've been loving this month. Let me know what you've been loving in the comments below.

What's In My Make-Up Bag

I've been meaning to do a 'What's in my Make-Up' Bag for the longest time. I love being nosey and seeing what other people keep in their bags so here's what I have in mine at the moment.......

© Little Things In My Life | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig