NEW VIDEO: Halloween – Party hacks and snacks

Well hello there,

I’ve been fiddling around with the idea of a video segment to this here blog for a while now. Having produced a very silly introduction video a few weeks ago which, quite frankly, I was not too impressed with – I found myself shoving that dream onto the back-burner in a hurry and instead staring at my computer screen for a few weeks hoping that inspiration would give me a smack across the face. (Hoorah. So productive.)

Lo and behold. I have decided not to over-think it (a God-awful habit of mine),  just freaking post something, and see what happens.

My skillzzz (yes, with a “z”) are completely lacking (production-wise) but since I love themed parties (and Halloween, in particular) I thought I’d start just off with a simple idea – and hopefully I will receive only constructive crit. (Who am I kidding? – Trolls! On your mark…)

I would be eternally grateful if you could “like” my video if you think I should do more stuff like this and/or subscribe to my channel if you’d like to be notified every time I post something. 🙂

Drop me a comment and let a gal know what you think.

Bisous!

Zozette

 PS: Kind of a fitting post for a channel launch – seeing as it is my 100th post! 😀

Hallo, Halloween!

Since last year’s Halloween costume suggestions were found to be quite popular among readers, I thought I’d gather some new ideas for 2013. There is absolutely nothing better than a clever or funny costume – so hopefully some of these ideas inspire you to take the lesser traveled road (ie: The road faaaaar away from Slutty Street) when it comes to picking out your costume.

Because we all know we’re going to see a few of these this year:

Miley fancy dress.Urgh.

Let’s stick to the better, less vomit-inducing ideas, shall we?

Let us proceed:

Big bang fancy dress.Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper from the Big bang theory.

SHAMY! Super-funny and easy to execute!

Daria katy perry fancy dress.Daria and Jane Lane, portrayed by Katy Perry and Shannon Woodward.

Awesome throwback to the 90s MTV show.

Firefox fancy dress.Firefox!

Super clever tip-of-the-hat to a superior browser. 😉

Grumpy-CatGrumpy Cat.

Hey! Do you wanna come to my Halloween Par…. No.

Magritte fancy dress.The Son of Man by Magritte.

Art fanatics can pull this off in no time at all. Apple print-out + suit = Done!

Tulio Miguel fancy dress.Miguel and Tulio from The Road to El Dorado.

Because that cartoon was helluva funny, and if you didn’t think so, you probably had no pulse.

Up house fancy dressThe Up house!

Um, Pixar anything?! YAY!

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Feeling lazy this year? Still keep it clever!

Bisous!

Zozette

My darling Valentine

Valentine’s day is but a few sleeps away, and I know that a very large portion of the human population is dreading it, single or not.

It’s often described as a “giant money-making scheme operated by Hallmark”, a “huge waste of time and money”, and “yet another reason to make single people feel unloved and unwanted.” This could all very well be true. (Especially for a few factories in China pumping out thousands of plastic roses, and teddy bears with misaligned eyes, right now.)

Well, all I can say is: Boo to all of you!

As single as I am, I don’t see anything wrong with a day dedicated to showering a loved one with love and sweet thoughts. Valentine’s day is hardly a reason to spend all of your money – In fact, I would rather hate for a guy to spend too much cash on a squint teddy-bear, which which would probably be tossed away in a few months. The point of this day – is love.

It’s an opportunity to give a labour of love. Something out of the ordinary. Whether it’s a home-made gift, home-cooked meal, or a special date. (Note: Not an EXPENSIVE date.) What the heck has a fancy restaurant got to do with love anyway? Love is so much more personal than a store-bought card. It’s meant to show that you know your partner and are willing to go a little out of your way for a special day.

So whether you are happily taken, or hopefully awaiting a secret Valentine, I thought I’d compile a small list of some cheap Valentine’s DIY ideas, for anyone who has been bitten by the Love-bug.

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1. Make this adorable Valentine’s bow tie with help from the easy tutorial on A Bird’s Leap.

2. This super cute brooch tutorial can be found on The cheekiest monkey of all. – Totally making this one for my V-day outfit!

3. Red velvet whoopie pies! How yum! Find these on Annie’s Eats. (My cousin made these recently and they looked frikken killer!)

4. Everyone loves Rice Crispie treats. Heart-shaped ones courtesy of Babies, Paper and Song.

5. I never knew a homemade notebook/card could be so easy to make. Fun tutorial from The Cheese Thief.

6. Harry Potter nerds can find a bunch of hilarious and enchanting card printables from Yenniper.

After all, people, there’s no such thing as a “Hopeless romantic.” Only a “Hopeful” one. (Yes, yes, major cheese-fest.)

Hope you get lots and lots of Bisous! this Valentine’s.

Zozette xx

From Scratch: Pincushion jar filled with button cookies

Hiya!

I have attended that belated Christmas brunch with my friendies, so I can finally show you the DIY part of their gift. A pincushion jar filled with button cookies!

What you need:

A mason jar (With a canning ring lid.)

Pillow stuffing (You can find this at any fabric store.)

A round of patterned fabric (About 15cm in diameter – obviously dependent on the size of the jar.)

All-purpose project glue

A needle and thread

Pearl tipped pins

How:

1. Take your jar lid apart and place the ring aside. Take a handful of the stuffing, shape it roughly into a ball shape and glue it onto the disc part of the mason jar lid.

2. Allow to dry slightly. In the meantime, take the fabric and sew a running stitch around the edge, so that you can gather the round to form a ball-like pocket.

3. Slip this pocket over the top of the stuffing, and pull your thread to gather the fabric at the bottom of the disc. Sew the gathering  into place and knot your thread.

4. Squeeze a line of glue onto the inside of the jar ring, and slip the cushion part through the ring. Press down until the glue feels like it is clinging. Put aside to dry.

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5. Make your cookies while you wait. I used Annie’s eats recipe for lemon vanilla sugar cookies. The dough is super to use with cutters and is also very easily coloured. (I made pink ones!) I used a round cookie cutter, a smaller round, and the tiny round tip of a piping nib to make my cookies. Super easy!

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6. When the cookies have cooled down, package them into little baggies and place them inside your mason jar. Your lid should be dry by now, so screw that thing on too.

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7. Stick a few pretty pearl tipped pins in the top, and you’re good to go! A cute, homemade, and practical gift!

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Happy Crafting!

Bisous!

Zozette

New Years Eve Fun!

I know I appear to have missed out on a Christmas post, but I assure you I will show you what my crafty fingers have been up to soon enough. Some friends and I are having a belated X-mas gift swapping party in the new year – so I’ll only upload my festivities then. 🙂 (I don’t want to spoil anything, you know!)

However, I thought I’d collect a few New Year’s Eve ideas for the new year that we thought we’d never see!

First up, some DIY party ideas for a quiet night in counting down, or the big bash of your choice.

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1. DIY confetti slingshot at Green Wedding Shoes

2. DIY Sequined wine glass cuffs also at Green Wedding Shoes

3. Printable midnight kiss Tic Tac labels at Infarrantly Creative

4. DIY Matchbox confetti at Carolyn’s Homework

Next on the list. NAILS. All can say about this, is GLITTER GLITTER GLITTER!

Whichever colour. It doesn’t matter. Just get some sparkly up on those nails.

Glitter nail

Then, one thing I want to do this year (especially because we survived the impending doom of a non-existent apocalypse) is make a time capsule. I did one when I was in Primary school and it’s actually really fun. I love Kelli Crowe’s idea of using a mason jar for a capsule. Really cute.

Fill the jar up with ticket stubs, keepsakes and photos – and set a date when you’re allowed to open it again. Perhaps it can become an annual New years tradition? Or maybe you need a good five year gap to forget what you put in there?

I’ve drawn up a little questionnaire you can fill in and pop in there too, for a good chuckle. You’d be surprised how much you change as a person in a year.

Click here for a PDF: Time capsule

Drop a comment below and let me know if you have any New Years traditions you like to take part in every year?

Otherwise, have an absolutely super New Years Eve and may 2013 bring dreams a plentiful.

Bisous!

Zozette

From Scratch: Bubble tea!

Thanks to the internets, I have been exposed to many mouth-watering images and recipes regarding the bubbly Taiwanese drink creation, Bubble tea – also known as Pearl tea and Boba tea. The drink consists of a frothy milky or fruity tea, crushed ice and chewy tapioca pearls at the bottom. Being a great lover of tea – I knew I had to try this.

The recipes varied far and wide across the internet – so I tried my own, and noted some interesting ingredient variations. If you’d like to try something simple, here’s my recipe for:

Milk Bubble Tea – From Scratch

Ingredients

1/4 cup Tapioca pearls

2 cups of water

1-2 teaspoons honey

1 cup strong-brewed black tea (Apparently green tea is super yummo too.)

1/4 cup milk (Some suggest almond/rice/soya milk. Some, even condensed milk [Omit honey in this case])

Ice (Crushed if possible)

Method

  1. Firstly, we need to get the tapioca, or boba, cooked. The internet has proven very confusing in this regard. Some sites mention soaking, boiling, steaming etc etc. But through trial and error, I’ve found that this is all you have to do. Put the two cups of water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Toss in your raw, untouched tapioca. Give a quick stir to prevent sticking and allow to boil for about 15 minutes. Stir again and then cover the pot with a lid. Cook until the tapioca has become mostly transparent. Taste one. It should be gooey and slightly tacky – like a gummy bear. This could take another 15-25 minutes of rapid boiling. In the meantime, melt down the honey with one or two teaspoons of water. (Microwave for 10 seconds.) When the tapioca is ready, drain the water and allow to cool in the honey syrup.
  2. In a shaker, mix up the tea, milk and ice, until the tea is nice and frothy on top.
  3. Place the tapioca pearls in a tall glass and top with your shaken tea. Get yourself a thick-centered bubble tea straw (or a normal straw and a spoon – like myself…) and enjoy!

Conclusion: The milk tea bubble tea version tastes very much like milky ice tea should, but I found the tapioca to be a nice chewy surprise at the bottom! (Li’l brat even stole my glass from me.)

Bisous!

Zozette

A pinteresting picnic

Every time I waste time browse through the endless prettiness gracing the pages of Pinterest, I always imagine a beautifully Pinterestable (I am almost certain that this is a word) gathering. Alas, try as one might – things never quite come out as imagined. Crafts turn out horrifically, food-yummies flop and parties look way less-than-awesome.

On organizing her birthday picnic, my bff (who will be known on my blog as Miss B – English teaching extraordinaire) was certain that anything she organized, food or decor, was going to be 100% Pinterestable. If anyone could pull off this crafting feat, it would be the teaching extraordinaire herself. With La Patissiere (myself) giving a helping hand in the food department, I must admit; we pulled off a perfectly pinteresting, pinterestable, picnic! See our cutesy Pinterestable perfection below!

Pretty garland! Made by Miss B and li’l brat! (my sister)

Sweeties, alongside self-made Eiffel tower cinnamon cookies!

Pretty pic courtesy of Sir Broccoli.

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Vanilla cupcakes and honeyed cream cheese frosting, made by yours truly!

Miss B’s yummo homemade pink lemonade!

Lemonade for everyone!

Pretty food, for a pretty feast!

Bisous!

Zozette

PS: Don’t forget to pin the prettiness! (Haha…)