Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Birthday Bake | Lemon Layer Cake

Yesterday was Jon's birthday - and another great excuse for cake! I had a lot of lemons in the fridge so decided a Lemon Layer Cake would be the perfect birthday cake for my favourite person.

I used this recipe from the Cath Kidston blog and adapted it a little bit; some extra lemon rind into the batter made this cake extra lemony, and I left out the yellow food colouring too (because I didn't have any!).
Mine ended up being at two layer cake as I found that there wasn't enough mix to make three layers in my tins, we didn't mind though, it was really tasty and made a nice change from chocolate or banana which are my usual go-to bakes.

I pin lots of baking ideas to my Food board on Pinterest if you fancy some more foodie inspiration. Or feel free to recommend your favourites too, I do love to try new recipes!


Monday, 18 August 2014

Paper Love | First Wedding Anniversary

This coming Saturday is mine and Jon's first wedding anniversary - I can't believe we've been married a year already!

We are celebrating with the traditional gifts and so will be giving each other presents made of paper this year. You'd think this would be easy for someone who sells paper products for a living but I've taken ages deliberating over the perfect gifts - in case you're struggling too I've rounded up some of my favourite ideas.

Personalised Date Print  by Geri Loves Emi

Map Cufflinks by Ellie Ellie    

Mr + Mrs Prints by More Than Words      

And some more ideas if these don't tickle your you have any other ideas?

Write a love letter | Frame your favourite wedding photo | 
Commission or create a print of your favourite hymn or wedding reading|
Buy tickets to a destination or event | Create a memory scrapbook |
A map pinned with the destinations you've travelled together

Friday, 15 August 2014

Friday Feline

CATS / Turquoise Kitty / Cat Cards / Paint / Let's Discover / Cool Cool Cat 

Happy Friday! Here's a selection of brightly coloured cats to start your weekend :)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Brand New - Cute Critter Cards!

You may have spotted these new cards on Facebook or Instagram this week... but here is a formal introduction to the latest birthday range, Cute Critters.

Featuring some more STACIE SWIFT animals (you can never have too cards illustrated with foxes, fact), these sweet little celebration designs all have a matching fun phrase that makes them perfect for all ages!
It's not just the design that makes these stand out - a slightly different shape to our usual A6 cards, these aren't just cute, but curved too.

Available now in the STACIE SWIFT Etsy shop and also for wholesale - please email for enquiries.

If you pop over to our facebook page before 7pm tonight there is a cheeky offer available on these new designs too :)


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Bunny Pet Portrait

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I've developed a bit of a bunny obsession recently.... so when the lovely Sarah of Sarah's Scribbles purchased a Pet Portrait of her rabbit Scruff I was ridiculously excited. I mean, just look at that face!

Scruff was a dream to draw (I've said it before, but Pet Portraits really are the best commissions ever!). You should definitely seek Sarah out on social media if you haven't already, plenty of bunny posts - plus her lifestyle blog is a great read.

Here are the links to more from her and Scruff if you need another dose of cuteness:
Sarah's Scribbles Blog // Sarah's Scribbles Instagram // Sarah's Scribbles Twitter


Friday, 8 August 2014

Friday Feline

Image Sources:  Cats Kitchen Print / Kitty Tablecloth / Cat Biscuits / Mum + Kitty / Cat Coffee / Cat Bowls

Some cute sunshiney kitties on what has been a bit of a grey and wet Friday! Happy weekend, people!


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Crochet Class at The Shop At Forty

On Tuesday night I went along to STACIE SWIFT stockist and general shop of amazingness, The Shop At Forty, for a Crochet Class run by a lovely lady called Lucy.

Now, coordination and following instructions are not my strong points, but even I sort of got the hang of chains and trebles and rings by the end of the session! A minor miracle!

It was so much fun learning something new and to top it all off there was a delicious sprinkle-covered cake to end the evening with. I enjoyed myself so much I am meeting up with Lilly from That's Sew Lilly tomorrow to practise my new skills, my goal is to make a blanket by this time next year (it could definitely take me a while!!).

Next on my list is to attend The Shop At Forty's  Lampshade Workshop. I'll be giving Kirstie Allsop a run for her money soon ;)

Have a browse at the upcoming workshops on The Shop At Forty website if you want to try your hand at a new skill. Plus Sharon, the owner, is super lovely - and I defy you to leave without buying at least one thing every time you visit!