I hope you are all doing well 🙂 I would like to start off this blog post by apologising that it has been almost a month since I last posted. I haven’t felt particularly inspired to post anything on here over the past few weeks, but now that the festive months are coming up (and Summer!) I am starting to get very excited to start posting on here again 🙂 I hope you are as excited for the upcoming posts as I am.
For todays blog post, I thought I would do an update on my Bullet Journal. I absolutely loved using my Bullet Journal for about 7 months after I started it in July last year (you can find my original post here), but as much as I loved my setup and how colourful the notebook was, I eventually got quite bored of using it and ending up abandoning it. About 2 months ago, I really wanted to get back into Bullet Journalling as I found it kept me much more organised and productive. It took awhile for me to find a suitable notebook to use for it, as I didn’t particularly want one with lines but also didn’t want to spend $30+ on a Leuchturrm1917 (which is traditionally used for Bullet Journals). I ended up finding this pastel floral notebook at The Warehouse for only $4, which although it does have lines, they are quite faint and I loved the cover design too much to not get it.
To create my page layouts, I did want to incorporate a few of my favourite pages from my last journal, but in a more simple layout so that I don’t get bored of filling out so many each day. A few of my favourite pages from this notebook are my ‘Books to Read’ page and ‘Blog Post Ideas’ page. I spent quite a lot of time setting these up as I kept redoing sections of them until I was happy with it. I decided to put the entire weeks events and to do’s onto one page as I don’t really need alot of space for these. I have really been enjoying AmandaRachLee‘s Bullet Journal videos for inspiration and would highly recommend her videos for anyone who is looking to start up their own journal.
As you can see, I have only just started using my new journal for the month of September but I am already loving the layout and cannot wait to set up Halloween themed pages for October! I am thinking about doing a blog post on each of my monthly setups, so please let me know if you would be interested in this.
A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to have another go at growing flowers for Spring/Summer this year. I knew right away that one of the flowers I wanted to plant were sunflowers, as I feel these are one of the most summery looking flowers and I love their bright yellow petals. I wasn’t quite sure what other flowers I wanted to plant, so 2 weeks ago I headed out to one of my local garden centres and had a look through their seeds and flowers. They didn’t really have a large variety of flowers as it is still Winter in New Zealand, so I decided planting seeds would be the best way to go and headed inside to look at what they had on offer. I ended up choosing a packet of Everlasting Daisys’ and Enchinaceas’ as they are very bright and summery looking.
The following week I had agreed to meet one of my friends at the same garden centre for lunch in their cafe and after eating, I decided to have a wander around to look at their range of indoor plants. I have currently been clearing out a lot of my stuff and had an empty corner in the bedroom to fill, and felt that a plant would really brighten up the room for Spring. Originally I had planned to buy a miniature palm tree as I think these are really summery looking, however I immediately changed my mind after seeing the $200 price tag. After looking around for a further 10 minutes, I noticed a display of peace lilies and knew that it would be perfect, especially because it had a price tag of only $22. I love the contrast of the big, dark green leaves and the white lily (which is getting ready to open any day now!)
As we had a lovely sunny day on Saturday, I thought it was the perfect time to plant my seeds and set about prepping the soil and cleaning out plant pots. After planting the sunflower seeds, I decided that I wanted to get some proper flowers to plant and headed over to another garden centre and have a look at what they had instore. I found some bright yellow, blue and pink flowers and felt they would go perfectly with the sunflowers and other seeds once they grow. I am not sure what kind of flowers they are as the card just said ‘potted colour’ but I’ve bought them before and find that they are quite easy to grow. I decided to plant them in white plant pots as I really like the contrast between the colours.
I am very excited to see the flowers growing as we get into the warmer months and I’m sure I’ll post quite a few pictures of the sunflowers on here and on my Instagram @ladydaisyblog in the coming months, so make sure to keep your eye out.
This weeks post is very special to me as LadyDaisyBlog is officially 1 year old! 🙂 I would like to take this as an opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to read my blog over the past year, whether that is just a post here and there or whether it’s every single post. You all mean so much to me and I can’t thank you enough 🙂 I have decided to dedicate this post to possible blog post ideas that you can use if you are just starting out or whether you’re stuck on what to write about next 🙂 I hope you find a few options that interest you and I would love to read what you come up with. Here’s to another year!
10 facts about me
Top 10 favourite movies
Favorite childhood memory
Your favourite outfit
10 things I can’t live without post
Top 5 beauty products
Your favourite blogs
Your morning routine
Your bedtime routine
Things you do to relax
Your favourite TV shows
Your favourite books
Host a giveaway/competition
What’s in my bag
Your fitness routine
Your favourite phone apps
Things that make you happy
Your favourite YouTube channels
Birthday wish list
Fashion trends you’re loving or hating
Fun things to do with your friends
Visit a new coffee or donut shop and write about it
Your favourite things about Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
As some of you may know, I have spent the past year studying for a diploma in Interior Design and as of 2 weeks ago, I have officially graduated from the Interior Design Institute! I wanted to dedicate this blog post to what I thought about my Interior Design course and how I found online study. I hope you enjoy it 🙂
This course consisted of 12 modules and 12 assignments, it covered design aspects ranging from historical buildings and art to designing your own interior space. Although a few sections of this course were quite difficult and took me a while to complete, I did thoroughly enjoy getting to draw up floor plans as it brought back so many memories from my favourite subject in high school. Other aspects of this course that I found enjoyable included creating a 1-point perspective drawing and designing an array of mood boards. I liked being able to pick a colour or theme for a room and choose furniture and art that matched the theme.
One of the main things I found difficult about this course was that, because it was an online course, it was generally a lot harder to get help when I was stuck on something. However, the tutor that I was assigned to was very lovely and replied with detailed answers to my questions as soon as she could.
When I started studying with the Interior Design Institute, I had no idea that Interior Design had so many different aspects and requirements. It hadn’t even occured to me that there would be a lot of paper work included, but this course really helped to strengthen my understanding of everything that goes into a renovation project and making a space look incredible.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in Interior Design or wants to see what it’s all about. If you would like to have a look through their course brochure, you can find the website here. I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with my diploma yet, but I will make sure to update you all in the future.
Have you ever studied online? What did you think of it? 🙂
I’m so excited to share this post with you today! About 3 weeks ago, my sister decided that she wanted to have a party for her 18th birthday and asked if I could put together a few snacks for the night. I immediately took to Pinterest to find a range of ideas and stumbled upon a photo of a donut pinata. My sister absolutely loves donut themed things so I knew right away that anything donut themed would go down a treat.
I decided to make my own donut pinata, which took about about a week to make due to drying times for the paper mache. I think next time I will make it a little bit smaller as although it was really fun to make, near the end I got as little bit fed up. To go with this, I made mini donuts as end-of-party giveaways and a donut cake, which is the main focus of this blog post. Let’s get started!
You Will Need:
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
For The Icing:
100g butter, softened
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
3-4 teaspoons vanilla essence
2-3 tablespoons milk
2-3 drops pink food colouring
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
Pink fondant icing
What To Do:
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius and grease a ring cake tin.
Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs one at at time and beat well after each addition.
Pour in the vanilla essence and mix until combined.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix until smooth.
Add the milk and beat well for 1 minute.
Pour into the greased cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Place your cake onto a wire rack to cool and repeat steps 1-8.
Once your cakes are cool, prepare your buttercream icing by mixing the butter and icing sugar together until smooth.
Add in the vanilla essence and milk until it forms a creamy texture. Place 2/3 of the icing into a separate bowl for later.
Add a few drops of pink food colouring into the remaining icing and mix until until a solid colour forms. Spread this onto the top of one cake and place the second cake on top.
Add 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the icing you put aside earlier and mix well. Spread all over the cake and using a knife, smooth as best as you can.
Roll out the pink fondant icing until 2-3mm thick and cut into a circle a bit smaller than the cake.
Lay the fondant on top of the cake and cut out the centre to make it look like a donut.
Glaze the fondant with a few teaspoons of water and vodka, and add some colourful sprinkles on top.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I would love to see if you recreate it. I have included a few pictures from the party below for you to look at.
Happy New Year! As this is my first post of the year, I thought it only right to write about my New Years Resolutions. I dont usually set resolutions for myself because I’m not very good at sticking with them and end up giving up after the first week. However, this year I really want to try and achieve them (for at least 1 month anyway, haha).
My main resolution for this year is to become alot healthier. Looking back over past year and a half, I realised just how unhealthy I have become, I don’t even remember the last time I went a full week without having a single unhealthy thing to eat or drink. I’ve also noticed how tired I am all the time and how dehydrated I feel most days. When I noticed that I had no energy even after I’d just had a good sleep, that’s when I knew something had to change. To start being healthier, I plan on going for walks more regularly, drinking more water and slowly changing my eating habits. I will keep you updated on how I get on 🙂
My second resolution is to become more organised and motivated. I used to see myself as a very organised person, and in some ways I still do. I always have lists of things that I need to do and when I should have them completed by, but I am not organised enough to actually complete them by the set date and this is mostly due to my lack of motivation to actually get them done. Personally, I think this is also linked to the fact that I have very little energy during the day, so I think working on my first resolution will really help with this one too. To try and make myself a bit more organised I am going to get back into bullet journalling and setting aside specific times everyday to focus on the things I need to get done, I am hoping this will help me to get everything finished on time.
My third and final resolution for 2017 is to set aside some more time during the day to do something crafty. I always find that I feel so much happier when I have done something crafty during the day, whether this is writing a blog post, taking photographs, reading, knitting or drawing. I have always been a crafty person and I miss setting aside time to create art. The first thing I plan on making for 2017 is a dress for the summer so stay posted for a future blog post on it 🙂
As some of you may know, I celebrated my 20th birthday on New Years Eve. I didn’t really have anything planned for it, but my boyfriend and I went out to do some shopping for my mum (as it’s her birthday this week), followed by a nice lunch at a garden centre. When we got back to my house around 5pm, I was surprised by 3 of my closest friends, a plan set up by my sister. We had pizza and cake for dinner and a lot of talking. I think minimal birthdays are my favourite 🙂
What are your New Years Resolutions? What did you do to celebrate the New Year? 🙂
I hope you had a great Halloween, full of sugar and fun! 🙂 I was in a bit of post – Halloween denial and didn’t really know what to write about this week, and then I remembered a great recipe that my Nanny suggested I should try to make, that was included in an edition of The Dominion Post. This recipe takes a few hours to make, so it was perfect for the raining Sunday afternoon we had this weekend. I am a sucker for anything that contains custard so I knew that I would love this recipe and I hope you enjoy it too 🙂 This is quite a crumbly treat so it was quite difficult to photograph, but trust me, it is a lot more delicious than it looks haha. Let’s get started!
You Will Need:
2 sheets puff pastry
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons custard powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
10g butter, melted
2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon eat
What To Do:
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees celcius and line 2 baking trays. Place one sheet of puff pastry on each tray.
Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the pastry.
Prick all over with a fork and bake for 8 minutes until slightly golden.
Place a baking tray on top f the pastry to flatten it and bake for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
Heat 600ml of milk in a saucepan until almost boiling.
Mix together remaining milk, custard powder, vanilla and sugar. Pour into milk while stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until thick.
Pour into a jug and cover with plastic. Allow to cool.
Line a square tin with plastic wrap and place one pastry sheet into the bottom. Evenly spread custard on top and place second pastry sheet on the custard layer.
Chill for about 2 hours before icing.
To create the icing, combine icing sugar and butter, mixing well.
Add lemon juice until a smooth, spreadable icing appears. Stir in lemon zest.
Spread evenly over the top layer of pastry and cut into squares.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and would love to see your re-creations! 🙂