Category : family
Category : family
2013 has been a transitional year for me. I feel like I’ve grown up a great deal, and have a better idea of what I really enjoy doing. I started blogging properly, which is probably the most important change to me! Since only August I’ve got to know so many new people online and feel like we’re virtual friends already, and coming up with new ideas sartorially and in my writing has been a really enjoyable challenge. Everyone knows how great the internet is for learning, and I genuinely do feel like I learn something new every day! Here’s to blogging throughout 2014 ;D More on my blog goals later, now for the personal stuff!
For probably the first time in my life I feel like I have a great circle of friends (circle being the key word here, I’ve always had an individual best friend at least) and I know that I will always have a group of girls to have a laugh with, and friends who I can really talk to. We’ll all be spending New Year’s Eve together tonight, which I’m really looking forward to! Some of these lovely girls have been on this blog already, and I’m sure their faces will be popping up more in future. ‘Tis the price to pay for hanging out with me
I met my boyfriend Dan in November 2012, and since then we’ve gotten to know each other so well and had so much fun. We’ve been to loads of places, had so many laughs and generally just chilled and been idiots together. I’ve told him he’s guest posting on here sometime, so watch this space!
My Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze award was one of my main time sucks this year, as an evening each of voluntary work, skill (photography in my case) horse riding and dancing every week quickly ate into my time at home. I’m always one to sign up for all sorts, and I definitely don’t regret doing my DofE at all! Despite the blizzard conditions in March and the exhausting, stress-intensifying heat in July, both of our expeditions were so much fun and we all enjoyed resting our achy legs around the campfire at night. I’m pretty sure memories of those weekends will stay with me forever!
I haven’t released as many knitwear designs in 2013 as in previous years, as I’ve had so much less free time. Why did I think that 2 versions of a 4ply fine gauge top would be a quick little project? ;D This does mean, however, that I have a couple of designs in waiting, and I hope to work on much more manageable, time efficient projects in 2014 so that I can publish more designs to share with you knitters out there. Everyone loves quick projects, so accessories and little pieces seem like a good idea all round!
As I mentioned before, (if you’ve made it to reading this point) I have a few blogging related goals for 2014.
As for other goals, I haven’t made ‘resolutions’ as such but there are a few things I’d like to do/continue in 2014.
Earlier today I read a post from one of my favourite bloggers, Emily, about how she just wants to ‘do more’ in the new year. The girl summed it up perfectly! (Go read her blog btw, she’s superwoman no joke). I want to blog more, go more places, work more, see more, and have lots of fun.
Wishing everybody a happy new year, and I hope you all achieve your goals and enjoy doing so!
p.s. Now I see why everyone’s writing such long posts today. It’s somehow impossible not to!
p.p.s. all photos are from my instagram – @lilykatefrance if you fancy following for more random snapshots!
Hope everybody had a fabulous Christmas and is enjoying a chilled out Boxing Day! What do you think of my candy crush inspired card? Pretty good idea for my candy crush fanatic boyfriend, if I do say so myself! I included jellies and stripies and everything, just to be accurate
Usually my little brother is pretty reluctant to get in front of the camera, but with the excuse that `its Christmas` I managed to persuade him. People say we look really alike but I don’t see very many similarities!
Bacon wrapped honey drizzled veggies are one of my favourite Christmas side dishes. What do you like with your roasties and gravy?
Every year we crack out these adorable little mice that my Nannie knit a while ago. They’re full of character and all very individual: one cheeky pair are throwing snowballs and another crew are carol singing, books in hand. Our christmas decorating wouldn’t be complete without them!
I wasn’t planning on posting a ‘haul’ as such of gifts, but I couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful necklace from Dan! It’s gorgeous and exactly my taste, so thank you very much ;) I’ll show the presents I bought him on here shortly too.
As you can see, Santa was very generous to me this year! This isn’t even all my gifts, so I really am very grateful to everyone who gave me pressies. I’ll share things individually over the next few weeks on here, as well what I gave other people.
Again, I hope you’re all having fun with family and stuffing your faces with all manner of goodies this week. Not long left ’til 2014 now, let’s make the best of this last week!
Quick blog post before bedtime, can’t stay up late or santa might not come! Christmassyness is in full flow in my house now: all family together by the tree with a Yule Log waiting for dessert! Anyway, I thought I should probably share the gifts I’ve made before Christmas day, nevermind how last minute!
Knitted cacti are probably one of the most random of gifts I’ve ever made! A few weeks ago my former art teacher, who has since left to become a graphic designer, emailed me for a chat and to ask if my knitting skills could come in handy. Apparently a cactus fan in her life would love these for Christmas, and I agreed to lend a hand. They were a perfect quick gratification project haha, each little piece was done fairly speedily! I used various Rowan aran yarns and various stitch counts; if any knitters fancy making a bunch themselves then email me and I’ll let you know what I did.
On Monday I met up with my teacher at a pub to plant textile shrubbery. We looked quite odd with our pots and florist wire out on the table! Bex (feels weird calling my old teachers by their first names!) was very pleased so hopefully they’ll be well received on Christmas day!
I know you knitters are trying to figure out these cactus arms! I used short rows to shape the ends and mitred increases/decreases to make them bendy. Luckily they turned out really well and don’t flop or twist at all!
Promise I’m not totally crazy: I did make ‘normal’ little gifts as well as knitted cacti ;) Edible gifts go down well with everyone – especially impossible-to-buy-for dads – and so I turned to some old favourites from the treasured cooking clips journal. Usually I’m all for experimenting in the kitchen, but sticking with what I know works seemed a better idea for quick presents. Cue the Cinnamon Snickerdoodles and Lemon Syrup Cakes! I’ve shared the recipes at the end of this post: they’re delicious so I definitely reccommend a try!
Colours were looking a tad samey with the lemon loaves and snickerdoodles, so I threw in some chocolate cookies to mix things up a bit. However in true Lily style, I realised we didn’t actually have any cooking chocolate haha. Clever me! Luckily there’s always an abundance of chocolatey treats at Christmas time, so I improvised with half a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and they turned out even better than expected. Think I should improvise more in future!
Bundled in cute bags and waxed paper, I think these make a pretty tasty gift all together. I decorated the bags for my grandparents and next door neighbour too – just adds that little personal touch that I love to send!
This time round I used cinnamon, but I’ve made these with nutmeg or crushed maltesers before. You can really add whatever you like, so experiment and let me know!
For the cookie mix:
For the coating:
Lemon Syrup Cake
The original recipe is for a 2 lb loaf tin, but I sometimes use 6 mini loaf tins. The timing is obviously very different, but the recipe stays exactly the same.
For the cake mix:
For the syrup:
Chocolate (Orange) Chip Cookies
And now it’s gone 9 o’clock on Christmas eve so I should really log off the internet! Have a fabulous christmas everybody – eat lots of food and have lots of fun!
Christmas holidays finally; I think you can tell my enthusiasm for this fact above! Today was the day for delivering cards, arranging the very last of the decorations and finishing up a knitted gift I’d been asked to make. Such days definitely do not call for fashion-y outfits, so my ‘dad’s jumper, ancient cardigan and scrunched socks’ look will have to do. Can’t have pretty outfits all the time ;) Although I do like my new Primark footless tights… they’re just that little bit different with their snakeskin print and all. That’s as trendy as it’s gonna get!
My week began with a final 3 mock exams and my god am I glad to see the back of them. From Wednesday school eased up on us a little, and my friends and I co-presented the annual school talent show on Friday! With barely any prep time, I think we did a pretty good job of introducing all the acts and grabbing volunteers for the stage. This year was my last christmas talent show at high school, and I have to say I’ll kind of miss the hilarity of staff nativities and bands made up of 4 (very talented) 12 year olds.
Friday was also secret santa time for my friends and I: my present was a beautiful Swarovski pen from Georgie! She knows I’m a sucker for pretty stationery, so this was a prefect gift.
For my secret santa I chose a couple of little bits and pieces I thought suitable for an arty girly girl, and Beth was happy with her bundle so I think I did ok! With a £15 budget I picked a MUA eyeshadow palette, pencil case, quirky earphones and a pretty notebook with quotes and doodles.
Now that school’s finished I shall hopefully have more time for blogging yay! Hope everyone’s having a fun lead up to christmas… the preparation’s half the fun don’t you think?