Real Weddings | Work in progress

MbM_AF-Wedding-Stationery-05A quick little behind-the-scenes peek on some recent work I had done for a gorgeous couple getting married next summer. With Turkish-Cypriut backgrounds, the couple were eager to bring in Mediterranean influences to their bespoke stationery design while keeping it contemporary and elegant on the whole. In essence, setting the scene for their summer wedding day itself.
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The combination of fluid brush lettering and soft water-coloured illustrations were explored to create an organic sun-drenched feel. The designs for this phase of the stationery designs were centered around Mediterranean tiles and citrus hues in a subdued yet refreshing style, while exploring the subtle textures brought from the inks and paper used.

There’s a lot of work that goes behind bespoke, custom-designed wedding stationery but it is a lot of fun working on them particularly when you get to play around with different mediums. I most definitely enjoyed this one and cannot wait to get started on the next phase that is their main Invitation Suite which will be exploring more lettering and illustrations that involve olives and lemons!

So stay tuned for that in the new year :)

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[From the Kitchen:] Going green for St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all you Irish folk! Im pretty sure you’ve had an early start of celebrations this weekend especially with Ireland winning the 6 Nations – what a fab way to add to all the fun and frolics!

Well, I’ve got a rather unconventional St.Patrick’s Day blog post but it is green nonetheless! ;) I’ve been drinking a lot more smoothies since the start of this year, green ones in particular, so that I’m topped up on my nutrients, antioxidants and fibre all in the hope that I improve my health, energy levels, weight  and mental clarity! While I tend to have a decent healthy diet, there’s still a lot more green veggies and fruits I probably don’t taken enough of so this was a way to get me to up my intake of those. If you follow me on IG, FB or Twitter, you’ve probably seen many posts on this new daily ritual and it’s because I’ve had many people ask me what goes into these smoothies that I’m writing this post…..and perhaps a bit of irony thrown in too seeing as this would be a start contrast to what would probably be consumed on St.Patrick’s Day! ;)

MbM_Green-Smoothies_ingredientsSo here’s what I would put into my daily green smoothie which is normally my mid-morning intake – bear in mind that there are many versions out there but this is what I’ve learnt to love and have altered it slightly on days when I may be out of a couple of the ingredients. The two main ingredients are however, spinach and kale which I take at least a handful of each and put it into a jug. Then I’d add one banana, one kiwi (or an apple), a bunch of blueberries (these can be frozen ones if you want are conscious of your pennies plus it makes it super chilled) as your sweetening elements along with some fresh ginger and a pinch of nuts (like pumpkin or pine) for a bit of texture. Then add your liquid base like juice or almond milk to avoid this drink being one thick gunk. For this smoothie combination of mine, I just add a dash of orange orange or cranberry juice. Blitz it all up together either using an electric hand blender or a juicer until it becomes pretty smooth. Add more juice if you feel it’s still too thick. Et voila! Oh SOOO scrummy!!

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Other variations which I’ve tried are spinach and kale with celery, cucumber, fresh ginger and green tea!The main thing to remember the THREE main parts:

your leafy greens  +  your fruits  +  a liquid base

What you add to that is simply down to personal choice. Happy smoothie-ing and I hope you enjoy a much healthier approach to your life!! xx

[D.I.Y. Tutorial] St. Patrick’s Day Banner

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_St.Patricks-Day_WEB-MAIN(a)Hey lovely people! I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far! St. Patrick’s Day coming up, there’s going to be a lot of green splashed about, so I thought I would do something in aid of all the impending shenanigans. Last year I made a lot more food-based prettiness, so this time it’s going to be more crafty fun. We’re going to be checking out the parade on Sunday for the first time since being in London and I know for a fact that I’m going to have to sport something ludicrously green… all in the name of some fun and laughter, I guess! ;)

Anyway, this week’s DIY tutorial is a cute little felt banner with one of my favourite Irish quotes….although I’ve taken the original and tweaked the “I’m” to “he’s” as a tongue-in-cheek being I’m married to an Irishman. To be honest, I was going to make this for a t-shirt I thought I’d wear on Sunday but decided to make the banner instead half way through cutting the letters. I’ll probably use fabric paint to create the t-shirt later. So here’s what you need for this project:

  1. Crafting felt (a green one for either the letters or the background or two shades of green for both)
  2. Adhesive (glue gun or fabric glue)
  3. Twine
  4. Pen
  5. Scissors
  6. Dowel or a BBQ skewer (forgot to include that in the image below)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Free hand draw out the letters of your desired quote (you can pick from “Kiss me, I’m Irish“, “Luck of the Irish“, “I’m your lucky charm“) directly onto the felt, using a fine-nibbed pen. It really doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect. It’s all about the handmade charm!
  2. Cut the letters out using a pair of scissors.
  3. Place the letters roughly onto your background felt sheet (mine was A4 in size) so you get a good idea how it’s aligned.
  4. Stick the felt letters down using either fabric glue or glue gun. Make sure the glue is applied neatly to avoid any stringy mess!
  5. Take a piece of dowel or BBQ skewer and cut it to fit the width of the felt sheet. Once cut to size, tie the twine at both ends once you’ve figured out how long you want it. I cut mine to roughly 40-50cm in length. Then apply some glue gun (for this part, the glue gun is better than fabric glue) along the length of the dowel and press it gently against the reverse side of the felt. And that’s all there is to it!

MbM_DIY-Tutorial_St.Patricks-Day_WEB-1Now all you got to do is find a place to hang the lovely banner – this one i’ve made is currently hanging up in our kitchen. You should have seen my husband’s face when he saw it ;) I may have to take it out with me on Sunday or perhaps have the same quote on a t-shirt or a placard. :D Anyway, I hope you have fun with whatever you choose to do. It is super quick to make and you don’t really need a lot to make it. If you don’t have felt, then try it with card. Happy crafting and don’t forget to share any of your creations with me and add the hashtag #craftwithmolu with your images! xxx

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[D.I.Y. Christmas] Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…!

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A bit of left-over craft paper and confetti can go a long way! Here’s how I made some quick and easy Christmas cards just using these two simple materials that I found kicking about in my craft box. When I spotted this scrap of green cotton paper with funky pink polka dots I knew it would make perfect Christmas trees (the polka dots represent baubles perfectly!) so I sketched out a straightforward tree template which I then used to cut out several trees out – a little production line of tree-cutting! ;) Once cut, I then added the little gold star-shaped confetti to adorn the tops of the trees and then used a small piece of 2mm thick card to back the trees before sticking it down onto the white card stock. This was so that it sat slightly raised from the card for relief effect. And finally, to finish it all off….I wrote, in gold ink, ‘Merry Christmas’ just under the tree. So there you have it! Nice and easy, just using materials you have left-over from all your crafting. And you can cut out squares for ‘christmas presents’, circles for ‘christmas baubles’, candy canes, Santa hats…..whatever takes your fancy and just adorn it with something simple to give it that bit of festive oomph. Happy crafting folks!! xxx
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[Personalised Gifts]: Meet Elliot…

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It’s been a while since I made any elephant cushions and I couldn’t resist making this little guy to compliment the custom-made cushion I did for my friend (see my earlier post). I’ve even added a bit of lavender so that he smells divine! He will be available on Etsy soon (I’ll be doing two sizes, one at approx 20x20cm and another at 40x40cm in different fabric choices) so do stay tuuuuuuned!! xx

[Private Commission]: personalised lavender-scented cushion

This was a commissioned piece for a dear friend and new parent who, after seeing my baby ‘BOY’ cushion that I had made a while back, wanted to have a cushion personalised with her baby boy’s name for his nursery. Since she didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl, the colour scheme for the nursery was kept neutral with shades of green and yellow. The choice of fabric was therefore picked with this in mind by opting for a lovely green and white chevron fabric (by Riley Blake Designs) for the back panel, plain ice white fabric for the front panel, onto which the personalised and hand cut appliqué in this gorgeous leafy colours (by Jenn Ski for Moda Fabrics) were sewn – All fabric used in the making of this cushion were premium 100% cotton, stuffed with polyester filling, and laced with lavender. I will be listing this on my upcoming Etsy store for anyone that wishes to have personalised (30x25cm) cushions made to order.  Please do let me know what you think!! :) BLOG_STRIP_Ayaansh-Cushion-Web[image credit: Made by Molu]

[From the Kitchen] St.Patrick’s Day Bake-off

BLOG_STRIP bailey's cupcakes WEBSo, for those who our celebrating St. Patrick’s Day over the weekend, I trust you had a might good one! We sure did, although not everything went quite to plan. The whole of Saturday B and I were busy cooking and backing up a storm for St. Patrick’s Day – B was in charge of the Irish Stew (recipe will follow in the next post!) and I was in charge of the baked delights: Chocolate Bailey’s Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream icing! :) And this post features the latter……..a rather simple recipe that gave some scrumptious results! I really had to try hard to stay clear from the icing which FYI is the BEST flavour I’ve tried to date!! :D I did initially plan on going for Guinness-flavoured cupcakes but since none of us are a huge fans of it I simply omitted the Guinness and opted for Bailey’s instead.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 275g self-raising flour
  • 275g caster sugar
  • 275g softened butter
  • 25g cocoa powder, sieved and added to some hot water (NB you can melt plain or dark chocolate pieces if you wish for a much richer cupcake)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys or other Irish cream liqueur

For the Buttercream icing:

  • 750g icing sugar
  • 250g softened butter
  • 100ml Bailey’s or other Irish cream liqueur – I may have put a tad bit extra! ;)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • green food colouring – add 1 tsp first and if you want it any greener then add a wee bit more.

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C.
  2. Line your 12-hole cupcake/muffin tin with paper liners.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, gently whisk in the cocoa powder with a bit of hot water until smooth. You can use whole milk instead of the water as another alternative. Then add the softened butter and whisk it all together gently. And yes, it’s only when you start baking do you realise how much butter and sugar goes into these bad boys!! You can only imagine what must go in the next time you’re ordering a slice of cake! It’s quite shocking really but as long as you’re not consuming these on a regular basis, a bit of sugary goodness won’t hurt too much!
  4. In a larger bowl, add the flour using a sieve followed by the caster sugar. Then mix the chocolate mixture and whisk gently making sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Make sure you don’t over-whisk these though! Next comes the eggs – preferably whisked in a separate little bowl before adding this to the mixture. Once again, make sure everything is combined well for a nice smooth batter. At the very end, add the Bailey’s in!
  5. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners dividing evenly so that they are two-thirds full. Place the tray in the middle of the oven and bake for around 15-20 minutes if they are  large cupcakes – so just keep an eye out that you don’t burn them. I put mine  for roughly 12-15 minutes, and then turned the tin around on the shelf, leaving them in for another 5 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched. You can also insert a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake to check if they are ready – if they come out dry then they’re done! Leaving them in for any further time makes the cupcakes too dry. Oh and if they look like they’ve erupted like a volcano in the middle, don’t worry. you can either trim that off before the icing goes on or use that shape when icing!
  6. Let cupcakes cool slightly and then transfer them onto a wire rack to fully cool, after which the icing goes on.
  7. For the icing, beat the softened butter and Bailey’s in a large bowl (using hand-held mixer, free-standing or by hand which is what I did!)  Sift in the icing sugar followed by the green food colouring, carefully incorporating all the ingredients until light and fluffy. Now, you can place icing in a piping bag with a desired tip or like me spread it on using a spatula for a more rustic look. If you choose to pipe then make sure you start at the outside of the cupcake and pressing out the icing consistently while moving around towards the center.
  8. I wasn’t able to get hold of shamrock-shaped sprinkles in time so kept it simple but if you have them or anything green or St.Patrick’s related then have fun adding that finishing touch!! :D

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Anyway…….HAPPY BAKING!!!!! :D xx

[Inspiration]: 10 creative and fun D.I.Y.s to try for St.Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Ohh am I pleased to see the end of the week! The weekend has officially begun and I couldn’t be happier! Well we’re only a day and half before the St.Patrick’s Day celebrations begin! So have any of you got anything planned for the weekend? I’m definitely jotting down a few ideas to try/do over the weekend which includes cooking up a nice Irish Stew, along with some baked green-coloured goodies  tomorrow (still not decided what that is yet but definitely some baking involved! Just stewing on whether to do something traditional or be a bit more experimental). And on Sunday I will of course be kicking off the celebrations with the traditional ritual of sporting something green with shamrocks a plenty and head out to check out the parade! No doubt squeeze in a few cheeky drinks too!

Anyway, here are a few things I thought could be something you and I could try this weekend? A little inspiration for your creative juices to flow! If you have other ideas, I’d be delighted to hear them in the comments section. In the meantime, have a lovely weekend folks and if you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day – hope it’s a mighty good one!!! :) Oh, I’ll be posting pics from my shenanigans so watch this space! xxxBLOG_STRIP st paddys day

  1. Shamrock Wreath what a fabulous idea and one that can be made easily i’m sure!
  2. Shamrock Boutonnaires  by Martha Stewart
  3. Fabric Clover Art  by Flamingo Toes
  4. Shamrock Streamers by Kelly on Studio D.I.Y.
  5. Homemade Leprechaun Spirits by Design Sponge
  6. Irish Soda Bread by the Melangery
  7. Shamrock Cut-out Cupcakes by Glory of Glorious Treats
  8. Green Velvet Pop Cakes by Love From The Oven which are cute and fun alternative to the traditional cake
  9. Shamrock Tortilla Chips by Courtney on Spiced Blog make a brilliant St. Paddy’s Day themed snack to team up with your drinks!
  10. Guinness and Bailey’s jello shots by Jaimee Sire