Saturday, 18 April 2015

A LITTLE BIT OF PINSPIRATION

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When I first opened my pinterest account I barely used it, I just didn't quite get it and could't really figure out what to use it for. But, over the past few months, I have become a self confessed pinterest addict! I guess I now use it in place of Tumblr, which for some reason I've drifted away from. 

Some of my favourite Pinners at the moment are Katie Frank - who's "other photography" board I am completely obsessed with - and Becky Bedbug because she is such an organised pinner with a board for pretty much everything, including the very usuful "blog tips" board.

Do you use Pinterest at all and, if so, what for? If you'd like to follow me just search for Nora Lilly! Speak soon,

Nora x

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

BROWNIES IN A JAR

CHOCOLATE RELATED PRESENTS ARE ALWAYS WELL RECEIVED! 

Hello peoples, I recently made one of these chocolate brownie kits as a gift for one of my friends and thought I'd share how you make them because they make brilliant gifts for almost everyone and really don't take too long to put together!

YOU WILL NEED:
500ml/half litre jar or container
baking powder
plain flour
cocoa powder
light brown sugar
caster sugar
chocolate chips
walnuts (only if you like them!)

So, first up you need to make sure your jar is all clean and dry. Then measure out 50g of plain flour and add 1/4 of a teaspoon of baking powder to it. Carefully spoon into the jar then use the end of a rolling pin to gently press the flour down ready for the next layer. Next, measure out 20g of cocoa powder and press down with the rolling pin as before. Continue doing the same for the next layers of 40g plain flour, 70g light brown sugar & 75g caster sugarNow your jar should be almost full, add chocolate chips and then walnuts if you like them to fill the remaining space. To finish off you just need to make it look pretty! You could add a bit of fabric or paper and tie with a ribbon - it's easier to keep it all on if you also use an elastic band to secure it. 

The only thing left to do now is to write a note or label with the instrctions on how to make the brownies. 

METHOD:
melt 75g of butter and combine with the contents of the jar
add 2 beaten eggs and mix well
pour into a small greased & lined tin 
bake for around 20-35 minutes 
gas mark 4/180°C/160°C for a fan oven

Well that's that then! Writing this all out has made me want to eat some brownies so badly, perhaps I'll give the recipe a little "test!" Bye for now,

Nora x

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

WEEKLY NUTSHELL #7



BRAND NEW LITTLE LAMBS ON MY UNCLES FARM
{Life Lately}
I can't think of anything which makes it feel more like Spring has sprung than when the lambs begin to appear in the fields. I love the way they bounce around like they've got springs in their feet - too cute! The weather these past few days has been lovely too, I'm just a little miffed I haven't been able to get outside more to enjoy it due to being trapped inside trying to rescue my art project and vaguely do some revision (it's not going well!).

{Currently Reading}
In an attempt to avoid revision/work I've been rediscovering my collection of old snoopy comic strips - they never fail to cheer me up - as well as continuing my way through Brian Cox's beautiful Human Universe book. If you have any blog reccomendations do let me know because I feel like I need to update my bloglovin' feed and find some new reads. Ta muchly.

{Listening To}
Well next weekend I'm going to a Wombats gig ~yayy~ so I've been listening to them at every possible opportunity. Current favourites are "Kill The Director" and, from their new album, "Give Me A Try." Now I've got that pre-gig excitement/nerves where I keep wondering which songs they'll play, how squashed I'll get and wheither I'll get lost or not! 

Nora x

Saturday, 11 April 2015

HAPPY 2ND BLOG BIRTHDAY

TWO WHOLE YEARS OF BLOGGING ON HELLO YOU!
Today marks my blog's second birthday, I can hardly believe it's only been two years since I wrote my first post because I can't imagine not having a blog. Even though I don't post very regularly it's still such an important part of my life and something which I love to do. A huge thank you to anyone who has ever taken the time to have a little read of my rambles or left a lovely comment - they never fail to make me smile! I'd like to think that though the quantity of blog posts I put up every month has decreased since I began, their quality has improved. I know for certain my photography and writing has vastly improved because looking back at old posts is painfully cringy, hopefully they'll keep getting better!

Now the other thing which I need to waffle on about is my lomography Diana Baby 110 camera giveaway which finished at midnight last night. The winner is *drumroll* Natasha from Of The Saints so congratulations I shall be emailing right away and then posting it shortly. Also a big thank you to everyone else who entered!

Well fingers crossed I last another couple of years here on the blogosphere, goodness me I wonder where I'll be by then! Bye for now,

Nora x

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

BE MORE HAPPY





With exams looming and general life stresses mounting, I've been feeling a little down and so, in an attempt to rectify this, I've decided to start my very own "Be More Happy" jar. As dreadfully cheesy as it sounds, sometimes all you need is a little Pinterest-style motivation to make you smile and remind you that these worries won't last forever. So, whenever I'm feeling pessimistic, sorry for myself or a tad on the grumpy side I'll pick a note from the jar. Perhaps it's a daft idea but it seems to be working for me so far, it's the little things that keep me going when life gets troublesome and it's lovely to see how much a simple note can cheer someone else up. 

What do you do when you need to get motivated or something to make you smile?

Nora x

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Monday, 23 March 2015

GIVEAWAY // DIANA BABY 110

YOU COULD WIN YOUR VERY OWN ADORABLE MINIATURE FILM CAMERA!
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It came as a wonderful surprise when, last December, I found out that (somehow) I had come third in the Lomography UK blog awards! The lovely people at Lomography then sent me my very own itsy bitsy Diana Baby camera and a pack of film, as well as a set to give away to my readers.  The giveaway will run from now until the 11th of April, which happens to be my blog's two year anniversary, when I will pick & announce the winner. I'm afraid it's UK only due to postage costs.

Currently waiting to get them back from my local film shop but I'll soon be sharing the photos I took using this cutie! Good luck everyone,

Nora x

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