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21st February 2013

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Paper Love

21st February 2013

Exactly 1 year ago today I was on the beach hanging out with my awesome friends and family, drinking champagne and going crazy with excitement waiting to (finally!) marry my absolute best friend in the whole world.

It still makes me breathless to think about it.

Happy paper love baby. Keep on rocking my world.

xxx

Hearts

14th February 2013

Just a bit more Valentine love…

xx

Happy Love Day

14th February 2013

Hope you all have a sweet, love filled day wherever you are and whoever you’re with!

xx

Oresa

12th February 2013

I’m excited to finally share a site I designed last year with y’all, and although it’s a little more corporate than my usual BringMeJoy stuff I’d like to think it’s still rather pretty? Comments on a postcard please…

Check out the full Oresa site here.

(Kudos to the talented code-guru NickFrost for his unwavering enthusiasm and coding expertise on this project x)

Pancake Day

12th February 2013

Happy Pancake Day everyone!

For me, the best pancakes are the crêpe versions soaked in lemon and sprinkled in sugar (the real stuff, not icing sugar) rather than your typical fluffy American style … but whatever your preference I think pancakes should be eaten more often than once a year for sure.

When we were kids my mum made pancakes for dinner roughly once a week and if we ever got a say in what we were having for dinner, it was always pancakes.

And so today I’m going to share with you my mum’s pancake recipe. It’s super simple, ridiculously easy and by far the tastiest I’ve tried (and believe me, I’ve tried and tested a lot). Enjoy!

Mum’s Joyful Pancakes

Ingredients

• 1 cup plain flour
• 1 egg
• pinch salt
• 1 1/4 cups milk

To Make

1. Sift flour, then mix all ingredients together
2. Leave to sit for up to 1 hour
3. Heat the pan and butter it lightly
4. Pour a ladle of batter into the pan and swirl the batter to coat the entire surface
5. Cook over medium heat until the crêpe starts to brown at the edges, then flip
6. Keep them warm in the oven until you’re ready to eat!

To Eat

• Cover in loads of lemon juice and a generous sprinkling of sugar. If you feel like spicing it up try mixed berries, bananas, Madagascan Vanilla ice-cream and a little squeeze of lemon and sugar to top it all off.
• Finally, remember to lick your fingers and murmur lots of appreciative noises while eating. Mmmmmm!

♥ This post is for my mum, who imho makes the best pancakes in the world x

(thank you for the images topmiddlebottom – they’re making me hungry)

Silhouette Cameo

11th February 2013

My sister-in-law told me that she’d bought a Silhouette Cameo the other day and I’m ashamed to say I’d never even heard of it!

This amazing device is a little digital cutting machine. Genius.

If only I’d known about them when we were designing and having things lasercut for our wedding (and when I had to hand-cut these dogs last week for a client!)

This has just gone on my 2013 Wish List.

Kung Hei Fat Choy

11th February 2013

Wishing all my Hong Kong family a happy, healthy, prosperous and love filled Year of the Snake.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

吉慶有餘 !

Dinosaur Designs

1st February 2013

I just came across some awesome resin pieces at Tina Frey Designs and they reminded me of my necklace I put on this morning from Dinosaur Designs.

It clacks like bones when I walk and I don’t wear it often enough.

The Month Of Love

1st February 2013

Hello February!

It’s the month of love and I’m very excited for 2 reasons:

1. Valentine’s Day = the perfect excuse (not that we ever really need one) to go out and have a slap up meal somewhere cool.

2. Wedding Anniversary #1 = happily married bliss for one year – another perfect excuse for bubbles and delicious food!

Can’t wait.

(Charly’s Bakery cupcakes hand-delivered from our sweet Mush)

50% Off lil’sprout – 3 Days Left!

29th January 2013

Guys!

For the last 3 days of the lil’sprout sale we’ve got 50% off all babygrows and tees! Woop!

All our products are 100% cotton and label free so they’re extra comfy – there’s rainbows and clouds, little snowflakes and lightning, raindrops and wind and sunshine, so hurry while we’ve still got some left!

Sugru: Update

28th January 2013

Back in November I posted a video by the folks at Sugru.

We were so intrigued by the stuff we bought a bunch at Christmas, gave some away as presents and kept some for ourselves.

This is my first Sugru fix.

My brother and sister-in-law bought me the most amazing ring when they were in Venice on their honeymoon but the back fell off and I could never get another one to glue on properly. I had a couple of quotes from jewellers who said they’d have to remove the lead to set it properly, which meant it was going to be expensive to fix (and I liked the lead).

To be honest I was a little sceptical about how well it would work, so I went all out and actually made the full ring out of Sugru. As you can see it worked. Very well. Almost too well in fact! My next plan is to get rid of what I made, buy a small silver band and use a blob of Sugru to attach it to the glass so it’s a bit more delicate!

I’ll keep you posted.

My Marvelous Marmalade

28th January 2013

I’m completely awful at baking (I love it, but I’m hopeless) and in comparison making marmalade is easy to get right, looks impressive and makes an awesome gift.

It also tastes delicious, which I’ve not been able to say about most of my cake attempts.

And because I’m so happy about my marmalade making, I thought I’d share the recipe with you guys this morning. Happy Monday!

Ingredients:

  • 5 oranges
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 litre of water
  • 1kg sugar

Directions:

1. Juice one of the oranges and set aside for later. Discard the peel.
2. Wash the rest of the citrus fruit and cut into quarters. Separate the flesh from the peel and keep both. Place the flesh into a food processor (including the pips). Purée well.
3. Place the puréed citrus in a sieve above a large saucepan. Using the back of a spoon or masher, push the pulp through the sieve. Discard what is left behind in the sieve.
4. Using a sharp knife, remove as much of the pith from the citrus peel as possible. Slice or chop your peel into fine stripes (or the desired consistency). You can reduce the amount of citrus peel used, depending on your personal marmalade preference.
5. Combine the citrus purée, orange juice, chopped citrus rind and water in a large pot. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat, leaving it to simmer for 1 hour until the rind is soft and the mixture has reduced by half.
6. Reduce heat to low, add the sugar to the mixture and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring to the boil again and, without stirring, leave it to boil for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and skim off any white froth that has formed on the surface.
7. Perform the jelly test by spooning a couple of drops onto a cold plate and placing it in the fridge for a few minutes. If it sets to jelly, it’s ready. If it is still too runny, you can bring it back to the boil for a further 5 to 10 minutes and repeat the jelly test.
8. Once you are satisfied with the consistency, allow it to cool slightly and spoon into sterilised jars.

One very important thing to remember when making marmalade – whatever you do, DO NOT let the marmalade bubble over onto your stove and burn. Trust me, it’s the biggest pain in the ass and you’ll be scrubbing for hours.

Stamp

17th January 2013

I’ve having a bit of an obsession with stamps at the moment so I thought I’d share the newest in my collection.

Traditional:
This one was a gift from my sweet friend Chloe who picked it up in India over the Christmas holidays. I think it might have to stay on the shelf though! It’s too pretty to ink.

Alphabet:
The handwritten alphabet was a Christmas present from my 1 year old nephew. Doesn’t he have awesome taste! I’m going to get the letters dirty this weekend and stamp him a little card…

Owl + &:
I found these guys in the sale at Typo yesterday. I especially can’t wait to use the little owl to make some miniature love notes ♥

Meshu

14th January 2013

I just had to share with you guys another awesome present my little sister got me for Christmas (yes, she’s really, really cool!)

Meshu is a company that makes custom pendants and earrings based on journeys. My Meshu is made up of places I’ve travelled to over the last few years – from Australia to Mozambique. Each place is a point on my necklace. You can choose from Bamboo, Silver, Nylon and Acrylic and each piece comes with a postcard of your design in a little black box.

I love it.

lil’sprout New Year Sale!

10th January 2013

Yay! It’s our first ever sale at lil’sprout!

This is kind of a big deal for me, my brother and sister-in-law, so take a look guys and let us know what you think.

We’ve got 20% off all our babygrows and tees, as well as our 7 Days of the Week Giftbox sets.

We’ve had the best feedback and support since we started lil’sprout, which has made it all worthwhile and also means our 2013 collection will be available towards the middle of the year. Can’t wait!

PS. How absolutely gorgeous is my little nephew Maddox up there? xx

Max Raptor

9th January 2013

Finally I’ve got around to posting the design I did for British punk rock band Max Raptor.

Paying hommage to the Guatemalan folk saint Maximón with a bit of Día de los Muertos thrown in for good luck, the ‘MAXIMON’ Day of the Dead Sweater can be bought on the Max Raptor store.

These guys are seriously good so be sure to keep an eye out for their new album coming out later this year.

Share Neon

8th January 2013

I went a bit crazy for Gap over Christmas and popped into their shops whenever I was walking past. The block coloured cardis, stripy jumpers and amazing scarfs were done in the most awesome colours…and then came the Share Neon Kids campaign! Eek!

Firstly, SHARE. I’ve decided this will be my new word for 2013. I love it.

Secondly, NEON! Can I just say it took about 5 minutes to get that shot in between shoppers in one of HK’s busiest shopping centers over the Christmas holidays.

And finally – how sweet are these guys?

Happy Neon Year

7th January 2013

Hello friends!

I have to apologise for my lack of posts and general holiday laziness, but I decided last minute to completely switch off while I was away.

Hong Kong was crazy, sexy, hectic and cool and I have a tonne of awesome things to post about … I just wanted to say a massive happy New Year before I got started!

I hope 2013 brings you all love, colour, awesome design and beautiful inspiring things everyday to enjoy.

Neon love,
erin x

Maddox’s 1st Birthday

11th December 2012

We arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday went straight into Rainbow Party mode for my sweet little nephew’s 1st Birthday!

I designed his invite last month, so I knew we were in for a multi-coloured affair with everyone wearing allocated colours, but we also had rainbow jungles, rainbow surfing and rainbow mountains (amongst others!) rainbow streamer hoops, a rainbow ball pool and little rainbow ribbon gifts for the kids.

The best bit? Watching Maddox eat cake for the first time. Too cute – the video will come out on his 18th birthday I’m sure!

Happy Birthday Munchkin! xx

Hong Kong

7th December 2012

This afternoon we fly to Hong Kong for Christmas and New Year with my family! It’s been almost 3 years since we were there and I can’t wait to get back.

I also have the added bonus of some realtime Between the Neon and the Sea action – my blog comes from a short story with the same name, which reminds me of Hong Kong everyday. I will try my best to get some awesome HK-neon-inspired posts uploaded while I’m there.

Happy Friday everyone!

Christmas Postcards

4th December 2012

I’m super excited to have collected our Christmas postcards and that they came out so great!

I only recently discovered that ORMS have added postcards to their huge range of services, so I thought they would be a fun alternative to cards this year. Can’t wait to get them in the post!

As a side note: Those of you that know us, know about our honorary surname but for those who don’t, my surname is Joy and Si’s is Raybould and so Joybould has always been this funny combination that people use when describing us together. We actually talked about changing our surname to Joybould when we got married…but we didn’t in the end. Think we’ll just stick to using it on the Christmas cards!

The Places That We Used To Be

3rd December 2012

This weekend I began a Tumblr blog with one of my sweet friends Jacky.

We wanted to somehow document the differences between the places we lived in and so The Places That We Used To Be is a weekly selection of photographs taken of a particular theme, in the place we are.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

♥ Mum

27th November 2012

Today is my mum’s birthday and because we won’t get to celebrate properly until December, this is just a little post to say Happy Birthday Mum! Your present will be hand delivered on the 8th!

We love you xx

PS. Check out my origami crane!

Daniel

26th November 2012

I was feeling kind of crafty this weekend and so I made these name blocks for my sweet little cousin’s Christmas present.

Thought it might be fun to teach him some South African animals!