Glitter Hands Subscription Box

Hello my loves! It’s been a minute (actually 3 months) but there’s been A LOT going on since we last spoke – the most major event being that we moved into our new house! It’s phenomenal and I will tell you all about it soon but for now I have something very exciting to share – the first Glitter Hands subscription box!

Emma very kindly offered to send me the first box for review and let me tell you, I was so excited to get it! I love a subscription box and I’ve definitely tried more than my fair share over the years. What’s great about Glitter Hands though is that the box isn’t just for a specific project, it has a selection of craft supplies which are hand picked by Emma to go with that month’s theme. With everything else going on, I’m a bit late with sharing this box which is actually April’s subscription… Whoops! Subscriptions for May are actually now closed but sign-ups for June will open in 12 days!

So what was in the box? A crap tonne to be frank.


I loved the mermaid theme but the supplies in the box are so versatile that they could be used on anything. I used a lot of these items to jazz up a couple of my Project Life spreads, in particular this hand-mixed glitter! Look how beautiful it is!


The other thing I love is that you don’t have to wait an absolute age for delivery to the UK! I subscribed to the ABM Messy Box when it first came out and eventually cancelled my subscription as I was just sick of waiting on it. Glitter Hands is assembled and sent from the UK to the UK so that’s definitely a bonus for us! I’m definitely going to be signing up for June’s box and I think you should too as Emma has very kindly sent me a discount code to share with you! Get 20% off your first box with the code GLITTER12. This code is valid until the 1st of June so you have plenty time!

If you do subscribe, please do let me know as half the fun of craft subscription boxes is seeing what other’s make! Tag your creations with #glitterhands so Emma can see them too!



Muscat Manor: Update


This is not a drill, I repeat, this is NOT. A. DRILL.

My house will apparently be ready in a little over 6 weeks! I can’t really get my head around the fact that it’s so soon but we’ve been pretty proactive preparing for the big move. Before I get into the details, lets back up a bit and see how far we’ve come.

muscat manor progress

We have a roof! And interior walls! Be still my beating heart.

As it is a new build, it will completely habitable on the day we get the keys. All the walls will be painted, carpets laid and wardrobes fitted. Then it’s just up to us to fill it with furniture and therein lies the problem. Aside from my craft desk and a jazzy AF coffee table, we have no furniture to call our own. That’s what happens when you live in furnished rentals. This is both a blessing and a curse; no need for hulking furniture to the new place but now we have to fork out some major bucks to save us from sleeping/eating/drinking/lounging on the floor. This is where most of my energy has been expended since Christmas – searching high and low for the perfect sofa and bed. I’m very pleased to be able to say that the task has been accomplished! Let me introduce you to the 2 single biggest purchases I have ever made (until we actually hand over the deposit for the house, that is).

The Bed – We chose the Sensaform 3000 Divan Bed Set in the colour summer hay. It’s a great kingsize bed and is the perfect combination of support for Ian’s taste and my need to feel like I’m sleeping on a fluffy cloud. We bought it from Bensons for Beds in their January sale so we got it for a really good price!

150cm Platform Top 2 Drawer Set Sensaform 3000 Summer Hay

The Sofas – This was definitely the hardest thing to choose… Who knew! We went to all the typical places to look for sofas in the UK but I just wasn’t sold on ANY of them. I was pretty insistent on wanting foam cushions so that I wouldn’t be in a constant state of fluffing and the only place that actually offered this was Next! I hadn’t even considered it as an option until we wandered into one of their home ware stores on a whim. We loved the selection and the ability to basically design your own sofas from their range of shapes and fabrics. After ordering what seemed like 50 bajillion fabric samples from the website, we settled on the Michigan sofa in the light grey cosy twill fabric. Our living room is will be quite long so we were able to get both a 2-seater and 4-seater in there quite comfortably.

It’s a pretty light fabric but when you don’t have any sprogs and your drink of choice is a colourless spirit, this becomes less of an issue 🙂 I will, however, be enforcing a strict ‘dry food only’ policy in the living room area. The mere mention of a tomato-based sauce anywhere near these beauties sends me into a blind panic.

Buchanan Dressing Gown

Alright lads? Long time, no see! I’m coming out of a hiatus to show off one of the Christmas presents I made last year – A Buchanan Dressing Gown from Gather.

gather buchanan dressing gown

I made this for my wee mammy as her Christmas present which meant that it took me a bajillion hours to make. When it comes to sewing for myself I usually fly by the seat of my pants (a typical Gold trait) but this is the first think I’ve ever made for another human (dog gifts have less pressure associated with them) so I wanted to make a really good job of it. Every seam is finished and all the cuffs are top stitched. I made proper belt and hanging loops, and even added my own label cause I’m a God damn professional.

buchanan dressing gown gather kit

buchanan dressing gown gather kit

I originally bought the actual Buchanan kit by Gather, compete with fabric and the printed pattern. I sewed it all up only to discover that the fabric made it look like something a 70’s dinner lady would call a uniform. I was sent back, kicking and screaming, to the fabric drawing board only to discover the perfect replacement in the form of a beaut paisley-esque print which I bought at a little market in Turkey. It had a much nicer drape to it than the original fabric and I could still use the navy contrast fabric from the kit.

buchanan dressing gown gather kit

You can get a better idea of the fabric and print in the picture above. Even with all my attention devoted to this project (I banned myself from Netflix so I could concentrate properly whilst sewing) I still managed to cock up the label and hanging loop placement. They should both be a good inch to the right face palm I suppose it’s those kind of things that make it one-of-a-kind.

It was quite lovely handing this over as a gift and seeing my mum’s face when she finally realised that I had made it just for her ><

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to share and then again I get it because I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed and uninspired lately. Call it a yearly slump coupled with the STRESS of planning a wedding, work being hella busy and building/moving into a new house in less than 8 weeks. My brain is fried and any free time I have is filled with tasks related to the aforementioned. I’ve not really felt like creating anything because I know that I’m just about to pack up my craft room and hit the road. My one creative outlet continues to be my planner and what a saviour of sanity it has been! Hopefully things will settle down at work over the next couple of weeks and we’ll get a confirmed date of entry for the house. I’m buying a couch on Friday so here’s to small (but very expensive) milestones 🙂

January Planner Pages

I don’t know how I ever lived without my MAMBI happy planner. It’s been a constant source of organisation and comfort to me for 5 months now and I’m just as into decorative planning now as I was when I first got it! I actually decorated my January planner pages at the beginning of December but what with one thing and another it’s taken me this long to show them off.

decorative planner pages planner stickers january week 1

For this spread I used stickers from RaspberylDesigns on etsy. This is the White Wedding printable kit but unfortunately I can’t link to it directly as her shop went on holiday recently. I added some silver washi at the bottom for a bit of glitz and added a list flag to the side for my week meal planning. I’ve been trying to rectify some of the damage done to my waistline over Christmas with relatively healthy eating… So far its going quite well!

decorative planner pages planner stickers january week 2

Week 2 called for stickers from My Planner Envy which is probably my favourite site for free stickers! This is the Blue and Orange Sticker Sampler and I added some light blue grid washi to the weekend boxes. It’s pretty basic but I really like the clean lines.

decorative planner pages planner stickers january week 3

This is the current week and it uses the Happy Mail Designs Mustard and Grey set. I still have a soft spot for grey and yellow together and I really like this layout. My only niggle is that the washi I used to cover the weekend boxes is just not quite the right shade of yellow #firstworldproblems.

decorative planner pages planner stickers january week 4

The final week of January uses the Farye Plans November monthly kit. I obviously bought this back in November but when I printed it out the colours definitely didn’t go with the Happy Planner theme so I saved it for January which is much more blue. It’s quite gaudy and definitely made worse by my use of yellow and blue washi ha! It’s not my favourite spread but I’m happy to have used the stickers up in a way that I can live with 🙂

If you have any favourite sources for printable stickers (free or otherwise) let me know in the comments below! I’m ready to start decorating March, April and May!

Complete: December Daily 2015

Time to show off my December Daily album for 2015! I really enjoyed putting this together as a totally separate entity and I can only imagine that I’ll do the same this year 🙂 It may be even better if I followed some prompts… Not sure whether to make up my own or follow someone else who’s doing it online? Anyway, here’s my full album in all it’s glory!

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Having a prepared December Daily kit really helped me save so much time when scrapping this album, and sticking to only 2 paper pads as well as random scraps really makes the whole thing flow so much better. It was great not having to rummage around for supplies for embellishments so I’ll definitely be using this method more throughout the year. I can see now why pre-made kits are so addictive! I thought I would struggle with getting photos from every day but it was actually fine! This 4×4 album was perfect for scrapping each day and the 2×2 pockets allowed me to use a few pictures for the one day if I needed to. So that’s all my projects for 2015 completely finished! I was going to share my monthly project life spread for December but it seems a bit redundant now. Looking forward to cracking on with scrapbooking for 2016!

Project Life 2016 – Liz Tamanaha Everyday Edition

I enjoyed scrap booking so much last year that I’ve committed to doing it again in 2016! For Christmas I got a couple of Hobbycraft vouchers and what better to spend them on than Project Life 2016 supplies. I decided to get a new kit as well as an album and I finally settled on the Everyday Edition.

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha album

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha album

It’s so beautiful! This is the 12×12 album from the Everyday Edition designed by Liz Tamanaha. The gold plated hardware is a lovely touch and I really love the script on the front and spine.

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha core kit

Above is a selection of my favourite cards from the core kit. This kit comes with gold foil accents which is one of my favourite things about it! The cards are really well designed, with an extensive selection of filler and note cards.

project life everyday edition Liz Tamanaha core kit

I bought small variety pack 4 of the page protectors which comes with designs L, P, Q and R to mix up my layouts a bit. I also bought some full page 12×12 protectors to have a go at doing full layouts too! I’m pretty pumped up about continuing to scrapbook. I find it so therapeutic and going back through 2015’s album makes me smile so much! In 2016, the plan is to still have 2 pages per month with separate spreads for events like holidays and birthdays. I enjoyed doing December Daily in a separate album (which I’ll be sharing soon) so I might do the same this year. I want to add more mixed media into my spreads and challenge myself to do some full 12×12 layouts which I find a bit intimidating. That’s why I love Project Life so much – you have the ease of photo pockets when you have zero time to scrap but then when you do, you can really go all out with heavily designed cards and spreads. I’m probably not going to share each spread every month as I don’t know if it’s interesting to many of you so maybe I’ll only post the layout’s I’m really proud of. Anyway, there’s plenty more scrapbooking in my future!

2016 – More of the Same, Please

Happy New Year my crafty little elves! As you might have guessed, this is my obligatory ‘Welcome to 2016’ post with a little round-up of the previous year. I’ve really enjoyed reading some of these posts from other bloggers so I thought I would do one too!

2015 year in review boldly gold

2015 was the best year of my life. I feel like it flew in and slowed down at all the right times for me to enjoy the best parts. By far the most monumental and exciting thing was getting engaged! Of the best year of my life, the 14th of September 2015 is definitely the best day. We also bought a house which we will be able to move into in April! We went on a lot of trips – Marrakech being a highlight – and generally just enjoyed spending time together.

2016 is going to have a different vibe, but definitely not in a bad way. There will be a severe lack of fancy holidays and a lot more saving going on. We don’t actually own any furniture (aside from a coffee table and my sewing desk) so there’s going to be a lot of cash rapidly flying out of our savings account in preparation for the big move. Not only that, but we are also saving up for our wedding in 2017! Needless to say we will still enjoy ourselves, but our trips will be to the likes of Ikea and DFS instead of Morocco 🙂

Instead of resolutions I have a list of things I want to do in 2016 so I thought I would share them here.

Continue to scrapbook our lives

Decorate our new house and do A LOT more DIY

Design and send out save the dates for our wedding

Pick a wedding dress

Learn calligraphy

Make a bodice and skirt block

Start writing my book

Finally make the Archer shirt

All pretty achievable I think! Obviously the decorating will be a major WIP and I don’t expect to complete it this year, but it would be great to have the living room, craft room and master bedroom finished. The book thing is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I’ve had an idea playing about in my head for ages. I feel a bit awkward sharing the premise here as I don’t really think you guys want to know how depraved my mind really is. Think murder most foul and you’re 1/8 of the way there. I also want to take better care of myself but that’s not really a resolution, more of a life choice to avoid having a heart attack at 30.

I’ve been blogging for exactly 3 years now and I’m ridiculously proud of this little site. I enjoy tinkering with the code and giving it a bit of a facelift every now and again. I’ll definitely continue to write here until it no longer feels fun to do so, which seems quite impossible right now. So in 2016 you can expect more sewing, new crafts, home improvements and wedding chat from Boldly Gold! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

Christmas Baking – Mince Pies

The minute December hits I get the urge to start baking. This year I thought I would try something a bit different and make my own mince pies.

paul hollywood mince pies

Yep, they were a hit! The recipe I used also called for making your own pastry which originally put me off as I thought making pastry was hard… Turns out my fears were unfounded. The original recipe is from the BBC Good Food website and was originally written by Paul Hollywood, that crystal-eyed swoon machine.

He knows his stuff. The pastry was light and crumbly, the mincemeat additions were a lovely compliment – all in all a great Mince Pie!

Here’s the original recipe although I will say that I added an extra sprinkling of cinnamon and a touch less lemon juice. I did struggle a bit rolling out the pastry dough and it ended up a bit thicker than recommended. My kitchen counters don’t exactly help with rolling out dough as they have an faux-stone texture -_- Not to worry, in a mere 14 weeks I’ll have beautifully smooth counter tops in my very own new house! Final point I’ll mention is that I did grease the muffin tray before I put the pastry shells in to assist with extraction. I now sound like a dentist.

paul hollywood mince pie recipe

These mince pies are a winner and have the seal of approvel not only from Ian, but from my very own mother who is the star baker of the family. Seriously she is SO GOOD. Still working on getting her to agree to make the wedding cake!

2015 Christmas Wrapping Paper Theme

I love wrapping gifts. It’s one of my favourite things to do in the lead-up to Christmas. I like to set aside an evening or two once I have all my gifts and then just go to town on the wrapping. Each year I have a Christmas wrapping paper theme and 2015 called for white, black and gold foil.


I bought a set of 4 rolls of paper from TK Maxx for £5.99 and this also included 2 rolls of curling ribbon and 6 gold bows. The wrapping papers came in spots, stripes and plain gold and I just love them. I used black satin ribbon which I bought on eBay along with the gold curing ribbon to create a double-layered bow on each gift.

gold foil and white wrapping paper

gold foil and white wrapping paper

The tags are also from TK Maxx and I attached 1 to each gift along with a tiny Christmas bauble.

gold foil and white wrapping paper

I really love how these gifts turned out! You can never go wrong with white, black and gold foil IMO 🙂 Finally, as we give a lot of wine as gifts at Christmas, I always like to find a fun way of wrapping that up too. Last year I found some pretty appropriate socks to use as bottle covers and this year I took it one step further…

wine bottle wrapping

That’s right – a Santa costume for a wine bottle! I found these in a bargain shop for £1 each and just couldn’t resist! What’s even better is that we found boxes of chocolates in Tesco shaped like a reindeer! I would be chuffed as anything to receive this as a gift and I hope they will too 🙂

Christmas Planning

One of the things I like most about decorative planning is the opportunity to use themed stickers in weekly layouts. With Christmas a mere week away, I thought I would show you some of my Christmas planning spreads.

christmas planning decorative planning with christmas stickers weekly spread

The first week in December called for a cutsey red and green theme with Christmas character stickers! I print and cut my own stickers by hand and I can’t tell you how time-consuming it was to cut these guys out but I just couldn’t resist! This set is from one of my favourite printable Etsy Shops – Farye Plans. Her prices are amazing for number of pages that you get! For 3 individual A4 printable files it was only £1.62!!  This layout if definitely my preferred one. I like to have the top and middle boxes dedicated to my day job (Monday to Friday) and the bottom box is for my personal plans. The weekend is always just a bit of fun and I usually just write the main thing I’m up to that day as more or a memory keeping exercise.

christmas planning decorative planning with christmas stickers weekly spread

Week 2 was a really lovely theme using the Peppermint Mocha printable set from HappyMailDesigns. You can tell I took these photos during week 1 as looking back now there is A LOT more pen covering these pages! I know my weeks look a bit frivolous with all the stickers but I really do use my planner on an almost hourly basis when I’m at work. It keeps my brain on track and also brings a great deal of colour into my not so colourful day.
christmas planning decorative planning with christmas stickers weekly spread

In week 3 we have a red, green and gold thing going on. The patterns here are a bit busy for me and I had to go back in and add some plain boxes so that I could actually see what I had on that week. I really like the ‘To Buy’ stickers though… Pretty appropriate for this time of year! These are actually 2 separate printable sticker sets specifically for the MAMBI planner from Scrapcraftastic on Etsy

christmas planning decorative planning with christmas stickers weekly spread

This is the last Christmas-themed week I have and I was saving this particular sticker set especially for it! I love how traditional the colours are and as I’m working all the way up until Christmas Day, I do need space to actually write in my planner this week! The stickers are a free Printable from Cute Daisy and I added some washi tape from Sainsburys.

It feels really good to finally have a planner set-up which works with my life and I’m pretty chuffed that I have it good-to-go for starting the new year. I’m not really one for resolutions but I definitely think I’ll be sticking with decorative planning in 2016.

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