Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Jewellery Style

A bit more fun with Handmade Style........

Keep reading for a special offer for Creative Nibble readers only!

Mouse Illustration Teams up with Etsy Fashion

Where to shop for the above items:

Charm Bracelet from Mouse Illustration $40 nzd

French Style Navy Dress from Fleet Collection on Etsy $48 usd *see below for special discount code*

Light Green Wide Leg Pants from Sophie Zhang on Etsy $54.99 usd

Flirty Pleasure Necklace from Mouse Illustration $35 nzd

Special Offer for Creative Nibble Readers only!!! Fleet collection are offering a 15% off discount to my readers on their website, www.FleetCollection.com with coupon code NIBBLE15. Offer expires on 03/31/2012, 11:59 PST.  Happy Shopping!!!

Remember to Enter the Creative Nibble GIVEAWAY competition to win a Handmade Rainbow Necklace from Mouse Illustration.


Sunday, 18 March 2012

What's New This Week.....

I hope you all had a great week and celebrated St Patricks Day on Saturday with a nice pint of Guinness!

I just wanted to show you a couple of new designs I have made this week.

I am going to do a tutorial next time I make the above Kiwi Fruit beads and share my tips on how to create them.  If there are any other tutorials you would like me to feature then just drop me a line below :-)

Just a Reminder to Enter the Rainbow Necklace Giveaway.......winner being drawn on the 31st March :-)

The Mouse x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012


To celebrate the launch of my new jewellery range and to say a big Thank You for all your support I have decided to host an Amazing Giveaway. Yey!

I you haven't had a peek at my New Range of Necklaces yet then you can do that Here......But now to the exciting part........... 

This GIVEAWAY is now Closed!

I will be giving away one of my Over the Rainbow Necklaces (valued at $45nz dollars) to one lucky reader! The Giveaway is open to all Countries so everyone can enter!

To Enter Simply do one or all of the following:

1st Entry: Leave a comment below on this post telling me what your favourite piece of jewellery from the Mouse Illustration Online Shop is :-)

2nd Entry: Visit my Facebook Page and Click the Like button :-)

3rd Entry: Follow me on Twitter and say Hello if you are feeling friendly :-)

Just remember to come back and leave a comment on this blog post for Each Entry to let me know you have done all or any of the above!

And for an extra special entry share this giveaway with your friends on Twitter and or Facebook.
To make it easy just copy and paste this link :


Or hit the Share and Tweet buttons below.

This Competition Winner will be announced on Friday 6th April! 

Good Luck Everyone! x

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Banana Muffins

For those of you who don't know already I decided to go Vegan about 5 months ago after being Vegetarian for 16 years.  This was something that I have always wanted to do but thought it would be a big disruption to my life cutting out dairy completely.  To be honest it isn't easy, especially when I look at delicious cupcakes and all the vegetarian options available which always contain cheese.  However the more I explore with different recipes the more excited I get about eating.  Food has never really interested me much.....bit of a self proclaimed pasta and cheeseaholic!   Since cheese is now a big No No I have found myself experimenting a lot more with crazy things I should always have been eating anyway like......grains...nuts....and seeds! 

I have not gone all hippy (the usual stereotype with vegans) but I am now very aware of the nutrition that my body needs and try and eat a varied healthy diet.  One thing I have found extremely difficult is not being able to go for a coffee and a muffin at my favourite coffee shop!  Now, I am no master chef or baker, which unfortunately I have found out since trying to bake without eggs and milk!  I hear you all saying......whats the point?  Well.........I was beginning to think the same thing since I have tried at least 6 times to make muffins that either looked like pancakes or tasted entirely like soy!

However, today I cracked it and baked some Delicious Banana Muffins that even my dairy eating friends enjoyed!  I swear you can't tell that they are dairy free and they are super moist and tasty! 

Since I am a very happy mouse (and am also full from eating muffins today) I thought I would share the recipe with you and I urge you to give it a try and see what you think.

This is after I ate (well im not going to tell you how many but it was too many :-)

  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup oil or vegan margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • Pre-heat oven to 360 degrees.

    In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork till soft. Add the oil or vegan margarine and sugar and cream together.

    In a separate bowl, combine together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Combine with the banana mixture, stirring gently just to combine.

    Grease or line a muffin pan, and fill each muffin about 2/3 full with batter. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

    I used the vegan margarine (Olivani)  My disaster results before always contained oil so I would say avoid it if possible.

    Next time I am going to half the sugar and add some dairy free chocolate or maybe some raspberries....or both Yum!

    I have also read Alicia Silverstones book The Kind Diet which is a good read if you are thinking about dabbling in a vegan or vegetarian diet, or just looking for some super nutritious meals.

    My next vegan read is going to be Chef Chloe Coscarelli and her New Cookbook Chloe's Kitchen!  She was the winner of the TV show Cupcake Wars in the US and I can't wait to try and make all of her delicious suggestions.

    I will let you know when it arrives and what my favourite recipes are :-) Yum!

    This post is taking part in Get Your Craft on Tuesdays

    Sunday, 4 March 2012

    Handmade Fashion

    I watched Crazy Stupid Love last night and I have to admit I have a bit of a girl crush on Emma Stone.  I love the way she looks feminine but with an edge of boyishness about her.  I thought I would have a bit of fun and try and recreate her look in the handmade marketplace!

    So here is how to dress like Emma Stone Handmade Style!

    Get this Look: Top Left - Yellow Dress from rshone on Etsy , Top Right - Necklace from IIQII Etsy
    Bottom Right - Yellow Dress from MyHackneyBoutique on Etsy

    Get this Look: Top Left Tutu Stripes Dress from Ouma on Etsy, Top Right Shoes from LaPlumeEthere on Etsy, Middle Right Tutu Dress also from Ouma on Etsy, Bottom Right Ring from Mayahelena on Etsy

     I hope you have a look at all the Handmade shops featured above and have fun shopping!

    P.s Giveaway from Mouse Illustration coming up this week so remember to come back for a peek :-)