A month or so ago, I was asked by CollectivEdge on Twitter if I'd like to enter an illustration competition that they were holding for bloggers. The task was to draw or design a pattern that could be used for a children's window blind, with the winning design being produced and sold on the Order Blinds website!

I love coming up with little scribbles and designs inspired by my surroundings here in Cornwall (if you haven't checked it out already, have a look at my Etsy shop), so when I saw that the task was to draw something fit for a child's room, I knew that my design should have a fun and fresh countryside feel to it.

As you can see from my notebook above, I was keen to stick with my hand-drawn watercolour style for this design. I wanted to blend a classically pretty 'Laura Ashley' or 'Cath Kidston' sprig design with my own slightly 'sketchy' and handmade artistic style. I love fresh and delicate patterns on plain white backgrounds- and I think these little sprigs would look so sweet hung up against a nursery or playroom window!




So, this is the scan of my watercolour scribbles. You can see the sort of colour scheme I was going for from the little swatches at the bottom of the page. I wanted to use fresh and natural-looking pinks, greens and yellows in order to represent the sort of 'wild Cornish meadow' look that I was after. I always try and make quick swatches when I'm painting, as I find this helps me to get a good idea of the overall colour scheme.

'Cornish Meadow'



This is my first design, which I edited together on Photoshop! For this one, I brought all of my sprig sketches together in a row to create the 'meadow' look that I wanted. I'm really pleased with how it came out and I particularly like how subtle and pretty the colours are.

'Springtime Sprigs'




This is a slightly simpler version (just in case the first design is too over-complicated in style!) that uses one sprig, repeated over and over in a traditional 'sprig pattern'. I really like the classic look of this design but it is quite overwhelming in a large block!


So those are my designs for the competition! What do you think? I'd love some feedback in the comments below! I really enjoyed having a go at designing my own blinds- it was good fun and I can't wait to see the results of the competition. 


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


Drawing a Cornish Meadow

Thursday, 26 January 2017


A month or so ago, I was asked by CollectivEdge on Twitter if I'd like to enter an illustration competition that they were holding for bloggers. The task was to draw or design a pattern that could be used for a children's window blind, with the winning design being produced and sold on the Order Blinds website!

I love coming up with little scribbles and designs inspired by my surroundings here in Cornwall (if you haven't checked it out already, have a look at my Etsy shop), so when I saw that the task was to draw something fit for a child's room, I knew that my design should have a fun and fresh countryside feel to it.

As you can see from my notebook above, I was keen to stick with my hand-drawn watercolour style for this design. I wanted to blend a classically pretty 'Laura Ashley' or 'Cath Kidston' sprig design with my own slightly 'sketchy' and handmade artistic style. I love fresh and delicate patterns on plain white backgrounds- and I think these little sprigs would look so sweet hung up against a nursery or playroom window!




So, this is the scan of my watercolour scribbles. You can see the sort of colour scheme I was going for from the little swatches at the bottom of the page. I wanted to use fresh and natural-looking pinks, greens and yellows in order to represent the sort of 'wild Cornish meadow' look that I was after. I always try and make quick swatches when I'm painting, as I find this helps me to get a good idea of the overall colour scheme.

'Cornish Meadow'



This is my first design, which I edited together on Photoshop! For this one, I brought all of my sprig sketches together in a row to create the 'meadow' look that I wanted. I'm really pleased with how it came out and I particularly like how subtle and pretty the colours are.

'Springtime Sprigs'




This is a slightly simpler version (just in case the first design is too over-complicated in style!) that uses one sprig, repeated over and over in a traditional 'sprig pattern'. I really like the classic look of this design but it is quite overwhelming in a large block!


So those are my designs for the competition! What do you think? I'd love some feedback in the comments below! I really enjoyed having a go at designing my own blinds- it was good fun and I can't wait to see the results of the competition. 


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x



This year, I'm planning on starting a new series on The Freckled Fieldnotes where I document my travels around Cornwall! It's a bit of a personal challenge (slash resolution) for me, as it's going to take a fair chunk of confidence on my part to be able to do this by myself. BUT I'm feeling really up for a challenge at the moment, so hopefully this will be the start of something incredibly exciting that I can share with you all!  

I've made a list of all the places I'd like to visit (suggestions very welcome!) and so far, my plan is to create a kind of travel journal entry based on each of my solo outings. I'll not only be documenting my travels in my actual, physical journal- but I'll also be laying out my findings here, on this blog, to show you what I've discovered at each place.      

Anyway, in preparation for my upcoming adventures, I thought it might be fun to share my general 'fieldnotes kit' with you. This is certainly not a kit that I bring with me every time I take Penny out on a walk (!) but it is a collection of things that I like to have on me when we visit a new woodland area or National Trust property, for example.


I've numbered everything and given more details about each item down below, just in case you're curious about where everything's from! 

Without further ado, here's what to take:



1. A good quality thermos full of your favourite hot drink. I only say good quality because nobody wants boiling hot leakage in their bag!

2. Glasses. If you're a contact lens wearer like me, you'll understand the pure fear that comes with venturing out and forgetting your back-up glasses. I've had a lens dry up and pop out whilst on a walk before, meaning I had to spend the rest of the trip with one eye covered... not ideal when you're trying to take pics and do a little sketching!

3. Journal/s. I usually take one main journal for sketching/writing etc. and then a little one for taking random notes or holding scrap materials. This method is by no means necessary, I just like to have different spaces to record different things if I feel the urge. The leather journal pictured here was a rather lovely Christmas present from a friend + the little Field Notes Memo Book can be found here.

4. Pens. Does having very specific pen preferences make me odd? Probably! I always use black pens and currently, I'm favouring the Pilot V7 and the Pilot V5  

5. A crayon. In case you want to do a tree rubbing.

6. A mini Instax album. These are a godsend if you like to keep your Instax snaps safe before sticking them in your journal. This particular album was from Hema- unfortunately, it looks like they don't sell them anymore! However, I did find this one over at Urban Outfitters which seems equally as handy and light enough to carry around.      
  
7. Camera. For this flatlay I've shown my DSLR, which is the Nikon D3000. My current camera (which I used to take the pic!) is the Canon EOS M3 and I use either the original 15-45mm IS STEM lens or my 22mm pancake lens. I cannot praise the Canon enough for it's practicality and ease of use when it comes to taking both blog and travel pictures! 

8. Watercolour palette. I have this one from Winsor & Newton, which comes with a very handy travel paintbrush. I also attach a bull clip to the side so I can clip it onto my journal if I need to. If you'd like to learn more about my painting methods, check out this post.   

9. Lip balm. Oh my god, lip balm. I use this one and it's a saviour when you're out walking in all weathers! And when I say all weathers, I mean when you're out walking in Cornwall you will quite often experience all of the weather, all at once! So it's best to have some lip balm on you (and hand cream whilst you're at it) to ease that chapping!

10. A little jar of water. In case you want to do some painting. 

11. Hair tie + grips. If it all gets a little bit too windy, I find it's best to have something to get your hair out of your face! Bobble hats are great for this too!

12. A snack. Just in case you get peckish.

13. Masking tape. For sticking down any bits and bobs you can forage. 

14. Change. For parking. Don't get caught out thinking the forest/woodland/beach you're going to won't charge you for parking... or using the loo!  

+ a couple of extra things to take (that wouldn't fit in the flatlay!)...

Your phone, obviously! A ziplock bag for gathering rocks, leaves, flowers etc. Some tissues for the runny nose you will definitely get, even in Summer. Your actual Instax camera + last but by no means least, a spare pair of socks in case everything turns a bit soggy in the welly department. 


And that's everything, I think! Do you have any essentials that you have to take travelling with you? I'd love to hear some tips in the comments below!

I'm very much looking forward to starting this new series and I really hope you can follow me along on my journey! If you'd like to check out what I get up to in my day-to-day life in Cornwall, make sure you're following me over on Instagram. 


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

    

Fieldnote Supplies

Friday, 20 January 2017


This year, I'm planning on starting a new series on The Freckled Fieldnotes where I document my travels around Cornwall! It's a bit of a personal challenge (slash resolution) for me, as it's going to take a fair chunk of confidence on my part to be able to do this by myself. BUT I'm feeling really up for a challenge at the moment, so hopefully this will be the start of something incredibly exciting that I can share with you all!  

I've made a list of all the places I'd like to visit (suggestions very welcome!) and so far, my plan is to create a kind of travel journal entry based on each of my solo outings. I'll not only be documenting my travels in my actual, physical journal- but I'll also be laying out my findings here, on this blog, to show you what I've discovered at each place.      

Anyway, in preparation for my upcoming adventures, I thought it might be fun to share my general 'fieldnotes kit' with you. This is certainly not a kit that I bring with me every time I take Penny out on a walk (!) but it is a collection of things that I like to have on me when we visit a new woodland area or National Trust property, for example.


I've numbered everything and given more details about each item down below, just in case you're curious about where everything's from! 

Without further ado, here's what to take:



1. A good quality thermos full of your favourite hot drink. I only say good quality because nobody wants boiling hot leakage in their bag!

2. Glasses. If you're a contact lens wearer like me, you'll understand the pure fear that comes with venturing out and forgetting your back-up glasses. I've had a lens dry up and pop out whilst on a walk before, meaning I had to spend the rest of the trip with one eye covered... not ideal when you're trying to take pics and do a little sketching!

3. Journal/s. I usually take one main journal for sketching/writing etc. and then a little one for taking random notes or holding scrap materials. This method is by no means necessary, I just like to have different spaces to record different things if I feel the urge. The leather journal pictured here was a rather lovely Christmas present from a friend + the little Field Notes Memo Book can be found here.

4. Pens. Does having very specific pen preferences make me odd? Probably! I always use black pens and currently, I'm favouring the Pilot V7 and the Pilot V5  

5. A crayon. In case you want to do a tree rubbing.

6. A mini Instax album. These are a godsend if you like to keep your Instax snaps safe before sticking them in your journal. This particular album was from Hema- unfortunately, it looks like they don't sell them anymore! However, I did find this one over at Urban Outfitters which seems equally as handy and light enough to carry around.      
  
7. Camera. For this flatlay I've shown my DSLR, which is the Nikon D3000. My current camera (which I used to take the pic!) is the Canon EOS M3 and I use either the original 15-45mm IS STEM lens or my 22mm pancake lens. I cannot praise the Canon enough for it's practicality and ease of use when it comes to taking both blog and travel pictures! 

8. Watercolour palette. I have this one from Winsor & Newton, which comes with a very handy travel paintbrush. I also attach a bull clip to the side so I can clip it onto my journal if I need to. If you'd like to learn more about my painting methods, check out this post.   

9. Lip balm. Oh my god, lip balm. I use this one and it's a saviour when you're out walking in all weathers! And when I say all weathers, I mean when you're out walking in Cornwall you will quite often experience all of the weather, all at once! So it's best to have some lip balm on you (and hand cream whilst you're at it) to ease that chapping!

10. A little jar of water. In case you want to do some painting. 

11. Hair tie + grips. If it all gets a little bit too windy, I find it's best to have something to get your hair out of your face! Bobble hats are great for this too!

12. A snack. Just in case you get peckish.

13. Masking tape. For sticking down any bits and bobs you can forage. 

14. Change. For parking. Don't get caught out thinking the forest/woodland/beach you're going to won't charge you for parking... or using the loo!  

+ a couple of extra things to take (that wouldn't fit in the flatlay!)...

Your phone, obviously! A ziplock bag for gathering rocks, leaves, flowers etc. Some tissues for the runny nose you will definitely get, even in Summer. Your actual Instax camera + last but by no means least, a spare pair of socks in case everything turns a bit soggy in the welly department. 


And that's everything, I think! Do you have any essentials that you have to take travelling with you? I'd love to hear some tips in the comments below!

I'm very much looking forward to starting this new series and I really hope you can follow me along on my journey! If you'd like to check out what I get up to in my day-to-day life in Cornwall, make sure you're following me over on Instagram. 


In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

    

I'm going through a bit of a sporadic party-planning phase at the moment, I think it must be the after-effect of Christmas and all the opportunities for lovely, cosy gatherings that seem to pop up at this time of year! 

What's more, lately I've been daydreaming about hosting a few impromptu-style parties with themes built around all the bits and bobs already at my disposal- nothing fancy, nothing too high maintenance. I don't know about you, but all the best times I've had with friends and family have always been pretty slapdash and cobbled-together in nature... so this is the attitude I've tried to stick with for the three following party themes. 

Bonus- I've designed a printable invitation for each, so if you really want to give them a go, all you have left to do is think about who to ask along! I hope I can inspire you to host one of these at some point this year... may 2017 be the year of happy little gatherings!

1. Coffee + Croissants Catch-up


I can just picture this little catch-up between a small group of friends on a pretty patio somewhere! Think freshly-baked pastries, oodles of steaming hot coffee and a clutter of mix-and-match porcelain.

+ if your friends are more of the tea-drinking variety, you could totally recreate this with some Earl Grey and a Victoria sponge...but then we're getting into tea party territory, a very dangerous game!    

The Essentials:  Some higgledy-piggledy crockery (easy to pick up from charity shops but if you're feeling flush, these are gorgeous), a batch of fresh croissants, the best coffee you've got + a handful of fresh flowers from the garden.  

Optional Activities:  Ask everyone to bring a book to swap, try your hand at some latte art, read out eachother's totally-accurate-trashy-magazine-horoscopes.

+ The invites:

*If you'd like to download and use this invite, you can grab it here

2. Sleepy + Sloppy Gathering


Oh how the idea of this lazy gathering appeals to me! If you can't be bothered with preparing anything fancy but you still want to have a good old knees up with your nearest and dearest, this grown-up (but not quite so grown-up) pyjama party will be totally up your street!

Simply build yourself a semi-structurally-sound blanket fort, order a couple of takeaway pizzas and stick your fave records on. This one is 100% geared towards those friends that treat your home like their own, so zero dressing up is required here... just pull on your comfiest hoodie, plonk yourself down and settle in for a night of heavenly slovenliness.

The Essentials:  Instax camera (or one of these cheap disposable ones) for taking silly pictures, super soft blankets, a great record to bop around to, pizza (if you're an unfortunate soul like myself and can't get delivery, these woodfire pizzas from Waitrose are amazing) + a few milkshake jars big enough to load to the max.

Optional Activities (only if you can be bothered): Netflix marathon, scrapbooking, pizza decorating, who-can-build-the-tallest-freakshake competition.

+ The invites:


*If you'd like to download and use this invite, you can grab it here.

3. Laidback + Salty Lips Picnic


Finally, if you're looking to host a get-together in Spring/Summer that won't be totally reliant on blaring sunshine, this one will bridge that awkward gap between seasons that always seems to occur here in England! You know the one I mean- it's not quite double jumper weather but it's also not exactly flip-flops and t-shirt weather either!      

This picnic is absolutely not about putting together the most perfect hamper of healthy goodies and sauntering down to the beach in your bikini ... so you can leave your quinoa salad at the door! Instead, Google your best local chippie, grab a hoodie for when it gets cold (because it will) and head off to your nearest beach to enjoy a casual little picnic with your mates.

The Essentials:  Some sweet seaside-themed mugs, a pair of authentic yellow wellies, a couple of old rugs, knowledge of the best fish and chips around + a good bottle of wine.

Optional Activities: Beach-combing, crabbing, skimming rocks, kite-flying... basically, just general Famous Five stuff (!).

+ The invites: 


*If you'd like to download and use this invite for yourself, you can grab it here.

You can, of course, find all three of these themes (plus additional inspo for each) over on my Pinterest. Follow me over there for lots of alternative party ideas! I've got ten party boards... and counting!



I hope I've inspired you to get cracking on organising a few gatherings for this upcoming year! Let me know if you do have a go, I'd love to hear all about it!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x

Three 'Gatherings' to Try in 2017

Monday, 9 January 2017


I'm going through a bit of a sporadic party-planning phase at the moment, I think it must be the after-effect of Christmas and all the opportunities for lovely, cosy gatherings that seem to pop up at this time of year! 

What's more, lately I've been daydreaming about hosting a few impromptu-style parties with themes built around all the bits and bobs already at my disposal- nothing fancy, nothing too high maintenance. I don't know about you, but all the best times I've had with friends and family have always been pretty slapdash and cobbled-together in nature... so this is the attitude I've tried to stick with for the three following party themes. 

Bonus- I've designed a printable invitation for each, so if you really want to give them a go, all you have left to do is think about who to ask along! I hope I can inspire you to host one of these at some point this year... may 2017 be the year of happy little gatherings!

1. Coffee + Croissants Catch-up


I can just picture this little catch-up between a small group of friends on a pretty patio somewhere! Think freshly-baked pastries, oodles of steaming hot coffee and a clutter of mix-and-match porcelain.

+ if your friends are more of the tea-drinking variety, you could totally recreate this with some Earl Grey and a Victoria sponge...but then we're getting into tea party territory, a very dangerous game!    

The Essentials:  Some higgledy-piggledy crockery (easy to pick up from charity shops but if you're feeling flush, these are gorgeous), a batch of fresh croissants, the best coffee you've got + a handful of fresh flowers from the garden.  

Optional Activities:  Ask everyone to bring a book to swap, try your hand at some latte art, read out eachother's totally-accurate-trashy-magazine-horoscopes.

+ The invites:

*If you'd like to download and use this invite, you can grab it here

2. Sleepy + Sloppy Gathering


Oh how the idea of this lazy gathering appeals to me! If you can't be bothered with preparing anything fancy but you still want to have a good old knees up with your nearest and dearest, this grown-up (but not quite so grown-up) pyjama party will be totally up your street!

Simply build yourself a semi-structurally-sound blanket fort, order a couple of takeaway pizzas and stick your fave records on. This one is 100% geared towards those friends that treat your home like their own, so zero dressing up is required here... just pull on your comfiest hoodie, plonk yourself down and settle in for a night of heavenly slovenliness.

The Essentials:  Instax camera (or one of these cheap disposable ones) for taking silly pictures, super soft blankets, a great record to bop around to, pizza (if you're an unfortunate soul like myself and can't get delivery, these woodfire pizzas from Waitrose are amazing) + a few milkshake jars big enough to load to the max.

Optional Activities (only if you can be bothered): Netflix marathon, scrapbooking, pizza decorating, who-can-build-the-tallest-freakshake competition.

+ The invites:


*If you'd like to download and use this invite, you can grab it here.

3. Laidback + Salty Lips Picnic


Finally, if you're looking to host a get-together in Spring/Summer that won't be totally reliant on blaring sunshine, this one will bridge that awkward gap between seasons that always seems to occur here in England! You know the one I mean- it's not quite double jumper weather but it's also not exactly flip-flops and t-shirt weather either!      

This picnic is absolutely not about putting together the most perfect hamper of healthy goodies and sauntering down to the beach in your bikini ... so you can leave your quinoa salad at the door! Instead, Google your best local chippie, grab a hoodie for when it gets cold (because it will) and head off to your nearest beach to enjoy a casual little picnic with your mates.

The Essentials:  Some sweet seaside-themed mugs, a pair of authentic yellow wellies, a couple of old rugs, knowledge of the best fish and chips around + a good bottle of wine.

Optional Activities: Beach-combing, crabbing, skimming rocks, kite-flying... basically, just general Famous Five stuff (!).

+ The invites: 


*If you'd like to download and use this invite for yourself, you can grab it here.

You can, of course, find all three of these themes (plus additional inspo for each) over on my Pinterest. Follow me over there for lots of alternative party ideas! I've got ten party boards... and counting!



I hope I've inspired you to get cracking on organising a few gatherings for this upcoming year! Let me know if you do have a go, I'd love to hear all about it!

In the meantime,
All the love,

Sian x


In my family, it's always tradition to send off 'Thank You' cards and letters to friends and family in January, after all the chaos of Christmas gift-giving has subsided. For me in particular, having my birthday on Christmas Eve means that I'll often receive double the amount of lovely things over the festive period and, therefore, it would be insanely rude of me to not hand out little notes thanking everyone for their generosity!


Subsequently, I've developed my own little tradition of popping to Paperchase or perusing pretty online shops in the January sales and picking up a couple of boxes of notecards to send off to people. Here are my personal favourites of this year's stationery offerings, if you'd like to scribble a little something in thanks:


1. Katie Leamon 'Hello You' Notecards (I think these would work really well as casual party invites too... imagine getting that dotty envelope through the post!) 2. Portico 'Foiled Thank You Cards'  3. Wildflower Illustration Co. 'Floral Letter Writing Notecards' 4. Paperchase 'Moo Chas Gracias' Notecards

However, this year I decided to go a little off piste and send out something a little sweeter than the usual cute notecard...  


These biscuits are small enough and light enough to be parcelled up and sent out to your loved ones without the need for hefty postage costs. What's more, as they're a rather sturdy and old-fashioned form of traditional shortbread, they should also keep for a fairly long time too- so no need to panic about good old Auntie Hilda getting a box of stale biscuits through the post!

As we're all in that post-Christmas sluggish slump, I thought I would pick a biscuit that won't take too long to make or too much effort to whip together. If you're feeling particularly energised (who are you?), you could even chop up some leftover Christmas chocolate and use it as chocolate chips for an extra special treat!

If you fancy making some, you just need three simple ingredients for these classic shortbread biscuits:

* 125g/4oz butter
* 55g/2oz caster sugar
* 180g/60z plain flour


To make:

1. Heat your oven to 190c/375f/Gas 5 and line a baking tray with parchment.
2. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth. Then, stir in the flour until you get a paste. If everything is looking a little breadcrumb-y, you might need to work the mixture together with your hands.
3. Turn the biscuit dough out onto a floured surface and roll until roughly 1cm/1/2 inch thick.
4. Cut into rounds and stamp each biscuit with 'Thank You' before transferring it to the baking tray. I used a Cookie Stamp Kit I got for Christmas to stamp my message, but you can find similar kits online. 
5. Sprinkle the biscuits with some more caster sugar and place in the fridge for around 20mins to firm them up a little.
6. Bake in the oven for around 15mins until pale brown in colour (keep an eye on them though- mine were done in 10!) and then transfer to a wire rack to cool down.


That's all there is to these little biscuits! Package them up however you like and get them sent off now for some serious family brownie points!  

Do you have any January 'Thank You' traditions? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below. I really hope you all had a lovely festive break... I seriously can't wait to share everything I have planned for The Freckled Fieldnotes (+ Little Fieldnotes) in 2017 with you all, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! 

In the meantime,
All the love & Happy New Year!

Sian x

'Thank You' Biscuits

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


In my family, it's always tradition to send off 'Thank You' cards and letters to friends and family in January, after all the chaos of Christmas gift-giving has subsided. For me in particular, having my birthday on Christmas Eve means that I'll often receive double the amount of lovely things over the festive period and, therefore, it would be insanely rude of me to not hand out little notes thanking everyone for their generosity!


Subsequently, I've developed my own little tradition of popping to Paperchase or perusing pretty online shops in the January sales and picking up a couple of boxes of notecards to send off to people. Here are my personal favourites of this year's stationery offerings, if you'd like to scribble a little something in thanks:


1. Katie Leamon 'Hello You' Notecards (I think these would work really well as casual party invites too... imagine getting that dotty envelope through the post!) 2. Portico 'Foiled Thank You Cards'  3. Wildflower Illustration Co. 'Floral Letter Writing Notecards' 4. Paperchase 'Moo Chas Gracias' Notecards

However, this year I decided to go a little off piste and send out something a little sweeter than the usual cute notecard...  


These biscuits are small enough and light enough to be parcelled up and sent out to your loved ones without the need for hefty postage costs. What's more, as they're a rather sturdy and old-fashioned form of traditional shortbread, they should also keep for a fairly long time too- so no need to panic about good old Auntie Hilda getting a box of stale biscuits through the post!

As we're all in that post-Christmas sluggish slump, I thought I would pick a biscuit that won't take too long to make or too much effort to whip together. If you're feeling particularly energised (who are you?), you could even chop up some leftover Christmas chocolate and use it as chocolate chips for an extra special treat!

If you fancy making some, you just need three simple ingredients for these classic shortbread biscuits:

* 125g/4oz butter
* 55g/2oz caster sugar
* 180g/60z plain flour


To make:

1. Heat your oven to 190c/375f/Gas 5 and line a baking tray with parchment.
2. Beat the butter and sugar together until smooth. Then, stir in the flour until you get a paste. If everything is looking a little breadcrumb-y, you might need to work the mixture together with your hands.
3. Turn the biscuit dough out onto a floured surface and roll until roughly 1cm/1/2 inch thick.
4. Cut into rounds and stamp each biscuit with 'Thank You' before transferring it to the baking tray. I used a Cookie Stamp Kit I got for Christmas to stamp my message, but you can find similar kits online. 
5. Sprinkle the biscuits with some more caster sugar and place in the fridge for around 20mins to firm them up a little.
6. Bake in the oven for around 15mins until pale brown in colour (keep an eye on them though- mine were done in 10!) and then transfer to a wire rack to cool down.


That's all there is to these little biscuits! Package them up however you like and get them sent off now for some serious family brownie points!  

Do you have any January 'Thank You' traditions? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below. I really hope you all had a lovely festive break... I seriously can't wait to share everything I have planned for The Freckled Fieldnotes (+ Little Fieldnotes) in 2017 with you all, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! 

In the meantime,
All the love & Happy New Year!

Sian x

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