My Unique Novelty Plate Collection

It has been FAR too long since I’ve shared a good collection post! Considering how many things I collect, I honestly don’t post about them very much on here at all.

All three collection posts from last year were all baking themed – which is certainly appropriate – but I mostly collect things that don’t get used, such as home decor items that are more to LOOK at, not touch 🙊

So, I finally rounded up all my novelty plates, dusted them off, and spent one afternoon last weekend figuring out just how the heck I was going to photograph them all and put this post together!

I eventually decided to split up all my plates into the stores that I bought them from so you can keep track of where they’re from. If they’re still available, I’ll link directly to them. If not, I’ll just link to the store itself. I always recommend checking in-store anyway, as you never know what you might find!

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DUSK

These are definitely the most expensive plates of my collection, even though I got them on clearance. I saw these plates every. single. day. after work as I would pass Dusk, and my heart would ache for the Paris plate. Paris has always held a large piece of my heart, despite the fact that I’ve never been there. I’ve always owned many home decor items with the Eiffel Tower on it – I still do, in fact – and when they finally got marked down, I bit the bullet and went in.Read More »

My Process on How to Do Multiple De-Clutters a Month

As someone with a maximilist decor style, a penchant for shopping, and an ever-increasing list of hobbies, clutter has become my greatest enemy and the thing that never leaves my side. Nevertheless, I am determined to beat it, so this is one battle that shall go on until the end of time – or, until I figure out how to FINALLY get on top of it, I guess.

I have already shared posts about my multiple monthly de-clutters and the new ideas I get on how to organise so many items within a small space, but I’ve never really talked about how it is that I am able to do so many de-clutters within one month. I actually have a system that practically ensures that every time I decide to do a de-clutter, I will come out with at least one entire bag full of items to give away.

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Usually, it’s 3-4 bags, which means I am making multiple stops to the charity stores every month (that often leads to shopping – especially since some places give you a discount if you donate – so that only continues the cycle 😂). Do keep in mind that this process won’t work for everyone.

I live in a tiny unit and go shopping multiple times a week, so de-cluttering is a NECESSITY, as is the very first step of this post. If you don’t live in a place with limited storage, this exercise may not work for you, but I recommend reading it just in case 😉Anyway, my four-step process to de-cluttering is as followed:

PUT ITEMS INTO STORAGE

As I’ve said a million times by now, I live in a very small space; a tiny two bedroom unit that I share with my boyfriend (he owns, like, TWO things though as he is a minimalist, so his belongings don’t really factor in here). As a kid I lived in a house that had a dining room that is bigger than the ENTIRE PLACE we live in now! It’s small – which means that I can’t have everything out on display.Read More »

Silicon Moulds 101: How to Effectively Organise, Use, and Clean Your Collection

Oh silicon moulds, how you have improved my life so ☺️ Something I have learnt in the last few years is that good tools and materials make all the difference when it comes to creating!

I’ve already shared some of my favourite tools to use when playing around with fondant, but today’s post is going to focus on one item – silicon moulds – and the best ways to utilise them in the kitchen AND the craft room 😯

I’ve only been creating seriously for a few years, but I’ve already accumulated quite a collection of silicon moulds in that time. My collection consists of ice cube moulds, chocolate moulds, fondant moulds, and more.

It doesn’t really matter what kind of moulds they’re advertised as; if they’re made of silicon, you can use them for almost anything!

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This post will feature ideas on how to best organise your collection (which can be quite difficult if they’re all different sizes, like mine), the many ways which you can use each mould, AND how to clean even the most intricate designs with all those hard-to-get places. I hope this post helps someone out there, because I know that I could have used a post like this when I first begun my silicon mould journey!

LESSON 1: ORGANISATION

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