Thursday, 31 January 2013

Zelda Brogues

I did these Zelda fan art shoes a few months ago, they were one of my favorite projects to work on. I love taking inspiration from others drawings and work to create my own, it definitely helps me learn to progress my own style.

All characters are copywright of Nintendo. This is purely my own take on the Zelda & Link Characters that were created by Ninendo.

If you'd like some shoes customised just for you, please email me at ponychopsshop@gmail.com or contact me via my Etsy Shop.


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Wednesday Art Feature: Brooke Weeber

Brooke Weeber is a Portland based illustrator. Her work seems to be heavily inspired by the sea, nature, adventures and Victorian times.

I especially love Brooke's narwhal illustrations, they're so cute! She even sells a narwhal mug in her etsy shop.





Don't forget to enter the CAB Fayre Giveaway!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Digital Portrait: The Koala

Before Christmas, a lady who used to stable her horse at the same yard as me commissioned a digital portrait of one of her friends Catherine. Catherine is a big fan of the band MUSE and her nickname is Koala! It was so fun to mix the two, I'm particularly happy with how the koala hat turned out.

If you'd like your own custom digital portrait, send me an email at: ponychopsshop@gmail.com


Easy Peasy Guacamole Recipe


Avocados are a pretty freakin amazing food, they don't need much added to them to taste amazing! This avocado based dip is awesome with chips, on burritos on bagels! I eat it with pretty much everything. You can freeze it too!

Here's my easy peasy Guacamole recipe:

Ingredients:
2 large ripe avocados
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tomatos, seeded and finely chopped
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
Ground black pepper


Method:
  1. Mash the ripe avocado with a fork or masher
  2. Mix in the lemon juice, salt and chilli powder
  3. Add the tomato & onion, mix roughly
  4. Add a sprinking of ground black pepper
  5. EAT!


Monday, 28 January 2013

My Style Icons: Bjork


I guess you could say Bjork has always been a big style influence on me. I remember as a young girl seeing her wearing her famous comedic swan to the academy awards. I knew straight away I liked this lady. I often think people take themselves and their dress choices way too seriously at award ceremonies. And there she was, dressed up in a swan dress, looking just as beautiful as anyone else on that red carpet.

I love Bjork for her dress sense, her beautiful smile and the free and spiritual vibe she gives off. She always reminds me of an alien, a little removed from reality, but in a good way.

One thing that makes Bjork stand out from the crowd of other eccentricly dressed musicians is her confidence. Whether she has a face full of make up and a killer outfit on, or if she's wearing no make up and a simple t-shirt, she always looks serene and confident.



Meet Dayna from Mothspit


When I stumbled up the Mothspit blog a few months ago, I immediately fell in love with Dayna's beautiful bright blue hair. It didn't take me long, however, to realise Mothspit isn't just about beautiful hair.

This blog is one of my favorite blogs for inspiration. Dayna is very creative, she's an artist that also makes beautiful fashion accessories from silk, so it's no wonder that her blog is full of visual treats.


Here are some of my fav Mothspit posts:


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Vegan Food Review - Vegusto Vegan Cheese


Remember a couple of months back I did a review on Vegusto vegan "meats"? Well, they sent me a ton of cheeses to try too!

As a previous cheese addict, when I turned vegan the thing I missed most was cheese. Most of the UK fake cheeses are disgusting, I have actually been sick at the taste of a few. So I had resigned myself to a cheeseless existence, until Vegusto came along.

Vegusto are a Swiss based company that sell great quality Vegan products such as 'cheeses' and 'meats'. Their 'cheeses' are based on coconut, rapeseed and sunflower oils & almonds. Check out their FAQ page to find out what goes in to (and what dosn't go into!) their cheeses.



Here's what I thought of their cheeses:

No Moo Mild - This was the first of the Vegusto cheese that I tried. The first thing that struck me was the texture was a delight compared to the rubbery feel of a lot of vegan cheeses. It also dosn't have that weird fake taste that knocks me sick about most vegan cheese.

No Moo Piquant - This cheese was very strong flavored and rich. I enjoyed it combined with other food but on it's own it still tasted a little fake and slightly too rich for my taste. I enjoyed this cheese the least.

No Moo Golden - This had a slight fruity flavor, it was a little stronger than the No Moo Mild but still pleasant and had no weird fake taste.

No Moo Herb - I can't shut up about this cheese! I actually ate the whole block within 2 days. It was heaven on a bagel or with some crackers, it was actually really yummy just on it's own too! This is the most like real cheese of the lot, I'll definitely be treating myself to this more often.

No Moo Melty  - This cheese melted really nicely, and was a great texture. It was nice to combine a little of this with the No Moo Mild to create a better texture and flavor. I'm not 100% sold on the taste though. It had a slightly fake after taste (although this wasn't noticeable when combined with the No Moo Burgers).

No Moo Sauce  - Me and Ash made a giant lasagne using this sauce as white sauce (recipe to come). Since Ash eats normal cheese I was a little worried he'd find this an odd flavor. We both really enjoyed it though, it tasted like proper lasagne! I will be buying this again, it's much easier than making your own vegan white sauce!


I have a couple of recipes using Vegusto cheeses coming up in the next couple of weeks too :)






 

C.A.B Fayre Giveaway!


I'm so excited to bring you this giveaway today! I've been a fan of CAB Fayre for a while now. I love their laser cut jewellery, especially this adorable deer necklace.

The winner of this giveaway will get to pick one peice from any of the CAB Fayre jewellery in their etsy shop. So make sure you have a good look around their shop :)

PonyChops readers can also get 20% off CAB Fayre items by using the code "PCBCAB20" when they purchase anything from their shop. This expires on 17th Feb.


Here are some of my fav peices from CAB Fayre:



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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Of Corgis & Cocktails


I want to introduce you guys to Katherine & Teemo from Of Corgis & Cocktails. I've been a big fan of Katherines blog for a while now. I love her outfit posts, she has the ability to style such elegant and unique outfits. She also shares some kick ass DIY ideas and lots of beautiful photos from her travels. Katherine also does lots of doggy related posts, so if you're a big dog lover like me you'll find yourself cooing over pictures of her gorgeous dogs Teemo and Raynor.


Here are some of my fav Of Corgis & Cocktails posts:


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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Etsy Shop Crush: Equine

As some of you may know, I'm a big horse lover! I had horses of my own until pretty recently and I'm always inspired by these beautiful, powerful creatures.

When I stumbled upon Equine on etsy I was so excited. Immediately I put almost everything in the shop on my birthday wishlist (hint hint Ash, if you're reading this!).

Equine not only sells beautiful horse related vintage items, it also sells beautiful hand crafted hooks, bookends and decorations! At first glance of Equine's bookends I knew straight away the horse figures they had used to make them with, Breyer horses. I played with Breyer horses for all of my childhood, so these hooks & bookends! I'm almost certain I need one to hang my bridles and headcollars on.




Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Wednesday Art Feature: Jen Mann

Jen Mann is a Canadian based artist who specialises in mainly oil paintings. I first noticed her work on Tumblr, her beautiful painting of a blueish toned man on a pink background stunned me. I knew I had to see more of her beautiful work!

Jen's art explores the subconcious, beauty, identity and freedom. The finished pieces will take your breath away, they look fragile yet strong, and spiritual yet realistic.