Chatter · Crafts

Happy Mother’s Day

mum and me

I hope you are all enjoying Mothers Day, either being spoilt or doing the spoiling. I’m feeling sad.. I didn’t get to see my mum today. She is currently going through chemo and her immune system is dangerously low, meaning any infection she could pick up could seriously affect her. So she is in quarantine and because I’ve not been well I can’t go and see her :(

socks

But hey we should be cheery, the clocks have gone forward and spring is officially here! We’ve had some lovely weather this weekend, and the weather folks are saying its the warmest day of the year so far. So lovely to look out the window at 7pm and see that it is still light. Lots of exciting times ahead for our little puppy :)

In other news I have been drawn back to my sewing machine, it doesn’t take long before it calls me back. I’ve been struggling deciding which directions to take the shop in, my problem is I like making things too much! But due to popular demand and the fact I can’t resist a stash of fabric the coin purses are making a comeback to the shop! I’ve been having a bit of a change-up though and there will be more Zakka style purses, using beautiful linens and fabulous florals.

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Finally to celebrate my little Facebook Page reaching 100 likes I am having a little giveaway.

giveaway

For a chance to win this coin purse and handmade buttons, hop over to the page. Like the page, share the post and leave a comment telling me what is your favourite item in the shop, it can be something in the sold items. Competition is open until next Sunday 6th April.

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Shopping

Shop feature: Sobie Graphie

I’m really excited about this shop feature as I’m a huge fan of their work. Sobie Graphie is a graphic designer based in Toulouse, France. Her cute designs are featured on beautiful porcelain cups, t-shirts, bags and stationary. I REALLY want to own at least one thing from the items below.

unicorn cup

 

unicorn bag

cats#tees

cat cup

Check out her shop for more awesomeness.

Crafts · Photography

Blog lovin: Nana Company

Every now and then you come across a blog you fall head over heels in love with. The type of blog that makes you want to read and absorb every post they’ve published. The blog I’m talking about is Nana Company. Her photos are beautiful, and if you enjoy sewing you will love the projects and fabrics she uses, soooo inspiring!

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nana company

I’ve had to stop myself from posting too many photos, so please head on over to have a look for yourself. Finding this blog came just at the right time for me, I’ve been in need of a boost and a good dose of inspiration. Feeling a bit lost with my work and wanting to go in a different direction… again! Watch this space as I plan to update my ideas with you soon!

Baking

Raspberry Crumble Squares

Raspberry Crumble Squares

I’m sorry for the lack blog posts, I’ve been feeling really under the weather and it has left me with nausea and lethargy. Not nice :(

At least the sun is shining more and spring is definitely in the air. We’ve been getting out with Louie as much as possible and he is loving it! He has so much confidence and loves going up to other dogs (the bigger the dog the better!) and owners to say hello.

One thing that must be done after a nice afternoon walk is to come back and have a cup of tea and a bit of cake. Although because I’ve not been feeling so well I haven’t felt like getting in the kitchen to bake anything. But when I came across a recipe on Pinterest  and saw how simple yet yummy it looked I had to give it a go.

Raspberry Crumble Squares

These go perfectly with a cup of tea! I’ve made these twice in a week now, which I think is a Pinterest first for me, and I just know I will be making these again and again.

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I think next time though I will double the quantities and make a bigger batch as they don’t seem to last very long! You could also have a lot of fun experimenting with the fruity layer and trying different flavours. I’m tempted to try a chocolate version!

The recipe is so simple its perfect for when you need to quickly put a sweet treat together and is an ideal recipe for a beginner.

You will need:

1 7″ x 7″ square baking tin

1 Cup Plain flour

1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of soda

1 Cup Rolled oats

1/2 Cup Light brown soft sugar

1/2 Cup Butter

3/4 Cup Raspberry jam (or any other flavour you prefer!)

1/4 tsp Salt

Method

Preheat oven to 180C (350F) Line your square baking tin.

Mix together the flour, bicarb and salt.

Stir in the oats and brown sugar, using your fingers to break down any lumps of sugar.

Add the butter and rub together until fully combined and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Add 2 cups of the oat mix to the tin and pressing down until even.

Spread the jam over the top.

Add the remaining oats and press down gently.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

raspberry crumble squares

Baking

Elderflower and Pistachio Drizzle Cake

I’m a huge fan of lemon drizzle cake, in particular my Mum’s lemon drizzle, it brings back happy memories from my childhood. So when I stumbled across a recipe for elderflower and pistachio I knew I had to give it a go. And this is the recipe I mentioned in my post elderflower cupcakes. I never knew I would like elderflower in cakes quite so much.

It’s a nice simple recipe using a creaming method, the thing that took the longest time was de-shelling 100g of pistachios! I must look closer next time to see if they sell them without their shell. The elderflower cordial is not used in the cake mix but combined with granulated sugar and drizzled generously over the top.

Apparently this cake tastes better the next day, but so far it has never made it to the next day for me to confirm that or not!

pistachio and elderflower

For the cake:

175g Butter, softened

175g Golden caster sugar

3 Eggs

140g Self raising flour

85g Ground almonds

100g Pistachios

1/2 Tsp Baking powder

For the Drizzle:

4 Tbsp Elderflower cordial

4Tbsp White or golden granulated sugar

* Preheat oven to 160C /325F/ Gas mark 3. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin

* Chop the pistachios until you have a mixture of both powder and small pieces

* Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

* Beat in the eggs, flour, almonds, pistachios, baking powder and milk until fully combined

* Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 45-50 minutes until golden, risen and a skewer inserted in the centre come out clean.

* As soon as the cake is out of the oven, leave in the tin and prick the top all over with a skewer. For the drizzle mix together the cordial and the sugar then pour over the top of the cake allowing it to run down the holes. Leave to cool in the tin before carefully lifting out to serve.

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Chatter · Photography

Hello March!

Am I glad to see March! Goodbye winter!

Our little puppy has cleared his last injection and can FINALLY go out for walks. He has sooo much energy and has been bouncing off the walls, so its a relief we can take him out for walks and he’s loving it!

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