Baking

Hazelnut Praline Muffins

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It’s been ages since I last did a baking post but I think/ hope these will make up for it! A lovely soft muffin with a gooey Nutella middle and a crunchy praline topping. hazlenut praline muffin hazlenut praline muffinHazelnut Praline Muffins   You will need: 300g Plain Flour 145g Caster Sugar 1tbsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Salt 250ml Whole Milk 1tsp Vanilla Essence 85g Melted Butter 2 Large Eggs 150g Nutella 30g Finely Chopped hazelnuts Method: * Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 * Sift the plain flour and baking powder into 115g of the caster sugar and mix together * Pour the milk and vanilla essence into a separate bowl or jug, break the eggs in one at a time and whisk gently together by hand. * Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mix *Add the melted butter *Add 80g of nutella to the batter and mix until all combined *Spoon the mixture into each of the prepared cases filling 1/4 full * Add 1 teaspoon of nutella into the middle of each muffin and then the remaining batter filling until two thirds full *Sprinkle over the chopped nuts and remaining caster sugar *Bake for 25-30 minutes *Leave in tin to cool then place on a cooling rack *Serve and enjoy!

Crafts · Sewing

Sweet Unicorn Lavender Pillow

I recently had the delight of coming across The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which sell the cutest cross stitch patterns EVER! After recently enjoying some cross stitch from The Liberty Cross Stitch book I knew I had to give these patterns a try, the hardest part was picking which one!

I initially signed up for a Christmas Stitch along which you can see here but as that doesn’t start until the 14th of November I wanted something to do in the meantime. I picked the pattern Legendary Friends.

Now because I didn’t have the blue aida/ linen that was suggested for this pattern I had to improvise with the colours a bit, but it actually worked out really well and I’m very happy with the results.

Legendary friends

As I was stitching this lovely up I knew what I would make it into when it was finished, it seemed the perfect feature to a lavender sleep pillow. Being a bit of a troubled sleeper I always sleep with a little lavender pillow next to my pillow and I am in need of a new one. I had a little bit of the cloud fabric leftover from my Spring Stitching Quilt, (I knew it’d be handy to be a scrap hoarder!) I added a little bit of soft wadding and some hand quilting et Voila…

Unicorn Sleep Pillow

I love these pastel colours! I know we are now in autumn and my colours should reflect that but for me pinks and pastels win every time!

Back view of sleep pillow

I couldn’t let the back go unnoticed even if it is going to spend most of its life under my pillow, linen and lace another of my favourite combos!

I think I might try and sneak in another pattern before the start of the Christmas sew along :)

Here is a sneak peek of the Christmas Stitch..

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I must have a pair of those scissors too!!

 

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Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Machine Table Mat

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Do you remember my last post I was having some fun with my leftover scrap hexies, well this is it finished! And it turns out it makes a perfect little mat for my sewing machine.

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Of course I had to include some polka dots, and I had some spotty binding left over from the Spring quilt. You can see the quilting better on the back, they look like sunrays! :)

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My little Momiji likes it!

Sewing Machine Table MatBut I think it’s perfect for my sewing machine. What do you think?

 

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Sewing

Playing with ‘Left-overs’

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After blogging about my Spring Stitching Club quilt it reminded me that I had some hexies left over that I didn’t use, and as a way to grip onto a little bit of spring sunshine I thought I’d see if I could come up with something for the rest of them. I think it’ll either be a mini quilt or maybe I’ll turn it into a cushion, either way it’s been nice playing with these cute fabrics again!

 

Crafts · Sewing

Spring Stitching Completed

So I know it’s autumn and a liiiitttle bit late but believe it or not I did actually finish this project months ago. The first batch of photos I took I was not happy with and it’s taken until now to redo and edit them, silly really as I was so proud to have finished my second ever quilt I should have shared sooner! I’m not very good at photographing quilts and I’m not sure I have done it justice.

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Spring Stitching - HalfSpring Stitching - Wheel BarrowSpring Stitching - TulipSpring Stitching - LambSpring Stitching - wellington bootsSpring Stitching - UmbrellaSpring Stitching - CloudSpring Stitching - DaffSpring Stitching - CrocusesSpring Stitching - Blue birdSpring Stitching - DucklingSpring Stitching - ChickSpring Stitching - BunnySpring Stitching - Front Spring Stitching - Front and BackSpring Stitching Full Spring Stitching - Finished

 

Too many photos? They are not the best I know but it gives you a idea of the finished project, I’m just sorry it took so long, being poorly has meant I’ve got a bit behind with things like that. I have another quilt to photograph to show you!

I loved this project so much! And it made me fall back in love with hexies and quilting. As I started a bit late with this stitch along I didn’t have the time to plan my fabrics but it actually all worked out ok. I used some fabrics from my stash but I did find myself making a few purchases to get it just right. The bee fabric wasn’t planned I was at my local fabric shop looking for a fabric to finish it and there it was, it was like it was meant to bee… (sorry!) Of course it had to be polka dot binding, and as it was a spring project it had to be yellow.

If you fancy giving it a go yourself, it is still available to purchase and download here.