Monday, 31 October 2016

Learn to Craft - Sew bunting

Sew Bunting Book by Debbie Shore - 

Debbi Shore has given a new twist to traditional bunting and created 29 imaginative designs to adorn special celebrations, your garden and your home. Each project is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photographs, and all the basic techniques and stitches are clearly explained. Debbie's no-fuss approach and her simple and stylish designs make this the perfect sewers of all abilities.

ISBN - 978-1-84448-949-7
RRP £9.99

About the Author:

Debbie Shore started her career as a children's television presenter and since then has appeared regularly on television both as an actress and selling products on a shopping channel. Debbie has also hosted live fashion shows with a major fashion store, produces her own range of instructional DVDs and writes for several popular sewing magazines. Two of her previous Search Press sewing titles, Making Cushion Covers and Half Yard Heaven, have been huge hits. Debbie lives in Castle Bytham, Lincs.  

Choose from romantic Valentine bunting, festive advent calender bunting, fragrant lavender bag bunting, as well as Halloween bunting, felt bunting, frilly bunting, and lots more. 

All you need is a sewing machine and a basic sewing kit, and with all the basic techniques explained clearly at the beginning of the book, there is nothing to stop you getting going on a project straight away, even if you are a complete beginner.

If you need fabric and craft tools please have a look at my craft supplies section on Etsy

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Hand Knitted Apple Green and white Baby Hat and Booties, Baby Boy Pom Pom Hat and booties saver deal, Apple Green and White, Baby Sparkle

This is a choice of: You decide if you would like the Pom Pom Hat, the booties or the complete set - by choosing the complete set you will save £1.99

This has been knit with 2 different yarn types - 
The pom pom hat was knit with double stranded Patons Baby apple green yarn for the brim and the body of the hat was knit with Patons white baby and Sparkle Baby Yarn which gives a glittery fleck detail. The hat was then adorned with a handmade pom pom which incorporates all of the yarns together.
The booties were knit in double strand of the apple baby yarn, then finished with a crochet edging of the sparkle yarn.

If you go to photo no3 and zoom in you can see the sparkle detail.

If you have any specific requirements please get in touch i love getting custom orders

Please check out all of my other listings i have a wide selection of hand knitted baby clothes in both traditional and modern styles

CARE INSTRUCTIONS - for best results handwas and lay flat to dry. If you need to wash in the washing machine wash inside out at 30 degrees and lay flat to dry.
NOT suitable for tumble drying

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Soda Bread recipe By Paul Hollywood

Soda Bread
Makes 1 small loaf
Bake 30 minutes
Ireland's most famous bread is made with two of the oldest foods, wheat and buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and creates the rise. If you have kids, do teach them how to make soda bread, because it's great to be able to put a loaf on the table within 45 minutes. Once you've mastered it, try adding some grated Wexford cheese (vintage Irish Cheddar) and chopped raw onion to the dough.


- 250g plain white flour
- 250g plain wholemeal flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- About 400ml buttermilk


1.Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas6. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
2. Put the flours, salt and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre and pour in half the buttermilk. Using your fingers or a round-bladed knife, draw the flour into the buttermilk. Continue to add the buttermilk until all the flour has been absorbed and you have a sticky dough. You may not need all the buttermilk – it depends on the flour you use.
3. Tip the dough out on to a lightly floured surface, shape it into a ball and flatten it slightly with the palm of your hand. It is important to work quickly, as once the buttermilk is added it begins to react with the bicarbonate of soda.
4. Put the dough on the baking tray. Mark into quarters with a large, sharp knife, cutting deeply through the loaf, almost but not quite through to the base. Dust the top with flour.
5. Bake for 30 minutes or until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the base. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Eat on the day of baking – or toast it the next day.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

FRENCH BREAD Stick recipe


1 level dessertspoon fine salt 
350ml hand-hot water


Equipment: You will need a large baking sheet very well buttered and one or two large polythene bags, greased on the inside with a few drops of oil. A roasting tin.


Begin by measuring the flour, salt and yeast into a bowl, using a spatula mix everything together thoroughly. Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the water.
Now mix to a dough, starting off with the spatula and using your hands in the final stages of mixing, adding a spot more water if there are any dry bits. Continue to mix and press the dough in the bowl for about 1 minute so that the dough is evenly mixed (it will feel little sticky but that’s fine) then put the bowl of dough into a large polythene bag and close it with a clip.
Leave it until it looks as though it has doubled in bulk, which will be about 2 hours at room temperature.
After that, punch out all the air, then knead briefly and divide the dough evenly into two.
Next roll one piece into a sausage shape about 40cm long then place it on a lightly floured surface and use the heal of your hand to flatten it out to about 12cm wide all the way along.
Now fold one long edge of dough into the centre, pressing it down with your fingertips and do the same with the other long edge. Turn the roll over so that the seam is underneath and place it on a well-greased baking sheet.
Repeat with the second piece of dough.
Then place the baking sheet in an oiled polythene bag (you may need two overlapping bags) for about 1¼ hours at room temperature.
Pre-heat the oven to 230°C, gas mark 8. Position a shelf in the top third of the oven for the bread and place a roasting tin in the oven on a lower shelf.
When the sticks have risen, put a kettle on to boil. Then remove the bag and slash each stick diagonally five times with a sharp serrated knife, then dust the loaves with flour.
Place them near the top of the oven, and then quickly pour boiling water into the hot roasting tray below (so that it is about 2cm deep).
Quickly, but gently, close the oven door and time them for 25 minutes then turn the loaves over and give them a further 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

Happy Saturday!! Feeling rather festive today

I have had a real chill out day it's been lovely! The weather outside has been awful so we stayed in.

I caught up on my jobs and have been doing some knitting, I finished off the headband i started to knit last night and have made another and finished it! Finishing an item is a rarity i seem to have so many HFP's on the go it's unreal... one day, i tell myself, one day

Well, it's that time of year (even though I'm a few weeks late) Christmas Cake Bake weekend

The fruit has been soaking in brandy all day and is going lovely and plump, i love that smell of brandy and the fruit it brings back so many lovely memories

I use the same recipe every year it's Delia Smiths recipe, a combination of her Grandmothers with a few Delia twists

Thought i would share it, its so easy to make and the results a perfect!