Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Blue Sunflower counted cross stitch pattern

Well I am trying to get back in the swing of things. It's always a funny time between Christmas and New year when the days seem to merge into one and another. However I have found an hour or so to work on some new patterns for my Etsy shop and just thought I would share this beauty with you.

The pattern is only £4.50 and is available for instant download, so there is no stopping you printing it off and sewing yourself something beautiful to see in the new year. 


Sunday, 28 December 2014

Monday, 22 December 2014

Brownie Pies recipe

225 g Plain Flour
pinch salt
100 g Hard margarine
cold water to mix, about 30 ml (approx. 2 tbsp.)
100g dark chocolate
100g soft butter
175g light muscovado sugar
2  eggs, lightly beaten
100g plain flour,

1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
2. Mix flour and salt in basin, rub in fat.
3. Using a knife to cut and stir, mix with cold water to form a stiff dough.
4. Turn dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly.
5. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface a little thinner than a £1 coin.
6. Stamp out 12 circles about 8cm wide, keeping all the trimmings.
7. Use the circles to line a 12-hole, non-stick bun tin.
8. For the filling, melt the dark chocolate.
9. Cream the butter and light muscovado sugar with a wooden spoon.
10. Gradually add the lightly beaten eggs.
11.   Tip in the plain flour and the slightly cooled melted chocolate. Mix until combined.
12. Put a spoonful of the filling into each pastry case. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Leave the pies to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Spoonflower fabric of the week - Dragonfly

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Mince pie recipe

250g Mince meat
225 g Plain Flour
pinch salt
100 g Hard margarine
cold water to mix, about 30 ml (approx. 2 tbsp.)
1 beaten egg to glaze

Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. 

1. Mix flour and salt in basin, rub in fat.
2. Using a knife to cut and stir, mix with cold water to form a stiff dough.
3. Turn dough on to a floured surface and knead lightly.
4. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface a little thinner than a £1 coin. 
5. Stamp out 12 circles about 8cm wide, keeping all the trimmings. 
6. Use the circles to line a 12-hole, non-stick bun tin. 
7. Put a small spoonful of mincemeat in each one, but be careful not to put too much, as the suet will melt and bubble out if it has no room to spare. 
8. Re-roll the pastry trimmings and cut out another 12 circles a little smaller than the last. 
9. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg, then add pastry lids, pinching the two edges together. 
10. The pies can now be frozen in the trays for up to 3 months and either defrosted and cooked as stated or cooked from frozen (allow a little extra time if cooking from frozen)
11. Brush the lids with a little more egg  and bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown. 
12. Leave to cool.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cheese straws recipe

Perfect for a few pre dinner nibbles with drinks. Make the ring to serve them in for an extra special touch.

You will need:
100 g Self Raising Flour
pinch  salt
pinch  mustard powder
50 g   margarine
75 g   mature Cheddar or Red Leicester cheese, grated
1 medium      egg, beaten
Egg wash (optional)
Poppy seeds (optional)

1        Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease a baking tray.
2        Mix together the flour, salt and mustard. Rub in the margarine.
3        Stir in the cheese and add sufficient egg to make a stiff dough.
4        Roll out very thinly and cut into strips. Cut a few rings for serving
          if wished. Place on a baking tray.
5        If desired brush with a little beaten egg and sprinkle on a few poppy seeds.

6        Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Traditional Christmas tree cross stitch pattern

Another wonderful Christmas tree pattern has just been added to my Etsy store. It is a traditional tree design in festive red, gold and green. It uses only full count stitches and could be whipped up in a couple of evenings. So there is still time to pop over the the shop and purchase it today. You can instant download and print the pattern so there is no stopping you. 


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Free Stripe Christmas tree cross stitch PDF pattern

Here is a modern take on a festive icon. Stitched up in red it would look great for your holiday decor. All stitches are full stitches with no back stitch, it would easy to whip this up over a couple of evenings. Just click on the read more link to download your free PDF file of the pattern.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

New Christmas cross stitch patterns

There is still time to stitch up something festive for your home or a loved one this Christmas. With that in mind I just wanted to share two of my favorite new patterns from my Etsy store. They are both quite different in style the first one is a fresh and contemporary look at the Christmas tree. In it's cool blue tone and with crisp white background it would be a great addition to any modern home.

 The other design I am featuring is more traditional in a sampler style with many of the  traditional festive icons we associate with Christmas. Poinsettias, Christmas puddings, stars, snowflakes and of course the tree.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

10 Christmas gifts to make with the Children

Who doesn't like to do a bit of Christmas crafting with the kids and when there is food involved it's all the more enjoyable. I must admit I do love the BBC good food magazine and eagerly await their Vegetarian Christmas magazine especially. I use their website a lot when preparing for cookery classes as the recipes are so easy to follow and always turn out as expected. When recently looking I found a great collection of Christmas gift ideas and these are my 10 favorite gifts to make with the kids. I can imagine some very happy family members when we turn up with these!Snow globe hot chocolate
How cute is this Snow globe hot chocolate ! I'm not sure these will make their way away from our home, but would be so good on Christmas eve or for a Hot chocolate bar.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Free Cross stitch Christmas collection PDF charts

I just thought I would do a quick round up of some of the lovely free Christmas cross stitch patterns I have on the blog. You have still got time to whip up some of these beauties in time for Christmas. They are mainly small designs perfect for cards, tags and festive decor. Just click on the links and you will be able to download a PDF pattern of each design for free!

Christmas cake recipe



Christmas cakes

Ingredients
150g self raising flour
75g margarine
75g caster sugar
2 eggs
200g dried mixed fruit – including cherries
Grated rind of 1 orange
1 tbsp ground almonds
200g marzipan
250 ready roll icing
1 packet of assorted coloured ready roll icing

Method
  1. preheat oven to gas mark 3 /170 c
  2. line 7 inch cake tin with greaseproof paper
  3. cream the fat and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. mix in the eggs
  5. fold in the flour
  6. fold in the dried fruits
  7. pour into tin and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour
  8. cool
  9. cover with marzipan and then icing
  10. decorate

Friday, 28 November 2014

Children's drawing of a snowman cross stitch.

Inspired by drawings of snowman by my Children, I have created this cute cross stitch pattern. He measures under 10cm squared and would be a perfect quick project to stitch up for festive fun holiday decor.

Children's drawing of a snowman cross stitch.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas Cranberry Muffin recipe

I am not the biggest fan of dried fruit it has to be said. Yet at this time of year they seem to pop up in all sorts of recipes. You can't help bumping into them when you start doing your Christmas baking. Cranberries however I do like and these Cranberry muffins with a warming hint of cinnamon are just the thing to start off your festive baking.

Christmas Cranberry Muffin recipe


Friday, 21 November 2014

Poodle embroidery little girls bag

This embroidery pattern is so cute. I love it on the pink hand dyed linen. I have made it up into a gift bag for one of my niece's and I'm sure she is going to love it. 
Poodle embroidery little girls bag

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas Polar bear card

I just finished this cute card for my youngest. I used a pattern from the world of cross stitching magazine and then mounted it on green card stock on a white square card. I can't decide if I should put a sticker happy Christmas at the bottom, but I suppose I've got time!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Free Blue snowflake cross stitch PDF pattern

I have been designing some more wintry cross stitch patterns and I do love coming up with new snowflake designs. I love the symmetry and simple geometric shapes that can be created. Just follow the read more link to download your free PDF file so you can stitch up this winter wonderland beauty. 

Free Blue snowflake cross stitch PDF pattern

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Free Christmas tree with baubles cross stitch PDF pattern

Colourful baubles adorn this free Christmas tree pattern. It'll be great stitched up to add to your holiday decorations. Just click on the read more link to download the free PDF.
Free Christmas tree with baubles cross stitch PDF pattern



Friday, 7 November 2014

Free Gingerbread man cross stitch PDF pattern

How cute is this little guy? For me Christmas isn't Christmas without the smell of ginger bread wafting through the house. This free pattern will be the perfect addition to your holiday décor. Click on the read more link to download the free PDF pattern. Now I'm off to bake some gingerbread...

Free Gingerbread man cross stitch PDF pattern

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Free Blue snowflake cross stitch pattern PDF

Here's is another free pattern for you. I've posted early so you'll have enough time to stitch it up for Christmas. If you like my patterns why not take a look at my Etsy shop? There is a link at the bottom of the page. Happy stitching!  

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Free cross stitch Floral handbag PDF pattern

Who doesn't love a handbag? I seem to have aquired far too many handbags along with my shoes and maybe it is time to part with a few... If you also have a love of handbags or know someone who does. This would make a great present for them. Framed up it would look great in any ladies bedroom or dressing room. Or why not even stitch it up and make it into a handbag! It's yours for free, just follow the read more link to download the free PDF file. Happy sewing. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Free cross stitch Rainbow umbrella PDF pattern

The weather has finally turned here and with that in mind I created this freebie chart for you. Remember you can't have a rainbow without rain. Enjoy!
Free cross stitch Rainbow umbrella PDF pattern 


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Swiss roll recipe


Ingredients:

75g self raising flour
3 eggs
75g caster sugar
3 tbsp jam / lemon curd


Method:

  1. Light oven to gas mark 6 / 200°C
  2. Line the tin with greaseproof paper
  3. Crack eggs into a large bowl and add sugar
  4. Whisk eggs until thick and light in colour
  5. Do the test to see if the mixture has been whisked enough
  6. Fold in flour using a metal spoon
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown
  8. Sprinkle sugar over new piece of greaseproof paper
  9. Tip cooked Swiss roll onto sugared paper
  10.  Quickly cut the edges off
  11.  Cover sponge with jam
  12.  Roll, use the paper to help you
  13.  Place into container and allow to cool.


Cartoon Spider Halloween counted cross stitch chart

How about this for a cute quick make for Halloween? It doesn't all have to be gore and guts to get into the spooky Holiday, especially when you have little ones in the house or coming to visit. If you fancy stitching up this cute spider visit my Etsy store when you can purchase, download and get stitching as soon as you want. Just click on the link at the bottom of the post. 


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

English pink rose counted cross stitch pattern



I just had to share the latest pattern I've just listed in my Etsy shop. I am so in love with it. My garden is full of Rose's. They are such a perfect English cottage garden flower and I can't wait to see this beautiful chart stitched up by a happy customer. 



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