Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hot air balloon birth celebration embroidery

Just thought I'd share an embroidery I made for a friend's new baby. You know how it is you take photos sometimes and then they get lost for a while and it takes some time for me to get them on the blog!
Hot air balloon birth celebration embroidery

As you can see this was my work in progress shot. I used satin stitch on the balloon. Chain stitch on the clouds and back stitch for the lettering and the basket.

Hot air balloon birth celebration embroidery
This was it finished and I mounted it in the hoop. I was most pleased with the rainbow satin stitch on the balloon as I can sometimes find it a bit tricky to get as even as I like.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Cinnamon cake recipe

Cinnamon cake recipe
Cinnamon cake 
Serves 8

180g caster sugar
75g butter
2 eggs
250g self raising flour
2 tsp cinnamon
200ml milk

Icing sugar to dust


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c gas mark 4.
  2. Grease a 20cm cake tin
  3. In a food processor, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and beat.
  5. Add the flour, cinnamon and milk and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes until the cake is just coming away from the sides of the tin.
  8. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. When serving dust with icing sugar. 

Cinnamon cake recipe

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Banana Valentine cross stitch pattern

I just wanted to share with you my latest pattern in my Etsy shop. It's a banana Valentine with a play on words. Perfect for those that don't like anything to soppy or hearts and flowers. I will be stitching this up for the hubby this year. It's only small so there is plenty of time to get it made for Valentines day.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Top ten inspiring stump work ideas

According to the Royal school of Needlework Stumpwork is 'also known as raised embroidery uses an array of different materials and embroidery techniques to tell a contemporary story in stitch using three dimensional elements. Techniques include silk work, goldwork, counted  work, flat & raised stitching, bead work, padding and needlelace.'
It is an element of embroidery I have always admired and would love to experiment with. To inspire me and you I have gathered together ten inspiring stumpwork ideas.

Incredible stumpwork!
Bee and berries

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Valentines projects round up

Valentines is almost upon us and so I've rounded up a few of the projects I have previously posted that are quick for your to whip up for a loved one.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Free Anti Valentine cross stitch PDF pattern

If your not feeling the love at the moment, or just can't stand or the sloppy romance. Here is a anti Valentine cross stitch pattern for you. Just follow the read more link to download the PDF chart. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Shoe box teddy bed.

Just a quick one from me today. With the weather being bad it's often hard to find new activities to do with the little ones to stop them getting bored. I don't know about yours but both of mine when they were little showed great care for their cuddly toys. With that in mind I came up with the show box bed. I have a lot of nursing blankets in the cupboard and they are the perfect size for playing with the cuddly toys. So we found an old shoe box and using folded baby blankets made the rhino a new bed. My youngest loved tucking him up, kissing him goodnight and then rudely waking him up! Comedy gold apparently. It kept him occupied for a good 20-30 minutes which when you are stuck in, in the winter can be a real blessing.
Even if you don't have a shoe box a folded baby blanket can make a great sleeping bag for a cuddly toy as Macka Packa is kindly demonstrating.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Spoonflower fabric of the week - White crane

Majestic white cranes stand waiting in a pool of calm blue. This beautiful fabric is now available to buy from my Spoonflower store. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Spoonflower fabric of the week - Robot

 This wind up robot is so charming and would look great in any Children's bedroom or playroom. 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Warming Roast squash and carrot soup recipe

Some nights you just need to eat something that is like a big hug. January is a time that I feel I want to put less effort into my cooking. This recipe for warming roast squash and carrot soup provides everything I need. It's easy to make, warm, satisfying and delicious.

  • 1kg Butternut squash
  • 500g Carrots
  • 1 red onion
  • 1litre of gluten free vegetable stock
  • 1tsp korma curry powder
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c gas mark 6.
  2. Peel the carrots and cut into chunks.
  3. Slice the butternut squash in half and remove the seeds.
  4. Place in a roasting dish with the carrots and coat with a tablespoon of oil.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes until tender.
  6. Peel and chop the onion and fry in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil.
  7. Stir in the curry powder and allow to cook for 1 minute.
  8. Scrape out the butternut squash flesh from the skin. Be careful as it may be quite hot.
  9. Add this flesh and the carrots to the onions.
  10. Stir to coat with the spices.
  11. Add the litre of stock and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  12. Blend until smooth.
  13. For a really silky texture pass through a sieve.
  14. Serve with crusty gluten free bread.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Spoonflower fabric of the week - Fungi

Fungi is now available to buy from my Spoonflower shop. Delicate line drawing style mushrooms are teamed with a muted green background to give a wonderful woodland feel to this fabric.


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