Saturday, 28 February 2015

Christening, baptism, new baby, gift, cross stitch buttons capital 'A'

I just wanted to share with you a few of the new patterns I have been working on. They are inspired by all the button art work I have been seeing recently. I think they would make great gifts for welcoming a new baby or celebrating their baptism. I've started working on the whole alphabet but for now here are the 'A's. Each 'A' is created out of a range of button sizes and is stitched in either a range of pink or blue tones. The patterns are available for instant download on my etsy store and at £2.00 they are really a bargin when you want to make something special for the new person in your life.
Christening, baptism, new baby, gift, cross stitch buttons capital A

Christening, baptism, new baby, gift, cross stitch buttons capital A

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Craft bag design competition.

Just found out I won the craft bag design competition run by the sewing directory with this design! I will be getting my design printed on to a tote bag. I will post pictures when it arrives. So excited!


Friday, 20 February 2015

Eves pudding recipe



Eve's Pudding

Ingredients
  • 100 g margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g  Self Raising Flour
  • 675 g cooking apples, peeled and cored
  • 50 g sugar


Method
  1. Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease an ovenproof dish.
  2. Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each.
  3. Gently fold in remaining flour.
  4. Thinly slice apples and layer in dish with sugar.
  5. Prepare cake mixture and use to cover the apples. Bake for about 40 minutes.







Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Pomegranate Vodka recipe

Pomegranate Vodka recipe 
Pomegranate vodka recipe
Ingredients

  • Makes 500ml.
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 500ml vodka.


Method

  1. Remove the seeds from the pomegranate by cutting in half and whilst holding it over a bowl hit it on the back with a spoon. The seeds will fall out and you just have to check through that none of the pith has fallen in the bowl. If it has pick it out.
  2. Place the vodka, sugar, vanilla and the pomegranate seeds in a large jar with a seal able lid.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Leave the jar somewhere cool and dark and shake once a week until all the sugar is dissolved and the color has bleached from the seeds.
  5. Drain through a sieve or jelly bag to remove the seeds and discard.
  6. Pour the vodka into a new clean bottle and seal.



Monday, 16 February 2015

Spoonflower fabric of the week - little green men and little green planets

Spoonflower fabric of the week - little green men and little green planets

Spoonflower fabric of the week - little green men and little green planets now available in my shop.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Paper pierced rose anniversary card

The hubby and I recently celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. Having been married ten years we don't do much anymore to mark the occasion but I thought I would make him a card. I looked up what ten years is meant to be and apparently its aluminium. Not the most romantic of inspirations but this is what I cam up with.
Paper pierced rose anniversary card
Paper pierced rose anniversary card

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Cranberry Muffins recipe

I always seem to have a bag of dried cranberries left over after Christmas. The kids will happily have them as a snack but as ever I wanted to use them to bake with.
These Cranberry muffins are not over-sweet and the fruit stays moist in the muffin mix perfect for a weekend breakfast treat or in the school lunchbox.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Butterbean and pesto burger recipe

Butterbean and pesto burger recipe
I made these burgers the other night when I was looking for something tasty to put in the fresh bread buns I had baked. I have tried numerous vegetarian burger recipes over the years and have often found them to be way to bland or too spicy or just collapsing in texture.
These were the exact opposite they were flavorsome due to the pesto and the butter beans gave the burgers a robust nature. I have adapted these from a recipe in Cook Vegetarian magazine which can be found here.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Spoonflower fabric of the week -shooting flaming stars

Spoonflower fabric of the week -shooting flaming stars
Spoonflower fabric of the week -shooting flaming stars is now available in my store.

Craft workshop survey.

Please could you take the time to fill in my survey.
I am hoping to set up a craft workshop and shop in the near future and would like to find out what customers would most like to see happening there.
Many Thanks
Ruth

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Spoonflower 'Classical cat' gift wrap folded paper box

Did you know you can also buy my Spoonflower fabrics as Giftwrap?

Here I've turned my 'Classical cat' design gift wrap into a gift box. It makes a great unusual gift and is perfect for giving to those who show appreciation for the lovely way a gift is presented.



If you want to make a folded gift box you can find full instructions here.
How to make a folded paper gift box.
If you want to buy 'Classical cat' gift wrap or any of my other original fabrics and gift wraps. Visit my Spoonflower shop.


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