Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A mini break in Cornwall

At the beginning of the boys holiday we were lucky enough to join the lovely Philippa Stanton of the @5ftinf fame and her son for a few days down in Cornwall.
So with a hop skip and a jump (a long train journey infact!) we were greeted at the end of the line in Penzance by the chirpy Phil!

Spending time here was a real treat, the views from the cottage were breathtaking! 

The beaches were perfect for body boarding and hours were spent beach combing for shells, wood and unusual pebbles, so many types of seaweed in one small area too.
Philippa was in her element creating her beautiful table top scenes! 

I loved the shapes of the rocks too, do you see the whale?

We of course had to complete the walk over to St Michael's Mount whilst the tide was out, quite strange as we joined the like minded pilgrims across the well trodden blocks.

Now of course it would have been rude not to partake in other Cornish traditions!

One of the days we loaded our back packs with rain coats, bags of change and set of to walk to Penzance along the beach. A few showers didn't deter us, especially when one of the party was well dressed in her vintage Quant mac!

Such beautiful light, with clouds reflecting on the damp beach!

Once we had had a good old fashioned Fish 'n' Chip lunch we headed to the arcade with our coppers!
Oh my goodness, lets just say we were lucky to get out of there, we were like crazy wild possessed gamblers ! (It was a giggle though!)

 A great time was had by all and what a stunning area of Cornwall it is indeed, we shall definitely be returning soon!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Button the Needle Felted secret birthday commission and workshop dates!

A few weeks ago I had to be a secret squirrel and make a very special cat for a dear friends partner. They own the most gorgeous cat called Button, what a great name!

When I make to commission I start by looking at all the lovely photos a client will send me, ask questions about the character of the animal and anything special that might be attached to that pet, for instance a toy.

I find it quiet nerve wracking to get the expression of the pet when working to order as they are so personal to the client but from the start, creating Button I knew she has the most sweetest look on her face, as well as a lot of fur!

Button is an extremely lucky cat to have such adoring owners. 
She has a beautiful handmade spotty bow tie and used to have the most amazing cardboard castle to venture into (with bunting) made by her Daddy!

so when it came to make the box for Button it was in the shape of a castle along with bright bunting and her special embroidered name label on the top!

Dear little Button was a pleasure to make and was a lovely surprise for her new owner.
Yet again I found it hard to handover the final piece!

Here she is with her real life muse!

If you fancy having a go at making your own little 'Button' or any other little pet I now have some new workshop dates ready to be booked.
They will be held in Petworth by the lovely Charlotte of The Cotton Wool Store, either email her or visit the website to book one of the dates!

Needle Felting Animal Workshops
Monday 15th September 2014
Tuesday 7th October 2014

Needle Felting 2D Landscape Workshops
Wednesday 15th October 2014

Christmas Needle Felting Workshop
Monday 17th November 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Enjoying the sun before it rains....

The British Summer can be, well....unpredictable. 
So when the sun shines you make the most of it!

A trip to Bexhill-on-Sea to swim in its beautiful quiet sea...

...eating fish and chips with a splendid view!

Visiting museums that not only have fabulous exhibitions but have the most amazing architecture too!

Watching the flowers unfold in the heat of the sun.

Picking the first of hopefully many dahlias.

Watching the evening sun set over the horizon.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hobbs House Chocolate brownies to die for!

 How lucky am I?
A couple of weeks ago I was sent a tray of Hobbs House Bakery Chocolate Brownies to sample and to let them have honest feedback in return.
When they arrived it was a very hot day and I had been out most of the morning, my postie had left the parcel in an empty black recycling box.... I was worried, was I going to open the box and find a hot chocolate goo?

No, instead inside the very well packaged Hobbs House box and sweet little wooden tray were perfectly formed, fudge like chocolate brownies that I can honestly say were utterly heavenly.... you can see from the boys faces they were transported to the very spot in my head and senses that the brownies had sent me!

My other dilemma was whether these gorgeous brownies would be consumed within seconds by these cake loving boys so I swiftly put them in the fridge so we could have a slice for pud later.

 Just look at that lovely fudge centre in the picture above, not too sweet either ...
...and the crumbly outer edge in the picture below!

The colder slices we consumed later and the next day were just as delicious, we managed to share the box amongst a few friends too.
My youngest took a slice to school and let his fellow pupils try (I think he took his role of taste tester very seriously!) they were delighted to say the least!
Hubby took some in to work and shared, some serious chocolate eating colleagues were impressed by the quality of chocolate used.

I was amazed at how far we managed to share this tray of brownies, the quantity and quality were just perfect and at a very reasonable £10.50 we will definitely be buying.
They are now available from their online shop and will be delivered to your door, perfect with a nice cup of tea!

Thank you Hobbs House team for letting us be your guinea pigs,  you have yet again come up trumps with high quality and locally produced food.

Now, I reckon that little tray can be reused as a seed tray for salad, what would you use yours for?

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Chocolate Mousse that fooled them....

My local greengrocer had avocados on special offer the other day which activated that "now what was that recipe i saw on Pinterest..."

with just 4 simple ingredients.......

... a hand blender and some pretty vintage french glasses (from the divine Closet & Botts in Lewes).....

...a gorgeous yet totally Vegan pudding was created, and the best bit?.....
....they were completely fooled!
There are various ways of making it but this is my simple and tasty version!

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Serves 4

1 Large Ripe Avocado
2 Bananas
Tablespoon good quality cocoa powder
Honey/Maple syrup to taste

*Simply blend all the ingredients to form a thick chocolaty velvety goo, spoon into pretty glasses and allow to cool in the fridge for a couple of hours. Just before serving sprinkle a few crouched pistachio nuts and a dusting of sweet vegan chocolate powder!



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