Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A creative and inspiring day spent at the 5ftinf Table Workshop

I was lucky enough to spend Mothers Day at the 5ftinf Table Workshop held by my good friend and a very talented lady Philippa Stanton.

If you are not yet acquainted with Philippa's work then just simply type in the word 5ftinf into google images and you will be taken to another world of colourful magic!
The 'table' has become a rather famous piece of furniture in the social media world with its  companion of accessories, just take a look on her Instagram page!  

In Philippa's workshop we were guided through the processes that make Philippa's images so unique, above was a really fun start using vintage newspaper cuttings, a way to get us relaxed and giggle!

We then moved on to props using items from Philippa's personal collections, her home is like museum full of curiosities from her adventures in life.
I found this task the hardest as she really made us break those boundaries we have, mine being order and straight lines!

As it was Mother's Day here in the UK we were treated to the most amazing fountain pens from Plooms, the colours were so gorgeous and Philippa had chosen the right one for each of us. 

After an amazing lunch that Philippa had created we went on to combine all we had learnt with a few extra 'messy' techniques and with an amazing array of simply stunning flowers.

The books might give away Philippa's blog name!

So for our final piece we were let loose, guided and inspired....

...... a truly fun day  with some inspiring people and a head full of ideas that will make me look at my work in a whole new way, a colourful, textural and energetic way!
Thanks Phil x

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fruit & Seed Bars - sugar free and delicious!

Fruit & Seed Bars

1Cup of Apricots
1/2 Cup Dates or Cranberries
1 Cup of Omega Mixed Seeds*
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil

*Use nuts if you prefer!

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until the mixture sticks together, I like my bars to still have a crunch!

Then place the mixture in the middle of of a large piece of plastic wrap, bring the sides up and completely cover the mixture, start moulding with your hands to form a large slab, give it a good squash.
Then place in the fridge and allow to chill for 24 hours.

Remove from the fridge, cut into squares and either individually wrap each one or keep as a large slab in the fridge. Eat when your hearts desire!

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

DIY Valentine Heart & Fabric Envelope for your LOVE

With Valentines Day around the corner why not make the love of your life a handmade gift.

Start by needle felting a sweet heart and embellish with anything you like, I used a simple Skinny Grey Gingham ribbon from the fantastic range that Jane Means has online....

..using an old envelope as a template pin onto a piece of ticking and plain fabric right sides facing each other,  then cut out the shape.....

....sew all the way around leaving a 5cm gap and make sure you snip the the curved edges and any nooks.....

.....turn the whole thing right side out then sew around the outline to close the opening. Then sew on some gorgeous ribbon on one of the folds (the base one!) I loved sung this rich Red with White Dots Grosgrain ribbon, a perfect contrast to the ticking fabric.

Now print a personal message on a piece of frayed fabric and sew this onto the front of the envelope, then hand sew the rest of the edges together to form an envelope leaving the top flap open. Cut a small slit on this flap to thread the ribbon through....

...and place the heart inside, seal by tying the ribbon in a bow and a little kiss!

For my LOVE......

CHANEL -an insight to the craftsmanship in creating a collection

Spring - Summer

A beautiful film showing true craftsmanship, reminds me of the latest project I have made for this months Romantic issue of Making Magazine.

Romantic Floral Corsage

Friday, January 16, 2015

#52LoavesProject A year on.....

Do you remember the #52Loavesproject ?
It was thought up by the lovely Lou and Dan from Little Green Shed a year ago, the idea being that you tried to make a loaf of bread from scratch, once a week for a year.
Soon the interest grew in the blogging world and a number of us embarked on the project.

Our loaves were ok but we were all not quite mastering a good loaf.
That all changed when the fabulous Tom Herbert and his amazing team at Hobbs House Bakery heard about the project and invited us up to Hobbs HQ for a bloggers day.

When i say change I mean a radical change for myself and my family.
I do not buy shop bread anymore!!! 

Yep, apart from the odd loaf from my local bakery I refuse to buy any 'plastic' bread!
I invested in not 1 but 2 banneton to prove the loafs, shower caps and a baking stone to inject that super heat needed for a spring in the rise as it cooks.

Ive mastered the sourdough but managed to kill my 'Hobbsie' starter (Think I might have to buy a new one guys!) 

We had the best Hotcross buns ever this year, better than our famous local Ravens Bakery ones!

My biggest Le Parfait jar is always full of the best bread flour......

...ready for that therapeutic almost daily loaf ritual.
Wheatgerm, seeds, berries and nuts have been added, pittas and baps have been made and consumed  (a homemade pitta is heaven, trust me!)
The #52LoavesProject has opened my eyes, it has brought happiness to our family, encouraged others  and brought together a group of strangers who now have become friends, thank you to all.

The humble loaf, let it change your life!


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