4 May 2012
I had an urge last weekend to pretty up my office, and ended up making a cute mini pom pom garland. I remembered this tutorial from Mimi at Eskimimi makes, where she creates pom poms using a fork – ingenious and no need to buy extra tools or trinkets. Chances are all you’ll need to buy is some yarn, if you don’t knit or crochet. And even then I’m sure it would work with other materials, if you’re feeling brave.
Make the garland by threading some twine onto a needle and passing it trough each pom. Continue Reading »
1 May 2012
I’ve had the idea of doing basil cupcakes ever since I tried a basil Panacotta at Goldbrick House here in Bristol. Words cannot describe the yum… or the vivid green colour! Please ignore my terrible icing skills…
This recipe uses the same method as my chai tea, earl grey and lavender cupcakes for a nice subtle flavour. Using herbs in baking really fools me into thinking they’re healthy! Continue Reading »
25 Apr 2012
After taking a little break from whimsy last week, i’m back with some knitting inspiration. I’ve been doing a lot of pattern research, on the hunt for my next few projects of 2012, and came across these two designers who really caught my eye. I want to knit every single thing! Continue Reading »
18 Apr 2012
I’ve had one eye open for a doughnut recipe that doesn’t involve deep fat frying, or the need to buy a doughnut pan, for a while now. And I think I finally found the perfect starting point here, which I’ve adapted it a little. They came out really light and fluffy, not too sweet and a perfect mini mouthful!
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12 Apr 2012
Etsy France hosted a beautiful showcase of French and European handmade work recently, just look at these beautiful photos; they really covered every little detail. I was thrilled and honoured that my new slipper socks were chosen to be part of the show. Sadly I wasn’t able to accompany them on the journey, but they tell me they had an amazing time! Continue Reading »
11 Apr 2012
I’ve been swooning over these pretty things recently; so delicate but really elegant and stylish. They just lift a simple outfit by adding some texture.
9 Apr 2012
You’d be forgiven for thinking that I have a Cath Kidston obsession from looking at this… I do! Their trinkets and purses have become (well received) present staples within my extended family. This probably only shows about 25% of my stash. I love it!
4 Apr 2012
I first came across Donna Wilson’s work when I bought her book, The Knitted Odd-bod Bunch. The quirky creatures are amazing and they taught me a lot of new techniques when I first started knitting. Her site is packed full of goodies; cushions, ceramics, furniture, stationery – all sorts of stuff.
It’s a colourful treasure trove, go peek if you’ve not been there yet.
2 Apr 2012
Having survived a few craft fairs, each one has taught me something new. My ‘lightbulb’ moments were: managing to pack my whole display in a large WHEELY suitcase (woo!), harmonising the display with colour and these two (lifesaving) display tricks, which I’ve recreated in the hope they’ll help someone else.
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30 Mar 2012
Now that I’m working from home full time, I’ve started going on lots of walks in the areas around the flat. Sometimes I have to force my butt out the front door to get some exercise, but other days it really helps me clear my head and I can’t wait to get out and explore.
I often find little snippets of inspiration on my wanderings so here’s a selection from the last few weeks. Bristol’s city farm is one of my favourite places to go – I was happy this chap(ess) was willing to stop for a photo!