……and finally some roasted nuts………..

Our craft classes have come to an end, thank goodness only for 2013. We will be back in January with new projects and being even more creative.
Once again it was all systems go this week. I hosted a lovely workshop in wet felting where we made some really beaitiful tea-cosies.3x teacosy

I would like to remind you that cupcakes come in all shapes and sizes.
It was real fun. The inspiration came from Gillian Gladrag.ela tea cosy

We all made the most of our last meeting, nibbling on some lovely little treats. The roasted nuts where very popular so I promised to share the recipe. So here we go:
chilli nuts
Chilli nuts – makes about 3 cups

You can use any nuts you like but I have found that cashews, pecans and walnuts are particularly good!  Hazelnuts are good but brazils are slightly too big I think!  They can be roasted or not.

3 cups of nuts
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes (I like it quite hot so do put in a bit more).
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil.

Spread nuts on baking sheet and put in oven (180 degrees).  If already roasted then put in for 10 mins, otherwise for 15-20 mins until they change colour.  Take out and cool on the side slightly.

1)  Heat oil, chilli flakes and cayenne over a medium heat.
2)  When hot add nuts.  Stir-fry until all nuts are coated with oil (20 secs).
3)  Add salt and sugar.  Stir-fry until all sugar has dissolved.
4)  Remove from heat and tip nuts onto a sheet or parchment or wax paper.  Allow to cool.  Spread them out as much as you can and have a taste at this point.  You can sprinkle more chilli flakes on if you need to.  Also, you may need more salt.

Break them up and enjoy!

During the week some Christmas cards came through the door, amongst them this beautiful card! Caroline Christmas card..would you believe that Caroline, the lovely creator of this card, was not able to crochet only a week ago? This card is not only beautiful, but the crocheting is perfect! I ‘m really so proud of you Caroline.

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, a lovely festive and peaceful time and don’t forget to take some time for yourself to maybe even create a little something for you?

lots of love and happy holidays from all of us crafty ladies 🙂wednesday gropu

xmas 2013 group…this does include Rosie, Cath and Natalie too xx picture will come next time.

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It’s starting to feel a bit like Christmas…………

…………which is why I have been so busy baking, decorating, organising and most of all planning in my head, most of the time at 1 o’clock in the morning. As sleep deludes me I thought of my blog and my neglecting to post in the last week or two.

Our craft classes are coming to an end for this year and I look forward to our last sessions this week. We have all been so busy “making” there is certainly a buzzzz in the air.
Here are a few pictures of the latest creations:

Lisa has taken needle felting to a whole new level Lisa naivity

…….and Lisa will never disappoint with her sewing skills either – I would love to have a cuddle with this Rudolf Rudolf cushion

….. I have had a hand at making a nativity out of black ceramics ela nativity

I’m so looking forward to Tuesday when I will be hosting a felting workshop. We will be making a tea cosy. I will be posting photographs of this next week, so make sure to keep an eye out for these.

If only there were a few more hours in the day………

I hope you are enjoying the pre-festive season too.

happy crafting

xx

Advent, Advent….a busy weekend

Yes, what a busy weekend indeed. We had my mother in law visit, so instead of just sitting and chatting I was crafting and chatting. As we do most of our chatting at the dining table, it ended up being a very productive weekend for me.
Luckily it is December the first today and the first Advent too.
I managed to felt two stockings, thank you SO much Rachel for bringing along the lovely picture which inspired me so much! I had all the raw materials so all I need was some time, and as we chatted till the early hours of the morning not one, but two stockings were done.embroided stocking

xmas stocking plain

It was so much fun making them – I’m very tempted to slip them on the my feet as I’m sure they would be so cosy 🙂

I finally completed my first crochet project and am very proud of my scarf, green crochet scarf ela it is so toasty.
…………..panoramam advent kalender

……..and then of course the Advent Calendar which is created every year. I did the easy option this year and wrapped only 24 little chocolates and not 48. Just as well as the girls did not even notice. I love the smile first thing in the morning.annika advent kalender

It is starting to feel a little like Christmas noel flowers and slowly , but surely we are adding a few bits and pieces to decorate the home.
I thought I would make a different Advent wreath this year, spot the little Christmas tree on the roof of the car. adventskranz

All we need is a little bit of snow and some more hours in the day….

Hope you are having fun crafting too.

xx