Unravel and Orange Cake

It might be half term, but this does not mean we are standing still.

Visitis to Ikea (there is always something one needs in Ikea, right?), lovely lazy morning walks which have been good for all of us.

I have just baked a delicious orange cake for my workshop attendants tomorrow. Yes, the pompom workshop is happening tomorrow, so excited :-).

As I was looking up the recipe I noticed that I had hand written it in my cookbook which I have since I was 17 years old. The pages are discolouredĀ and splattered, but the recipe still works and I still love the taste.

Ok, I’ll share it with you:


You will need

75 g flour

75 g cornflour

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

200 g caster sugar

2 tsp grated orange zest

80 g melted butter

juice of 5 oranges plus 1 tblsp sugar


Beat eggs with sugar over hot water till very, very creamy

Sieve flour, cornflower and baking powder and fold into egg mixture

Fold in melted butter and add orange zest


Line a round baking tin and add mixture

Bake at 170*C for about 30 minutes.


While cake is baking juice the oranges, add the sugar and heat. Do not boil!

Once cake is baked, prick with a fork and add hot orange juice.

Let it stand to cool and only then remove from tin.

Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

orange cake

I hope you will enjoy this as much as I have and still do.


The Sewing Bee is on tonight and I can watch it live. So excited to sit with my girls and watch all the talented ladies and gents perform their magic. I have not got a favourite contestant yet, do you?


The most exciting event of the week is the Unravel show at the Farnham Maltings. I went last year and loved it. So looking forward to spending my Saturday there. If you are able to, do try and get there. It starts on Friday 20th and ends Sunday 22nd February.

Hope you are having a great week too


love Ex

My blouse on the Great British Sewing Bee

Great excitement as the Great British Sewing Bee is back!

Now would you believe that Amanda is wearing a blouse the sewing beejust like the one I made for our local sewing bee competition which was held last year and organised by C&H?


I did not add the little bow ties, but just have a look at this.

Well, what can I say? I obviously lead the path.

Not sure about Patrick’s moustache, but loving the program.


Hope you are enjoying it too


love E x



Before and after……

It is the first of the month – pinch, punch, no returns šŸ™‚

It has all been go, go, go at love to craft head quarters.

I popped into our local Charity shop to drop off some bits and pieces and it would be rude not to have a browse and make a purchase, right?

I bought the most delightful Whistles skirt for only sshhhhh Ā£6.

pink skirt before

My daughter was not impressed and actually asked if I intended to wear this in Public? Ha, the youth of today, what can I say?

Anyway I removed the bottom “frill”, as the skirt was too long. I then added a little lace trim to both edges and voila, a new skirt! I love it.

pink skirt after


All it took was a little bit of time and the lace was in my magicalĀ suitcase which homes all the bits and pieces I have collected over the years. My husband often asks why I hold onto this suitcase? Well as a crafter you will understand – you just never know when you might need a bit of fabric or lace or trim or…….


My craft ladies have been so busy too. Can you believe the work that has gone into thisĀ beautiful quilt? Well done Lisa, you should be so proud.Lisa Quilt

I’m still trying to stitch together my cardigan, no excuses needed, just busy doing other things.


Half term holiday are upon us soon and I will be hosting a pompom workshop the the 20th February. 10.30am – 12pm.Ā pompon

Learn how to make the fluffiest pompoms, get creative and make them into little bees?


Spaces are limited, so please book soon.

I hope you have had a great start to our magical 2015 and look forward to chatting soon.


love Ex