nothing like planing ahead…….

Yes, I should take note of planing ahead a little more often!

My children are having fun with friends and I was told to leave them to it. What an invitation to do something I should do far more often…writing a note on my blog!

Our summer term has come to an end, with our children finally staying home for the summer holidays. I have managed to complete some projects , a snood michelle snoodfor a friend on the other side of the world and a summer jersey for me 🙂 It is made out the beautiful bamboo wool my mum brought over from South Africa. Such lovely vibrant colours.bamaboo jersey elaI need to block it and will be ready to go.

I have also tried my hand at baking sourdough bread and would like to thank my craft ladies for their help and patience. My endless questions must have been very tiering. This is my first one, rather good, well I think so anyway.sourdough bread

 

The lovely Kate has definitely planned ahead and knitted this most beautiful blanket for a Christmas gift. Such a lovely pattern, I love the pompoms.

 

Kate blanket

 

 

 

Kate blanket pompom

 

 

 

 

I will be playing with several craft ideas this summer and hopefully will be able to share some of these with you rather sooner than later.

We resume our classes in September, cannot wait to see what my lovely ladies will have in store for me.

 

Wishing you all a very happy and sunny (even if it is only internal sunshine) summer.

 

with love 

E x

Merry Christmas

My last post before we start our celebrations.ela nativity

I would like to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year.

2014 had a lot to offer and I so look forward to see what 2015 will bring.

Sending  you lots of love, and should you need to make some last minute nibbles, this is a safe and much loved recipe.

 

roasted nuts

 

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!

 

lots of love

E x

..oh this is Christmas…

It is starting to get a little colder, the frost is crisp in the morning and my home is smelling of delicious roasted nuts. (Recipe can be found on last years post)

roasted nuts

We have decorated the Christmas tree ( I have a very special little glass which I only use when decorating the tree) and we are listening to Christmas Carols. I  do love this time of year.xmas tree decorating

 

 

We have been all been so busy in the craft classes, Rachel has complete her gorgeous cowl,

rachel snood

Jackie has made the most beautiful Christmas stockings, (please note the little one, which is for the cat) Jackie xmas xtockingand Liz has made the most clever and effective Christmas napkins.

Take 2 half circles of the same size, but of different fabric, stitch together and voila a Christmas Tree Napkin.liz chrostmas tree napkin

 

 

When watching Kirstie Allsop’s home made Christmas I was inspired to make my own wreath for our front door, I rather like the simplicity and the fact that  jungles when the door is opened.wreath 2014

I also rather like the advent candles this yearadvents kranz

 

The great advantage of living in the northern hemisphere, it gets dark so early at least you get to light loads of candles.

 

Last Tuesday was the last market at Kempton Park where I always manage to get the most stunning mistletoe. I stand under it often and am lucky that my daughter comes to the rescue and I get lots of kisses.mistleto

 

Last but not least, some of us managed to go for lunch this week. It was a lovely afternoon and delicious too.

l2c lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I believe it is only 11 sleeps till Christmas and I hope that they will be as calm as possible for you all.

Sending  you lots of love

E x

1st December

My goodness it is the 1st of December today!!!!

Right, no talk about being to busy to blog, I’ll just get on with it.

So excited about the 1st of December, but not quite as much as my girls. I try and create an Advent Calendar every year and have a lot of fun doing it. This year I knitted 24 little hats, one for each day. Finding a chocolate that is small enough was the real challenge. Not one I couldn’t overcome though.advent hats

Oh dear, as I type this I heard a crash, the Advent tree has fainted, with a little help from Tiger that is. fainted advent  treeThis is what it should look like.

advent 2014Right, back to the blog then.

We only have a few weeks left to get all our projects done.

Have you had a chance to look at the magazines out at the moment? There is so much inspiration. My favourite at the moment the  German magazine Landlust with its English counter part Landlove. This is where I saw the little hats which inspired me to knit mine.

I will be baking some traditional German Christmas cookies with some friends this weekend. Vanille Kipferl and Zimt Sterne. I know I could bake these at any time of the year, but the fact is I don’t which makes these extra special and something I look forward to every year. I will post the recipes for you too.

Hope you are enjoying a good week

love Ex

AWBS Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre

Hello…..

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I have been busy, busy, busy preparing my stock for the AWBS Christmas Craft and Gift Fair this Friday, 7th November, 10am – 4pm,  at the Ascot Racecourse Pavilion.

 

You are able to download a two for one coupon on the website too.

This is a fair organised by AWBS (American Women of Berkshire and Surrey). I have had the pleasure of being a visitor in the past and have always walked away with some stunning gifts, some for myself, and some for others.

All proceeds to benefit local charities.

Have a look at the vendor list, they are not all seasonal, there will be plenty for every body.

I will have my stall in HALL 2, stall number 75, please come and visit!

Here is a little preview of what I have on offer.

 

 

 

awbs pic

 

 

 

 

awbs cushion pic

 

Look forward to seeing you there

 

 

love Ex

 

 

upcoming workshops

Hello

 

Please have a look at the upcoming workshops and let me know if you would like to join.

 

They will be great fun.

xmas stocking plain

Workshops

Saturday 25th Oct 1pm-3pm – learn to knit

(ideal for beginners) £30

Wednesday 29th October 10.30am – 12.30pm,

needle felting £30

Wednesday 29th October 7.30pm – 9.30pm,

needle felting £30

Saturday 8th November 1pm – 3.30pm,

sew a little bag £40

Saturday 15th November 1pm – 3pm,

needle felting £30

Monday 17th November 10am – 2.30pm – wet felt a Christmas Stocking £65 (includes light lunch)

Friday 28th November 11am – 1pm,

knitting the continental way £25

Saturday 29th November 1pm – 3pm – embroider Christmas decorations, napkin rings £30

Saturday 6th December 1pm – 3pm – make and embroider your own hand warmers £30

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day. 🙂

Classes will be held in Sunninghill. 100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

love Ex

wet felting workshop

Wet felting Workshop 

Monday 17th November 2014 10am – 2.30pm £65

Create your very own individual Christmas stocking.  Santa will not be able to ignore this one 🙂

Price includes material, a light lunch, lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

 

 

xmas stocking plain

Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

 

 

NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOPS

Needle felting workshops

Wednesday 29th October 2014 10 10.30am – 12.30pm £30

Wednesday 29th October 2014 7.30pm – 9.30pm £30

Saturday 15th November  2014 1pm – 3pm £30

 

The very original way to make wool into felt. Create your own individual creations and embellishments.

Try your hand at Christmas decorations and so much more.

felt teddynoel flowers

This workshop is also suited for children (age 8 – 80)

 

Price includes material, a lovely cup of tea and hopefully whatever has come out the oven that day.

Classes will be held in Sunninghill.

100% payment to be done at the time of booking. Maximum of 6 students per class.

Full refund of payment can only be given if the space can be filled by another student. Should I have to cancel a workshop, which is highly unlikely you be entitled to a full refund.

Please have  a look at my fb for further workshops and updates.

love E x 

lovely September

I’m really sad that our Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, however I’m loving our September. The days start and end crisp and chilly and are so sunny and warm during the day.

We are all enjoying getting back into our various routines, being school, work or taking Tiger for longer walks, (she is allowed a 20 minute walk now 🙂 ).

 

It also means that we are back at our craft classes, with news ideas, new members and tons of creativity. Ann has wasted no time and has already completed her first project.

 

She bought the waxed fabric while on holiday in France and Voila, an apron is made! See, it really is that simple.IMG_5828

There are many things to look forward to in the next few weeks, longer nights do mean more time to knit, right?

Lots of talk going on about The Handmade Fair being held at Hampton Court next week (19th – 21st September)

the handmade fair
I have not decided yet if I will be going, then again I really ought to, don’t  you think? It would give me loads of new blog material and some creative ideas and finding new suppliers and,  and,  and…………
It is also the time to start thinking about seasonal gifts, yes we do need time to prepare. I will be offering several workshops in felting, wet and needle and also knitting the continental way and in the round while using different wools at the same time.
I hope that you have all had a great summer and look forward to hearing about your projects
love E x

……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.