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 discoloured 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

We are back

Hello…..
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Oh yes, we are back and are full of spirits and many creative ideas.

Kate has started her first jersey, which will be so lovely. Lisa has delighted us with her stitched, embroidered and printed place-mats.

Charlotte and Kate are embroidering linen tea towels which this far are for display only. I would not want anybody drying their hands on these either.

Rachel is just about to complete her rather glamourous cardigan – well done for not giving up, it is looking stunning!

Michelle is very patiently embroidering the finest most delicate cross stitch I have ever seen. It will take a while to complete, but will  be one of those pieces which will stay in the family for many generations to come.

We have 2 new members, a big welcome to Amanda and Nicola who have introduced us to the world of Crewel.

amanda and nicola

I did not have the faintest idea what Crewel was, but thanks to A&N I now do.

Amanda crewel

This is so beautiful, you need to see it up close to really appreciate the delicate embroidery.

I’m also very pleased with my blouse which I made in the Easter break and have now entered in the C&H Sewing Bee Competition.

I used a Liberty Lawn, a lovely fabric to work with.

It even has shoulder pads, oh yes, remember those ?

Please hold thumbs for me, hopefully I should hear back by the end of May.

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I hope you are having a great week too.

love E x

What a lovely world

Good morning

After a few weeks of happy crafting and an ill family  the sun is still shining! I love to wake in the morning and  to feel and see the sun shine down on me. It awakens the sunnier side of my soul.

It has been so lovely to have my niece visiting, a great excuse to go on  a few day trips, Brighton being one of them. The sun was shining and fish and chips was enjoyed on the pebbly beach while observing the screams of laughter as well as terror from the nearby Brighton Pier.

 

A little handy information I stumbled upon. There is a website called ParkatmyHouse You log on find a “driveway” in the town you are visiting, pay via paypal and park for a fraction of the price charged by commercial car parks. I was rather pleased with this and will definitely be using them again.

 

I have been doing a little knitting and sewing too. Finally my cape is complete, a lovely seaweed and silk wool from Artisan YarnsEla shawl

and I have put my hand to some sewing, totally inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee Ela Frida dress

 

…….which reminds me to remind you of the C&H competition which is running at the moment. All Entries need to be in by May 3rd. It will be great fun to enter, I’m working on a blouse as I type (well not literally) and will be entering  it.

 

 

 

The other exciting news is that I have finally opened my Etsy Shop, there are  a few items and hopefully there will be many more real soon. Please have a look and let me know what  you think?

 

One of the highlights of my holiday has been a 2 day ceramic workshop where I could throw pots and bowls to my hearts content. The only promise I had to make was that they will all nest into each other as we have run out of space for all my fabulous ceramic creations.Ela pottery 2 Ela pottery1 I cannot wait to have them bisque fired and then glazed. Oh, but how will I glaze them? Which colour should I choose? Should I decorate and then glaze? I better decide soon.

Until then we will enjoy Easter with all its trimmings as I hope you will too.

 

My craft ladies are back next week, ready for a new term of colourful and creative master pieces.

 

Have a lovely Easter

 

Love E xxx