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

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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?

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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 🙂

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 £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 magical 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 this 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. pompon

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

bumblebee

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

I can do that……..

Hello

the nicest thing about having new members in my craft classes is to see how fast they can achieve!

Mel arrived last week with a ball of wool and some knitting needles and asked: “What can I do with this?”

One week later she arrives with her very first, very beautiful snood!Mel snood

Now that was easy, wasn’t it? Now she is knitting the second one for her son. Watch out, Mel will be having her own market stall soon.

Lisa is quietly knitting the most beautiful pieces, including this adorable little hat for her grand daughter. I’m sorry the photograph does not do it justice.

Lisa Stella hat
I have almost completed my mohair and silk cardigan, watch this space……

A big welcome to some new members, Kay and Helen. Classes are now on a Wednesday and Thursday morning and a Thursday evening.

I cannot wait to see what the new year will  bring and look forward to hearing all your crafting news.

Have a great weekend

love Ex

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

some new members

I Oh how delighted we are to announce another new member to our craft classes – Jasmin only a week old.

This is how dedicated her mother is, just cannot stay away from the craft classes and ladies.

Jasmin

 

We all took turn to have a cuddle.

Tiger was delighted too, but she moved to fast to get a clear picture.

Jasmin:Tiger

I would  also like to welcome Aynsley and Mel who joined us this week, both creating some lovely tapestry and Christmas stockings. (picture will have to follow).

Aynsley

My fair went well, and even though we would have liked more visitors I managed to sell a few of my lovely poppies, platters and some bags too.

 

I have managed to finish my variegated cowl and it has been cold enough to wear it. I love the colours and it feels so warm and soft.

I will post a picture soon.

 

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