Monday, February 08, 2016

Travels with my father

When memories are crucial as you find that you are loosing them, when moments with your loved ones are getting rare as you see them deteriorate before you..... listen, you share, you enjoy and hold on to them!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Gluten & Dairy Free Ginger Button Cookie - perfect handmade edible gift!

Gluten & Dairy Free

You Will Need:

8oz S/R Gluten Flour
4oz Dairy Free Margarine
1tsp Bicarbonate Powder
1 tsp Ground Ginger
4oz Caster Sugar
2 tbl Golden Syrup

Measure all the dry ingredients together except the sugar into a clean bowl, then rub in the margarine to form fine breadcrumbs........

 ...stir in the sugar and then the golden syrup which has been warmed....

 Stir all the ingredient together to form a pliable dough (add more flour if needs be)

Allow to cool then roll out the dough to an even thickness on a well floured surface.
Using various glasses cut circles out and press a smaller glass to create the ridge of the button, don't forget to punch two holes in the centre of each one!

 Lay on a floured baking tray and cook in a hot oven till crisp and golden.....

....once cooler choose a pretty fine ribbon to thread a handful of the cookies and secure in place by tying into a bow.

I really struggled which colour to use of Jane Means ribbon collection but ended up with this gorgeous Narrow Stitched ribbon which was 7mm perfect to go through the holes and the Sage colour was perfect.

I love the fact that this gift will have two uses, first being a unique edible gift for a friend who can only eat gluten free food and is really missing biscuits and pastries, secondly I know that she will make great use of the ribbons afterwards.

All that was left to do was to simply wrap in tissue paper and finish off with the same ribbon but in this delicious Raspberry colour!

*This blog post is for the Jane Means Ribbon Blogging Team which I belong to and the ribbons are of my own choice

Friday, January 29, 2016

Recent needle felted commissions

Just before Christmas I was very busy needle felting, creating unique commissions for some clients.
I really loved the unusual choices which took me away from the usual dog commissions (which I really love making!)

My favourite was between this gorgeous lion which I really wanted to keep and the chimpanzee which strangely made me look at the form of my own body for reference...yes, we are not that different...apart from all the hair.... (she shays, checking herself in the mirror!)

This has given me a few ideas and I'm hoping to work on some new illustrative needle felted characters, watch this space!

So if you have any requests, please feel free to get in touch!

I have also set up a new shop just for my needle felting items, which can be found at the top of the page so please take a look.

Many thanks 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Needle Felting Workshops 2016

If you fancy releasing your inner Turner or Van Gogh in a unique way then please join me for the 2D Needle Felting Landscape Workshop.
No experience necessary, the two images above are by past students who had never had a go at needle felting.
 You will be taught the basics plus various techniques that will go into creating a beautiful image to take home and frame!

19th February 2016
10.30am - 3.30pm
Held at Upper Lodge, Ringmer Nr Lewes


In the lead up to Easter I will also be holding a 3D Flower and Easter Needle Felting Workshop.
You will be taught all the basics plus some useful techniques to make flowers, Easter decorations and anything to bring the Spring into your home.

18th March 2016
10.30am - 3.30pm
Held at Upper Lodge, Ringmer Nr Lewes

Both workshops are £45 per person, materials, tea, coffee and cake included.
Contact me to confirm as spaces are limited!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Beauty in decay - Allotment life / January


January may be cold and grey but it also holds such beauty in its decay, nature can be amazing with such small details we so often fail to see when rushing about in our important busy lives.

So taking a flask of tea and soup up the allotment, we felt smug and spoilt with our little slice of heaven. 
My new nephew was introduced to allotment life, snoozing in his pram with the Winter sun warming his nest. We listened to Mr Robin thanking us for the fresh earth exposed as we built a huge compost bin.
Allotment life is fun!


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