Friday, January 16, 2015

#52LoavesProject A year on.....





Do you remember the #52Loavesproject ?
It was thought up by the lovely Lou and Dan from Little Green Shed a year ago, the idea being that you tried to make a loaf of bread from scratch, once a week for a year.
Soon the interest grew in the blogging world and a number of us embarked on the project.

Our loaves were ok but we were all not quite mastering a good loaf.
That all changed when the fabulous Tom Herbert and his amazing team at Hobbs House Bakery heard about the project and invited us up to Hobbs HQ for a bloggers day.

When i say change I mean a radical change for myself and my family.
I do not buy shop bread anymore!!! 






Yep, apart from the odd loaf from my local bakery I refuse to buy any 'plastic' bread!
I invested in not 1 but 2 banneton to prove the loafs, shower caps and a baking stone to inject that super heat needed for a spring in the rise as it cooks.




Ive mastered the sourdough but managed to kill my 'Hobbsie' starter (Think I might have to buy a new one guys!) 


We had the best Hotcross buns ever this year, better than our famous local Ravens Bakery ones!


My biggest Le Parfait jar is always full of the best bread flour......


...ready for that therapeutic almost daily loaf ritual.
Wheatgerm, seeds, berries and nuts have been added, pittas and baps have been made and consumed  (a homemade pitta is heaven, trust me!)
The #52LoavesProject has opened my eyes, it has brought happiness to our family, encouraged others  and brought together a group of strangers who now have become friends, thank you to all.


The humble loaf, let it change your life!




Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Reflecting, feeling grateful, comfort with happiness. The Christmas Post.


The joy when you get the first Christmas milk top......
...not feeling guilty when its traditional to eat so many (except the strawberry ones, yuck!)........


...admiring other peoples tree decorations......



...visiting family in the most amazing setting, with SNOW!!!


Birthday celebrations and an emergency trip to the passport office...
...bonus day outing London!



.... but most of all, spending precious time with family and friends!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Handmade Solid Moisturiser Christmas gift idea


In this months issue of Making Magazine you can read my review on Tried & Tested for these solid moisturising bar kit from The Soap Kitchen.

These are fantastic gift ideas for Christmas and very easy to make and if you visit the Making Magazine website there is a chance to win one of 4 kits!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shop Update



Ive had a busy few weeks with projects for the magazine and commissions for private clients but in-between  I have managed to get some new work made.

Ive added a few new items in my Etsy shop including these very much admired needle felted dogs.
If you want that unique Christmas gift then why not pop over to the shop and have a browse!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Crafty Christmas Gift Guide




Being a creative person I like to be able to pass on the love and fun you get when you have finished a handmade item, so here are some fabulous ideas if you are stuck for that crafty gift!

1. Make Your Own Doll Pyjamas Kit by Clara & Macy Not On The High Street
2. Caramel Biscuit Cross Stitch Tapestry Kit by Jacqui Pearce Pearl & Earl
3. Woodcarving Spoon Kit by Tälja
4. Screen Printed Fox Toy Kit by Jane Foster 



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