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Crafting projects for winter- Indoor garlands ?>

Crafting projects for winter- Indoor garlands

I’ve loved crafting since I was a child and used to drive my mum mad with all my projects and leaving trails of glitter, paper and ribbons everywhere. One of my earliest memories is sitting at the kitchen table in winter time making a Christmas card for my gran. It was made with white card with a little lamb cut out and stuck onto it and I remember covering the lamb with silver glitter and being so pleased with how…

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Hot chocolate & Oreo marshmallows ?>

Hot chocolate & Oreo marshmallows

After seeing lots of cute hot chocolate stations on Pinterest I decided to set one up in my kitchen for my little grandchildren as they love a mug of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and chocolate buttons on the top.  There’s nothing nicer on a cold & dark night than curling up with a mug of hot chocolate and it’s perfect for a girls night in where everyone can choose their own toppings. The ultimate experience in hot chocolate has…

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Autumn decor ?>

Autumn decor

As the nights get darker and there’s a little nip in the air I must admit I immediately start to think about all things cosy & Christmassy! Warm blankets, hot chocolate with marshmallows & cinnamon candles are all on the agenda and although I love autumn as a season with it’s beautifully changing colours and crunchy leaves underfoot I’m not a huge fan of reds & orange so I don’t use traditional autumn colours in my decor.  I do love…

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Chocolate cupcakes with ganache topping ?>

Chocolate cupcakes with ganache topping

To make these chocolate cupcakes I use my favourite chocolate cake recipe found here and divide mixture into muffin cases. I usually get 12 large ones and around 20 mini ones from this recipe.  Reduce baking time to approx 15 minutes at 180 degrees (fan oven) Once baked place them on cooling tray and make ganache. I’m not a huge fan of chocolate buttercream icing so I make a simple ganache with just two ingredients. I also don’t go by…

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Scottish tablet recipe ?>

Scottish tablet recipe

Scottish Tablet has a long history, first noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century. It’s a very sweet & sugary melt in the mouth type of sweet treat and is often served in Scotland after a meal with the tea & coffee. I made a huge batch of it the day before my daughter Rebecca’s  wedding to be served after the meal and it was a huge hit with all the guests. Growing…

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Pink & gold table ?>

Pink & gold table

I’ve painted many items of furniture over the years and used lots of different types of paint. Originally when I started painting furniture I always used satinwood paint and then I went through a stage of using chalk paint for everything but found it seemed to mark easily on pieces of furniture that were being handled a lot. I prefer using it for smaller projects like mirrors and frames but mainly use satinwood for larger pieces of furniture. In saying…

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Favourite toys and a little pink cradle ?>

Favourite toys and a little pink cradle

When I was around 4 years old my dad made me a beautiful little pale pink wooden  cradle and I loved it so much!  I have so many happy childhood memories of playing with it and was always sad that my mum had given it away. Our childhood home was a large period property,  an old Bank House with a large garden and my sister Joanna & I  had a little toy room between our bedrooms where we spent many…

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Easter crafting ?>

Easter crafting

While I was pinning away on Pinterest one night I came across the prettiest little Liberty eggs by the very talented Tamsyn Morgans who I follow on Instagram. I decided to have a go at making some as I had some little scraps of Liberty fabric left over from previous projects and I also painted some eggs pink and used gold glitter and little gold stars to add some twinkles. I found some very inexpensive polystyrene eggs in The Range…

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Liberty jars ?>

Liberty jars

I have a stash of Liberty fabrics which is usually used for making hair bows or adding collars etc onto my granddaughter Lydia’s gorgeous little cardigans etc but I thought I’d make some little jars this year to put candles of flowers in. Spring is definitely the perfect season to bring out the florals with the birds tweeting away in the garden and the nights getting lighter! I’ve made different variations of these little jars many times for parties &…

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My pick of this years Christmas decorations ?>

My pick of this years Christmas decorations

I have a large collection of Christmas tree ornaments and really don’t need any more but every year I add a few more to my ever growing stash of glittery treasures. There’s always something that I can’t resist and this year top of my list is this little pink camera tree decoration from John Lewis.  I love it every year when the new decorations hit the shops and always enjoy a wander round to see if there’s anything that catches…

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