Autumn leaves…

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Autumn cupcakes past

Autumn cupcakes past

It’s been a long time since I updated the blog. Summer has come and gone and now here we are in lovely, misty, crunchy Autumn. Gillyflower Jewellery and Bakery are on hold while I complete the final year of my degree, so for now I will just have to dream of past baking.

I’m hoping to do a sneaky bake next week just for friends, sadly there’s no time to take orders while I’m in dissertation-stress-mode! Time to get a move on with my studying and stop procrastinating…

Autumn

rustles and crunches beneath my feet

as golden rays light a thousand leaves of summer

turned amber, red, brown.

Scents of warm, gentle earth

and smoky air

fill my senses and comfort me.

A deceit.

For it is stripping back:

Bare branches

Bared soul.

I must act now

in the slow, creeping autumn

before it is too late,

before the death that is made by winter.

Pink Lemonade

Sunday, April 15th, 2012
Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

I made pink Lemonade today. Yum! The recipe will be coming out in the summer issue of UK Handmade…. x

Happy Easter :)

Friday, April 6th, 2012
Blossom

Blossom

So lovely to have a bit of sunshine for Easter despite the drop in temperature!

Spring Garden Necklace

Spring Garden Necklace

A few of my favourite things…

Easter biscuits and cupcakes

Easter biscuits and cupcakes

UK Handmade Autumn Issue!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
UK Handmade Autumn Issue

UK Handmade Autumn Issue

Flick through the beautiful new bumper issue of UK Handmade magazine and be inspired for the forthcoming season :) The lazy summer days are the perfect chance to plan your crafty autumnal activities and read about Britain’s wonderful craft heritage – there’s a great feature piece on silk weaver Debby Kirby and a lovely article on the return of Harris Tweed. Plus there are recipes, including my spiced butternut squash cuppies on page 55, and fabulous craft tutorials. So get reading, its a great way to chill out on  a summer’s afternoon :)

Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes

Spiced Butternut Squash Cupcakes

Blogged!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Cupcakes Take The Cake Website

Cupcakes Take The Cake Website

Ooh, my new home cupcakes have been blogged on the fabulous Cupcakes Take The Cake blog, one of the most popular cupcake blogs. Awesome, thank you Rachel :)

New Home Cupcakes Blogged

New Home Cupcakes Blogged

UK Handmade Summer!

Friday, May 6th, 2011
UK Handmade Summer Issue

UK Handmade Summer Issue

Well, I’ve only just blogged about the spring issue of UK Handmade magazine, and now the summer issue is out! Isn’t the front cover by Bebe beautiful? It evokes memories of long, idyllic childhood summers when the six week school holiday seemed to last forever :)

I’m really pleased that my union jack heart cupcake shot was chosen as the background for the contents page….

UK Handmade Magazine

UK Handmade Magazine

The summer issue is all about celebrating the sunny season and learning new skills: there are lots of interesting tutorials from making your own fabric notice board to creating lovely handmade paper bowls, plus yummy baking recipes such as some delicious looking lemon bars by Deepa and my tutorial on making cheerful sunflower cupcakes for your summer picnics or birthday parties.

Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes

Check out my “How To” for these light lemon curd filled cakes, topped with lemon buttercream and simple fondant sunflower decorations on pg. 24 of the online magazine.

Sunflower Cupcake Tutorial

Sunflower Cupcake Tutorial

UK Handmade Spring Issue

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
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UKHandmadeMagazineSpring2011

The new spring issue of UK Handmade magazine is out! Bursting with the joys of spring, it includes meet articles with lovely designer makers, pretty picks and finds plus inspiring make tutorials.

I especially loved the paper kanzashi flowers tutorial by Jemma L Murphy, they look so pretty!

Paper Kanzashi Flowers by Jemma Lou

Paper Kanzashi Flowers by Jemma Lou

And check out  my mini tiered cake tutorial for making your own cute little individual cakes on page 22 :)

Mini Tiered Cake Tutorial

Mini Tiered Cake Tutorial

UK Handmade Autumn Issue

Friday, October 15th, 2010

UK Handmade Autumn Issue

Oops, totally forgot to blog about our new Autumn issue of UK Handmade magazine when it launched a few weeks ago!

So…. I may be a bit late with this, but hurrah, its out!!  Packed with all sorts of Autumnal tutorials, articles and fab interviews with great UK-based designer makers such as Hetty Rose (such beautiful shoes!), the magazine is available to read online here. There’s a lovely tutorial on carving butternut squash lanterns, and my favourite page : some gorgeous paper “finds’ on page 76.

I posted about my Japan-inspired green tea cupcakes in July – the tutorial is on page 38 :)

Green Tea Cupcakes

Green Tea Cupcakes

UK Handmade Summer Issue!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

UK Handmade Summer Cover

UK Handmade Summer Cover

It’s going to be a long hot summer at UK Handmade! Our lovely new summer edition of the magazine is out online now, packed with summery features, articles and tutorials. Check out my picnic recipes for yummy outdoor food :)

Summer Picnic

My Summer Picnic

Brussels and Bruges!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

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Lovely little weekend break in Brussels and Bruges.

Good: the real hot chocolate, the waffles and the company :)

Not so good: the wind and rain – was absolutely freezing!

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