My Favourite Time of Year

Monday, April 5th, 2010

My Cherry Tree

I just love April for it’s fresh new shoots, buds and bulbs and the gorgeous blossom on the trees. The cherry tree in my garden has been slow in coming out this year because of the cold winter, but I cut a few twigs for my Easter display and the warmth of the room has brought out the beautiful pink blossom. The twigs are now adorned with homemade iced biscuits, along with some wooden hearts and eggs from a lovely little shop in Stamford called Rapport. I really enjoy display and decoration, so Spring is basically just a very good opportunity to make my tiny house look pretty!

Cherry trees are my favourite blossom trees, and we have always had a pink cherry blossom tree in every garden we’ve had. As a little girl I was adamant on having an outdoor wedding and planned on walking down an aisle of pink cherry blossom trees (in a light blue dress) as the breeze gently blew the petals around me like confetti!!

It won’t be long now ’til my tree has burst into full bloom again… I’m quite pleased that it’s late coming out – it should be just perfect for my birthday  in a couple of weeks :)

UK Handmade Spring 2010

Monday, March 29th, 2010
UK Handmade Spring 2010

UK Handmade Spring 2010

Yay, it’s finally out! Yes, the spring edition of UK Handmade magazine launched today and the team have all worked really hard to get it out in time for Easter, especially Karen, Anna and Jo! I think it looks wonderful and feel really proud to be part of it. If you haven’t come across our fab online mag yet, celebrating the handmade revolution, visit our website to read it online free of charge: www.ukhandmade.co.uk. The magazine features interviews with talented UK artists and designers, business advice, make-it-yourself guides and more…

As you can see from my earlier blog posts, I’ve been spending some time in my kitchen making spring-inspired cookies, cakes and chocolates for this edition. If you’re in the mood for a bit of baking, take a look at my tutorials to find out how to make your own pretty Easter gift basket and don’t miss the simply delightful how-to by Laura from Lupin on making pastel-coloured butterfly decorations and napkin holders – love it! I also love Larissa’s post on buying handmade for your baby, and Anna’s article on Laura Mason – the creative and talented stitcher behind LAM Designs.

Easter Gift Basket

Easter Gift Basket

I’m joint-events editor with the lovely Bebe from nonsuch (who’s gorgeous purse graces the front cover). I have been a bit awol for the last few months though, due to my new job, but I’m starting to get back into events again so please get in touch if you have a lovely handmade craft fair or event that you would like blogged on our UK Handmade blog or added to our ning group calendar. We might even be able to feature your event in the magazine! ;)

UK Handmade Autumn Issue

Monday, October 12th, 2009

UK Handmade Autumn 2009

The latest edition of UK Handmade magazine launched today! Our Autumn issue is full of seasonal goodness, fabulous interviews, lovely tutorials, self-assessment business advice, book reviews and an article on The Make Lounge, plus lots more. If you fancy whipping up an autumnal cake, check out my spicy apple cake tutorial on page 46, or make your own body cream with my homemade recipe on page 14!

New Shoes….

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
Pink Shoes

Pink Shoes!

….. And a new job at South Lincs CVS! I haven’t blogged for a while, as I’ve been so busy. I got some lovely new pink & shiny shoes last week, in the sale from Dorothy Perkins – £16! Planning to get lots of wear out of them at work, to go with my black trousers.

New jewellery coming soon to Gillyflower, in time for my first craft fair of the season at Drill Hall, Lincoln on 31st October.

xx

Afternoon Crafting

Friday, August 28th, 2009
Beading and sugarcrafting

Beading and sugarcrafting

My lovely little cousin Izzy came round this afternoon and we spent such a fun afternoon crafting. First we made a mini bracelet and necklace for Ellie the elephant (her favourite toy), then a little rainbow coloured bracelet for her little brother, and then it was cupcake time! We made mini brownie cupcakes and Izzy expertly decorated them with pink sugarcraft decorations.  Wish I’d taken a picture of our finished creations but we were running late and rushed out the door to take her home before I had time! This is the mess I came home to, but I thought it looked so pretty :)

Sunny Norfolk

Friday, August 21st, 2009
Cley next the Sea

Cley next the Sea

Just got back from a few days in Norfolk. I went with parents for a mini break – it was so nice to have some time away together :) It’s such a beautiful and peaceful place, and the weather was fantastic! It was a proper little beach holiday – we walked along the beach & headland, ate fish and chips (well, just chips for me, being veggie!) and I swam in the sea. Lovely.

Morston Quay

Morston Quay

UK Handmade Summer 2009

Friday, July 24th, 2009
UK Handmade Summer 2009

UK Handmade Summer 2009

It’s out! Our new Summer issue is live, so head over to the UK Handmade website to browse the magazine :) This quarter is full of inspiring interviews, summery tutorials, gardening & business advice, crafty book reviews and lots more!

P.S Learn how to make your own herbal hand balm using herbs from your garden by following my tutorial on pg.8.

Thanks Cuteable!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Coffee and Cream Brooch by Swirly Arts

Coffee and Cream Brooch by Swirly Arts

The lovely Lyndey of Swirly Arts featured my summer cupcakes on Cuteable today, which was a nice surprise! Check out the blog for a plethora of cuteness :)

Strawberry Picking

Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Strawberry Picking

Strawberry Picking

Mmmm, delicious strawberries. I went to Syston Park Farm this afternoon to go a-strawberry-pickin :)  It was so windy up on the hill but still very warm – such a nice thing to do on a lovely day. The strawberries are sweet and ripe, so we’ll eat most of them just as they are. The fate of the rest of them is as yet undecided… I’d quite like to try a recipe for macerated strawberries with polenta cake from “Gorgeous Cakes”, or maybe make a cheesecake and pile them on top.

I’ve been blogged :)

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
Make Jewellery Magazine

Make Jewellery Magazine

Yes, another post about Make Jewellery Magazine ;) I was flicking through it again this afternoon, it’s a lovely read. I like the layout and the beautiful photography – I think it has more of a fashion magazine feel compared to some of the other crafting magazines.
Being included in the “Make a Purchase” section has been great for boosting my profile, not to mention how much fun it was to walk into WHSmiths after work and buy a magazine that I was in – I couldn’t help letting out a little squeal of joy! 
Poppy Asymmetric Necklace

Poppy Asymmetric Necklace

My lovely crafty friend Helen has blogged about it over on her fabulous new blog Original Minnie and I’m chuffed to be in a post on Folksy Finds about the latest Folksy sellers to make it into the magazine.

As a newbie to blogging it’s quite exciting to find yourself on someone else’s blog :) I’ll be posting about Original Minnie later in the week – Helen makes gorgeous handmade button jewellery.