Wednesday, 18 November 2009
So the update... well the video blog is no nearer working! The soap collection has grown and found it's sister in natural soy burns. Hell we have even been making our own packing boxes. Been busy helping my daughter with new magazine launch...more on that soon.
But to keep you going here is my favourite Muffin recipe of all time...Coconut
You will need:- 1 cup Plain Flour, 1/2 cup coconut, 1/2 cup sugar. 1&1/2tsp baking powder, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup vegetable oil. Remember the key is the whisk all the wet ingredient together before adding to the sifted dry ones. Use mixture to fill muffin cases 1/3 full and bake at 200 C for 20 mins.
Monday, 19 October 2009
To give you an idea of what I have in mind I have posted a link to a great little video teaching you to begin knitting - it is after all the new fashion!
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Needless to say there has been little in the way of production so far this week so today is exposure for others once again. Looking at the work of Karen over at http://www.angelicfolk.co.uk/ beautiful handmade dresses for those angelic ones we all love.
and the very appealing moasic's by Diane at http://www.misi.co.uk/store_info.php?domain=moonbeammosaics
followed last but far from least by a fabulous xmas table setting from Jeff & Becky at http://www.dotsandspots.biz/ .
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Try to repair damage - when cooled at about 9pm last night I put it all back in the pan and added some more water and re-boiled. It's now spreadable (just) and tastes good so what the hell. Note to self - Give up on Jam making!!
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Am really pleased with the results (and the way the kitchen smells so yummy) I have placed a few in my misi shop http://www.misi.co.uk/store_info.php?user_id=3243 for those of you not attending the fair.
My Recipe for Lemon & Lavender Dog Soap is sufficent to make a bar/block of around 100g.
You will need:100g Soap/Microwaveable pot/2 drops Yellow Food Colouring/2 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil/4 drops Citronella Essential Oil/3 drops Lavender Essential Oil/Mould – you can use any plastic tub or pot (remember it will determine the final shape of your soap.
You will not be able to use any utensils or pots For food or drink after using for soap making.
1. Grate Soap into microwaveable pot and melt gently for around 10 seconds on half power.
2. When fully melted add Essential Oils and Food Colouring.
3. Stir and pour into mould.
4. Leave to cool and set for 1 hour.
5. Place in freezer for 10 Min’s to aid release from mould.
6. Release from mould and enjoy bathing your dog.
Monday, 28 September 2009
I could ofcourse be:- setting the kiln with more glass, getting on with unfinished coursework or that certicate will never hang on the wall, making more yummy candles or indeed mixing soaps - but the urge simply is not there.
Wow that list has killed the relaxed feel - better go do something...
Friday, 25 September 2009
I used 175g self-raising flour, 1tsp baking powder, 175 g butter, 175g golden cater sugar, 3 eggs, 100g desiccated coconut, 40g sliced almonds, Finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes.
I preheated the oven to 180oC Put the flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, eggs, coconut and 2/3 almonds and lime zest and juice into a large bowl and mixed together until light and fluffy.
Decorate top with remaining almonds. Baked for 45-55 minutes.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Monday, 21 September 2009
The pattern used is a Sidar no 1710 it took 10 balls of 100g DK. Be warned if making on even the longet of straight needles it is tight going as the overal piece takes 313 stitches on 4mm needles.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Honey is always a soft subtle scent which always leave uncoloured to make this block a little colourful for dull winter days I made a biscuit coloured block of Ginger. When the Ginger was hardened I chopped half into small squares and lay in the bottom of my mold before pouring 2/3 of the Honey on top when semi hardened I pushed in some more Ginger which I had shredded on a mandalin and then poured the rest of the Honey.
Result - a great smelling and interesting looking slab of soap.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
I used: 8 rashers of bacon, 1 onion, 1 tin of plum tomatoes, 4 medium potatoes, 5 mushrooms and 3/4 pt gravy for the filling with a topping of 1 cup flour mixed with 1 cup of butter.I lined the bottom of the dish with 4 bacon rashers, peeled and part boiled the potataoes, chopped the onion & mushrooms and fried gently in a pan with the poatatoes, stirred in the tomatoes and gravy poured the contents onto the bacon and topped with the remaining 4 rashers before covering withthe crumble mix. Baked for 50 mins at 200 degree C.
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
So I have been down the shed cutting and cooking as it were here is my first bake, a square dish 9"x 9" with a 5"x 5" recess of 3/4" depth.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Sea salt is packed with natural minerals (Bromide, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium) all of which are absorbed by the skin aiding circulation and metabolism, combating stress, slowing the aging process and energizing the body generally. When rubbed against the skin in crystal form it works to exfoliate. Unlike normal Sea Salts Dead Sea Salt is inedible but are even richer in minerals making them the choice for spas and beauty treatment.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
....324 x 2" squares assembled with lead came into a silver frame and hey presto a face is born.
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Soak the bread in milk for around 2 hours then mix well with all other ingredients and press into a heavily buttered dish. Then bake on a low heat (160 C) for 60 mins turn oven offbut leave pudding in oven todrawremaining heat for 3 hours.
Saturday, 5 September 2009
I made soap M&P with Orange colour and Sweet Orange Oil scent poured into a muffin case and let it set. I then grated some slithers from a previously make Almond block, dropped them onto the top and stuck into place with a little amount of the Alomd shavings melted. When fullyhardened I peeled away the paper muffin case. It semlls delicious and looks almost edible...part of the problem! But for personal use who cares, I figure just enjoy.
Friday, 4 September 2009
This weeks knit came from some left over mohair (around 100g) and half a ball of eyelash (around 50g) I stole the pattern from http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/bags_totes_purses.php
it knitted nice and quickly as it is in an easy garter pattern (knit each row) and measures a total of 14"x 8" including the handle with a capacity area of 7"x 2" x 7".
Sunday, 30 August 2009
To make my Rose & Neroil Soap Salt you will need:
100g Course Sea Salt, 50g M&P Soap Base, 10g Red Rose Petals, 2ml Rose & Neroli Fragrance Oil, Air tight storage Jar.
Melt the soap base and drip onto a sheet of kitchen foil. When soap has set (about 10 mins) pour sea salt into large mixing bowl (one you will not be using for food) peel soap from foil and put into bowl with salt. Add fragrance oil and rose petals. Mix well to ensure all ingredients are coated with each other pour into storage jar.
This mix should give you sufficent for 4 baths. You can use the same principle with any fragrance or botanicals and if desired add liquid colour.
Run bath water pour in your creation lay back and soak up the relaxation.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
This is the latest item produced from scraps I found on the bottom shelf, it took 1/2 sq foot solid black, 1/2 sq foot of Gold Muffle, 4 yards 1/4 Copper foil, 3 lengths of 50/50 solder, a clock movement and medium pair of Anitue style hands.
As a point of reference for anyone making as a hobby in the shop I would have sold this £45.00.