Sunday, 30 August 2009

Soap Salts

There is nothing better than a relaxing bath especially at the weekend. To get the very best from it I like to use Soap Salts they are real easy to make and fill the bath with great minerals lovely smell and luxury botancials.

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

Glass from the Past

These days I don't do much glass crafting, since I sold the business I seem to have moved onto other things. But every now and then I dabble to keep my hand in as it were.

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.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Knee Blanket

With the cooler evenings drawing in I was glad to finish my granny square crochet knee blanket. The airflow makes it comfy without being too hot and it came just 400g of left over wool!
Learn to crochet with tjw1963 at you tube

Fruity Muffins

Well yesterdays bake seems to have been a resounding result as the 48 muffins I made at 2pm are already diminshed 20!

The trick seems to be to whisk asmuch air as possible into all the wet ingredients at thesame time before adding to the dry and then only tomix very gently before putting into cases.


2 Large Eggs

125ml Vegetable Oil

250ml Fresh Milk

1tsp Vanilla Essence

1/2 tsp Almond Essence

400g Plain Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

1/2tsp Salt

200g Canned Mixed Summer Fruit

Mix all wet ingredients with sugar until dissolved. Mix all dry ingredients in a seperate bowl. Make a well pour in wet ingredients, mix roughly. Add drained fruit to complete mixture and stir gently. Put mixture into large muffin cases (2/3 full) bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 25 mins. Make Coffee, sit back and enjoy.

Monday, 24 August 2009


When I think back over the years the girls were right when they said there wasn't much I hadn't tried. So now they are grown and I have some time for me I figured it maybe time to compile my crafting life, share my works, ideas and suppliers for anyone interested, so I have started by lifting all the online resources I use explore and enjoy.