Cutting + sticking + sewing + baking. My creative life.

Happy Lactose-Intolerant Christmas!

Made a Christmas cake today for my husband's secretary who is lactose-intolerant. Searching through the internet I found a recipe for Wacky Cake which seemed to fit the bill. The frosting cracked somewhat when I lifted it.Decorated with (lactose free) candy canes!Love Melanie x

Pear, Pistachio and Chocolate Loaf Cake

I've made two of these already this week and I'm going to make another one for my father-in-law's birthday tomorrow. The recipe is from 'The Big Book of Chocolate' - 365 decadent and irresistible treats. Only 364 more recipes to try!Cellophane and re-cycled gift ribbon increase the glamour!Love Melanie x

Snow-Topped Spice Cake

I returned to an old favourite book today and made the snow-topped spice cake from Nigella's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess' for my practice manager's birthday.I always try to get her a really naff, joke present and this year I got a real humdinger. It was a lurid, lilac…

Strawberry Fields Forever

I just finished, stuffed with presents and posted this stocking to the other side of the world!One of my friends gave me a blue Cath Kidston off-cut with strawberries on and some white broderie fabric with strawberries on and another friend from quilt group gave me a strawberry fat quarter.…

Hummingbird Cake

Wow, look at this big boy!I made my parents a traditional hummingbird cake for their Cake of the Month Club. I'm still a little behind as it is cake #11. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of a slice of hummingbird cake it is a little…

To Wales with Love

I have been waiting to show you these projects for a while. I had to wait until they had been safely received as they were made for friends of mine who have emigrated to Wales. My friend sent me a large bag of fabric when she moved house recently and…

God Jul

Quickly made a God Jul (Happy Christmas) card for my aunt and uncle in Sweden. Just off to the post office to send it now. Hope you are all enjoying Advent! Lycklig jul, förälskelse från Melanie