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

Olive

Olive is one of my favourite magazines, I always have it in my magazine rack in my waiting room at work.  One of the many advantages of having my own clinic is that I get to pick the reading material.  Olive's strapline is "Eat In, Eat Out, Eat Away", it's…

Easter Bakes

One of my goals this year was to make a simnel cake.  I've never made one before and I used the recipe from Nigella Lawson's Feast.  This recipe calls for one kilo of marzipan!  I had several discussions with my friend, Hannah, about the number of apostle marzipan balls appropriate…

Christmas Makes 2012

So this is a few shots of the things I made for Christmas 2012.......Christmas stocking for our neighbours.Christmas cupcakes - recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake DaysBookmark for my MumGingerbread cupcakes - recipe also from The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days.  It's a good book for seasonal ideas!Old-fashioned chocolate cake (with…

Cake Pops

A while back I thought I'd have a go at making cake pops.I read this article about themBought one.Ate one.Purchased a book on the subject.Made the chocolate cake balls and refrigerated them.Stuck a stick in them and dipped them in melted orange candy melts.Dipped them in  orange sugar strands and…

Construction

In my first year at Committed to Cloth I took the Wet n' Wild wet media course.  I produced quite a lot of fabric including this piece.I pleated a piece of cotton sateen, tray dyed it with petrol green procion dye.  Next I used a manky brush to brush it…

Tea Room

I've wanted a tea room for a long time.  I was going to run it with my friend Jane, we even got the tabards! (pink and embroidered with 'Jane and Melanie's Tea Room').  Well now Jane we have our tea room!!  My husband has built one in our garden.  We'll…

Des Res

A couple of years ago I bought a doll house from my favourite shop in Eastbourne, the tip shop!  The staff at the council tip in Eastbourne trawl through the stuff that people throw away and sell anything that they can.  It's an excellent idea.  I've had some amazing bargains…