Sunday, 27 September 2009

Binding Quilt

I've started binding my blue and green quilt with some cream 70mm satin ribbon. YouTube tutorial to come :)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Mmmm Focaccia Bread

350g Strong White Flour
Sachet Dried Yeast
Salt - both table and sea
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Warm Water

Sift Flour and 1/2 tsp table salt and add yeast then 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil and warm water, mix and knead dough for about ten minutes or until 'yeasty' smell and smooth ball.

Place in clean bowl with some more olive oil, coat the dough and leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour until double. Preheat oven to 190 degrees and leave a baking tray in the oven to heat up.

When dough has risen, cut into 4 and shape into slightly oval balls. Bring out the hot baking tray and melt some butter on the surface to stop the dough sticking. Place the four balls on the tray and coat with a little more olive oil, some sea salt and some (freshly cut if you can) rosemary. Put in the oven for about 15 mins until lovely and brown on the outside and sounding hollow when tapped.

I had one warm with poached eggs... then another on its own without even butter it was so yummy :)

Friday, 18 September 2009

Away for the weekend

Military 'do', Goodwood revival, interview outfit. Hopefully all will be well when I'm back!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Art Journal pages

I was pretty glad to use my Hardback Recycled Scraps Art Journal and see it worked fine :)

Monday, 14 September 2009

Craft Wardrobe

...that DB built :)
I added these additional shelves. Of course, its full now but I haven't yet taken a picture - you can see glimpses of it in the videos I've made recently though! I've also added a few little shelves to the doors since this photo.


I bought some hand dyed thread skeins from Sharon of Pin Tangle from her Art Fire Store. Since buying, I knew I wanted to use them for something that would eventually be on display/useable in some way. So I started an embroidered bag front with an image based on one of Alphonse Mucha's pictures: 'Woman with Poppies'
As I started I did this stitch which I love but I don't know what it is?!!! All I can come up with after looking at my (still borrowed!) copy of Batsford Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches is that its a sort-of-half 'Portugese border stitch'
Weave (not through fabric) beneath two foundation stitches,
Weave through the furthest one again, then repeat.

Monday, 7 September 2009

New Video - Hardback Art Journal.

I MADE THIS WITH NO COST - just recycling and some glue & thread :)

Second video - I made an art journal hardcover book following another YouTuber's tutorials with some modifications - see the video for how :)

Thursday, 3 September 2009

YouTube Video

My first YouTube video, I decided to try to make crafts videos that are fast so that browsers can pick up the 'how to's, hints tips and ideas quickly without having to sit through real-time crafting. I have a few other video ideas in the pipeline - mostly recycling / upcycling ideas and ways to reduce costs with crafts that can get out of hand with the 'essential' kit list!