Tuesday, 28 June 2011


As promised the recipe for Chocolate Crackles!


8 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp course salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup icing sugar


1. Melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of boiling water, simmering not boiling the chocolate.
Set aside and let cool.
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

2. With an electric mixer, beat butter and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2-3 mins.
Mix in eggs and vanilla, and then the melted chocolate.
Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture in two batches, alternating with milk.
Divide dough into four equal pieces.
Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about two hours.

3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/ Gas 4.
Divide each piece into 16 one-inch balls.
Roll in granulated sugar to coat, then in confectioners sugar to coat.
Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets, lined with parchment paper.

4. Bake until surface cracks, about 14 mins, rotating sheets half way through.
Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 3 days!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

tutorials - thebeautydepartment.com

I love this up do, and want to try it out on myself or Kyan next week. The webite is run by Lauren Conrad and is packed full of loads of other great ideas too! Just click on the link below if you fancy a look!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Las Pozas!

I love the surreal, almost Dr Seuss feel of Edward James's sculptures at
Las Pozas. Hidden away in a remote mountain village
called Xilita in the Mexican rainforest.

Definitely on my wish list of places to visit!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Kelly Rae Roberts & Mati Rose Painting Process

I really like the style of Kelly Rae Roberts artwork and I thought I'd share this video I found of her and her friend Mati Rose (what a great name) creating a piece of art together.
Can't wait till next week, when I'll get a little more time to be creative again!
Great song too!

Another video on Kelly's blog.

Monday, 29 November 2010


I absolutely adore Ditte Isager's work, especially these quite surreal ones for Bloomingdale's!


Sunday, 14 November 2010


I went to the Country Living Christmas show in London yesterday with my sister Lisa and friend Mekette. I had a lovely time with the girls, despite being a little disappointed by the show in general. The food however did not disappoint! I especially liked these edible trees!

We also had a chance to visit some great little stores, including 'The Make Lounge' which is a small craft shop selling supplies, patterns, books and a few handmade goods. They also hold contemporary craft workshops, running classes in things such as; bookbinding, designing and making Silver jewellery, cupcake decorating, Knitting, screen printing and 'Knockout Knickers'!
The list just goes on and on...
We also popped into 'After Noah' which had a vintage style toy shop on the ground floor and antique furniture down in the basement (which reminded me a lot of the market from the film 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'). I just loved it!

Why not take a look For yourselves!

www.themakelounge.com www.afternoah.com

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Buttons the Elephant!

I went into a thrift store a recently looking for a hardback book to start a new project. Instead I found an old 60's book full of cute and cuddly animal patterns.
My sister's children absolutely love animals,so I decided to make the elephant for my nephew's 3rd birthday. I did end up making a few changes and adding buttons, but I think it turned out well.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

My new t-shirt scarf!

I couldn't find an actual t-shirt to re-purpose into a scarf, but I did find this little number to give it a go. Unfortunately I ended up having to do it the hard way as I couldn't find my rotary cutter, but I was surprised at how quick and easy it was to make!

And here is my beautiful assistant Kyan who kindly agreed to model the finished product...

How to make a scarf out of a t-shirt

I have one of these tasseled scarfs and thought I'd have a go at making one myself. I'll let you know how it works out!

Sunday, 24 October 2010


I'm sure most of you have seen this quote before, but I just love it so much I still wanted to share it!