Thursday, 16 January 2014

Why I love Crafty Magazine!

Well, not only do I love all the projects, chat and inspiration... I've got two projects in this February's issue that you don't want to miss out on! 

Crafty is a fairly recent edition to the beautiful world of craft magazines, each issue so far has had amazing content and gorgeous projects, so it's not surprising its been such a success. The team have given me some amazing support of late and are always too kind!

In this February's issue you will find a treat for the one you love with my Cupids Arrow Cards, a simple printing idea with a straw twist! 

Also, inspired by my impending arrival, I have created this Moon and Stars mobile...

To top it all off, my lovely friend and co-author Christine has a project in the magazine too! Don't miss out on this issue! Check out their website here  - available at all good magazine retailers.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Just in case you haven't been to see me here...

Come visit my gorgeous free craft and cookery resource - look forward to seeing you there!

I also would love to know your thoughts about the site. Is it easy to use? Is there a  project you would like to see? Please use comments form below.


Han x

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

How to ice a cookie like a pro!

Just Call Me Sarah Beeny

So today I have been presenting for Tesco, again with the "how to get a second life out of" angle. Directed by the lovely John Rowley, today was a family affair as his equally lovely wife Lisa (Carol Hayes) did my vintage inspired make-up, big Mac red lips and flicky eyes. There are some great videos in there, I am very proud of myself also as I am almost 9 months pregnant, 12 days off my due date!

Cheesy grin with some cheese!
Energy wise, its been up and down over the last week, thank goodness today I felt great... and luckily for me we were shooting at my house, so no where to travel.

I will release the videos as soon as I can, honestly I dont know how Beeny does it!

Friday, 10 January 2014

My bump, my bump, my lovely baby bump!

Photograph: Fiona Fletcher

So, I'm almost there! 38 weeks on monday! After coming back from our road trip to America in May to find out to our delight that I was pregnant, we are almost a the end of the baby making marathon.
Photograph: Fiona Fletcher
Yes I was sick ( actual sick) for 3 months, horrible. I remember doing a styling job for a newspaper before my announcement and quietly trying to be sick in the fairly public toilets without anyone noticing! The red watery eyes are the give away! I tried to keep the pregnancy under my hat for a while but it seems women who have children have an instinct about these things, when styling a fashion job for Country Living Promotions, I admitted to my producer and art director that I was pregnant, they both then giggled and admitted that they already knew, apparently I was rubbing my tummy at the photocopier! Then I was well for 3 months and working like a Trojan, it seems pregnant presenters are a desirable commodity; note to self. Now I am heavy like a lead balloon, this 27 pound weight around my tummy has some of the attributes of an alien, he ( yes he) is a little evening wriggler! 

I have had no cravings, apart from jelly sweets in the middle bit, managed to (so far touch wood) get away with it stretch mark free, thank you Bio Oil! I have been through 3 bra sizes, please God no more. So far I have made one moses basket lining cover, one mobile ( also featured in this months Crafty magazine) and one baby crib bumper. I have done one pregnancy photo-shoot with Fiona Fletcher, she has recently set up a wedding photography company - check out more here.

There was a surprise baby shower, with all my lovely friends, I cried, I thought we were meeting the NCT group for lunch, which apparently was the first thing I said to my husband...are they coming too? We were literally showered with gifts, this boy now has to wear so many clothes from the ages of 0-3 months he'll be a regular super model.

I have only purchased two maternity dresses, only as I have been forced to, I refused to buy clothes I would never have bought before and held out for a long time, they all seem a little old for me, but then I discovered ASOS maternity, amaze! 

I have a wonderful husband who has been amazing and loving and forgiving through out this whole process, honestly I'm not sure how you would get through it on your own.

Things I am looking forward to: Meeting my baby boy for the first time, seeing my husbands face when he meets our baby for the first time, same for the shriek of noise my mum and mother in law will make! Slimming down ( already bought a girdle!), feeling fit again ( love the gym), walks on Peckham Rye & Dulwich Park. Getting to know my new friends from the NCT group. Dressing him up like a dandy in little bow ties. Halloween costumes, Christmas costumes, oh Easter bunny costumes! Making him things.

I will let you know how I go!


Hannah & the Bump x

Thursday, 2 January 2014


Welcome back to the new year, hope you had a lovely holiday. If you got engaged over the festive period, CONGRATULATIONS! Getting married is one of the best things I have ever done, you will love it! And if you are a creative person, even better, you can really get your designers hat on to make it a fantastic and personal event.

With this in mind, I thought I would introduce you to my new Wedding page on - its full of fabulous DIY wedding ideas and inspiration, perfect for your big day!

As you may or may not know I have been working closely with the My Wedding Scrapbook Channel & Hobbycraft on some gorgeous ideas, you never know there may be something you like!


Heres one of my latest videos, the fabulous Fabric Floral Bouquet

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Luxury Orange & Cinnamon Pastry Mince Pies

...with cherry fig & ginger mincemeat.

This recipe is surprisingly simple, but gives a super luxury result - so bin the Lidail mice pies (voted no1) and spend an hour making these instead!

Makes 24


450g plain flour, sieved
8 tablespoons icing sugar
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
300g unsalted butter, room temp
4 tablespoons orange zest, or zest from 2 large oranges
4 tablespoons of juice from oranges
4 tablespoons ice water

400g mincemeat
420g Tinned cherries in juice, strained
5 dried figs, roughly chopped
4 balls of stem ginger, finely chopped

1 egg, whisked
Icing sugar, to decorate


Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas mark 6. Grease and dust 2 small muffin or cupcake trays.

Sift together the flour, icing sugar and cinnamon. 

Chop butter into cubes, the mix into flor with fingertips until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the orange zest. 

Sprinkle with ice water & orange juice, then gather dough into a ball. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to .5cm thick. 

Using a large serrated round cutter, line each hole. Place trays in the fridge.

To make the mincemeat, add the whole cherries, stem ginger & sliced figs to a medium bowl, then mix in the pre bought mincemeat. 

Remove trays from fridge and spoon in a generous tablespoon into each case.

With the remaining pastry, cut out stars or heart shapes, big enough to cover the tops. Brush each pie with egg.

Bake pies in preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool slightly on wire racks. Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Cake Decorating - Tree Forest Cake

If you have followed my blog for a while, you may be familiar with this cake, I actually designed it last year for Hobbycraft, however this year its back with its very own video! Yay!


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Christmas Tree Cutter
Snowflake Plunger 
White Icing
Silver Pearls
Edible Lustre Spray
Glue dots, double sided tape or a pin


To make the Christmas trees roll out your icing on a clean, dry work surface dusted with a little icing sugar, to approx 4mm thickness. Cut out the trees with the large and medium sized cutters; you will need four of each. To decorate the trees, press the silver sugar balls into the icing.
Using the craft punch, cut out twelve paper circles and attach to the centre of each rectangular piece of paper.
Skewer each tree base in the middle with a cocktail stick, so half of the stick is showing. Break cocktail sticks in half for the smaller trees, following the same method. Put the trees/sticks to one side and leave overnight, to allow the icing to harden.
Roll the remaining icing to approx 2 mm thickness and using the small snowflake plunger cutter, make 10 shapes. Paint the back of each snowflake with egg white then add directly onto the cake.
Arrange your trees on the cake, using the cocktail sticks to secure them.
To finish, you can add a Christmas sparkle effect by spraying a little pearl lustre then tie a ribbon around the cake and attach neatly at back using a small piece of double sided tape.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

How to make a Snowman Wreath

This wreath is so much fun, super simple to make and something a bit different for the festive season!


8” rattan wreath
24mm eyes
Snowflake knitted ribbon
Red grosgrain ribbon
Felt mistletoe
Robin decoration
Glue gun



Bind the wreaths together with wire, then spray with a coat of white paint and
leave to dry.

Stick the self adhesive felt to a piece of card, follow the hat template provided and cut out a hat shape. Trim with a piece of red ribbon and a bow.

Tie a length of textured ribbon around the snowman’s neck, tuck a sprig of felt mistletoe to the bow. Glue the felt robin to his shoulder and stick the hat to the Snowman’s head.

Cut a small semi-circular piece of orange card and roll into a cone shape. So it is easy to attach to a surface, also cut a tab of orange card, fold the ends and stick inside the cardboard carrot nose.

Hang the snowman to a door. To create his face stick the eyes and nose in place with blue tack.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


I don't know about you, but I love having long curly locks, something about those waves makes me feel super glamorous, especially when going to a party. There are so many complicated ways to curl you hair, you name it I have tried it; heated rollers, platting hair before you go to bed, even once having a weird alien hairdryer hat on my head, hard to explain so heres a photo! 

So here's a super simple easy stress free solution! Sleep In Rollers, yay! 

I have one amazing kit to give away, which contains 24 rollers & pins all in this cute pink bag. All you have to do is tell me your favourite hair style. You can fill in the comments box below, tweet me @couturecraft or write your answer on my facebook page 

Good luck, so you get them before Christmas & New Year entries must be in before 17th December.

How to make vintage teacup candle gift

The first time I made these candles was with Christine Leech for our first book Everything Alice, I remember at the time they were selling them in the shops for about £15 each. They are so simple to make, and if you get a bargain on your teacups routing around the charity shops or flea markets, they can be very cost effective too! 



Selection of vintage teacups and saucers
Glass pourable jar
Newspaper to protect your surface
Old wooden spoon


Make sure your teacups are clean and dry, prepare the wicks by placing in the middle of the cup and use the skewer by resting along the top of the cup, then twisting the wick around it to hold into place.

This wax is a great one to use as it is microwaveable, so far less mess and easier to use.

Place some of the wax chips into the jar, approximately two handfuls per candle.

Melt wax on a high heat in the microwave until fully melted or 180 F, add the dye at this stage. Remove and use the thermometer to check the temperature, when cooled to 140 F you can add the scent.

Pour the melted wax carefully into the cups, almost to the top, hold back some wax to top up candles later. Allow wax in cup to cool for about an hour then make some small holes around the wick to let the air out, re melt the wax in the jar and top up.

Monday, 9 December 2013

How to make a Holly Leaf and Snowflake Christmas Stocking



Red Large Felt Stocking 
1 x sheet green felt 
1 x sheet lime green felt
Hobbycraft Felt Self Adhesive Toppers Holly and Berries Green
Dyed Wood Bead Strand
Light Green Emerald embroidery thread E703
15mm Cream ribbon 


Cut four holly leaf shapes from the green felt approximately 9cm/ 4cm and two from the lime green felt the same size.

Using the Light Green thread stitch a straight line down the middle of the green felt leaves.

Place the leaves in bunches of three; one lime green underneath and two green over the top on the stocking. Glue into place.

Attach three of the wooden beads over the top of the leaves.

Using the ribbon, attach a strip to the top of the stocking, with a separate piece of ribbon tie a bow and attach to the right hand side of the ribbon length.

Use the smaller Holly Berries toppers, remove the sticker from the backs ( as this is not strong enough to hold to the felt) glue one behind the ribbon and the other to the bottom right of the main stocking.


Green Large Felt Stocking 
Anchor white embroidery thread 
White buttons
Green buttons
2 x Beadcraft Swarovski Hot Fix Flatbacks 4 mm Cream Pearl 
1 x Beadcraft Swarovski Hot Fix Flatbacks 4 mm Crystal 
Kandi's Professional Touch HotFix Rhinestone Applicator

Following the snowflake pattern provided, embroider the shapes directly onto the green felt stocking using the white wool, ensure you have the correct embroidery needle for this.

Glue a line of white buttons along the top of the stocking; also add one to the middles of the snowflakes.

Attach some of the green buttons on top of the white.

Using the Kandi wand, decorate the stocking with the hot fix gems working around the snowflakes and a line above the buttons.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

How to make your own Reindeer Crackers & WIN two cracker kits!

I love making my own crackers, it's great fun and you can fill them with personalised gifts for the family, its also a cheap and simple alternative to buying expensive store bought alternatives. I am giving away two fun decorative cracker kits to one lucky reader. All you need to do is write in the comments box what your dream cracker filling would be! Good luck, competition ends 16th December.

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From the scrapbook paper cut out 12 x 9.5cm by 17cm rectangles; lay out the crackers flat and glue the paper to the middle, placing the paper just after the sticking out flap, do not glue over the insertion hole, the paper will overhang slightly.

Cut out some circles using the craft punch for ease, attach these to the middles of the paper.

Form the crackers by inserting the flaps into the corresponding holes, as there is a small overhang of the scrapbook paper glue this down to make a neat close.

Tie the ribbon and knot to close the ends of the crackers.

To the centre of the paper circle add a reindeer and glue a small bow to each.