2014 has been a crazy ride for me, having my first child in February! It was a difficult birth, then with a very ill mum and a slipped disk it was a pretty testing beginning. However, I got my beautiful Ted who I can't imagine life without, a recovering mum, who I can't imagine life without, a wonderful husband, family and friends and oh so much to look forward to next year. There are a couple of, can I say, unbelievably exciting projects on the boil, which, if they happen, could make it an amazing year indeed. So don't wait, don't think too hard, if you've got an idea just do it. I really believe 2015 is your year!
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Monday, 22 December 2014
I love these festive candle decorations at Christmas, they are simple to make and can really add some magic to a table centrepiece. You don't need may bits to make them, a few pine cones, christmas tree cuttings, decorations or cinnamon from your spice cupboard. Grab yourself some oasis from a local florist or online, big enough to fit comfortably into your plant pot or jar (always buy a little bigger as its super easy to cut with a butter knife), place a candle in the middle. Twist wire around your decorations and stick into the oasis.
I made this video for Love Your Home. For full instructions please follow the YouTube link below.
Monday, 15 December 2014
LIDL CHRISTMAS CAKE
The Lidl cake is described as A luxury Christmas Cake: A luxurious moist and rich fruit cake laced with brandy, wrapped in almond marzipan and sweet icing. Hand finishes with edible decorations.
Serves 14, weight1kg, calories per 14th 268Kcal, fat 7g, sugars 39g
APPEARANCE: 8/10 - Good, festive and traditional. the best of the two. We liked the wreath design, although felt the little ribbon bow was a bit tacky. Out of the two this designs, this would have the most visual appeal and would make us buy it.
TASTE: 7/10 - Nice, very fruity, but could be moister.
OVERALL SCORE: 7/10
WHERE DID THE BLIND TASTERS THINK IT WAS FROM? Waitrose
COMMENTS: This is a good looking cake and has shop appeal, however the sponge was a little dry comparably.
ALDI LUXURY ICED FRUIT CAKE
The Alidi Cake is described as Rich all butter Luxury iced fruit cake, infused with cognac hand decorated with soft icing. Baked with sultanas, raisins, glace cherries, almonds, mixed peel, hazelnuts. Selected by our experts.
Serves 16 (although it is the same size as the Lidl Cake) , weight 1kg, calories per 16th 232 kcal, fat 5.8g, sugars 34g
APPEARANCE: 6/10 - Not great, Aunt's comment " Whoever designed this needs to go back to art school" The reindeer was a bit of a strange shape, there could have been more to this rather basic and simple design.
TASTE: 8/10 Delicious and moist, the better of the two. You can really taste the cognac and the icing was lovely and soft.
OVERALL SCORE: 8/10
WHERE DID THE BLIND TASTERS THINK IT WAS FROM? Tesco Finest
We thought the Aldi cake had the edge on taste, so much so that it outweighed its terrible design, making it our winner by one point. The Lidl design was so much better and would sell better due to the pretty wreath. However, on taste, it wasn't quite as moist. These were both good cakes though and we would recommend both.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Friday, 12 December 2014
This is such an effective way to create Christmas Tree Ornaments, plus its really easy to do with brilliant results! Use up old wrappers or buy new Christmas themed ones. Great for a table centre or mantlepiece.
I created this video for Love Your Home. Click the video YouTube link and full instructions are below.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Monday, 17 November 2014
Thursday, 6 November 2014
So I've finally done it, I've opened an Etsy shop. Since having baby Teddy 9 months ago I have been thinking upon thinking about work, craft and presenting a lot. I have already started work back as a presenter for VideoJug, currently shooting some stylish Christmas makes, but I wanted to create a bit of festive sparkle for myself & it has come in the form of my darling Rosie!
Rosie is the cutest reindeer in town, she jingles as she walks and is always full of Christmas cheer. She originally comes from London, although now works full time for Santa in Lapland.
This is a simple felt sewing project, which is great fun for the festive season. This Rosie toy can be scaled up or down in size, it comes with clear instructions and a photographic guide to make it even easier to follow.
She is only £3.99 to download from Etsy, but guess what, Christmas has come early if you are a Couture Craft follower, as if you enter the discount code: ROSIE20 I'm offering you a massive 20% off until the end of December! Go on, get making!! CLICK HERE TO BUY
Saturday, 19 April 2014
The most beautiful surprise arrived this morning, after an extremely sleepless night, what a joy. Thank you to Claire, the clearly multi talented mumma who designed all my/our books for Quadrille, made Teddy this stunning crocheted sand coloured cardi: Which in fact will look super co-ordinated with his sand coloured Bugaboo! He will be wearing it today at the pub, even if he is a bit hot!!
So beautiful, so lovely, thank you!