Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Monday, 28 May 2012


There are two ways to make macaroons, the first ceated a  rough shell and the other a shiny finish on the shells; this is the shiny shelled version. Macaroon making is labor of love & takes a lot of patience; this is a little warning to those about to embark on the journey. I have made them many times & often had them split, do not be discouraged, follow every step with precise accuracy and you should be fine!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Image from Hobbycraft Styled by Hannah Read-Baldrey

Bake a batch of rectangular shaped cookies using a recipe of your choice and allow to cool.
Roll out the white icing and using the template as a guide, cut out rectangular shapes to fit the top of the cookies. Paint the back with a little water then lay the icing centrally on top of the cookies.
Cut the remaining shapes out of red and blue icing, using the picture as a guide. Any overhanging icing can be cut off with a knife.

click on template & print out

Saturday, 19 May 2012


Just print out this image to the size you want and lay it over some black card. Cut around the Queens head shape with a craft knife. Spray mount the head onto a contrasting card background ( I used pale blue).

Why not have the Cameo at the end of your table for a right royal affair!

Image by Hannah Read-Baldrey


This fun and quick to make decoration can brighten up any room or outside space!

Friday, 18 May 2012


When the sun goes down, add a little ambience to your party with these gorgeous votive holders.

Selection of transparent buttons
Glass tea light holders
Glue gun 


Add a small amount of glue to the glass tea light holder then place a button and hold for a couple of seconds to secure in place, keep adding your buttons until the required pattern is finished working from the bottom to the top.

Thursday, 17 May 2012


Award Winning:
Lux Dark Chocolate Black Forest Gateau
with Kirsch soaked Cherries.


These are great decorations to give a big impact, for not too much effort! Use to decorate doors, walls or hang as table centers.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Let your guests know who the real party queen is with these invitations! 

A5 mount board 
A4 sheets of metallic coated gold card
White outline stickers
Jewel stickers
White sticky backed foam
A5 envelopes (enough per invitation)
Craft knife
Craft mat
Optional: Individual letter stamps & ink (for personal invitation message)

Using the template, cut out the crown shape from the mount board using a craft knife.

Lay your cut out crown shape on top of the gold card, draw around the edges then cut out with scissors the number of invitations you require. You will get 2 invitations per A4 sheet.

Using the letter stamps, create your personal text for the invitation, e.g. you are invited to a party, date, time, location and who the invitation is from. Ink and stamp onto the white side of your crowns or you can hand write - using a stamp is much quicker when making multiple copies.
Turn the invitations back to the front to decorate the gold side and using a selection of stickers and foam, decorate your crowns.
Place in an A5 envelope and send out to your guests.

click and print out pattern

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

MY OZ BOOKS! "the uniquely American fairytale"

Well aren't I a lucky girl, not only do we have a book coming out in a couple of months called Everything Oz, I have just been the benefactor of one of the most stunning books I own, ( and as a collector of children's story books I own a lot!) a 1903 second edition of the Wizard of Oz. My lovely husband bought it home from a recent trip to LA, I couldn't be more mesmerised with it, I quite honestly never thought I would see, let alone own an original copy.

Thursday, 10 May 2012


To celebrate the Royal Jubilee it seems everyone is going bunting crazy! The nice folks at John Lewis got in contact with me about the rather charming bunting making tutorials they are hosting in the 

Monday, 7 May 2012


I was researching some labels to add to a collection of beauty products I am currently making for my new book and came across this wonderful website, , a one stop shop for professional looking labels for your scrapbooking, jam & preserve jars, homemade candles or beauty bottles and jars etc. It has a fantastic collection of free printables, covering themes from vintage and retro, to fun, letter-press and the damn right beautiful. Please see below for my favourites, just drag and drop to your desktop to re-use.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

TILES I LIKE! - how to create your own tile design inspired by Rory Dobner

I found these tiles last month in Liberty by Rory Dobner, aren't they gorgeous, at the time I was having my bathroom re-tiled and was thinking of what to use. At the hefty price tag of £37.50 each, I won't be decorating an entire wall with them, can you imagine! However it got me thinking, what would be the best way of creating my own?