Saturday, 31 March 2018
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Thursday, 15 March 2018
It is our friend Rachael's birthday at the end of the month and as she is very busy then, she came over last week. I had got myself organised and made her presents in good time, so it all worked out well. She likes foxes, so I bought some rather gorgeous fox material in colours I knew she would like and made a fox box. I enjoy making these fabric boxes, as they are quick to make and are useful.
I also used my screen printing set to print the fox panel for this cushion. It is a lovely print and printed out really well. I mixed the shade of grey ink I wanted too. I made the cushion cover with the fox fabric and was pleased at the way it turned out.
I made an envelope back, which is a really simple way of finishing the cover. Rachael really liked the box and cushion, which I was delighted about. I have a cat screen print too and some cat material so I would really like to make a cushion for myself now.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
220g/7oz plain flour
200g/7oz caster sugar (I use granulated and it works fine)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
half a teaspoon of salt
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
250ml/8 fl oz water
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Centigrade/Gas 4.
2. Lightly grease a 13 x 23 cm loaf tin or 20 cm round tin (I line my tin with baking parchment).
3. Sieve together the flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
4. Add the oil, vanilla, vinegar and water.
5. Mix together until smooth.
6. Pour into cake tin and bake for 45 minutes (until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean). (I usually have to leave my cake in, covered in foil to prevent burning, for an extra few minutes).
7. Remove from oven and leave to cool.
100g/4 oz icing sugar (You can make more, depending how much icing you would like in the middle of the cake - the proportion is half spread to icing sugar)
50g/ 2oz vegan spread
2 - 3 teaspoons cocoa powder (depending how chocolatey you would like the icing)
a tiny drop of vanilla extract
1. Mix the spread in a bowl to soften it.
2. Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa powder into the bowl.
3. Mix together until smooth.
4. Add the vanilla extract to taste.
Split the cake if you are having icing in the middle and spread half of the icing. Place the top half of the cake onto the base and spread the remaining icing on the top. Slice and enjoy!
Sunday, 11 March 2018
...spending an afternoon making cards using paper piecing (using some of my ever growing card making stash), where I die cut the same shape in different colours and types of card and then pieced them back together in different combinations.
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