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DIY Origami Crane Mobile

As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to share it here!  Isn't it just lovely?

 

Further reading

DIY Crane Mobile via The Ordinary Lovely

It also reminds me of a book that I bought for a friend's son who has an obsession with sticks too {the stick book; loads of things you can make or do with a stick}. 

 

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Cerys Lowe

Blogger from North Wales, documenting life as a mother and wife whilst trying to grab life by the horns...and finish that knitting project

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Buildings by Ana Serrano

 Buildings by Ana Serrano
Buildings by Ana Serrano
Buildings by Ana Serrano

Ana Serrano is an artist and first generation Mexican American, renowned for her colourful sculptures of buildings and cityscapes. Her work is often  inspired by Latino pop culture and the neighbourhoods of LA in which she lives and works. 

Further Information

Ana Serrano website

Ana Serrano: Salon of Beauty


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Ruth Dawkins

 A Scot currently living in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and five year old son.

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Drawn the Road Again

Chandler O'Leary is an illustrator who lives in Washington State. Her website Drawn the Road Again documents her travels - many of which are road trips around the US - through the beautiful drawings and sketches she makes in her Moleskine notepads. 

Further Information

Drawn the Road Again

Drawn the Road Facebook Page

Drawn the Road Twitter

Chandler O'Leary Illustrator Website


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Ruth Dawkins

 A Scot currently living in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and five year old son.

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Cherry & Brandy Mini-Crumbles Recipe

 Cherry & Brandy Mini-Crumbles Recipe

I like crumble, cherries and brandy so this seemed like a very good idea. The result? A tasty treat that my whole family enjoyed, the brandy isn't overpowering it's just there subtly, warming you up.

Cherry & Brandy Mini-Crumbles Recipe

Ingredients

1kg Cherries 2 Cooking apples 100 ml Brandy 1 tbsp sugar

For the crumble: 100g plain flour 75g butter 50g porridge oats 100g demerara sugar

4 small oven-proof ceramic dishes/ ramekins / casserole mini-pots

Method

The night before: De-stone the cherries - this takes a while but is strangely enjoyable. Discard the stones and add the cherries to a large bowl. Pour over the brandy and shake over the tbsp of sugar and mix together. Cover with clingfilm and pop in the fridge overnight.

The next day: Heat oven to 200 degs.

Peel, core and chop the cooking apples. Add both them and the cherries & brandy mixture from the fridge to a saucepan and heat gently, bringing to nearly-the-boil. When the apples have mushed up a bit remove the pan from the heat and divide the mix between the mini-pots.

For the crumble, add the flour and butter to a food processor and blast until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Now tip that mix into a large bowl and add the oats and sugar and mix well by hand. Add the mix to the tops of the pots, pressing down firmly in the top of each.

Add to the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Yummy serves with a dollop of clotted cream on top for the ultimate opulence. 

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Cherry Bakewell Green Tea Cake

Cherry & Almond Cake (gluten & dairy free)

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Pallet Love

Some inspiring pallet up-cycling projects. I'm off to raid the farm for some!

Pallets are often readily available and usually free from Garden Centres.

Images from my Pallet Project Pinterest Board (here)


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Emma Cavill

Having spent 10 years working in the corporate world, and living in a busy city centre, Emma now loves life back in the beautiful West Country, where she and her husband set up Somerset Yurts and run a dairy farm on her Husband's family farm set in the Quantock Hills AONB

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Vai Kai, Avakai companions- a Kickstarter campaign

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“Communicate emotions and play with imagination. At home, outside or across the world. No screens required.”

 

“The lovingly crafted, durable, and locally-sourced wooden figurine enhanced with digital interactivity. Avakai combines the qualities of traditional toys and versatility of mobile devices.”

Because the Avakai are connected and respond to each other, it allows them to be used in creative ways. Here are some suggested games:

Hide & Seek Avakai give children a ‘six-sense’ of proximity, leading them to the play destination through increasing haptic feedback

Treasure hunt A small present can be hidden inside of the Avakai and then the players can discover it using the other figurine or even a smartphone with an app installed.when the two Avakai are connected to each other, simple signals can be sent across. A tap on the head produces musical sound signals, and they are heard on the other side as well. 

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Youth Art in the garden, Textile Hangings

The brief

Study natural forms close up

Result

Banners mostly inspired by the magnified cells of plants and animals

“Textile hangings designed & made by youth from Andover College who are studying Level 2 BTEC Art & Design course.

Techniques include batik, dying, applique and embroidery. ”

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Visit Harold Hillier Gardens to view Youth Art in the Garden

The Step by Step Process of Making Batik

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Folding books

folding books

For those of us with busy hands: rhythmic, repetitive folding. You can do it without fear of crochet catastrophes or dropping knitted stitches. All it takes is an old book (or two).

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You'll also need a craft knife (for trimming away excess pages) and something flat to lean on. Then fold away until you've created your own literary sculptures. You can suspend them, lantern-like, from hooks or adorn your shelves with them - they never fail to attract interest.

Suddenly, shabby old paperbacks become things of beauty.

It's surprisingly easy to teach yourself (and experiment). Try searching for 'book page folding' on Pinterest for inspiration.  


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Sarah Hardman

Sarah lives over at Mitenska, where she chronicles life's simple pleasures.

She's a keen photographer, writer and tea drinker. Her favourite things include collecting treasures from her daily rambles, baking cake, rainy days and cosying up with a good book.

She resides in the Pennines with her partner and little boy.

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Baachan's Patterns

Emma Nishimura is a Toronto based artist, whose work addresses ideas of memory and loss.

These beautiful pieces are from a collection called Baachan's Patterns. Four years after her grandmother died, Emma found a box of miniature items of clothing which she had made, all from paper. She has taken her grandmother's patterns and incorporated them into her own work.


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Ruth Dawkins

 A Scot currently living in Hobart, Tasmania with her husband and five year old son.

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Makers

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This time of year always sees me searching for chunky knit patterns and turning the house upside down searching for those chunky needles.  And during my search the other evening, I came across this, a DIY knitted swing for inside your home!  How adorable.

 

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Cerys Lowe

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DIY Christmas Presents: Quick And Easy Chocolate Gift

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Following on from my post the other day about making your own tea bags as a Christmas present, I’m back with another make your own present idea. This chocolate gift is super quick and easy to make as well as costing next to nothing. It would make the perfect Christmas present for teachers or grandparents and can be displayed on window sills / fireplaces until the big day as a decoration. The chocolates have been stuck down so that you can pick the entire thing up and carry it around without anything falling over.

Making your own Christmas presents is a really nice way of keeping costs down and it also shows you’ve spend some time thinking about that person and what to make them. You don’t have to be particularly crafty either, this list of DIY gifts has lots of ideas, some as simple as putting something ingredients in a jar. It’s also a great way of avoid busy high streets at this time of year, I know I’d much rather by indoors with a hot drink than traipsing around shops in the cold.

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DIY Making a market apron

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I’ve seen linen market aprons popping up all over and thought it was about time I had a go at making one – particularly as I seem to have an excess of linen in my fabric stash. The reason I love them is because they just slip over the head – no ties, no nothing. I have an apron for cooking, but thought one like this would be perfect for crafting, painting, or for when I’m in the garden.

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Pear, ginger and cardamon loaf

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This is a perfect recipe for this time of year, slight spicing adds a warming note to this delicious bake, great served with a steaming mug of tea after a wild and windy walk, but also great as a pudding cake served with custard.

This loaf cake isn't going to win any prizes in the beauty stakes but is definitely a prize winner in the flavour stakes, I just love the moist fruity pear chunks and the crunch of the flaked almonds. It does have the habit of swallowing the pears and almonds into the cake but I still love it, its frugal too as it a good recipe to use up pears that are starting to become overripe. I am using British Conference pears here which have a great flavour, they aren't in season very long so make good use of them while you can.

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Pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake

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This week more than any other, I'm glad I have embraced Hygge. Candles are lit all round the living room, brightening up these awful, sad, grey days. My handmade berry wreath is still looking fresh and I'm appreciating it's rustic charm. These small details are making my home a nurturing, restful, peaceful place to escape from the realities of the world.

And I've been baking again. Cake seems to make everything better, at least for a while. And this one is made to comfort. To provide the boy with a treat when he gets in from school and the husband a much needed pudding after a long hard week at work. It is quite rich, but lovely warm with cream.

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Chocolate and Pear Torte

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he other weekend as per usual I was clearing out the fruit bowl as I was drawing up my shopping list of what I wanted to purchase for the week ahead. Just a couple of of pears remained still juicy but on the over-ripe side, my mind flashed back to a wonderful chocolate and pear tart I had eaten several years ago in an amazing trattoria in Tuscany, Italy. It was the sort of place were there was no menu and the choices were what was fresh from the market or the oven.

This torte is inspired by that tart, this one gluten free and a torte not a tart but equally beautiful and also doing a great job using up pears.

Its a simple recipe and is actually diary free if you use vegetable margarine as the chocolate flavour is coming from cocoa not chocolate. 

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Bubble Wrap Printed Fruit & Veg

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We love bubble wrap printing. It is so versatile and can be used for all kinds of crafts. This week we used our bubble wrap along with fruit and veg cut outs to make some fun and fruity creations.

To make this craft we used only these three materials:

  • Fruit and veg blank card shapes from Baker Ross
  • Bubble wrap
  • Ready mixed children’s paint

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