Thursday, 22 August 2013

Thursday, 15 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - psst...did someone say Christmas?...

Yes, you heard it right. The C word has been mentioned.


It'll be here before we know it. So here's a super little tutorial for making a Scandi style Christmas elf from Lilly My Cat.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - a drawing masterclass

Stunning work from Kristin at Pastelesta sharing her technique for her amazingly lifelike animal drawings. Pop over now and leave a comment for a chance to win some lovely notecards.

Click here to visit Pastelesta blog

Cat and dog notecards

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - a crochet we will go

Some gorgeous makes from Lilian at Berry Bakewell today with a step by step guide to make a beautiful crochet bookmark and gift envelope. Ooh, and another super giveaway...

Click here to visit Berry Bakewell blog

Monday, 12 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - an abundance of beads

A visit to Beaded Bazaar today to meet Joy and find pout about her lovely new jewellery range. There's a giveaway too, so don't forget to leave a comment!

Click here to visit Beaded Bazaar blog


Friday, 9 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - an app a day...

What a brilliant idea - a crafters' app, being created by Arlene and her son showing how to create beautiful embroidery stitches. So clever!

Click here to visit Arlene's Crafts blog

Thursday, 8 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - stunning glasswork

Some stunning glasswork today from the studio of Glasspirations, and another chance to win something beautiful.

Click here to visit Glasspirations blog spot

Welcome Blog Tourists!

Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to my blog. I hope you are all enjoying the Blog Tour and picking up loads of ideas, freebies and discounts along the way. My blog is all about my creative passions of cooking, baking and sewing. So for today's tour stop, I'm giving you a little bit of everything, a 10% discount for any purchases from my website and the chance to win a little something!

Make of the week
Inspired by the hot weather I've been making picnic accessories this week...

My cutlery roll has space enough for 12 pieces of cutlery. Perfect to pop into your cool bag or hamper. I've used Designers Guild Miami fabric here. It's a thick loose weave cotton in crisp white with a vibrant geometric print in blue, red, orange and green. I'm busy working on a matching bag, which would be finished if my pesky daughter would return my toolbox...

You'll find my cutlery roll in Homewares on my website.

Today's recipe

Just in case the weather isn't holding up, here's a lovely summery recipe to enjoy at home indoors!

This fresh fruit tart is delicious and so easy to make. You can use whichever soft fruit you like - strawberries, raspberries and blueberries would be brilliant here.

Nectarine Tart
  • 1 x 18cm sweet shortcrust pastry case - either make your own or buy ready baked
  • 1 large egg
  • 25g sugar
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 25g plain flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
  • 2 ripe nectarines sliced, or whichever soft fruit you like (you can leave small fruits and berries whole)

  1. Begin with the pastry case. If you're using ready made then you're done! If you're making your own, use a sweetened shortcrust recipe and bake blind until golden and crisp. Leave to cool.
  2. Next make the pastry cream. Put the milk in a small saucepan and heat gently. Meanwhile, whisk the egg and sugar until thick and creamy. Add the flour and whisk thoroughly. When the milk comes up to boil, pour it into the egg mixture and whisk together. Return the mixture to the pan and heat gently whisking vigorously until it becomes very thick. Remove from the heat and place in a clean bowl. Whisk in the vanilla, then cover with cling film to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool a little then place in the fridge until completely cold.
  3. Assemble the tart by spreading the pastry cream over the pastry case and top with your chosen fruit. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

Don't forget to make time for Creative Crafting magazine where you'll find more of my recipes

Grab some goodies!
As a special thank you for visiting my blog, leave a comment and share my blog for a chance to win this rosebud cushion cover with fabric covered buttons.

And if you'd like to buy anything from my site or place a bespoke order click here to email and quote "Blog Tour" to get 10% off your order. Visit my website Personal Space Interiors for details of my ready to buy items and bespoke services.

Thanks for visiting everyone, it's been lovely having you. Please call again soon :)

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - a fantastic giveaway

An amazing blog today from Stitchers Anon with a fantastically generous giveaway. Everything you could ever wish for as a crafter, whether you sew, knit or crochet.

 Click here to visit Stitchers Anon blog

 Stitchers  Anon

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - recycle that shirt!

A great stop today from Vicky Myers Creations with a tutorial on how to recycle a shirt into a swimming bag and lots of other bits and pieces.

Click here to visit Vicky Myers Creations blog


Sunday, 4 August 2013

All aboard the blog tour - we're stopping off at Loopy's Place

A lovely tutorial today from Jane at Loopy's Place. How to make bag with brilliant pics and step by step instructions. Your chance to win a freebie too.

Cick here for Loopy's Place blog

Saturday, 3 August 2013

All aboard the bog tour - first stop The Old Button

The Creative Crafting bog tour has started.

First stop the lovely Sharon from The Old Button with a great idea for a crafty swap.

The Old Button Blog