• DIY Baseball Top Sewing Pattern
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Back to Basics: Free Baseball Top Sewing Pattern

    Who doesn’t love a basic top? My two favourite staple t-shirts by far are the classic baseball top and a boat neck striped tee. They can pretty much be worn with anything and, as the dress code in my office is smart casual, are great for work or for play. Strangely, despite their iconic status, it can be hard to find the perfect version of either which leaves me frustrated. There are plenty of striped tops with round or scoop necks but not my coveted boat neck, the base colour is cream and not white, it’s skin tight instead of slouchy, it has embroidered logos or embellishment… the list goes…

  • DIY-Scrunchie-Tutorial-FI
    Fashion,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    DIY Scrunchie Tutorial

    I have two problems: I hate elastic hair bands as they always seem to get tangled in my hair and I have ALOT of scraps of fabric that I can’t bear to throw away. Good news is, I’ve discovered the solution to both of these dilemmas and, even better, it’s 90s themed! I’m not ashamed to say that I really enjoyed the 90s, from the ages of 7 – 17 I had a lovely time, I liked watching Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (check out my PJs on instagram) and Thundercats, I was a big fan of 5ive and who didn’t love mood rings? I never thought it would happen but…

  • How to decorate a Carrot Cake recipe
    Baking,  Cake Decorating

    The Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the best kind of baking is baking cakes I don’t like. You get all the pleasure of producing something beautiful without any of the associated calories! This is one of my favourite recipes, I’ve made it a few times and the feedback I get on it is always phenomenal – it’s a pretty easy bake too so if you need a good cake last minute this carrot cake recipe is the one for you! I’m afraid I didn’t take any pictures during the baking process but the instructions are fairly simple and I’ve included a couple of notes on things to…

  • Things To Do With Doilies DIY Handstamped Doily Bunting
    Interior Design,  Papercraft

    Things To Do With Doilies #1: DIY Handstamped Doily Bunting

    The humble doily, favourite of grandmas everywhere, has had a new lease of life since the shabby chic trend hit interior design. Just like everything else, doilies don’t have to just be used as mats. I recently bought an Xcut Vintage Notes Doily Die and I’m going to be doing a series of posts about the possibilities of upcycling paper doilies. Of course, you can just buy paper doilies if you don’t have a die cutter but I like to think it makes a project a little bit more special if it’s as handmade as possible. From my previous posts you already know that I’m in love with bunting so…

  • How to Knit A Hat
    Knitting,  Tutorials

    Fisherman’s Beanie Hat Knitting Pattern

    My boyfriend has been doing pretty well out of me recently, first the baking and now I’ve gone and knitted him a hat. The hat is becoming an annual tradition, I made him one from the same pattern last year and the other day, he lost it and was having a mad panic. To avoid future crises I decided I’d make him a second one. It only takes an hour or two to complete and isn’t too taxing so a good one to do whilst watching some TV! You’ll need 4mm needles, I used Aran but you could easily use double knitting (DK) instead. 1. Cast on 90 stitches 2. (Knit…

  • Recipe for Key Lime Pie
    Baking,  Recipes,  Tutorials

    Recipe for Key Lime Pie

    This weekend, after a failed attempt to order a slice from a local takeaway, my boyfriend asked me to make him a key lime pie. Despite having a very sweet tooth, he doesn’t usually benefit much from my baking as I either take it in to work or bake things as a challenge that he’s not that into. As requests from him are rare (and I’ve never made key lime pie before) I decided to oblige. Ingredients: 150g hobnobs 75g butter 3 egg yolks 397g can of condensed milk 4 limes 1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees centigrade 2. Put the biscuits in a food processor and blitz for…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    How To Sew Darts

    Darts are folds of fabric sewn into clothing that help create shape so that the fabric lies better on the wearer. The fold is make on the wrong side of the fabric and, when completed, appears as a short seam line on the right side. Darts are most common around the waist, neckline and bust of a garment. Initially darts can seem fiddly and tricky to master so I thought I’d put together a little tutorial starting off about how to sew a straight dart. I also managed to convince my boyfriend to let me get my hands on his camera rather than having to use my iPhone – so after he gave me a brief…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    Mary Berry’s Chess Cake

    This is a recipe from the Great British Bake Off ‘Showstoppers’ book. It’s a Mary Berry recipe, I love Mary Berry. I love her even more after watching Alan Carr interview Mel and Sue last night who told him that she went to Pacha in Ibiza at 71 and likes to drink tequila slammers! The woman is a legend! Anyway, I was making a cake to take to work for my birthday (an odd tradition, feeding everyone else on your birthday but we’ll go with it) and I chose this one because I loved the surprise element of cutting into what looks like a chocolate cake to find a checkerboard…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating

    Teapot Cake

    What are weekends for other than making random shaped cakes for absolutely no reason? I got some hemisphere cake pans from Lakeland for Christmas and hadn’t managed to try them out yet, I looked up a recipe for the pans on their website (a basic sponge) and set to work. The cake recipe has to be quite dense for the finished cake to hold its shape although I did read somewhere that you can use ganache for the crumb coating as it will set more solidly and make the construction sturdier. For this one I used vanilla buttercream as the sponge was solid enough. At this point I hadn’t actually…

  • Sewing,  Tutorials

    Spaghetti Straps Solved!

    I’ve always hated making straps, in the past I’ve even sewn two strips of bias binding together to avoid the painful turning process. No need for that anymore! I’ve found the secret to turning even the thinnest of spaghetti straps – a hair grip! 1. Stitch your strap as prescribed by the pattern then make a small slit in one end. 2. Attach your hair grip to the top section around one side of the strap and then feed both the prongs into the middle. Make sure you use a grip that still has the rubber stoppers on the ends so the fabric won’t snag. 3. You can now feed…