Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Mince Pies

This afternoon I have been busy making mince pies from scratch.  It was the first time I had ever made them and feel that the outcome was successful. 

Here are the ingredients: Flora, plain flour, icing sugar, fry light and mince meat.
 I mixed 297g of plain flour with 113g of flora. Also a pinch of salt and a table spoon of sweetener.  I then added some water for the mixture to add together.
Spray fry light into the cake baked try. Then using shape cutters to form the base of the pies.
 I then added the mince meat inside the pies.
 Next using Christmas shape cutters I formed the top of the pies.
 Now the mince pies are ready to be cooked in the oven for 15 minutes.
 Once cooked and cooled down, sprinkle some icing sugar on the top for a more Christmas feeling.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Saatchi Gallery

From my previous post I spoke about visiting Saatchi Gallery during my London trip.  I had never been to this gallery before and was rather looking forward to it.  The current exhibition is called 'Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany' which I found rather interesting.  There was some really great art and then some I felt I didn't understand or saw the point in them, but that's fine art for you.  Sometimes there isn't a reason behind the work of art.  Here are some photographs I took during my time there:

 Isa Genzken
  Isa Genzken
  Isa Genzken
 Gert & Uwe Tobias
  Gert & Uwe Tobias
  Gert & Uwe Tobias
 Alexandra Bircken
 Jutta Koether
 Andro Wekua
 Andro Wekua
 Kirstine Roepstorff
 Stefan Kürten
Stefan Kürten

Landen Town

I had a trip to London on Monday, which was the first time on my own.  I quite enjoyed my trip but it's not the same on your own especially as London is quite a lonely place already.  I arrived in London St Pancreas railway station.  As I was walking towards the underground I passed a Christmas tree made from Lego.

I visited quite a few places including Saatchi Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum as well as a browse round Cass Art, Paperchase and Libertys.

In the main entrance of the V&A was this beautiful glass chandelier.  There is an article here on how they have to clean the chandelier.  It must take some cleaning! Below are some photographs I took of the chandelier.

Currently the V&A has a 'Power of Making Exhibition', which was the main reason for me to visit London.  There were so many different crafts, machines and art within the exhibition, which was very interesting.  Although I wasn't allowed to take photographs, they did have a book which had extended information on the the crafts at the exhibition that you could buy in the shop.  There are some photographs of the crafts on the website.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


I'm a huge fan of Paperchase and always have to take a browse around whenever I see one!  I went in my local Paperchase yesterday and found many different inspirational designs around the whole store.  Although I fell in love with this collection called memoirs.  So many butterflies in beautiful colours layered on a vintage ground.  Here are some photographs of the collection I found on the Paperchase website. Enjoy :)

Monday, 5 December 2011

Shooting Stars

Today I started on a simple task to get me motivated.  Although it did take me much longer than I expected.  But I am very pleased with the results!

Friday, 25 November 2011

What a bargain!

Whilst browsing for Christmas gift ideas today, I found this book 'Tricia Guild, Pattern' in TKMaxx with a great value of just £5.99 from £20.00!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Pursuit of Happiness: 15 Lessons to Keep in Mind

I found this lovely blog called The Inspirational Tree! There is a particular post I'm very drawn to which includes 15 quotes/lessons for happiness in life...

1. The only person that can ever truly make you happy is yourself. Stop depending on everyone else.

2. People lie, stuff happens. Don’t take it too personally.

3. Want people to think you’re amazing? Start believing you are, and then they will too.

4. Smiling is the ultimate anti-depressant. Smile and laugh out loud, it doesn’t look stupid, I promise.

5. The world is never just black and white, right or wrong, one way or another. Try and see things from as many points of view as possible.

6. "Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final" 

7. Have empathy.

8. Gossip, problems of the past, events you cannot control, negative thoughts and negative people; time spent on these is time poorly wasted.

9. When you're jealous or find yourself filled with hate for someone/something, stop. The only person its hurting is you.

10. Although the newest, most expensive material things may make you feel as if you’re a better person, they won’t hold you at night or listen to you when you need it. Make sure your priorities make sense.

11. Step outside your comfort zone- it’s when you’ll really feel alive.

12. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, the people who really matter, don’t mind

13. Let your emotions out sometimes, humans have them for a reason.

14. Celebrate the things you have. Think only positively of the things you don’t (but would like to have) and they too will come.

15. Love unconditionally .

Inspiration on Pinterest

I have gone a little crazy on Pinterest, here are some inspirational quotes :) You can find more by check out my Pinterest

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Nothing lasts forever

Found this inspirational quote on Pinterest...it's so true! They always say nothing lasts forever...

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloweeeeeeen!

Halloween is one of my favorite time of year! I love to dress up every year, but sadly this year I haven't :( But here are some inspiring images I found on google for the creepy event. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Rachael Taylor

Rachael Taylor is such an inspiration to me!  Her designs are fab, colorful and quirky.  Rachael's designs start from continuous and left hand which brings the quirkiness into her designs.  Rachael has won numerous awards and competitions.  She has become well known within the textile industry especially with achieving so much in such a short space of time at a very young age.  Browsing through her designs on her website and interesting posts on her blog really motivates me.  Below are some of Rachael's inspirational work...

She has an e-course starting on Nov 14th 2011 called 'The art and business of art and design' which she is doing with Beth Nicholls.  I won't be starting until the 2nd module starts which is 16th Jan 2012.

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