Friday, May 24, 2013

New on Polka Dot Dreams

Hello Lovelies,

I have become completely addicted to designing crochet jewellery! Every time I finish one collection I have ideas for about 3 more.

I thought I would share with you some pictures of my Daisy Chain Collection - What do you think?

 Necklace - £10.00
 Headband - £10.00
Bracelet - £6.00

Friday, May 17, 2013

Coveting - Anthropologie

Hello Lovelies,

Even though I am a long way away from owning my own home I keep browsing Pinterest and home magazines for decorating inspiration. I would love a teal and white kitchen like this one.

As I can't paint my teeny rented kitchen I thought I would choose some lovely teal bits from one my my favourite (but expensive) shops, Anthropologie.

1. Ice Cream Cone Dish - £6.00
2. Teal Glass Goblet - £6.00
3. Whale Measuring Cups - £28.00
4. Cheese Knife Set - £30.00
5. Frosted Doily Plate - £22.00

What do you think of my picks? What colour would you paint your dream kitchen?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DIY Knotted Plant Holder

Hey Lovelies,

Finally I been able to finish this really simple and crazily cheap DIY. As you all know by now I have a little bit of an obsession with Succulents and whilst repotting them last week I had one little one left over without a pot. I wanted to create something a bit different and decided to create a really retro knotted plant holder.

All you need is a clean jam jar, some string, spray paint of your choice and a lovely little succulent!

1. First step is to spray paint your jar - I did 3 thin coats.
2. Cut 8 lengths of string around 75cm long
3. Knot them all together at one end

4 & 5. Separate the strings into 4 groups of 2 and knot them together as above

6. Separate the strands and knot them as shown above

7. Bring the top spare string over to the bottom spare string and not together. Repeat the above steps until they cover your jar

8. Pop your holder on your jar and knot all 8 strings together around 15cm above your last set of knots

9. Pot up your little succulent in the jar and pop him in the holder

I hope that makes sense! It is really easy when you start knotting them.

What do you think?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Crochet and Chain

Hello Lovelies,

Just a little note to let you know that my new Crochet and Chain Collection over at Polka Dot Dreams.

Sorry for the very picture heavy post....

Everything can be bought over on my Etsy shop here. What do you think?

Friday, May 3, 2013

May Day Madness at Polka Dot Dreams

Just visit my Etsy shop here and get spending! Ends Tuesday 7th May 2013 :)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Strawberry Crumble Cake

Hey Lovelies,

On Tuesday I went to the local market on my lunch break and ended up buying lots of very ripe strawberries - how anyone can walk by 2 large punnets for a £1 is beyond me! This however has lead to strawberries that rapidly need using up. I haven't baked in a little while so I thought I would bake a yummy strawberry cake. Although I wanted to make it little bit more special and my answer to that is add a crumble topping - everything is better with a crumble on top!

So here is the very simple recipe!

Strawberry Crumble Cake

For the Cake:
100g Butter
100g Dark Brown Soft Sugar
150g Plain Flour
50g Cornflour
1 tbsp Baking Powder
2 Large Eggs
1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
Zest of Half a Lemon
8-10 Strawberries roughly chopped
8-10 Strawberries Sliced

For the Crumble:
75g Plain Flour
65g Butter
65g Dark Brown Soft Sugar
65g Porridge Oats

1. Preheat the oven to 180oC.

2. For the sponge, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the flour, cornflour and baking powder. Add the eggs a bit at a time  and finally mix in the cinnamon, lemon zest and chopped strawberries.

3. Pour the mixture into a greased 23cm springform cake tin and spread evenly.

4. Top the sponge mixture with the sliced strawberries.

5. For the crumble combine the flour, butter, sugar and oats and rub together till it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Sprinkly over the strawberries.

6. Bake 40-45 minutes.

7. Once cooked allow to cool in the tin on a wire rack.

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