Monday, 24 May 2010
In July/August of 2008 I went to Queenstown, New Zealand with my family. One day, while my Dad and my sister were white water rafting, my Mum, my other sister and I went to check out The Bead Shop.
This shop was awesome. The walls were covered in jars of all kinds of beads and you could just buy a bunch of beads, buy something already made with the beads, or sit down and make a necklace or bracelet using the supplies in the shop, and the shop lady even helps to attach the findings.
It was definitely a better way to spend an afternoon, rather than being outside in the cold white water rafting, and you get a nice view of the mountain from the shop window.
Here's the necklace I made; black and white wooden beads with a geometric pendant.
So if you're ever in Queenstown, NZ, I suggest you check it out. And while you're in town you might as well have a fergburger.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
The next week I ended up buying 1kg of carrots for 35p and then realising that was far too many but all logic goes out of the window when I see a yellow reduced sticker. So cake #2 was to be a carrot cake!
There was a slight problem in that I've never had carrot cake before so I didn't know what it was supposed to be like. Hence the mess it turned out to be due to cutting it open many times to see if it was done and then putting it bake in the oven.
I got the recipe from here but halved the quantities and cut out the nuts, which may have been the problem as I should have substituted them instead..maybe..
But if there's one thing I've learnt from Bakerella it's that a photo with the macro setting will make any food look delicious. And to be fair the cake did taste pretty good, with orange icing. Nom nom nom.
The last of my eggs were used for an old family favourite; chocolate brownies. These were the easiest to make as they cook in the microwave. At home I usually add chocolate drops into the mix but alas, poor students can not afford such luxuries.
Here's the mouth watering macro shot.
And here's the recipe:
Chocolate Brownies (Microwave on full power – 650W)
4oz plain flour, sifted 2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder 8oz granulated sugar
1oz cocoa 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3oz margarine white chocolate drops to taste (optional)
1. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa together
2. Melt the margarine in the bowl for 45 seconds on high
3. Beat the eggs and the sugar into the margarine
4. Fold in the flour, baking powder and cocoa
5. Stir in the vanilla essence and chocolate drops
6. Pour the mixture into the lightly greased and lined dish
7. Cook on high for 5-6 minutes or until the brownies are just
dry on the top and beginning to come away from the edges of the dish
8. Leave to stand in the dish until cool
Monday, 17 May 2010
My friend was raving about this card from M&S so I decided to make my own version for her birthday. Which is today; Happy Birthday Robyn!
Owls + buttons + googly eyes = Awesome
I've discovered that owls are very big at the moment (big as in popular, not giant owls- that would be weird)
Check out these owl cushions at RJB Stone
These cute owl pom poms are super simple to make. Find out how at maedchenmitherz
Owl cupcakes! Nom nom nom. From Catching Fireflies
And speaking of fireflies...
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Here's some more cool stuff I saw at the V&A
This Walkers Crisps handbag is by Anya Hindmarch, who designed the I'm not a plastic bag bag. It's a piece from her Sweeties collection where she used familiar grocery brand names in the place of designer labels.
I think real crisp packets should have sequins on.
Continuing with the crisp theme I also saw this outfit in the Design for Life: Recycled exhibition.
14 year old Emily from Dorothy Stringer School constructed this garment when working with the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Influenced by the hippy subculture she took a second hand skirt and added flowers cut out of crisp packets.
For more information about the project go here.