Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Bohemia

Bohemia
Wall Stickers, Oiseau Sur Branche by Bohemia



Trophy Deer and Glass Paperweight, 'Paris is always a good idea' by Bohemia



Wall Stickers, Printemps by Bohemia



La Tennis Liberty, Vert by Bohemia


This week for my 'shops i love' page, I bring you my lovely sponsor Bohemia. An award- winning lifestyle boutique selling bohemian clothing, accessories, bath and beauty products, gorgeous home furnishings, stationery, babywear, children's clothing, toys and gifts. Bohemia opened their first lifestyle store in 2006 in their home city of Edinburgh in Scotland. They source products that are exquisitely decorated or beautifully simple. Only one rule applies; they must love it!

I am loving the pretty Summery wall stickers, Miss Etoile bird weights and decorative bird cages. On my wish list is the ever so cute floral tennis shoes to wear on my Summer bike rides and a Trophy Deer head for my dining room. I am also lucky enough to own one of their Morrocon pouffes in white with silver grey embroidery, which adds glamour to my living room!

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Sunday, 29 May 2011

Pretty Crafting

Pretty Crafting
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you pretty coloured crafts. I so need to organize my buttons! Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Velvet Ribbon

Velvet Ribbon
Velvet Ribbon
Velvet Ribbon
Velvet Ribbon
Velvet Ribbon

On Monday I showed you some cute craft room inspiration. I loved the cute storage idea of the Mason ball jars on the wall. They looked so pretty full of trims and ribbons. Velvet Ribbon, who I discovered at the The Country Living Spring Fair, sells the gorgeous blue toned mason ball jars here in the UK. They also sell wonderful old rustic wooden crates that would look fabulous on the wall in my laundry room, like the inspirational ones featured in my Laundry Room Storage post.

Velvet Ribbon is an online boutique selling a delightful range of unique home accessories and vintage clothing featuring a striking mix of old and new. Each item is individually sourced from all over the British Isles and Europe for its vintage charm and beauty.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The Tolix Chair

Fadda Santos



Vintage Retro/Reproduction metal Tolix dining chairs



Tolix table by Graham and Green



Anthropologie



Skona Hem


I love the Tolix chair! How stylish did it look in yesterday's post, Craft room ideas? I would love one for my craft room in a silver steel or duck egg blue which I think would look great with my 1930's polished steel filing cabinet.

The Tolix Chair is a French café chair designed in 1934 by Xavier Pauchard. A visionary and inventive entrepreneur, Xavier was a pioneer of galvanisation in France and manufactured sheet metal domestic items. In 1927 he registered the trademark Tolix and started to manufacture chiars, stools and metal funiture.

The Tolix chair is well renowned for being rustproof, robust and stackable. As such, in the forties it was found inside factories, offices and hospitals and outside in cafés and parks. Now an icon of industrial aesthetics, it has earned itself a spot in Vitra Design Museum, MOMA and the Pompidou Center.

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Crafting Bright

Crafting Bright
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you gorgeously bright crafts. I so need to learn how to crochet! Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):

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Friday, 20 May 2011

Hand-made chocolate butterflies

Hand-made Chocolate butterflies by Torie Jayne
Chocolate butterflies
What you will need:


Instructions
  1. Temper (melt) white chocolate
  2. Stir in pink powdered food colouring a little at a time until you have desired colour. Stir well so colour is even
  3. Spoon chocolate into icing bottle or bag fitted with a small nozzle
  4. Squeeze chocolate into moulds
  5. Lightly tap moulds so chocolate lays flat and air bubbles are removed, and leave to set
  6. Turn out chocolate butterflies
  7. Repeat steps 1-6 with blue food colouring


Hand-made blue and pink butterfly chocolates

I displayed my chocolate butterflies in my perch glass apothecary jar with pink and white Easter M&M candy on my Easter table this year. I love how bright and colourful they look and will definitely be using this idea again on my candy tables and not just at Easter!


Hand-made chocolate butterflies and M&M's
Hand-made chocolate butterflies packaged up
Hand-made blue chocolate butterflies packaged up

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Cape Henley

Cape Henley
Cape Henley
Cape Henley
Cape Henley
Cape Henley
Before I visited the Country Living Spring Fair I loved Cape Henley. They love France and New England so they've combined the two and put together a range of home and garden accessories, and furniture that captures the essence of this style. They have lots of whitewashed wooden furniture, distressed rattan and the prettiest vintage floral and check cushions.

I love their weathered rattan trunks, which would make really good laundry baskets and the ceramic bird napkin holders are the cutest!

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Turquoise highlighted craft room

Turquoise highlighted craft room
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some gorgeous inspirational pics of craft rooms with turquoise highlights. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Hand-made honeycomb chocolate bunny head

Rabbit printed foil wrapped chocolate bunny head

Last Easter I made chocolate bunny heads filled with home-made honeycomb and they went down such a treat with my friends! This year I made them again but this time I made their faces with white chocolate and coloured their eyes with blue chocolate and their noses with pink chocolate.

Hand-made honeycomb chocolate bunny head
What you will need


Instructions
  1. Temper (melt) 2 tbsp white chocolate
  2. Place 1 tbsp of the melted white chocolate in small bowl and stir in pink food coloring until colour is even
  3. Place a small drop of pink chocolate into nose of bunny moulds
  4. Place 1 tbsp of the white chocolate in small bowl and stir in blue food coloring until colour is even
  5. Place a small drop of blue chocolate into eyes of bunny moulds
  6. Lightly tap moulds so chocolate lays flat and air bubbles are removed, and leave to set
  7. Temper (melt) rest of white chocolate
  8. Pour into bunny moulds so white chocolate is about 1 cm deep and leave to set
  9. Fill bunny moulds with chunks of honeycomb
  10. Temper (melt) milk chocolate
  11. Pour milk chocolate over honeycomb to fill the moulds and leave to set
  12. Turn out chocolate bunnies and wrap in foil.


Hand-made honeycomb chocolate bunny head
Handmade honeycomb filled bunnies
Bunny printed foil

The pretty pink rabbit aluminum foil is from Daiso Japan a Japanese 100 yen ($1, £1) store. I bought mine from Jusco, the Hong Kong equivalent of a £1 store, back in November of last year on a work trip.


Mini non-stick cake pan, 6 cavity - bunnies

Available in my store.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Home-made honeycomb

Bags of hand-made honeycomb

Honeycomb (makes about 10 bags)

Ingredients


Cooking instructions
  1. Grease and line baking tray with non-stick baking paper
  2. Place the sugar, honey, water and liquid glucose in a heavy based jug
  3. Heat on full power and using a candy thermometer, heat until the temperature reaches 160 deg C
  4. Remove from heat quickly
  5. Add the bicarbonate of soda and whisk immediately
  6. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and leave to cool down
  7. Break into small chunks
  8. Temper milk chocolate
  9. Dip the chunks of honeycomb into the chocolate
  10. Place on a sheet of baking paper and leave to set


Pretty paper floral bags



Candy Thermometer
I have added the candy thermometer I use to my new Amazon shop - a place where you can find lots of items I have and use here on Torie Jayne to make candy, cakes, sweet treats and more.

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Sunday, 8 May 2011

Kids Play Kitchen

Kids Play Kitchen
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you pretty kids kitchen pics with these gorgeous pics. My cute little niece Molly is a lucky little girl and has just been bought a playhouse for the garden by her Mommy and Daddy. I am so excited! They plan to make it super cute and pretty and I have offered to make curtains, throw cushions and bunting in sweet pastels. She will be having her adorable pink kitchen from the playroom put in there, so I am hoping to make her some fabric cakes and more, for her Birthday later this year!

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):

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Friday, 6 May 2011

Easter chocolate simnel cake

Easter Chocolate Simnel cake


Easter Chocolate Simnel cake (serves at least 10)

Ingredients


Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 140 deg C (300 deg F)
  2. Line and grease 20cm cake tin
  3. Roll out 125g marzipan to 5mm thick and cut into a circle the same size as the cake tin, leave to one side
  4. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture turns a pale colour
  5. Gradually beat in eggs
  6. Stir in flour, glace cherries, dried fruit, almonds, cocoa powder and chocolate chips
  7. Divide half the mixture into the cake tin
  8. Place circle of marzipan on top
  9. Spoon rest of cake mix on top
  10. Bake for 1 hour 45 minutes
  11. Place cake on a wire rack to cool


To decorate (one cake)

What you will need


Equipment


Decorating instructions
  1. Place cake on stand upside down so top is completely flat
  2. Knead marzipan into a ball
  3. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out marzipan to 5mm thick
  4. Melt the apricot jam
  5. Brush cake with apricot jam
  6. Lift up marzipan using rolling pin
  7. Place on cake and smooth out so entire cake is covered in marzipan
  8. Cut off any excess, leave to dry for 24 hours
  9. Knead roll-on icing into a ball
  10. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out roll-on icing to 5mm thick
  11. Lift up icing using rolling pin
  12. Place on cake and smooth out so entire cake is covered in icing (I use a cake smoother to give it a polish and professional finish)
  13. Cut off any excess icing from base of cake
  14. Spoon green buttercream into a piping bag or bottle fitted with no.233 nozzle
  15. Pipe buttercream grass in a circle on top of the cake
  16. Push fondant bunnies into grass so they form a circle, push one small fondant flower between bunnies, alternating the colour of the flowers
  17. Pipe buttercream grass in a circle on the outside edge of the top of the cake. Push one pink butterfly and three flowers into grass, repeat with blue butterfly and so on, until you have used all the butterflies
  18. Pipe buttercream grass around base of cake
  19. Push three large flowers and two small flowers into grass, repeat until there are no gaps

My Easter Cake
Butterflies on Cake
Bunnies on cake

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Buttercream grass

Buttercream grass

Vanilla buttercream frosting (to decorate 24 cupcake size cakes)

Ingredients
  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 600g sieved icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • Green food coloring


What you will need


Instructions
  1. Whisk butter until smooth and creamy
  2. Gradually whisk in icing sugar, 100g at a time, so the mixture is smooth
  3. Whisk in the vanilla extract and 1 tbsp milk at high speed until fluffy and stands in peaks
  4. Spoon into a piping bag or bottle fitted with a nozzle attached
  5. On top of the cakes, starting at outside edge and working in circles, pipe buttercream by squeezing a small amount on to cake at a 90 degree angle
  6. Pulling up and away when icing strand is long enough (about 2 cm) stop squeezing and pull tip away at various angles
  7. Repeat until cake is covered
  8. Push fondant flowers or bunny/butterflies lightly into iced grass


Buttercream grass
Easter cupcakes

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Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My Easter Table 2011 Part Two

Chocolate Easter Bunny



My Easter Table



My Easter Table



My Easter Table
My Easter Table



Easter Bunny Bowl


In yesterday's post I shared with you some of the photos of my Easter table with links to all the posts I published about my decorations and sweet treats. In part two I am sharing more pics of my Easter table, this time revealing the posts still to come. So stay tuned for gluten-free recipes for cupcakes and cakes and more chocolate goodness! One day I hope to get the posts done before Easter but for now I will have to live with them going out after Easter!

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