Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Green Gate Autumn/Winter 2011

Green Gate Autumn/Winter 2011
Green Gate Autumn/Winter 2011
Green Gate Autumn/Winter 2011
Green Gate Autumn/Winter 2011
Green Gate Autumn/Winter 2011

This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you delightful Danish brand, Green Gate. I have featured them many a time here on Torie Jayne. Their new catalogue for Winter 2011 is full of polka dot stoneware, gingham checks and fifties florals. There is the introduction of wicker baskets for water bottles, condiments and cutlery. A new pretty floral flour shaker and polka dot floral trimmed stoneware for the kitchen. Christmas decorations in colours of smoke and cognac in heart, bell and pinecone shapes. There is also a refreshing regal yet rustic collection of stone and blue coloured interior pieces. Like the blue postage stamp print on stone coloured cushions, place mats and aprons.

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Mini strawberry meringues

Mini strawberry meringue pie

For my "pimp/shrink your picnic" at work, as well as ice cream cake pops, I also made some mini strawberry tarts which were super quick and easy to make as I bought tart cases and meringues.

Strawberry meringue tarts (makes 12)

Ingredients
12 shortcrust pastry cases
Crème patisserie (see below for recipe)
3 small strawberries sliced
12 mini strawberry meringues
Strawberry sugar

Cooking instructions
  1. Spoon chilled crème patisserie in tart cases.
  2. Place small slice of strawberry on top.
  3. Sprinkle with strawberry sugar.
  4. Place meringue on top.


Crème patisserie

Ingredients
  • 500ml milk
  • 9 tbsp caster sugar (superfine)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp cornflour
  • 25g butter
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla essence

Cooking instructions
  1. Place milk and 4 tbsp caster sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until milk mixture begins to boil.
  2. Meanwhile in a separate bowl whisk egg yolks and egg together.
  3. Gradually whisk in remaining sugar and cornflour to egg mixture until you have a smooth paste.
  4. Gradually whisk in half the heated milk to paste.
  5. Pour mixture into remaining hot milk and heat until mixture becomes very thick.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  7. Leave to cool.


Mini strawberry meringue pies
I love baking gluten free cookies!

I bought my strawberry sugar (sucre faveur fraise) on a trip to Paris.

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Monday, 29 August 2011

Crochet Crush

Crochet Crush

I have had a crush on crochet for a while now. When I saw the ever so cute crochet flower picture frames from Lola Nova in Mollie Makes I knew I had to have a go. I am still getting to grips with it and my stitches look rather uneven! I am determined to continue until I get better. Then I can cover jars and make picture frames to adorn my home with.

To see more inspirational crochet cuteness check out my Crochet Crush board on Pinterest.


Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Sunday, 28 August 2011

What Deliah Did

What Deliah Did

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you the gorgeous embroidery hoop wal art from What Deliah Did. You can purchase her patterns from her store What Deliah Did. She also has a great blog where you can learn the basics of cross stitching.
I have only started cross stitching and am loving it. I would like to add some embroidery to my hoop wall art as well as pretty fabrics. I especially would like to stitch the deer head to match my silver deer head in my dining room.

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

Have a sweet day!


Share/Bookmark

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Pretty Washi Tape

Pretty Washi tape
My Washi tape
Washi tape storage
Washi tape storage

Today is a teaser post! Why, you ask? Well I have been secretly working on a project that involves washi masking tape which I am hoping to share with you soon! So, for now I am sharing with you my mix of washi tapes that I have picked up along my travels. I first bought washi tape on a work trip to Hong Kong several years asgo just because I loved the way it looked. From there my collection has grown, so when Cath Kidston launched her version I just had to have some. Hers is the pretty multi colour floral and grass green spotty one. I also picked up a multi pack from Liberty's of London in the sale! For a few more interesting patterned ones I ordered some from Washi Tapes. Oh, the creative possibilities are endless! I can't wait to share my news, but for now, mum's the word!

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Friday, 26 August 2011

Heather Lewin

Heather Lewin
Heather Lewin
Heather Lewin

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the pretty photography of Heather Lewin.

Heather Lewin is a London based photographer who specializes in interiors and still life. I love the faded colours and bright natural lighting.

To see more of her work, check out her portfolio.

Happy Friday, sweets!
Share/Bookmark

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Three Red Apples

Three Red Apples

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you the oh so cute embroidery wall art from Etsy Store, Three Red Apples. I love the quirky style and whimsical colour and print mixes in these freehand embroidery designs from British based textile doodler Annabelle.


Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Cath Kidston

Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston
Cath Kidston

I often feature Cath Kidston here on Torie Jayne but I have never dedicated an entire post to the Cath Kidston label. So, I thought it was about time I did! I am loving that you can now view the catalogue online and, as always, it is full of inspiring ideas from interiors to recipes. They also have some great new knitting and sewing accessories that now include pretty printed cotton ribbons and buttons. I of course am also loving their new spot towels in duck egg blue that would look great in my newly decorated laundry room.

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Monday, 22 August 2011

Embroidery hoop wall art

Embroidery hoop wall art

Don't you just love embroidery hoop wall art? So pretty, unique and so many different options. I am desperate to do this in my house but can't decide whether I should do it up the wall of my stairs, in my living room, in my craft room or all three! I have ordered a bunch of hoops in different sizes to play around with some ideas. I love the idea of using some of my bright pops of colour fabrics against my fresh aqua painted wall in my craft room or heavily embellishing some textural neutrals for my lounge. Can't wait to start playing!

To see more inspirational embroidery hoop wall art check out my Embroidery hoop wall art on Pinterest.


Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Hoop wall art

Hoop Wall Art

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some gorgeous hoop wall art with these gorgeous pics. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

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

Have a sweet day!

Share/Bookmark

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Gluten-free ice cream cake pops

I have moved to Torie Jayne.com

You can find me in recipes...GLUTEN FREE ICE CREAM CAKE POPS


Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Friday, 19 August 2011

Mandy Lynne

Mandy Lynne
Mandy Lynne
Mandy Lynne

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the beautiful photography of Mandy Lynne.

Mandy Lynne specializes in a conceptual vintage style of photography. She learned photography to preserve the memories she was creating with her three children. Her work is a glimpse into her dreams and thoughts and is a beautiful exploration of colour and history.

To see more of work check out her cute blog and Etsy shop Skippy Designs where she sells prints of her beautiful photos.

Happy Friday, sweets!
Share/Bookmark

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Cocoa Confections

Cocoa Confections

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you the adorable coloured chocolate confections from Etsy Store, Cocoa Confections. I love their use of colour and detail especially in the chocolate owl lollipops.


Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

After Noah

I have moved to Torie Jayne.com

You can find me in shops...After Noah


Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Gluten-free lemon cake

Gluten free lemon cake

Last week I showed you Molly's birthday cake which was a coloured lemon cake shaped into a house. I made four of the cakes, colouring each one differently to make the house. I kept the bits of cake I trimmed off and made cake pops with them (coming later this week!)

As promised here is the recipe:

Gluten free lemon flavoured cake (makes one square cake)

Ingredients
3 large eggs (200g eggs)
200g gluten-free self raising flour
200g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 1/2 tsp lemon flavouring
Food colouring

What you will need
Square cake tin
Non-stick baking paper
Cooling rack

Cooking instructions
  1. Heat oven to 190C (fan 170C) or gas mark 5.
  2. Butter square tin and line with non-stick baking paper.
  3. In a food mixer, beat all of the ingredients, except the food colouring, until you have a smooth soft batter.
  4. Gradually add food colouring and whisk until you get the desired colour (please note that colour intensifies with cooking).
  5. Pour batter into cake tin and smooth the surface using a spatula.
  6. Bake in oven for about 25-30 mins until top is golden and cake springs back when gently pressed.
  7. Turn cake out onto cooling rack and leave to completely cool.

Butter cream frosting (500g)

Ingredients
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 80g sifted icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

Cooking instructions
  1. Whisk butter and vanilla essence until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually whisk in icing sugar.


Assembling the cake

What you will need
1 pink coloured 7in square lemon cake
1 red coloured 7in square lemon cake
1 green coloured 7in square lemon cake
1 turquoise coloured 7in square lemon cake
500g butter cream frosting
Apricot jam
2 packets of Pink Panther gluten free vanilla wafers
Roll on icing (fondant icing)
Pale blue M&M's
Fondant leaves and flowers

  1. Place one cake on a cutting board and trim off top of cake using a cake wire cutter.
  2. Turn upside down and trim off bottom of cake so that you remove any browned off parts.
  3. Repeat with other three cakes.
  4. Spread a thin layer of butter cream on top of red cake and place pink cake on top.
  5. Spread a thin layer of butter cream on top of pink cake and place blue cake on top.
  6. Spread a thin layer of butter cream on top of blue cake and place green cake on top.
  7. Using a bread knife, trim off sides of cake so all browned off cake is removed.
  8. Carefully cut green cake layer at a 45 degree angle so you have a triangle of green cake from either side. Turn the triangles of green cake upside down and place on top of cake so you have the roof.
  9. Using a spatula cover cake in a thin layer of apricot jam.
  10. Knead roll-on icing into a ball.
  11. Dust icing sugar onto a hard clean surface and roll out two thirds of the roll-on icing to 3mm thick.
  12. Lift up icing using rolling pin.
  13. Placing centre of icing at tip of roof, smooth icing down roof and sides of house. Trim off any excess icing at bottom and from the front.
  14. Repeat steps 11 and 12 with half the remainder of roll on icing and place on front of house. Smooth down and remove any excess icing from all sides.
  15. Repeat step 14 for back of house.
  16. Lightly push brick mat into icing to get brick effect.
  17. Push pink decorative balls into joins of icing down sides of house.
  18. Cut wafers in half and separate.
  19. Spread apricot jam on the under side of wafer and stick to iced roof. Repeat until roof is covered. Use wafers for door and windows.
  20. Pipe buttercream along top of roof and push M&M's into icing.
  21. Secure leaves and flowers to house with small dollop of buttercream icing.

Enjoy!

Molly's Birthday Cake
Molly Birthday cake roof
Coloured cake inside
Gluten free lemon cake

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Monday, 15 August 2011

Oh so pretty ice cream

Oh so pretty ice cream

I have been drooling over gorgeous pretty ice cream pics this past week to give me ideas for my ice cream cake pops I am making for a 'shrink my picnic' party! Above are some of my favourites in a fresh, floral palette of minty greens and rosy pinks. To see more gorgeous ice cream pics check out my Pretty Ice Cream board on Pinterest.

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Summer Cookies

Summer Cookies

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some bright happy summer cookies with these fun pictures. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

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

Have a sweet day!

Share/Bookmark

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Play Ice Cream

Play kitchen cuteness
Ice cream play food
Ice cream scoop and serve play food

The cute play ice cream I got Molly was her favourite play food as she went around asking her party guests if they wanted "I'cream?" The cut and play ice cream set came from Early Learning Centre and consists of nine scoops of ice cream - with velcro tops so you can stack the scoops of ice cream, two waffle cones, two tubs and one wafer cone to serve them in and a sundae spoon and ice cream scoop.

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Friday, 12 August 2011

Mollie Makes

Mollie Makes magazine
Mollie Makes magazine
Mollie Makes magazine
Mollie Makes magazine
Mollie Makes magazine

Today I wanted to share with you the gorgeous new British magazine, Mollie Makes; a wonderful new craft magazine with the tag line of “Living & Loving Handmade”. It was launched in May of this year and every month is packed full of loveliness. I saw my first copy last week and haven't been able to put it down! Each project is trendy and contemporary and shot in a beautifully inspiring environment.

I have made the iced gem felt biscuits and bought a crochet needle to start crocheting after reading a couple of issues. Not only are there craft projects but also inspiring interior environments of some delightfully creative crafters and lots of resources to search for great craft supplies.

From the editor:
"Today's crafters are creating a whole new aesthetic which is inspired by vintage, love of all things handmade, and showing off their individual style. They are crafting socially in cafés and clubs, and they are sharing their ideas globally, using the internet as a giant poster. This is why Mollie Makes is so much more than a traditional project book - it is a lifestyle magazine for the generation who make up the handmade revolution."

In the UK it is available in Sainsbury's and WH Smith and it has been available in the US and Europe since June 9th.

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Julyhobby

Julyhobby

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you the cute felt food and toy patterns from Etsy Store, Julyhobby. I had so much fun making Molly her felt food kit that I have started making more from patterns and making my own up. I am in love with the chicken from Julyhobby and think it would look super cute in Molly's oven!

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Ikea - playhouse kitchen cuteness

Ikea by Torie Jayne
Plastic mini goblets



Felted fruit basket



Mini latte cups



Basket of fabric vegetables


This week for my 'shops i love' page I bring you Ikea. I chose Ikea this week because that is where I bought all of the above play kitchen cuties for Molly's playhouse on her birthday.

I started my inspiration for her playhouse back in May with my inspirational pinboard, Playhouse. Since then I have been making and buying little treasures for her house, like the felt food kit I showed you yesterday. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you all the other cuteness I bought and made, so stay tuned... It has been such a fun little project to do along with my sister and her husband. Oh, and Molly loved it!

Have a sweet day!
Share/Bookmark