Monday, 31 October 2011

Winter Wonderland felt ideas

Winter Wonderland felt ideas by Torie Jayne

Continuing my Winter Wonderland Christmas theme, today I am sharing with you the gorgeous Christmas felt ideas I have found that would look great in my Wonderland! I have already downloaded the pattern for the pine cones from Family Circle and have started making some pretty pink and aqua pine cones to decorate with. My snowflake felt place mats have been revamped this year with some pretty embroidery in pink and aqua and I have started making some felt birds for my tree, coming soon.....


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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Pretty Package

Pretty Package

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some gorgeous pretty packages in sugary colours from some of the most creative people on Flickr. I can't wait to start wrapping my gifts! I just have to buy and make them first!

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

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Super Cute Cookies by Chloe Coker

Super Cute Cookies by Chloe Coker

This week I'm reviewing Super Cute Cookies by Chloe Coker, from illustrated lifestyle publishers Ryland Peters & Small and CICO Books. Chloe Coker has been baking cakes and treats since she was a small child. From jam tarts to Victoria sponge, her love of baking grew into beautiful wedding cakes and kitsch cookies, eventually turning into her profession. Leaving her old city-lawyer life behind, Chloe trained as a chef and in 2010 opened Chloe Coker Cakes & Catering, specializing in beautiful bespoke cakes and cookies for special occasions. I chose to review this book as I am determined this year to make super cute cookies for Christmas!

The book is split into five main chapters, from an Introduction into all the essential know-how from recipes, to covering and decorating cookies; in depth advice on cooling, storing and a great step-by-step tutorials on making cookie cutters. The second chapter, entitled Celebrations and Gifts, has some of my favourite cookies like the gingham ribbon-strung bunting cookies, polka dot balloon lollipops and the wonderful vintage corsages.

Next up is Fun for Children, which has the cutest bright red apple cookies, the perfect gift for a teacher. There are also animal faces, lady bugs and teddy bears. For little princesses there are tiaras and wand cookies and the delightful retro looking train set. The penultimate chapter, Holiday Cookies, has the cutest polka dot pudding cookies for Cath Kidston fans, fun looking jolly penguins, glittery ghosts and witches and wizards.

Last up is the Love and Weddings chapter, full of pretty, romantic cookies like broderie anglaise cookies. The Tiffany coloured gift box cookies, sparkly diamond ring and the hot pink and white henna tattooed ones. Each of the thirty five cookies are beautifully photographed with accompanying easy to follow photographed instructions and templates.

The Super Cute Cookies by Chloe Coker is a delightful hard back book book full of whimsical and, yes, very cute cookies. At a recommended price of £14.99, I think this hardback book is a great buy as it is full of great advice and inspirational cookie ideas.

Some of my favourite shots:

Bunting Cookies



Polka dot pudding cookies



Broderie Anglaise cookies



Rosette Cookies


To summarize, Super Cute Cookies by Chloe Coker is a delightful book full of inspiring cookie ideas with great tips and advice.

Please note that my opinions are my own and I am not paid for these reviews (apart from receiving a free book, of course!).

I must go start making my cookies!

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Friday, 28 October 2011

Glittered Noel wooden letters

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Thursday, 27 October 2011

Pretty Gift Wrapping

Pretty Gift Wrapping

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I bring you some pretty wrapping paper, elegant Noel cards and whimsical gift tags to make your Christmas presents extra special!

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Bloomingville Winter 2011

Bloomingville Winter 2011
Bloomingville Winter 2011
Bloomingville Winter 2011
Bloomingville Winter 2011
Bloomingville Winter 2011

Today on label love I am sharing with you some of my favourite pics from the new season's Bloomingville catalogue. I am, of course, loving the wire baskets and the beautiful vintage inspired cloche. To see more gorgeous pics check out the online catalogue here.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Shloer, Berry Punch - a review

Shloer

I often get asked to review products, and if you are a regular reader of my blog you will know I don't often do product reviews. But when I got an email from the PR company behind Shloer's new limited edition Berry Punch offering me a bottle to try, I thought why not! I love Shloer, and have fond memories of serving it at dinner parties I had as a teenager! With Christmas around the corner it would be good to find something new to serve my thirsty friends and family who have to drive home!

Last Sunday I took the bottle of Shloer around to my folks, who were hosting roast dinner for myself, and my sister, brother in law, newly engaged little sister and her fiance! My elder sister found it a little sweet to have with roast but agreed it would be great with some sweet treats! I loved the sweet sparkling fruity flavour and everyone who tried it wanted a top up!

The limited edition Berry Punch gives a nod to traditional Autumnal English flavours, packed with blackberries and a warming hint of spice. I will be purchasing a couple of bottles for my Christmas Winter Wonderland party, to serve over ice with slices of pear and blackberries!
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Chocolate chip fudge cake pops

Chocolate chip fudge cake pops

I loved making the leopard print cake pops, fruit cake pops and ice cream cake pops for recent events so when I needed to make a sweet treat for a friend's upcoming wedding anniversary party I knew they would fit the bill and I could make them in black and white with little pink cases to match his colour theme.

Additionally, I also decorated three of them in Hotel Chocolat white chocolate with aqua sugar crystals and put trimmed down, striped straws over the sticks as an idea for some cake pops for my Winter Wonderland dessert table.

Chocolate chip fudge flavoured gluten-free cake pops (makes 24 cake pops)

Ingredients
  • 560g Chocolate chip cake (see below for recipe)
  • 160g Chocolate fudge frosting (see below for recipe)
  • 283g (1 packet) black candy melts
  • White non-pareils

What you will need
  • Baking parchment
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cupcake cases
  • Polystyrene block

Cooking instructions
  1. Crumble chocolate chip cake into small pieces with your fingers
  2. In a food mixer, mix the chocolate fudge frosting with the chocolate cake crumbles
  3. Whisk until it resembles a dough-like mixture
  4. Place mixture into fridge to firm up, making it easier to work with
  5. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  6. Using electric scales, measure out 30g of mixture, roll into a ball, and place on the baking sheet
  7. Repeat until all mixture has gone
  8. Leave cake balls in the fridge for a few hours or overnight
  9. Place candy melts into a microwavable bowl
  10. Heat for 1 minute on medium, stir and continue heating in 30 second intervals until candy is fully melted
  11. Dip lollipop stick about 1/2 inch into melted candy then push into a cake ball, just over halfway through
  12. Carefully hold lollipop stick and dip the cake ball into melted candy, swirling gently until cake ball is covered. Gently tap to remove any excess candy
  13. Immediately cover coated cake ball in sprinkles before the candy sets
  14. Place in polystyrene block and leave to set
  15. Eat and enjoy, or they can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days, or freeze them


Cake pop pics by Torie Jayne

Chocolate chip cake (makes one 20cm size cake)

Ingredients
  • 125g (4.5 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1/6 ounces) vanilla extract
  • 150g (5.2 ounces) caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g (8 ounces) gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 60ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
  • 100g (3.5 ounces) 70% dark chocolate drops

Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160-180 deg C (325-350 deg F)
  2. Line and grease tin
  3. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture turns a pale colour
  4. Beat in eggs, flour, milk and vanilla extract
  5. Stir in the dark choc chips
  6. Pour batter into tin
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes
  8. Place cake on a wire rack to cool


Chocolate fudge frosting

Ingredients
  • 60g (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 30g (1 oz) 70% dark chocolate drops
  • 225g (1 cup) sifted icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) milk

Cooking instructions
  1. Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave or using a Bain marie
  2. Place icing sugar, vanilla essence and milk in a bowl and gradually whisk in chocolate mixture
  3. Leave to set


Black & White chocolate chip cake pops
Chocolate chip cake pops
Chocolate chip cake pops

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Monday, 24 October 2011

My Winter Wonderland wrapping inspiration

My Winter Wonderland wrapping inspiration by Torie Jayne

I love wrapping up my Christmas gifts, spending time on the little details. Last year I used Washi tape and doilies to decorate my gifts and designed doe gift tags. This year I want to make them brighter and more colourful by using patterned papers and baker's twine.


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Sunday, 23 October 2011

Getting ready for my Winter Wonderland Christmas

Christmas tree decorations



Winter Wonderland Christmas colour palette

Winter Wonderland home decor

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Glittered Toadstools

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Pretty hand made paper chain garland

Pretty hand made paper chain
A couple of years back I hung polka dot paper chain garlands in pink, green, blue and red around my home at Christmas and loved how they looked. This year I wanted to hang a paper chain garland but this time in my colour palette of snowy white, pale pink, vintage bubblegum pink, icy aqua, teal, fresh green and olive. When I saw the Tilda Winter Bird design pack I knew this would be perfect as it is full of printed double-sided card with bird motifs, stripes, polka dots and rosy florals, all in my colour palette. To get a touch more pink in my garland I also used card from the Tilda Flower Garden design pack.

Coming soon are instructions on my twinkly mushrooms, sparkly felt birds with free downloadable pattern, and glittery letters to name a few...
Winter Wonderland Christmas colour palette


Christmas decoration: Pretty paper chain garland

Tools and Materials


How-to, step by step
Paper chain - Steps 1-4
On a piece of card, using a ruler and pencil, mark out rectangles 23mm wide by 155mm long and carefully cut them out using a guillotine for crisp, clean, sharp edges. Make as many strips of card from different patterned cards as desired.


Paper chain - Steps 5-8
Carefully place a piece of double-sided tape on one end of a rectangular strip of card and form a loop by curling the other end under. Adhere the other end to the taped end. Get another rectangular strip, place a piece of tape on one end, insert the end through the first loop and join the ends of the second loop together.


Paper chain - Steps 9-12
Repeat above steps for as many rectangular strips needed to form the length of garland you require, alternating the patterns of the strips you use and the sides of the card that face outwards.

Tips
I cut 20 strips of card from 10 different printed pieces of card, which means I have 20 different prints on my paper chain made out of 200 strips.


Pretty patterned paper chain

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Cute ceramic birds

Cute ceramic birds

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I have gone all a-flutter and I wanted to share with you some cute ceramic birds, from the birds perching cake stands from Whitney Smith to the handmade clay birds.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

House Doctor Winter 2011

House Doctor Winter 2011
House Doctor Winter 2011
House Doctor Winter 2011
House Doctor Winter 2011
House Doctor Winter 2011

Today on label love I am sharing with you some of my favourite pics from the new House Doctor catalogue. I, for one, absolutely adore their ribbons on wooden spools and have started to put many of my ribbons on wooden reels. I am also loving their Christmas tree decorations like the pretty aqua snowy pine cones, mini toadstools and elegant deer. To see more inspiring pics check out the new catalogue here.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Pretty wooden birds

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Glitter bird inspiration

Glitter bird inspiration by Torie Jayne

This Christmas I want to add lots of birds to my Winter Wonderland and what's Christmas with out a sprinkling of glitter! So, some glittered birds are a must!


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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Christmas Winter Wonderland wreath inspiration

Christmas Wonderland wreath inspiration

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some pretty, inspirational ideas for Christmas wreaths. I have a polystyrene wreath just begging to be decorated and I'm thinking of wrapping it in yarn and adding some birds and roses.

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

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Mini Gluten free baked chocolate doughnuts

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You can find me in recipes...GLUTEN FREE BAKED MINI CHOCOLATE DOUGHNUT


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Friday, 14 October 2011

Heather Bullard

Heather Bullard
Heather Bullard
Heather Bullard

Heather Bullard is a stylist, photographer and editorial story producer based in southern California. Heather started her career in retail, interior design and antique industries as a shop owner and antique dealer. The vast experience she gained whilst running her shop became invaluable when she started work on editorial assignments, which included fresh story concepts, finding locations, styling and photography. She is currently a contributing editor at Country Living Magazine and also produces a quarterly online publication called Souvenir - A Seasonal Lifestyle Gazette.

To see more of her gorgeously fresh photography check out her portfolio and her popular lifestyle blog, Heather Bullard, which she started in 2006.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

Mini doughnut packaging supplies

Mini Doughnut packaging supplies

This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy", I wanted to share with you the fabulous Etsy shop, Avenue 55. They stock some wonderful packaging supplies, from pink and mint twist ties to the prettiest floral paper bags. I have ordered some of the ties and translucent bags to put my Christmas mini doughnuts in to give out as gifts.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Nordal Autumn/Winter 2011

Nordal Autumn/Winter 2011
Nordal Autumn/Winter 2011
Nordal Autumn/Winter 2011
Nordal Autumn/Winter 2011
Nordal Autumn/Winter 2011

Today on label love I am sharing with you some of my favourite pics from the new Nordal catalogue. I adore the patterned drawers with the white ornate handles and the distressed white paint finish that gives them a lovely vintage feel. I am also coveting the quirky coat rack with the velvet ribbon.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Gluten free vanilla doughnuts with strawberry glaze

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Monday, 10 October 2011

Winter Wonderland mini doughnut inspiration

Winter Wonderland mini doughnut inspiration by Torie Jayne

I recently picked up a mini doughnut pan in TK Maxx for less than half price. As soon as I saw it I started thinking about how cute it would be to have some mini pastel iced doughnuts for my Winter Wonderland dessert table. I am thinking vanilla flavoured baked doughnuts with strawberry icing, cinnamon doughnuts with green apple icing, aqua coloured chocolate-dipped doughnuts and snowy looking dusted ones. All served with mini glass bottles of milkshakes and striped straws!


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Sunday, 9 October 2011

Snowflake cookies

Pretty Snowflake cookies

This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you some of the prettiest snowflake cookies. This year I am determined to make some of my own...., to serve on my Winter Wonderland dessert table and give as gifts.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):
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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Pretty Wooden Letters

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Friday, 7 October 2011

Ania Wawrzkowicz

Ania Wawrzkowicz
Ania Wawrzkowicz
Ania Wawrzkowicz

Welcome to Friday Feature. This week I am sharing with you the beautiful photography of Polish born Ania Wawrzkowicz. Ania currently resides in London and is completing her MA in photography.

To see more of Ania's work check out her site and lovely blog.

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