Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Candy Corn

Candy corn

Happy Halloween! I have been knee deep in DIY this week so only managed to squeeze in one Halloween treat...

When I lived in New York I discovered candy corn and loved it! It can be bought in the UK but only from stores that specialize in American candy. So this year I decided to make my own in colours to match my Halloween theme of pink, black & white. As well as the traditional triangle shape I also made a few pumpkins, bones, skulls and roses.

Candy Corn (makes about 80 pieces)

Ingredients
280g icing sugar ( confectioners sugar)
225g caster sugar
20g (1/4 cup) dry powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
242g (3/4 cup) glucose syrup or golden syrup (corn syrup)
76g (1/3 cup ) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Hot pink food colouring
Black food colouring

Cooking instructions
  1. Place icing sugar, powdered milk and salt in a separate bowl and set to one side.
  2. Place caster sugar, syrup and butter into a heavy based saucepan and bring to boil over high heat continually stirring.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook for a further 5 mins.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla essence.
  5. Add powdered milk mixture to saucepan and stir till combined. Leave till mixture is warm to the touch
  6. Separate mixture into three bowls
  7. Add pink food colouring to one portion of dough and knead till colour is even.
  8. Add black food colouring to one portion of dough and knead till colour is even.
  9. Roll each piece into a thin rope.
  10. Push the three ropes together to create a long rectangle.
  11. Gently press them together with a rolling pin.
  12. Cut into small triangle pieces and in your fingers roll into desired shape.
  13. Leave to dry for one hour on sheets of baking paper.
  14. Store in an airtight container, in layers separated with baking paper.

Candy corn skull
To make the tiny roses I used my rose mould from Nabby

Happy Halloween!
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Monday, 29 October 2012

My guest room- before, during and now

Guest room


Guest room now


Guest room now


Guest room during


Guest room


Guest room during


Guest room entrance before


Old guest room before


Old guest room before

As some of you may know, we bought our house a few years back and it was in a right state: from the ugly exterior to the old, decrepit kitchen and nondescript garden! Over the past few years we have been transforming our house and there is not a hint of what it used to look like left.
When we bought our house it had one dirty old bathroom downstairs that we transformed into a cloakroom and laundry room. Which you can read more about here and here.

Therefore we wanted to transform one of the single bedrooms upstairs into our new bathroom, we had a choice of two single bedrooms to choose from. We went for the bedroom that looked out on to the neighbours white wall as the other single room has great views of the garden and overlooks a leafy green park. But the original entrance to the single bedroom was at the end of the hallway round a dark corner that was riddled with cupboard doors which made the entrance to the other double bedroom very dark and narrow. So we knocked down the wall that had the old entrance to the bathroom in it and changed the entrance to be in the hallway near our master bedroom. At the same time we also decided to get rid of the three cupboards that made the said entrance to the guest room really narrow and dark. We then rebuilt the wall in a straight line and extended the guest bedroom to include part of the old hallway, which has made it much brighter and more welcoming. At the weekend we got the room carpeted so today I wanted to share with you what it looked like before, during and now. Later this week I will be sharing with you my designs for the furniture layout and deco for the room.

Floor plan before and now

To see all the before, during and now pictures of our house check out my Facebook albums

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Bakerella's Halloween cake pops

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Shopbop $100 giveaway winner

Torie Jayne Giveaway

My contest ended yesterday and I just picked a winner using random.org and I am delighted to announce the winner of the Shopbop $100 giveaway is...

Shelley, who is loving the Marc Jacob mouse flats from Shopbop .

Congratulations Shelley, you will receive a $100 store credit to Shopbop.

Thank you to all of you sweets that entered, to my loyal followers and new friends.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Daisy Park

Daisy Park



Essenza Elementi duvet set by Daisy Park

Essenza Elementi duvet set by Daisy Park

Today on shops i love I wanted to share with you one of my lovely sponsors Daisy Park.
Daisy Park is run by Emma Paisey and was launched in 2007 born out of a desire to make internet shopping fun and personal. Based in rural and beautiful North Devon, they are inspired by simple design and love the shabby chic country style. Daisy Park sells a host of gorgeous labels including a massive selection of one of my favourite brands, Pip Studio. Everything is organized by easy to navigate categories and brands which makes finding a gift for yourself or others a dream. You can see why this beautiful store has one so many awards!


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Friday, 26 October 2012

Diary Date - The Spirit of Christmas

Jane Means ribbons













With the festive season fast approaching, there are plenty of wonderful events going on around the country to inspire and delight so first up in my diary is The Sprit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas Fair in association with House & Garden is London’s exclusive shopping experience, packed full with exquisite, unique gifts and treats you will rarely find on the high street. With over 650 companies carefully hand-picked for their quality and originality, firm festive favourites combine with irresistible debutante brands from the worlds of interiors, fashion, food, gifts and lifestyle. Taking place 30th October-4th November against the stunning backdrop of Kensington’s London Olympia, it provides the most discerning of shoppers the chance to shop, dine and socialise in style.

The Sprit of Christmas has plenty of attractions like the House and Garden Workshop with interactive sessions from champagne tasting, floral decorations, to table trends and Christmas recipes from renowned chefs. In the Food Hall you have the opportunity to taste and buy the country’s finest produce including full English country cheddar cheeses, smoked salmon, Christmas puddings to fine chocolates, wines and champagnes. I for one am really looking forward to it and of course will be sharing all my highlights here...

If you want to be inspired and delighted you can still buy tickets here

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Sweet Estelle's

Sweet Estelle's
This week on "Wonderful World of Etsy" I wanted to share with you all the fabulous hot pink and black and white baking supplies from Sweet Estelle's. My kind of perfect for Halloween!

Sweet Estelle's Baking Supply sells cupcake liners, cupcake toppers and picks, striped and polka dot paper straws, bakers twine and goody bags, pastry tips, gel paste food colorings, flavoring oils, sanding sugars and sprinkles, cookie cutters, cupcake kits, pastry boxes and more. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for your favorite baker, supplies for your next party or event, or just a little something to make everyday baked goods more fun, you'll find everything you're looking for at Sweet Estelle's !

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Halloween recipes

Halloween recipes
Blackberry cupcakes, Halloween cake, Maple & apple cupcakes, Leopard print cake pops, Candy apples, Skull candy

Halloween is less than a week away and I have been so busy with my house renovations I haven't done a thing except buy some Halloween cupcake wrappers! How are you Halloween preparations going?

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Butterfly Lane

Butterfly Lane

Sequinned cushion in pewter by Butterfly Lane


Sequinned throw in pewter by Butterfly Lane






Christmas Tree jar by Butterfly Lane

Today on shops i love I wanted to share with you a new shop I recently discovered when the lovely Nikki tweeted me about her shop Butterfly Lane.
Butterfly Lane is an online boutique selling glamorous, individual, homely and timeless elegant country living accessories. I am coveting the gorgeous sparkly pewter sequinned throw and cushion because every gal needs a touch of glamour in their life...

"Whether you are looking for decorative accessories for your home, a gift for a loved one or just simply a treat for yourself, Butterfly Lane offers plenty of accessories to fill your home with! From the elegant and classic to the contemporary and glamorous. We have something to make your home feel unique. We strive to source the most wonderful products from around the world, so we will have something that you will love. Whether it be timeless, elegant pieces or quirky designs that you desire, here at Butterfly Lane we pride ourselves on the variety of beautiful things which are available on our website 24 hours a day."


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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

One upon a time

Laura Ashley Christmas decorations
Laura Ashley woodland creatures
Laura Ashley Gold Ornamental Decorations
Laura Ashley Jars of sweets
Laura Ashley Gingerbread house candles
Liz Lawrence
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Laura Ashley's quintessential British "One upon a time" bloggers' party where they were toasting 1 year on their blog with previews of their home & fashion gift ranges, refreshments and treats from Angel Adoree's Vintage Patisserie, and a live acoustic set by the mesmerising Liz Lawrence.

The party was held in their design studio on the Kings Road and had been beautifully decorated with a decadent woodland feel. There were jam jars and small crystal bowls filled with cranberry and deep red flowers, all manner of especially made wooden woodland creatures, and smatterings of metal leaves to highlight the forest feel and their interiors this season. For Christmas I loved the pretty glass bird cage decorations that feature two turtle doves inside and the bell jar decoration that contains a white deer and features pretty glitter snowflake patterns on the outside.

It was a lovely party and it was great to meet the creative team behind their fab blog. Oh, and I was lucky enough to pick a sweet set of three little ceramic LED lit birds from their "wish tree"!

Thank you Laura Ashley for a great party and for inspiring us with your seasonal treasures!


1 Upon a Time
Laura Ashley Noel Decorative Word Sign
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Monday, 22 October 2012

Lace Tablecloths

Guest room inspiration

Source 1, 2, 3, 4

Hi, I hope you all had a sweet weekend! We ordered our new carpet for upstairs, which means we are ever closer to finishing our house. I promise to share pictures soon...

Ever since I saw the H&M Autumn/Winter interior collections I have been pining over their gorgeous lace tablecloths and runners. Then I saw Hans Blomquists photography of the lace table runners for H&M all styled up for Christmas with lots of sparkly sequins and loved how decadent it looked. I might need to get one for Christmas?!?

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Gluten free raspberry cream sprinkles cake

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British baking ingredient - Icing Sugar

Icing Sugar
Icing sugar up close
Icing sugar in Britain is the name of white granulated sugar that is ground and sieved to a smooth powder, in terms of size it is finer than caster sugar and has a fine silky texture. When intended for home use, it typically contains a small amount of anti-caking agent.

It is called icing sugar as it is typically used to make icing.

Because of its super fineness, when used in baking, it is ideal for icings and butter creams as it combines easily and dissolves instantly without the need for heat.

Icing sugar can be prepared at home by grinding 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for several minutes in a food processor or coffee grinder till a powder forms. Please be aware that if you make your own icing sugar in your food processor it will more than likely scratch up the plastic bowl.

Store your sugar in a tightly sealed container, as it is prone to clumping.


United States of America flag
It is sold as "powdered" or "confectioner’s" sugar in the United States .

French flag
It is sold as "Sucre Glace" in France.

Icing sugar conversion chart


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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Gluten free cherry & almond cupcakes

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Gluten Free lemon doughnuts

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British baking ingredient - Caster Sugar

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Gluten free raspberry & white chocolate tray bake

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Baking Tips: Oven Temperatures

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Gluten-free Blackberry Frangipane Tarts

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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Shopbop blog & $100 giveaway

Dreaming of...
Yipee! I have another great giveaway for you. A $100 gift voucher to spend on anything you like at Shopbop, and it's open to readers worldwide. So come on peeps, tell me what you would spend it on.

Shopbop is a premier online shopping boutique for the fashion-savvy female. Carrying everything a woman needs for her wardrobe from dresses to denim; swimwear to shoes -- Shopbop has over 200 different designer labels with lots of on-trend styles like the La Fee Verte coats, Joie jackets and Current/Elliott jackets. Shopbop has become recognized by consumers and the media as an excellent one-stop fashion resource. Their is also the Shopbop blog that shares tips on beauty, how to wear guides, and what's trending on Pinterest.

To enter, please visit Shopbop and then leave a comment below this post letting me know what you would spend your store credit on. The giveaway ends on Saturday, October 27th 2012 at 10pm (BST) and I will randomly select and announce a winner on Sunday, October 28th.

To increase your chances of winning this fabulous prize, you can gain one additional entry for doing each of the following:
  • tweeting about this giveaway
  • blogging about it
  • follow Torie Jayne via Google Friend Connect
  • follow Torie Jayne on Twitter
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For the first two, please leave a comment below with the link to your tweet or blog post.

This giveaway is open to readers worldwide.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Lavender & Mint home accessories

Guest Room

From left to right: 1. Xavier Pauchard Peppermint Green and lilac Powder Coated Side Chairs, 2. Spot towels in from Cath Kidston, 3 & 4. Maxwell & Williams H20 bottle in Lilac and aqua, 5. Bamboo weave lantern in lilac from Rice DK, 6,7 & 11. Ceramic lavender door knob and glass mint door knob, Miss Darcy cups and saucers from Bombay Duck, Stripe Mizuiro and lavender washi tape from Superlovely, 9 & 10. Patterson lamp in blue, set of two trunks in mauve and ice blue from Maison Du Monde.

Following on from Monday's post, where I shared with you my inspiration board for our guest room, today I wanted to show you some of the lovely home accessories I would love to brighten the room up with.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Diesel and Juice

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pitfield @ Tent London

Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Pitfield @ Tent London
Colour palette
I loved the Pitfield London stand at Tent London. It was an eclectic mix of beautifully creative and curious pieces. Today on 'shops I love' I bring you Pitfield, an interiors and lifestyle emporium based in London with an onsite café and exhibition gallery.

"Attracting the creative and curious, our eclectic emporium stocks only beautiful, unique and attention grabbing homewares. Our interiors and lifestyle shop, café and exhibition gallery presents colour, glamour, glitz and excitement. Discover vintage finds, designer wallpapers and carpets, reworked furniture, inspiring gifts and more. Browse our categories to enter a fantastical world where everything is retro and riveting, dramatic and daring"

After seeing a small selection of their glorious collection at Tent London it is definitely on my 'must visit' list of places in London. I imagine finding a whole host of treasures to delight and inspire...

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