Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chocolate button cookies

Recipe here.

Bobbin lace studies. Spiders

After four diamonds I decided to try something else - eight-legged spiders in place of diamonds. At the very end I changed torchon ground to double-torchon one. Somehow with this ground spiders got lost.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bobbin lace studies. Footsides

Before starting a serious lace project I decided to go though some basic lacing as I have a difficulty to understand how everything works.
I am following simple pattern from this site.
First project - footsides. My variant is a bit loose.
Why do I have a problem keeping threads on bobbins? They are constantly slipping away...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Gingerbread cookies

The recipe is from here. Mine are covered with Lindt Orange Chocolate.

375g plain flour
120g butter
175g soft brown sugar (light or dark - your preference)
4 tablespoons golden syrup
1 egg
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Preheat the oven to 190 C/375 F.
Place your (closed) container of golden syrup in a bowl or jug of hot water from the kettle and set aside.
Mix the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until you get the texture of breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
Add the egg and golden syrup (which should now be runny) and mix to a soft dough. Add a little more flour if your dough is too sticky. Knead the dough lightly until smooth.

And then use the dough as you fancy. Rolling thin will give you a crunchy gingerbread and thicker shapes will be soft. Bake on a lined baking sheet for an average of 8-10 minutes but keep an eye on smaller shapes as they will obviously bake much quicker.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tea time cosy

Based on the project from the Inspirations magazine I finally made my tea cosy.
Processes and the result are below.

Bear body:

Dressing up...

Looking pretty: