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Garden makeover!

Big thanks to all the helpers of the saturday gardening/makeover club!

What could have taken a slow year took one afternoon, including weeding, planting, sorting, heaving pots, painting of sheds etc

Food, music, friends, warm climate and earthy hands – what could be better?

Before and after pics coming soon, but here’s some action shots!

Please note the second generation raspberry/pistachio cheesecake (double the measurements!)

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raspberry & pistachio cheesecake



ok……so it didn’y turn out…….exactly…….how it was supposed to…………

But it were dead yummy and everyone at work loved it!

Must remember to double up on the recipe next time!

Here’s the recipe if you want to have a whack!

1 small pack digestive biscuits

100g butter

275ml double cream

170g full fat cream cheese

100g icing sugar

1 lemon

pack of pistachios


1) place the biscuits in a bowl and using the end of a rolling pin crush them into a fine crumb.

2) melt the butter in a pan and mix thoroughly with the biscuit crumbs, then place at the bottom of the cheesecake dish, push down and even out. place in the fridge to chill.

3) pour the cream into a large bowl and whisk until soft peaks
in a small mixing bowl, soften the cream cheese and gradually sift in the icing sugar, mixing continuously.

4) grate the rind of the lemon and lime and mix into the cream cheese and icing sugar.

5) cut the lemon and lime in half and juice, use 1 tbsp of this juice in the cheese mixture

6) fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture and spread this on top of the biscuit base and decorate.

7) then chill.

knocking up cushion covers

Making thai silk cushion covers on a monday night……what an exciting life i lead………….

(if you need to know how to make……literally pull a pillow case out your airing cupboard and have a look at that.)

But in fairly simple steps……

1) lay out your fabric and turn the top over about 1cm, iron flat and hem.

2) have this side facing down when you lie it flat again, bring the bottom end up  leaving a good 6in at the top over hanging

3) fold this over over hang back on itself (lie the inside of the pillowcase) – this is the bit that will tuck over the pad inside.

4) place a cushion cover you already on the fabric and chalk lines either side of it’s width.

5) place a couple of pins down the sides to keep in place

6) using the machine, sew down each side following your chalk lines, remembering to sew forward and reverse at each end to stop any fraying.

7) turn inside out, place pad inside and tuck lip over the pad! voila! done!


let’s build a list

numero uno.  I want to make a lamp.

How does one make a lamp?

I don’t mean a cutesy lamp shade, embroided blah blah.

I mean wiring and shit.

How does one build a lamp?

the google commences.


I would looooovvveeee to make this

Upcycled Fire Truck Lamp- here’s one I made earlier! | Jasmine Orchard Styling – Brighton, Sussex.

Xmas Crafting!

How to create beautiful Xmas present wrapping from a mailing kit!

Hope everyone enjoys the unwrapping!


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Being made with benjamins xmas sack!