Friday, 26 October 2012

Hessian Appliqué Potato Sacks

2 meters of Hessian for £6, made into 4 large potato sacks 30" by 20". That's only £1.50 each, you can't buy them for that! A bit plain though, so I added some appliqué letters and potatoes, all cut by hand. Useful for the potatoes from our allotment! 

Monday, 22 October 2012

Small Recovered Cushion with Zip

I made this cushion cover in a couple of hours and it has a Zip! 'Tis my husband's neck pillow for his chair and desperately needed recovering. I bought the fabric from the charity shop for abut 40p and had the zip from years ago in my stash. The fabric was a type of wrap and although it looks snagged, that's the way it's supposed to be.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Flourless Chocolate Raspberry Cake (Hubby's birthday)

For my husband's birthday last week i wanted to make this cake because he loves raspberry ripple ice cream, unfortunately I now know this does not extend to fresh raspberries; but he liked the chocolate cake part. The recipe came from 'The Home of Fabulous Cakes' currently on TV, hosted by Fiona Cairns, who made William and Kate's cake for the Royal Wedding. The cake uses toasted ground hazelnuts instead of flour and  the egg whites had to be whisked like a meringue before being incorporated into the mixture. It's topped with a chocolate ganache then the raspberries. My first go at ganache and it worked, I especially loved the taste of hazelnuts through the cake too; I love hazelnuts..