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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

New jewellery line.

I have spent most of the year gradually collecting supplies and tools for my new beloved jewellery items. I know I should not be spreading myself too thinly, but something in my blood, water or brain has triggered off the need to get a selection of pieces together. Obviously the nearer to Christmas, the more hope I have of making a few sales. It's not going too badly, I have sold half a dozen necklaces. I was already making the little Hobbit pouch set and just had to make a few Alice in Wonderland pieces, it's the lovely charms which have attracted me like a crazed Magpie! I see tiny porcelain tea cups, little filigree keys and just can't resist buying them! Here's a selection of what I've been up to, these are taking you to my UK Folksy shop, UK SHIPPING, pay only £2.00 no matter how many pieces you buy.
They are all available in my Etsy shop too. Thank you for looking, best wishes all!!!
See what I mean, cannot resist charms!

Here's the perfect tiny ceramic tea cup!

My favourite , a glass vial, I fill with teeny shells, Cornish sand and pearls!

An ode to the very brave Katniss of The Hunger Games!

Ever popular LOTR set with my own artwork map!

Dandelion seeds collected from my garden, ahh memories of summer past!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Great Gatsby, here I come!

Here we are again, hurtling towards Christmas, with all the parties, Burlesque shows, venues, costumes, cocktails and then of course New Years Eve, goodness, a girl can get into a spin!!
If I'm honest, party time is my favourite time, whether it's winter, spring, summer or Fall, hey that sounds like the words to a song, any excuse!! So here we are again with more reasons to dress up all 1920's glamour and not forgetting a beautiful unique headpiece. My flapper headbands this year are designed in a range of colours, dictated by the vintage muted feather shades, all so easy to wear, with a sequin stretch band and the prettiest vintage trims with hand beading. Here's my main collection, all available now in my Etsy and Folksy shops. Happy partying everyone, back soon with new jewellery gifts!





Monday, 30 September 2013

Lace bunny ears rule okay!

Cat ears headband with veil, black or white lace.

The end of September is when most on line sellers will get that feeling of panic in the pit of the stomach, as the countdown to Christmas gets well and truly under way! I wouldn't mind but there's still a mad dash for Halloween costumes to look forward to! I wish I knew exactly what buyers wanted to wear for their Halloween parties, then I could have everything made up well in advance. With about 16 or more various bunny and cat ears headbands to choose from in my Etsy shop, it's a bit of a guessing game and I'm not the most organised person at the best of times. I expect I'll be fiddling around making jewellery, just because I feel like it, then suddenly a ton of  lace cat ears headband orders will all come at once! I guess it's my own fault if I'm honest, so if anyone cares to shout out "Stop messing around and get the headbands made!!", maybe I'll get my act together!
I have some really beautiful delicate lace this season, so here's a taster of some new designs with veils, all in my Etsy shop, top two available in white as well as black! Just to add, don't be afraid of wearing one of my headbands, they feel stable and safe, you may forget you have it on!
Bunny ears headband with veil, in black or white lace.

Black widow, spider's web mesh, fun for Halloween!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Breakfast at Tiffany's Sleep Mask gift set.

My last post about the iconic Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany's sleep mask and tassel ear plugs has proved very popular, as have the actual items. It seemed a no brainer to make a gift set as I know many of my sales on these go for Birthday and Christmas gifts. It has been such fun putting the ideas together! Now you can purchase the items all wrapped up in pink tissue paper, with a cute gift tag for your personal message and a print out of the words to "Moon River".  Available in my Etsy and Folksy shops, thank you so much for reading!!

Friday, 6 September 2013

New gothic cocktail hats.

The latest additions to my cocktail hat collection are rather self indulgent to say the least!
I wanted to just set myself free and do whatever I want. My love of sinister pretty gothic has won the day again, I can't help myself! They're not to everyone's taste, but they sure were fun to make and just in time for Halloween! I made the twiggy birds nest in the second photo from florist's twine and the hand painted robin's eggs from Das clay. These two hatties are one of a kind creations, so feel free to snap them up knowing you have a unique piece! Both are listed in my Etsy shop.

Bone collector, spider's web cocktail hat.

Rosaleen, The Company of Wolves, cocktail hat.

Dear Jamie.....

I have at least four Jamie Oliver cook books. Jamie and I have come a long way since he was a young chef working at River Café and I was a miserable bint working stressful 10 hour days up North in the Fashion trade, ahh those were the days, or not!!
Now Jamie is worth about 150 zillion pounds sterling and I have the country life down South, so "Happy days" to quote Jamie! I left home at nineteen armed with my Mother's spag bol recipe and thanks to a few years experience and a few cook books, I now have a repertoire of at least a couple of dozen recipes to see me through, including several from Jamie. His tempura batter and thrice cooked chips are up there with the greats! If I'm to be perfectly honest about what goes into my supermarket trolley most trips, it's cider, wine, chocolate, crisps, ice cream and a few bits of food, in that order! This was summed up brilliantly by the lovely Polish guy on the checkout at Sainsbury's Swindon, with his comment, "Only the nice things!".
Jamie and I do have one thing in common, we both hate waste and this is evident with his new TV series and book entitled "Jamie's money saving meals". This is where I have to get to the point and ask "What has happened to the cheeky chappie?". Everything in Jamie world used to be "Luvely jubbly" and "Pukka!", but he seems to have gradually transformed into a big fat middle aged bossy, shouty, gobby big mouth!!  There, I said it, phew! So to sumarize, while I show you a photo of a Spanish style omelette, made using all the leftover vegetables lurking at the bottom of my beautiful pastel green Smeg fridge, can we please have the nice friendly Jamie back?
I made this!

Friday, 19 July 2013

Japanese Kimono fabric cocktail hats.

I was so excited when my shipment of new Japanese kimono fabrics arrived!! I have been searching for so long to find a supplier and couldn't wait to get started on new cocktail hats. Here's the first of them, all listed for sale in my Etsy, Folksy and ASOS shops. Buyers will get 15% discount in my "Etsy" shop only, using the coupon code HOLIDAY up until July 26th.

The almost raw food diet, day 20.

Day 20...

It is two weeks since I last reported on my diet. During this time, I was pretty steady until my Birthday on the 9th!! My neighbours took Mr. T and myself out to lunch at the fabulous "Williams" in Nailsworth, where I succumbed to the best battered fish and chips I've ever tasted!! Damn, fell off the wagon big time. I did try to get back in the flow, but worse still, I am now craving  pizza and want to top it with anchovies, olives and capers, Noooo!! Luckily I found Warburtons thin bread wraps to use as a pizza base, which I can top with squished roast vegetables and just a little mozzarella!! This is a great idea, as the base only has 121 cals and it's so much less expensive, while also filling the pizza craving!
I'm going to keep up the raw food in between scoffing naughty food, but don't think I have lost any weight at all! Maybe a couple of pounds came off to begin with, but I'm back to the same old me! The problem is that I don't actually "need" to loose any weight, hey ho!

To make the pizza topping, roast vegetables in the oven with no oil or fat. I chose, tomatoes with the bottoms sliced off, making it easy to remove the skins after. Red pepper, onion, whole garlic cloves, courgette, mushrooms.
Roast for around 20 mins, then remove the skin from the pepper, tomatoes and squeeze the garlic paste out of the skins. Roughly chop and mix all together, adding optional herbs, such as, paprika, black pepper, chilli leave to cool. Keep this covered in the fridge until you want to make a pizza, it should keep for a few days.

To make the pizza. I gently warm the veg topping in a pan with added tomato puree.
In a hot grill, warm the underside of the bread wrap for a few mins, taking care not to let it burn.
Turn the wrap over, cover with the topping, add a small amount of crumbled mozzarella, or use low fat shredded mozzarella for even less calories. I also added olives, capers and anchovies, as I love piquant salty flavours, then grill until the cheese is bubbling. I cut my pizza in half and saved the other half for later, as it's great cold too!! Serve with a big salad.
If you choose a low fat shredded mozzarella, I recon the pizza will weigh in at under 400 calories for the whole thing!

I cut the pizza in half to serve with salad.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Almost raw food diet, day six.

DAY 6...

Wow, I feel nauseatingly great today!! I was beside myself with excitement when I looked in the fridge and was reminded of all the healthy veg I bought at the supermarket yesterday and couldn't wait to make a bowl of new and different salad!

Let's talk about cravings today. Instead of just enjoying the celery soup for what it is, I know damn well it would be much improved with crumbled melting blue cheese and this makes me crave blue cheese. The trick here is to add a dollop of plain yogurt and a pinch of salt, which will kind of trick my brain into thinking it's had a cheese hit! When I see in the veg isle "finest virgin baby beetroot flavoured with heavenly mimosa & nectar of the gods" or whatever they call it to make us buy it, I don't just think, "Ooh great I like beetroot", no, I think "Aww that would be wonderful with Feta or Lancashire cheese in a warm pitta bread with sweet onion relish and why not shove some Wiltshire dry cure ham in there for good luck!!"

Smoothie tip...Don't be tempted to add lots of calorie and sugar laden fruit juice, just add a small slosh with water. If the smoothie is too thick, add more water or ice.

Today's food went something like this.
Breakfast, beetroot and pear salad. Midday, fruit smoothie. Late lunch, small bowl of celery soup. Supper was a serving of cooked mussels in a sauce at 130 calories. Snacks were sugar snap peas and a couple of slices of wafer thin ham.
This is my last post about the diet for a while, I'll be back in a week or so with any weight loss to report.

Pear and beetroot salad. This is such a delicious fresh salad and great on it's own or as a side dish!

Finely chop or grate white cabbage, carrot, a pear, sugar snap peas, water cress, cooked beetroot, fresh mint, then dress with tiny splash of olive oil, lemon juice and white balsamic vinegar, season to taste.

Salad with fresh pear and beetroot added.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Almost raw food diet, day five.

DAY 5...

Usually I live in a state of heightened anxiety, panic, churning guilt over whatever, whoever. Arrgh!! Did I leave the cat out all night? Did I forget to switch the lights off? But today I feel calm and less muddled for some reason! Could it be the raw food is already giving a sense of well being?

My main problem on this diet is a lack of bathroom scales, so they are now on order, to be collected from Tesco's on Friday. I order almost every purchase I make. Didn't anyone tell you, it's almost impossible to buy sensible stuff which you actually need in the South Cotswolds. If you take a fancy to a £5000.00 piece of rusty old garden paraphernalia, then yep, you've come to the right place!!!
How on earth did people around here manage before the internet? The raw food diet would be the most obvious choice, you just go outside and pull the vegetables out of the ground, job done!!

While I sit here waiting for my "Johnson's holiday skin" to dry, I'm already trying to plan the rest of the week's food intake around the weather! Yes, it is very cold today in July, so much so, I need a woolly cardi to keep warm, but don't let that fool you, for the sun is due to blast out it's rays over the weekend and that means BARBECUE time again in Mr. T's caveman brain! That means "proper" meat!
The idea with the fake {and real!} tan, is to have a nice little nut brown flat tummy by the end of the diet, rather than a pale wobbly one with just a large mosquito bite scar as a distraction!

Today's food went something like this.
Breakfast, fruit soothie. Lunch, wilted pak choi with rice. Supper, a whole avocado, cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced processed chicken, wrapped around a ton of watercress and a few picked vegetables. Snack was fresh pineapple. Okay, I sneaked the chicken slices in there because they are only around 19 calories each and easy to keep tabs on!!
The avocado has bumped up the calories in a good way. I'm guessing my food intake is around 1300 calories most days on this diet, with a few cups of tea, water and wine on top!!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Almost raw food diet, day four.

DAY 4...

Last year a neighbour "kindly" gave me a bag of allotment home grown runner beans, you know the sort I mean, the ones resembling a 12" wonky piece of stringy wood which could double up as fence posts. They were of course completely inedible for human's, raw or cooked!!

Hey I'm learning fast. Apparently it's okay to eat cooked food on the raw food diet, as some vegetables are as we all know, inedible raw, but cooking allows the body to squeeze the nutrients out, pass the blender for more soup!! You can also wilt some veg to make it more palatable and as I enjoy wilting, this works for me!

Reading up on the internet, there are some people who are "Raw vegan's", who consider the way most of us eat and the fact that we cook is purely manipulated to kind of brain wash us into being sheep, rather than thinking for ourselves. I am a person who does not like or tolerate being told what to do, so I quite like this anarchistic attitude, bring it on dudes!

Anyway, it went okay today, although I feel very fatigued for some reason, like I need to get more sleep, but then Mr.T also complained of being tired and he's eating a load of cooked meat as usual, slathered in hoisin sauce, fried rice, chocolate dessert, followed by a bag of m&m's and drinking cola, so maybe both our diet's cause drowsiness or we are just in need of a holiday!

Breakfast was a lovely smoothie, lunch was celery soup. Supper was a small bowl of pak choi, wilted in soy sauce and chili, with a little boiled rice. By the way, I can hear you saying "That sounds disgusting, get a life!!"  Mid afternoon I caved in and ate some ham with water cress. I know ham is bad processed meat, but it was a locally made one and better than scoffing loads of cheese! I had fresh pineapple and nuts as snacks.

Wilted pak choi with boiled rice and soy sauce. Not exactly a recipe, just what I could find to hand!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Almost raw food diet, day three.

DAY 3...

I'm making this diet up as I go along as I am yet to find a book called "The lazy pre-menopausal hedonistic alcoholic diet".
Today I made a gorgeous smoothie with one banana, a chunk of pineapple, frozen summer fruits, {because Tesco in Tetbury have not replenished their fresh strawberries, their stock taking is appalling!!} Add fresh orange juice and ice cubes, with mint and ginger to taste, then blitz in the blender until silky smooth. I also threw a bunch of parsley in the mix! I'm going to make this every day for breakfast hopefully! I'm pleased to inform that my stomach has been rumbling with hunger pangs, a good sign that the diet is working!

The dreadful green celery has made a dramatic transformation into a brilliant soup! No really, it's the best soup I've ever made and dead simple! Some recipes add potato and cream, but it doesn't need it!
Not a raw soup of course, but one has to try to eat foods which will stay down, as I'm still haunted by projectile vomiting the cabbage slaw.

celery soup recipe. Approximately two servings.

1 head of celery.
half an onion.
half a carrot.
dessert spoon olive oil.
2 chicken stock cubes, or veg cubes.
a pinch of crushed cumin seeds. Optional.
1 clove of garlic. Optional.
bunch of fresh herbs from the garden, including bay leaves, parsley and thyme. Optional.

Chop all vegetables small. Sweat the onion in the oil, add carrot and celery, cook for a few mins, then add all other ingredients with enough water to cover the veg. Simmer until the veg is soft. Leave to cool, disgard bay leaves, then blend until smooth and re-heat. Serve with a swirl of plain yogurt, et voila!!
Obviously if you are not calorie counting, the addition of crumbled Stilton cheese or Gruyere croutons would be amazing!

An observation about the chicken stock cubes. There are 10 cubes in a 100g packet and only 30 calories per cube, so you could make a kind of even lower cal cup soup!

So that was breakfast and lunch out of the way. I had a normalish supper, mostly cooked veg and a slice of ham, without the chicken pie chosen by Mr. T which came in at a massive 650 calories per portion! What is it with men and pies!!!

Snacks and drinks were tea with sweetener, water, a dollop of cottage cheese, a few nuts and a couple of squares of Ritter Sport dark chocolate, left over from my holiday in Cornwall and found lurking in the back of the fridge.
I'm guessing at around 1300 calories consumed plus a couple of red wines!!

Fruit smoothie.

Celery soup.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Almost raw food diet, day two.

DAY 2...

spent most of the day lazing on my sun lounger fantasising about being at Glastonbury, no music though, just the usual sound of a distant grass strimmer. Was rather annoyed with the lounger as I've only had it for a day and a stray ember from the barbecue landed and burnt a small hole in the cheap fabric!! I was toying with the idea of sticking the instructions over the hole with sellotape, wrapping it up and taking it back to the supermarket, but was too lazy to delve into the bin juice in the trash and find the receipt, so glued a fabric daisy over the hole instead!

I was going to excitedly tell of the new spicy dressing I made for a new batch of the slaw, which I carefully mashed up by christening my pestle and mortar, (Le Creuset, a Christmas gift!) , with the inclusion of even more mustard, to give it body, a clove of garlic and crushed chili with cumin seeds. It was delicious for breakfast with a hard boiled egg, but would benefit from a grated apple or other fruit. I will not recommend it for an evening meal after too much sun and wine, as my body rejected it and it is now somewhere in the garden, just hope no-one saw the projectile nature of it!

I have seriously underestimated the amount of fruit needed for a raw diet and ran ran out early in the morning, so will have to replenish stocks again tomorrow. The celery and hummus is a disaster too, as the celery is too bitter and green, with the hummus being too calorie rich. The best thing today was the barbecue, I only ate a couple of lamb koftas, at 75 calories each! Great with a yogurt and mint dressing!

It's hard to say how many calories I consumed, so I'm saying nothing, but I did take a photo of my belly to compare with when I have had enough of trying to loose weight!

All in all a fairly successful day then, but what the hell am I going to eat tomorrow?

The evil dressing recipe! Olive oil. white balsamic vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, cumin seeds, chili.
Definitely do NOT put garlic, chili or spices in the dressing, keep it simple!

Grapefruit, strawberries, dried fruit and nuts, perfect!! 30g of the fruit and nut mix comes in at 130 calories, so go easy tiger!

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Almost raw food diet day one.

DAY 1...

So I made  it through the 1st day of the "Almost raw food diet". I'm sure all the experts out there on raw food diets would not expect one to just hop from a "normal" slobs diet straight into a super healthy raw diet.

I managed to get through day 1 with a bowl of the slaw, see yesterday's recipe, which I supplemented with an omelette made by grilling mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, added to a dry pan with herbs and one beaten egg. The omelette looked a bit of a mess, but tasted great. I added a small squirt of salad cream (slap wrists!!"). Later I ate a little hummus with celery, strawberries and a few nuts and seeds. In the evening I ate a small amount of cooked ham with a bunch of salad rocket. I had a couple of glasses of red wine, as I am after all a grown up!

I know cheese will be my downfall if anything is, so I am allowing one cheese slice per day, the horrible sort which you put on burgers. Only to be allowed when I am absolutely desperate and starving!
It only has 50 calories per slice and added to a Ryvita crisp bread, comes in at only about 85 calories...remember, I am trying to loose a few pounds, this is a weight loss diet!

I recon I consumed around 1300 calories plus the wine, let's see what happens tomorrow!
This morning I lay in the bath and I'm sure my belly felt a bit flatter, that spurred me onward. Have to admit to being a bit worried about Mr. T wanting another barbecue today as the weather looks hopeful! Maybe I can make veg kebabs, good idea!


If you are trying to loose weight, always cook with a high quality non stick pan, it needs to be good as new with no scratches, this way you will need very little or no oil. Grill soft vegetables, No oil added, such as mushrooms, they will look a bit wrinkly, but taste fine. Add chilli, herbs and other non fat flavourings.

Grow your own herbs if possible, it's fun and cheaper than buying them from the supermarket. I grow mine in a bath tub by kitchen door for easy access to a big bunch of parsley, mint, rosemary, chives and thyme!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Summer raw food slaw.

Lately I've taken an interest in raw food diets, where individuals survive on smoothies, various other fruit dishes and vegetable recipes. You can snack on nuts, seeds and some animal products if you wish, so long as they are not cooked or processed. I'm not keen on raw meat, raw eggs or fish, so I'll give that option a miss!

There are many folk on You tube explaining the virtues of a raw food diet, but I don't seem to have very much in common with most of them as they all seem to live in places like California, where it is hot and sunny, rather than blighty where it's usually too cold for me, even in summer. At least it has stopped raining and is brightening up this afternoon, (Well it is Glastonbury and Wimbledon week, so what do you expect!!).

Back to the raw food diet! I've been feeling a bit podgy lately, especially as I keep looking at very skinny celebrities on the Daily Mail Online!
I've decided to incorporate more raw food into my "eating plan" and cut out bread, pasta and any other stodgy carb and fat ridden forbidden foods (except wine, Oh and cheese will be really tough!)

I made this healthy summer slaw which is a really nice base for a salad. You pile the slaw on your plate and add "good" foods, such as avocado, grilled vegetables, a one egg omelette, made with no oil or butter. It makes a satisfying dish which will keep me full for many hours. I will allow myself a little cooked chicken and fish on some days, if we're having a barbecue, as we have already had three barbecue's this week due to Mr. T being obsessed with this style of cooking! He can have burgers, but it's just a fillet of trout for moi!

I will probably have two of these mostly raw meals per day and a few snacks of nuts, fruit, dried fruit and radishes. Let's see if I can try to shift a few pounds, Ill let you know how I get on!

Summer slaw recipe. Enough for two servings.

Approximately 1/4 of a whole white cabbage, finely shredded.
1 whole grated carrot.
Fresh garden herbs, parsley and chives.


Dessert spoon olive oil.
white balsamic vinegar.
Large dollop of mustard.
Lemon juice.
A grind of black pepper.
Pinch of salt, optional.

Mix all together to taste!
Keep refrigerated for up to two days, after then it may go watery, so make a fresh batch.
Add any other raw vegetables you fancy, at the time of serving, such as water cress, peppers, cucumber, radishes.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Flower Festival crowns.

We have passed the summer solstice and are deep into the festival season, with Glastonbury about to kick off this weekend, oh is that a few drops of rain I see through the window?
I have for some reason only just realised that I am making a very late start in the production of suitable flowery summer headbands which can  double up as great festival headwear or add the finishing touch to a demure wedding outfit! So, full steam ahead today and tomorrow, as I've been busy twisting twine for lovely informal natural crown shapes and adding millinery flowers.
The headbands are very comfortable to wear and adjustable with ribbon ties. Here's a couple to be going on with, let's see what else I can come up with. These are ready to pop in the post from my Folksy shop.
If you are braving "Glasto" or any other UK festivals, don't  forget to pack the wellies!!

Monday, 13 May 2013

The Great Gatsby.

Get ready for the release of "The Great Gatsby" on May 17th.
I'm really looking forward to seeing the film and of course the fashions, as the 1920's is my favourite era. Making roaring 20's headbands from all the bits and pieces in my stash is a great way to gain inspiration. I have a few new headbands for sale in my shops. They do make a fresh change from wearing a fascinator to a summer wedding. Here's a taster of what's available at the moment..

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

New Birdcage veils!

A birdcage veil is a great way to wear a statement headpiece, with so many options for ways to style it. Veils are suitable for brides and any wedding or cocktail party guest, to set off your outfit.
I have introduced a couple of new veil designs to my shops. The idea is to enable the buyer to purchase a simple inexpensive, but top quality piece and wear it as it comes, or dress it up with a fascinator or clip on flower! I have these all listed in both my Folksy and Etsy shops and they can be made to order in many colours. All my veils are made from the same beautiful French/ Russian or English veiling. Thank you for reading, the photos take you to my Etsy shop.

Simple bandeau veil, great if you're on a budget!

Retro dotty veil, for a 1950's mood!

Classic birdcage veil on a comb.

Bandeau veil with a hand made flower clip.

Merry widow large veil, statement piece!

Cute colourful birdcage, many colours.

A young affordable piece. Wear with jeans, heels and attitude!

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