Friday, 29 July 2011

Blog Giveaway Number 4!

This is the last blog give away before our pop-up event in Clapham on the 7th August.

This week’s prize is a £50 gift voucher, for you to take part in a craft workshop of your choice at MakeMe Workshops

MakeMe Workshops offer loads of different fun crafty workshops, from felting to cupcake decorating and sewing to jewellery crafts. For more information and pictures of their pretty studio check out their facebook page: MakeMe Workshop Facebook Page

To be in with a chance to win this great prize, finish of the following sentence… 

‘I love Craft because…….’ 

The answer can’t be any more than 30 words long and it can be a quirky as you like!

The deadline is Tuesday 2nd August

Good Luck!

Monday, 25 July 2011

First of Many Amazing Pop-Up Craft Events - Tooting

I was a little choked up this morning, when I saw the pictures from our first craft pop-up event, which took place yesterday in Tooting and so I’m not going to say much in this week’s blog post, the images speak for themselves and I dedicate it to the amazing local companies who took part, the volunteers and of course the people who came along on the day. 

Thanks all for making it a great day.

Our next event is in Clapham on 7th August 12-4pm, Click to find out more information: Clapham summer Pop-Up

Upcycling demonstration from Join-Up Streatham

Interior Design classes from London Property Makeover

Knitting & Crochet demonstrations from Affinity Yarns

Mosaic workshops from Glittering Shards

Ms Cupcake offered cupcake icing & decoration demonstrations

Clothes Swapping by Swish & Pout
Pretty broach making workshops by Crafty Pint

Got Craft? offered tasters into badge making


Monday, 11 July 2011

Blue Velvet Cake

adapted from One Particular Kitchen


2 cups sugar
2 sticks of unsalted room temperature butter [i've learned that keeping it out the night before really REALLY helps]
2 eggs
1 1/2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tablespoon royal blue food coloring
1 small dab of violet food coloring [use a toothpick to get the dab]
2 1/2 cups cake flower
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 pound of cream cheese [at room temperature]
2 sticks of room temperature unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 package of blueberries [about half a cup]
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 8-inch cake pans. Line bottom of cake pans with fitted parchment paper rounds and grease everything again with butter or Pam.
Cream sugar and butter in a mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each one.
In a smaller bowl mix cocoa powder and food coloring together. *I didn’t get it all mixed thoroughly, because the food coloring i used was a gel, so i kind of mashed it together and then dumped everything into the sugar mixture.
Sift flour and salt together in a separate bowl. Add to the sugar mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Start and end with flour. Mix in vanilla extract.
Combine baking soda and vinegar in a smaller bowl, then add to the cake mixture. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix one last time.
Fill cake pans half way full with batter and bake for 20 minutes or until the cake starts to seperate from the sides of the cake pan and a toothpick comes out cleanish.
Keep on wire rack until completely cooled.
*I took my cakes out, let it cool for about 45 minutes, when they felt not so scalding hot, i flipped them over onto a wire cooling rack lined with parchment paper and then stuck the whole rack with the cakes on it into the freezer for about 30 minutes. It kind of speeds up the cooling process.
Frosting time:
Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and combined.
Add powdered sugar gradually and taste along the way, stop adding sugar when it gets to your desired sweetness.
Frost bottom layer first, then add blueberries in an even tight packed layer. Frost one side of your top cake layer and place the frosted side down on top of the blueberries. Frost the top of your now 2-layered cake and then around the sides. Top with a blueberry or whatever else you want!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Craft Competition Number 3!

This is our last competition before we pop-up in Tooting on the 24th July and it’s a cracker! For a chance to win afternoon tea for two at Earl Gray & Rose in Streatham, all you need to do is tell us how many beads and buttons are in Morph’s jar?

You can put your answer on the blog, facebook or tweet it to us and the winner will be announced next Thursday.

Good Luck!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Book Review: Paper + Craft

Based in New York, day to day Minhee and Truman Cho are owners of an upmarket stationary and paper company, Paper + Cup  and this chic book is obviously an extension of their passion. The book has 25 design projects with step by step tutorials, easy for all to do from the novice to the more experienced crafter. If you’ve never thought about paper crafts, think again, all you need to get started are paper, scissors and glue.
Paper +Craft is a credit to the crafting world, this book is an excellent example of being able to bring vintage inspired crafts into the twenty first century.
Memorable Nuggets  - We Loved the animal drink tags, the picture is really exciting, this project can be used for kids parties and adult drinks.

This book has thought of everything, from the materials you’ll need, to a resource page of where you can buy what, the ‘Additional Ideal’ section at the end of each project, ensures the project don’t get boring, with different examples of how to experiment with the materials and finally this is my favourite part of the book, a link taking you to the website to download the templates for each of the projects.

Here’s one we made earlier.

Marks out of 5
We highly recommend this book as a gift or just as a treat to yourself. The charming projects can be easily achieved with the minimal fuss and you’ll look like a crafting god or goddess when you show your friends. 

We give this book a 4.5/ 5

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