Christmas Jumpers For 2014: The Top 5

Christmas Jumpers

Christmas Jumpers

1 JOLLY- Isme.com // 2 NICE BAUBLES – Littlewoods // 3 PULL ME - Tesco // 4 Boden // 5 Joules

I know it’s a little early but you really can never be too early when it comes to jumpers and Christmas right? Traditionally my personal mantra has been ‘the uglier the better’ …well in terms of knitwear anyway. But this year I thought it would be nice to go a bit classy and have a look for some jumpers you may actually wear again. So here they are the top 5!. Keep your eyes peeled for a doggy version next week!

Happy Shopping!

Cool Copper

Sadly usually overlooked I’ve been inspired to over haul my downstairs loo this week- and im determined to get it looking good for Christmas (after all its where all my guests end up at some point…)

Ill be painting the existing cream (blergh) walls white for a fresher look and the back wall that sage green we discussed for the hallway. The rest of the room will be a little homage to my current obsession with copper….

 Beautiful frame from H&M which ill be filling with some autumnal leaves

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 This copper rusted basket that will be attached to the wall for reading material…

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A copper vase for the window sill…

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And this amazing copper mirror

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& Maybe this bowl but its £200, that one can go on the Christmas list!

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I’ve also found some other gems on the Sainsburys site:

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and how about this planter by INSEKDESIGN?

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What do you think, is there a place in your home for this new trend?

Twig

The Copper Pot

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I was lucky enough to get this beautiful pink pancake mix from The Copper Pot as a little house warming gift. This weekend I finally got around to making some of them. I expecting a slight pink twinge but added some milk and wham! beautiful silky bright pink batter.

My head did a little flip expecting these to be sweet- but in fact just tasted like normal pancakes. A little disorientating but none the less delicious. I’ve saved some batter and am planning on making some love heart pancakes when the mood takes me.

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In case you didn’t know The Copper Pot is a really cool company that take all of their inspiration from historic recipes. The packaging even comes with a little wax seal for that extra touch! You can find them at fairs, schools and festivals passing on the message about these old recipes- a full list of events is on their new website

You can order their products on the companies Etsy  page. I have heard great things about the Hot chocolate so may have to treat myself to that soon!

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Image and Recipe taken from The Copper Pot Website

Bloom and Wild

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~Emma Goldman

When it comes to little luxuries I’m less of a handbag shoe kinda-girl, and more of a fresh flowers, vanilla candle kinda-girl. I always have fresh flowers in the house as a rule, so after a random chat with a colleague I found out about the wonderful Bloom and Wild. Instantly I loved the idea- flowers through my letter box, wrapped up like little gems, just waiting to open up to all their glory, and a nice mix of the more unusual types of flowers- no boring carnations here.

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The flowers come flat in a box, wrapped carefully, with special webbing around the buds for extra support. The package contains details about what flowers you have, advice on arrangements and how to prolong their life.

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Once trimmed and placed in the water the closed buds gain a new life and open up as if they’ve just been picked… 3 days in and they still look fresh and full of life. New house means lack of vases so I went with this cool Paul Masson wine jug I found in a charity shop.. I rather like it!

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You can send one off boxes- or regular boxes to someone special- and they don’t need to be in or hang around for a delivery

Next up ill be drying the flowers and getting arty- watch this space for an upcoming post!

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Disclaimer- I heard about bloom and wild from a friend- approached them for information about their company as was lucky enough to get some free flowers as a gift. 

Twig

Caramel and Pistachio Tarts

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My Colleague Laura turned up today wit these amazing tarts, I urge you to make them.. they are heavenly!

Makes Around 8 tarts

Tart
50g butter
100g flour
25g icing sugar
½ pod vanilla seeds
1 egg yolk

Chocolate caramel
160g condensed milk
100g milk chocolate

Decoration
Coarsely chopped pistachios
Melted dark chocolate (note: I used 70%)

 Method

Rub the butter and flour together until lump free; add the vanilla and icing sugar, and then the egg yolk. Leave to rest in the fridge for 30 min.

Roll out the dough and cut into circles to fit a lightly oiled muffin tin/small flan tins (or roll into a ball and flatten)

Blind bake  in the middle of the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 12-15 minutes until golden, take out and leave to cool.

Heat up the condensed milk until it almost boils. Turn down the heat and add milk chocolate, stir until it’s a uniform mixture. Turn off the heat and Let it cool down until it has gotten thick.

Use piping bag to distribute the caramel filling. Decorate with pistachio and dark chocolate

Original recipe HERE

 Twig

Chocolate and Blackberry Muffins

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Everyone Knows about it this year- yet not everyone is taking advantage…. there’s a Blackberry glut people and its your duty to eat them!

My local park is full of them so every dog walk ends in a few hand fulls and a few snaffled by Bonnie too. I fancied something a bit more exciting than blackberry sauce and something more transportable than crumble. So here are my Blackberry and Chocolate Muffins!

Ingredients

110g soft butter
110g dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g crushed blackberries
2 eggs
1 tsp Baking Powder
75g Self- Raising Flour
25g Coco Powder

Icing

110g/4oz butter, softened
170g/6oz icing sugar
55g/2oz cocoa powder, sifted
1-2 tbsp milk

Method

Makes 9

Pre-heat the oven to 150 C.
Cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs and sift in the dry ingredients. Stir well and add the vanilla and blackberries
Add to your muffin cases and bake for 15-20 min

To make the buttercream, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Add the remaining icing sugar, cocoa powder and one tablespoon of the milk and beat until creamy. Beat in more milk if necessary to loosen the icing.
Once the cakes are cool, spread the buttercream icing on top of the cakes and add blackberries to decorate

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The Campaign for Wool

WOOL WEEK – Campaign For Wool 5th – 12th October‏

There are a few things in life that I dislike- being cold is one of those- therefore it goes without saying that anything to do with wool is right up my street- add some craft, and this year a few bicycles and this is an event I can get quite excited about!

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Last year I posted about wool week and the campaign at London zoo and this year the fun carries on with events all over the capital. It all kicks off with a ‘Wool ride’ on Sunday 5th October; 300 Wool loving cyclists cycling 13.4 miles around London and its most famous land marks raising awareness for the cause. Finishing up at Potters field where guests can have their bikes made over in the woollen workshop- with prizes for the best bicycle as well as live music, food, and talks about textiles and demonstrations. You can sign up for a free ticket in the Tweet below

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As well as all this there will be a week of activities with some of the UK’s biggest brands all taking part- including

- A scarf knit-a-thon in Brora’s flagship store on Symons Street where consumers
are encouraged to pitch in and contribute towards the making of a bespoke giant scarf that will be auctioned off for charity.

- Wool master-classes at John lewis in Oxford street

- Wool interior exhibits in London’s Southwark Cathedral (5th – 12th October 10am – 7pm daily (8pm on Thursday) Admission is free.)

The Campaign for Wool

Find out more at:

@Campaignforwool

campaignforwool.org

Twig