Handmade Easter

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You don’t mind loosing an hour of sleep when you wake up to finally see some sunshine! It’s what you want to see on Easter Sunday, hopefully Spring is here to stay!

It’s always been tradition that we have an Easter tree every year, complete with willow, daffodils and paper decorations that we’ve collected over the years. My favourite decorations are the wooden eggs and birds, that we’ve had for as long as I can remember, along with the newest addition from the Gisela Graham Easter range. Easter baking is always a must too, using the freshest eggs possible! Our chickens definitely appreciated the spring sunshine!

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Quick and easy recipe for vanilla and raspberry sandwich biscuits

Makes approx 10 biscuits

Oven pre heated – 180’c/gas mark 4

100g butter

170g golden syrup

2 tablespoons caster sugar

2 tablespoons milk

400g self-raising flour

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Raspberry jam, for filling

Icing sugar, for dusting

1. Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a pan. Add the milk and vanilla extract.

2. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Pour in the butter mixture and mix together to make a soft dough. Roll into a ball, and wrap in baking paper – chill until firm.

3.Roll dough out and use chosen cutter shape to cut out 20 shapes. 10 will be used to make the bases of the biscuits, the other 10 will be used as the tops – using a smaller cutter, cut out the middle of 10 of the biscuits, these will be the tops. Cook on greased baking trays for 12 – 15 mins.

4.Leave to cool on a wire rack. Once cool, spread jam on the 10 full biscuits, then place the tops on the bases. Once assembled, sprinkle icing sugar over the top.

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Vintage Valentines

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I recently read an article in Homes and Antiques magazine about vintage valentine card collections, it featured some really beautiful photos, and I felt inspired to search out some of my own. I’d never really thought about collecting vintage cards, but thinking about it I already have a collection of normal cards so it makes sense!!
After a quick search on eBay I was not disappointed, I fell in love with the cute animal drawings and the little jokey catchphrases which are slightly cheesy but really add to the character of the cards. They are very much of their time! There are some beautiful cards made with tissue paper patterns that fold out and parts that pop up – little works of art!! I was lucky enough to find a pop up Christmas card at a recent antique fair, so I’ll be making sure I’m on the look out for more at fairs to come!!

Photos from a selection at:
http://craftyvintagegal.wordpress.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/calsidyrose/galleries/72157626025025732/

http://www.vintagefangirl.com/

Carboot Finds

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Well I struck gold at the Carboot this weekend – first one of the year and I could have spent a fortune. Stall after stall of rummage boxes, my favourite when the items are 50p or 4 for a £1.
There were so many battered vintage suitcases and trunks, I was in heaven! And everything was so cheap! I think I was lucky I took only a set amount with me, otherwise I’d have bought a lot more!!!
Main purchases of the day included a wicker basket for £5, and pair of Mucha art nouvea prints for £5. Lots of random vintage toys from a lady who’s stall was just like an attic, everything from cuddly toys to board games. A vintage hand held mirror for 50p and a kitsch cherry vase also for 50p!
But my favourite find of the day were the vintage wind up toys!!! I’ve never seen ones like this before – never seen a ladybird or frog!! The gentleman on the stall had a table top full of them – and It was really difficult to chose!

Take note…….

stationary copy

1.  Paris Travel Journal –  £11.50

2. Mini Paris Envelopes -  $3.00

3. Cavallini Paris notebook – £8.99

4. Papaya Art Owl Spiral notebook - £10.50

5. Caroline Gardner ditsy pattern notebook - £7.50

I know I’m not alone when I say I love stationery, I mean I’d probably go as far as to say I collect it! Especially notebooks, that’s my weakness! Everything from Paperchase patterns to quirky gift shop and independent shop finds, I love the stuff – Whenever I spot an Eiffel tower on the cover, that’s always a must buy! I currently have a shelf of notebooks, sitting there unused – I don’t want to use them though, it’s almost like if I started to write in them I’d ruin them! My current favourite brand is L’Apres midi, all the french themed items, my favourite piece is the diary. That’s next on my wishlist!

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