There has recently been a bit of media about super fashionable mothers who spend a small fortune dressing their hip kidos in cashmere and designer shoes. To say that purchasing fabulous clothes for little people and then using them like mobile clotheshorses brought these yummy mummys joy is an understatement. It gave them purpose, focus. I am astounded.
But this here is hilarious. Tiffany Beveridge’s parody of little people with too much fashion kudos is a real laugh. And with names like Quinoa and Farro her comments on Pinterest are perfect. Take a peek!
Inspiration comes from many places. Mollie Makes has been a recent favourite. So many good ideas.
If you follow me on Pinterest you may know that I have been pinning recycled wool quilts. I love the idea that hundreds of years ago people repurposed old woollen garments to make rugs and quilts to gain extra warmth. I have been collecting woollen jumpers for quite sometime now and have finally started the process of making. Cutting and piecing wool and cashmere, cables, ribs and smooth felted wool.
Each garment is washed in a hot machine cycle and then dried. Then I cut each garment, making sure I have as much woollen fabric to work with as possible. Then I place woollen pieces together and sew. I have a rather ad hoc approach to piecing a quilt like this. The finished product is not perfect as I combine squares and rectangles and odd shaped pieces to complete large strips, before finally joining them together. I decided to use a recycled grey woollen army blanket to use to add a border around my pieces. I haven’t decided what to back it with yet, but I am leaning towards using something simple and cotton/linen in tones of grey. Maybe a hint of colour just for an element of surprise.
Hopefully, the next stage of sewing a backing, quilting and binding won’t take forever. It is so cold here today that I think I really do need this woollen quilt to keep warm. I wonder what you are making?
It has been almost two years now since I stopped eating bread. And in that time I have had a few relapses. The fact that I bake bread sometimes almost daily for the 7mouths I feed does not help. As you know fresh bread smells divine and tastes great with real butter! And I have a good friend who I enjoy swapping new and innovative recipes with to make ‘real’ bread.
If you have been reading along for awhile you will know that I love sourdough and have played the whole artisan bread making game. And I love it.
But this very precious ‘bread’ recipe has opened up a whole new world for me: The Life Changing Loaf of Bread. Sarah Britton, a holistic nutritionist has a real passion for encouraging healthy eating and her blog My New Roots is fabulous. Sarah is not a newbie as she has been blogging since 2007 and you may have seen her on Pinterest.
What I love about this bread is that it uses NO flour and is comprised of mainly seeds, nuts and oats. In the blog Q&A Sarah suggests if you have a nut allergy you can use more seeds instead. I have played with the recipe (see below) and double the quantity, use oat bran in addition to the ingredients suggested and substitute extra virgin olive oil for the coconut oil. I have also found that a standard pan works just as well as a silicone (I have never used one with much success!)
This bread is fabulous toasted and really hits the spot when you are going ‘bread free’. It has changed my life.
The Life-Changing Loaf of BreadMakes 1 loaf
1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
½ cup / 90g flax seeds
½ cup / 65g hazelnuts or almonds
1 ½ cups / 145g rolled oats
2 Tbsp. chia seeds
4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
1 tsp. fine grain sea salt (add ½ tsp. if using coarse salt)
1 Tbsp. maple syrup (for sugar-free diets, use a pinch of stevia)
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or ghee
1 ½ cups / 350ml water
1. In a flexible, silicon loaf pan combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it it.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.
3. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult, but important).
4. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast!
….and start your handmade advent calendar now. Each year I have great plans, intentions, ideas….and at the end of November I find myself a little panicked. In 2011 we had a ‘uber’ cool advent calendar made of black paper coffee cups, threaded with brown twine and decorated with red numbers. Each cup contained a special advent verse and a sweet treat.
I have found so much inspiration on pinterest. Have you planned your advent?
I am loving pinterest! So many fabulous images, ideas and inspiration. This photograph from Elle magazine reminds me of my love for lipstick. I think I officially started wearing lipstick at University whilst living at college. Three times a week we had to robe up in an academic gown and wear more formal attire. For many of the girls, we got away with our academic gown and “adventure lips”in bright red. I think mine was a Revlon Scarlet Berry or some such hue. But there is an art to wearing red lips. As a busy Mumma of five if I try and wear a shade of red all of my children ask me where am I going, what am I doing, why am I wearing red? It is a strong, vibrant, “look at me” colour is it not? But it is striking and can be oh so elegant. I think she looks elegant. My everyday grab and go lipstick comes from a leading German department store: No 905. I am ‘done’ when I have my lipstick on.
Do you have a favourite lipstick colour?
So I am a bit slow on the uptake of Pinterest. After watching every blogger I follow and friends on social media adopt this online pin board with vigour I have finally succumbed. For a girl who loves inspiration, magazine and new things it is perfect. And conveniently is it a way for me to collate all the things that I find and want to revisit on a rainy day. Using a FB platform Pinterest allows you to pin pics that you like around a range of topics of your choosing. Food, Family. Fashion. Craft. Photography. Design. This list is endless. It is helping me plan a quilt and a bathroom decoration.
If you want to find out more read all about it here. At the moment it is fun and a way of connecting like minded people but I can imagine it being useful for education and for interests groups as a way of sharing things. Could it be a new application for teaching and learning? A tool for the classroom. Just asking…..