Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Experimenting with Marshmallow

Well yesterday I decided to have a break from CD designing and what better way than making Marshmallows
I made a whole batch up and instead of Vanilla I flavoured mine Raspberry, the recipe came from James Martin

These are really sweet so I decided to cut circles out and attach them to biscuits, I spread a little Nutella on top of some and added coconut.   The verdict from the family were yummy

I am thinking of new flavours now for my next batch, these will defiantly be in my Christmas present
hampers I do

                   Photo: Yesterday I made marshmallow, today I added it to little round biscuits, half I spread a little Nutella on and dipped in coconut the other half I left plain as they were Raspberry flavour mallow.     My trusty tasters tried them today and the verdict was yummy, what flavour will be next I wonder, they are def in my Xmas hamper this year I do as pressies.   Don't look too close they are my first attempt  

James Martin's Recipe


For the marshmallows
  • 450g/1lb granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp liquid glucose
  • 9 gelatine sheets, soaked in 140ml/4¾fl oz water
  • 2 free-range egg whites
  • vegetable oil, for greasing
  • 5-6 tbsp icing sugar
  • 5-6 tbsp corn flour         
  • Preparation method

    1. For the marshmallows, place the granulated sugar, glucose and 200ml/7fl oz water into a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil. Heat until a sugar thermometer shows 127C/260F.
    2. Add the soaked gelatine sheets and water to the hot sugar syrup. Stir the mixture and pour it into a jug.
    3. Place the egg whites into a grease-free bowl and whisk until firm peaks.
    4. Continue to whisk the egg whites, then pour the sugar syrup onto the egg whites, whisking all the time until the whites are shiny.
    5. Add the vanilla extract and continue to whisk for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture is thick enough to hold its shape on a whisk.
    6. Lightly oil a shallow 30cm x 20cm/12in x 8in baking tray. Dust the tray with icing sugar and corn flour.
    7. Pour into tray and  chill in the fridge for at least one hour.   ( I left mine overnight ) 
    8. Remove the marshmallow from the fridge, dust some more icing sugar and corn flour over the work surface. Loosen the edge of the marshmallow then turn out onto the dusted work surface
    9. Cut into squares and roll the marshmallows in the icing sugar and corn flour to coat.                                                                                       

                         Or you can watch him making them here

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

French Buffet

I love all the old French furniture you can get over here and I have just bought this beautiful
Oak Henri II Style French Dresser (1880 - 1900 ) I love thinking about who had this and what type of house it was in originally, I was going to paint it but after I had polished a bit of it I felt it would be a shame to paint over all the wear and tear it had had so it's staying this colour

Monday, November 11, 2013

Stitching Faux or Real


Over at Ooh la la this fortnight the theme is Stitching and I adore stitching on cards
whether it be real or faux, I did try to do real stitching but I have a problem with my sewing machine
the thread keeps breaking, perhaps it's because it's about 60 years old, so I resorted to Faux

We have some sad news this week as Dawn has decided to leave, she has a new grandson who I am sure takes up a lot of her time as well lots of other things she would like to pursue, We would like to thank her for everything she has done and hope she still pops in from time to time.

The good news is that Anne has agreed to return and take over so things should carry on smoothly

I too have chosen an image from The Shawn Jenkins Collection I love this CD
This one is called " Tis the Season " and you can purchase your copy
over at Ooh la La Creations Website you can also see all of the fabulous samples the Design Team
made for the show in the

Sunday, November 3, 2013

More transformed goodies

This started out as a very worn brown table, I'm rather pleased with the end result
This was 2 old chairs that hubby took apart to make a Bedroom Bench
Painted with Annie Sloan Louis Blue
These are my next projects this is the before
watch this space for the after

Display cabinet

Single Bed

Matching Wardrobe
2nd Display cabinet


Old Chair

Monday, October 28, 2013


First let me say thank you to everyone that joined in our challenge over at Ooh la la for  the last
fortnight there were so many fabulous/gorgeous creations this time I found it so hard to choose the
top 3 but I finally managed after an hour or so of looking at them all
We also have one lucky winner who will receive the new Shawn Jenkins CD which I just adore
The theme this fortnight is Food / Drink chosen by Dawn, if you would like to join in then pop on
over  here
Once again I have chosen an image from this CD I hope you like it, the DT have come up with some gorgeous designs of their own too

You can see here lots more beautiful creations in our  gallery  for this CD
and you can purchase your own copy in our web shop  here
Happy Crafting

I would also like to enter this into the challenge over at

Crafty Catz  ~  Spots & Stripes

Monday, October 14, 2013

Things with Wings

The theme this fortnight over at Ooh la la was chosen by moi, and I have gone with anything with wings, my favourite being butterflies and dragonflies, our new CD The Shawn Jenkins Collection features lots of butterflies and birds aswell as plenty of other gorgeous images including Christmas.

I was having trouble choosing as I love all the images but finally decided on two, the first one is
Happy Birthday Tags

the second one I chose is called Cherish, I added a second butterfly to give this one dimension mat and layered the word cherish and added a pearl for the dot

The DT have come up with some absolutely gorgeous creations of their own too so pop on over to Ooh La La Challenge Blog   we also have a CD to give away this fortnight so do come on over and join in the fun.
Happy Crafting
I would like to enter these in the challenges at
CD Sunday ~  Butterflies
Totally Gorguss  ~  Wings & Things
The Squirrel & The Fox  ~   Things with Wings


Friday, September 27, 2013

Sky 671, Freeview 36 and Freesat 813


The Shawn Jenkins Collection on Create and Craft Saturday 5th October 10am
with new guest presenter Kathryn Sturrock
A fabulous collection of Christmas and Occasions featuring
 beautiful butterflies, scrumptious cupcakes, fabulous floral, plus an array of
gorgeous Christmas and fun images all on one CD and all for just £14.99
Pre order yours  here