First try..

First ring, originally uploaded by lazygiraffe.

I made my first ring this week!
I have been wanting to make rings for the shop and I couldn’t wait to try them out once I got my ring mandrel. This one is from a tutorial on MacFarland Designs blog (where she also has lots of other tutorials, I am trying out earwires next) for a simple rosette ring.

This was also spurred on by the loss of one of my rings down the floorboards the other day (I am cursing the landlords inability to lay them without 1cm gaps).

Its good for a first go, the wire wraps could be neater and the back is a little warped, but I love it all the same! I did this using 24g silver plated wire, not brave enough to use the expensive sterling wire yet ;)

I am hoping to introduce some simple beaded wire wrap rings to the shop, made with vintage beads and different kinds of wire. I think copper would be lovely.

Lemon & Coriander Houmous


I made houmous today! I’ve tried and failed before so I was pleased that this came out well, and tasted good too. It was very nice with toasted pitta bread.

To make you need:
1 tin of chickpeas, drained
olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
a clove of garlic
about 5 leaves of fresh coriander, chopped.

Blitz the chickpeas, garlic, a good slug of olive oil and the lemon juice in a food processor til its smooth – you may need to transfer to a bowl and stir it yourself as it can be too thick for the processor. Season, add the coriander and stir. Add a bit more olive oil, seasoning or lemon juice to taste, a bit of olive oil will also help to loosen it a bit and make it smoother.

Eat!

Spuds..

So we’ve had our first crop of potatoes! I love proper homegrown potatoes, apart from tasting about a hundred times better than anything you can buy in the shops, they are so very easy to grow, we’ve never failed at potatoes (same can’t be said for other things we have grown before). We got 4lbs from our plants this year, so that will last us quite a long time. Check back for more progress, our salads are coming along nicely as is the tomato plant –which seems to be yielding one very huge tomato rather than lots of them.

Cinnamon and Nutella cake


This has to be the easiest cake to make ever, and its very very tasty too.

The recipe basically calls for putting everything in the bowl at once (except the nutella) and mixing it all up, no creaming of butter and sugar or sifting of flour needed. I even melted the butter in the oven entirely, so it saved me a job there too.

This is a great cake to make in the evening or on a Sunday afternoon when you have little motivation to make something and all the shops are closed- but you NEED cake.

I had a bit of Hotel Chocolate Smudge in the cupboard, which I used instead, its a lot more hazlenutty which made up for the fact that I had no hazlenuts in the cupboard either.

Was gorgeous with a steaming mug of tea, just the thing for a rainy weekend!

And because I haven’t blogged about jewellery for a while… these are my newest creations.
Lovely vintage pink chalcedony with tanzanite and pearls on oxidized silver.

Green fingers?


Apparently I have them this year..

Last year was a bit off, we had some potatoes, some sad looking peas and a few strawberries, but this year is looking a whole lot more promising.

Our strawberries are just starting to produce little green berries that are promising a very large Eton Mess later on in the summer..

The potatoes are standing strong and we have a whole raft of herbs!

I especially like how our chives are looking, they have beautiful purple flowers on them.
(You can also see our pea shoots in the background here)


I’ve been meaning to plant actual flowers, just for display but there isn’t really anything that exciting about flowers to me. They look nice but I love growing food so much more, because you get to eat it afterwards!

I am also quite excited by our plum trees, the fruit was great last year and we made lovely jam. So watch this space for plum recipes – jam, crumble, pie, spicy plum sauce, everything plum!

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