Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Banana Loaf Recipe

Here is my beloved Banana Loaf recipe for those of you that requested it.

5oz Self Raising Flour
1 Ripe Banana
2oz Soft Butter (or marg)
1 Egg
5oz Sugar (Caster or Granulated - I use whatever is in my cupboard at the time)
1 Tsp Bicard of Soda

Chop and mash the banana
Mix all ingredients together except the flour
Add flour to mixture slowly
Cook in oven for 30 - 40 mins at 170 degrees (if it looks like the top is cooking to quick then turn down the temp and cook for longer). 

Recipe should fill a small loaf tin but can the quantity of ingredients can be increased to fill a bigger tin. 


Working in Gold

My metal of choice has always been Sterling Silver as I have always found Gold findings hard to work with. However, whilst in Cornwall this past week I was inspired by the beautiful golden sandy beaches along the coast and a couple of new design ideas sprang to mind. 

I made this lovely pair of earrings using Gold Filled findings and Lampwork beads by Julie Fountain. Their simplicity gives them a hint of elegance and they have to be one of my favourite pieces that I have made in a long time.
I hope you all like them just as much as I do.


Wednesday, 2 March 2011

New Stockist

One of my fave shops in Bristol is called BS8. It's located on Park Street and is a mecca of all things vintage, retro, funky and handmade. The shop itself is made up of lots of little boutiques all very different, I remember getting my prom dress from a boutique on the third floor when I was at school.

Anyway, on Saturday I got an email from one of the boutique managers asking if I would be interested in selling my jewellery in a new 'Handmade in Bristol' section of the shop.. How could I turn this opportunity down?! The space is very small but its in a prime location in the centre of Bristol. I popped down to the shop after work today to discuss terms and conditions and ended up setting up my little display there and then. Its very basic at the mo but I am pleased with what I managed to do.

I apologise for the poor quality pic, I only had my phone on me and wasnt expecting to actually set up today (thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it)

If you are in the area then I recommend popping in to BS8, not only to check out my FAB display but also to check out the other goodies on offer.