Pinterest Picks #12

This week I haven’t picked a selection of pins to highlight, instead I have decided to share a page with you instead. This lovely Pinterest page by Sarah Catherine Designs is just lovely. She has recently tidied it up and sorted her boards and pins and has inspired me to tidy up my own page a bit.

Healthy Bran Muffins

I’ve been digging up some old recipes I enjoyed during childhood. This one was a family favourite and by happy coincidence is high in fibre, low in fat, and has no added sugar. It makes a great breakfast on the run or afternoon snack. You can adapt the recipe to include nuts, fruits, spices, sugar, anything you like really. This is my favourite version, recipe below. Be warned, these are not light fluffy cakes, because of all the fruit and bran they are quite dense.






Recipe Instructions:

Pick a mug of any size you like, I used a medium sized one and it would make about 12 muffins or one decent sized loaf.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius

Lightly grease a loaf tin or line a muffin tin with pretty liners.


1 mug all bran

1 mug self raising flour

1 mug dried fruit

1 mug milk

1 egg

1 tsp ground ginger.


1- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes until the bran soften.

2- Place mix into loaf tin or muffin cases and bake for 1-1.5 hours for a loaf and 30mins-1 hour for the muffins, depending on the size. You can tell the cakes are cooked when a skewer comes away clean.

3- Allow to cool and then munch!


Emergency Crochet!

Last weekend I went to visit a friend in the Scottish Borders. However, before I’d even left work I realised I hadn’t packed any winter woolies…disaster in this snowy weather! Luckily I had packed wool and a crochet hook so I quickly got to work on some mitts and a hat. They may not be the highest quality items that I’ve even made but they did the job and kept me warm and cosy over the weekend. Don’t you just love it when crafting comes to the rescue!




Pinterest Picks #11

This week I’ve been thinking a lot about growing things. As I live in a small flat I have no garden and so have been planning ways to grow things with minimal space used. Here’s some of my favourite ideas!

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So there we have it. With some glass jars and some upcycled tins I’m sure I can make my windowsills a haven for tiny plants.



I won a competition! This is very exciting to me as I don’t ever win things! It’s even more exciting as it was a competition by Simply Crochet  so the prize was incredible! I can’t wait to get it home and get to work with it all!

I got loads of yarn (6 balls of wool blend arran, 6 balls of Debbie Bliss Rialto, 4 balls of Rowan fine lace)

I also got 6 (count them…6!) crochet books! Patons Learn to Crochet, Debbie Bliss Simply Crochet, Edie Eckman Around the Corner Crochet Borders, Amy Palanjian So Pretty Crochet, Rowan Lace and Irresistible Gifts To Crochet Vol.2. 

I also got a year’s subscription to Simply Crochet and a selection of hooks and buttons!

What a good day!

New Crochet Collars

Finally, I have managed to photograph and list some of the collars I’ve been making recently. They are in a range of colours, designs and yarns so hopefully there is something to suit everyone (who wants a crochet collar). I am more than happy to make custom orders so if you have a style, colour, yarn not listed just get in touch and I will see what I can do.

Don’t forget that until the end of January all items in my etsy shop are 20% off with the discount code JAN2013.

Here’s a sneak preview but visit the shop for the full range.

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Pinterest Picks #10

This week my Pinterest picks are all around the theme of winter warmers. It’s been chilly here in the UK and with a winter chill comes the desire to get cosy and warm inside. Here are some of my favourite ways to do this.

Firstly, food…what better way to warm up than with a bowl of something comforting (yes, comfort food should almost always come in bowl form).

red lentil coconut soup  - a house in the hills

Navy Bean Soup

Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night by AntoniaJames,  food52:  The beauty of this soup is that it manages to be soul-warming but not overly heavy. The broth is light, and aromatic with wine and marjoram, and you feel like you've won the lottery each time you come across a piece of garlicky sausage. #Soup #Lentil #Sausage


Next, what better way to enjoy this lovely food? Of course, wrapped up in something warm and cosy!

Who wouldn’t love to be sitting here right now?



Banish those winter blues with some bright colours like these!

According to Matt...: Granny Square Blanket.....The Sequel!


Versatile Blogger Award


Before Christmas I was given this award by Jennifer Ross at Winter Owls. I was so honoured that somebody had taken the time to give me this, I feel new and inexperienced in blogging and this was a real confidence booster. Unfortunately, in the Christmas madness I never actually followed it up so I am taking the time now.
There are a few rules that go along with the award:

1.  Display the award certificate on your website.
2.  Announce your win with a post and include a link to whoever presented your award.
3.  Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.  Create a post linking to them and drop them a comment to tip them off.
4.  Post 7 interesting facts about yourself.


I have so far managed 1&2, number 3 will happen throughout the year as I want to take time to read and appreciate a range of blogs before I nominate my 15. I will update here whenever I add a new blog.

And finally here is number 4, I’m not sure I have 7 interesting facts but here are 7 facts (interesting or otherwise) about me.

1- I have been a DJ and club promoter for nearly 9 years now. My friend and I have worked together to build our reputation and we now DJ throughout the UK and across Europe. We play 1960s psychedelic music on original 45s.

2- I work in music education and love to watch students grow and develop in their time with us.

3- I am looking to buy my first flat with my boyfriend, though living in Edinburgh this is not an easy task.

4- I love to exercise, in particular I love cycling, spinning and yoga.

5- I love to cook, a trait that runs through my whole family- we’re food daft!

6- I could spend hours rummaging around charity shops but only if I’m on my own. I don’t shop well in a group.

7- I’ve lost days and sustained several injuries to crochet. Who says it’s for old ladies?
15 Versatile Bloggers:

This will be updated throughout the year.


Crochet Jar Cosy Tutorial

I’ve been loving the crochet jar cosies around at the minute so I had a bash at making my own. I love the patterns they create on the walls when they are light with a tealight.

My design is simple, based on chain stitches and is a great way to use up leftover bits of yarn. I’ve put my pattern below so please feel free to use it.














Jar Cosy Pattern:

This pattern is for personal use only. Please feel free to make your these cosies for yourselves or gifts but please don’t use the pattern to make and sell cosies.


Yarn and an appropriate sized hook.

Clean Jar

Tealight (optional)


Abbreviations (UK terms)

Chain Stitch= ch

Double Crochet= dc

Slip Stitch= sl st



Foundation Row: ch enough to fit snugly around the neck of your jar, sl st to create a ring

Row 1: Ch 2(1st dc), dc into every stitch on ring, sl st

Row 2: *Ch 3 skip 2 dcand sl st into 3rd dc* repeat ** until end of row sl st

Row 3: *Ch 3 sl st into 2nd ch of loop* repeat ** until end of row sl st

Continue as row 3 until the cosy is long enough to fit snugly over your jar (it should stretch a bit to allow the light through).


I hope this pattern makes sense as it is the first pattern I have written. Please let me know if there are any unclear parts/mistakes.

Let me see your pictures if you do make up this pattern!



Pinterest Picks #9

My first Pinterest Picks of 2013. There is no real theme to these picks, other than they are things I’ve made/taken inspiration from recently.

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This cranberry curd featured among the gifts I gave away this Christmas, although I did change the recipe a wee bit to make the curd set a bit more solid it tasted delicious and I’ve had some lovely comments about it.

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Taking inspiration from these wee jar cosies I made some of my own tealight cosies. I’ll get some pictures and the crochet pattern up on here soon.

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And this year I have another wedding to go to and so another crochet blanket to make. I’m currently trying to decide on a design but I love the edging on this one so I think no matter what design I go for this edging will feature.

And there we have my first picks of 2013!