Monday, 30 July 2007

Look what Miss Bunny did!

A few posts earlier, I mentioned that I had swapped some lovely black high heel shoes with Bunny on Etsy. Well, she's finished customising them and listed them in her shop. Skullerflies! Who would have guessed! But how gorgeous are these?
I can't believe it's been nearly 2 weeks since I last posted - can't really stop and post a long one now but I'll come back tomorrow and fill in some spaces!! I've got some new prints, reworked some old ones and am thinking about a second website so I have been busy - at least, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Peanut Butter Scrumptiousness :)

There's a rather nice lady on Etsy called Marmalady who makes the scrummiest, moistest, most delicious flapjacks I've ever tasted. Many of the girls in the UK Street Team are, to put it politely, addicted to them and keep Marmalady busy sending out food parcels.

Well, she only went on holiday for two whole weeks - the withdrawal symptoms got so bad, I had to make my own. I dug out an old baking recipe book but before I got to the flapjack recipe, I found our old favourite - Peanut Butter Cookies. During the usual mayhem chat that is the UK thread, someone asked about them so here is the recipe I use for those who want to give them a try.
5 oz (140g) plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 oz (115g) butter (at room temp)
5 3/4 oz light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
9 1/2 oz crunchy peanut butter

Oven temp. 350F/180C/gas4 - makes 24 large cookies

The original recipe says to cream the butter and sugar, then add the peanut butter, egg, vanilla essence, mix then add dry ingredients. Mix well then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to firm up. Grease up two trays and use a teaspoon to gather a small blob of mixture, roll into a ball between your palms, plop on tray then flatten slightly with a fork. Put in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Leave to cool on tray for 2 or 3 minutes before transfering to a cooling rack.

I, on the otherhand, used self raising flour, no bicarb and a butter substitute, threw everything in together and left it to chill for an hour! Then I used baking parchment on 4 trays, rolled out small balls indeed and flattened with a fork as instructed.
Unfortunately, I have a narrow cooker so in putting 12 on a narrow baking sheet, I didn't leave them much room to spread even though I had made the balls smaller than last time (due to a scribbled note in my book!) so I ended up with nearly 40 smaller cookies.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Knickers Rule OK?

Friday nights the UK Etsy girls have a regular chat and so far, it's proving great for building my stash of great artwork. Now I've just got to get all these wonderful prints mounted and framed! Last Friday I managed to flog a pair of shoes I bought in lust but never wore. The wonderfully talented Bunny is going to work her magic on them and turn them into a really really kick ass pair of shoes. Have a look at her shop on Etsy to see what she does to them!

Not only does she customise shoes but she's also a really talented artist so when I had my pick of prints I chose her lovely Knickerville print. It was her entry to the UK Street Team Red Nose day challenge.
This morning the postie arrived with a decorated envelope so I sorta guessed who it was from :) but when I opened it, a mini stack of goodies fell out. Darling Bunny had added a couple of extra bits for me, including 'But I thought I was the prettiest...' a gorgeous print which I very nearly chose instead of Knickerville

So go have a look - you might find those shoes you've been looking for!

Friday, 6 July 2007

Another Great Trade!

Well, it's been quiet here but I did manage to pull off another trade this week! The UK Etsy girls chat on a Friday night and someone mentioned a trade. I was just about to type 'Me too!' when Alicub said that she was up for a trade. Well, I nearly did a dance on the spot - I've been eyeing up her Geisha print ever since she listed it on Etsy, so I jumped in and just asked! :) And she said Yes!

So, to give her a greater choice than is currently in my shop, I sent her a link to a little slideshow I've built and she chose this one which is the only tulip like this in my garden. It was obviously an odd bulb in the box!