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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Star Baker

Saturday is a busy day here in our household.  The day starts early like any other week day as my eldest daughter L goes to the RNCM ( The Royal Northern College of Music ) for the young talented, she is a pianist.

The college is in the City ... Yucky ... I am not a city fan, all that traffic and impatient drivers.  It is quite a long drive and takes us 45 mins in and 45 mins back which we have to do twice of course.  My other children are so patient, I set up the Car DVD player and stack them with drinks and food.

We have decided however to use our time in between on trying out new recipes, today we  tried Paul Hollywoods Ciabatta. yummy !  My second eldest daughter S was the main baker, I was the equivalent to Mel and Sue.

The recipe for Ciabatta in Pauls Book

So when we got back my lovely S and I set about to get it all together ... we were excited after having just watched Paul Hollywood do it last night on TV (is anyone else a fan of the Great British Bake Off )

Using Strong Flour, Salt Yeast and 400 Ml of water ... then to grease the 2L Tub
We made sure to beat it for 15 mins ... (It actually doesn't say that in his book , but he did say that last night I am sure of it, S was not BUT I was and so we did!)  Its nice being the Mummy sometimes, we do get the last say ... we had a great laugh about it ..

Wrapped in a simple Plastic Bag
 We don't have a proofing drawer in our little humble kitchen,  so we used a plastic bag, and kept it close to the oven which was cooking our chicken casserole ... Paul said it was ok and whats good enough for Paul is for us too.

A whole hour seemed a little excessive at first to wait for proofing but we were determined to do it right and we were glad we did, just look at this ....

A heavily floured surface and as a Tip ( which is also not in the book but was on last nights show ! )  To use a little bit of semolina in the flour and on top of the Ciabatta .... )  We were happy that we watched the show last night !

Great Tip, Sprinkle with Semolina and use a little on the surface with the flour
It was so exciting to see this wonderful dough fall out in one piece on our "heavily floured" surface ... 
Next was to cut the dough first in half and then in half again, sprinkle more of the semolina on top and voila, it was ready for putting on the trays and ... no not baking ... not yet, we had to wait another 20 mins to rest the dough...  phew, all this waiting, but Paul does say it will be worth it doesn't he.

Then to cook for 20 - 25 mins and here you have it perfect Ciabatta ... Don't you think that ours or should I say S,s look just the same as Pauls..

I have to say it was actually pretty perfect, well done S you are Star Baker today ! 

We ate it with a lovely homemade chicken casserole, perfect for the Autumn day that we had today and especially comforting after all that travelling.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Lots of love MyLittleCorner.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sisters - First Workshop

I have had  a very busy morning together with my Sister and I would like to thank all the lovely ladies that came to "Sisters" first workshop.

I was a little nervous because I have never done anything like this before, well at least not for anything crafty.  But it was really lovely and very relaxed.  I was so pleased that one of our lovely ladies who was quite new to the wonderful world of crotchet, came away with a basic granny square, that she had made herself.

My lovely sister P and I are so excited about our new adventure into our small business "sisters", we have a lot of things to work on and all of our ideas are just rolling around in our heads. 

I think that considering that we are juggling 11 children between us, all under 14 and running very busy households we are not doing too bad. 

If anyone has any Tips on running workshops for Crochet I would love to hear them.

Hope you all had a great day.

Lots of love from MyLittleCorner

Friday, October 3, 2014

Finally ... Organised

It has taken a while but I think I have finally organised a lovely Working Space in my Conservatory.  I love it especially as one end is cosy and comfy and the other end is all organised to get crafting.

The light in this room is fabulous and in the evening the lighting all around the ceiling on the edges creates a very cozy feel.

It has been fun prettifing  this space.  ( I know prettifing is not a word but I do like it ! )

There are pretty colours and gorgeous bits and bobs are all around me in this space and I just love it.

 Prettifing the ribbon box was fun ... we have so much ribbon ( you know how it is .. you see it and have to have it, not sure why or what your going to do with it , but it has to be bought ! ) 

Voila,  isn't that better ....  dolly Pegs, Ribbon and a round metal tin .. (a pretty one of course)

Now all I have to do is start organising our first workshop.  It is going to be something simple, and its going to be a crochet workshop.  Wish me luck.

How has your day been going ?

Lots of love from MyLittleCorner

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A New Working Space

Since our move to the UK I have been trying to organise everything, especially a new working space.....  

On the back of the house we have the luxury of a wonderful Conservatory and I have spent most of  the day trying to organise a working space ...  It is still in a major chaotic state but I think it starts to look cosy..  Do you ?

I love the light in this room its brilliant and it will be really nice to sew and work in.  We are hoping to run our workshops here too so I hope to get get everything ready this week.  Its exciting but a little scary too to be honest.

The spaces on the surrounding window sills are proving to be a great storage area, I  just need to organise it so it looks pretty !!

I love how I can display my spinning wheel which was a wonderful gift from a lovely friend in Holland ... I just need to learn how to use it now. x

 Hopefully tomorrow the space will look more organised .... if I manage it I will of course post pictures.

What do you think ?

Lots of love from MyLittleCorner

Sunday, September 28, 2014

First Pattern Sewing Kit (part 2)

As promised a few more pictures of our lovely Upside Down Pixie Hats Sewing Kits for you .  Making up these kits has been a lot of fun and has been a family effort.  My Lovely L has been our technical support and my Lovely S has been a great hands on with making up the kits. 

Once all the pieces of material were cut to size and ironed, and the buttons and ribbons organised, everything was ready ti put the kits together. 

 We decided to hand sew the wooden buttons on a small cream card and to include the pins needed to hold the ribbon in place before sewing. We think it added a nice personal touch.  My Lovely S helped a lot with this.

Voila ... our first Kit ... I am so happy with the result and am excited to place them in our little shop, I think it is  a bargain for 4.95 don't you ? 

We wrapped the pattern, the instructions and the materials in a cellophane A4 Sleeve...and there you have it..... Our very first Sewing Pattern Kit.   Yeah !! 

We have been working on another kit today for a simple Pin Cushion for beginners, this will be the cover photo for the pattern.  What do you think ?

Hope you have had a lovely day.

Lots of love MyLittleCorner

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sisters .. First Pattern and Sewing Kit

Our first written pattern and sewing kit is ready .... The Upside Down Pixie Hat .. 

I have a new found respect for those who write up patterns ... it is so time consuming and takes a great deal of thought.

My sister and I spent most of the day doing just that, with lots of technical help from my lovely daughter L.   We took it step by step, literally, from drawing up the pattern and writing down every step while we made the Upside Down Pixie Hat.  We included lots of coloured photos for easy understanding which I always appreciate, don't you ?

I have been making these Pixie Hats for quite a few years now as gifts for family and friends.  They really are simple to make and with our kits even simpler.  Once you have the pattern, you can make them in any material that you want and embellish it to your personal taste. 

We will be offering these patterns really soon on our Etsy Shop but for now they will be on our Stall at Botany Bay, Chorley in Lancashire. for just 4.95 British Pounds. 

I must admit though I am exhausted now and look forward to cwtching up with a nice cup of chamomile tea. I hope that you like them, if your interested in buying one before they reach the shop just let me know and I will post one to you.

I am sorry that  I don't have a picture yet of the finished patterns packed and ready to go because by the time I had packed up everything the light had gone ... but I will post them as soon as I can.

What have you all been up to today.  
Lots of love  MyLittleCorner