Having trained as a fine art painter, I have long been wanting to create a 3 dimensional crocheted artwork on canvas, and ta-dah! Here it is!
This has been made with heaps of tiny crocheted flowers made with the most beautiful, top quality cotton rich Scheepjes river and stonewashed yarn in yellow, orange, sky blue and green tones. There is an array of different flower designs in this piece, with lots of delicious texture and hues.
The flowers have been carefully sewn together and then mounted onto a 40cm square and 4cm deep top quality, fine art stretched canvas. A one -off piece, do snap this up if you love it as much as I do! Ideal for any wall in your modern vintage home. A wonderful gift and heirloom.
You can buy this piece here. Why not send someone you love a hug in the post? This star shaped, love heart mandala is the perfect treat for your friends and family to receive, showing them that you are thinking of them. Let me know when ordering if you have a personal message you'd like me to include! Made in 100% pure quality cotton this vibrant crocheted artwork is 30 cm / 12 inch diameter and looks wonderful in any room in your home. Pop it on your table, sideboard or cabinet, under a vase of flowers or frame it! Made with love just for you or your friends, this is made with bright tangerine, hot and pastel pink, mocha and cream hues. Just £13 inc UK postage and you can get in touch to choose your own colours too!
Many people have fallen in love with the Katie Jones designed crochet pattern called The Blooming Bomber Jacket. Normally made with a black background and bold primary colours; this funky one-size-fits-all jacket works in all sorts of colour schemes. This is the third one I've made, and this time I've tried a hippy, boho theme, even adding a wooden button closure.
This is available to buy right now on my website here. Be quick, as I like to make these in one off colour schemes.
If you would like to commission me to make a Blooming Bomber Jacket for you, in colours of your choice please get in touch
Fancy a pure cotton handmade crochet handbag? Look no further than yay retro! Made with thick durable mercerised cotton, this neat little bag is perfect to carry all your daily essentials and even has a vintage button closure.
Recently I have begun making crocheted clothing and yay retro customers seem to love this. This is another version of the Blooming Bomber Jacket pattern, designed by Katie Jones Knits. It's made from super soft Aran yarn and this time I've made in my customer's colour choices, with teal green as the main colour. The pockets this time around are striped and feature bobbles which match the ones on the sleeves. With all the colours of the rainbow teamed up with a green base this striking jacket looks amazing on. It's a boxy unfitted shape meaning it suits a wide range of body shapes and sizes - ideal when making clothing to suit everyone. For a limited time, I can take special order requests for these jackets though would prefer each jacket I make to be of a different colour to keep it interesting for me. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.
I've just completed crocheting this cute light weight summer jacket. Crocheted in cream, lime green and fuchsia, it has a button tab neckline and a big watermelon motif pocket - this has a matching button to close. Neat, and stylish this can be dressed up or down with a dress or t shirt and jeans. You can find out more about this cute cardi here.
This is the amazing 'Square Deal Sweater' pattern crocheted with Super soft Aran yarn. This retro styled pattern brings back the 1970s and is a simply fabulous, comfy jumper to chuck on when it gets chilly. It features detailed bell sleeves and a fantastic psychedelic pattern front and back! Find out more and buy this retro styled handmade jumper here
Recently a friend gave me a Golden Hands crochet book from 1974, inside was an amazing pattern for a crocheted beach wrap.
This pattern features a loose openwork design of an array of stitches in rainbow colours to create a loose fitting jacket, ideal for summer or as a coverall in winter. I've shorted the bell sleeves to just below the elbow, making it an easier wear when working or going about your daily bits and bobs. I've had two customers ask me for these in just a week and I think you can see why.
Recently I have begun making crocheted clothing and this has been a very popular idea with yay retro customers. This is the Blooming Bomber Jacket pattern, designed by Katie Jones Knits. It's made from super soft Aran yarn and features crazy flower power pockets! With all the colours of the rainbow teamed up with a black base this striking jacket looks amazing on. It's a boxy unfitted shape meaning it suits a wide range of body shapes and sizes - ideal when making clothing to suit everyone. For a limited time, I can take special order requests for these jackets though would prefer each jacket I make to be of a different colour to keep it interesting for me. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas.
Here's the easiest recipe for coffee and walnut cake - why buy from the shop when you can whip something up really fast? I've made these this morning in the space of about 30 minutes all in. Now the way I cook is slap dash and I absolutely cannot be bothered with following a proper recipe. As long as you follow the basic ratios in cake ingredients you are going to be fine.
Victoria Sponge Cake Ratios - your need to know facts!
The ratios of ingredients are:
8oz SR Flour, 8oz Sugar, 8oz Fat to 4 eggs (add 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder)
6oz SR Flour, 6oz Sugar, 6oz Fat to 3 eggs (add 1.25 teaspoons of baking powder)
4oz SR Flour, 4oz Sugar, 4oz Fat to 2 eggs (add 1 teaspoon of baking powder)
Get the idea? In my head I just think half the no. of eggs to the ounces of flour if you get me.
Using common sense, choose your amounts according to your sandwich tin size. Or if you wish you can use the same recipe and make fairy/cupcakes in cake cases.
Quickly Make A Coffee & Walnut Sponge Cake:
Right, so I'm assuming you greased and lined your sandwich tin, or chucked your cake cases in your muffin tin, and you've turned your oven on to 180c.
Boil the kettle and in a cup add 3 teaspoons of instant coffee. Now add the smallest amount of boiling water you possibly can and mix together. Allow to cool.
Roughly chop up some walnuts. As many as you fancy...around a handful?
Throw all the ingredients (except the coffee & nuts) in a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric hand held mixer until its light and creamy. Now add the coffee, nuts and mix. Divide it into your sandwich tins or cake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes. The cakes are done when golden brown and you can insert a knife and it comes out clean. Leave on wire rack to cool.
How about the Coffee Icing?
Boil the kettle and in a cup add 2 teaspoons of instant coffee. Now add the smallest amount of boiling water you possibly can and mix together. Allow to cool.
I never weigh out icing sugar it's too messy. Spoon a load into a large bowl (or even better put it in your food mixer). Now add some butter or margarine - about a tablespoon or less, the idea is just to blend the icing sugar together you don't need a lot. Now add small amounts of the coffee mixture until you have a thick, smooth blend of icing. Never add liquid in large amounts otherwise you will end up with watery icing and it's very hard to get back to a stiffer mix.
When the cakes are cool, with a knife smooth the icing on to your sandwich cake base, pop the top on and ice the top too. Or just ice the top of your fairy cakes.
All sorted? Enjoy with a fab cup of tea or coffee!