Christmas Decoration Needle felting Course

Today was the second of my Christmas themed decoration courses. We had a wonderful morning creating Father Christmas’s , Penguins and Christmas trees. Three of the participants were completely new to needle felting and did really well gaining all of the basic skills with some fabulous results. Well done! We enjoyed lots of chat, tea and…

Needle Felted Greeting Card Designs

I have been busy today creating designs for my new series of Dog and Cat cards. They are made from recycled fabrics, fleece and thread, then mounted into a window frame card. It is important to me to use as much recycled materials as possible so the background for most designs are old woolly jumpers or…

St David’s Day Welsh Cakes

Happy St David’s Day! To celebrate I made a delicious batch of Welsh cakes to have with a lovely cup of tea. To make it extra special I knitted a tea cosy and made a few crochet daffodils for the top! Welsh Cakes 200grams self raising flour 200grams caster sugar 200grams Welsh butter 100grams currants…

Bakewell cake

I love Bakewell pudding and as I was brought up near Bakewell in Derbyshire I love anything that reminds me of home. This Bakewell cake is different to the traditional pudding but it has that lovely almond flavour and is delicious with a cup of tea.   Recipe 210g Ground almond 210g Butter 210g Caster…

Cheese, Paprika and Chia seed Scones

Baking day in the Dotty kitchen creating some new ideas for savoury scones for afternoon tea. I took my basic cheese scone recipe and added chia seeds the result is delicious especially warmed with mango chutney! Recipe 225g Self raising Flour pinch of salt 1/2 teaspoon English mustard powder 1 teaspoon sweet paprika 1 tablespoon…

January in the Dotty garden

My New Year resolution is to spend more time in my garden and caravan painting.  I love my garden and  decided to use this as inspiration and  to document the months this year with paintings inspired by the plants, flowers, views with an added vintage feel. Below are my paintings and photos from my garden this month.

Country Living Christmas Fair Review

Hurray, it’s November 9th and I’m off to the  Country Living Christmas Fair. Travelling on the high speed from Ashford with much anticipation, I haven’t been to the show for a few years even though I have had my subscription to CL for more than 10 years! I was met by my friend at St Panaceas and…

Victoria Sandwich

The Victoria sandwich may well be the Nation’s all time favourite cake, it is certainly an English classic and my personal favourite! Made from two round fluffy sponge cakes sandwiched together with raspberry jam. The cake was presumably named after Queen Victoria because of her great affection for it. Queen Victoria is said to have…

Autumn Inspired

  With the leaves  turning golden, rosy apples and cosy jumpers, Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. Over the past few weeks I have been putting together a collection of Autumn inspired crockery for seasonal weddings, christenings and parties. Autumn is all about colour, the warm reds, russets and yellows. Looking through…

Wedding Fair

Ashford County Square, Wedding Fair 19-21st October 2017 For the past 3 days I have been at the Wedding Fair at County Square Ashford promoting Dotty’s vintage hire. This is my stand which I am very grateful to Phil for creating at very short notice! My neighbours at the show have been Helen Batt and…

Getting crafty

It has been very busy in the crafty caravan this month. I have been needle felting hares and mice to get ready for a craft fare at Leeds Castle, Kent later this year.

Vintage 1966-16

This year I will be 50! We had a wonderful party in the summer, thank you to all our friends who travelled to see us for a wonderful day.