Faerie Crafts and Hobbies

Variations on Strawberry Jam

My local Morrison’s had a load of strawberries reduced to £2.50 per kg, so I bought the lot. Apart from strawberries for breakfast, snacks and desserts I also had to … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Novelty vodkas for a lovelylady

A while back I tried to make Haribo gold bears vodka. Unfortunately I misjudged the amount of gold bears I should put in there, by quite a lot and ended … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Strawberry Jam

When I started making jam I suddenly found out how easy and how *cheap* it is to do. This weekend I made 9 jars of strawberry jam, for a total … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Basil Vodka

This one is so easy it feels like cheating. I had a little leftover vodka from making blueberry vodka, a nice bushy basil plant and a small bottle.  I have no … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fruit Flavoured Vodkas

I wanted to make raspberry vodka this weekend, but neither the local farmer’s market nor the supermarket had any nice ones. I also wanted to make rhubarb and vanilla vodka and some … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

Cherry Cake

  I really do need to keep in the habit of updating this more often. Sorry. This weekend I made a dairy free cherry cake. It can be made with … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sunshine in a Jar Piccalilli

I find most shop bought Piccalilli too sharp and the flavour of malt vinegar and mustard powder to overwhelming. My mother mentioned the same problem. We both love the idea … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Honeyfree Jewish Honey Cake

  A very lovely friend of mine is allergic to honey, and several friends are lactose intolerant, so I was looking for a cake I could make that was Honey … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Candles from The Eternal Magpie

Last night, being cold, grey and icky in general I decided instead of comfort food I would go for comfort candle. I’d ordered a set of the lovely Steampunk Themed … Continue reading

February 26, 2013 · Leave a comment


  I was planning to do a last post of 2012 with pictures of the cakes and bread I baked, plus all the biscuits I made. Then in the week … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

And now on to baking :-)

    I love baking, and it’s much quicker and easier than sewing too, in fact, you can bake an amazing cake from scratch in under an hour and leave … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

My amazing son is volunteering in Nigeria

So, as many of you know, my amazing son Ashley O’Sullivan is volunteering with VSO and has been posted to Nigeria doing healthcare and AIDS relief! Nothing like being thrown … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment


I managed to photograph my dressmaking patterns this weekend, which led to looking at the pattern sites online and a sudden rapid expansion of my wishlist. McCall’s in particular seemed to have … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

The rest of my fabric stash

I probably need to make a decision as to what to do with some of this, or to give it away. I mean, what am I going to do with … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 6 Comments

Some more thoughts on roving dreads

I am pretty much decided on making my own. I can make them for less than half the price they cost to buy and I can get exactly what I want. … Continue reading

December 16, 2012 · 2 Comments

Costume Inspiration

A collection of photos for costume inspiration for Brass Coast. Again, many are a Pick’n’Mix selection. I will not be baring my midriff, and certainly for March I will not … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

What is this LARP I keep writing about?

Live Action Roleplay or LARP, sometimes LRP, is basically for those of us who never grew up and still like to play dress up and let’s pretend. Remember the old Dungeons and … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

General Patterns for Brass Coast/ Empire

Apart from the £30 challenge, I also intend to sew other costume bits. Of course, some of these are just an excuse to make beautiful clothes that I will also … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Why I keep posting, not sewing

  Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago a lady in Waitrose was in somewhat of a hurry and failed to notice me, or more importantly my right ring finger. She … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Pondering the basics

The first Empire LARP event will be Easter weekend which is end of March/ start of April. While I, and I am sure many others, will be praying for a … Continue reading

December 13, 2012 · 3 Comments

Fabric haul from last weekend

I promised to upload pictures of my fabric haul from Walthamstow. So here goes, lots of lovely loot! As you can see, the bargains I got are amazing. You can’t … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · 5 Comments

Making a costume for Empire for under £30: Part 1, Planning

I really love the idea of this challenge. People spend so much on LARP costumes when there really isn’t any need to do so if you can sew. Even if … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

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