Emilie at work asked for my recipe, so here you are Emilie! x (It’s a cake really.)
I make Banana Bread because I always have frozen bananas in the freezer (peel before you freeze). And I always have paper loaf tin liners in the cupboard so there’s no phaffing around greasing and lining. This is by far the fastest laziest cake I can make and it’s scrummy. It’s an easy one to throw together for visitors or as something to take into the office.
Let’s quickly talk about the + Stuff. You can stick pretty much whatever you have going spare in this cake. Dried fruit, chocolate, seeds, chopped nuts, old sweets. I discourage from spontaneously adding dried coconut as I find it tends to dry out batters and this cake is best moist. I save random chocolates for throwing into baked goods – cheap chocolate that doesn’t taste that special on its own is lovely as chunks in a cake.
The example pictured here has sultanas, pumpkin seeds and some random leftover chocolate box chocolates that were won in a raffle (I used all the truffle/nut/fudge ones and binned the strawberry/coffee creams because they really weren’t going to work in banana bread).
300g self raising flour
pinch of salt
75g butter/coconut oil/vegetable oil (I tend to use a mixture)
100g soft brown sugar
2 large/3 small bananas mashed
e.g. handful chopped chocolate
handful chopped nuts
1/ oven = 180*C fan
2/ cream fats, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat in eggs. Stir in mashed bananas.
3/ work in dry ingredients
4/ stir in +Stuff
5/ put liner in loaf tin and fill with mixture
6/ bake for 30min in middle of oven and then test for moist crumb.
7/ bake for an additional 5- 10min at a time as required. If you’re worried the top might burn, cover with a bit of foil and continue cooking in the oven.
If you’re a terrible person you can spread nuttela on it.
I also have a really good flapjack recipe on my About page. Don’t bother making it if you’re on a diet.
I’m involved in running the Otome Sewing Bee Summer Sew Along and this season its all about handmade bags.
Of the 3 patterns we are featuring (above), I’m in charge of the Frilly Pillow Bag.
Its a great practicle sized bag that holds A4, so is bound to be useful. These style bags are a solid trend in Japan at the moment amongst Larme brands like RoseMarie Seoir, Katie and Maison De Fleur.
Here are the instructions and pattern.
The publication that inspired this project is Eternita, which I can not recommend enough. Gorgous mook.
For those wanting to have a go at the gothic cross closure, here’s the pattern. (Instructions to be added at a later date).
So good old Hyper Japan have invited us back to conduct more fuzzy felty madness. We are aiming for a complete ticket sell out like last time.
The information is now live on the official HJ website and elaborated on below for your enjoyment……..
Hyper Japan 14th-16th July 2017, Tobacco Dock, London
We are excited to welcome back to the J-Culture Activities Studio, Jessica Corlett from Flapjac, with more cute needle felting craft workshops. Last year her popular workshop sold out within 1 hr of tickets going on sale. This year there will be many needle felt workshops running throughout the weekend, so purchase your class space early to avoid disappointment.
Workshop 1: My pet Snow Rabbit
Learn the art of Japanese needle felting whilst making you very own pet snow rabbit. We are happy to say these are just as cute, but much warmer and cuddlier than the icy Japanese originals! Pop your new fuzzy pet in your pocket to take home.
Workshop 2: Kawaii Needle Felt Friends
Everyone loves kittens and bunnies right? Handmake your very own Japanese Needle Felt Friend and wear them home as either a keychain or a brooch. These adorable accessories make perfect gifts. Try out this kawaii, fuzzy and surprisingly easy craft technique.
- Friday the 14th, Saturday the 15th, Sunday the 16th, All day
- £5 Per person
- Recommended for teenagers and adults due to sharp tools
- No advance bookings. Tickets available on the day of the event only.
- Classes can be paid for at J-Culture Activity Workshop reception.
- You should be at the J-Culture Activity Workshop 10 minutes before the starting time for the activity.
Join the Facebook event for all the news and updates on these fuzzy felty workshops.
…….it’s glitter o’clock.
Buying some of the specialist materials solo can be a bit pricey up front. Workshops have been a great way to either split the costs between a group, or trial the craft before ordering your own supplies.
I love how versatile resin is. We’ve used all sorts: colouring the resin with eye shadow, using up nail art glitters, raiding the hedgerows and drying flowers in the microwave (yes that is a thing!) and laminating tiny pictures with sellotape before casting them in resin.
Silicon moulds and glitter:
Scroll on for all the sparkly goodness…… I have a macro lens and I am not afraid to use it.
The mystical UV lamp of casting magic….
Naughty pug puppy joins the workshop.