Monday, January 11, 2010

Felting Workshop

You may remember that I headed down to Carlow in October to teach a cosmetics workshop at Nicola's studio.

Now she is returning the favour, and coming here at the end of January to teach a beginners felting workshop.

It's taking place on Sunday January 31st, at Educate Together NS. Cost is 75 euro per participant, and includes all materials. The day starts at 10:00am, and goes till around 4:30pm. Everyone will go home with at least one beautiful completed project ready to frame or stitch into a bag or book cover plus possibly some samples or felt flowers as well!

You can see some photos of previous workshops. Or check out her blog.

If you're interested in the course, please email me at or call/text 087 2222562

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wheat free oatmeal cookie recipe

Here's the recipe for the cookies we made for gifts at Christmas. We are still making them on a weekly basis for one of our friends - she liked them so much. You can make this amount, but only bake what you need and freeze the rest - they cook well from frozen.

Wheat free oatmeal cookie recipe
6oz (170g) butter
1 cup (230g) brown sugar
.5 cup (95g) white sugar
2 eggs
dash vanilla
1.5 (200g) cups spelt flour
1tsp baking soda
.5 tsp salt
2.5 (200g) cups porridge oats
.5 (75g) cup millet
Milk to soak millet, and perhaps a bit more.

To flavour - chocolate chips, cinnamon & raisin, dried cranberries and white chocolate chips

Soak the millet in the milk. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C/340 degrees F

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and flour and mix well. Add everything except the flavourings. Add a little extra milk if necessary to make it slightly runny. If you are using multiple flavourings, divide into 2 or 3 parts, and flavour individually. You need 1 cup of raisin or chocolate chips for the whole mix, so divide this as appropriate.

Use a small teaspoon spoon to drop tiny amounts on a baking sheet - they will spread a little and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Once they are a little brown, place on a cooling rack, and try to stop eating them!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

What we gave, part IV

I gave a lot of felt necklaces this year, but didn't find time to photograph any of them before I presented them. Here, however are a similar selection that I will be selling on etsy soon.


The first is an adjustable cuff - this has been made with someone in mind.



This is a long necklace - adjustable, and with a plastic bead at the end which gives it a bit of weight.


A shorter necklace, white and turquoise, a bit larger than a choker. These are all great for kids....

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What we gave, part III

On Christmas eve, we baked these oatmeal, millet and spelt cookies. Some had choc chips, some had white chocolate chips and cranberries, and some had cinnamon and currants.


Dara and Leo did most of the work, and then we packaged them up in recycled margarine tubs, and delivered some to our neighbours and friends.

We also made truffles, which we labelled as reindeer poo - they were not so photogenic, but delicious nevertheless. We made dark chocolate, milk chocolate, rum and raisin, and pecan and almond. We put 4 into a handmade box, lined with greaseproof paper. All recipients declared themselves delighted.

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