My new beach towels are now available online. There is a fun and colourful deck chair scene with a super sweet wish you were here stamp. And also a beach essentials scene made from an original a watercolour painting of mine. Made with super-soft pure cotton for added comfort they are the perfect accessory for the beach or poolside.
Exclusively at Debenhams
Pink Deck Chair Beach Towel, £20
My new spring collection for Debenhams is now available in stores across the UK now.
This years collection is a fruity tutti arrange of watercolor prints, colourful spots and stripes and playful slogans. It's a really cheerful collection of kitchenware with everything you need for perfect summer entertaining.
New products to this years range include the Hello Sunshine Mason Jar perfect for homemade lemonade, watercolour spot cool bag and lunch bag which is a totally new shape for us. It looks great with the bright coloured zippers and handles don't you think?
My Spring collection is starting to appear online at Debenhams.com and is being delivered to stores over the next few weeks. I thought I'd share some of my watercolour prints that feature on the new collection. The range is full of handpainted fruits and flowers. Blotchy spot prints and wobbly handpainted stripes. These gorgeous prints are perfect for bringing a touch of summer to your home, whether the weather is on our side or not! From picnic rugs and melamine to kitchen textiles there is everything you need for outdoor dining this summer. I'll be featuring the product range soon, so stay tuned.
It's Mother's day this Sunday, why not spoil her with some afternoon tea treats. These homemade miniature scones and brownies are really easy to whip up in an afternoon. And they keep really well in an air tight container too. So you can make them a few days in advance. They are sooo tasty and guaranteed to impress your Mum with your baking skills, even if your a hopeless cook.
I due to become a Mother myself in a few weeks time which is a very strange feeling. I can't imagine what it's going to be like. It makes me feel closer to my own Mum as carrying a child has been such an amazing journey. It's an incredible roller coaster of emotions of exciting highs and worrying lows. We are counting down the days now until we meet our baby!
& Lemon Scones
200g Self Raising Flour
50g caster sugar
A pinch of salt
50g Icing sugar
Rub the butter into the flour, add the
caster sugar, salt and whole blueberries.
Finely grate the lemon rind and add to
Mix in the milk with a round bladed
knife to make into a soft dough.
Knead lightly on a floured board,
separate into 8-12 pieces. Roll these in a ball and then flatten them into disk
shapes cut the edges off with a small crinkle circular cutter.
Brush tops with
a little milk to glaze.
Bake at 200oC in preheated oven for
10-12mins or until risen and brown.
Mix the icing sugar with lemon juice
until smooth and runny.
Drizzle the icing over the top of the scones
with the back of a spoon
when the scones are completely cold.
& Macadamia Nut Brownies
500g caster sugar
100g cocoa powder
4 eggs, beaten
100g self-raising flour
2 ripe pears
100g macadamia nuts
Melt all the butter in a large mixing
bowl in the microwave or in a saucepan over a low heat.
Add the sugar and cocoa powder, mixing
well. Leave to cool.
Meanwhile peel the pears, cut out the
core and dice into small pieces.
Roughly chop the macadamia nuts.
Beat the eggs and add to the cocoa
Then add the flour, followed by the
nuts and pear pieces.
Preheat the oven to 180oC, Pour the
mixture into a baking tin (mine was 20x30cm)
Bake for 35mins, or until set on top.
Take care not to overcook them, they should be soft and gooey.
Leave to cool completely and cut into
approx 24 pieces.
Photographed using my Heirloom ceramic collection at Debenhams.
My new Spring/Summer collection for Debenhams has now started to appear online.
It's a gorgeous range of picnic wear and kitchen textiles. Perfect for alfresco dinning, when spring finally arrives! This year the collection is full of hand-painted fruits and flower, inky spots and even a quirky lemonade glass with watercolour lemon slices!
With a new year comes a new collection of course, so here is a sneak peek of my Spring/Summer range for Debenhams. This collection is a fun, colourful, cheerful range perfect for alfresco dining. Full of handpainted fruits, flowers, watercolour spots and happy slogans. The range is due to hit stores in March 2017.
These last minute mince pies are perfect to whip up with the kids on Christmas eve to leave out for Santa. They are bite size, light and packed with flavour. With crispy filo pastry cases, dried fruit centers and topped with a marzipan star. So easy you can do them with all the family to keep them busy on the run up to the big day.
packet of filo pastry (250g)
jar of mincemeat (400g)
golden marzipan (ready to roll)
your filo pastry out of the fridge (but not out of the plastic wrapper) leave
to adjust to room temperature for a couple of hours before you start.
the oven to 200oC
the butter in the microwave for 30seconds then take two 12 hole baking tin and
lightly brush with the butter.
the filo pastry, take one sheet, brush with butter then top with another sheet.
into 8 pieces, brush one side with butter and fold each piece in half.
the filo pieces into the prepared tray, filling each hole.
with a little butter on the edges of the pastry cases.
for 10 mins.
out the marzipan to the width of a pound coin.
out star shapes using a small star cutter.
the filo cases out the oven and add a spoonful of mincemeat and top with a
Christmas dinner made easy with my limited edition tableware at Debenhams. The collection features hand-painted song lyrics, robins and leaping deers, perfect to get you and your guests into the festive spirit.
Exclusive to Debenhams
Shop in stores nationwide or online for a limited time only. Items from £5.
This recipe is a quick
and easy version of the classic Christmas cake. It's a lovely way to
get into the Christmas spirit and a great thing to have in the house
if you are expecting a few visitors over the Christmas season. It
will keep in a cake tin for 2-3 weeks. You can also drizzle brandy to
the top of the cake before you ice it. Just poke some holes into the
baked cake and spoon a little brandy over the top. Leave to soak in
for 20 mins and then top with marzipan and icing as below.
For the fruit cake...
175g Golden caster
3 Large eggs
175g Plain flour
1 ½ tsp mixed spice
500g Pre-soaked mixed
200g Glacé cherries
500g ready to roll
500g ready to roll
royal icing sugar
Preheat the oven to
Soften the butter in
the microwave for 30 seconds, add the sugar and mix well.
Beat in the eggs bit by
bit and mix in the flour and mixed spice.
Cut the cherries in
half and then add these along with the dried fruit.
Add baking paper to the
bottom of a traybake tin, mine measures 11 x 7 inches.
Add the cake mixture to
the tin and bake for 45-50mins.
Allow to cool
completely. Then take the cake carefully out of the tin, I flipped
mine onto a glass worktop saver. But this can be tricky as it is a
Meanwhile take the
marzipan and roll out to the size of you traybake tin. This requires
some serious muscle power! I'd recommend to draw around your traybake
tin first on some baking paper. Warm the marzipan slightly in the
cooling over and add it to the baking paper. Then add another sheet
of baking paper to the top of the marzipan (so it is between two
sheets) and get rolling!
After this do the same
with your royal icing and roll out to the size of your traybake tin.
Finally piece it all
together, first add a few spoons of the jam to a small bowl and warm
in the microwave for 15seconds.
Take a brush and brush
the top of the cake with jam.
Add your rolled out
marzipan to the top of your cake and then your rolled out icing.
Trim the sides, taking
off all the excess marzipan and icing.
My Christmas collection is now available at Debenhams. This season's theme is Christmas Woodland, look out for the leaping deers, watercolour bunnies, pheasants and robins. Its a beautiful collection using my hand painted woodland imagery. Typography plays a big part in this years range, with seasonal inspired phrases and classic sing-a-long jingles.
All products are limited edition and are exclusive to Debenhams.
Please click the links to shop the full range or please get in touch with the Debenhams customer services on 0844 800 8877 to order directly. The collection
is available for a few months only as it is a special Christmas commission I've
done for them.
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