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Friday, 18 September 2020

Petit pains

These little breads are so easy and economical to make, I've baked them several times and along with my favourite focaccia this has become my go-to recipe when I'm in a hurry and need a simple bread to accompany a meal.

Originally in French on, I translated and slightly adapted the recipe.


For 8x petit pains ( Double the recipe as needed)


-          - 500 g flour

-          - 20 g yeast

-          - 3 dl lukewarm water

-          - 1 ts salt



- Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water

- Mix the flour and salt, make a well and add the water/yeast.

- Knead until you have a nice, smooth dough.

- Leave the dough to rest about 30 minutes.

- Shape into small balls and place on your oven tray – Use baking paper for easy cleaning.

- Leave to rise for about an hour, or until double in size.

- Sprinkle with water and bake for about 20 minutes or until done in a 220 degrees oven.


Petit pains


Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Christmas ornament 2020

It’s soon ‘that time of year’ again, and true to traditions I have a little present for you – A free Christmas ornament design.

Each year is a little different and this time it’s a small portrait of the Madonna and child, re-charted from a hand painted Berlin woolwork original.

In the photo you can see the original chart and my reproduction, stitched on 28ct white linen then finished with an antique hemstitch border.

The pattern is actually all solid stitches, so there is no limit to how creative you can get with the design. It can be worked in cross stitch, tent stitch, petit point, beads, or a mix of different stitches.

I finished it off with a hemstitch, but it could be sewed into a little cushion style ornament, or small framed picture. 

The chart is available as an instant download here:

Hemstitch tutorial:


Christmas ornament 2020

Work in progress