Even though it doesn’t feel like autumn here in Florida, I cannot resist a good warm scone in October. Trying to use ingredients we had on hand and in honor of yesterday’s being National Apple Day in the UK, I went in search of a great scone recipe to use up some apples. After looking at a few I came across this Apple Cinnamon Scones recipe from Simply Scratch and it is to die for! Not only is it pleasing to the taste buds and to one’s sense of smell, these scones are visually pleasing as well. I used Granny Smith Apples in mine but Laurie from Simply Scratch used Golden Delicious in hers which I am sure would come out just as good. Only lightly sweet, these go great with coffee! Here are a couple more shots of the ones I baked before they disappeared! Enjoy!
It has been a big dream of mine for about the past 5 years to become my own boss and design my own brand of stationery papers, postcards, stickers, labels and things and I am now FINALLY working on making that dream come true. So, as a bit of a preview, I wanted to show a little of what I’ve been working on—a sneak peek if you will.
Above are the corners of some of the letter sets I’ve been working on and developing, some digital manipulations and some hand-drawn designs are included. Below , circle punches with a twist. More to come about that later one.
A shot taken from my usual route to work, just off of St Swithuns Road, in Bridport, (West Dorset). It was a hot July day when I took this, and the sunlight was sufficiently intense to pierce the murkier depths of the River Brit (one of Bridport’s three main rivers) at this point, creating the almost milky shafts of light seen here – and although I’ve walked over this stone bridge many times, I’d rarely seen it looking quite so idyllic as this! 🙂
I am always looking for inspiring projects and ways to flex my creative mind so when I heard about pen pal journals I knew I had to make one to swap with one of my many pals. The recipient of the one I am working on right now is my pal Erin from NY and it has been a blast illustrating it! I’d been doing mostly ink drawings up until now. I decided yesterday to work with my little Koi watercolor travel set and play around with fall coloured leaves! The results are pictured above and below this text. I also experimented with drawing butterflies, inspired by a old calendar I found while rummaging my paper stash (yes, I have a small hoard of craft supplies full of paper bits and other odds and ends). Tomorrow I will show you the finished large butterfly illustration I did for Erin but I have included some small ones I drew and painted in to embellish the page I was writing on. Do you ever hand-draw and paint your embellishments on letters or cards and things? Just curious. Enjoy!
*Sakura Micron Pens in Black ink #08, #03, and #02
*Sakura Koi Watercolour Pocket Field Sketch Box, Set of 12 colours
Special thanks to Alisa Burke through whom I was able to first come to know the Koi Watercolour Field Sketch boxes! Her blog is awesome and a constant inspiration to me!
The Dorset Apple Cake I made the other day was a big hit with my family so I was asked to make another one but instead of leaving it plain as in the one I posted the recipe for here the other day, I added a bit of a glaze to the top. Nothing goes better with apples in autumn than caramel and we happened to have some Dulce de Leche Caramel Sauce on hand we’d purchased from Williams-Sonoma which is the perfect amount of creamy sweetness for this cake. It’s very simple to do. Just prepare the cake as the recipe calls for and while the cake is still warm, spread an even layer of the caramel sauce on top. It will melt slightly and form a nice rich, caramel coating best served with a scoop or two of ice cream! Enjoy!