Tagged: Crafts

Recipe: Miracle Wholemeal Bread

Illustration of a lady baking against a starry sky

These bread rolls are the tastiest I have ever eaten! My Mum showed me how to make them at the weekend and although they take a while, they are more than worth it. They are so lovely, I didn’t manage to get a photo before they were all eaten!

The rolls are light but full of flavour and their texture is soft and so delicious its amazing I didn’t eat all 12 in one sitting! I try not to eat too much bread, but when this comes out of the oven it screams for butter and to be eaten immediately, and I cant resist it.

These rolls are made in two stages, and need to rest for 12 to 18 hours so they’re perfect for making at the weekend.

Step 1:


  • 5g fresh yeast or 3g dried yeast
  • 130ml water at about 20C
  • 150g stoneground wholemeal flour

Dissolve the yeast in some of the water and add it to the flour with the rest of the water.

Mix until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Put the mixture in a bowl large enough for the mix to expand up to three times its current size. Cover with a lid or a plastic bag/cling film. Leave it at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours.

Step 2:

The following day…


  • 450g wholemeal flour
  • 5g salt
  • 270ml water at about 30 – 35C
  • 15g butter or olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together to make a soft dough. Knead the dough without adding extra flour. It will be sticky to start with, just persist with it. The mixture should be stretchy and not dry.

Cover and leave to rise for one hour.

Divide the dough into 12 rolls and dip into wholemeal flour and place them on a baking tray at least 2cm apart. Cover the tray with a large plastic bag ensuring that it doesn’t touch the rolls. Leave them to rise until the rolls just touch each other.

Bake at 220C for 10 to 15 minutes. Add a small tray of water to the bottom of the oven to make the crusts go crispier.


A little note: I don’t know who’s recipe this is – its from a newspaper originally, but I don’t know which one. I’d love to credit the creator of these fabulous rolls but I cant, so I’ll thank the bread gods for this instead!

Indie Shop Love: Flo Jo Boutique

Photos of Flo Jo Boutique

Flo Jo Boutique

Address: 36B Gloucester Road Road, Bristol, BS7 8AR
Website: Flo-Jo Boutique.co.uk
Twitter: @Flojoboutique
Facebook: Flo Jo Boutique

Flo Jo Boutique is a gorgeous haberdashery shop on Gloucester Road that also runs sewing workshops. Its packed with sewing and crafting goodies, think pom pom trim, printed bias binding, Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics and velvet ribbons. Half of the boutique is dedicated to lovely haberdashery, and the other half is filled with workshop space for the sewing classes they run (check out the sewing classes here).

Flo Jo also has some really cute knicker making kits – I really want to have a go doing this, as they look so pretty. They run knicker making parties which look like such a great idea for something a bit different to do with a bunch of friends.

I really love how the boutique carries sewing accessories that all co-ordinate: the fabric and trimmings all go together really easily.

Photos of ribbons and thread

Photos of fabric

Photo of fabric and cute gifts

Photo of a knicker making kit

Have you visited Flo Jo? Are you going to do any of their sewing classes?

How to make felt flowers tutorial

Photo of four felt flower decorations

These felt flower decorations are really quick and easy to make (they are super cheap too!). I’ve made these in Spring time colours, but I think they would look equally good in white and red for Christmas.

I’ve put together a PDF instruction sheet so you can learn how to make these cute felt flower decorations too, click on the image or the link below to download the PDF:

Illustration of the sewing steps needed to sew felt flowers

>How to make felt flowers PDF

I think these flowers cost about £1 each to make, as sheets of felt cost about 40 – 50p from craft shops, plus the other bits and pieces which you probably already have to hand. With the ribbon, I bought a discounted roll of spotty ribbon at HobbyCraft which cost about a £1 and is 3 meters long. As with most things, eBay will have all of these goodies 😉

Have you tried making felt flowers like these before? What colours did you make?

I’m on Pinterest

Like everyone else and their grandmothers, I’m also on Pinterest, so lets share pins and neat stuff yeah?

>> Follow me on Pinterest here

Here is a taster of some of my favourite boards:

Inspiring Nails board

Screenshot of a pinterest board of nail art pictures

Felt board

Screen shot of Pinterest board with felt crafts

Fabric Wonderland board

Screen shot of pinterest board featuring fabric

I’ve been really enjoying browsing all the great stuff people find and share, especially the craft projects and nail art. There are some seriously talented people out there on the internet!

What are the best things you’ve found on Pinterest?