Nettles

July 25, 2014
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As a rule, I’m better with autumnal activities than with summer ones, but I think I’ve come up with something that might be fun!

As a kid, I used to go blackberry picking every summer. They used to grow in almost every hedgerow in North Wales, and they provided us with a huge supply of apple and blackberry crumbles, jams and trifles. Of course, blackberry-picking is still an option, but now that I live in an urban area, they’re not as easy to come by. Nettles are plentiful though!

Nettles grow on ground that has been disturbed, such as old building sites, pathways and even by canals. They’re everywhere! The trick is however, to avoid nettles that grow beside the roadside, as they tend to be contaminated by exhaust fumes. So stick to quieter areas.

When picking nettles take a pair of marigolds, or surgical cloves, or even normal gloves – anything to protect you from the stingers! Cut the nettle-tops at an angle with a pair of scissors (cutting at an angle encourages plant growth, apparently), and store your picked nettles in a carrier bag.

Once home, wash the nettles thoroughly. Keep your gloves on whilst doing this however, as the sting will remain until the nettles come into contact with hot water.

Here are a few recipes to try once you have your foraged plants!

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Birthday badges

May 28, 2014
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I love making these birthday badges as they make a lovely bespoke gift for a young child on their Birthday, and for the family’s I have made them for have said that they love them and keep them in their keepsake box which has been lovely to hear so here I am putting them out there for you to purchase £3.50 each and £1 P&P

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email me at admin@theallcraftblog.com to let me know what colours you would like and number and for payment.

Market Bargains

May 28, 2014
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I love a good Bargain and I had what I consider a good one a lovely Cath Kidston  stitch book for just £2  RRP £16 so I was very happy with it as I have alot of her products and I do love them, so check out your local markets and boot sales find some good bargains and gems !!!!

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Quick Vegetable soup

March 5, 2014
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What I do when i get my weekly shop is, I prep all my veg and put them into my stove steamer( to go in the freezer) and with all the water I make a vegetable soup.
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March 2, 2014
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My craft book collection

March 2, 2014
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Great for inspiration & learning new skills and techniques, I have been given these books and found some in charity shops and market stalls and where I turn to for when I just need a little more inspiration for a new project.

Please forgive my poor quality photography.

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