My name is Stephanie Weightman, founder of Tattered Lace® dies and Crafting.co.uk. Currently I'm living with my husband Karl and our three lovely dogs, Betty, Barney and Grace in Derbyshire, UK. My favourite vegetable is cabbage and my passion is, as you might have guessed, crafting!
I hope you are well. First of all I want to apologise that I haven’t written a blog post in a while. After I came back from America everything was really hectic and I just found the time to sit down and write for you, before I’m heading to Germany for the HSE24 show!
Well first of all I’ve had a great time across the pond in America and I’ve met lovely new crafters and I have to say I was really surprised to see and hear that almost all of the US Crafters planned everything in detail for Christmas. I thought I’ll start decorating in the next couple of weeks, oh I look forward to it!
I’ve had some great weather, but unfortunately in Houston we’ve had a severe weather warning and believe me I’ve never seen as much rain anywhere. One day the friendly taxi driver was dropping me off directly in front of the entrance and I was probably just 2.5 meters away, but I was absolutely soaked through! I never experienced anything like this before and I think I won’t complain about our weather at home anymore. Well it’s not like that I would complain – maybe only mention it 😉
Here is a picture from Houston (not raining)
This was in Grand Rapids:
And here in Phoenix
Sarah Payne was with me at the Houston show in America and I have to say that she is really brave and experimental. One night we went out for dinner and they had some exotic meals on offer. Sarah went straight for the roasted Grasshopper in a wrap…
Well I can truly say I enjoyed myself in America and I’m more than sure that it won’t be the last time.
Now I will start sorting my Christmas decorations and start packing my suit case again for Germany. I’ve heard that their Christmas markets are starting soon and I believe I have to try the Bratwurst Semmel (sausage roll) with a Glühwein (mulled wine) so fingers crossed they are already open!
Good morning Crafters or should I say good afternoon…
I’ve arrived safe in America and had a quite good flight. But I can tell you guys I’m still struggling a bit with the time difference, as Grand Rapids is 5 hours behind the UK time.
Today I’m actually heading to Houston for the Quilt Shows, as the Trade show is starting tomorrow. Then next Wednesday the consumer show begins and I’ll be on my way to Phoenix.
Oh guys I have to say that I’ve had such an amazing time in Grand Rapids and I think we’ve had the better weather than you guys in the UK. I’ve talked with Karl and he told me that it’s getting colder every day now!
And by the way, don’t forget to change the clocks on Sunday – which means one more hour in bed. Even if I’m actually not a long sleeper.
I hope you are all well and I’ll keep you posted! Pictures are following!
I’m leaving England and jetting off to what is hopefully a very sunny America to have lots of fun crafting—typical!
But don’t panic, everyone – I’ll return beginning of November with lots of stories to tell.
Is anyone planning to go there soon? If you are then I’d love to hear about your crafting plans (or if you’re just going to enjoy a break from the wonderful British Weather—ha!)
I’m heading off to Grand Rapids, then to Houston and after to Phoenix – I’m really excited to get stuck in there and maybe see lots of crafters from the USA—if you are one then please let me know in the comments! Hopefully I’ll have lots of wonderful experiences and maybe some new ones too. I wonder what I’ll get up to…
It’ll be a little sad to say goodbye to the dogs for a bit though. How will they cope without me?
And more importantly… how will I cope without the dogs? I will have to give them extra love when I get back.
Goodbye for now, crafters!
Time for me to get stuck into crafting across the pond!
Oh it’s so good to hear that you are all having a good time and I can just agree, the autumn time is so colourful and beautiful! Actually, there is something special in every season.
At the moment I’m really busy as I have something new for you guys! Since Tattered Lace® launched the Crossover machine I’ve had a thought and created another die cutting machine which is smaller and easier to handle! Maybe some of you have already heard the rumours and it’s true – I’m so happy to announce that I’m launching the new Baby Blue die cutting machine this upcoming week. Here is a picture of the Baby Blue machine:
What do you think?
First I’ll give a webinar on Wednesday 14th October at 5pm (GMT+1)! Unfortunately I haven’t got the link for you yet, but I’ll share it with you as soon as possible!
Join me on Thursday the 15th October as I’m launching the Baby Blue machine at 9am on Create & Craft TV.
Also, a little birdy told me that Tattered Lace® will be giving away a Baby Blue machine next week to one lucky competition winner! Just keep an eye out for the competition and good luck everyone!
I hope you are well and you’ve enjoyed your weekend. On Friday, I’ve had a great day at the Great Create Extravaganza in Harrogate – it was a really lovely day!
Yesterday was great too. I’ve had a really nice long walk with Karl, Betty, Barney and Grace and the weather was superb. We’ve walked through Derbyshire and the sun was shining, lovely and warm, surrounded by wonderful coloured leaves.
And as it is already October and time for a new picture of the month. I thought I’ll share with you a moment from yesterday.
I hope you like the picture. Have a great week and speak to you soon! Love, Stephanie xxx
Hope you are well and having a good week so far. Has anyone tried the lemon drizzle cake?
Oh guys it’s that time of the year were you don’t know what to wear. In the morning it is cold, foggy and miserable, but in the afternoon it’s so warm, sunny and just lovely. This morning I thought about getting my winter clothes out, but only for a moment…
Who is coming to my workshop this Friday at Great Create Extravaganza in Harrogate?
Last weekend I’ve created a project for the workshop. Here is a sneak peak of the project:
I hope you are all well and had a good week so far. I have to say I was really touched by all your lovely and kind comments about the “customised” lemon drizzle cake.
And I’m more than happy to share the recipe with you guys!
For the lemon drizzle:
100g softened butter
100g self-rising flour
100g caster sugar
Finely grated zest of one lemon
pinch of nutmeg
For the crunchy lemon icing:
juice from one lemon
100g granulated sugar
For the cream:
150g softened butter
350g icing sugar
1 vanilla pod
And of course some raspberries…
First I’ve baked the lemon cake in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and finished it off with the crunchy lemon icing. After the cake settled and cold down, I’ve cut it in half and spread the vanilla buttercream on the bottom and top lid. I’ve placed the raspberries in between and finished it off with icing sugar on the top!
Have a try and please share your wonderful creations with me!
Hope you have a great weekend! This morning I went to our lovely market around the corner and I bought the bright yellow lemons again. When I was walking through the market, I’ve found some big dark red raspberries – I couldn’t resist and I bought them as well.
Back at home, I’ve had the idea to combine the lemon drizzle and the raspberries with a rich vanilla buttercream. I thought the sweet – sour combination fits well together, especially between lemon drizzle cake and tatatataaa… here is the final cake:
What do you think? Would this be something you would make?
I can tell you guys, Karl enjoyed the cake and it was gone way too fast. I hope you have a great and enjoyable weekend.
I hope you are well and you’ve enjoyed the Sunday’s cake show as much as I did. I’ve had a lot of fun with Martin and of course to be on air again!
I’ve planned to bake the lemon drizzle cake on the weekend, so just fingers crossed that I have enough time for it. And of course I’ll let you know how I got on and I’ll share the picture with you.
Oh I have some news and you might have heard already about it… Tattered Lace dies and I am are nominated for the International Craft Awards 2015. Thank you very much for nominating and now the voting can start. I can’t tell you guys how exciting this is! If you want to vote for me, please have a look here: http://www.crafts-beautiful.com/awards/
Speak to you soon and happy crafting! Love, Stephanie xxx