This Easter weekend I made time to try my hand at a couple of new crafts – lampshade making and soap making, I also headed into the kitchen for some Easter baking for our family meal on Easter Sunday.
I have been wanting to make a lampshade for a while now and my Niece’s birthday was the perfect opportunity as I knew she needed a new bedside lamp. I ordered a kit from Amazon where they have plenty of choice of kits in different sizes. I choose a 30cm kit however when it arrived it was rather large for the lamp I was using, I therefore had to improvise – challenging myself straight away!
I had purchased a lamp with a plain shade so I carefully un-peeled the shade from the wire frame and removed the purple covering. This was now my frame and template to be covered.
I followed the instructions provided in the Amazon kit using my own frame, material, adhesive spray and double-sided tape. I had a lot of fun making the lampshade however I can share no more until I have given my niece her present!
I was given a soap making kit from my friends for my birthday and was keen to give it a try. I set up my working area in the kitchen next to the stove, as instructed in the guidance notes provided. I made three soaps using the moulds provided and tried something different with all of them.
It was very easy to follow, although my technique needs some practice and some further trial and error is required to understand what can be added to decorate and fragrance the soaps.
The rectangle one with soap on the top was made with the strawberry fragrance provided and done in two layers – the top layer had marigold petals in and the bottom layer has lemon grass in.
The pink square one was made with a drop of pink food colouring and shredded coconut in.
The green one sadly had to be thrown away as I accidentely mixed water in with the soap whilst it was melting. This had a drop of peppermint flavouring in, with some edible green sprinkles (which dissolved and turned the soap radioactive green!) along with some purple edible glitter.
Easter fun in the kitchen
We were heading over to my brother-in-laws on Easter Sunday for a roast dinner with the family and I was in the mood to do some baking to take with us as desert. I wanted to do chocolate cake and also try something new so I choose Simnel cake. I had never tried Simnel cake before however as it was simply fruit cake with extra marzipan in so I knew we would love it!
I followed a recipe I found on BBC – click here to visit the site and made marzipan for the first time which was delicious. I didn’t have any almond flavouring in so I added a tiny little bit of toffee flavouring instead which worked well.
I also made apricot jam from a can of tinned apricot halves in sugar syrup – I added a little extra sugar and boiled it on the hob for about 30 minutes until the liquid reduced – it was a little sweet – perhaps I didn’t need to add any sugar – however perfect for coating the top of the Simnel cake before laying the marzipan on top.