1 Hand printed guinea fowl apron by Stephanie Cole DESIGN 2 Letterpress print by PRINT for LOVE of WOOD 3 Muffin tray necklace by Mia Scintilla
4 Greetings card by Miss Cake 5 French patisserie cushion cover by ARMADILLO CREATIONS 6 Ceramic souffle dishes by Dave Green Ceramics
Today I am attempting my first ever batch of macarons. I've been putting them off because they are notoriously tricky to master and the book that I have got my recipe from isn't exactly reassuring ("If your bowl isn't perfectly clean it will affect the whole process", "You must use electric weighing scales for precise measuring", "Your egg whites need to be aged for five days", etc) and I don't quite have all the tools required. However, today I am hurling caution into the winds and "having a go", mostly because I got a ridiculous amount of eggs for a heavily reduced price and they need to be used up, and also because I am putting off going to the library to print job application forms because it is chucking it down and I don't have money for the bus.
In honour of my baking extravaganza, and whilst I wait for the macaron mixture to set before it's oven time, I have found some baking inspired goodness on Folksy, the home of Modern British Craft. I have known about Steph Cole's work for some time, and if I didn't already own two beautiful aprons (handmade by my talented friend Naomi) I would certainly have purchased her stunning guinea fowl apron a long time ago. I also love Jacqui Sharples' cake print and would like it to grace my kitchen wall one day.
I'll let you know how the macarons turn out, have a fabby fab day.