it wasn’t a nice day actually, weather wise, but apart from the freezing rain we had a lovely time last friday when my brother steve married my now sister-in-law karen. obviously thursday saw a flurry of crafty activity. (i had already made the cushion from my last post so it wasn’t all last minute) i wanted to do a framed paper heart and thought using an old map would be nice. old maps aren’t that easy to come by cheaply though, particularly if you want a specific location (in this case their home address and the church) so i popped off to the library and got them to photocopy a local a-z a few times. then at home i scrunched up the photocopies and once unscrunched painted one with tea, one with coffee and the third with diluted pink food colouring. then put them in a low oven to crisp up. i didn’t love the pink (no surprise there) so went back and coloured that with more coffee. then i cut out my hearts and stuck one in this lovely cream frame i picked up for £3 at dunelm.
i was so pleased with the framed heart i decided to carry on the theme for their card. i stuck a heart onto a blank card then folded the other heart and glued the spine onto the first one to make a sort of butterfly effect.
the last gift i made was some turkish delight rocky road. i got the recipe from a christmas magazine featuring a recipe book called ‘cook in boots’ by ravinder bhogal. my brother loves turkish delight so when i saw it i knew it’d come in handy. i still managed not to have some of the ingredients by the time the wedding came around but i did manage to produce a dark, grown up rocky road with little nuggets of turkish delight in (fry’s not the real deal but that’s exactly what i wanted because that’s what i always remember my little bro eating) alongside pistachios, almonds and cashews (i didn’t have enough almonds) and cranberries (instead of raisins). before i added the melted chocolate and double cream it looked to die for and it didn’t look too bad afterwards either – although i’d probably stick to my more traditional rocky road recipe next time and just bung in the turkish delight. the recipe made enough for my friend magic’s birthday too. i hope everyone enjoyed it as much as i did gobbling up the leftovers on sunday evening!