24 Dec 2012

God Jul!


A big Christmas hug from me, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

19 Dec 2012

Gingerbread Cupcakes


Soft gingerbread cake is one of my favourites at Christmas tea time in Sweden, this year I made gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for a little twist on the classic "pepparkaka", and they turned out a big hit amongst both kids and grownups! 

I was thrilled when I discovered that Ocado now sells this "mjuk pepparkaka" mix online in the Uk (together with lots of other goodies in their Swedish range, yay!), you can of course bake gingerbread cake from scratch but using a mix makes it so much easier and quicker, perfect for quickly whipping up these pretties for a Christmas party!

Here is what you need:

Gingerbread cupcakes

  • 1 Kungsörnen Pepparkaka - Soft Gingerbread Mix 420 g
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • 50 g butter (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 200 g philadelphia cream cheese
  • 200 g icing sugar
  • 60 g butter
  • 15 ml lemon juice
Heat oven to 175°C. Pour the dry mix into a bowl and add 200ml water. Beat for 1 minute by hand or mixer. For an extra moist cake, add 1 egg and 50g melted butter to the mix before baking.

Pour the mixture into the muffin cases (fill them up to about 3/4) and bake for approximately 25 minutes in the lower part of oven. Stick a fork or metal skewer in one cake to test if they are ready, if it comes up dry you're golden. Let the muffins cool down before applying the frosting.

Mix the cream cheese, lemon juice, butter and icing sugar in a bowl with an electrical hand mixer until smooth. Put the frosting in a piping bag and pipe away!


If you've got some gingerbread snaps at home you can crunch a couple up and decorate the cupcakes with the crumbs.

13 Dec 2012

Peacock & Figs Notebook


Here are a few photos of my new product, the 'Peacock & Figs' notebook/journal.

It was a long process of researching printers and companies who can do bookbinding, but in the end I got a really well made and beautiful product!

The notebooks are traditionally bound hard cover books and are printed with my hand painted Peacock pattern design. It has blank pages inside and is made in England.

The Peacock & Figs notebook is available now on Notonthehighstreet.com and soon on lisaedoff.com as well!

5 Dec 2012

Market Lady


Last weekend was my first market stall-holder experience, it was hard work but fun!
I had prepared by organising special display stands for the trays and I made signs and little cupcakes to tempt customers to my table, I think my stand looked really good!

Just before the market I got this new product, the peacock notebook, they are really lovely! Will show more photos and add them to my web shop soon.

Here's me on the second day of the market, that was the day I enjoyed the most. It was quite good sales wise and my neighbour stall-holder was a really nice lady called Fiona who sells handmade jewellery and stationary under the name Belle Cards and Gifts.

I will be back at Craft Jam market this Fri+Sat (the 7th and 8th) and I am selling my trays at a special discounted market price, so come on down to Kingly Court, off Carnaby Street and get some unique xmas gifts!

Photo courtesy of bourgeois-boheme.com

29 Nov 2012

Fishtail


I have been wanting to try making a fishtail braid for ages, I always thought it was really complicated but it turned out being super easy! I learned how to do it from this tutorial.

Today I am preparing and organising everything for my table at the xmas market Craft Jam tomorrow, very excited!

24 Nov 2012

Xmas Card Designs

Today and yesterday I have been working on these Christmas card designs, it's been really fun! I have just sent of the order so soon they'll be available in my shop.




Next weekend I am going to sell these my products at a Christmas market, I'm so excited! 

Friday the 30th of Nov and Saturday the 1st of Dec I am going to be at Craft Jam in Kingly Court, it's just off Carnaby Street in central London, so if you are in London please come and say hi! 

Craft Jam is a xmas market where independent designers and crafters sell their unique products, and it's a really lovely space with lots and lots of christmas lights and cute shops and cafés all around it. I have a feeling it's going to be good!


18 Nov 2012

Our Wedding - The Party


Here is the last post in the series from our wedding, about the fabulous dinner and party!



After the ceremony the guests mingled inside while James and I went around the back of the mansion to take some portrait photos with our photographer Anna.







Then it was time for dinner!

My brother Peter was the toastmaster together with James' brother Carl.

All the speeches were phenomenal! In Sweden weddings are often quite informal, any of the guests that wants to can make a speech or sing a song or do something else for the bridal couple. Sometimes people do even if they haven't prepared it beforehand (this often occurs towards the end of the dinner when the party atmosphere starts to kick in), it's really fun!


Another funny tradition at Swedish weddings is that when the bride or groom goes to the bathroom someone starts clinking a glass and that means all of the male/female guests have to get up and kiss the bride or groom.

Here's me smooching all the guys!

My dad made a speech to me that was so nice, both moving and funny.


For starter we had salmon tartar, everyone said the food was delicious but I was too excited and wired to really taste it!

Carl was a really good speaker too.

James' best man Jamie had made an incredible video about James, he has worked with film production so it was something else!

My mum and dad.

Our friend, and witness, Ulrica.

My cousin Anna talked about the cute (and weird!) things we were up to as kids.


James' parents.

My friends had also prepared a video from my hen party, it was awesome and so fun to watch!



The dessert: elderflower soup with wild strawberry ice cream.

The last speech was an impromptu schnaps song from our friends Nina, Emily and Phil, James and I worked with them at the restaurant where we first met!


After the dinner the guests dived into the props box and photographed themselves for our guestbook.



Lauren found her perfect hat!


My handsome friends Joakim and Ricardo.

Then it was time to cut our beautiful wedding cake.

We chose a sponge cake with white chocolate and raspberry filling, it was so good!


After the cake it was time for the first dance, our song was "At Last" by Etta James.

We took a dance lesson in London and even had a little routine... 

It was so much fun!


We got the ending move perfectly with this dip, all our guests went wild!

After the first dance we did Jewish dancing, James and I were lifted up on chairs!




I love the Jewish dancing, everyone goes mad!

From then on we just partied, it was amazing, everyone was so happy and had a great time.


We had an awesome rock band...

We even got to perform a song with them! Neither of us can sing but that doesn't matter on your wedding day!

We really had a blast, it was the most beautiful and fun day of our lives! The whole day was filled with love and happiness, we feel so lucky to have shared all the enjoyment with our families and closest friends. We wish we could do it all over again, but now we start the next chapter of our lives as husband and wife and we really couldn't be happier.


Photographs by Anna Malmberg. For the first two parts of my wedding, see: Getting Ready and The Ceremony.
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