Recently a friend was throwing out a very
old wooden child’s chair. It had been left in a shed for the last fifteen years
and the seat was lifting up from the frame and the paint was peeling.
To restore the situation and to make a suitable chair for my grandson, first of all we tacked the seat back onto the frame.
Then my grandson and I sanded the chair.
Next we painted it with Annie Sloan pure chalk white , and once it was dry we painted it with Annie Sloan Antibes green paint. To finish off and give it a smooth finish, we gave it a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint wax clear.
have some ‘time expired’ books such as out of date restaurant or travel guides
or have a few charity shop finds why not create some book ends from them. Top
with a child’s toy animal, sprayed with Rustoleum paint.
I was lucky enough to find a couple of mid century modern dining chairs
on ebay, but the covers were dull as ditchwater and needed replacing. I found a
great upholstery fabric at https://www.craftysewer.com/
that gives more than a nod to mid century. I loved the colours on the underside
of the fabric so I have used it reverse side up.
You will need
Unscrew the seat from the frame.
Place seat on fabric, and cut out the fabric including a 4in overlap.
Staple on the fabric at each of the 4 corners, as shown in the picture.
Fold and turn the edge fabric over each side of the chair and staple
into position. Screw the newly covered seat back onto the chair.
by Juliet Bawden photo by Antonia Attwood Styling assistant Elsa Collier
I have devised a simple heart shaped wreath for Valentines day. This is a one off for the day. If you want the wreath to last longer use fake flowers and leaves, or use a heart shaped florists oasis for the foundation and use fresh leaves and flowers as we have here.
1.You will need
15cm Polystyrene heart from £2.20 from
With a plethora of oranges in the shops at the moment, now is the time for this cake. It is made from whole oranges, ground almonds, eggs and sugar and is totally gluten free, no flour or butter in this recipe.
Everyone has a signature dish and this is mine. There are many variations of this recipe, some with fewer and some with more oranges and I even found one with the addition of olive oil. This is my recipe and I have been making it for over thirty years and believed it to be Armenian in origin, but sadly that is not the case. You will find a version of this cake anywhere that oranges are grown, including southern Europe and the middle and near east. It is quite moist and pudding like in texture.
HINTS and TIPS
Because oranges vary so much in size it can be hard to judge the quantities. If the mixture seems too wet before you put it in the oven, stir in more ground almonds.
If the oranges are not organic, change the water after half an hour and bring to the boil again.
I often cook this cake in the evening and if it is not cooked through, after an hour and a half, I turn off the heat and leave it overnight to finish cooking in the oven.
YOU WILL NEED
4 (preferably organic) oranges
250g ground almonds
250g castor sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Spring form loose bottom cake tin 23cm wide
1. Put the oranges in a saucepan, boil until soft, up to a couple of hours. Throw away the water and leave the oranges to cool. Turn on the oven to 160 degrees. Line the cake tin with baking parchment.
2. Cut the oranges into quarters and remove any pips and the pith from the middle. Put the quarters, including the peel, into the food processor, and blitz into a pulp. Pour the pulp into a bowl and put to one side. (you only need to do this if your food processor is a small one).
3. Break the eggs into the food processor, add the sugar, baking powder and ground almonds and blitz. Once finished, mix with the orange pulp.
4 Pour the mixture into the lined cake tin and put in the oven for one hour. After an hour sprinkle the flaked almonds on top of the cake and put it back in the oven. If after another half an hour the cake is not cooked through, cover the top of the cake with baking parchment and check it regularly.
Make Waxed Cloth Food Wraps and give them away as presents.
Do away with all that plastic cling film and make something that really works By Juliet Bawden
Photographed by Antonia Attwood MA RCA
This project is very easy to do, it smells delicious and it works. I had been reading about food wrap for a while and was curious, when happenstance made me do something about it. My neighbour, who keeps bees in my garden, presented me with a large piece of beeswax. I knew just how I could use it. I read lots of posts on line about different methods and possible additives to create the cloth, but in the end decided to do the simplest thing, just use the bee’s wax unadulterated on the cloth. Please note if you choose a white or pale background fabric and use bee’s wax, the yellow colour will come through into the design. Personally I like this as a look as it gives it a home spun feel. I recently wrote a post on this subject on 91 Magazine blog. Since writing that I have been experimenting and found an even easier way to impregnate the cloth with wax and that is by ironing it in between two layers of baking parchment.
You will need
Closely woven cotton fabric, similar to a bed sheet in feel.
Wax – either grated, from a large block as this has been, or you can buy wax pellets on line.
Using pinking shears cut round the edge of the material. By using pinking shears you will not need to hem the fabric.
Using a cheese grater, grate the bees wax. Wax is tougher to grate than cheese and it will stick to the grater. The wax will come off the grater when it is washed.
Cut out 2 pieces of baking parchment larger than the piece of fabric. Place the fabric on top of one of the pieces of baking parchment and sprinkle the bee’s wax evenly on the fabric.
Place the other piece of baking parchment on top of the fabric and using a medium temperature, iron over the paper. You will see the wax melting and if the coverage isn’t even you can always lift the paper add more wax pieces and then recover with the paper before ironing again. Hang the fabric up to dry. Once the cloth is dry it will still feel slightly sticky and waxy but that is the nature of the beast.