Sunday, 13 October 2013

The big button A!

So a while ago i was a bit of a tease. I posted a couple of photos on here but wouldn't tell you what i was up to. Naughty me.

Well, i was making something for my wonderful husband. It was a surprise so i had to keep it a secret until i had given it to him. But now i have so i can share it with you!

And here it is:

I spent a long time collecting together lots of badges that i liked as well as using lots of lovely bright buttons. I then arranged them, painstakingly, in the large A shape.

It was then just a case of gluing them all down and getting it to a framers. I am so pleased with how it turned out. It's difficult to tell from the photos but it is massive! And my husband loved it too. Hooray!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Damson vodka!

Definitely my favorite of the fruit flavoured alcohols!

Last year was a sad year for the damson, there was none to be had and i couldn't make any vodka. Darn it. This made me sad, although i did manage to get hold of some sloes (but even that was hard going) so i had something to offer at Christmas time (phew).

I had my fingers double crossed that this year would be different. And i was! With the bullace berries that my dad brought over for me he also brought two massive buckets of damsons. Thanks dad!

So i set about straight away making the vodka. Got to give it as long as possible to mature. Yummy.

Bring on Christmas time!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Bullace berry gin.

The other day my dad brought me round a big bag of bullace berries. They are a bit like damsons or sloes and somewhere between the two in size.

Now i had never heard of then before but have done and bit of research and have been told that they are wonderful if made into flavoured gin. So that's what i have done!

I have used the same basic recipe that i use for making sloe gin and damson vodka. To be honest i do it by eye and don't use exact measurements. That way if, after a couple of months, it isn't sweet enough or is too sweet i can add more sugar/alcohol as is required. It also depends on how much fruit i have. I try to put in as much as possible to flavour the alcohol.


I have used up all of my demijohns making other flavoured alcohols this year so i had to revert back to the trusty plastic bottle.

They will now go away until Christmas time. I can't wait to find out what it tastes like!