Friday, 26 April 2013

For a Mother's day she'll love

Make your mum feel special this year,  and to help you out, I’ve hand-picked a selection of gifts I think mums will like, full of thoughtfully crafted items that celebrate the handmade and the beautiful.

You can see them all featured on my Pinterest board below.

Happy Mother's day!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Moist banana cake

banana cake recipe

I made this today. I just love making good use to ageing bananas, and this recipe is defiantly a winner. I'm not much of a baker, but this recipe is just so easy and fool-proof. You can eat it for breakfast, topped with berries and natural yoghurt or indulge and spread it with butter for afternoon tea.   

Here's how to make THIS ::

Moist banana cake

250g soft butter
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs
3 over-ripe bananas, finely mashed
2 cups self-raising flour

Cream butter and sugar in small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in bananas, then sifted flour. Pour into well greased 20cm pan, bake at 180°C for about 45 minutes. Stand a few minutes before turning cake onto wire rack to cool.

Eat hot or cold!  Ta-dah!

Kasey x

banana cake recipe

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Lack of motivation

You are confined only by the walls you build yourself image

I sometimes need a good kick in the pants, don’t you? Like everyone, I have days where I don’t feel like doing what I know I need to do. Having structure to my days is a huge priority to me, but running a craft business from home, the distractions of the laundry, pottering in the garden or running errands at the shops can make it impossible to get my head down and get on with things. And when I do finally get to desk there are a million other things like browsing my favorite blogs and pinterest to distract me and steal my time and focus.

In those unmotivated times, we tend to we blame ourselves. And while that may sometimes be the case, it’s also possible that something beyond us is the real culprit. It could be because it's cold outside, you're burnt out, or it could be because the tasks you’re putting off aren’t the right work for you.

I'm also a true believer in the unpredictability of the creative process. You cannot schedule creativity. It has its own schedule and comes around when it chooses. We aren’t robots, and it’s unrealistic to put in the exact same amount of work day in and day out, year after year.

So the next time you feel yourself unmotivated, instead of blaming yourself, take a minute to ask yourself, why? If it’s something within your control, go ahead and fix it. But if not, learn to roll with it. Structure your process for the times or months when your motivation is at it’s peak, and stop fighting the times when it’s not.
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