happy friday ~ matt corby

Some people are musical, can grow beards AND have great hair. But noone said it would be fair hey.

This is Matt Corby; a singer/songwriter/musiciany man from Australia. Here’s one of my favourites, the heavy-hearted Lighthome…it’s a little bit good, in a it’ll-make-you-cry kind of way.

@MattCorby | mattcorby.com.au

If you like this you might like the post on John Smith

#MYGOODNESS

#mygoodness

Have a nose at #MYGOODNESS, it’s an online destination that offers exclusive experiences and sells products to support various charities. You can enter to win an experience by donating a little (or a lot!) and you can bump up your chances of winning by sharing it with your fellow social bods. You can also follow the impact of your donation and see how it is changing people’s lives.

There’s just 12 days left to win a luxury weekend in Paris, meet Elisa Sednaoui and Christian Louboutin (yes, you do get a pair of his shoes) *and* support the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation. No biggy then eh? Get ruddy donating, it’s a tenner for a very good cause, and if you’re anything like me, that’s only a days worth of coffees – I just did :) *crosses fingers*.

wrap up london 2014 ~ give a coat, warm a heart

wrap up london

Wrap up London campaign will be taking place the week of 3rd-7th November.

Last year a staggering 15,700 coats were donated for people in need, let’s hope this year is even better!

Hands on London cannot deliver the campaign without support, and all donations are welcome, if you can spare a little money to help with this vital project, please either visit their donation site at Virgin Money Giving, or donate by text by sending HLD14 £5 (or your donation amount of choice) to 70070

When and where?

Coats will be collected between 7am and 11am at the locations below on 5th, 6th and 7th November 2014:

  • Paddington
  • Kings Cross
  • Victoria
  • Waterloo
  • Canary Wharf
  • Charing Cross
  • London Bridge
  • Baker Street
  • Highbury & Islington
  • Marylebone
They are also collecting at the Broadgate Welcome Centre, just by Liverpool Street station, and the Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch

What happens next?

Once all coats have been collected, they are then taken to their sorting offices and sent to over 120 organisations, which help a range of people in need including the homeless, elderly, refugees and immigrants, women and children who have fled domestic violence and children in poverty.

How can you help? 

They need as many volunteers as possible, to get in touch email the folks at wulvolunteers@handsonlondon.org.uk and they can give you all the info you need!

If you would like more information on donating your coat/s or if you want to run your own coat collection, email them on info@handsonlondon.org.uk !!

@handsonlondon

DIY fancy wooden spoons

I am such a big ole fan of Habitat, I even worked there for a year when I was at college…permanent discount, those were the days!

I popped in for their 25% off evening and amongst other things, I grabbed some new bamboo panda utensils and as nice as they are, I decided to give them a little gold makeover (though neon works so well too). Thank you @craiginmotion for the paint – you knew it would come in handy!

What you’ll need:
Wooden utensils
Masking tape or washi tape
Wood paint (acrylic works well too)
Paintbrush

How to do it:
1. Tape up the handle of your spoon where you want the paint to stop, press it around firmly so that the paint doesn’t squidge out underneath
2. Paint the handle
3. Remove the tape straight away so it doesn’t pull any paint off
4. Leave to dry
5. Give them another coat
6. Done!

recipe ~ madeleines

Little French madeleines seemed like the perfect addition to a cup of tea for my visiting Grandma, so I sourced a sparkly new tin and set to work. Don’t be tempted to overcook, the mixture remains fairly pale! I wish I had a picture, but they got eaten before I could even sprinkle any icing sugar…next time!

Ingredients
(Makes 12 deep or 24 shallow madeleines)
2 free-range eggs
100g/3.5oz caster sugar
100g/3.5oz plain flour
100g/3.5oz butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 lemon, juiced and zested (mine was huge so I only used 1/2)
3/4 tsp baking powder

Method
1. Preheat oven to 200oC (180oC fan)/400F/Gas 6, grease and lightly flour a madeleine tin
2. Whisk the eggs and sugar until frothy
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and lightly whisk, leaving a little flour to add as the last ingredient to ensure the mixture does not split
4. Leave to rest for 20mins
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin
6. Bake for 8-10mins or until they have risen and are cooked all the way through (a skewer inserted should come out clean)
7. Transfer to a wire tray to cool and then eat!

…if you want to make them even prettier, dip them in dark chocolate or add a raspberry to the centre

DIY sleepy jumper

I’ve been seeing lots of embroidered jumpers around this Autumn and I finally decided to make my own! It is mainly good for wearing on a Friday morning when the end of the day is just a little longer away than I would like.

What you’ll need:
A grey marl sweater
A pen to mark your sleepy eyes on (I used this one)
Embroidery thread
Needle
Iron

How to make it: 
1. Mark where the eyes need to be sewn on using your iron-off pen (don’t use a ball point pen as it will be harder to remove, go for a highlighter!)
2. Sew each eye in turn, using little stitches and using all 6 embroidery threads for weight
3. Iron off the pen markings on a low setting
4. Pop it on and prance around