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Marvelous May ~Our May favourites~

“May the sun bring you energy by day

May the moon softly restore you at night

May the rain wash away your worries

May the breeze blow new strength into your being

May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life” -Apache Blessing

May is here! Time to get our those picnic baskets and checked blankets.

We hope yours is filled with lots of fun and joy!

~ MAY FAVOURITES ~

Our gorgeous knitwear from our Bumble Bee range is now available online

Perfect shades of sunshine yellow detailed with our super sweet Bumble bee and honey pot design.

Our lovely Bumble bee cardigan

Our sleeveless jumpsuit & pram coat 

See our full knitwear range here

More styles and products on our Bumble Bee range launching on the site soon!!

~Judy Nightdress~

Sleep pretty in our stunning sleeveless nightdress with pintucking, embroidered flowers and lilac ribbon tie- perfect for these warmer nights.

~Elderflower Cordial recipe~

Ingredients:

Makes about 2 litres

  • About 25 elderflower heads
  • Finely grated zest of 3 unwaxed lemons and 1 orange, plus their juice (about 150ml in total)
  • 1kg sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp citric acid (optional)

Directions:

Place the flower heads in a large bowl together with the orange and lemon zest.

Bring 1.5 litres water to the boil and pour over the elderflowers and citrus zest. Cover and leave overnight to infuse.

Strain the liquid through a scalded jelly bag or piece of muslin and pour into a saucepan. Add the sugar, the lemon and orange juice and the citric acid (if using).

Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes.

Use a funnel to pour the hot syrup into sterilised bottles. Seal the bottles with swing-top lids, sterilised screw-tops or corks.

~TO READ~

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

The breakout novel from the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections Who I Was Supposed to Be and Why They Run the Way They Do— It is a dark, beautifully rendered, and gripping novel about coping, about coming-of-age, and about forgiveness. It is also a beautiful illustration of how one family, broken by tragedy, finds healing.

Have a blissful month of May.

Powell Craft x

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Easter & Spring Delights

Spring has finally sprung and we are bouncing for joy!!

With the sun shining, its finally time to slowly dig our more summery wear out from the wardrobe- which is always a personal joy! It is also almost time to get the egg baskets out and Easter bunny ears on, as Easter is just around the corner!

In need for some Easter ideas??

Keep reading for some fashion inspiration, gift ideas, d.i.y & more..

Powell Craft Easter fashion inspiration and gift ideas

~Bouncing with the bunnies~

Our adorable hand knitted rabbit dress

White cotton rabbit dress with utterly gorgeous puffed short sleeves with an imperial collar and vintage inspired rabbit embroidery.

Sweet little rabbit house and mini rabbit toy set

~Fun at the farmyard~

Boys farmyard tank top and knitted blanket

Farmyard toy storage bag

~Egg-cellent with eggs~

Serve up in style with our gorgeous dingly bell porcelain egg cups and holder

Why not try out these natural food colourings for colouring your Easter eggs this year?

How to Make Naturally-Dyed Easter Eggs

Makes 1 dozen eggs

1 dozen hard-cooked eggs, room temperature, or white and brown eggs, preferably not super-fresh
4 cups dye liquid made from any of the following:

  • 1 cup chopped purple cabbage per cup of water — makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs
  • 1 cup red onion skins per cup of water — makes lavender or red eggs
  • 1 cup yellow onion skins per cup of water— makes orange on white eggs, rusty red on brown eggs
  • 1 cup shredded beets per cup of water— makes pink on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs
  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric per cup of water — makes yellow eggs
  • 1 bag Red Zinger tea per cup of water— makes lavender eggs

1 tablespoon white vinegar per cup of strained dye liquid
Neutral oil, such as vegetable or grapeseed

Pour the amount of water you need for the dye you’re making into a saucepan — you can make 4 separate batches of different colors or 1 large batch of a single color; follow the ratios given above for each ingredient to make more or less dye.

Add the dye matter (purple cabbage, onion skins, etc.) and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer, covered, for 15 to 30 minutes. The dye is ready when it reaches a hue a few shades darker than you want for your egg. Drip a little dye onto a white dish to check the colour. When the dye is as dark as you like, remove the pan from the heat and let the dye cool to room temperature. (I put the pot on my fire escape and it cooled off in about 20 minutes.)

Pour the cooled dye through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan (or into a bowl then back into the original pan if that’s all you have). Stir the vinegar into the dye — use 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of strained liquid.

Arrange the room-temperature eggs in single layer in a baking dish or other container and carefully pour the cooled dye over them. Make sure the eggs are completely submerged.

Transfer the eggs in the dye to the refrigerator and chill until the desired colour is reached. Carefully dry the eggs, and then massage in a little oil to each one. Polish with a paper towel. Store the eggs in the refrigerator until it is time to eat (or hide) them.

(Recipe from the kitchn.com)

~Spring wreath making~

Why not get creative and make your home look gorgeous with a homemade spring wreath – super cheap and simple to make.

Below are some amazing spring wreath ideas to get your creative juices flowing..

~Happy Easter all~

We love hearing from you!

Comment below your Easter/Spring D.I.Y ideas or tag us #powellcraft on social media.

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Beauty and the Beast Launch 2017

Here at Powell Craft we couldn’t be more excited about the new Beauty and the Beast premiere!

Get the look… Powell Craft style!

Be like Belle in our sweet Lemon Gingham dress with lace trims and hem and waist tie,  and our Blue floral dress with lace trims… truly gorgeous!

Add character to your home with our Dingley bell porcelain cup and saucer and Dingley tea pot set like Mrs Pots and Chip!

Be bold and bright like Gaston!

In our red hand knitted train pram coat with crocheted train and tracks, contrasting trims and collar and smart crocheted buttons.

Have you seen the film yet??

Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below 🙂

Have a magical day,

Powell Craft x

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

“The art of Mothering is to teach the art of living to children” – Elaine Heffner.

~ Make Mother’s day extra special this year ~

Take a look into our gift guide to find the most perfect gifts she will love and watch her eyes sparkle as she unties the ribbon..

~ Our Lace Frill Apron ~

Treat your Mum to our gorgeous cotton apron. With pretty lace frills round collar and front pockets. Finished off with a bow.

~ Elizabeth Night Dress ~

Our delightful long sleeved night gown with a flattering neckline, lace trims and elegant silhouette.

For love of Lavender

~ Frilled Heart Sachet~

The Lavender flower symbolises love and devotion- share some aromatic heartfelt love with our luscious lavender sachets, with lilac ribbon and rose detail in a stunning heart shape with scalloped edging… pure bliss!

 

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Coconut Flour Pancake Recipe

Pancake day has now passed, but why not make pancake day EVERYDAY!

With our healthy but utterly delicious- super quick and simple coconut flour pancakes.

They make a lovely hearty filling breakfast and will keep you full until lunch time!

Serve them up fancy on our gorgeous porcelain plates.

Check our full range of kitchen & dining here.

Ingredients:

4 eggs

1 cup of milk (cows milk or any plant based milk)

2 tea spoons of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil or butter

Add whatever toppings you desire. We love the mix of fresh blueberries, gogi berries, shredded coconut flakes and honey.

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy for about 2 minutes. Mix in the milk, vanilla and honey
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine the coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt and whisk together
  3. Then stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture until a beautiful thick consistency
  4. Heat a small pan over a medium-low heat with either your coconut oil or butter. Ladle a few table spoons of batter into the pan and spread lightly using the back of a spoon. The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick.
  5. Cook for a few minuets on each side, until a lovely golden brown colour and flip and cook for an additional 2-3 minuets.
  6. Et voila- ready to serve. Add all the toppings you desire.

Enjoy x

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Be My Valentine

~Let Powell Craft sweep you off your feet this Valentines day~

Discover your Valentines wish list or find the most perfect gift for your loved ones here

Lets take a look into some of our Valentine favourites..

Laura Ladies nightdress

~Feel elegant~

With a laced trim and a gorgeous v neck design. Ribbon is threaded above the bust, there is also floral sprig embroidery and cut work and pin tucks at the hem.

Rachael Ladies Nightdress

~One to make you swoon~

The Rachael Nightdress is definitely one of our most favourite pieces. So delicate with wide gathered straps, gorgeous embroidered lace net bodice, ribbon tie and deep flounced hem. There is also a matching robe available (see below).

 

Lace Layered Dressing Gown

~Lovely in Lace~

Richly embroidered lace net layered robe to wear with our “Rachael” nightdress. Beautiful style with flattering sleeves and a ruffle neckline.

Men’s Bader Pyjamas

~Something he’d love~

Men’s pyjamas in our signature vintage plane print and contrasting trims. Covered buttons and a comfy elasticated waist.

Rose Heart Sachet

~Share some heartfelt love~

Pretty cotton heart shaped lavender sachet embroidered with a pink rose and ribbon hanger.

Use code: loveshipping  at the checkout for free shipping until 12/02/17 as a little prezzie from us.

Sending lots of love this Valentines

xx

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~ Joyous January~ Our January Favourites

January is definitely a time of freshness! Fresh starts, fresh cold air, fresh colours.

With lots of cold noses, cups of tea, frosty windows, fallen leaves, misty walks! Although this time of year may not be a favourite for some.

Lets enjoy all that it brings!

Lets also take a peek at a few of our favourite things this month.

 We love our elegant Juliet Night gown

Beautiful and floaty, fresh in white and embellished with hand embroidery.

We also love ginger, lemon and honey this time of the year! Delicious and perfect for keeping away colds.

Our dreamy laced edged, crisp white cushion covers & snowy white blooms… pure bliss!

Keep the little lovelies warm, dry and stylish in our gorgeous floral rain macs & matching brollys.

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Six Fun Activities To Do Now Spring Has Come

All in all everyone seems happier in springtime, the sky is looking a lot less grey,  flowers are starting to sprout and there is also much more to do. We think that the best way to enjoy this magical time of year is to spend as much time outside as possible so here are six fun activities that are great for all the family.

A Blustery Walk In The Woods

Woodlands in springtime are enchanting, there are often bluebells amongst the dead leaves giving you the feeling that summer is on its way. There is lots of fun to be had in the woods from tree climbing, flower picking, and camp building. However, the sun isn’t always shining during the spring- especially in England so it’s probably best to come prepared for the weather. Have a look at our gorgeous rainwear collection, you are bound to find something fit for the woods.

 

Powell Craft Rainwear

 

Host A Garden Party

Do you or someone close to you have a birthday during the spring? Hosting a party in your garden is a great way to celebrate a springtime birthday. Not only does it minimise mess in your house but it leaves room for children to play outside while you enjoy the warmer weather. Worried about decoration? Bunting is brilliant for outside and, if you are feeling really adventurous you could make your own using our specially designed fabric. We do also sell ready made bunting but making your own can be a fun activity to try with children.

 

Fairy Print Fabric

 

Go For A Teddy Bear’s Picnic 

Are you fed up of the kids running around inside all the time? Taking them for a Teddy Bear’s picnic is a brilliant way for children to play with their favourite toy and get out of the house at the same time. Have a look at our gorgeous collection of teddy bears you might find an extra guest that you want to invite…

 

Teddies

 

Stroll Along The Seafront

If you are nearer the seaside than the woods then walking along the beach is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon especially if you have a newborn. The sound of the sea often calms down anxious children and the ocean air is great for clearing away any nasty bugs that are still lingering from the winter. Although, don’t forget to wrap up warm- it can get very windy. Our traditional pram blankets will keep your little one nice and cosy.

 

baby-with-pram-blanket-

 

Make A Fairy Garden

Sometimes it can be too hectic to organise a big day out. So, playing in the garden can be just as fun especially if you want to do some gardening yourself. Children can often find their own garden a bit boring but, if there is a fun activity involved like building a home for the garden fairies, it can keep them occupied for hours.

 

fairy-garden

 

Have A Sleepover

Kids burn a lot more energy when they are playing outside, so after all the fun daytime activities it can be nice to have a quiet evening in. Make sure you’ve got a classic Disney film, plenty of snacks and some cosy pyjamas, then you are good to go. We’ve got a wonderful range of nightwear for both adults and children… you never know, you might want to join in on the fun too!

 

sleepover

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Five Steps To Hosting The Perfect Tea Party

Most people will agree that the two major elements to hosting a tea party are tea, and lots of cake. However, hosting the perfect tea party takes time and preparation, and the key to a great one is creating the right atmosphere. Here are some quick steps you can follow to make sure that your party goes according to plan.

Step One: The Right China To Serve Your Tea
Don’t underestimate the power of having great china. You don’t necessarily have to have matching china but sticking to a colour scheme is probably a good idea. Subtle pastel colours like powder blue or pink work nicely for a tea party and, go very well with cake icing. Have a look at our Trafalgar porcelain range we’ve got everything, from sugar bowls to teapots that can make your table stand out. Dainty teacups like these are also great for serving loose leaf tea which will make your table seem even more luxurious.

Trafalgar Tea Cups

 

Step Two: A Variety Of Cake
You can forget the tea, we all know that the real reason people host tea parties is so that they can justify eating copious amounts of cake. If you are not much of a baker then simple cupcakes or biscuits with fancy icing will fool people into thinking that you were a finalist in last years Bake Off. If you are quite good with a whisk and spatula you could try catering for your friends who can’t normally eat cake, maybe some gluten free brownies or an egg free carrot cake. More importantly, the way you present your cakes will add to the whole ambiance of your event, our
powder pink cake stand will look stunning on your table.

Vintage cake stand


Step Three: Plenty of 
Bunting
Remember, you are hosting a party, therefore decoration is a must. Something that works perfectly for daytime events like a tea party is bunting. Traditionally it’s used to decorate outside areas for things like village fetes. However, it can also look fabulous inside, and give you that summery feeling if you decide to host your tea party in the winter time. Bunting is also a brilliant way to portray what your tea party is celebrating. Bank holiday or birthday party, you are bound to find a style of bunting to fit the occasion.
 Union Jack Bunting Step Four:  Having Appropriate 
Table Decor
If you want to follow the more traditional style, lace is crucial to creating a perfect table setting. Doyleys are having a comeback, they are no longer something that sits on your great grandmother’s mantle piece but a key ingredient in creating that vintage style. Lace also looks beautiful with flowers which, are a must. Have a look at our gorgeous handmade lace table cloths and create the perfect vintage spread.

Vintage Lace Doyley

Step Five: Making it Child Friendly
Tea parties are great for family parties because they are almost always in the daytime, which means there will be no late nights and the children can enjoy the party just as much as the adults. It’s always good to have things to keep the children occupied, maybe some playground games for outside, or if it is cold you could create place settings for the children and their toys. Our rag dolls make the perfect tea party companion for any little girl or boy.

Handmade Rag Dolls