Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Recipe = Orange and Raspberry Madeleines.


  • 3 free-range eggs 
  • 130g/4½oz caster sugar
  • 200g/7oz plain organic flour
  • 10g/¼oz baking powder
  • 1 unwaxed orange, finely grated zest only
  • 20g/¾oz runny honey
  • 4 tbsp milk or water. I like goats milk
  • 200g/7oz organic butter, melted and cooled ( I use goats butter }
  • raspberries ( I have frozen from last year ) and raspberry jam.
  • icing sugar, for dusting
This makes two batches, and will make 12 madeleines on each occasion, the unused batter will sit happily in the fridge till you fancy making them again.


The first thing I do is pop the oven on to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

Whilst that is getting going I melt all the butter in a pan and allow it to cool, as you cant add it hot, else you will get scrambled eggs :)

I then put the flour, eggs, caster sugar, baking powder, orange zest and mix together, I then pour on the butter and honey and beat it together, adding a splash of milk or water if you prefer.

Afterwards I oil my madeleine tray, these trays have like a shell shaped pattern on the base. Please do not panic if you don't own one. You can use a normal cake tray or a flat baking tray. I use a brush and wipe out the pan I melted the butter in and use that for oiling my madeleine tray.

Now take two desert spoons and fill one generously with your batter mixture, pop one spoon into each compartment or to form an oval dome on a baking sheet if you do not possess a madeleine or cake tray.

For the next bit, I add one raspberry in each, then its off to the oven for about 15 minutes , until golden. Then whilst the tray is hot you need to add a tea spoon of raspberry jam into the hole of the raspberry. You can pipe it in, or make a split and spoon it in, but it must be done whilst hot, for it to be absorbed a little. Then quickly sprinkle with icing sugar. remove and serve on tea plates.

Must be eaten warm, to fully enjoy and shared :)

Bon Apetite ! 

Friday, 20 March 2020

Free online workshops...

Hello folks, I know lots of you are worrying about being stuck at home and even more people worrying about how to teach their children at home.

As some of you know I have been teaching for over 30 years now and have home educated all my children, so I thought I would, as from next week, offer free online workshops.

I will be running them from my youtube channel.

The first one will start next week and I aim to do at least one a week and offer full online support.

Link to follow soon if you want to subscribe and first workshop will be uploaded next week,

much love to all

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Mothers Day....

Ive designed alot of these thread holders, they are wooden, made from sustainable wood. All come with free postage anywhere .

There are a few different designs to choose from and if you want to send one to your mum , remember , it can be gift wrapped and sent to her direct.

Just click on my etsy banner to you right on here to see the full range.

Keep safe, keep calm, and carry on stitching !!

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Artists Survival during this difficult times....

As I sit here working on this private commission, I  watch all my forthcoming shows get cancelled. Also seeing people holding back and not spending, its scarey. Ive been dollmaking now and a working artist , for 33 years and this is the first time I have ever thought,  " I wonder if I can survive this ??"

Once I click onto my social media, I see all my friends are thinking the same, this has brought the whole art community, artists , theatres, performers to their knees, a whole year of events have been cancelled, till next year. Most of us are self employed and are worried.

All I can say is that we try our best to support one another, with buying from each other and promoting each others work. Liking, favouriting on etsy and sharing on facebook.

Ive decided that twenty percent of my sales will go to another artist to help them.

I myself will be putting together some online workshops, releasing patterns, craft packs and doing my best to tread water till this mania is over.

Im hoping things will be much easier once we get to June.

For the first time in my life I have added a donate button to my blogg, if anyone wishes to donate to me via that, twenty percent will go to other artists too.

I think of everyone, during these trying times. I  hope mankind can be less selfish and think of others, and above all stay calm.

Any of my friends who live near me, please drop in for hens eggs if you need them.

Lots of love to you all and thanks for your support. Ive added free postage to anywhere in my etsy shop and further reductions, I will also giftwrap for free and add a card, if you wish items to go direct to someone, just message me on etsy or facebook.

Take care, be safe and stay calm xxxx

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Rabbits,rabbits rabbits.....

Spring is finally in the air, so Ive added some new large sitting woollen bunnies to my Etsy shop.

I hope everyone is managing to get out into the garden and enjoy this sunnier weather.

Happy Days 

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Wooden Things...

Ive been working on more bread and butter items, so more wooden laser cut things. some jewellery and some embroidery thread holders, these are the first two Ive designed in the series , let me know what you think.

The bunnies are photos of a sculpture I made, Ive used silver findings on these 925.

Let me know your thoughts, hopefully you will like them.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

mixedmedia art works......

Heres three new mixed media art pieces.

I really enjoyed making them and experimenting with colour and texture.

Keeping Wales in the theme and heart of all.

These are available in my affordable art series and are in my Etsy shop now.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Doggie Doll.....

Hello there,

Well Ive just finished making this little sweetie ,  standing at 16 inches in height and can be found in my etsy shop ( just click on the etsy banner on my blogg for more details )

As usual its free postage to anywhere on the planet.

Its been dark here today so taking photos has been hard, but the first photo is an accurate colouring of the Doggie Doll.

Thanks for looking , it really does help,

Happy Friday everyone xxx

Monday, 27 January 2020

Mixed Media Art journal...

  Ive been working on this art journal, its taken over 200 hours to make, but has been a real pleasure.

There are a lot more pages than the ones I have featured and some have moveable paper automata parts.

It has 26 pages in total with extra pages that open out. Its made using an old damaged antique book.

Its listed in my etsy shop now with more photos and you can see it on a  few videos on my instagram account.

Im running some retreats, that last for a week, where you can learn to make an art journal yourself, if you want details of these , please email me on

Happy Monday Folks , and as always thanks for looking xxx

Saturday, 18 January 2020

A little bit of Wales...

I love Wales.

Its the longest place Ive ever stayed, lived in. It inspires me greatly and threads its way into my work.

I have created a new range of printed lavender bags, and instead of using the black and white, I thought it would be a joy to include that wonderful red. So here you have the first in the series, and Ive listed them in etsy now.

We get a lot of grey in winter here in Wales, but it is also very beautiful, Im always on the look out for beautiful welsh cottages on my walks and I try my best to capture them on canvas, heres the latest in my welsh cottage series, also listed on Etsy.

Ive been working on some more doggy dolls, so I will be adding more photos of those soon,
warmest wishes,

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Happy 2020 and monkies......

Happy New Year everyone, heres to surviving 2020. I think its a year for great changes and a lot of monkies. So watch this space for more news about them.

Thanks to everyone for all their support last year in everyway, not just for purchasing, but for sharing, liking, recommending and all the love, Thank You  X X X

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas from Darling HQ, thank you for all the support in 2019.

Heres to a wonderful 2020 for us all and a very happy year.


Wednesday, 18 December 2019

20 percent off !

I just wanted to say a big thank you for everyones support this year and heres a 20% off discount code to use in my etsy shop


just key the above code in and youll get a discount, its valid until the 1st of January and you can use it as often as you like,

lots of love and thanks,


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Back to painting........

Just recently I have really enjoyed making a new series of small paintings called the welsh cottage in winter series.

Its been really rewarding to see people receive them so well .

I will keep making more as I am enjoying it so much.

They are all being offered for sale in my etsy shop.

I am aiming to add one regularly, the first painting sold straight away and I have today just added the bottom snow storm painting.

I hope everyone is keeping cosy as the cold nights draw in, not long till Christmas time, so its good to spend the evenings planning ahead for it.

I really want to be organised thoroughly this year ! lol.


Wednesday, 16 October 2019

A new sculpture, called, Learning to love your crows feet...

This sculpture is all about the ageing process, wrinkles and all, particularly the lines on the face, the crows feet.

Its not an easy thing ageing, and we need to love ourselves ,despite the changes.

We live in a society that worships youth, so lets change that, and admire age instead.

Its ok to age, we are so lucky to be here, every day really does count.

Celebrate, for we really are the lucky ones .

Monday, 30 September 2019

A dash of Halloween .....

I thought I would make a couple of dolls for Halloween, so the Bride of Frankenstein was born.

Then lil Pumpkin head too....

These were fun to make , plus I gave them wobbly heads too.

Most folks in the U.K. buy their Halloween décor from the highstreet so I expect these chaps will end up in the U.S.A. a big thankyou to my customers out there, always xxx

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Homes for my creations....

Its always nice to see my puppets in their new homes, heres one of my puppets whos now living with the pretty Vivian in New York.

I hope you both have lots of fun together and thanks for supporting me


Friday, 20 September 2019

Daughter number two.......

I thought it would be nice to promote my childrens work, all making it in the real world, so first of all, heres Annabelles work.

As you can see she works in a range of mediums with a strong folk art feel, all one of a kind pieces, ( Im so proud of her ! )

Shes a fab painter, but she also has a great feel for sculpting too.

She also does commissions.

Her work has found homes in lots of places. Shes been selling her art, since she was little and went on to do a degree in fine art.

Just lately shes been sculpting a lot of one of a kind, pots, for your favourite plants.

If you would like to find out more or you want to support her and her work, you can find her on facebook as Annabelle Aston Art or on instagram as art.annabelle.

Thanks for looking, I hope you like her work as much as I do xxx

Monday, 16 September 2019

Little Santas.....

 Yep its the c word, its that time of year when all us makers go a tinsy bit bonkers trying to keep up with it all.

So as usual I am making for Christmas and people are buying and ordering already !

These wee fellows stand at 10 inches in height.

Ive really enjoyed making them and watching their personalities develop :)

One of them is a tad more serious than the other one, hes obviously got more deliveries to do, lol.

 Im just finishing off a very large one now, but Ive managed to get these two into the shop.

I will be making a few pumpkin and witch dolls for Halloween very soon too, so that will be a fun change,

Have a super week !!