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August 2015

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I <3 Pop Up Pottery. Its not often that we get go to other people workshops… but in fact its high on my list of things to do this year! Its always important to try new things and keep inspired especially when ‘craft’ is your business as you can often get stuck in a routine of the same old projects and materials. So yesterday morning I popped over to Hen to attend one of Kollektiv Gallery’s Summer Chicks workshops with the lovely ceramicist Finola Maynard. I booked this workshop as part of a 30th birthday gift and had been looking forward to it for ages! I haven’t worked with clay since I was at sixth form college and remembered that I had liked pottery class but always felt a bit bored after a few hours in the work room with our art teacher.

This workshop however was much different and so much more inspiring! With a lovely selection of books and samples of her work Finola introduced herself and then the workshop. We quickly got stuck in to working with both porcelain and each had the chance to throw a pot in red clay on the wheel! This was quite nerve racking for me partly because I have not done it for years and also because I have a bad wrist and knew it might be a bit weak! Nevertheless it was a totally brilliant workshop and I had such a great time getting to know Finola, Sophie of Kollektiv gallery fame and even had time to chat business whilst making pinch pot hanging planters!

You can find Finola at The Mucky Duck every Monday night from 6.30pm with her Pop-Up Pottery workshop and I highly recommend you go along. I will be there next week glazing my creations after their first firing so come and say hi! I am most definitely feeling inspired and even planning on finding a ceramics class to join when we get settled in Nottingham!

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Recipe: Baked Chocolate Doughnuts 2 Ways. Although this recipe has quite a few ingredients its super simple to make and once you get a few supplies they are much the same for many different variations! This delicious baked treat is not only vegan but also gluten free and low sugar! We have done a dark chocolate sea salt version and also a chocolate popcorn variation using the same doughnuts with different toppings. Both very delicious!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup rice flour

1/4 cup caster sugar

1/4 maple syrup

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tbsp ground almonds

2 tbsp coconut flour

2 tbsp milled flax seed

1tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup apple sauce

3tbsp oil

100g bar dark chocolate for topping  + salty and sweet pop corn

doughnut baking pan

Method: Pre heat oven to 180c. Grease your pan with a little oil. Measure out all your dry ingredients and place into a blender. Mix together your oil, almond milk, apple sauce and  syrup separately then add to the mixer bowl and blitz til all ingredients are combined into a thin ish batter mix. Spoon into mould so mixture is just level with top of pan. Bake for 18-21 minutes on 180c. Turn out onto a cooling wrack and leave to stand whilst you melt your chocolate in a bowl over a pan of water.

Once your doughnuts are cool and your chocolate has sat for 5 mins off the heat, spoon a little onto the top of your treats! Next let chocolate partially set for a few minutes then decorate with a sprinkling of coarse sea salt or a handful of popcorn!

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Iron Melt Bead Necklaces 3 Ways. Simple and fun with very little time involved these fun diy’s are great for party favours or just a colourful accessories update.

You will need:

A bag of assorted iron melt beads (ours were £2 from Tiger)

Apeg board to lay them on – this usually comes with the beads.

cotton jewellery cord

6 metal jump rings

scissors

grease proof paper and an iron

SAMSUNG CSCChevron pendant – Lay your beads onto the peg board in a chevron of 4 colours (follow the design below)

Lay your grease proof paper over the beads.

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Press hot iron onto the design for a few seconds and then lift away

Repeat this until the holes in the beads have melted an you can see each bead is joined/melted to the one next to it securely.

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Tip your chevron onto a cool flat surface and then thread a metal jump ring into the top beads of your chevron.

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Cut 1m length of the cord and thread the end through the jump ring, knot securely and snip excess down. Repeat this on the opposite side and you are ready to go!

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Strand of beads – Cut 0.5m length of cotton cord and tie a small loop at one end. Begin to thread a selection of your favourite beads on in a reapeat order. I used at least 2/3 of each colour! Once you have finished your beading tie a knotted loop to secure your design.

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Cut another 1m length of cord and knot loops at each end.

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Next you will need to join the 1m length with the beaded section with a jump rin on both sides! Finish by trimming any ends of the cord away.

Our last design is a simple watermelon design! You can follow the pattern below and then as before cover with grease proof paper, iron and then leave to cool.

press a jump ring through each corner of your shape and thread a 0.5m length of cord through. Knot as in previous design and trim off excess!

 

 

A Special Paper Craft Project. In today’s post I wanted to show you all a project I worked on recently for a very special little boy and the newest member of my close friendship circle, Albert.

When I was born my great aunt made me a cross stitch to commemorate my birthday which has always been  a pretty traditional thing to do. Although I still treasure my embroidered sampler I wanted to make albi’s christening gift a bit more of a modern update and less traditional. This project was extra special for me because it not only marks his birthday but also that I was asked to be one of his 3 god mothers which was and is a totally brilliant honour.

SAMSUNG CSCWhen thinking up a design I chose the hand and the heart to depict friendship and love and the little mushrooms as a symbol of staying grounded as he grows but the stars to symbolise reaching for the stars and for his dreams. I have no doubt that this little boy will be doing some magical things in his lifetime and can’t wait to be part of his adventures and to watch him grow!

The last time I did any paper cutting work was last year for our craft book so it was lovely to dust off my copy of S+S Paper Cutting and brush up on one of my favourite craft skills! It has also inspired a couple of new workshops I will be running during the autumn months – dates tbc.

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Summer 2015 Playlist. Its been a gorgeous couple of weeks and really felt like a proper summer this year! So I wanted to share a little playlist of what we have been working along to in our home studio. Its not often that we do this kind of post but we have really enjoyed the almost nostalgic feelings that come with putting a playlist together – all be it a spotify list! And as its now currently pouring with rain and there is thunder and lightening here in Brighton what better time to share some lovely summery vibes! You can listen to a selection of our current favourite tracks Here on Spotify and then perhaps send us some suggestions in the comment section below?! Its easy to get stuck on the same couple of albums but we’d love some tips and to hear whats playing in your homes/studios this summer. Amy x

Super+Super Is Moving to Nottingham!

Today we have more big news to share with you our dear followers. As of Sept 2015 (and exactly one month to the date) Super+Super will be based in Nottingham! Shock horror!!? Well no not really we are mega excited and wanted to take a bit of time to fill you in and answer any questions or worries we anticipated you might have about this big change. Bear with us…

As you know over the past 6 months we have closed our studio, been shortlisted for a big award and also released our 3rd and 4th craft books. We have also both turned 30! This is the 4th year of super super and with our lovely business going from strength to strength with your support this year continues to be about exbracing change and seeking adventures!

So why Notthingham?

I’m (Amy) originally from Nottingham and as the main force behind the blog and craft events these days have decided that a change is just that is needed. Having lived in Brighton for 10 years now (crazy I know!!!) 6 since leaving uni in 2008 have had at the back of my mind not to get stuck in one place too long. A few months back my boyfriend Daniel and I decided to start looking for a change and came across a lovely new home in Notts that fit in with our style and would allow for the business to grow along with us. With Family close by it seemed like the right time to have an exciting change! So as of September 2015 Nottingham will be our new home and base for S+S.

Though a change has always been in our longer term plans we were really thrilled to be offered the opportunity a few months back and jumped at the chance. And though we are going to be gutted to be leaving all our amazing friends in Brighton are looking forward to being close to family and making some great new friendships along the way. Plus we will have a spare room so expact friends to come stay as often as possible!

So what is going to change?

Well you might not realise but since we closed the doors of our studio in March S+S has mainly been run from my home studio or dining room table! And to be honest I have not felt this positive in a long time. Towards the end of the HQ it all become very stressful and emotionally and financially draining with less emphasis on the business and a creative way of life. But since we have made the change the joy for what we do is back big time and in a few short months have grown from strength to strength back to where we wanted S+S to be. So really all that is changing is our home location, yes really.

So you can expect ALL the same things from S+S… The blog which has been re vamped will be showcasing new projects and DIY’s, classes will still be held around the uk at our established venues Taj’s Tea Parlour, Drink shop Do and The Mesmerist BUT we will also be starting workshops at new venue’s in Nottingham too! Details TBC

Will there still be workshops and classes?

Yes! We already have new dates scheduled and a list of exciting new creative workshops we will be rolling out October onwards both in the Nottingham AND down South :)

Where will these be held!?

We have built up some amazing relationships with our Brighton venue’s and will continue to work with them to bring you events and workshops… details will always be posted on our FB page and on the website. And we will be announcing new Nottingham venues over the next few months.

What about Craft Parties will they still be held in Brighton?

TOTALLY! We love our crafty Brighton hen parties which have gone from strength to strength over the past 3 years. We will continue as usual at The Mesmerist and Hotel Pelirocco our awesome Brighton venues as well as with our Hen’s At Home craft parties down south! We will just be broadening our vacinity and holding them in the Nottingham area too!

Whats next for S+S.

We have several new things on the horizon, some we can talk about now and some that are still top secret! We have been working on several collaborations including projects for Mollie Makes Mag (and another excitng project for 2016 which we will tell you about nearer the time) and Caboodle Mag. We have a host of new ideas for craft workshops and will be announcing Nottingham venues soon.

As well as our already esablished Craft Parties and Hens at Home events we are excited to be re launching our DIY Wedding Parties (formerly DIY Brides) which will be bookable at limited availability from Feb 2016! We will be creating a section on the site for these in the coming months but expect a whole host of wedding craft diy’s with our S+S twist!

So there you are guys! As always if you want more information about this of anything mentioned in the post as always please feel free to email us with your questions. We are super excited to do a before and after home tour of the new house in Nottingham as soon as we are in! And would love to hear from you if you are already there and looking to make more crafty pals!

Happy Thursday x