This space is intended to provide regular updates to events and projects I am involved in. Keep watching for book launches and crafting courses to be announced soon. I am reallly excited to be able to announce the first of my Genius Crafting Courses, which start in October at the lovely Oliver's Hill Barn in beautiful East Sussex.

Joining me will be Louise Roberts, a very talented crafter, cook and gardener lending her own expertise and top tips to the Junk Genius and Superscrimping ideas I have been involved with.

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Spiced Arancello



5 large oranges

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla pod

1 litre bottle of vodka

600g caster sugar


a few extra spices to decorate



Peel the zest from the oranges using a peeler, or sharp vegetable knife. Make sure not to include any of the pith. Place the zest, spices and vanilla pod in a large, clean jar with a secure lid. A large 1.5 or 2 litre litre kilner jar is perfect for this. Pour over the vodka.Shake the jar every day for a week. You will soon notice that the vodka smell disappears to be replaced by a wonderful orangey, spicy aroma, as the liquid turns a golden orange colour.


Then prepare the next stage, place the caster sugar in a heatproof bowl and pour over 500ml of boiling water. Stir until dissolved and then add to the vodka mix. Leave for a further week shaking the jar each day.


Then pour the arancello into smaller bottles, and seal. You can add a few extra spices or orange zest in each bottle for that truly festive look.