Workshop Dates (December update)

After a successful and enjoyable bookbinding workshop back in June, I’m sure everyone is desperate for the next one. Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief at last: I’m here to tell you about the wonderful workshops that are coming up, as well as other events to write in your diary.

Places are limited for the workshops, so book early by emailing me at and letting me know which workshop you’d like to attend and if you have any dietary requirements or preferences. I ask for £5 deposit on all workshops to cover my expenses if you have to cancel.

First up is the 17th of November 2018: Make a Photo Album
This workshop will show you how to make a personalised album that you can even expand when you need to. It could be an opportunity to get one Christmas present ticked off the list nice and early…
Time: 9:30am to 1:30pm
Place: Venue to be confirmed, but definitely in or near Street, Somerset, UK.
Price: £20
Anything else: All equipment, materials, and lunch will be provided, as will drinks and biscuits throughout. Yummy!

On the 1st of December 2018, for one day only, you’ll be able to see the wonderful work of thirty brilliant local makers all in one place. RENEWED will be selling Colourful Crockery and RE:notebooks (as well as a few other surprises) alongside a host of other fantastic creatives at Etsy Made Local – Wells (the first one of its kind for Wells) from 10am – 4pm at CentreSpace on Market Street.
There’ll even be live music!
You will not want to miss this opportunity to fill the Christmas stockings of your friends and family with lovingly handcrafted gifts.
Forget mass-produced. Think handmade and unique.

[EDIT: The market was fantastic! I think all the sellers agree. We had a total of 1368 visitors through the door, according to the “clicker,” and the atmosphere was especially vibrant thanks to the live bands and their jubilant, foot-tapping music. I don’t think any of us had a chance to notice how tired we were until the rush started dying down around 3pm. Follow @SomersetEtsyTeam on Instagram to find out when the next one is…]

Just in time for Christmas, on the 15th of December 2018: Make a Decorative Coptic-Stitch Book
If you don’t know what Coptic Stitch is, you should come to this workshop and find out! Or you could Google it…and then come to the workshop. This is an opportunity to learn a bookbinding technique that is centuries old, and to create a beautiful gift for a loved one for Christmas (this is not compulsory, of course: you can keep it for yourself if you like).
All equipment, materials, food, and drinks are provided.
Place: Street Baptist Church, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AN
Arrive: 9:30am (hot drinks and biscuits served before we start)
12:00 – let’s eat lunch (and dessert).
13:30 – finish off the bookbinding and leave to show off your work to all your friends, family, and social media followers.
Price: £25

Ah, the new year… On the 2nd of February and 6th of April 2019 there will be more bookbinding workshops, though what we’ll make is yet to be decided…
Place: Street Baptist Church, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AN
Time: 9:30 – 13:30 or 14:00
As always, all equipment, materials, food, and drinks will be provided.




Fifteens, Revisited

The traditional recipe calls for 15 of each ingredient (hence the name), plus 160ml of condensed milk. But you can think outside the box and throw whatever goodies you like into these little treats. Get creative!

I posted this recipe over on my old blog back in 2014, and it has been the most popular post, getting views every day. So I thought it was time I updated it, especially the photos!

We had quite a bit of fun with these photos – I’m sure you’ll be able to tell – but some serious self-control had to be exerted. (;

These treats make great gifts – they’re homemade, quick and easy, and you can personalise them with their favourite ingredients. For example, Fifteens personalised for me would be made from oaty biscuits, and contain hazelnuts and dark chocolate. Not that I’m hinting or anything.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means RENEWED may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something recommended here. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help the 7th Heaven Children’s Haven – every penny adds to the total we pass on to them, our charity of the year. (Not every link is an affiliate link, but every link goes to something I’ve tried and I approve of!)
To buy the Colourful Crockery seen in these photos, go to the RENEWED: happy homeware online shop.

Fifteens recipe with maltesers mini marshmallows

The traditional recipe calls for 15 of each ingredient (hence the name), plus 160ml of condensed milk. Also, one of those ingredients is glacé cherries, but I’ve never been a fan so you’ll see that I’ve replaced them with Maltesers. And why not? You can throw whatever goodies you like into these little treats – get creative! I like to mix textures, so I’ve gone for crunchy Maltesers to go with the velvety marshmallows.
Here are just a few alternative ideas:

Orange & Ginger: replace half the digestive biscuits with ginger snaps, add candied orange peel, candied ginger pieces, and segments of Terry’s dark chocolate orange

Fruit & Nut: replace the digestives with oat biscuits (like Hobnobs) and add whole hazelnuts, raisins, coconut pieces, and sultanas.

Nutella Fifteens: replace a bit of the condensed milk with Nutella, add whole hazelnuts and chocolate-covered wafers. Or just throw in some whole Ferrero Rocher

Movie Night: fill with sweet pretzels, popcorn, Jelly Babies and Minstrels. Serve with a glass of that diluted Coke you get at movie theatres.

If you make Fifteens, and I recommend you do, please comment and let us know how you liked them. And we would love to know if you got creative with the recipe! Share a photo on Instagram: tag @renewedcc and use the hashtag #renewedrecipe.

Right! Enough rambling! Here’s the recipe:

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Sweet and Easy Fifteens

  • Difficulty: EASY!
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These incredibly tasty Northern Irish treats are the best and easiest gift idea.



  1. Crush the digestive biscuits in a food processor or with a rolling pin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the crushed biscuits with the condensed milk and all the other ingredients except the coconut.
  3. Once it’s all come together in a sticky ball, shape it into a large sausage shape, about 5cm thick. Sprinkle the coconut onto a piece of tin foil and roll the biscuity sausage thereupon until it’s completely covered in coconut. Wrap it all up in the tinfoil and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. Once it has hardened, remove it from the fridge, place on a cutting board and cut into 15 slices.
It will keep in the fridge for a week in an airtight container.

You can get creative with this recipe and throw in all sorts of goodies. We’d love to see what you create, so tag us on Instagram with @renewedcc and use the hashtag #renewedrecipe – we might just regram it!

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Fifteens recipe biscuits condensed milk mix

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Fifteens recipe chocolate marshmallows malteasers

Mothers’ Day Gift Ideas and a Clever DIY Card

We all love our mothers, don’t we? Those of us who have had mothers are very grateful. And of course we should use every day to show our mothers how much we love and appreciate them, but Mothers’ Day is an extra-special opportunity.
When is Mothers’ Day this year (2018) you ask?
In the UK it’s the 11th of March. In S.A. and U.S.A. it’s the 13th of May.
You’re welcome.

My mother loves being given things that her kids have made themselves. Is that true of yours too? If so, here is a list of easy makes for Mothers’ Day (and for those who aren’t good with their hands, I’ve included links to where you can buy something similar 😉).

First, the card:

Here in the UK, Mothers’ Day is celebrated in March (that’s soon! Hence this blog post). And in the UK, people love to drink tea (I’m generalising of course, but tea is definitely the most popular drink). Here’s a card that uses a tea bag and a pun to let your mom know how great you think she is:

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Note: I added the pun to the picture, since is wasn’t obvious…


Click this link to see full instructions.

But if you don’t have the time or skills to make the card, you can buy a very cute one at the Sunshine Makes and Bakes shop.

Now, the gifts:

Number 1: Almost everyone loves a succulent, and in the words of Kirsty Alsop, these are “bang on trend.” For a boho- and desert-loving mother, grab a tiny, unloved terracotta pot, paint it – keep in simple, or get creative with colours or patterns – then plant a few succulents in it. You could even macramé a pot-plant holder from string, if you had the inclination (follow this link for instructions).

cactus egg shell mothers day DIY craft
This one uses cacti and eggshells, which is just as lovely.

Number 2: Make a little plushie of her favourite animal out of your old baby clothes. At some point, RENEWED: Happy Homeware plans to release a line of soft toys hand-made from old baby-clothes, which will be fantastic for Mothers’ Days and baby showers, but until then there are instructions for making your own over in Amuru’s Etsy shop (or you can buy one readymade).

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This photo comes from Amuru Toys’ Instagram page. It’s a brilliant page to follow: @amuru_toys

Number 3: Make an easy upcycled teacup bird-feeder. If your mother is a friend of birds and loves to fill the garden with them, this is perfect! I’m almost certain you have a friendless cup and saucer lying around that the birds would appreciate. Follow this link for the very easy instructions.

Talking of tea-sets, upcycling, and gardens…did I mention that RENEWED: Colourful Crockery has a cheerful little milk jug that’s just begging to help someone’s marvelous mother throw an extra-special garden party? If you’d like to make this little jug’s dream come true, order before the 26th of February, because I’m going on holiday to visit my own most marvelous of mothers and I won’t be able to take anything to the post office after that until the 12th of March!
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And have a very happy Mothers’ Day, whether you’re a mother or not.

And when the tea party’s over, wouldn’t this work wonderfully as a vase for some friendly narcissus?