An Afternoon of Paper Crafting and Pasta with Andrea


Our friend Andrea asked if I would help her create a paper background for one of her family recipes, and I was happy to do it. So we got together for a little crafting afternoon on Sunday.

She had a rough idea of what she wanted but mostly it came together as we went along, and in the end we were both very pleased with how the project turned out.

We began by printing the recipe up on a nice piece of vellum-like paper, (giving it large margins so there would be room for the frame we would be making to go behind it). Then we layered it over some different papers, featuring a scallop-edged hand-stitched frame (a technique I demonstrated in this post).

Each layer was stuck together with strips of two-sided tape running solidly along the perimeter. Using tape gives a cleaner, flatter look than glue would.

Andrea had the idea of finishing the piece off with a paper appliqué in the shape of an apple because the recipe featured apples. Cute!



While we were busy cutting, sticking and chatting Nick partook in his hobby and cooked us up a delicious meal, which we took a break to enjoy. He made some pasta that I think was one of the best he’s ever made, using some of the grilled red pepper he made last summer and stored in the freezer (that’s what is in the white bowl and here is the post describing making it back in August.). The ingredient added such a nice smokey flavour to the sauce. So good.





Nick also made us his new cocktail recipe, which is a wicked and delicious combo of exotic teas, molasses, lemon juice and rum. He calls it ‘Sinner’s Tea’ and this drink has become my favourite. I was planning to do a post on it however it’s a hot drink, so I should save it until autumn rolls around again.

The sun was beginning to set when we got back to the recipe-card-making, so the rest of these shots are taken with the electric lights on. Check out Andrea’s gorgeous new hair colour!


The last snip ….


and the creation ….



This was the first time I’ve crafted with a friend and it was a really fun thing to do.

Thanks for reading,
xo loulou