April Resolutions | Champagne Twist

We’re already half way through April, so far I have managed, to a certain extent, to keep up with 2 online sewing challenges, (#EasterSpringDress Sew Along and #SewApril2017) completed a number of UFOs and even started making a Chanel style outfit.

None of the above have anything to do with this month’s resolution, as it happens to be Gardening. But never fear, I have planed for April a number of indoor and outdoor creative ideas to share with you.

gardening april

Over the next few days, watch out for loads of creative makes all with a garden theme, including haberdashery tools, home decor and even an outfit!

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June Favourites on Champagne Twist


Hope you are all feeling well. A special howdy and welcome to all new subscribers to Champagne Twist. I really appreciate your support and hope you will be able to find a comfy place in this corner of the web sphere.

June, well that was a bit of a wash out in London, wasn’t it.  There was a time when I was busy trying to save my newly planted potatoes, which the torrential rain was trying it’s best to drown.  Picture the scene; me in my converse shoes, wishing I had the sense to wear my wellington boots, bailing out buckets of water from the potato trench, only for double the amount of water to return as soon as my back was turned.

Thankfully, the water drained away the next day, and the potatoes seem to be growing well, but my goodness, that was a hairy time.  We are well over due some sunshine.

Anyway, back to nice things – favourites this month were:

The Great British Sewing Bee - From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner
The Great British Sewing Bee – From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner

The Great British Sewing Bee – From Stitch to Style, by Wendy Gardiner, which I reviewed here.  The GBSB final is on later tonight on BBC2, so I will be 1/2 glued to the TV, whilst sewing up something new to mark the end of the series. All will be revealed tomorrow.




Elderflower Pineapple


I created a drink in the hope to encourage some more sunshine and less rain. Please check out my Elderflower and Pineapple refresher drink recipe here, and let me know if you like it.





RadoxRadom Stress Relief: This has been fantastic aid for me, with self inflicted stresses and strains, trying to do too many things at once. I use it twice a day both as a shower gel and a bubble bath and it has greatly helped me to keep calm, while the entire world seems to have gone mad. It was particularly useful during the last couple of weeks living in the UK, but the less said about the referendum, the better. I’ve decided that none of it happened, to keep calm and carry on sewing, painting, photographing, organising, decorating, reading, etc etc.




Hot Cloth Polish
Liz Earle

I’ve also been trying out a new product, the limited edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, with Jasmine and Osmanthus. I’m a long term fan of the original version, so wasn’t that fussed about switching. But this edition has a beautiful, floral scent, and has left my skin feeling even more soft and toned than usual. I’m not sure why this is the case, but limited or not, this is now on my permanent skin care list.






Finally, the Simplicity 2444 dress pattern.  OK so I’m late to the party with this one. OK, OK, I’m extremely late, I admit it.

daisy meadow dress, michael miller fabric pattern simplicity 2444

I received the pattern free with a magazine eons ago, and it was carefully put away in the stash waiting for the right opportunity to shine. Then Brexit happened (don’t mention the referendum!) and I needed an escape from the wall-to-wall news coverage.

So, the pattern was dug out from the depths of the sewing cupboard and brought to life in this little number, the Daisy Meadow Dress. Now where I’m going to wear a green dress is anyone’s guess, but I will. There must be some garden parties left this year, surely.


What were the highlights of your June? Looking forward to July? Let me know in the comments below. Please like and subscribe if you would like to see more.

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Half year review – January to June 2016

It’s the beginning of July – I’m not quite sure how that happened so fast. It feels like I’ve only just packed away my Christmas decorations, and I’m still wearing winter clothes.  Time to do a half year review.


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Started my Great Big Sewing Challenge, a year long project to make clothes from my huge haberdashery stash.

Arts and crafts: Silk Cami top,

Recipes: Chocconut Honeycomb, Golden Honeycomb, Focaccia Bread

Events: What is luxury? V&A/Craft Council exhibition




In February I started planning for the growing season – including growing my own free food project. Sadly due to the rubbish weather and an army of slugs and snails, some of the plants have died, such as the fennel and dill. But the potatoes and lettuce seem to be doing well, which reminds me – stayed tuned for some recipes featuring my very own garden produce.

Arts and crafts: Bailen top, Liberty Lobelia top, Pineapple skirt

Recipes: Soda Bread, Wholemeal Shortcrust Pastry, Roman Bread

Events: Champers on Kollabora



Highlight of the month has to be the Bloggers’ Market, which I reviewed here.

I joined Instagram, and I liked it! Actually, it’s becoming rather an addiction, please visit and subscribe to my Instagram link here.

Sadly, I posted about 2 very poor meals at the Potato Project and the Tea Rooms at the William Morris Gallery. Please avoid, if you value your taste buds.

Recipes: Apple and Celeriac Salad, Bajan Beer Bread, Coconut and Lime drizzle mini loaves

Events: Bloggers’ Market, Champagne Twist on Instagram



I set to work on a little project – my first photography exhibition. I also visited the Gagosian Gallery, which was very disappointing.

Events: Avedon Warhol exhibition



May was a busy month, marking my very first co-hosted photography exhibition!

Arts and crafts: Henley skirt, Ghislaine Chelsea Hair Tie

Events:  Paddington Views Photography Exhibition, Geffrye Museum, Lulu Guinness Modern Day Icons event, Book Review – The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner



I revamped the Champagne Twist social network and started the 1 hour GBSB challenge.

Arts and crafts: Birdie Cami, Daisy Meadow Dress

Recipes: Potato, Asparagus and Cheese Tart, Elderflower and Pineapple Refresher

Events: Champagne Twist revamp, GBSB Challenge 


What’s planned for the next 6 months:

There will be a 3/4 year review, planned for September, more about my sewing adventures and more recipes, including a … well I shall leave that as a surprise, please watch this space.

I am also developing a vlog, which, fingers crossed, will go live next month. You can see my videos here. I would love it if you would take a look, and leave comments. Don’t forget to subscribe both here and on my YouTube channel, so you’re kept up-to-date with all the latest from the Champagne Twist social network.

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May highlights on Champagne Twist


It’s been a very eventful month here on Champagne Twist.

  • Me Made May 2016
Ghislaine Chelsea Hair Tie GBSB 1 hour sewing challenge
Ghislaine Chelsea Hair Tie 1 hour swing challenge Great British Sewing Bee

It’s been a fun month wearing clothes which I have made with my own fair hands,  including my favourite makes so far this year – the Golden Pineapple print skirt, the Henley skirt and the Ghislaine Chelsea hair tie 

I also managed to use up 20% of my stash, which meant I was able to treat myself to some new fabric.  Now I have to set myself new sewing challenges – whoops! 🙂

Lulu Guinness Modern Day Icons
Lulu Guinness Modern Day Icons

So far one of the best events of the year so far  – inspirational talks with inspirational women, amongst beautiful bags and lovely cakes – what more does a modern day gal need?

Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

The best Museum trip so far this year, it will be hard to beat this gem.

  • Paddington Views
Paddington Views photography exhibition
Paddington Views photography exhibition

My first co-hosted photography show. Planned with no time, no budget and for the majority of the project, no idea if it would ever happen. It was hard work, and for a while took over my daily life, but we pulled it off in the end. Highlights available soon.

  • 100 posts on Champagne Twist

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Earlier this week, we passed another landmark – 100 posts on Champagne Twist.  So thank you all very much for your continued support.

As we enter the 6th month of the year, there is even more planned for this site, so please continue to subscribe, like and comment.

Thanks for reading.

The Geffrye Museum of the Home – Review

Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

I had promised myself when I first walked past the Geffrye Museum a few years ago, to pay a visit. The grandness of the building looked intriguing and oddly, somewhat out of place within the local environment.

Iris and plant dresser display, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

Situated in Shoreditch in East London, an area of London currently undergoing redevelopment, the museum does stand out as a unique piece of period architecture.

I recently made a quick 90 minute tour, and left rather impressed.

Flowers and bee hives, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

The gardens are the show piece of the museum, and in my opinion, rivals any offered by similar visitor attractions.  From the moment you enter the herb garden, you’re greeted with impressive specimens, all beautifully presented. Then, a path leads you to the various, equally beautiful gardens covering the ages up to the present day.

If you didn’t manage to secure a ticket for the Chelsea Flower Show, you can do a lot worse than visit the Geffyre Museum. It’s hard to believe they offer so much for free entrance.

View from the cafe, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

As it was such a short visit, I didn’t have enough time to fully explore the interiors, but the little I did see again provoked my interest, and I hope to be able to look at the exhibits in more detail.

The Geffrye Museum is a definite must see, and I will make sure not to leave it so long before my return.

giant fennel, box circle and green house, Geffrye Museum of the Home
Geffrye Museum of the Home

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Tomorrow, I will review the Museum’s cafe, so please look out for that.  Thanks for reading.

500 likes on Champagne Twist

500 likes on Champagne Twist champagnetwist.wordpress.com
500 likes on Champagne Twist


500 likes on my little blog, that’s so brilliant!  Thank you all for taking the time to visit Champagne Twist and for liking my posts.  I really appreciate all your likes, comments and follows.

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