Friday Fancies

It's Friday!  And I've got the day off!  (and Monday too).  I think I might do some sewing.  (Now there's a surprise!).

But first I thought I'd share some of my favourite things with you, in a Friday Fancies post.  I did several of these when I first started blogging, but haven't done one for ages.

So, here we go.

Firstly, my new shoes.

Aren't they gorgeous?  I spotted them in a half price sale the other day and just had to have them.  I've got nothing to wear with them, I suppose I'll just have to make something!


This skirt caught my eye on Pinterest earlier in the week.  I've no idea where it's from, but I'm going to have to try and recreate this pleated look I think.

This is a great idea for adding interest to a plain cardigan front.  I'm going to have to give this one a go as well.



A very pretty illustration.  Found on Pinterest with no link, so I can't tell you any more about it than that I love it.  I have a whole Pinterest board of Fashion Illustration.  One day when I've got some free time in which I'm not sewing or knitting, I'm going to get my pencils out and have a go myself.


And lastly, because it's Friday, chocolate cake.  This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember, my mum used to make it for all our birthdays.  It's so easy and so delicious. 

Chocolate cake:
2 ounces cocoa
8 ounces boiling water
4 ounces soft margarine (don't be tempted to use butter!)
2 eggs
7 ounces plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • Sift cocoa into bowl.
  • Gradually add boiling water and mix until smooth.  Leave to cool.
  • Beat margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in eggs.
  • Mix flour, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder together in another bowl.
  • Fold flour mixture into creamed margarine and sugar alternately with cocoa mixture.
  • Pour into greased tin and cook for 45 minutes at 180 degrees C.
Chocolate icing:

2 ounces margarine
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons sifted cocoa
16 ounces sifted icing sugar
  • Heat margarine and milk in saucepan until margarine is melted.
  • Remove from heat and add cocoa powder and icing sugar.
  • Beat until smooth and glossy.
  • Leave to cool and pour over cake.
You can vary the amount of icing sugar to get a thinner or thicker icing.  This amount will give quite a thick icing.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  If you make the chocolate cake I'd love to know what you think of it.


  1. Cake looks utterly delectable...but off my wish list currently (and sadly!) Enjoy your extra long weekend - I am totally jealous...J

  2. Very nice! Love your new shoes!

  3. Your shoes are so cute.. can't wait to see what you make to go with them.
    And the yummy cake.. Oh, I want one.ha

  4. Your shoes are amazing! I love interesting shoes...

  5. Loving the shoes - I just bought a bright red pair I don't need but they were £19.99 reduced from £70 - would be rude not to! And they're lovely, make me smile just to wear them. I think yours would go with anything and look fab :)

  6. Thanks for the inspiration pics, and that recipe! Chocolate is my weakness... how did you know? ;)

  7. Hi! I saw this skirt on pinterest too and I absolutely loved it! have you had any success in recreating it or finding a pattern similar to it? :)

    1. Yes, I did find a pattern, by Tip Top Fit on Etsy here: I haven't made it yet though.


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