Feeling Happy

Hello,

So last Saturday morning at 10am you blew up the website 😂 which makes me think I’m doing something right!

It’s a year since I took over the H&E Crown from Louise the first and have to admit I was shit scared (they is a big pair of boots to fill)

Hope & Elvis has for some time had a very special place in my ♥️ which has made me all the more determined to do it justice 💪🏻

Although it is my face you see when you visit and me ranting on about all kinds of crap on social media Hope & Elvis is a Team

So a bit about Team H&E

Emma

(I’ve nicked image from Emma’s social media, she’s tricky to get a pic of!, here she is with her hubby Nick)

Emma is absolutely the engine of the administration and finances of the business and without her it would be chaos!. Super calm, mega organised and 1 of the nicest, kindest people I know an all round pretty special human.

Magie (aka Mega Magie)

An all round creative genius not only a talented artist but produces food to die for!. Lunch is such a treat on workshops days and Magie never fails to deliver, I am so lucky to have her on the team, but not just for the food but also a great friend.

Ruth & Emma

Ruth aka my mum and Emma work there socks off on workshop days keeping us topped up with drinks and sweet treats (essential for creative energy)

Ruth has also been known to offer a cheeky shoulder massage to keep you stitching!

Ruth’s shoes are always cool too!

me & my mum Ruth

Beautiful Emma

Last but Certainly not least, You.

You lot are absolutely Team Hope & Elvis!

A huge thank you for all your kind words and support over the last year, together we make a shit hot team (going to get us all a badge, do love a badge)

Come and say Hi

Next weekend 23rd-25th November sees the Welbeck Winter Weekend a wonderful event that’s well worth a visit, all the studios are open as well as loads of Artists and Makers tempting you with wonderful stuff, pop in I’ll have the kettle on …

Until next time Team xxxxxx

Bit of this, Bit of That!

Hello

Hope you enjoyed Magie’s carrot cake post……. have you made it yet? Don’t forget to share any pics as I love to see your makes, you can use the hashtag #hopeandelvisfinished or tag me in on your posts.

Magie has kindly offered to share more delicious recipes so keep an eye out on future posts

So, what’s happening at H&E HQ, well it’s all a bit busy at the moment, November 10th see’s more workshops go on sale via the website. These include;

Jo Waterhouse. Cath Ray. Richard McVetis. Emily Jo Gibbs. Jessie Chorley. Claire Wellesley Smith. Matthew Harris. Leah Halliday. Anne Kelly. Elizabeth Shorrocks

Bloody Fantastic Line Up (if I do say so myself!)

November is our Open Studio event as part of the Welbeck Winter Weekendit’s well worth a visit, it includes a food market with 30 artisan food stalls and an art marquee featuring 75 artists and makers, the icing on the cake is that all the Harley Studios are open to showcase what an amazing bunch we are! Come along to say hello, would love to see you, nearly forgot to tell you it’s the 23rd-25th November.

Last weekend I managed to escape to London again as I was desperate to see the Anni Albers exhibition at the Tate

Myself and Mr.A left a chilly Retford station wrapped up for Autumn, Jeez that was a mistake! Wool tights, vest, Jumper & a coat was way too many layers! Boiling-Ada! Anyway hot and a little red faced we made it to the exhibition…. Wow it was ace!!! If you get chance go see it, I actually didn’t want to leave,

I will leave you with a few of my fav’s from the exhibition …. speak soon, Louise x

Magie’s Carrot Cake @ Hope & Elvis

Happy Friday to you all…

This weeks I’ve handed over the blog to Magie Hollingworth aka marvellous, mega Magie!

Magie plays a crucial part in making a workshop at Hope & Elvis a truly wonderful experience, not only is Magie a very talented Artist but the food Magie cooks is a masterpiece in both looks and taste.

A firm favourite is Carrot Cake, this recipe was given to Magie some 30 years ago via a friend (original source unknown)

I will warn you, some readers may find the following deliciously disturbing!!!!

A word from Magie

Of all the carrot cakes I’ve sampled over the years this one is my absolute favourite.

It’s dark, moist and not overly sweet. I’ve never found the nuts essential as it’s great without, and they are an added expense, but if you like nuts then do use. The combination of cake and cream cheese topping is beautiful and the amounts given when increasing the recipe ensures a good balance.

I’m sure the cake will keep for a week in the fridge, but actually it’s never lasted more than a couple of days! Yum!!!

Freezes well, even with the topping (open freeze then wrap, or freeze in the tin), but suggest adding any final decoration, fruit etc. after it has thawed and on the day of use.

I’m sure it’ll become your favourite too as it can be an everyday cake or, with a little imagination, a real show stopper! and liked by all ages.

Here comes the Recipe!!

 6 fl oz. corn oil

6oz dark brown sugar

3 large eggs

1 teasp. vanilla extract

8oz grated carrot

6oz wholemeal self-raising flour

1 teasp. Bicarbonate of soda

1 teasp. Baking powder

1 teasp. Ground cinnamon – mix all dry ingredients together

Pinch of salt

4oz walnut pieces (optional) – and I don’t use nuts

Method

Whisk eggs and sugar until pale, thick and creamy.

Add the oil, vanilla and all dry ingredients- beat again to combine.

Beat in the grated carrot.

Pour into a 22cm spring form tin, bottom lined with baking parchment, sides oiled and flour dusted

Bake for approx.1hr @ 160 Fan – Check on it as ovens vary. Leave to cool in the tin.

Topping –

41/2oz full fat cream cheese

3oz butter, just melted. Don’t let it frazzle! I use the microwave.

3/4 teasp vanilla extract

6oz icing sugar

Whisk butter and cream cheese until blended then add sugar & vanilla ess. Beat until thick, pale and creamy. Spread over cake whilst still in the tin. Smooth or fork, then leave to set in the fridge.

Notes –You do need an electric whisk (I have a Kitchen aid stand mixer but a hand whisk will do). Leave the cake in the tin and ice the top. Make sure it is spread right to the edges, filling the cake shrinkage gap. Before turning out run a knife around the edge to ‘cut’ the filling loose from the sides of the tin. I usually decorate with finely grated chocolate but anything goes!

For a large cake use a 27cm spring form tin and 1 ½  times the cake mix but use 5 eggs -3 lg & 2 med Double the topping.

For a tray bake (I use the Mary Berry tin 9” x 12”) use 1 1/3 amount cake mix + double topping. Line with baking parchment along the bottom and up and over the narrow ends of the tin so you can lift out

HUGE thank you to Magie for taking the time to share the recipe, I’m off you super market to buy ingredients!

Lots of amazing Artist & Makers joining us in 2019, go take a look and come and sample mega Magie’s lunch.. Workshops at Hope &Elvis

Speak soon

Louise & Magie x

Blogging Nora!

I take my hat off (and everything else for that matter) to all the amazing bloggers out there!

Completely underestimated what goes into planning a post, keeping it relevant, interesting and basically not shit.

Getting stuff out of my head via my gob comes perfectly naturally to me, out of my head and onto a keyboard is a whole different ball game and I’m not afraid to tell you it’s a little scary.

So I’ve got a new plan……

Firstly I’m going to send out a monthly News letter. You can receive this by subscribing via the website www.hopeandelvis.com , it’s at the bottom of the home page. This will have workshop availability updates, news of new artists and makers and any up coming events

Then to tackle this blog, This is where I will share all the other goings on at Hope & Elvis and some other random stuff I’m sure!

Aiming to blog fortnightly on a Friday starting 12th Oct (not aiming, I WILL)

So I’m off to write interesting and informative stuff (after a cuppa)

See you on the 12th , I will leave you with images of a tidy Hope & Elvis HQ

Louise x

Fab Day Out (and a small apology)

I’ve discovered starting my blogging journey during the school holidays wasn’t the brightest thing to do!

(This is my excuse for not being consistent, sorry x)

What I really wanted to share with you is about the ace family day out we had at the weekend, I’m embarrassed to say this was my first visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, It certainly won’t be the last.

WOW what a place!…. the park is vast, the grounds are perfectly manicured and house the most wonderful inspiring art (take your sketchbook)

Ours fav’s were the bronze Chinese zodiac signs, we got on google to check out what we were

Tree in a tree

All schools should be art schools 💛

Our main purpose for the visit was the Wishing Post exhibition by Mister Finch & it certainly didn’t disappoint

If you get chance to visit allow yourself plenty of time, we took a sarnie but there are lots of places to eat and to get a cuppa.

One last thing, the shop is fab! And I spied work for sale by our very own Linda Southwell… gorgeous

www.lindasouthwell.com

Have a great rest of your day, speak soon

Louise x

Child Free & Loose in London

It’s not very often myself and Mr A get a day without the girls so we try to pack in as much as possible.

We boarded the 09.39 train from Retford to London Kings Cross armed with a volcanic Costa and a bag of minstrels to share (we know how to live the high life!)

First port of call was the V&A, very excited about visiting the Frida Kahlo “Making Her Self Up” exhibition. It’s on until Sunday 4th November.

Just time for a quick selfie in the glass outside the V&A before we went in

Armed with my flower headband (a little nod to frida) we shuffled in a line though the entrance to the exhibition.

WOW!!!!…. Photographs, letters and drawings, orthopaedic corsets together with paintings and of course distinctive blouses, skirts and shawls. A stunning curation that is a must see, came away feeling totally inspired and full of girl power!. I could talk about if for hours but;

1. I’d bore you rigid

2. Don’t want to spoil it for those still to visit

Quick stopover in Covent Garden for a swift Refreshment and a little retail!.

Back on the tube to

Columbia road is where you’ll find the very beautiful and talented Jessie Chorley and her Magical shop, another must visit to add to your list

A spot of street stitching

Jessie is back at Hope & Elvis in 2019, keep an eye out as Jessie Visit next year is going to be a little bit different (Oooooo exciting)

Just enough time left for a quick dinner before heading home

Thanks Frida, Jessie & Mr A

I write little notes in my book made by Sam (available to buy at H&E) they mostly involve a swear word so I apologise in advance

Bye for now ….. Louise xxxx