Five minute fix: egg chapatis

For quite a while, on my things-I’d-like-to-try list have been egg chapatis – I had the tastiest egg naan at Dishoom on this photo walk, and it seemed so simple. Then, more recently, I’ve been intrigued by the two young lads and their mum making a small fortune at my local train station selling bacon and egg chapatis – chapati / bacon / fried egg / ketchup – that’s it, but it seems to be working.

I went to see Chef last night (which I really enjoyed) so inspired by all things culinary, this morning I whipped up an egg chapati – and then another…

Ingredients:

  • chilli jam (real chillis would probably taste very good, too)
  • cream cheese
  • eggs
  • coriander (you could skip this) and
  • chapatis – I bought them ready made. Life’s too short for many things. (On the other hand, have never understood why people buy crumble mix.)

These literally take less than five minutes to make – just dry-fry your chapatti in a saucepan for around thirty seconds each side (too much longer and they’re difficult to fold, this one was a little bit crispy), and smear on your ingredients.

Fry an egg (you want it to be at least a little runny, I *may* never have fried an egg before, don’t judge me for my over-runniness), add salt and pepper and you’re done!

Roll them up in some kind of cloth or napkin (yellow striped napkins and triangle napkins here) as they are a little messy. Yum! I’ll definitely make these again.

Win a £50 Papermash voucher

Hello! Our envelope makers have been out and about this month – featuring in Mollie Makes and over at Lobster and Swan. Did you see these pretty envelopes Jeska created for us? You can find all her beautiful creations using washi tape and watercolours, ballet magazine pages and vintage wallpaper over on her blog.

I’m not bored of looking at envelopes yet, so I’m running a little competition for customers. If you’ve bought an envelope template from us, I’d love to see your creations, and am offering a £50 voucher to the winner.

How to enter (any of these ways)

- Email your photo to info@papermash.co.uk
- Instagram your entry to @lynneatpapermash #papermashenvelopecompetition
- Pin an image to Pinterest + link to our envelope template
- Share a link on our Facebook page

Competition closes 30th June so there’s still a chance to buy yours here. International entrants welcome. Voucher to be used by end of September 2014. One entry only per person. We’ve sold quite a few of these so we’re restricting it to people who’ve bought this from us.

A few new washi wrapping ideas

Last weekend I spent an afternoon working on a few wrapping ideas using scrap ends of washi tape.

Firstly, a little patchwork box (saw it on Pinterest). I swore I wouldn’t be cutting out tiny triangles from washi tape again (at least for a while) but not sure why I didn’t also ban tiny squares.

I started like this, measuring out the lid of the box in washi tape to have an outline and then added strips of tape to make squares from.

I scrapped that idea, as I just couldn’t get them all to line up accurately on the box (I’m sure a more precision-focused crafter could pull it off) so instead I started over by just adding full strips on the box, marking lines with my scalpel and then just lifting up occasional squares and swapping them over to get the patchwork effect. It turned out well but was a painful experience. #killercrafting

Secondly, for ages I’ve had the idea to washify a little pencil (this one is an Ikea freebie) and add it to a writing-themed gift. I thought it was perfect for this Rifle Paper Co journal gift.

Pretty pleased with that one too. You can find more ideas on my washi tape Pinterest board. There are only a few left in stock of these washi tape designs (the range was mostly discontinued but I will have some new patterns soon.)

Five minute fix: wired fabric tape

A quick little arrangement from a few weeks ago – taking advantage of some pretty lilac and wisteria in the back garden. I just about managed to prop up that droopy sprig of wisteria.

I found some jewellery wire in a cupboard, and just folded it into some sticky fabric tape to give it some extra strength for tying this bow (probably a heavier weight would have worked better, but it helped a bit.)

I liked the result, but wish I had cut armfuls full of lilac this spring instead of this one little sprig. Must add that to my cutting calendar for next year!

On display: mini milk bottles / mini pastel doilies / floral fabric tape.

New: wooden envelope template

I’ve recently stocked this wooden envelope template for making your own handmade envelopes. I have been going crazy making envelopes from all kinds of materials, as it’s just the kind of craft I like; quick and very satisfying. One favourite thing to use are the pretty papers from this gift wrapping book, which has lots of botanical and animal designs, and is the perfect texture for making envelopes.

Of course I had to add a little washi tape edging, and I’ve got quite the stash of pretty envelopes now, as it’s quite addictive when you start – time to write some letters so I can put them to use. I’ll be sharing more examples soon. I need to discover develop some calligraphy skills – just the thing for an extra special envelope. Have a lovely weekend!

Happy weekend + links

Hello Friday! This weekend I’m going on a bluebell walk in Wimbledon, and prepping for a photo shoot next week. Hope you have a lovely weekend, here are a few links to enjoy: 

Inside a psychoanalyst’s office

I really want to visit the astronomy photographer of the year exhibition (great video stories behind the photos.)

Love this converted pub

And how these flowers have been displayed

Joy, kindness and gentleness

A lovely advert (for Thai life insurance!)

Business questions: on business cards

How often do you give out business cards? I’ve always had a very slapdash approach to carrying them around (ie I don’t) and so never have one when am asked. But recently in quick succession I missed two good opportunities to share my details and my brand with complete strangers, once in a bar and once on a plane. So I just printed a new batch and have had them in my wallet for the last two weeks (in which time there have been no business card opportunities.) As most of my networking is online, and most of my non-virtual life focuses on priorities and interests not particularly related to my shop, I don’t end up giving out cards very often at all.

If you’re part of a small operation, what do you call yourself on your card? In this book, Blake Mycoskie suggests giving yourself a title which makes your business seem bigger, so people will take you more seriously. So, although there’s no way I’d call myself ‘Vice President of xx’ (his very American suggestion), I’ve been trying to think of something more imaginative than my current description of ‘owner’. I quite fancy creative director, but then I think of the years and years I slogged to become an accountant, and so don’t want my title to sound so creative (since I look at spreadsheets every single day.) I can’t possibly be CEO of a one-person operation, and so I’m a bit stumped! Any ideas?

(Spotted tray is part of this desk set, and I used a photo from this shoot for my most recent cards.)

Have a happy weekend

Have a lovely weekend! I’m looking forward to the Streatham Kite Day on Sunday {thanks to Cara for the tips via Twitter}, and need to catch up on my reading for next weekend’s Blook Club.

I’ve been really enjoying Mel’s Fresh Finds column, so I thought I’d share some links and things I’ve spotted recently:

I just re-read Start Something That Matters by the founder of Toms {very inspiring for anyone interested in social entrepreneurship, and a very easy read.}

A stylish new glasses brand.

A You Tube video of Annie Liebovitz in Northern Ireland {stunning photos in Vanity Fair.}

And finally, six habits of highly grateful people.

{Print: on sale at Debbie Carlos.}

Egg decorating, the washi way

I’ve been planning some washi tape action on this paper egg since last Easter, when I bought it from Ikea. It’s very easy to decorate – just add smallish pieces of tape, starting in the middle of the egg, and work outwards.

I’ve filled it with mini eggs, but you could add little gifts if you know someone with an Easter birthday. We’re planning an Easter egg hunt in our office {I have a short temp job at the minute} and I think this will be very useful as a key clue holder!

{PS, next year I’m hoping to run a fundraising Easter egg hunt – any practical suggestions of how that could work would be very helpful!}