Free Instructions and Pattern for Book Folding Art

Although book folding is the latest craze, there aren’t many instructions on the internet. So I thought that I would soon change this and post some free instructions for you all! Here are the free instructions Book Folding Tutorial by Foldilocks and here is a free super cute heart pattern to get you started- Heart Pattern.

Please do not share or sell the pattern or instructions as they were made by myself. If you know someone who would like a go, you can direct them to this post or to my support group on Facebook Foldilocks Crafts Support Group. However, if your fold was super neat and you want to,  am happy for you to sell the completed book.

If you loved book folding, please do send me a photo of your finished book, I love to see them. If you add them to the comments, I will randomly select one for three free patterns from my store. (closing date 31st August 2015.) If you would like to try more book folding patterns, here is my store, FoldilocksCrafts, where there are more book folding patterns then you can count on your fingers and toes, including alphabets where you can create and name, word or date you wish!

Adios 🙂

Finished Product!
Finished Product!

Nutribullet Review and Paleo Friendly Recipes

When I first started paleo, I picked up a Nutribullet. I nearly didn’t bother as I have a smoothie maker attached to my blender, but it leaves skin tingling (in a bad way!) gloop and lumps in the smoothie.  The Nutribullet was a lot heavier then expected but once it is unpacked it sits nicely on my unit.   It includes a large cup (as in the photo) a small cup and then a medium cup with a handle. You get the four armed blade that is for smoothies and then a two armed flat blade for milling nuts and herbs. What is brilliant about this smoothie maker is its power. The blade pulverises through the cores, seeds and stems in the fruit and does not extract any of the necessary fibre or pulp like a juicer. The result is the texture of a milkshake, and you can make it thicker or thinner with water.    The photos above just show some leftovers from the fridge and a few rogue items from our vegetable garden. It wasn’t the nicest one I have had but it was refreshing. Some of my favourite smoothies I have tried include

‘Piña Colada’

  • One cup chopped pineapple
  • Two cups Coconut milk (I will tell you how to make it further down)
  • One banana
  • Water

Add all the ingredients to the large cup. After you have added coconut milk, fill water to the max line. Blast with the four armed blade until smooth but for no longer then 40 seconds. If you made your own coconut milk, the creamy fat that rises to the top after being refrigerated is beautiful scooped up and added to smoothies!

Strawberry ‘milkshake’

  • One banana
  • A handful of strawberries
  • Almond milk or water to the max line.

Blast for up to 40 seconds and enjoy!

Coconut/Almond Milk

  • Shredded coconut or blanched almonds,  about a handful
  • Warm water

Add the coconut or almonds to the large cup and add warm water to the fill line.Leave for 30 minutes to add creaminess. Blast for up to 40 seconds.  Taking a nut bag over a bowl, slowly pour the contents into the nut bag. When most of the liquid has drained, gently squeeze the lumps to get all of the liquid. This will last for up to a day in the fridge. You can make coconut flour with the leftover pulp. Coconut/almond flour Take the remaining pulp and place it on a piece of baking paper on an oven tray. Use a fork to mash out any lumps. Place in oven on the lowest heat for 4 hours, or until no moisture is left. Mill it using the two armed bladed to make fine and store in a jar. Enjoy!

Hello world!

I can speak for England, but when the little box tells me to write something here I suddenly froze and forgot what I was going to say. So I guess I will tell you a bit about myself, the reasons for this blog and what I hope to include.

I am learning so if there is anything you would like added (or removed!) comment 🙂

So… I am Katrina, a northern English lass with an obsession for crafts. My main craft is book folding, some of you love it and some of you hate it but I adore it. My obsession started after I was feeling sorry for myself after a stint in hospital and I couldn’t really leave the house. I was browsing through Pinterest one day and came across a photograph of an adorable heart folded into a book. I clicked the link and there was some basic instructions on how to book fold and how to create a heart. That was the beginning of the end (of any spare time whatsoever.) The heart took me around an hour and my poor Facebook friends were subjected to five or six photographs of the wonky heart I had created. Later, I bought an alphabet and wrote my cousins surname. This time there were several comments such as ‘wow’ and ‘I want one’ so I set about making a few for friends and family, including my Hubbies Grandma. People asked to buy the books from me, but as I didn’t feel good enough I refused to sell them for a while. After a few months I made a Facebook page (Foldilocks Book Art and Gifts,) registered with the tax man and I have never looked back. I began to find that I could not always make what people were asking for so I began to make my own patterns and Foldilocks Etsy was born when the patterns were requested by other crafters on Facebook.

I now sell over a hundred patterns and several alphabets in different fonts and get asked for custom patterns again. It is amazing as I have been able to supplement my student loan whilst I study and I have met some amazing people along the way.

I have always crafted, as a child I loved using Fimo or Prima and making models, and I have started recently paper cutting and quilling. I would love to include other different types of crafts and feature other crafters so please do get in touch.

I also decided that this blog would not just include crafts, but other things that I enjoy. I think this will keep the blog fresh and steer it away from a set of rules. I also enjoy growing fruit and vegetables, cooking, fitness and nutrition (we are 80% Paleo but 20% naughty) so expect a lot of ramblings along those lines.

Well I definitely got over not being able to find anything to say! I am going to sign off now, but if anyone would like to try out book folding for free, I have a group on Facebook, and in the files are some free book folding instructions and some free patterns (including a basic heart for you to make!) The group is ‘Book Folding Patterns by Foldilocks’ but you can also copy and paste the link here too. https://www.facebook.com/groups/378356878980633/

Love

Katrina