On the Great British Bake Off we were inspired by Kim-Joy's colourful and creative bakes! In this episode, we chat to Kim-Joy about what inspires her to produce her amazing recipes and why baking is good for your mental health.


Kim-Joy talks about where she gets her ideas, why baking is a mindful craft and why she is the queen of cosiness. Listen to the episode for her amazing cosiness tips!

Find more inspiration in Kim-Joy's books, Baking with Kim-Joy (Quadrille, £18) and Christmas with Kim-Joy (Quadrille, £15), which are out now.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Acast or wherever you get your podcasts. Alternatively, you can use the player below to listen to the episode online.

Projects of the week

This week, Zoe was inspired by Kim-Joy's creative style so she picked needle-felted animals as her special project. You can use this technique to create a whole army of cute felt animals. It's an extremely relaxing hobby to try (as long as you don't stab yourself with the needle!).

Sarah's seeing stars this week – her favourite project is the constellation embroidery hoop pattern. You can use the free templates to make a trio of pretty constellation hoops to hang up on your wall.

One good thing

Zoe took on a challenge this week: she's been making fortune cookies with her children. She says this was lots of fun and everyone enjoyed coming up with their own personalised fortunes to put into the cookies.

Meanwhile Sarah (and Kim-Joy!) both picked the TV show Interior Design Masters. Interior Design Masters challenges amateur designers to complete a weekly challenge, which usually involves redecorating a commercial space such as a shop or a hotel room. They're competing for the chance to win a big commercial contract.

Series one of Interior Design Masters is available on Netflix and series two is currently being shown on BBC iPlayer.

If you're in the UK, you can find out the best time for sustainable baking by looking at shouldibake.com. This clever website tells you when the most renewable energy is being produced, so you can plan your next baking session accordingly.


Photography: Ellis Parrinder from Christmas with Kim-Joy (Quadrille, £15).


Sarah OrmeDigital Editor, Gathered

Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints

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