Friday, 31 May 2013

Funny faces kit

Friday Fun # 7 - Funny faces kit
This is another idea for a kit that can be pulled out when ever the kids are bored. This is based around making funny faces and included in the kit are:

  • Some A4 colored paper
  • Glue
  • Stickers of eyes and mouths
  • Some pre cut face shapes
  • Some googly eyes
  • Eyes, mouths, noses etc. cut from magazines
  • Some yarn for hair

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Workshop Wednesday # 7 - how to do blanket stitch

How to do blanket stitch.

Start sewing as if you are doing a running stitch 
Workshop Wednesday # 7 - how to do blanket stitch 
Pull loosely on the thread leaving a loop
Workshop Wednesday # 7 - how to do blanket stitch 
 Pass the needle through the loop

Workshop Wednesday # 7 - how to do blanket stitch 
 Pull gently on the thread and continue with the next stitch

Workshop Wednesday # 7 - how to do blanket stitch 



Tuesday, 28 May 2013

How to make pirate paper bunting.

As part of pirate week in our house. My eldest and I made some pirate paper bunting.

First you will need:

  • some paper diamond shapes folded in half to make a triangle,
  • some double sided sticky tape,
  • some skull stickers (I made mind using my Sizzix big shot and skull die)
  • and some string or yarn to hand the bunting from.

Tutorial Tuesday # 7 - How to make pirate paper bunting. 
Tutorial Tuesday # 7 - How to make pirate paper bunting. 
Take each one of the paper diamonds and stick a skull sticker on the front of them.



Once you have decorated all of the paper diamonds. Open them out and put a strip of double sided sticky tape on the inside along the fold. Peel off and place the string in the fold. Fold over to hold in place.


Tutorial Tuesday # 7 - How to make pirate paper bunting. 
Add as many pieces of bunting as you want.
Tutorial Tuesday # 7 - How to make pirate paper bunting. 


Then hang and enjoy a pirate party!
Tutorial Tuesday # 7 - How to make pirate paper bunting. 

Monday, 27 May 2013

Have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

My eldest and I enjoy having themed days and Pirates is fast becoming a favorite. So I just wanted to share some ideas that we have made for our swash buckling Monday.
Made on Monday - have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy
Make your own pirate hats with black card and a sticker cut using the sizzix big shot and Skull die

Made on Monday - have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

Made on Monday - have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy
Make shark infested cupcakes with blue glace icing and fondant shark fins. 

Made on Monday - have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

Made on Monday - have a pirate day! Pirate ideas to make and enjoy

Have a go at potato printing - we cut four motifs - anchor, palm tree, flag and skull 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Free F is for Frog alphabet cross stitch PDF pattern

F is for frog, the next instalment in my alphabet sampler series. I hope you enjoy stitching these cute designs. Just click on the read more link to download the free PDF pattern

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Recipe for carrot and orange muffins

Who doesn't love carrot cake? But sometimes you want something a bit lighter, these carrot and orange muffins have a great light texture and citrus tang that I'm sure you will love.



Friday, 24 May 2013

Garden collage kit



From time to time I like to make these kits for my eldest. He loves to get home from nursery and find one sat waiting for him on the kitchen table. With a bit of pre - organisation this activity will keep him occupied for a good hour and really gets his creative juices flowing.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Tasty Thursday # 6 - Recipe for shepherds pie


Shepherd’s pie

Ingredients
500g potatoes
25g margarine
3 tbsp milk
1 onion
250g minced lamb or quorn mince
2 beef stock cubes or vegetable stock cubes
250ml water
Salt and pepper
Pinch of mixed herbs
2tbsp cooking oil
Tomato to garnish

Equipment
Large saucepan, medium saucepan, chopping board, sharp knife, measuring jug, potato masher, wooden spoon, peeler, tbsp, colander, mixing bowl, kettle

Method
Preheat oven to 220oc or gas mark 7
Peel and chop onion
Peel and chop potatoes into even sized piece
Put potatoes in large pan, cover with water, add a pinch of salt, bring to the boil, lower heat and cook for 20mins until soft
Drain potatoes in colander and put into mixing bowl, add salt and pepper, margarine and milk and mash until potatoes are soft and creamy and free from lumps
Whilst potatoes are cooking, put cooking oil into a medium pan, add onion, put on heat and cook for 2-3 mins until onion is soft
Add minced lamb and cook on a medium heat until brown for 5 mins, stir with wooden spoon
Boil kettle
Crumble stock cubes into measuring jug and add 250ml hot water and mix
Add stock to minced lamb, add mixed herbs and cook on medium heat for 20-25mins
When minced lamb is cooked pour into bottom of ovenproof dish
Spoon mashed potatoes over minced lamb, make sure there are no gaps and it is evenly covered. Make pattern with fork
Put in the oven and bake for 20-25 mins
Garnish with sliced tomato

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine

First ensure that your dials are set for straight stitch
Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine 
 Then place your thread on the spool at the top right of your machine
Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine 
 Bring the thread along and under the hook at the top left of your machine
Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine 
 Take the thread down, back up, around the fly wheel and back down again. Effectivly making a capital N shape in thread.
Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine 
 Then take the thread behind the hook above your needle
Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine 
 Thread the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back
Workshop Wednesday # 6 - How to thread a sewing machine 

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Tutorial Tuesday #6 - How to cover a metal badge with fabric.

Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 
First find an old metal badge that has a back that can be removed with pliers. 
 Using your pliers remove the back and keep for later. It should be easy to remove as it is sprung into place.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 

Cut a circle of your chosen fabric about 5 mm bigger in diameter than your badge. You may want to add further embellishments to the fabric this should be done at this stage. 

Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 

Sew a running stitch around the edge of your fabric and draw up around the badge. Securing with a knot.
Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 
 Then use your pliers to push the badge back back into place. (Note: if the fabric is too thick it may be difficult to push the badge back, back in. If this is the case you could hot glue a separate badge back in or a pin fastening )
Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 
Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 
Tutorial Tuesday - How to cover a metal badge with fabric. 





Monday, 20 May 2013

Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial

I don't know if you're like me but with my efforts to be green I end up with a lot of bags for life knocking about. Many of them are freebie cloth totes that I have been given and although good for the environment are not so attractive to look at. This is one of my shopping totes.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 So, I had just received my latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine and it came with some free vintage style buttons. The perfect opportunity to pretty up my bag.
First I turned the bag inside out so that the printing wasn't so clear.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 Then I cut five circles for each flower I wanted to make. They were 3'' in diameter about the size of a jam jar lid.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 Then I folded each circle into quarters.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 I stitched along the bottom of the petal with a running stitch and then gathered the thread.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 I continued to add the petals to the same thread until all five were on. Then I joined the first to the last with a few stitched forming the flower.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 Then I cut a piece of felt with pinking shears just slightly larger than the vintage button.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 I sewed on the flower first to the tote.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 Then added the felt circle and vintage button to cover over any raw edges.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 Then I added some more.
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 
 I think it would look great with a whole sea of flowers covering it, but that'll have to be a work in progress!
Made on Monday # 6 - fabric flowers up-cycled shopping tote tutorial 


Sunday, 19 May 2013

E is for elephant free alphabet cross stitch pattern PDF

E is for Elephant 


E is for elephant free alphabet cross stitch pattern PDF




How cute is this little guy, I must admit I do have a soft spot for elephants. Click on the read more link to download the free pattern

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sweet Saturday # 5 - recipe for English scones

Sweet Saturday # 5 - recipe for English scones 
Scones
Ingredients
250g self raising flour
40g margarine
125ml milk
To make fruit scones, add 25g sugar and 75g currants or sultanas.
To make cheese scones, add 75g grated cheese and 1x 5 ml spoon of mustard or mixed herbs.

Equipment
Baking tray, sieve, mixing bowl, measuring jug, palette knife, weighing scales, flour dredger, rolling pin, round scone cutters, pastry brush, oven gloves and cooling rack.

Method
1. Preheat oven to 220ÂșC, gas mark 7.
2. Grease a baking tray.
3. Sift the flour into a bowl.
4. Rub the margarine into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add fruit and sugar or cheese.
5. Pour in the milk and mix into a soft dough. Save a little of the milk.
6. Place the dough on a floured working surface and knead lightly.
7. Roll out the dough until 1.5cm thick.
8. Shape into scones using a cutter.
9. Place scones onto the baking tray, brush the top of each scone with a little milk and bake for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden brown.
10. After baking, place the scones on a cooling rack.

Sweet Saturday # 5 - recipe for English cheese scones 

Friday, 17 May 2013

Friday Fun # 5 - butterfly cakes recipe


Butterfly cakes

Ingredients
100g Self raising flour
100g Margarine            
100g Sugar
Vanilla essence
2 Eggs

For the icing
125g Icing sugar
60g Margarine

12 paper cases

Optional: 50g chocolate chips or 50g sultanas or raisins.

Equipment
Mixing bowl, scales, wooden spoon, jug, fork, metal spoon, fairy cake tin.

Method.
1 Preheat the oven to 190c gas mark 5
2 Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
3 Beat the egg and add a little at a time, mix thoroughly.
4 Add vanilla essence and any optional ingredients.
5 Fold in the flour with the metal spoon.
6 Put a spoonful of the mixture into each of the paper cases.
7 Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
8 Place on cooling rack and allow to cool before icing.
9 cut top off the cake and cut in half
10 add a spoonful of icing to top of the cake and stick ‘wings’ back on.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8

I use this tutorial with my year 8 class when we do the fabric food project. It was originally from Mollie Makes magazine issue 6, but I have made it more detailed for my pupils with more photographs to explain the process. Hope you also enjoy making a fabric pear.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
First choose your fabrics you could use one, two, three or six patterns if you wish. Choose lightweight cotton dress making fabrics.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
Then iron interfacing on to the reverse of all your fabrics.

Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Then draw on the outline of the pear segments onto your interfacing. You will need 6.
Templates can be found here http://mos.molliemakes.com/MollieMakes6_temps.pdf or you can make your own.

Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Cut out and arrange in the order you'd like to sew them in.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Pin two segments together and sew along one edge with a 4 mm seam allowance, repeat for each pair.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Finally join the pairs of segments together, leaving a gap in the last join to turn the pear inside out.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 So it should look like this
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Then stuff with toy stuffing, which should be packed firmly to give the pear shape.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Over sew to close the pear.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Sew a button on the bottom of the pear upwards through the pear to secure.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 To make the stalk cut two squares of felt.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Roll together, pin and over sew the edge to secure
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Cut the top at an angle to reveal the inner colour
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8
 Attach to the top of your pear along with a felt leaf if you wish.
Use as a decoration at harvest time or as I do a pin cushion.
Workshop Wednesday # 5 - how to make a fabric pear KS3 textiles Year 8


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