Monday, 30 September 2013

made on monday - buildings batik

made on Monday - buildings batik
I made this as an example to show my Ks4 students the technique of batik we were studing an architecture module so I thought this fairytale city was a fun idea to show them. I kept the choice of colours quiet limited as it can be hard to keep your colours looking fresh. They loved it and some of the work they then produced was amazing.



Saturday, 28 September 2013

Sweet Saturday - blueberry and orange muffin recipe

sweet Saturday - blueberry and orange muffin recipe
These are a great lactose free cake and if you use frozen blueberries instead of fresh they work out a lot cheaper and it doesn't detract from the finished product.
You will need:
80ml olive oil
180ml orange juice
2 medium eggs
275g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
1tbsp granulated brown sugar to sprinkle on the top
150g frozen blueberries defrosted

Preheat the oven to 190c gas mark 5 and line a muffin tin with paper cases.
Whisk the oil, orange juice and eggs together in a mixing bowl.
Sift over the flour and stir.
Fold in the blueberries.
Spoon into the paper cases and sprinkle the granulated sugar on top.
Bake for 30 minutes.



Friday, 27 September 2013

Robot soft toy

Friday Fun - quick fix toy from chewed T-shirt
Our old washing machine was a nightmare for chewing up clothes. Note: never buy a Candy. So with yet another piece of destroyed clothing on my hands. I wanted to save at least part or it and with the bold motif on the front a quick soft toy was just calling out to me. 
All I did was pin the front to the back. Machine all the way around the design and stuff. They I just machined it closed and trimmed the edges. It being t-shirt material the edges rolled up nicely and gave a good finish to the toy.
Friday Fun - quick fix toy from chewed T-shirt
As you can see William was delighted that his p-j top had become a new cuddly and he was named Red the robot.
Friday Fun - quick fix toy from chewed T-shirt
Red seems very happy with his reincarnation.



Thursday, 26 September 2013

Tasty Thursday - red pesto palmier recipe

These are so painfully simple to make it almost seems silly to write down how to do it but this it what you do.
To make Palmiers you will need
Half a packet of ready made puff pastry and two table spoons of red pesto.
Roll out the puff pastry until about two mm thick and in a rectangle.
Spread the pesto on and roll from each side up into the centre.
Slice about 3mm slices and lie flat on baking trays.
Bake in a pre heated oven at 180c gas mark 4 for about 15 minutes. Until puffed up and golden.
Enjoy with pre-dinner drinks.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

wip - colour!

Whilst sorting through the loft after the move I found a whole box of these colour experiments from my print rotation at university. I have no idea what use they now have or indeed if they will ever come out of the loft again. But I did enjoy looking at the beautiful hues I had created and maybe one day I'll find a use for them.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Tutorial Tuesday - how to do French knots

Tutorial Tuesday - how to do French knots
 First secure your thread at the back of your fabric and bring it up at point A.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to do French knots
 Wrap the thread around your needle twice.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to do French knots
 Push the needle back down at point A.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to do French knots
Your finished french knot.



Monday, 23 September 2013

Made on Monday - Camper van birthday card

Just a quick one from me today. Thought I'd share a card I made for my brohter in law. I have got more and more into card making recently, especially when you see the prices of cards in the shops. Since I had lots of craft papers still knocking about in my drawer, I thought I'd have a go at making a new card. This is based on a template I found in an old issue of 'You can craft' magazine, but their design used fabrics. I have stuck to craft papers and a button embellishment for the vw badge. 

Made on Monday # 24 - Camper van birthday card

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sweet Saturday - Bailey's bread and butter pudding recipe

Sweet Saturday - Bailey's bread and butter pudding recipe
I love it when there is a chill in the air as I know this is a sign I can leave salad behind and look forward to eating hearty wholesome food that fills you up and makes you cosy inside. This is one of these recipes. A delight to eat any time but perfect on a Sunday.

You will need;
100g butter,
1/2 a loaf of white bread sliced and sut into triangles with the crusts off,
5 eggs,
40g caster sugar,
300ml cream,
300ml milk,
2 drops of vanilla extract,
5 tbsps of baileys
20g demerara sugar to sprinkle

Butter the bread,
Mix the eggs, caster sugar, cream, milk, vanilla and Baileys.
Arrange the bread in a buttered oven proof dish and then pour over the custard mix.
Leave to stand for a minimum of half and hour for the bread to soak up the custard.
Pre heat the oven to 180c gas mark 4.
Place the oven proof dish in a bain marie and bake for 35 - 40 minutes.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Friday fun - Curtains into canvases

Made on Monday #26 - Curtains into canvases 
When we moved the curtains form William's nursery were still in very good condition and I wanted to use them again for George's room. The only thing was George's new nursery only had one window so I was left with an extra pair or curtains. Not wanting to waste the fabric I decided I would refashion some of it into some coordinating art for the walls. I am so pleased with how they turned out. All I did was pick out the animals I wanted cut the fabric to size and stretch the fabric over some old canvases I had knocking about in the attic. 

Made on Monday #26 - Curtains into canvases 

Made on Monday #26 - Curtains into canvases 

Made on Monday #26 - Curtains into canvases 


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Tasty Thursday - get set go bars recipe

If your in a hurry to get going in the morning these bars will give you the boost you need whilst on the move. Packed with oats, fruit and nuts they are nutritionally
packing a punch and tasty too.

Tasty Thursday - get set go bars

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

W.I.P - Rainbow beads.

W.I.P  - Rainbow beads.

As you may remember I showed you last week, how William had been organising my button collection into rainbow colours. He had now started on my bead collection and I thought how lovely they looked displayed in these shot glasses. Almost like an array of mini tropical cocktails.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper

You cant help but already feel the effects of Autumn and so of course my mind turns to all the Autumn and Halloween craft ideas I have had storing up in my mind and my pocket diary. This is a cute way to get in the seasonal mood and can be adapted to create all sorts of toppers on a theme. I love working with felt in this way and the bright orange just called out to be made into a pumpkin pencil topper.
To make the pumpkin pencil topper you will need;
scissors,
orange felt cut into two pumpkin shapes about 3 cm across,
 small scrap of green or brown felt for the stalk,
a pencil to top,
a needle,
some black embroidery floss
two small black buttons. 
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper
 First sew the grooved lines of the pumpkin on one side of the orange felt using two strands of embroidery floss and backstitch
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper
 Then sew on the buttons for eyes and add a scary mouth using chain stitch.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper
 Then pin the two pieces of orange felt together and blanket stitch around then remembering to leave a hole at  the bottom of the pencil to go.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper
 Finally stitch a scrap of green or brown felt on the top as a stalk. You can use pinking shears to give a leafy look.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper
 Then top your pencil and have a happy Halloween.
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a pumpkin pencil topper


Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday fun #22 - scrapbooking

I love scrapbooking with children. They really enjoy it as it encompasses so many things they like, stickers, collecting and drawing. Use scrapbooking as a way of recording holidays, important life events or even the random stuff they seem to always find.
I thought I'd share some pages of William's scrapbooks to give a flavour of what small children can create given the right tools.
 Using sweet wrappers and stickers William made a scene from our summer holiday



Thursday, 12 September 2013

Tasty Thursday #22 - oat cookie recipe

Tasty Thursday #22 - oat cookie recipe
125g margarine
225g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g self raising flour
200g oats

Pre heat oven to gas mark 4 180c
Cream the margarine and sugar
Beat in the egg and the vanilla
Stir in the oats and flour, it should form a soft dough.
Line two baking trays
form the dough into walnut size pieces and place on the baking trays
Bake for 15 minutes and then leave to cool

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

W.I.P 10 - Rainbow button jars.

W.I.P 10 - Rainbow button jars.
My eldest and I have been having a good sort out of my study recently and you will know if you read my blog that he loves to organise into rainbow colours. So I thought I share his current work in progress. Sorting all my buttons into the rainbow.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Made on Monday #22 - Mollie makes sausage dog.

Just a quick one from me this Monday. I just had to whip up the cute sausage dog that came free with this months issue of Mollie Makes.
My dog who I've named Bertie is pictured having afternoon tea.
Made on Monday #22 - Mollie makes sausage dog.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Sweet Saturday #21 - cherry brown betty recipe

You will need:
a tin of cherries about 450g
200ml cherry juice from the tin if you don't have enough top up with orange
150g white breadcrumbs
50g brown sugar
50g butter

4 ramekins

preheat the oven to 190c gas mark 5
divide the cherries between the ramekins and add the liquid
melt the butter in a frying pan and add the breadcrumbs
cook for a few minutes then add the sugar cooking until golden
sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the cherries
bake for 30 minutes

Friday, 6 September 2013

Free Back to school cross stitch pattern Rainbow pencils PDF

Everyone loves a rainbow! What's your favourite colour? Choose your favourite or stitch the whole rainbow. Perfect for back to school stationery or just because you love rainbows.


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Chickpea and cous cous salad recipe

Tasty Thursday# 21 chickpea and cous cous salad

Serves four for lunch.
100 g of cous cous made to the packets instructions
12 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp of chopped fresh basil
1 tin of chickpeas
half a pot of houmous
zest and juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to season

Make the cous cous according to packets instructions and leave to cool.
Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
Halve the tomatoes
Mix the chickpeas and tomatoes into the cous cous.
Stir in the chopped basil, lemon zest and juice.
Season with salt and pepper and serve with the houmous on top.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

W.I.P. #9 - Stitch samples

Just thought I would show some of my refernce sheets I use when decideding what stitches to use when making something. They are not exhaustive and still need to be developed to incorporate more examples of stitches but they are a useful starting point.
1. Sampler of all the stitches my machine can do
W.I.P. #9 - Stitch samples
 2. Ways to attach fabric with stitch
W.I.P. #9 - Stitch samples
 3. different stitches to couch
W.I.P. #9 - Stitch samples
 4. seed stitch
W.I.P. #9 - Stitch samples
 5. Couching different materials
W.I.P. #9 - Stitch samples

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Tutorial Tuesday #21 - how to make lavender hearts

To make lavender hearts first draw the heart shape onto your chosen fabric.
Tutorial Tuesday #21 - how to make lavender hearts
 Place two pieces together right sides facing outwards and sew around the line leaving a gap to add the ribbon and stuff with lavender.
Tutorial Tuesday #21 - how to make lavender hearts
 Cut around the heart with pinking shears.
Tutorial Tuesday #21 - how to make lavender hearts
 Fill with lavender, add the ribbon loop and sew shut.
Tutorial Tuesday #21 - how to make lavender hearts

Monday, 2 September 2013

Made on Monday # 21 - voile window panel

You may remember ages ago I showed you a work in progress of a voile window panel made up of sample fabrics I  had created when I was at university. Well, I finally found a spare hour one evening and sat in front of the sewing machine and worked my way throgh o pile of things that needed sewing, including the window panel. So, here it is proudly on display in my study window.
Made on Monday # 21 - voile window panel 
I am very pleased with the final piece and the photo really doesn't do the beautiful colours and the light it creates justice, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

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