Monday, 30 January 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

I went to a weekly vintage market in a nearby town a while back, the BBC were there filming a documentary about market life so I had to look for bargains whilst placating a cold toddler and avoiding a camera crew so bear with me, firstly some old cigarette cards featuring starlets of yesteryear
how glam
I love them
I also got some with proverbs on them
very profound
and deeper still
wise words indeed
a few from the 'nose' collection
a couple from the horse and hound collection
and some to add to my tarot collection
Anyway they were £1.50 all in.

Another stall was selling glassware and china and had these in a box at the front for 50p each
they're Britvic fruit juice glasses and they are now sitting atop my dressing table keeping my Cherry B and Babycham glasses company.

Finally one of the stalls had a box of odds and sods under the table and I always like to have a rifle through as you never know what you might find, in most cases nothing but this time I came up trumps as I found this Lexicon game, the stallholder wanted £1 for it and I couldn't get my money out quick enough, these old letter card games are so great for crafting and go for a song on eBay.
Linking up with Liz's Magpie Monday over at Me And My Shadow

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

A Scarf On A Jumbo Scale

Remember this JUMBO ball of wool that I got ages ago, well someone said they'd set straight to work and make a scarf from it, well when I saw it in the shop that's exactly what I thought.  I'd seen a pattern for a beautiful scarf in the same colour and knew I just had to make one so I set about learning how to master it and after a bit of faffing I figured it out
and here's the finished scarf
I just love the fish scale effect of the different leaves
I can't stop looking at it although it was made for my Mum as a Christmas present so
I set to work making another for myself in white and I'm sure there will be a veritable rainbow of scarves in this design to follow it was such an addictive pattern to make up.  I'm so addicted I may have to start selling them as I won't have room for many more!!!! (I have started selling them, check out my Etsy shop)
I've even adapted the pattern and made a shawl style one in pink
queue more staring
it's lovely, even if I do say so myself
Linking up with Handmade Thursday over on White Lily Green
Inspire Me Beautiful

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Cakey, Cakey! - Crossword Celebration Cake

It's my Mum's 60th birthday today and she wanted to keep it low key (as low key as announcing it on my blog can be!) so we all took her out to a restaurant for lunch at the weekend, my sister decorated the table and wrapped our joint gift so I decided to make the celebration cake.

My Mum loves a crossword so what better way of wishing her a happy 60th than a crossword cake, then we could all wish her Happy Birthday as she's not only my Mum, she's the kids' Nanny and my Dad's wife and this allowed us to incorporate all the salutations beautifully

Happy Birthday Mum! x

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Doing Up My Crib Part 2

Remember this crib I bought ages ago on one of my charity shop jaunts for £4?  Well I finally got round to making some bed linen for it.
Missy already had a charity shop rescue crib but that has since been relegated to the playhouse in the garden in favour of this one which she calls 'new bed' 
I made a mattress from some thick foam which I covered in some plain pink fabric, 
I also made a duvet and pillow from the Strawberry Shortcake material I got on eBay
All done, I just hope I don't find another, nicer crib on my second hand travels!

Monday, 23 January 2012

This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

New year not so new stuff, first up this game of Scrabble £1, I've been after one of these for months and none have been forthcoming, I need the letters for lots of crafty plans
Christmas ink stamps 50p
Pink metallic embroidery thread £1
Black ink pad 50p
Triple CD of Christmas music £3
A Sci-Fi book which was a Christmas present for Mr Right so alas I can't reveal the price
Sheet music again for crafty projects 60p
Great music hall songs in one of them
My old man...
...said follow the van and don't dilly dally on the way!
Linking up with Liz's Magpie Monday over at Me And My Shadow

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Thursday, 19 January 2012

Take One Jumper Challenge

The lovely Liz over at Me And My Shadow has lain down the gauntlet and challenged crafty sorts to see what they can make from an old jumper or in my case a few of Missy's old baby cardigans.
I'd already made a hot water bottle cover many moons ago 
and some leg warmers for Missy's first fancy dress costume
so I decided that because I loved to see Missy wearing the cardigans and she was in them so briefly that I wanted to make some keepsake cushions from them.

I'd previously made a cushion from Buster's first football top
so I used the same principle to make some mini cushions for Missy's eventual big girl's day bed which I intend to fill with lots of different handmade cushions and bolsters and here they are.
I also had enough of one of the cardigans to make a pair of lightweight mittens for me, ideal for chilly spring mornings British summertime.
Linking up with Take One Jumper Challenge at Me And My Shadow (take a peek at Liz's makes and the other entrants) and Handmade Thursday over on White Lily Green
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Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Cupcapers - Gingerbread Cupcakes

Now that we've sadly finished the lovely Christmas cake my mother-in-law kindly made for us it was time to do some baking but I still wanted something in-keeping with the season and was browsing the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book for inspiration when, in the Christmas section, Gingerbread Cupcakes jumped out at me, they're a lovely sponge flavoured with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.  

As usual the recipe would have made far too many, I halved it and still came out with 12 good muffin-sized cupcakes.  Also I opted not to make the cream cheese frosting, way too fatty, fat, fat for me and decided instead to stick on a disc of icing and lay some mini gingerbread men we had left over from Christmas on the top, too cute!

The sponge was gorgeous and I will certainly make these again, although I thought I might try and make a loaf rather than the cupcakes, will keep you posted if I do.

The little gingerbread man army marching their way one by one to their destiny my stomach

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Missy's two now and wanting to copy everything we do which includes baking, not content just to pretend bake she now wants to make real cakes of her own.

I gave this some thought and decided that although it goes against all my principals as a home baker I purchased a cupcake packet mix thinking that Missy could do most of it on her own without too much supervision intervention by me.  

I weighed up the couple of pounds expense and decided it could be justified as it would probably have cost more than that for character cake toppers (if you could find them solus anyway) and it was quite nice for Missy to choose the cakes she wanted to make in the shop with some kind of idea of how they might turn out.  Needless to say she had been brainwashed enough to opt for the Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Cupcakes so home with us they came.
So after washing her hands Missy set to work, first she laid out the paper cases in the muffin tin
Then she put the dry cake mix into a bowl, added the water
and the egg
and whisked her little Baby Gap socks off
When it was the correct consistency or 'gloopy' (Missy's new favourite word) she dolloped some into each paper case
and wished them well as they went into the oven.  A short time later out they came and she insisted on blowing them until they were cool enough to ice
and ice them she did
Then it came time to stick on the Peppa Pig toppers
And finally the best part of all
I think she is fast developing my addiction for cake making (let's face it how could she not?) as we have already purchased a Disney Princess cupcake mix for her to try this week.  
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