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Friday, 30 March 2012

I Felt All Fuzzy

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away my lovely sister gifted me everything required for a spot of needle felting and I'm ashamed to say I hadn't got round to trying it out.  Don't ask me why, you know me I love a bit of craft and if it's something I've never tried before then so much the better but I had a bit of a mental block when it came to this despite Kirstie Allsopp describing it as the crack cocaine of the craft world.
Anyway, I was having a bit of a crafty reorg when I rediscovered my gift and by way of a distraction from the job at hand I decided to have a bash at a rose there and then with rather pleasing results.  I was a little unsure that it should look quite as fluffy as it does but with a little reassurance from my Twitter followers I'm actually quite pleased with it now and have since turned it into a brooch.
I think Kirstie might be onto something after all it's the only form of needle-based drug I'll be partaking in!


Linking up with #HandmadeThursday over on White Lily Green


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A Spot Of Mollie Making

My MIL kindly gifted me a subscription to Mollie Makes for Christmas and this week I actually had a bit of time to make some of the inspirational items in this month's offering.


First up I bashed out the cover gift, a gorgeous pink crochet rose brooch 
which I don't think looks too dissimilar to the pic so maybe I am getting the hang of this crochet lark after all!

And secondly, a couple of Monday's ago I posted about a vintage child's hankerchief that I'd purchased for nostalgic reasons and didn't really know what to do with, 
then Mollie Makes (and Liz from Me And My Shadow) suggested making it into a little bunny, so that's what I did.


Linking up with #HandmadeThursday over on White Lily Green 
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Cakey, Cakey! - Buster's 10th Birthday Cake


Last week I celebrated a decade of being a mum, that's right Buster turned ten.  I really don't know where the years have gone but I do know that I have made a LOT of cakes in that time and as a consequence my abilities in the cake decorating department have definitely improved.


Buster's first birthday cake was a rather boring affair a Victoria sponge covered in white icing with 'Happy 1st Birthday' in multi-coloured letters cut out of icing on the top and a purple ribbon round the outside (I don't have a photo because this was in the days before digital photography and I'm far too lazy to scan it in).  


With 8 more cakes made in the mean time to hone my craft we find ourselves here...


Free Cake, Free Cake!
 It's a Regular Show cake.  Go here if you have no idea what the Regular Show is (you're missing a treat!)


This cake is a lot smaller than most of Buster's previous ones but it doesn't make it any less special, in fact it might even be a bit more special.  Hiding under the unassuming white icing lies this...
It's called Rainbow cake and is a joy to behold (and eat of course)
Regulars on Pinterest will have seen it all before but I know that some of you will be wondering how the hecky-peck it's made.  Well, you make a regular sponge mix and divide it equally between 7 bowls and add food colouring to each individual bowl depending on what colour layers you require, in this case I made red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and pink.
Then you bake each layer individually and allow them to cool.  When they've cooled you layer them up with some buttercream icing in between each sponge and you're ready to decorate as normal.  It's a bit messy with all the separate bowls and time consuming if you don't have 7 sponge tins but I think you'll agree that the overall effect is worth it.


Happy 10th Birthday Buster! x

Monday, 19 March 2012

Cupcapers - Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes

For one of my usual Friday afternoon teas with Mrs B I decided to make some cupcakes, now I know for a fact that Mrs B is a little odd in that she almost prefers lemon flavoured cakes to chocolate, I know, madness, but I went with it and made a batch of the lemoniest cakes I could muster specially for her.


I made a lemony sponge with the addition of lemon juice and zest and whilst the cupcakes were still warm I drizzled them in a lemon syrup made with yet more juice and zest and as a last ditched attempt to get even more lemon into the little bastards I pulled out the big guns...well, the large syringe
I thinned some lemon curd with a little boiled water, filled my syringe with a good sized dose and plunged the needle right into the heart of each cupcake and gave them a shot of lemony goodness
Sunshine in cupcake form, lovely! 

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to anyone celebrating today.  Our family has no Irish blood whatsoever and we never mark the occasion but we're off to see the B's for dinner this evening and Mrs B's side of the family have strong Emerald Isle connections so I thought it would be nice to take along a little gift for her, so last night I whipped up this crochet shamrock brooch

Thursday, 15 March 2012

'Tache-tastic

My soon to be brother-in-law Mr W celebrated his birthday this week and I was reminded of a Christmas gift we'd given him last year and thought I'd share.  Mr W sports a tache, it's his trademark and he's had it ever since I've known him, far longer than the current trend for anything moustache related or the Movember fly by nights.
Missy was obsessed with it at my sister and brother in law's last Christmas 
I'm sure it must be a labour of love as I know how much more effort it involved than being clean shaven when Mr Right took part in Movember last year so I thought with my crochet pattern following skills improving all the time that I'd have a go at crocheting one that I could frame up as a little keepsake for him and here it is.  Tache-tastic! 

iCrochet

I was getting a little bit fed up of having to untangle my headphone wires every time I go to the gym so I decided to crochet a little ipod tidy, I found a great pattern for an ironic old skool mix tape and set to work.  I was pleased with how well it turned out and particularly impressed with myself as it's the first time I've ever put a zip into anything! 
Linking up with #HandmadeThursday over on White Lily Green
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Thursday, 8 March 2012

Greetings Cards - February

With February at an end and all the greetings cards dished out I can reveal what was sent, first up Mr Right's Valentine's card from moi, a big red crocheted heart with 'you make my heart all warm and fuzzy' suitably mushy for expressing how I feel about my old man
Mr D likes a round of golf so I decided to capitalise on that theme and made this monogrammed golf bag with the sentiment 'you're never too old for clubbing' on the front
Mr D's daughter's birthday is in the same month so I made her a floral cake stand with three cupcakes decorated with gem cherries on a lacy tablecloth for her third birthday 
One of Mr Right's colleagues was celebrating a birthday too, I've been itching to try a cross-stitched card and used the recipient's initial as my inspiration, never again, was far too fiddly and time consuming for such a little project!
Master M turned one so what better for a little boy than a blue rocket ship blasting off 
Mr Right's Mum's turn next, I love a bit of Scrabble letter craft and decided to try out this understated design 
with this as the internal sentiment, I love it's simplicity and have plans to make more of these but hopefully with a twist, if my craft supplier in Hong Kong pulls their finger out!
And finally an old work colleague gave birth to a little girl so I made this little card stamped in purples and pinks with a couple of heart embellishments
That's all for this month!


Linking up with #HandmadeThursday over on White Lily Green, it's her one year anniversary and there's a giveaway too so take a peek!


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Monday, 5 March 2012

DOS Stitch

Having been lucky enough to WIN the inaugural PinAddicts Challenge last month over on the lovely Life, As I Know It, I've been procrastinating on Pinterest yet again!  I was looking for something to cross stitch as I've not done any before and came across an interesting design that I knew would appeal to Mr Right's inner computer geek so I drew out the pattern on some graph paper, purchased some black 14 count aida and green embroidery thread and set to work


It's an old skool computer program that (with a binary boarder) should display 'home sweet home sweet home sweet home sweet home..' ad infinitum and reminds me of my pre-teen years when we had a Commadore 64 and loads of 'program your own computer game' books where you physically had to type in the code in order to play the game (or not in most cases as I invariably made hundreds of typos which meant the game wouldn't work and it would be back to the old cassette deck 'download' with its annoying accompaniment of squealing and tweeting sounds for hours on end)


Now I know that strictly speaking as a computer program this wouldn't actually run but if I'd added the 'print' command it would have been twice as wide, so I'm hoping you'll cut me a little artistic licence slack after all it probably took as long to actually sew this thing as it used to take me to type in the code for those games I never got to play!


Linking up with the Pinaddicts Challenge, this month it's hosted by Melksham Mum or you can follow tweets using the #pinaddicts hash tag
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This Week's Junk Shop Jewels

Bit of a different one this week as these items aren't strictly from charity shops.  The delectable Mrs D and I had made a date to visit a local craft and vintage fair on Sunday and we had a mooch round the many stalls, mainly as a reccy for me as I'm kicking around the idea of having a stall at one in the future with the lovely Liz from Me And My Shadow.


Anyway, I was so busy making notes that I almost forgot to buy some stuff, but you can't keep a tat addict down and I did managed to make a couple of purchases.


Firstly this children's snot rag, I seem to remember having a set of something similar as a child and the stallholder had lots but at £2 a pop I just opted to buy the one for the sake of nose-talgia (sorry!) 
Over the weekend I'd been having a chat with Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary on Twitter about a typewriter she'd seen and was tempted to buy but the price was a little inflated, as you might recall I have a couple of them for crafty purposes and paid under £15 for the pair, Amanda's shop wanted £20 but it did sound rather nice and I told her that if if was still there the next time she passed then it was meant to be and she should get it, it's funny how things that you chat about seem to crop up isn't it?  


Well Mrs D knows I love a typewriter and spotted one on a stall and at £9 I couldn't resist (sorry Amanda!).  It's aptly named the Lilliput and assume it's a child's typewriter given it's weeny nature.  It came with a ribbon and in its own case and has the most wonderful bell when you get to the end of the carriage
I must also take this opportunity to thank Mr Right for his patience as I'm slowly turning our bedroom into a typing pool!


Right, that's it for this week, I'm sure normal service will be resumed next time.


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