Monday, 28 October 2013

Made on Monday - River cottage veg - herby peanut noodle salad

Made on Monday - River cottage veg - herby peanut noodle salad
I am the first one to admit that as soon as the weather turns colder I think 'yes! no more salad. Bring on the stodge!' But this salad may make me change my mind as I could eat this all the time. I have been working my way through the river cottage veg book and this is by far my favourite recipe. It is light, citrus and has a great variety of textures. Everything you would want in a vegetarian meal.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Sewing Sunday - Free alphabet pattern W is for whale

Sewing Sunday - Free alphabet pattern W is for whale 
Sewn on 14 count aida with DMC
Backstitch 310

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Chocolate and cherry tiffin recipe

Tasty Thursday - chocolate and cherry tiffin recipe
A very rich, very chocolaty treat. Be careful though it can be crumbly and trodden in chocolate is not what you want on your carpets. I speak from experience.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

W.I.P Wednesday - pink moodboard

I had never thought of as myself as a pink girl, but with my new moodboard i may have to change my mind...

Monday, 21 October 2013

Made on Monday - Christmas button heart decoration

Made on Monday - Christmas button heart decoration 
I just had to share this as I just think it is so cute and I am currently weighing up the options of making a whole load of these for Christmas. I made it as another decoration for Georges advent calendar. Yes, I am still working on it but think it would look great in a whole shaker style display maybe for the entrance hall. If I decided to go for it, of course I'll post pics.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Free cross stitch alphabet V is for violet sampler PDF pattern

Sewing Sunday - Free alphabet V is for violet cross stitch PDF pattern
 V is for Violet is the next pattern in my alphabet sampler range. If you want to download the free cross stitch PDF file just click on the read more link and you will be able to download and print the pattern. Enjoy.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Friday Fun - skeleton glove puppet

When I trained as a teacher one of the tasks we were given was designing a glove puppet that could be used to promote a citizenship theme. I chose healthy eating and designed and made a skeleton that drank milk. I have never used the glove puppet until William spotted him and asked if he was for Halloween. It occured to me that he is perfect for the Holiday and he fits William's hand well. So I thought I'd share the puppet and my design ideas with you, in case you feel like making a skeleton glove puppet or need something to promote drinking milk! 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Tasty Thursday - pumpkin pie recipe

As a special request I am adding a second recipe to this weeks Tasty Thursday, a very seasonal pumpkin pie recipe.
Tasty Thursday - pumpkin pie recipe
450g cooked or canned pumpkin (to cook pumpkin, peel, cut into chunks and boil until soft)
250ml whipping cream
115g brown sugar
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of salt
For the pastry you will need:
170g plain flour
130g butter
3-4 tablespoons cold water

To make the pastry, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs then add the water slowly cutting in with a round bladed knife until the mixture clumps together. Form into a ball and wrap in cling film. Chill for 20 minutes.
Then roll out the pastry and line a 9'' pie tin. Trim the overhanging pastry and keep to add any decoration you may want.
Preheat the oven to 200c gas mark 6.
Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Blind bake for 12 minutes.
Remove the paper and the beans and bake for 6-8 minutes more.
Reduce the oven temperature to 190c gas mark 5.
Beat the pumpkin, cream, eggs, sugar, golden syrup, spices, and salt together in a mixing bowl. Pour into the pastry case and bake until set, around 40 minutes. 

Gluten free Blueberry crumble cake recipe

Tasty Thursday - blueberry crumble cake recipe
I love blueberries, they have the perfect balance of sharp and sweet for me. When they melt into jam in the crumble cake they are the perfect balance to the crunchy texture of the topping. Pudding perfection if you ask me, but then you'll just have to try it and see.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New designs

New Christmas designs available at my shop!

W.I.P Wednesday - Autumn colours mood board

When the weather turns colder and the leaves start to fall I find myself longing for those perfect Autumn days when the sun is out and the leaves are crisp. Unfortunately those days don't appear very often and I find myself trudging through drizzle on the school run and looking out at bleak long days when you have to have the lights on all day. To counter act that and bring a bit of Autumnal warmth to the world I made this warming Moodboard. Enjoy.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Tutorial Tuesday - How to make a hanging felt bird decoration.

I have just finished making a new decoration for George's Nursery. He has an animal theme and loves anything that is hanging that he can look at when he's in the cot or on the changing mat. Here is how to make it.

First cut two simple bird shapes out of felt. You can use different colours of keep them the same. You will also need: buttons, embroidery thread, pins, a needle and some scissors.

Take one of the felt bird shapes and sew on a button as an eye. Remember this must be very secure if it is to be used in a nursery. If you are worried about babies and buttons you could always use a toy safety eye instead.

Then using a back stitch sew a wing shape and a tummy.

 Then pin the front and back felt bird shapes together.

 Blanket stitch around the felt bird shapes. I think it is nice to use a contrasting colour.

Repeat these steps until you have as many birds as you want. I varied the colours of felt, buttons and thread I used.

Then thread them all onto a long piece of yarn.
Using a bead at the end to secure them on and a loop at the top to hang it from.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Made on Monday - Halloween pencil toppers

Made on Monday - Halloween pencil toppers 
About a week or so I showed you how to make a pumpkin pencil topper, so I just thought I'd share some of the other Halloween inspired toppers I made for William. They all are made using the same materials and simple stitch techniques and really don't very long to whip up. All your need is your imagination. My new designs are 'Boo' and a witches cat. 

Made on Monday - Halloween pencil toppers 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

W.I.P Wednesday - rain fabric design

W.I.P Wednesday - rain fabric design
I think the picture says it all, the weather recently has been awful and all I can think about is the rain. It's even effecting my crafting ....

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland
Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Tutorial Tuesday - how to make a Halloween Bat garland

Monday, 7 October 2013

Made on Monday - Autumn Mood board

Made on Monday - Autumn Mood board
I  know I've already posted a Christmas moodboard but as I explained it pays to be prepared when crafting for Christmas. As I've already laid the foundations for a good couple of months Christmas crafting ahead. I thought I would turn my thoughts to the current season and with any excuse to have a party in our house a good one. I am already thinking about Halloween. With all this in mind I made this Autumnal or Fall moodboard. I particularly love the gold and bejewelled skulls, they give a bit of glamour to what can be a rather grey season.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Sweet Saturday - apple pie recipe

900g Cooking apples
2tbsp plain flour
115g caster sugar
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

For the pastry
285g plain flour
140g butter
65ml cold water

Rub the butter into the flour in a large mixing bowl to make the pastry. When it's like breadcrumbs add the cold water and use a round bladed knife to cut the water in. When formed a soft dough, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge to chill.
Then make the filling. Peel core and slice the apples.
Toss with the flour, sugar, spices, lemon juice and salt.
Roll out half of the pastry and line the pie dish.
Pre heat the oven to 220c gas mark 7.
Spoon the apple mix into the pie shell.
Roll out the remaining pastry and cover the top of the pie shell.
Crimp the edges to seal and make a decorative finish.
Cut a steam vent in the top.
Bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 180c gas mark 4 and bake for 40-45 minutes.

Friday, 4 October 2013

friday fun - graphic illustrations of animal names

I have used this idea as a great starting point with some of my KS3 classes, but its also a fun thing to do at home either drawing or using the computer to create the names of animals that look like the creature in some way. Either by shape, colour or textures. It's great to challenge children to create inventive ways to represent different birds, animals and marine wildlife. 


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