Hot air balloon birth celebration embroidery

Just thought I’d share an embroidery I made for a friend’s new baby. You know how it is you take photos sometimes and then they get lost for a while and it takes some time for me to get them on the blog!
Hot air balloon birth celebration embroidery

As you can see this was my work in progress shot. I used satin stitch on the balloon. Chain stitch on the clouds and back stitch for the lettering and the basket.

Hot air balloon birth celebration embroidery

This was it finished and I mounted it in the hoop. I was most pleased with the rainbow satin stitch on the balloon as I can sometimes find it a bit tricky to get as even as I like.

Gypsy tart recipe

Gypsy tart recipe

Gypsy tart
Ingredients
200ml evaporated milk
165g dark muscovado sugar
For the pastry:
70g butter
45g caster sugar
1 egg
125g plain flour

You will also need a 21cm tart tin

Method

  1. To make the pasty rub the butter into the flour with your finger tips until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs.
  2. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Beat the egg and then add slowly until the mixture comes together. (You may not need all of the egg).
  4. Knead lightly on a floured surface and then wrap and chill for half and hour.
  5. Heat the oven to 160c gas mark 3.
  6. Roll out the pastry and line the tart tin.
  7. Cover the pastry with baking paper and baking beans. Bake blind for 15 minutes, then remove the beans and bake for another 10 minutes until the pastry is golden brown.
  8. Whisk the milk and sugar on high for 15 minutes until pale and fluffy.
  9. Pour the milk mix into the baked flan tin and cook for another 15 minutes until risen and the middle is set.
  10. Remove from the oven and leave to cool before slicing. 
  11. Gypsy tart recipe

Cinnamon cake recipe

Cinnamon cake recipe

Cinnamon cake 
Serves 8
Ingredients

180g caster sugar
75g butter
2 eggs
250g self raising flour
2 tsp cinnamon
200ml milk

Icing sugar to dust

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c gas mark 4.
  2. Grease a 20cm cake tin
  3. In a food processor, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs and beat.
  5. Add the flour, cinnamon and milk and mix until fully incorporated.
  6. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes until the cake is just coming away from the sides of the tin.
  8. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from the tin.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. When serving dust with icing sugar. 

Cinnamon cake recipe

Banana Valentine cross stitch pattern

I just wanted to share with you my latest pattern in my Etsy shop. It’s a banana Valentine with a play on words. Perfect for those that don’t like anything to soppy or hearts and flowers. I will be stitching this up for the hubby this year. It’s only small so there is plenty of time to get it made for Valentines day.

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Top ten inspiring stump work ideas

According to the Royal school of Needlework Stumpwork is ‘also known as raised embroidery uses an array of different materials and embroidery techniques to tell a contemporary story in stitch using three dimensional elements. Techniques include silk work, goldwork, counted  work, flat & raised stitching, bead work, padding and needlelace.’www.royal-needlework.org.uk
It is an element of embroidery I have always admired and would love to experiment with. To inspire me and you I have gathered together ten inspiring stumpwork ideas.

Incredible stumpwork!
Bee and berries

If your looking for inspiration and instuction on Stumpwork Sew in love is a good place to start.
Stumpwork Tutorial - pintangle.com

Stumpwork

I love this little needle case and like the idea of combining stump work and other materials such as the buttons.

strawberry stumpwork needlecase

I had never thought of using stumpwork to make jewelry and this fairy ring is so cute.

Faery Moss statement ring
Or how about this cute pendant? I love the combination of colors on the apple.
Crabapple Stumpwork Pendant
If you want to take your embroidery onto a more ornate level this beetle if definitely inspiring, but I’m not sure I could get away with wearing it.
Stumpwork beetle brooch
These little bugs are so cute, I could easily see a few of these adorning my picnic blanket or my summer patio table cloth.
How to make simple stumpwork bugs, based on the larger ladybird/ladybug. http://sew-in-love.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/stumpwork-ladybird-tutorial.html
I love this bumble bee piece by Jane Nicholas and you can buy it from her website. It would be perfect for any nature lover and would fit in with beautiful neutral decor. 
Bumble Bee stumpwork. Did this as a framed piece. Has very personal memory.
This tentacle takes stump work to a whole other level with amazing projection from the hoop. 
It Came From The Deep ... I Mean, The Hoop!! (Tentacle Stumpwork Embroidery) - jemimah on craftster
This beautiful stumpwork pattern is available from Taetia is available for instant download from ETSY. 
Stumpwork Butterfly Girl Limenitis Hand Embroidery Pattern & Instructions--hand embroidered
I hope you feel as inspired as me by these beautiful artworks and please feel free to share any of your embroideries with me on my face book page.

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Shoe box teddy bed.

Just a quick one from me today. With the weather being bad it’s often hard to find new activities to do with the little ones to stop them getting bored. I don’t know about yours but both of mine when they were little showed great care for their cuddly toys. With that in mind I came up with the show box bed. I have a lot of nursing blankets in the cupboard and they are the perfect size for playing with the cuddly toys. So we found an old shoe box and using folded baby blankets made the rhino a new bed. My youngest loved tucking him up, kissing him goodnight and then rudely waking him up! Comedy gold apparently. It kept him occupied for a good 20-30 minutes which when you are stuck in, in the winter can be a real blessing.
Even if you don’t have a shoe box a folded baby blanket can make a great sleeping bag for a cuddly toy as Macka Packa is kindly demonstrating.


   

New wardrobe project – Jiffy dress

New wardrobe project – Jiffy dress

Well Iv’e finished it, my first make of my new wardrobe. I am really rather pleased with it. I already had the fabric and the pattern, so in total the dress only cost me £3.00 to make which was the cost of the zip. I love the fabric, my husband says it looks like curtains but what would he know!

New wardrobe project – Jiffy dress

 It was rather more complex to make then I was led to believe when I first chose the pattern, as it has quiet a few shaping darts in it. Hence the fitted style of the dress. Perhaps a little too fitted in places, and if I was to make it again. Which I probably will as I love it. I will probably make it in a size 12 rather than a ten to give my boobs a little more room for movement.

New wardrobe project – Jiffy dress

 One thing that particular drew me to the pattern was the bow at the front. I am very girly in my dress sense generally and the bow swung it for me. I love it so much I am going to make a separate one as a hair accessory so I can co-ordinate! Yay!

New wardrobe project – Jiffy dress

 There are a few things I would like to get better at and the insertion of the zip is one. It doesn’t really show on the photo but I went a bit wonky in one place and it does bug me. Hopefully I will improve next time. I can’t wait to get started on the next project. I can see me having way more than 12 new items in my wardrobe by the end of 2015.