Friday, 29 May 2015

Scrap booking - American road trip

I got some great feedback from the last scrapbook page I shared with you, so I thought I'd share a page from my new project. I went on a road trip around America with my then fiancee when I was 21. We had such a great time on that trip I wanted to preserve the memories in a special way. It's only taken me 14 years to get around to it!


Monday, 25 May 2015

Free cross stitch wedding PDF pattern

Free cross stitch wedding PDF pattern
 With wedding season fast approaching I thought I'd give you something to make for you big day. You might use it for a sign, have them stitched for the tables or covering you album. However you choose to use it and in whatever colour scheme you have I hope you have a long and happy Marriage.
Enjoy!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Gluten free No cook fudge recipe

This is definitely one for people with a sweet tooth. A great recipe to make with children as it is a no cook fudge. No boiling sugar and sugar thermometers to contend with. Packaged up it would make a great gift for teacher for the end of class.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Meal planning video - Love food Hate waste

Free cross stitch retro flowers pattern


With Summer on it's way I always find myself more attracted to floral things. That might be cut flowers in my kitchen, a floral tea dress to wear at the weekend or something to stitch. With Summer in mind I created this set of retro floral designs for you to stitch. Enjoy!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cross stitch fashion illustration, girl with red lips.

I have been working on some new designs for my Etsy store recently. I have looked back at some of fashion illustration work and have stared turning them into cross stitch patterns. Tweaking them here and there. I wanted to share the first one I have listed in my Etsy store I call her girl with the red lips.

This is the original drawing, I have just scanned it into the computer, if you look closely you can see the pencil drawing underneath. This is how I like to do my illustrative work. Work lightly first in pencil them make bold line with either a fine liner or pen and link. I do love a jet black outline.

Lovely leftovers video - love food hate waste

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Free cross stitch Lily pattern. Instant download PDF

Free cross stitch Lily pattern. Instant download PDF

Perfect for the summer, perhaps even as a wedding gift. This lily pattern will bring floral loveliness all year round.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Free cross stitch Blue sunglasses PDF pattern

Free cross stitch Blue sunglasses PDF pattern
A great pattern for summer. It would look great stitched up onto a bag for the beach on made into a glasses case. Whatever you make it into, it's free! So enjoy!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Gluten free Carrot and orange salad with cumin and pumpkin seeds recipe

I love summer salads but can find I get stuck in a rut eating the same salads and using the same dressings. So I've been on the lookout for new flavors to excite the family over the summer. This is definitely a winner. The the sharp citrus tang and a hint of spice from the cumin it can transport you to distant lands in one fork full.
Gluten free Carrot and orange salad with cumin and pumpkin seeds recipe



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Lego party

My eldest boy is so ridiculously into lego. It is everywhere in his room, despite me making lots of storage for it. He plays for hours with it and when he's not playing with it he is talking about it. So it was inevitable that he would ask for a lego party for his birthday.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Free cross stitch comic book 'Bang' PDF pattern


As my boys have got older they have grown out of wanting alphabet samplers and cute animals hanging in their rooms, but my desire to stitch decorative things for them has not gone away. Now they are into Marvel and DC comics I have had to move with the times and came up with this cute comic book inspired 'bang'. It would look great stitched up and framed but equally sewn onto a throw pillow or on the back of a hoodie.
Hopefully you'll have a comic book fan in your life too and can stitch up a treat for them.
Enjoy!

MADS 2015 Best craft blog - please nominate

Tots100 MAD Blog Awards


It’s the MADS! If you have no idea what I'm talking about they are amazing blogging awards that recognize talented, inspiring, entertaining and downright fantastic UK parent bloggers.
That said, I would love it if you could nominate me in the category of Best craft blog. 
Here is what you would need to do:
  1. Check out this year’s 13 award categories and have a think about who you want to nominate.
  2. Nominate my blog for best craft blog, if you want and recognize all the other brilliant bloggers out there in the other 12 categories.
  3. There are only a couple of week left for nominations, then 5 blogger are shortlisted and the voting re-opens.
Thanks!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Featured post - Robotic Cross stitch pattern.

Rhinestone Beagle
Featured post - Robotic Cross stitch pattern.

My Robotic cross stitch pattern has just been featured at the Rhinestone Beagle beagle link party.

Featured post - Robotic Cross stitch pattern.

Gluten free Fruity creamy slaw recipe


Gluten free Fruity creamy slaw recipe

I don't know if you have come across the sprializer trend yet, unless you are perhaps a gluten free eater like myself. I bought one after getting my diagnose as a coeliac and was looking for alternatives to the gluten free pasta and noodles which I had found so disappointing. This was the answer, not only can you make great noodle from it but it's also great for making salads. This slaw was a real hit with my family and it's low fat and nutritious. Bonus!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Ultra suede no sew play road

Ultra suede no sew play road

I love working with ultra suede for the same reasons I like working with felt. You can cut it without frying, it's soft and it comes in a great range of colors. The added bonus about ultra suede is it's tough. Which made it perfect for this project. My boys love to play cars and like nothing more than to be lay on the playroom floor pushing cars around the play mat. But what happens in summer when I want to get outdoors? How can we still play cars on the play mat? Yes we could take the play mat out side but in our garden the cars tend to be the bigger dump truck varieties and I didn't want to wreck the at.

So here is my solution.

  • I cut out road sections from ultra suede wide enough to fit two lanes of dump truck traffic. 
  • I cut a combination of straight roads, bends, junctions and a large roundabout.
  • Then I painted them with fabric paint for an authentic look. 


The beauty of this road is they can rearrange it, take it anywhere as it folds up into a small bag and it's washable.
Days in the garden here we come!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Woven Monkey - unique fabric designs

I just wanted to share my new venture, I have opened a new fabric store with Woven Monkey. It's a great way to source usual fabrics or custom design something truly unique. 
These are a few of my new designs from my new store. As you can see my designs range widely from children's orientated designs to contemporary dressmaking designs. Please stop by and check out the full range. 



Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Sewing directory - winning bag design

 A while ago I wrote about a competition I won with  The sewing directory to come up with a design that could be digitally printed onto a bag. I chose one of my summer designs that I sell in my Spoonflower shop called 'Buttercups' and it was chosen as a winning design

Sewing directory - winning bag design



I have now received my bag and I'm absolutely delighted with it.
It's going to look great all summer and I can't wait to use it at the beach.

Sewing directory - winning bag design

Monday, 11 May 2015

Five great black banana recipes


I am proud supporter of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign and find it shocking and appalling at what we throw away each day. Supermarkets are massively to blame for this and we have developed a suspicious culture towards our food. If it's not looking it's best we want to throw it in the bin and that is terrible. One item, I know a lot of people throw away is the black banana. I know you all have one or two lurking in the fruit bowl and even the bravest fruit eaters sometimes can't be tempted by it favoring a yellow one. Never fear do not throw them make them in to something delicious. Black bananas are the best for baking with as they give the most flavor and I've got five great recipes to use them in.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Banana ginger Parkin recipe


MAD blog awards 2015

I just had to post this now, as I just had the tweet to say I've been nominated for the MAD blog awards for best crafts category. I would love it if you could vote for me. It's been hard work and great fun working on my blog. It has grown and developed as I have learnt new skills both with blogging and crafts and I love sharing my new experiences with you. If you like my blog too, I would love your support!

Tots100 MAD Blog Awards

Friday, 8 May 2015

Scrapbooking - holiday page

Scrap booking is something I am fairly new to. At first it didn't appeal to me as I have always enjoyed just sticking my photos in albums. But with the dawn of the digital photo, we seem to be doing that less and less. Often looking at the photos straight away, storing them on the computer and rarely looking at them again. That is when scrap booking started to speak to me. Especially now I have children, it's a way to savor those special memories, combined with mementos or little stories, they are the things we want to get out and look at as a family.

Scrapbooking - holiday page

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Halloumi, apple and pear salad.

Halloumi, apple and pear salad.


  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 braburn apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 pear, cored and sliced
  • 1 pack halloumi, sliced
  • 250g carrots, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
  • 100g pecans, roughly chopped
  • 70g mixed salad leaves



  1. To make the dressing, mix together the lime juice, mustard, honey and oil.
  2. Toss the sliced apples and pear in the dressing.
  3. Fry the halloumi for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  4. In your serving dish, layer the salad leaves, carrot sticks, apples and pears. 
  5. Top with the sliced halloumi and sprinkle over the pecans.
  6. Finally, pour over the dressing.

Free cross stitch U is for Umbrella alphabet sampler PDF pattern

Ok is appears that U is that last letter I missed out. So now my alphabet sampler series is complete. Please check out the cross stitch pattern page as I am collecting all my free patterns in one area for you to use.
Free cross stitch U is for Umbrella alphabet sampler PDF pattern

Free cross stitch T is for Tomato alphabet sampler PDF pattern

I also missed the T. Feeling a little bit silly now as it seems I missed a whole chunk of alphabet. It's not as if I hadn't made the patterns, I just forgot to post them. Anyway better late than never. Enjoy. 

Free cross stitch T is for Tomato alphabet sampler PDF pattern

Free cross stitch S is for Sun alphabet sampler PDF pattern

It looks as if I also missed S! So here it is.


Free cross stitch W is for Whale alphabet sampler PDF pattern

I have just been organizing my cross stitch patterns page and when I came to sort the alphabet sampler patterns. It occurred to me that I missed the W! Not sure how that happened, but here it is! Enjoy.


Just click on the read more link to download the free PDF file.

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