Thursday, 15 December 2016

Spoonflower design competition, Gnomes

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on Gnomes
The brief was:

'No one appreciates getting cosy quite like gnomes, preferring to nestle into subterranean caves and nooks. Although we hear they DO love to travel....'


Spoonflower design competiiton, Gnomes

I took the word cosy when designing my Gnome pattern, I like to feel they have a felted handmade look about them. I added woodland features and gave them a hand stitched look. I am really pleased with the final design and hope others like it too. What do you think?

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Spoonflower design competion, Ditsy Mistletoe

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on 'Ditsy Mistletoe'
The brief was:

In Scandinavia, mistletoe was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses kiss and make-up. Create a festive holiday mistletoe design in "ditsy" fashion: which is defined in the design world as a small scale, scattered, non-directional print. 

Spoonflower design competion, Ditsy Mistletoe
I love how fresh yet festive my Mistletoe and red bows design looks. I could imagine this as bedding or a lovely tablecloth. What do you think?

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Why I'll be giving books this Christmas

When I am given lists of what the various children in my life want for Christmas, I always take note of the lastest must have gadget or newest lego addition on there and then I look for what books they want.

Why I'll be giving books this Christmas


If I don't see a book I always pick one of my children's favourites or one of mine and give that child it along with something from their list. Because, reading and the love of books is so important. In both my children's rooms we have a reading corner with a bookshelf crammed with books and a cosy cushion to share them on. I read every night with my children not just for their benefit but for mine too. It's a great way to share time with the kids, unwind and get lost in a book.
I was so lucky to be sent some great books by Puffin books this week and I know they are going to make my niece and nephew's so happy this Christmas.

I was sent three delightful books, The Tale of Kitty-in-boots which I can hardly bear to part with as I love Beatrix Potter books. Alfie and His best friend, my children have loved Alfie books and I know my nephew will too and The fairytale hairdresser and the Princess and the pea. This is a new one to me but I'm sure it will be perfect for my niece.

The Tale of Kitty-in-boots.
"A serious, well behaved young black cat, who leads a daring double life defeating vile villains."

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of the all - Mr Tod!

This utterly entertaining tale is filled with mistaken identities, devious villains and even the an appearance from Peter Rabbit.
Told with Beatrix Potter's trademark dry humour and wry observations, this brilliant tale is sure to become as popular as her original classics and is illustrated by the best loved Quentin Blake.

Alfie and His very best friend
Alfie and Bernard are very best friends and together they have lots of adventures. Join them as they go to the library, take part in scooter races and make a very special club with only two special members! A heart warming tale of friendship by the award winning Shirley Hughes, creator of Dogger.

The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the pea.
Princesses from all across the land are flocking to fairytale village for the chance to marry the prince. But one princess is not all she seems...
Amid the excitements of the annual festival of food, the fairytale hairdresser must use all her skills to root out the wicked witch and ensure true love's course runs without a hitch. Featuring all the fairytale favourites, hilarious hairstyles, outrageous outfits and fantastic fairytale foods!

One piece of advice that always sticks in my mind when buying for Children.

One thing you want,
One thing to need,
One to wear and
One to read.

Happy Christmas reading.

This is a sponsored post for Puffin books working with Britmums.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Spoonflower design competition, Snow day

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on 'Snow day'
The brief was:

'You know that magical feeling you get when you wake up, look outside, see the big fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky and it hits you: SNOW DAY! Somehow it always makes us feel like a little kid again. Break out the hot cocoa, parkas, sleds, soup, mittens, or anything else that says "snow day!" to you.'



Spoonflower design competition, Snow day

My design has a Kawaii look to it, I created a snowy scene against a pale blue background then created, frolicking snowmen, hot chocolates, mince pies and flames. I must admit I am really in love with this pattern and would love to get it on fleece for a great snow day blanket.

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.





Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Gluten free Chocolate and Banana tray bake recipe





I do love a tray bake, so easy to make, easy to slice up and a great crowd pleaser. As we reach December and you want to make yours bakes a little more festive, this Gluten free Chocolate and banana tray bake is sure to be a hit.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Gluten free coconut and lime traybake recipe


I do love a tray bake as you may have noticed. I also love coconut and I love to bake with it. One of my favourite flavour combinations in coconut and lime. It can instantly transport me away to somewhere far flung and tropical. If, like me, you have no chance of getting anywhere tropical soon. Enjoy a slice of this and a day dream or two.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Free Cross stitch advent calendar.


So here is the complete cross stitch advent calendar. It includes: A gingerbread man, a snowman, a penguin, a Christmas pudding, an angel, a robin and a Christmas tree, as well as many other cute seasonal designs. Each section measures 26w by 34 h on 14 count aida. So they are perfect to stitch altogether as an advent calendar or split up and use for card making and decorations. I hope you like it and I hope to see some pics of the stitched up patterns before Christmas. You can find the complete set of patterns on my cross stitch patterns page.
Cross stitch advent calendar.






Thursday, 24 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Santa Hat





































I couldn't help myself had to finish the advent calendar with Santa, or at least Santa's hat. I hope you have enjoyed this series. If you missed some of the patterns, you can find them all on my Free cross stitch patterns page.




Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, angel

How sweet is this little angel? I had to include one in my advent calendar and I wanted to keep it till near the end. I do hope you've enjoyed this series and I would love to hear back from anyone who has stitched it.



Have you stitched any of my designs? Tweet me a pic or post on my facebook wall and I will include your image with credit on my blog.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, robin

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, robin
I do love to see a robin out in the garden. Their little flash of red is so cheery on a grey gloomy day. For me they are a traditional festive image and I had to include one in my advent calendar.




Monday, 21 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, HO HO HO

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, HO HO HO
A nice and easy quick pattern for you to stitch up today and add to your advent calendar. I know this series has been popular. I'd love to see some of your stitchy pics. Share them with me via Facebook and Twitter.



Sunday, 20 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas stocking

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas stocking
Do you hang a stocking at Christmas? The boys have stockings but we leave them at the end of their beds. I do love the simplicity of red and white at Christmas, so this is a fun pattern to continue my free advent calendar cross stitch series.




Saturday, 19 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas lights

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas lights
I do love Christmas lights, someone once said to me that they couldn't see what lights had to do with Christmas. But I believe it's the light shining through the dark winter that sees us through. My husband also has the same love of lights and every year he poses the question of 'Do we have enough lights?'. Lets just say although we do, somehow a new set gets added each year!




Friday, 18 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, candle

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, candle
I love lighting candles at Christmas time, my parents even have real candles on their tree. It just makes you feel a lot cosier I think. I hope you enjoy todays pattern. Don't forget you can find the other advent calendar patterns and lots more on my free cross stitch pattern page.




Thursday, 17 November 2016

Spoonflower design competition, creativity flows

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is to design them a 2017 Spoonflower T-Shirt
The brief was:

'What does Spoonflower mean to you? What kinds of things come to mind when you think about the brand? Is it sewing? Design? Community? Flowers? Spoons? Put it all down into a unique, never before seen surface pattern for a t-shirt that Spoonflower will be printing for 2017!'



Spoonflower design competition, creativity flows

I went with a design based on pencils. As this is where all my design work starts out. I pick up a pencil and let the design flow out. However much we have turned to computers to aid us in our design work I know that myself and many other designers love to start with a pencil. What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas cracker

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas cracker
My kids do love crackers! I seem to spend all of January finding small plastic cracker toys in the most unusual places. This one however isn't so messy! In lovely festive colours it'll bring a bang to your Advent calendar. Enjoy.




Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas tree

Free cross stitch advent calendar pattern, Christmas tree
Have you put your tree up yet? We don't put ours up until the first weekend in December. My parents don't put theirs up till Christmas eve. I do love the smell of a real tree. Until it's time to hang my baubles, enjoy stitching this next instalment of my free cross stitch advent calendar.



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, winter cottage

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, winter cottage
Doesn't this place look so cosy? I could definitely hide away here all winter. Just click on the link to download your free PDF pattern of this next instalment in my advent calendar series.





Monday, 14 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, crown

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, crown
I love a crown, I mean who doesn't? Christmas is definitely a time when you can get away with rocking the crown. Please enjoy today's free pattern.




Sunday, 13 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, Holly

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, Holly
Lots of berries on the Holly this year and despite all I am told it always makes me want to say 'there be a hard winter this year'. Oops here I go talking about snow again.




Saturday, 12 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, gift with a bow

Here is a present from me to you. The next gift in my cross stitch advent calendar. I do hope you are enjoying these patterns, please feel free to share pics of them on my Facebook page or Twitter.





Friday, 11 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, Christmas pudding

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, Christmas pudding
I may have mentioned it before but I am not the biggest fan of dried fruit, in particular raisins. But for reasons unknown to me I do love a bit of festive baking and make the works at Christmas time, good job hubby loves a bit of Christmas pudding, as long as there is lots of brandy butter!




Thursday, 10 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, snowflake

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, snowflake
Hmmm, it seems my snowy theme continues. A Nordic inspired simple snowflake design today, quick to stitch up and only a little bit of backstitch. Don't forget you can download all of my advent calendar patterns from my cross stitch pattern page.




Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, snowman

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, snowman
I think I may have already mentioned snow in connection to my posts about Christmas. Looking back in frosty glasses my Christmases of my Childhood were always white, but perhaps they weren't... If you are also dreaming of a white Christmas, this snowman is the perfect addition to your advent calendar.




Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, mistletoe

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, mistletoe
One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is bring is the festive greenery. The smell of the Christmas tree, the red berries of holly and the opportunity for kisses under the mistletoe. I hope you like today's design and maybe get a kiss too!



Monday, 7 November 2016

Free Advent calendar cross stitch, open fire pattern

Free Advent calendar cross stitch, open fire pattern
How lovely is a roaring fire at Christmas time! I love to get cosy and enjoy an open fire when the weather is cold. If you can't enjoy this simple pleasure, how about stitching the next pattern in my Christmas Advent calendar. Your free to download. Enjoy.




Sunday, 6 November 2016

Free Advent calendar cross stitch, penguin chart

Free Advent calendar cross stitch, penguin chart
Penguins seem to have become synonymous with Christmas these days, so I couldn't make my calendar without one. I think this chap looks a bit cold...Might be the eyes. I hope you are enjoying the daily calendar Charts.





Saturday, 5 November 2016

Free Advent Calendar cross stitch, Gingerbread man

Here is a edible festive treat I do love to eat. Who can resist a gingerbread man! I love the small of Gingerbread at Christmas time, so warming. In today's pattern I've experimented with a different boarder pattern leaving some of the boarder unstitched. Let me know what you think via my Facebook and Twitter pages. Happy stitching.

Free Advent Calendar cross stitch, Gingerbread man

Friday, 4 November 2016

Free Advent Calendar cross stitch, Mittens

How cute are these little mittens. I know this year the weather has been very mild but I can still wish for snow at Christmas can't I? I do love mittens there does seem to be something extra snug about them. I do hope you are keeping up with the Advent Calendar and are enjoying my designs. Don't forget to pop by tomorrow to see the next pattern.

Free Advent Calendar cross stitch, Mittens




Thursday, 3 November 2016

Free Advent Calendar cross stitch, Bauble

I do hope you are enjoying the Christmas cross stitch Advent calendar this year. Here is a real simple one for tonight's stitching. A beautiful shiny blue bauble. Don't forget to share your stitching with me on Facebook or Twitter.
Free Advent Calendar cross stitch, Bauble



Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Free Advent calendar cross stitch, Christmas Cake

Here is the Second instalment of my Christmas cross stitch Advent calendar patterns. For me Christmas isn't Christmas without baking a Christmas cake. Strange really when I can't stand the stuff! Good job my husband loves it. This one has a cheery red and yellow checked ribbon band and I've topped it off with marzipan Holly berries! Good enough to eat! Enjoy.

Free Advent calendar cross stitch, Christmas Cake



Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, Winter Window

Well now that Halloween is officially done and dusted back to crafting for Christmas. This year I thought I'd design a set of mini cross stitch motifs that could be made up for an advent calendar. To ensure you have time to stitch them I'm going to start posting one a day from today. You obviously don't need to make them into a calendar they would be great for tags, table decorations and cards. They are small so easy enough to whip up in an evening. I do hope you enjoy my little festive designs. If you are stitching them please share your pics with me on my Facebook or Twitter pages.
Free advent calendar cross stitch pattern, Winter Window
Here is the first in my Advent series. A Winter window. I do love a bit of snow at Christmas! All my designs are full count stitches and some backstitch. Enjoy!



Tuesday, 25 October 2016

#FrubesMoves Challenge

#FrubesMoves Challenge

My boys have recently really got into the Angry birds, but it is a constant battle with them over who is better the birds or the pigs.
Having a dance off between the Birds and Pigs we could settle the feud for good – they both picked a side and took to the dancefloor (living room rug) to find out who was the ultimate dancer!
My eldest shook his tail feathers with the Birds team and my youngest dance his bacon butt off with the Pigs.

Monday, 17 October 2016

#brightFuture Challenge

Apparently ''Six out of ten parents say that they have started to live in a ‘greener’ way at home at the suggestion of their children'', I also think that my children have inspired me to think more carefully about our impact on our environment. Having children has made me want to look after the world more to ensure there is a beautiful and healthy environment for them to grow up in.

#brightFuture Challenge

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Working from home, work room tour

My youngest has now settled into doing mornings at Nursery, so I am now making the change to being more work at home mum than stay at home mum. Whatever either of those mean! To go with this new mind-set and the two and half hours work time I have ever weekday morning. I decided to get my workspace in order.

Working from home, work room tour

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Free 'Home is where no gluten at' cross stitch pattern PDF





































I'm going to be stitching this one up for my kitchen. For me this really is when I'm happiest, safe in the knowledge I'm not about to get glutened. A little bit of fun really. Click on the read more link to download the free pattern. Don't forget to have a look at my patterns page, something for everyone and regularly updated too!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Free skull with flower head band cross stitch pattern PDF

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd share with you this delightful skull pattern. Isn't she beautiful? She's got flowers on her skull and she's ready to party. Although the pattern is quite large at just under 100 x 100 it has a limited palette and I have not filled in the skull, preferring just to outline her in black on white cloth. You could however fill her head in, if you chose to stitch her on coloured cloth. I'd love to see pics of her and you can share them with me on Twitter and my Facebook page. Just click on the read more link to download the free pattern.

Free skull with flower head band cross stitch pattern PDF


Friday, 7 October 2016

Grain free, coconut flour chocolate brownies recipe




Since my Coeliac diagnosis I have experimented with all sorts of flours, but I have only recently discovered grain free flours. Of  them all coconut flour is my favourite and as a substitute to wheat flour I think it works really well in sweet baking. Also I do love coconut. If you are not so keen, I still recommend you try this recipe as it only tastes of chocolate!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

#FloraLunchbox Challenge

We are now well into the first Half term back after the Summer holidays and the enthusiasm for packing the lunchboxes can be wearing a little thin. Coming up with ideas everyday that the kids will enjoy and that you can be happy are healthy and nutritious can feel like a chore. So when I was asked to take part in the  #FloraLunchbox Challenge, sponsored by Flora. I was excited to come up with some new ideas for my boys lunches.
Flora has created a meal planner to help put together tasty and nutritious lunchbox combinations so we used that as our starting point for getting back some enthusiasm for lunch.

After looking at the meal planner and the website for ideas, here are our favorite combinations for a weeks worth of lunchboxes.

Monday - Wholemeal pasta salad, made with a tatssiki dressing, sweetcorn, tomatoes and peppers.
A granola bar, an apple, a satsuma and a drink

#FloraLunchbox Challenge

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Covered buttons

I am working hard at trying to make being a work at home mum, work for me. So I have recently been looking at other things I could make and sell in my Etsy store. You may have read in previous posts how I love making covered buttons.

Covered buttons
  

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Spoonflower Fabric of the week - gingerbread man

Spoonflower Fabric of the week - gingerbread man

     

This gingerbread man is good enough to eat. With cute piped icing features and buttons, he would make a great addition to your kitchen. Just imagine a apron made from this fabric or a cute potholder.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Gluten free cheese scone recipe


This is one of my favourite go to recipes for a tasty and quick lunch. These scones are delicious warm from the oven with butter melting on them, but are also perfect cold for lunchboxes and picnics. Best eaten on the day, but will keep one day in an airtight container.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Gluten free Muesli recipe

Gluten free Muesli recipe
When I was first diagnosed a coeliac I found that the breakfast options were dull and not as healthy as what I had previously eaten for my breakfast. I have always been a fan of breakfasts such as muesli and granola and there is nothing stopping you from eating a great tasty and nutritious breakfast as long as you source the right ingredients.

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