#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.

#FrubesMoves Challenge

#FrubesMoves Challenge
Before the dance off could take place we visited angrybirds.frubes.co.uk, where you can egg on your favourite character. In a short dance off game and then we downloaded their favourite character masks to play with later.

We printed off the masks and stuck then onto thin card before cutting them out to make them stand up better to the strength of their dance floor moves. I also put elastic on them rather than the suggested lolly pop stick, so they could keep their hands free when dancing.
When the boys had finished shaking their bodies for all their worth. A tie was called and they had to agree that both sides had some great moves. To cool down, they had a frozen Frube which are a great alternative and a bit less messy!

Frubes is the largest portable yogurt brand. These yummy yogurt tubes squeeze more fun into the day and are a family favourite. Available in Strawberry, Red Berry, Peach, and Banana flavours, they contain vitamin D and calcium for strong bones – great for those wanting to try out their own dance moves just like the Angry Birds and mischievous Pigs!
This post is an entry for BritMums’ #FrubesMoves Linky Challenge, sponsored by Frubes https://angrybirds.frubes.co.uk//

#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


”Most parents (between 70-80%) believe that, compared with themselves, their children will live longer, have a better education and better job prospects, and will enjoy life more, even if they will have to work harder to reap the rewards of the greater benefits ahead.”

When I was asked to do the brightFuture challenge, my first starting point was to talk to my children about what we already do to look after the environment. Considering they are only 7 and 3 they are already clued up on lots of things we do.

‘We do recycling!’ Came from my youngest, who loves to sort the recycling and put it in the different bins. We also have a junk modelling box in the playroom where a lot of our recycling goes.

#brightFuture Challenge

My eldest thought more about it, and recalling some work he had done at school about water
‘We turn the taps off when we brush our teeth and we wash our clothes at 30c’
Pretty impressive for a seven year old. I can’t remember being that informed at such a early age.

#brightFuture Challenge

Unilever’s brightFuture initiative focuses on small changes that can make big differences and how we can build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably. Since the launch of the Sustainable Living Plan, Unilever has helped 482 million people to improve their health and hygiene, including through hand washing, improving self-esteem and oral hygiene.
This is exemplified in the work undertaken by Domestos that has committed to helping 25 million people gain improved access to a toilet by 2020. Access to clean sanitation can protect people from preventable diseases, reduce mortality rates, help reduce school dropout rates and improve quality of life.

Furthermore, Persil has backed a global initiative ‘Learning for Tomorrow’ partnering with UNICEF to help give children in some of the world’s toughest areas the opportunity of a quality education.
“This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever http://www.brightfuture.unilever.com.

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

As you can see it needs a bit more organisation, as I only have a small space to work in and this is where I try and do all my design, admin and textile work. I have one large desk that is mainly taken up by my computer and one small desk where I keep my sewing machine. Pictured bottom left of the next photo.

Working from home, work room tour
Obviously is isn’t the ideal place to try and sew but I do recognise how lucky I am to have my own space to work in as I know so many other fellow crafters have to make do with the corner of the sofa. (I do that as well)
Working from home, work room tour
So far here are my attempts at getting organised. I have sorted buttons, beads and ribbon jars.
Working from home, work room tour
And filled my old printer frames with my current works and inspirations.
Working from home, work room tour
I have started a little ongoing works wall to show off some of my embroidery.
Working from home, work room tour
Finally my books are getting a bit of a reorganisation into fiction and reference.
When I get time I now I’m going to have to do some more but it’s starting to feel more productive in here already!
Do you have your own workspace? I’d love to get inspired by others, share your pics with me on my facebook or twitter pages.

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!


If you like this design please vote for it in the upcoming Spoonflower Home is where the heart is competition.

Free ‘Home is where no gluten at’ cross stitch pattern PDF

Have you stitched any of my designs? I’d love you to share them with me on Twitter and Facebook.

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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

Free skull with flower head band cross stitch pattern PDF

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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!

This recipe will make 16 brownie squares.
You will need:

  • 115g baking margarine (I like stork)
  • 55g cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 45g coconut flour

Optional
You could add:

  • 85g chopped walnuts
  • 85g raisins
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c /gas mark 4. Line a 8” 20cm square tin.
  2. Melt the margarine in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and stir in the cocoa powder.
  3. With an electric mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together until pale in colour and thick. Stir in the cocoa mixture.
  4. Fold in the coconut flour. If you want you can now add the walnuts or raisins and fold in.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the tin.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Leave to cool before cutting into squares.

Apologies for the rubbish photos but the light is fading fast now we have hit October!

Mummy in a Tutu

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#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 favourite 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

Tuesday – Egg mayo and lettuce sandwich on wholemeal bread, some grapes, a banana and a drink

#FloraLunchbox Challenge

Wednesday – A cheese and tomato bagel, banana bread, an apple, a satsuma and a drink

#FloraLunchbox Challenge

Thursday – Pitta sticks with houmous and cucumber sticks, flapjack, an apple, a large tomato and a drink

#FloraLunchbox Challenge

Friday – A tuna mayo and sweetcorn sandwich, a pot of sultanas, a banana, a plum and a drink.

#FloraLunchbox Challenge

A Flora-commissioned University of Leeds study recently revealed that only 1.6% of children in England receive a packed lunch that meets the nutritional standards set for school meals, with just 17% of lunches containing any kind of vegetables or salad. Flora wants to change that. I have no problem getting my kids to eat fruit, in fact some days I wonder if I gave birth to fruit bats.


Getting them to eat vegetables in their lunchboxes can be harder. We found over the week by sneaking in something extra to their sandwich or bagel and by offering sticks of vegetables with a dip they we just as keen to gobble them up as the fruit. It’s worth playing around with using different fruits and vegetables to see what works with your children. You may be surprised just what they will tuck into!
The great thing about using Flora on your sandwiches and bagels is that every tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter* and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children.

Flora also offer recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.

This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here http://www.flora.com/article/category/1104207/healthy-kids

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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
  

They are a great stash buster and the perfect place to show case so of the lovely little prints I sell in my Spoonflower store.

Covered buttons

 You may or may not be aware that before you can list a design to be sold in Spoonflower you have to purchase a test swatch of the fabric to check the design.

Covered buttons

I have I pile of these test swatches at home as I now have over 90 different designs for sale in my Spoonflower store. They are only small and for some time I had been wondering what I could make with them.

Covered buttons
This I feel is the perfect solution!

Covered buttons

 So currently I have made two sets of covered buttons, one using my little bird fabric and the other using my apple orchard fabric. The buttons are mounted on card so they make a cute set to purchase for a crafty friend.

Covered buttons

 Don’t my new labels looks great as well? I think they add a professional finish to the set of covered buttons. These button sets are now available from my Etsy store and they provide something truly unique featuring my custom designed fabric

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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.

Spoonflower Fabric of the week – gingerbread man

 Don’t stop at the kitchen, the sunny yellow base colour makes it perfect for dress making. A child’s dress or a grown up skirt would look super sweet.

Spoonflower Fabric of the week – gingerbread man

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