Handmade butterfly Mother’s day card – How to.

Handmade butterfly Mother’s day card – How to.

I have received some lovely comments about my card making, so I thought I would share another design I created for my Mother’s day card making course. It’s simple but effective perfect for anyone to start making cards.

Handmade butterfly Mother’s day card – How to.
To make the butterfly card.
  1. First fold an A5 card from cream card stock.
  2. Then tear a smaller rectangle from butterfly print scrap booking paper.
  3. Glue this to your card.
  4. Cut two more butterfly motifs from the remaining paper.
  5. Mount them using double sided foam pads on to the butterfly paper.
  6. Add gel flower stickers at three corners.
  7. Add a ribbon look piece of card trim across the bottom left hand corn and trim any excess to finish. 

Handmade butterfly Mother’s day card – How to.

Drawstring toy sack – Great British sewing bee

Do you love the Great British sewing bee? I do, and have done since the first series. My husband, always the thoughtful gift buyer fueled my sewing craze and bought me the first Great British sewing bee book for Christmas. One quiet evening I was leafing through the book and came across the pattern for a laundry bag. No use to us is a laundry bag, but oh how many cuddly toys could I stuff away in one!
Drawstring toy sack

Drawstring toy sack
The instructions to make the laundry bag can be found here.
I found the instructions very clear, They took you step by step through the whole process and there were even some extra diagrams to explain certain trickier steps. Anyone who has had some experience of sewing should be able to make this and I would also recommend it as a great starting project as there are no curved seams to contend with.

I used some spare curtain fabric I had left from the youngest’s nursery to make the toy sack. I just love the sunny yellow and the happy jungle animals.
The drawstring worked perfectly and pulls up nice and tight.

The design also included a hanging loop, which I added as I was following the pattern for the first time. I’m not sure how much use I will get out of it as it is quite heavy when stuffed full of cuddly toys.

Finally, an added unexpected bonus, is when it’s full of soft toys it makes a great cushion for leaning on when I am meant to be playing cars on the floor!


   

Christening, Baptism, new baby, baby girl, Pink Button capital ‘B’ gift, counted cross stitch PDF pattern

So I have continued working on my button alphabet designs for my Etsy shop and here are the next two in the series. I hope you like them. Please check out the shop for my full range of patterns, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Christening, Baptism, new baby, baby girl, Pink Button capital ‘B’ gift, counted cross stitch PDF pattern

Christening, Baptism, new baby, baby girl, Pink Button capital ‘B’ gift, counted cross stitch PDF pattern

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Eves pudding recipe

Eve’s Pudding
Ingredients
  • 100 g margarine
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g  Self Raising
    Flour
  • 675 g cooking apples, peeled and cored
  • 50 g sugar

Method
  1. Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease an ovenproof
    dish.
  2. Cream margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in
    eggs, one at a time, adding a little flour with each.
  3. Gently fold in remaining flour.
  4. Thinly slice apples
    and layer in dish with sugar.
  5. Prepare cake mixture and use to cover the apples. Bake for
    about 40 minutes.


Ginger biscuits recipe

Ginger biscuits recipe Makes 12

Ingredients
  • 100g plain flour
  • 50g margarine 
  • 25g sugar
  • 2 level tablespoons syrup
  • 1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 level teaspoon of ground ginger
To make these biscuits gluten free swap the plain flour for gluten free flour (I like doves) and add a pinch of xanthan gum. Check your bicarbonate of soda to ensure it is also gluten free.
Method
  1. Heat oven 190OC, Gas 5
  2. Grease baking tray
  3. Sieve dry ingredients into mixing bowl
  4. Heat the fat, sugar and syrup over a gentle heat
    until melted
  5. Cool slightly and add to dry ingredients – mix
    with a wooden spoon
  6. Divide the mixture into 12 balls 
  7. Place the biscuits on the tray, well spaces and
    flatten slightly
  8. Bake for 10 minutes
  9. Lift carefully onto a wire tray as they will
    still be soft.

Madeira Cake recipe

Madeira Cake recipe

Madeira cake 

Ingredients
150 g  margarine
150 g  caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly whisked
225 g Self Raising Flour
few drops Vanilla extract
Method
1 Heat oven to 180ºC, 350ºF, Gas Mark 4. Grease an 18 cm (7
inch) cake tin.
2 Cream fat and sugar, beat in lightly whisked eggs with a
little flour.
3 Add essence, then fold in the remaining flour.
4 Bake for about 1¼ hours. 
Madeira Cake recipe

Madeira Cake recipe