Wednesday 30 January 2013
Monday 28 January 2013
dreich - it was so cold, wet and generally miserable. So, the wood burner went on at 11am (!) and I settled down with some knitting and crochet. I seem to have a thing for making corsages/brooches at the moment, and today I finished making the ones above. The pattern came from Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench and the yarn was small amounts of Rowan hand knit cotton which I had leftover from a project I did last year. I gave them a little spray with some Dylon spray starch when I had finished them and I think this makes them look better. I'm really pleased with how they turned out and I'm sure I'll be making a few more in different colours!
A good friend of mine is going to a themed hen party in a few weeks time and has asked me to make her a little something as part of her outfit. It involves red and white yarn and a red Pom Pom and I made a start on it today. I will show it here when it's finished ;)
Friday 25 January 2013
Robert Burns and as is traditional here in Scotland, we have been doing a few things to celebrate:
. Miss M made a little figurine of Robert Burns using a loo roll tube and I think it bears a canny resemblance to the famous poet! We have also been enjoying some songs and rhymes from the book you can see in the photograph.
. At school, they are learning all about their country and it's traditions and legends. This week's homework was to make a sculpture of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster using materials found at home. Miss M made hers out of salt dough and a piece of wood for the loch. She is very proud of her Nessie!
. Miss M's hair tied with a tartan ribbon for school this morning.
. Shortbread was baked and enjoyed. Recipe from this fantastic book.
. Finally, haggis, neeps and tatties for tonight's dinner! Traditionally served with a wee nip of whiskey to toast the bard, but none of that here as we are both working early in the morning!
Thursday 24 January 2013
Homemade Gifts Vintage Style, which is a beautiful craft book with lots of lovely gift ideas.
Thank you so much for the sweet comments on my last post, it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who appreciates a nice tea set! I have enjoyed reading through everyone's blogs and thank you again for visiting me here.
Tuesday 22 January 2013
Simply Crochet magazine today. I very rarely buy magazines these days but after having a look through this in the newsagent's today, I decided to get it. I actually really like it, it's a lovely magazine with gorgeous photographs. I adore the granny square lampshade above, but I feel that a bit like the tea set, G would not feel the same as me about having a crocheted lamp in the house! I also love the heart corsage and this is definitely something that I am planning to make in the very near future. Better add it to my already long list...
Monday 21 January 2013
here), a lovely children's craft book which she got as a birthday gift. We made lots of salt dough hearts which I dried off in the microwave instead of the oven as it takes around 3 hours in the oven and only 4 minutes per batch in the microwave (6 year olds are not usually known for their patience and mine is no different!). Miss M then painted them and I helped her thread them with some embroidery thread to make little hanging loops. The one you can see in the last photograph above she made for me and the rest she has squirrelled away in her school bag to give to her friends.
Friday 18 January 2013
I only have ten more rows to knit on my baby blanket tonight and then I can put it aside until I need to add the edging. Which means I can then start a new project using my lovely new yarn....
Monday 14 January 2013
Saturday 12 January 2013
Today Miss M and I were busy making top hats (marshmallows dipped in chocolate and topped with a smartie) for her little birthday tea tomorrow. Then we felt like a little sewing so we made a couple of little mice finger puppets. Meet Mr and Mrs Bun Mouse (?!)
Now my little crafty friend is in bed, I'm working on the baby blanket I started a few days ago and also planning some wrist warmers to go with my new coat bought in the sales....
Thursday 10 January 2013
Banana loaf recipe
110g soft margarine, 170g caster sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 very ripe mashed bananas, 225g self raising flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat the oven to 180c and lightly grease a loaf tin (or use a silicone one like I do). Cream together the sugar and margarine until light and fluffy and then beat in the eggs. Mix in the bananas and then fold in the flour and baking powder. Put the mixture in the baking tin and bake for 40 mins. After this time, turn the oven down to 150c and bake for another 15 minutes. That's it! The hardest part (well in our house anyway), is waiting for the cake to be cool enough to slice and eat it!
book. I love this book and we are actually planning to make a little something from it together on Saturday...
Sunday 6 January 2013
Tonight I plan to work on a couple of appliqué cushion covers and then have an early night as school is back tomorrow and that means back to a much needed routine!