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When am not doing the everyday stuff of life i am making things. Or thinking about making things....

Friday, 25 March 2011

Mostly baking ( is this getting too corny?)

hello and welcome to ninja cat! how very lovely to have another follower. in ninja cat's honor today we made coconut macaroons! how easy! why have i never made them before? how much weight will i gain if i make them on a regular basis... Oh dear. essentially 2 whisked egg whites whipped up with 110g of caster sugar added followed by 130g dessicated coconut and 35g plain flour and a splash of vanilla all mixed in and Bob's your Uncle as they say! 30 minutes later on a cool oven they are golden and ready to drizzle in melted chocolate. Yumalicious!

here are some packed up for sale at the school fair this weekend

also in my kitchen today....flowering for the second time- yes a second time- my lovely Hippeastrum.
some recent-ish purchases from charity shops (getting harder to find mind you!) sugar tongs and 1957 coronation mug (£1 and 50p respectively!) small glass jug and my lovely Coalport china teapot from the 1940's I think. with a husband from Stoke-On-Trent how could I resist!

finally some sewing!
I have made two art cases before for my kids and this one is a gift. very easy to make and i did try to document it. not the best photo's though as i did it a night... doh.
original art cases loosely based on one in Sew Hip Magazine
cut two pieces 15" x 9" one for the inside and one for the outside. Also cut the same size of thin batting/wadding.

Then also cut a smaller piece 15" wide by 5" high. Bind the top edge with a nice contrasting binding.

lay them out like so -wadding then inside material facing up, on top, then inside pocket facing up on the top. pin at sides to keep in place. measure 7.5" and sew all 3 layers straight down the middle. this makes the spine of your art case.

then divide up the laft side evenly ( i did in increments of 1" as I wanted to put chunky crayons in - don't underestimate how much room a pencil needs. if in doubt pop one in and mark around it. the main thing is that they are even) leave the right side as this contains the drawing book/pad etc


now add on your outer layer (the one you will see when the case is closed) by laying it right side down and putting your sewn interior, face up on top. pin and sew binding all around edges with the nice binding you had before for the pocket top. to secure when not in use ( and not loose your lovely pencils, you can either use a button and loop binding, velcro or ribbon ties... its up to you and how dexterous the recipient is! sometimes a button may be too hard for small hands...
Voila finished.
finished art case
sewing basket waiting to be sorted!!!! i'd better go and do it now really. ta ra

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Mostly Magnets

 i've been in search of the perfect magnet for some time now. you know, not too strong as you can't remove it from the magnet board ever again but not too weak that your beautiful artwork (or the kids' in this case) flutters to the floor everytime you walk by. most magnets are also either incredibly expensive (usually chrome ones) or horribly cheap and covered in a yukky plastic cap. now there is a challenge i say to myself. as those of you that know me, know i like to repurpose the odd item or three, i've found a few goodies recently to transform into the nearly perfect magnet.
paperchase badges

these beauties were reduced in paperchase's winter sale but with two small people in the house badges were of no use to me. HOWEVER with the pin snipped off the back with wirecutters and replaced with strong magnet and glue they do look kinda groovy!

dome stickers
these pretties were 80p for 20 from Hobbycraft. they are plastic with a sticky back and not sure what they were originally meant for but they said "please turn us into magnets" to me. so i obliged

cute brads
 what sweeties. again Hobbycraft and reduced to something silly but this time brads. i think they are used in scrapbooking but look much nicer on display as magnets on your kitchen fridge. well they would do if my fridge were magnetic...

do you have groovy magnets or ideas for some? can you get cheap good magnets anywhere? let me know!

...and finally a post from Chez Beeper Bebe which inspired all this talk of magnets. am loving the super hero magnet set and thinking I may try to do an octonaut set  for J's birthday. Chez Beeper Bebe is a great site and I loved her Dinosaur crayons so much i ordered some from her. the little people loved them almost as much as i did!Photo here ROAR

Sunday, 6 March 2011

How to comment or follow

cute canary from lincolnsfield
as a few of you have asked
 1. to follow click on follow then google accounts - you can quickly create an account using your email and a memorable password
2. to comment just hit the comments button at the end of a post then if you have a google account use it as above and if not then just pick name/url type in your name, leave url blank and type your comments. once you have entered it will ask you to repeat the security word then you confirm and voila you are a commentator!
hope this helps

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Mostly framing

i have 2 followers and some comments - yeah! i am wildly excited about this! i am just back from a 3 year old's party and am exhausted but if i don't get this done now i will really slip behind target of one post a week. which is pretty poor anyway!
as the title says i have been doing some framing. i found the lovely leather slippers that both kids wore as their first shoes; they are are all out of shape where their little toes pointed and prodded the leather as they learnt to walk. as i had a nice plain white Ikea frame to hand i stuffed them with acid free tissue paper and lightly mounted them in the box. i am rather pleased with them - though slightly nostaligic for those baby days....

second framing effort was of a lovely Medici Society print which i found at my fave charity shop. it was rolled up with the gift wrap and i think cost my 10p. one expensive Ikea frame later and a vintage picture rail hook and voila! it doesn't photograph well once framed buy hey am showing off anyway. the best thing was that when i returned to said shop a week later they had a matching letters print so i snapped that up and will get another frame next time i brave Ikea

i have also had a birthday since i last blogged. was spoilt rotten by husband and friends and generally tried to forget how old i am... except that hub and kids made a me a wooden card with my age carved out of it! it is stunning though and i think they had a great time making it. it's not here as it let's you know how old i am - doh! i also got given Kirsty's Homemade Home which is very inspirational a la Kirsty herself and I LOVE IT! thanks Sam!


we also celebrated chinese new year a few weeks back my making lots of dragons from this site via the crafty crow which is ace for kids stuff. we had lots of dragon roaring going on which was great fun (we added tissue paper fire coming out of the dragon's mouth of course!)
his new giraffe trousers

not much sewing has been accomplished due to other projects waiting to be finshed ( more of them next time) but i did finish the Clothkits giraffe trousers and bird skirt for the kids which are both big sizes and will do for next winter. they were much admired at sewing class and taught me how to add an elasticated waist and tie to the front of a skirt or trousers for that extra good fit. i even have some spare material to make a pencil case so will get that done and post soon.

ta ra for now