Monthly Archives: January 2010

Personalised Knitted Baby Bib

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Garter Stitch Bib

Ellie's Bib

Created using yarn leftovers, this bib is as easy as they come. I wanted to make something that would finish quickly as I haven’t knitted for a while. Still being a beginner I didn’t want to overwhelm myself. I embroidered the front with left over wool from my stash. I used DK and 4mm needles. You can get this pattern from ‘Simply Knitting’ Magazine, issue 64 March 2010.

I created the embroidered design myself and used a blanket stitch as a decorative edge. You could do the same using the template below. Simply print out to size and pin to the garment and use back stitch or split stitch to outline the design. Fill the flower using laid stitches from the centre out.

Please note this bib is for keepsake only.

Download and print

Easy Wall decor – disney cars – boys room

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I am currently overhauling my little boys room. Disney Cars is the chosen theme. Here are some ideas of how to arrange the wall art stickers you can buy. This pack is available at amazon.co.uk Search: Decofun Cars Wall Stickers Room Kit. The wallpaper was purchased from http://rolling-borders.com/

Disney Cars Bedroom Decor

Cars Theme Decoration

Light Switch Decoration

Use any extras on your furniture to tie them in to the Decor

MUJI Partners With Lego For Paper Crafts

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Fun with Lego

How come nobody thought of this before?! Genius =D These were made available just before the holiday season. Maybe this will help kids think outside the box when it comes to creativity with Lego. Wish I had this when I was a kid. I may have to buy this for my son when it comes available to buy in the UK.

This is a great opportunity to get crafty with the little ones!

Click for source - http://www.highsnobiety.com

‘A company named MUJI has partnered with Lego for kits that help you create colored paper shapes and objects that can be used to decorate LEGOs. The kit includes a hole-punch that makes Lego-sized holes..’  -Comments made by http://www.shoppingblog.com/blog/11220912

MUJI Partners With Lego For Paper Crafts


Photo SOURCE – http://www.highsnobiety.com/


Large Yummy Bacon Wrap (just like greggs)

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Bacon Wraps

Ingredients
500g jus • roll® Puff Pastry Block
100g Grated Cheese of your choice
4-8 Rashers of Back Bacon


Directions
Remove pastry form the refrigerator and leave to sit for 20 mins.

Jus-Roll Puff Pastry 500g

Preheat oven at 220°C (200°C fan ovens). Unwrap block and cut in half so you have two rectangles. Put one block aside and roll out the dough so that when cut down the middle you will get two squares. Doesn’t matter if it’s not exact. You can use a dusting of plain flour to aid rolling.

Rolling Technique - Don't worry if it's not perfect!

Repeat with other block and you will end up with four large squares.

Four pastry squares

Place squares on baking trays and place 1-2 rashers on bacon on each square. Add 25g of grated cheese to each wrap.

Prepare on baking trays

Fold each corner (as pictured below) in to the centre. Coat any exposed pastry with milk or egg. If you have allergies this is not essential

Almost ready!

Bake in oven for 25-30 mins or until pastry is fully cooked and holds it’s shape when lifted from the tray. If you like your bacon extra crispy, you can cook your bacon before you place into the wraps. These make huge wraps ideal for lunch or as part of a main meal. For smaller wraps keep rolling and cut smaller squares. Use less ingredients in each wrap so that it doesn’t over fill.

  • Makes 4 Large Wraps

These are huge versions of the greggs ones. My hubby says ‘they are better than greggs’.  This is a really cheap easy meal. I server mine with baked beans and salad as I find them very filling.

Enjoy!

You can freeze these aswell, just loosely wrap up in foil and place inside resealable freezer bags. They take 15-20 mins to reheat from frozen at 200°C. They are just like from fresh!

Please leave comments if you decided to try this out. It really takes no time at all.

Notes: You can use 50% fat cheese you wish. Try a different cut of bacon, but will work best with less fatty cuts, as this will prevent the pastry from going soggy. I use foil to line the trays as it’s easier to remove them afterwards. Of course, you can use any brand of puff pastry too.

Best Butter Tarts

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Ingredients
Filling mix:
2 Medium Eggs
2 Cups Light Brown Sugar (packed)
2 tbs Lemon Juice
½ tsp Vanilla Extract
½ Cup Melted Butter
1 Cup Raisins/Currants
¼ Cup Chopped Walnuts

Cases:
Shortcrust Pastry. You will need double the amount of the recipe on this blog Best Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

Directions

Pastry Lined Tins

Pastry Lined Tins

Mix all the filling list of ingredients together in a bowl.

Beat together and fill no more than ¾ full in pastry lined cake tins.

Bake for 20-25 mins at 180°C (350°F)

Makes 38+


Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts

Notes: For a tasty change you can add maple syrup and pecans.

Best Shortcrust Pastry Recipe

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Shortcrust Pastry

This recipe was advised to me by my Nan, who said ‘you must add half butter and half vegetable fat’ (shortening). She makes the best pies and tarts in the world. There isn’t a great deal that goes into pastry to begin with but the best version is below…

Ingredients
225g (8oz) Plain Flour
¼ tsp salt
50g Stork butter for Pastry, (comes in foil) (chopped into cubes)
50g TREX Vegetable Fat (chopped into cubes)
Cold water, 1-1½tsp per 25g (1oz) of Flour

Directions
Sift flour and salt together in a bowl

Add butter and vegetable fat. Rub the fats into the flour until they look like fine breadcrumbs

Slowly add water as it’s important not to over wet your pastry. Combine the crumbs while adding the water and just as all the crumbs stick together turn out and knead until smooth and crack-free. Add more water if needed by dampening one hand and kneading in.

Roll out pastry when you are ready to use it. If you want to use it later place in foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate.

If you are following a recipe please use those cooking instructions. Otherwise, a good guide is 200-220°C (400-435°F) Gas Mark 6-7

Happy Baking!!

Notes: If you’re not familiar with the brands stated above, I’ve provided a picture below.

TREX and Stork Products

Black and white theme pram quilt

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Pram Quilt

First time quilting

Decided to share a project I worked on for my son. I had never quilted anything before so this was a great achievement for me. I didn’t use a pattern as it is quite basic in design. Really enjoyed it tho, have a few more ideas in the pipe line. Want to be more adventurous as far as quilting goes.

Now I have a baby niece I guess I have the greatest excuse in the word to go all crazy cute!

Please post your baby related quilts and patchwork creations. I would really love to see them, let me know what prompted you to make them too.

Also, do any of you have any ideas of what you do with all those tiny scraps, and odd leftover shapes of fabric? I have a huge bag of them! Thanks.

Click on the thumbnails for get a better view

Great textured Quilt

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Stumbled across this blog featuring a cute quilt, visit http://thequiltedfish.typepad.com/the-quilted-fish/2010/01/fresh-from-the-oven.html to see this lovely quilt created by Amanda Herring

An awesome example of texture. Great colour scheme, definitely one to check out! Can’t go wrong when you use the beautiful fabrics from http://www.modabakeshop.com

Moda Bake Shop

Winter Bird Feeding – bird cakes

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bird food

Make your own bird food hangers

Make those little feathery friends happy with a tasty treat…

I made these little bird fat balls by using leftover ingredients from baking and food I had in the store cupboard.  They are really easy to make and very rewarding once you see those little birds pecking away!

Firstly I’d like to note that I havn’t specified quantities on the dried ingredients as these may vary from cupboard to cupboard. Use what you have, don’t worry if all you have are fruit or oats and nuts. The birds will still love every morsel. Just stay true to the lard to dry mix ratio.

For advice on what is recommended to feed your garden birds please visit
http://www.rspb.org.uk/ as I am not an expert on wildlife and have taken my recipe from their guidance.

What you’ll need:

+ Thick String or any stringing material (I used ribbon as I didn’t have any string)
+ Mixed Nuts (i.e peanuts, walnuts and pecans etc)
+ Dried Fruit ( i.e apple, apricot, raisins and berries etc)
+ Uncooked porridge oats and/or bran flakes
+ Lard, you will need approx one third volume in lard to the dried food.
+ Small saucepan
+ Silicone Cupcake Moulds (or any easy release moulds that are at least cupcake size)

Directions:

Chop all fruit, nuts and oats and cereal into small pieces and reserve into a bowl.

Cut strings into approx 10in lengths, you can always cut more if you run out as the lard takes a couple hours in the refrigerator to set. Tie each of the strings ends together to form a circle and double/triple knot them to form an anchor in which the lard mixture will eventually stick to.

Next you will want to melt the lard on the hob on a low heat. Once just melted, add your lard to your dry mix until everything is well coated, you may want to be generous as this will help it all stick together.

Place your strings, knot first, into your silicone/easy release moulds. Scoop your mixture into the individual moulds making sure that the knot is well placed in the centre of the cake. Push the mixture so that it is tightly packed.

Now place the tray of bird cakes into the fridge for at least 2.5-3 hours, longer if you can as they will only benefit from the setting process. Once rock hard, pop out your little birdy cupcakes and hang high on the nearest tree.

Note: If you don’t fancy stringing these up you can always omit the stringing process and place on clean trays on the ground or on bird tables. They will still be enjoyed!

The worlds best things are homemade…

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…my favourite is my son. He will probably be my biggest inspiration when it comes to creating new things. In the past month I have had the pleasure of gaining a beautiful niece, for whom I look forward to crafting a many a thing!

I don’t normally indulge in the new year traditions of making resolutions. However I will be trying my best to keep this blog updated with fresh ideas and crafty projects. Use all the things I vow to use on future creations. Those special things you save for that, really great creation that you’ve been waiting to start (but you just haven’t figured out what it is yet) =D Make every project a great one and share it with all of you happy crafters.

Special thanks to http://www.onehourcraft.com/ for inspiring me to start my own craft blog. xx