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Thursday, 28 April 2011

My daughter is slightly obsessed with a high street fashion accessory store. And whilst it's nice to have treats from there now and again I thought I would suggest that maybe, we could make a few of our own hair accessories.

So off we went to the high street chemists and bought some hair clips that seemed made for the job - even having handy holes in the top to sew things onto.

I didn't even have to pay for the clips as I redeemed some points I had on the store's reward card. The button in the centre of the hair clip I made was given to me and I already had the small scrap of chiffon fabric so all in all it was pretty much free. And I have a very happy daughter who now wants to design some more clips for me to make... ah... there's always a down side! :)

Monday, 25 April 2011

I've had a lovely Easter. We've all eaten too much chocolate and I made these Easter bunny finger puppets using a template from the lovely Purl website.

I love Bank Holidays!

Friday, 22 April 2011


I've finished it!

I've been working on this dress for what seems like an eternity. It was the first time I've attempted boning a bodice and, to be honest, most of the time was spent trying to put off this task, but once done the dress came together quite quickly.

A lot of adjustments were needed mind you. The neckline was way too big so the bust line had to be drastically reduced at the top and I pondered what to do for a week when it almost fitted but wasn't quite right. I think it was more luck than judgement when I nervously unpicked and hacked away a centimetre each side of the back seam and put it together again and it fitted like a glove. It's the first thing I have ever made where I've thought I could not have got a better fit off the peg.

Please indulge me whilst I add more images than perhaps Blogger can cope with. My thanks to my model Merle - I'd be nothing without you baby!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

It takes eight days from start to finish to make your first loaf of sourdough bread.

I was a bit apprehensive about tackling it as I'm one of those people who worries when they eat a yogurt past its best before date, and the flour and water mix had to sit out in my kitchen for six days - slowly coming alive with natural yeast. But I couldn't not try it. The fascination of making yeast out of the air was too much of a temptation and, of course, the yeast itself costs nothing!

So after a week of scaring visitors with a bowl of slightly odd smelling, fermenting liquid...

I managed to make my first two loaves of sourdough. And yes, they were delicious!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Woolen tights do not appear to be a pear shaped girl's best friend. I can never find a pair that fits me. But when I saw a pair heavily reduced the other day I thought it was worth a punt and I bought them.

Imagine my joy when they actually fitted! I was still congratulating myself on my luck when I saw the big hole near the top of them. As shown above. Drat!

Now, I know I should have taken them back - but my reasons for wanting to keep them were threefold. 1. They were very cheap 2. They were the only ones they had left out in my size and 3. They fitted - they actually fitted.

So, the answer to any of life's problems is of course YouTube! Saw a very nice demonstration on how to darn. The lady used a lovely wooden darning mushroom that I am coveting now but I didn't have one of those - so I used a small tin to hold the material in place....

And I was pleasantly surprised at how effective darning is. The obligatory 'after' shot...

One pair of tights saved from the inevitable bin.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Take one very worn cuff off a jumper...

And remove the ribbed top from a holey sock...

Using your sewing machine, sew the ribbed sock top onto the sleeve ends of the jumper - keeping the ribbing taut so that it fits neatly around the larger opening.

And voila. A perfectly good cuff which has enabled the jumper to fight another day!

I love it when a plan comes together.

Thursday, 7 April 2011


I love that phrase. Sadly I didn't make it up but it did capture my imagination and I decided that crafts, cakes and friends were a perfect way to spend the afternoon.

So, here is a photo of the craft bit...

And here is a selection of the tea and cakes. Unfortunately I didn't think to photograph all the gorgeous offerings before we ate them!

And the result of an afternoon of hard work chatting and eating cakes (well, somebody has got to do it!) were these fabulous birds...

Thank you ladies for a wonderful afternoon.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

I went cupcake crazy last week as we had a PTA Ladies' Night fundraiser in the school.

Decided nothing was more girly than a lemon 'Little Miss Sunshine' cake....

And of course I had to make the obligatory chocolate cupcakes which were nice and light due to the fact that you separated the eggs and folded the whites in at the end of the batter preparation.

I decided to make my own sugar paste roses as the price for ready made flowers that you buy in the high street seem really expensive. However, an hour into making them I realised why they were so pricey. They save a lot of time!

Friday, 1 April 2011

No, I'm not sure about this either!

When I didn't have access to my sewing machine I went mad making flowers. To stop myself getting bored I used a variety of techniques and patterns - some are knitted, some are variations on the Suffolk puff and some are made using felt. I thought that if I kept them all the same colour I would get a nice cohesive cushion, but even with the limited colour palate I still think its too frantic!

I was going to donate it as a raffle prize but usually I know something should be appreciated because I'm sad to see it go. With this cushion I didn't feel sad at the thought of it leaving me and so I thought it wasn't good enough to give away. There is a logic in there - honest!