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Monday, 30 November 2009

Dinosaurs Rock

Have just finished the appliqu├ęs for two little boys draw string bags, one with Stegosaurus and one with T-Rex! Think I may have to make one for Finlay maybe a Triceratops? Its amazing how having children teaches you all the dinosaur names you thought you had long forgotten.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Cute Aprons

Saturday was a apron day! An apron is a much needed accessory in our house with my two daughters always being up on a stools helping in the kitchen. It seemed only right that Grace should then get her choice of apron from the ones I made yesterday.

Friday, 27 November 2009

The Cookie Recipe

I think sometimes you come across a recipe that you just know is going to be passed around and cooked hundreds of times and this cookie recipe is certainly worth its weight. Not only is it supper easy to make but you can pretty much throw anything at it and it seems to work!

So here is my recipe for Cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies.
215g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
115g soft butter
125g light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
1 egg
100g dried cranberries
200g white chocolate chopped into chunks

Set the oven to 190 c /375 f/ gas mark 5
Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix it all together till it forms a dough by hand this takes a bit of work but in my fabulous Kitchen Aid it takes seconds!
Place little rounds of the dough onto a baking tray lined with grease proof paper (you should get 18 cookies from the mix)
Cook in the oven for 10 mins or until they are just beginning to colour at the edges. ( you still want them to be soft as they will firm up when they cool)
Let them sit on the tray when you take them out the oven for 5 mins then transfer to a cooling tray.
And there you have it! I have tried lots of combinations of these cookies and Milk chocolate and hazelnut work really well too as does a bar or Cadbury's Bornville Chocolate Orange chopped into chunks!

A weekend of sewing is needed!

Have had a very uncreative week with virtually no sewing! I have however been on a bit of a cookie baking frenzy with the girls that really needs to stop as its me that ends up eating them!!! So this weekend I need to get back on track with my sewing as I have another Christmas fayre coming up on the 9th December and move on and away from the oh so nice cranberry and white chocolate cookies Mmm.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Time for bed

Well its time to catch some shut eye before tomorrows More than a mama fayre.

Its been a busy week what with last Fridays fair at Victoria School and now this one, I'm really looking forward to the weekend, I will try really hard to resist the temptation to make anything all weekend.

Little handbags

Bags galore! Had a bit of a bag spree this evening and made 3 lovely little bags in the softest cord fabric. Perfect for just about anything a little girl may want to carry about
I think my favourite though has to be the "Lucy Goosey" bag.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Your invitation

Its official your invited to come and join us for a Christmasy evening of shopping in Berkhamsted. Have glass of mulled wine listen to some music and be pampered. We have put together a line up of stalls that will offer gifts galore to add sparkle under any tree this festive season!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Rocky Rooster products

Rocky the Rooster has made it onto a large tea cosy to keep your pot hot!

home to roost dolls bed. This little bed comes complete with 2 pillows for your favourite little doll to get a good nights sleep!

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Rocky the Rooster

Its been a busy weekend, my 4 year old had a friend over for a sleepover although not much sleep was had and I cracked on with some sewing for the next "Bumps babes and beyond" fair on Friday this week. However in the midst of all of this I did manage to come up with a new character to adorn some products and am happy to share with you the lovely 'Rocky the rooster' Rocky is a very busy rooster who spends his days dashing around!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Aprons for little angles!

Had a go tonight at making some little aprons and although I discovered just how difficult it is to sew on bias binding (gave up in the end) I think generally they were a success. Will have a go at some full size ones next.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Finlay has a new gorgeous blanket

Some time ago after Finlay had arrived I saw a baby blanket that was really beautiful but sadly had a beautifully large price tag to go with it!
I couldn't justify spending such a large sum on a baby blanket but I did decide I would look out for some nice fabrics and make one myself so today I made his blanket and I love it! It was certainly worth shopping around for the fabrics as its exactly as I wanted it to be. Lottie also had a test run of the new blanket and seemed to approve.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Finlay made it to the table

Well it is official my little boy is growing up!
He is still only 5 months but we started weaning him last week and it seems to be a big step in the grown up direction. We even got Lottie's old chair that attaches to the table out of the attic so he can join us at the dinner table. The girls of course think this is just the best thing ever and are already arming him with bad habits like banging your cup on the table and generally throwing things around. I think even more so than I did before that someone should produce oil cloth wallpaper for dinning rooms!

(Note Grace is grabbing his hand its not that he has a strange extra finger that goes in the wrong direction)

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Lucy the Goose

Am really enjoying my sewing at the moment and have finally got to grips with how to make a drawstring bag. Just need to work out how to make nice neat French seams now and I shall be extremely happy with myself.

This week has seen the creation of Lucy Goosey which Grace and Lottie both want (may have to make another) and some other cute little Purses.

We also picked up a beautiful vintage dolls bed in the local charity shop that is just awaiting some lovely handmade bed linen to do it justice and of course I shall post it when its complete!