Sunday, 3 April 2011

Explore! Rescue! Protect!

If you have a pre-schooler in your life you will probably recognise the Octonauts' motto. Octonauts is a great kids program on Cbeebies it has really cute characters and pre-schoolers (and some mums...) love it. My youngest in no exception in fact, he is absolutely obsessed with it and he keeps asking me for a Captain Barnacle's costume. Strangely, there is absolutely no Octonauts merchandising available to buy anywhere. Not a problem, I hear you say, you can just make something. This is just what my husband said to him: Go and ask your mum to make one. The thing with kids is that they believe that you can just do anything because you are their mum or dad, and I would hate to dissapoint. I didn't have anything I could use to make a costume, but I had an old turquoise t-shirt that I thought I could make a hat with. The fabric was stretchy, not particularly easy to work with and a bit floppy to make a hat. So it's more like a headband than a hat, but he loves it and it's all that matters.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

March Make

The suggestion for this month's A Monthly Make was to make a felt Stanley Kidston. I didn't set out to make it purple and green, but I wanted to use materials I already had in stock and the only bit of felt big enough was purple, I thought the green was contrasting nicely.
It was the first time I made something entirely hand sewn.

Last month I bought some wool to make a crochet blanket. I was a bit worried when it arrived, it's almost 1kg of wool and I thought it would take me forever to go through it all. It turns out, it is taking me forever, it is only a granny square blanket (the only crochet I have mastered) and it's not even going to be that big!
Anyway, I am hoping it will be finished for next month's monthly make, my poor arthritic fingers need a rest.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

February Make

I think I have now mastered the granny square so I have made a simple cushion and this is my entry for February's A Monthly Make.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine themed crochet
Not quite ready to give up the day job yet ...

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Charity Raffle

Yay! Sian having another raffle.

I was lucky enought to win a prize from one of her previous raffles and when she asked for donations from crafters I wanted to help. I donated a few bits and pieces that she is using as prizes in this latest raffle. But that's not all of the prizes, there is a lovely leather bag, some craft goodies from Annie, the Felt Fairy and wonderful goods from Harrods.

Sian is working really hard to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society who work to help improve the quality of life of patients living with dementia in the UK.

You too can help and all you have to do is purchase a raffle ticket and hopefully win a great prize.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Easy Marmalade

My most favourite thing to make is jam. I love to make it and I love to eat it. When I go to craft fairs or markets I always track down the homemade jam stand. It's one of those things that always taste better homemade.

I have always been worried about making marmale though because it seems to be very time consuming and require specialist equipment but I thought I would try and come up with an easy marmalade recipe.

I have found several 'easy' recipes on the internet and after trying a few, here is the one that works for me:

- Cut 5 oranges in half and scoop out the flesh, thinly cut up the skins and wizz the pulp in a food processor
- Put everything in a pan, add 4 tbsp of lemon juice, 600ml of water and 500ml of orange juice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour until the rind is soft.
- Add 1kg of sugar, and boil for about 13/15 mn. This was a good opportunity to use the thermometer I got for my birthday and hadn't used yet.
- Let it cool down a bit and put into 5 small sterilised jars. I sterilise my jar by putting them in the oven for 30mn at 100C.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

A Monthly Make 2011

I have just come accross A Monthly Make 2011 organised by Annie, The Felt Fairy and decided to take part. I was a bit late to join but luckyly my mug rug can count as the January make so I didn't need to produce something overnight.
It is a very nice idea to encourage people, like me, that need a bit of encouraging and a good way to discover new crafty blogs and find inspiration.