Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
this idea on, well you guessed it Pinterest! (I'm surely not the only one spending way too much time on that site?). It's basically and quite simply it's a crochet square with a button and a loop, that folds over the soap, a bit like folding up an envelope. I think it could make a nice present for new mums, it's hard enough holding on to a slippery baby, you don't need slippery soap too! Just a good idea to make sure the button side isn't rubbed on the baby! In the past I've been asked to make some for people who suffer from arthritis who struggle to grip slippery soap too.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Some other gems found several metres of lovely vintage fabric, some unused vintage tea towels, and a curved cane basket perfect for crochet projects on the go. You see all these gems are trying to convince me that I should be visiting the thrift stores more often, my bulging cupboards are telling a different story. My husband suggests I should listen to the cupboards!
Have you had any great finds lately?
Thursday, March 8, 2012
this pin, we used a Pebeo porcelain pen (from Spotlight) to draw the designs on some thrifted mugs. It was fun and I enjoyed watching all the little designs that she came up with, most were bumble bees (we seem to have loads in the garden this year). Once the drawings were completed we "set" the images by baking them in the oven.
I had grand plans of making some hot chocolate mix to go in the cups (see this pin, this one too) but I realised I'm not "super mum" and just bought some instead! I also popped in some mini marshmallows and some sipper straws. They were a big hit and I'm thinking that they would make a great gift for grandparents too. Perfect activity for a rainy afternoon.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
this mat that I made way back, when the little feet that walked on it were much, much smaller than they are today.
Just before we headed home my husband spotted the above "treasure", we breathed a big sigh of relief that neither of the kids spotted it and wanted it for their collection! I imagine that someone, somewhere is missing it!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I had seen some cool cupcakes on pinerest some time ago, cooked in ice cream cones. Miss E was having a little party on Friday and at the last minute I thought I'd give them a go. I had read the instructions when I first "pinned" the recipe, but in the last minute rush of getting ready for an afternoon party I didn't get a chance to re-read the instructions. Mistake right there. OK that's a bit dramatic cause as you can see from the top pic they did turn out OK. But when I checked on them in the oven just 5 minutes before they were due to be ready I was greeted with the above sight! Arrgh! But you know what?
1:Butter cream hides lots of baking mishaps
2: A photo from the front won't show the world how the backside doesn't look so good (not good at all)
3: Kids won't notice and gobble them up anyway (leaving minimal crumbs too, big benefit of the cones)
4: You'll feel a lot better about how they turned out after they have all been eaten and you get some sleep
5: Reading the recipe always helps especially the part about what level to have the mixture
I did try another pin today and I followed the recipe instructions this time. Slow cooked honey sesame chicken! Yummo! I only had around half a cup of honey though, not the cup that the recipe suggests and I added a few extra thighs in the pot too. There was still plenty of sauce to cover the extras and it's been suggested that I make it again soon. Now that I can do.