Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sizzix Bigz Fabi

I bought these last year when I was in Florida as they were such a bargain and couldn't resist, BUT I have not used them yet!

They are great for cutting fabric, have tested the little bird, but I need inspiration on what to do with them.

I think I might have a go with the bird later and make a bag charm....but it may be difficult to sew.

Think I need to have a die sort out and have a go at using them on fabric.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Rocky Road

Many years ago I collected some sweet recipes on the forum and I made several of them, including coconut ice and also gift wrapped it into jars a few years back, see picture below.

Today I have made a batch of Rocky Road using the recipe from Clare.  I always like to leave a few bits to decorate onto the top, as well as maybe some white chocolate shavings, or this year some stars and pearl balls from Poundland.

So here is the recipe if you fancy giving it a go:

Basic recipe is -
200g choc (milk, plain or mix)
90g butter
2tbsp syrup
100g (tea)biscuits
75g nuts
75g mini marshmallows

You can then vary the last 3 ingredients, just keep to approximate weights.
variations....amaretti biscuits, brazils, cherries, salted peanuts, crumbled Crunchies, pecans, raisins, maltesers...well anything you fancy really.

Melt the first 3 ingredients and stir in the roughly crushed/chopped others bits. Press into a greased 8" square tin and leave to set, I always line with baking paper so that it comes out really easy.  You can then dust with icing sugar and/or edible glitter or drizzle with white chocolate.

Have a Happy Christmas....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Little bags and stall

I saw this cute fabric on MK market and decided to make some little bags from it.

Managed to fill up the stall with my things.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016


I took some crochet to do whilst I was on holiday in the summer, nice and easy to transport and can even do some on the plane if the movies are not so good!

I searched around the internet for some patterns and combined about three, to make all these different ones, so cute once they are all 'stuffed' and ready to go.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pincushions and needlcases

I made some needlecases sometime ago, but as I know have a new gadget to add poppers I thought these were a little smarter, and also did 3 lines of sewing down the 'spine' so it made them a little more book like.

The pincushions have a little pocket to add some clips that I am always using or a thimble or needle threader.

I added some play sand to some of them to make them more weightier, by just adding a little pouch before stuffing.  I must admit I prefer them this way, but it was a bit of pain!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Bottle bags

I got this fabric whilst in Florida and thought it was perfect for a bottle bag, I also added a little carry strap too.

Simple way to make them by joining the inside to the outside first.  If you want instructions then let me know :)

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Glasses cases

I have had a play and made some glasses cases, at the moment they are 'animal' themed!  They are lightly padded and I finished them with my new fab tool to add a plastic popper, they are great and so easy to use, would definitely recommend them. 

Perfect for sunglasses.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas and a catch up

Was it really August since I last wrote on here!  Well I have been making things and also been to Vienna and Stratford Upon Avon/Birmingham Christmas market, so guess I should have mentioned it on here!
I am still enjoying sewing, and always on the look out for projects to make, I have enough fabric here to open a must get making more...

Last month I sat and made these, I did the basic shape on the sewing machine, but found the best way to deal with the tree stump was to pop it in already stuffed and hand sew inserted into the tree, where I had left a gap for turning.  Then thought I would add buttons - they are on both sides, except for the red one, I think I will change as prefer to 'push button look.

Have you made any decorations this year?

We did a little swap on the forum,

and this was my lovely decoration that I received

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August days out

We have been out and about recently, and have put some photos on

Just put some pics of Audley end on there, we also went to Rutland water, which was lovely, but sadly managed to catch a day of rain, when it has not rained for weeks!

We did stay overnight, but from here it is only an hour away, so we really must go back and have another wander around in the dry, Barnsdale gardens is on my list...but the rain was too heavy to go.

Normanton Church on the water.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beaded jeans

My friend at work arrived with a pretty pair of jeans that she had stuffed in the charity bag and then realised that they were denim, so dragged them out washed them and brought them in for me....

I should have taken a 'before picture', they were mainly decorated on side seams of the legs, so threw me how I could get them into a bag with some pockets.  This one was the bottom of the leg, I left the hem as the top of the bag and I cut out the back pocket and attached.

Then I was left with the middle of the leg with the beads and stitching, and the top of one side.  I added a bit extra to the side of the jeans to make it a wider bag.

With the middle of the leg I added a contrast pocket, from a pair of jeans I acquired through freecycle that had a hole next to the pocket.

The fabric was one that I had purchased in Florida, I knew I had these bags to finish and didn't have any with a purple/lilac colour.

Great challenge to work out how to get the best out of them!  the rest of the fabric was plain so used it to make the straps.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The last of the recent batch of Jeans bags :)

This one was a bit narrow, so I ended up putting an extra panel from the leg left over, just to make it a better size, I think it looked neat in the end.

Took me a while to decide what to do with it!
These had such a great pockets, I added the gem give it a bit of bling!

The other one below, also with added extra bling, these must have been a small size, so could only do 2 bags.

But it did mean that they had denim straps this time.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Manatee Historical Village, Florida

We spent a relaxing morning wandering around the Manatee Village which is a historical village, the shop is 'manned' by volunteers I think, the lady that day was part of the committee that saved the church from demolition and was the start of the process of building the village.  They have relocated several properties from around the County to join the church and the staores.  They are all late 1800s to early 1900s, Inside they have dressed the properties with items of the 'day', along with information about the items.  The tour is self guided.