Sunday, 27 May 2012

We are moving.

Having spent a huge amount of time planning it and considering my options I have finally decided to take the plunge.  We are moving over to Word Press.  Our new address is  I hope that you will continue to visit us over at our new site.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Cute cards with knitted finger puppets.

I seem to have been really busy all week but I have been met with a mental block as to what to blog about!  Does anyone else suffer from this?

Today the block appears to be lifting and I have decided to post about my latest project.  The other day I was in Canterbury in Cath Kidson buying Mikes Aunty Maggies Birthday present when I saw they had some cute birthday cards with knitted finger puppets on the front.  They looked really cool but I thought at £4.50 they were a bit on the pricey side so I popped round to my favourite shop of all time The Sewing Shop and picked up a great little finger puppet book which cost me less than two cards.


Aunty Maggie is a knitting enthusiast and collects chickens (not real ones - the ornament version) so with chickens on my mind I set about my first card.  A finger puppet chicken.

My finished chicken.

And here he is on the card.

I printed the card using Adobe Illustrator.

This book has some amazing patterns, is well set out with great images and the patterns are easy to follow.  The best bit about making these cute finger puppets is you can use up all your old off cuts and you can make one from start to finish in an evening.  I thought I might try and make some Christmas cards for the kids or maybe even put some on etsy.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Party Time

Yesterday we had Mimi’s 3rd Birthday Party.  I am not too sure what I was thinking when I invited everyone.  All I can say is thank goodness the weather was good and they could all play outside, otherwise the house might have been trashed!!!
We ended up with about 12 coming.  There were a few people who either just did not come or failed to even respond to our invites which is annoying.  I am pleased I decided against putting together party bags.  I thought about doing them but having priced them up at Tesco decided against it as how many people ever actually play with anything in them?!?
I spent most of Friday and Saturday morning baking and decorating cakes and biscuits.  (none of this is good for my diet!!!)  Mimi requested a Buzz Lightyear cake. So guess what my Mum and I were doing late Friday night!

We were quite pleased with the finished cake although a little person was so excited on Saturday morning she couldn't resist poking it!!
I have been dying to make some stained glass biscuits for ages.  I doubled the mixture and made what seemed like thousands of the blinking things. and dented my rolling pin in the process – but they look impressive.  I thought they would make good Christmas presents.

Then the usual fairy cakes.  I have developed a new icing which is the best to date.  (A blog post for another day)

She was one spoilt baby who is now fast asleep on the sofa – obviously it was all too much for her.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Colour your own ABC flash cards

This is something I have been thinking about doing for a while.  This week I finally got round to completing them.  Colour your own ABC flash cards.  Just click here for the PDF link then print them off on paper or card.

All pictures have been hand drawn and then scanned in using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Mimi's Birthday

On Tuesday Mimi was 3.  I can not believe how quickly the last 3 years have flown by.

She was totally spoilt and is one very lucky girl.  She was wide awake at 5am and by 6am we were outside in our PJ's jumping on the trampoline!!!!

 Having gone on and on and on about BUZZ Lightyear since Christmas it was lucky the Birthday fairies were listening.  However Mimi informed me that the fairies must have been shopping at Tesco!!  (I didn't realise that there were different Buzz Lightyear's depending on which Toy Story Film he is from)

She is such a lucky girl my brothers (who cant make her birthday party on Saturday) sent presents and cards.  My brother who is currently out in the Caribbean on work rang on the sat phone.  

 Mimi's little friend M came to play for the day and in between the showers there was lots more jumping - I had to keep drying it off with towels for them.

Then to top off the day Mimi was even more spoilt by all of her grandparents who came in for tea and cake.  No Birthday is complete without a Birthday Cake.

We had a lovely day.  Between Mimi and M the house was a tip, I keep trying to tidy it but its two steps forwards and about four back!  There is way too much cake in the house for someone on a Weight Watchers diet.  Now onto phase two: planning and organising for her birthday party on Saturday!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Knitted Zebra

About three weeks ago I brought knitted wild animals by Sarah Keen.

Knitted Wild Animals

This is a great book with easy to follow instructions and excellent diagrams for beginners.      Even better all the patterns have been designed using cheap wool – quite often these pattern books use wool which cost the earth.The book includes a wide selection of patterns – Elephant’s, Giraffe’s, Zebra’s, Lion’s, Panda’s, Tiger’s, Crocodile’s, Monkey’s, Snake’s, Hippo’s, Rhino’s, Warthog’s, Koala’s, Moose’s and Penguin’s.
After showing the book to Mimi and visiting the wool shop in town we settled on a red and white striped Zebra.  To knit my Zebra I used roughly 100g which cost me about £2.00.

Last night I finally got round to finishing him.

 I think she likes him!  So far today he has gone to playschool and had a lovely afternoon nap.
Now I am contemplating my next project (I will just pretend I don’t have lots of outstanding projects).  I might try the Crocodile – I think he looks great

 However when I was out shopping today I picked up some Louisa Harding wool from The Sewing Shop so now I am thinking perhaps I will knit Mimi a cardigan as I have an idea for a pattern.

My lovely new wool.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Jubilee Cake-Off

This is for all you cake fans out there.  Yesterday the village ran a cake-off to raise funds for the jubilee street party.  I had totally forgotten about it until I was reminded on Friday night so ours was a bit of a rush.

Here is our entry.

I was amazed at how many people entered.  Each entry was £2.00 with categories for ladies, men and children.  The judging was a little weird but it was fun and I am pleased we decided to enter.  We didn’t win anything but hey its the taking part that counts.


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