It was Polly’s hen do at the weekend. As we were sharing the cooking between us, Julene and I opted to do the Saturday morning breakfast. Alongside the usual tea, coffee and toast we made a batch of american pancakes. Topped with bacon, maple syrup, blueberries and yogurt, it was the perfect way to start a jam packed day. I followed this recipe but increased the volume 4 times to feed all 12 of us. I did, however, substitute the plain flour for self-raising to make extra fluffy pancakes. Best served fresh out of the pan.
I have made this little tiger cub for a gift. Lisa, who i work with, is having a baby shower and I am unable to attend so decided to make her a special gift. The baby is being born in the year of the tiger and she loves handmade things. Perfect! I managed to get the pattern, after much searching, on the internet. If you would like to have a go, please feel free to contact me and i’ll email you the pattern. I bought the felt from an ebay shop. I pretty pleased on how he turned out!
Polly needed a hand with the napkins for her wedding and luckily help was at hand! Wine and cake was provided by Polly (only fair really!) and the gossip and chat was provided by us all. A really lovely way to spend a Monday evening, especially after such a busy weekend! Way ahead in the lead was Julene, and lagging right at the back was me, although I did have something else to finish first. I think we’ll have to do a couple more sessions to get them all finished. I’m not going to post up any pics of the napkins yet, as I don’t want to ruin the surprise, so i’ve uploaded a picture of all of us instead!
Spring is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate and prompt a clear out, but to have a swap shop. The idea is so simple too. Bring your unwanted clothes and take away something you will love forever! It’s always a fab way to catch up, drink wine and eat cake! There were about 16 of us and although some 1st timers where a little bit tentative to start with, it wasn’t long before everyone got stuck in. I pretty sure that everyone took a few things home. I managed to pick up a denim skirt, a chocolate brown fake fur coat, which i’ll put away for the winter and a gorgeous vintage playsuit. Now it’s up to Julene and I to go to the charity shop, to cart away the remaining 4 bin bags full of clothes. It’s a win-win situation all round !
I am a huge fan of macarons and cupcakes are so last year! I was warned that they are very tricky to make, but undeterred, and with a swap shop planned, I felt this would be an ideal time to showcase my 1st attempt. Using this recipe I managed to make 30 almond macarons with a chocolate ganache centre. I am very pleased how they turned out, and i’m hoping to continue by trying pistachio or strawberry ones next time. Delicious!
Just before Christmas I got involved, once again, with another humhum project. This time it was for secret santa. Handmade presents are always encouraged and I was lucky enough to get Jonty. I made him this lovely chicken, with a little chick tucked into his wing. He has chickens, which he keeps in the garden, and I knew this would be the perfect gift!
It was so successful, I also made one for my french Grandma for Christmas…
And then I made another one! This time for Alice, in exchange for some lovely hand knitted handwarmers.
I have a few more cut out ready to be sewn together. i was slightly toying with the idea of starting an Etsy shop, although it’s actually quite nice just to give them as gifts, to friends, for the time being.
The 9 of Clubs for a humhum deck of cards collaboration. I was very excited to be involved with this as I stepped in last minuted as there was one card left over, which needed to be done quickly. I really wanted to do something different with this, compared to the other cards. Sewing and making it by hand seemed like the obvious way to go. I had 10 days to get the final card so it could be collected for print. The rest of the deck looks stunning and hopefully it’ll be printed very soon.
The final card will look like this…
I was given a load of bright fabric which was crying out to be made into bunting. Plus it’s always an easy way to brighten up an outside space. An instant makeover!
I was also asked to make bunting for William George Haworth’s Christening. Pip hung, all 25 metres of it, across the garden for the tea party.