Friday, 23 August 2013

Walnut Shell Pincushions

On a wet winter day last year in June, I pulled out my collection of walnut shells and jar of felted balls. With no particular game in mind, I tipped everything out onto the floor and said "lets play!" The colours of the felt balls could lift any grey mood, so soft, bright and happy. As the kids started shoving balls of different colours and sizes into the walnut shells, we soon saw little creatures come to life. 

So what began as play turned into a project. Quite disgracefully, I never finished them. My idea was to make embroidery knots all over their wings, but I encountered a problem when attempting this, the knots pulled through their felted bodies. I tried everything to make the knots hold, I gave up exasperated. So they sit in my craft room, wistfully eying me every time I walk into the room. I must revisit this project again, they are too cute to continue ignoring!

It would take nothing to finish these little cuties, I just need a different approach!

Walnut Shell Pincushions

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Sultana Boat traktatie - Party Treats

Sultana Boat's for my daughter to take to school on her 5th Birthday last year.

I purchased a bag of the individual boxes containing sultanas and wrapped them up in three different patterned paper. I highly recommend measuring and cutting the paper so they perfectly fit the boxes. The extra effort measuring makes the final wrapped box so much neater. Though the flags would be easy to make with a toothpick and decorative tape, I bought these and just added the sail. Using a needle, I made a little hole into the wrapped boxes so it was easier to push the sail through.


Sultana Boat traktatie - Party treat

Sunday, 18 August 2013

DIY Crayons

Don't know what to do with all those broken crayons?!

Get a silicon oven proof mold. Remove any existing paper from the crayons then break them up into really little pieces. Fill the molds, slightly over filling them. Place on a normal baking tray (this will make getting the mold out of the oven much easier) in a moderate oven and bake for around ±10min. Once melted, carefully remove from the oven and let cool before popping them out of the mold. Then voilĂ , new usable crayons for the kids!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Smarties Birthday Cake

With my husband away on location for work, my son's first day of school and his Birthday all falling within days of each other, I decided I just couldn't face doing the elaborate Lighting McQueen cake that was requested. Instead, I found a few images of smarties cakes and asked the little man to choose one. This is how my version turned out.

I used this icing recipe, which I highly recommend.
Two bags of mini kit kat's and these are actually m&m's. Smarties are more pastel in colour, which would also look beautiful, but I was after a stronger, vibrant look.

This was a wonderfully easy cake to make and it just looks so colourful and happy. Maybe I'll try Lighting McQueen next year : )

Pom Pom cupcake traktatie - party treats

Two days ago was my sons first day of school, a pretty big occasion. Yesterday was his 4th Birthday... its been a pretty big week for him. I think having his Birthday at school so soon has helped ease him into the first days of school really well.

I had been keen to start making the Pom Poms, but after I'd started, wondered what I'd gotten myself into. Fortunately for me, my parents were visiting from Australia, mum took charge and we (or more mum) Pom Pommed away over a few evenings until they were completed.

My little man was happy, the kids were all thrilled (and very happy with the treat hiding in the bottom) and I had some lovely feedback from many of the parents. Success!