Thursday, 26 January 2012

Handmade Thursday; for a birthday pirate

My not-so-little-anymore boy is 7 on Sunday (and I will be 38 - eek!!) and is having a pirate party.
This is the card I made for him today; some fabric pieces stitched onto card, the number 7 is made from felt.

Linking up with handmade thursday at

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Last night I tried embroidering my signature with the sewing machine.
Just messing about but I like it!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Reverse applique

I've been meaning to try this for ages - reverse applique!
This basically means you cut a hole in your fabric, and put the contrasting fabric behind it.

I made this one into (another) card. I think I might save it for Mother's Day.

Pooh's Yummy Cookbook - tried and tested!

I'm very excited about this post because it's my first review for The Book People who sell loads of books at great prices, for little people, middle-sized people and grown up people too!
 So here is the first book they sent us - Pooh's Yummy Cookbook which is aimed at children aged 5 and over. Anthony is 7 next week so I quickly enlisted his help.

The book is nice and colourful with wipe clean pages, some Pooh stories, and 8 recipes. These recipes are all child friendly sweet treats, like cookies, pancakes and brownies. Anthony chose to make the "hunny cake."

The first instruction for this recipe was to separate 3 eggs; Anthony loves cracking eggs and did a pretty good job of this. He also weighed out all of the ingredients on his own but these are all recipes which require parental help and supervision.
Look at that speedy stirring!!

Poppy popped by to help with the mixing too.

The egg whites were whisked until white and fluffy, then folded into the yolks, sugar and honey mixture.
Ready for the oven!

We decorated it with icing and sprinkles, because all good cake has icing and sprinkles!
And then we all had a slice! Very yummy it was too, which is the most important thing about a recipe book!!

One of the nicest things about this book is that after each recipe there are pages to fill in. Anthony really liked asking everyone what they thought and writing about making the cake.
I think this feature would definitely encourage children to use these recipes.
There are also other pages to write on; about ideas for snacks, drawing pattern designs on a cake, a list of favourite foods.

Now it is a time for a confession... I actually don't like Winnie the Pooh!  I have to say though that this book is rather nice, and would make a lovely present for a child's birthday. 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Would you like my bunny template?

Some lovely comments about my bunny bunting and my bunny card I thought you might like my bunny template :)
Hopefully you can right click on the image and save it to your computer xxx

Thursday, 19 January 2012

I call this Bunny Bunting!

More bunny rabbits!
I know it's not time yet to think about Easter, but these are so cute I had to show you.

Five little bunnies, made from scrap pieces of fabric, slightly padded then backed with felt.
The faces are hand embroidered.

I think they'll look great at Easter, and would also make a lovely decoration for a little girl's room.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Pirate Party bags

My son, Anthony, has decided he wants a pirate party for his 7th birthday, so I have made a bunch of little drawstring bags for his friends to take home.
I hate those little plastic bags of crap which kids bring home from parties. I spend half my life trying to evict plastic whistles from the house, standing on plastic flippy frogs in bare feet, finding stray marbles down the back of the sofa. Even though we have received numerous novelty erasers over the years nobody can ever find a blasted rubber.

I have also been reading The Moneyless Man which has inspired me to cut down on throwaway goods. I figure at least these little fabric bags might be slightly useful, more so than a little plastic bag.

I shall be filling them with pirate treasure, aka chocolate coins and sweets!
Because the only thing my children are ever really want from a party bag is something edible and not remotely healthy.
Pirates have terrible teeth.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

I thought I saw a bunny rabbit...

This is a little bunny rabbit I've designed with Easter in mind.
He has a floral cotton front, hand embroidered face, felt bow tie and a felt back, slightly padded out with polyester wadding.

I decided to embroider the name of a friend's new baby onto the tummy and attach it to a card; I think it makes a rather cute little memento.

I love you more than...


Beer and bacon?
Gin? I'm not sure I could say that ;)

Sewing? oh, no, I definitely couldn't say that!!
 These are little A6 cards, hand stamped with any message you like!

What do you love your partner more than??

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Love is in the air...

 Getting organised for valentine's day with some machine stitched applique cards.

Hoping to get them listed in the etsy shop soon, meanwhile you can also find them on Shazronnie makes stuff on facebook.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Another bag :)

I've just listed this in my etsy shop here.
It is similar in construction to the Cath Kidston bag but with slightly different dimensions and shape.
The fabric is a cotton mix, a remnant of curtaining.

I put a lining in this one, which I think finishes it off nicely. The lining is upcycled from an old shirt of mine.