21 December 2014

Christmas Treats - Peanut Butter Balls

Last week I put together a top 10 Christmas treats over at And Sew We Craft and promised to share the recipe for Peanut butter balls here.  It's been a hectic week but there is still time to make these before Christmas. 


Peanut Butter Balls: 

Ingredients

200g butter
200g peanut butter (a bit over half a 375g jar smooth or crunchy, your choice)
250g icing sugar
4 cups rice bubble
150g chocolate (melted)

Method

Mix peanut butter and icing sugar
Add melted butter and mix
Add more icing sugar if too runny
Add rice bubbles and mix
Roll into balls and refrigerate on tray
Decorate with chocolate (you can dip half of each ball in melted chocolate or to save time drizzle melted chocolate over tray of peanut butter balls)
Refrigerate to set

I hope you enjoy,
 

12 December 2014

Handmade gifts for teachers

After reading Jane's thoughts over at Lil Pip this week, I was amazed at the comments and conversations that followed with what others give as teachers gifts at Christmas.

Now my 2 are only at daycare but I wanted to give a few of the teachers that Oscar talks about something little.  I had some of these hoops left over and think they made the perfect gift for them.


You can find my tutorial on making Christmas hoop decorations here.  
 Do you make or buy gifts for teachers?


25 October 2014

April Charms - A Quilted Clutch

I can't say no to Ms Midges charm swaps and last month was all about Bonnie & Camille's divine fabric collections.  I made a quilt top with the Kate Spain charms and this time around I decided to stick to a clutch, a quilted clutch!


Yes I think I was crazy one night when I started cutting my April Showers charm squares up into teeny tiny 1.5inch squaresAfter piecing them back together in not the quickest fashion (I really need to find some more tutorials on chain piecing), I wasn't really sure how to quilt her given the squares are only 1inch.  A friend suggested cross hatching every other square which was one of the ways I was thinking (I'm all for lines, no fmq yet).  

I love, love, love how the front piece turned out!  I then added my new favourite way to use denim inside out, for the back and lined it with a grey cotton.  She's a little bit taller than my usual clutch so worked perfectly with a chunky frame.  I also added these cute little box corners, thanks to Michelle Patterns for introducing me to them.  



I'm calling her April and I think I'm going to keep her.  Now to decide what to use her for, any suggestions? 


Linking up with the Bonnie & Camille charm along.


09 October 2014

WIP Wednesday - Charms and a Family Photo

So much has been happening that I thought I'd share some highlights of the week.

Ms midge is running another charm swap and this time it's Amy Butler, so I couldn't say no.  My fabric arrived super quick from the fabric garden with a little sweet in the packaging.  Tomorrow's job is to cut this into charm squares.

And what do you do when you receive your charms?  Cut them up further into tiny squares.  Well that's what I did with a few of the Bonnie & Camille charms and so far it looks like this.


It's only 6x12", I'm not totally crazy!  This is going to become a clutch and I hope it turns out as well as I imagined it.  Loving it so far.

Today we spent the morning with Dannii from Kipindi.  She did an amazing job of capturing Oscar who would not stay still.  He just wanted to run in the park.  Here's a peek.


Can't wait to see the rest!


23 September 2014

Sewing for Me - August Lil Pip Challenge

It's so nice to be able to make pretty things isn't it!
I love making bags and purses, I really love playing with pretty fabrics and I love sewing...
BUT...
Sometimes it doesn't always go to plan.  


Last month I hosted the August Lil Pip Challenge and set out to make myself a skirt.  I'd been given a huge bag of fabric and found a pretty floral print that I thought was perfect for the job.  I didn't want anything fancy so I measured the length and width plus a little bit and stitched down the sides.  Once I'd threaded the elastic I tried it on.

I didn't like it.  It didn't sit right.

So I tried it on again and I think I can make it work.  I need a slightly wider elastic and it needs to be shorter.  Just a little bit, knee length rather than below the knee.  I haven't made these changes yet but I'm sure I'll share it over on Instagram of Facebook when I do.

Have you ever tried to make something that didn't turn out the first time?  I'd love to know I'm not alone.




11 September 2014

What's been keeping me busy in August

Wow, I can't believe how quickly august flew by.  Here's what I've been up to.


I've had a few custom Fleur clutches and a Flirty handbag to whip up.

I also made a skirt for the Lil Pip challenge


And I've been enjoying time with my boys.  Oscar's working on his selfie look here.


We've been at the park a lot enjoying the sunshine.

What have you been up to?




13 August 2014

Hopping around the World

Jane from Lil Pip asked me recently to join in a blog hop that's traveling around the world.  With just a few questions to answer I thought it would be a bit of fun to join in.  So here goes.

What am I working on?

I have a few projects on the go at the moment.  At the top of the list few is:
  •   a skirt for the August Lil Pip challenge which I'm hosting this month   
  •   a couple of clutch purses for custom orders
  •   cutting charm squares for the Bonnie & Camille Charm Swap
  •   the pattern for the Emma Clutch Tote which I plan to release at the end of September
The Emma Clutch Tote

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I'm not sure on this one.  I mainly make bags and clutches which I sell online and at markets and recently have discovered the world of quilting mainly for me.  I often let my stash inspire me.

Fleurette Clutch

Why do I write / create what I do?

I love to sit down and sew, it's my little bit of me time and my creative outlet.  I love when a bag comes together the way I imagined it would.
 

How does my writing / creating process work?

I don't really have a process.  With 2 boys, a 2 1/2 year old and a 6month old,  I take whatever time I can to sit down and sew and create, which isn't all that often while I enjoy them being little.  I'm constantly thinking of ideas and making notes so that when I have a bit more time on my hands I can see where they lead.



I'm passing it over to Amy from Actually Amy and Bridie from One Crafty Morning.  They'll be sharing their answers next week but why not pop over now and meet them.