Thursday, 16 December 2010

Snow and Sundries

We are finally due snow! The whole country has had it bar us in Swansea, typical!!! Its supposed to snow heavy tonight and tomorrow and I'm hoping for a snow day off work so I can get on with some personal projects now that all my orders are finished for Christmas. And talking of orders, here are some things I've just finished for my last one:

It's the first time I've made some of these items and I was pleasantly suprised by how they turned out, especially the corn on the cob which I'd been wanting to try for ages.

I've tried out making up my own treasury on Etsy I've included lots of felt foods that are so beautifully made. Take a look here.

I've also started on a cross stitch pattern, although I haven't cross stitched since I was 12, I'm enjoying it and love seeing the transformation from stitches into images. This Christmas (providing I dont get struck down with a virus again - its been 3 years running) I have asked my mum to show me how to crochet granny squares. I've never tried crochet before but love the results, and the retro look of a granny square throw on the back of the chair makes me feel all cosy and safe from the winter weather.

I will say Merry Christmas to everyone now as I don't know if I'll manage to blog again before the day, theres always so much to do, and I hope you all have a wonderful time!


Thursday, 28 October 2010

What I covet

I want to sew sew sew, but still there is never any time. Tonight I will be baking cupcakes (from a ready made mix - I can't bake) and making one of my famous lasagnas for my Sister-in-law's engagement party tomorrow night. I'm worried about making enough portions but there will be plenty of other food there! I'm looking forward to decorating the cupcakes in pastel coloured icing and will put them on my cake stand. If anyone breaks it, they're in trouble!

I desperatley want to sew some petit fours, chocolates and detailed things. I also desperatley want this book from Japan:

It looks so fab! I'm currently hunting one down at a reasonable price. Wedding thankyou cards are on order, everything is taking ages! But we did get the official pics back and they look amazing! So happy with them! I've also been looking at getting another cake stand for myself, maybe for a Christmas prezzie to me, I love these from The Vintage Tea Party :

They will be selling at an Event in the Village Hotel in Swansea on the 18th November!

I am also cooing over loose base cake tins in Tesco, is that a new wife thing??? and I want new saucepans, baking trays, mixing bowls (can you see I am trying to learn to bake? - 50s housewife style) I also want retro weighing scales! like these from dotcomgiftshop:
Actually, thier whole vintage kitchen range is fantastic, I want it all!!!!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Post wedding normality

Well it's all done and dusted now. The order went out, the wedding happened (in a dase) and we went on honeymoon to Morocco. Everything was fab, and we didn't get to do half the things we planned on the day, but that was fine, we wern't really bothered when it came down to it. We didn't get time to play our last song so we had a dance to that on our last day of honeymoon in our room. Thant was lovely. Heres a wedding pic for now (not picked up official ones yet)

Back to crafting news. I am making xmas goodie bags for my cousin's two sons, so far we have pancakes, potato waffle, cheese, beans, and fried egg. I'm hoping to make out of it, a fried breakfast, sandwich, deserts and some other snacks! Looks good so far.

I've also made a sets of gingerbread men for my folksy shop and am just starting making xmas puddings and candy canes (the canes are tricky, not worked out how I'm making them yet). The cats are back at home with us, investigating everything made. We can't wait til xmas so we can all snuggle up together at home.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

It's been ages!!!!!

ooooooooooohhhhhhhh Dear! I've neglected this blog for far too long!!!! Please accept my apologies. So, where have I been you might ask? (if you're still following). In May, I was sewing away in order to make more cash for the Wedding, and sold lots at another craft fayre. I celebrated my 28th birthday (with the flu) and many other birthdays in the family (we're mostly all in May). June flew. In July I was approached by Katie from and asked if I would sell some of my felt goodies wholesale to the boutique. Of course I jumped at the chance, and have sent over the first batch. I am however still sewing the full order, but will finish in a couple of days! This has kept me very busy. Will post a pic of the finished lot as soon as.

The Wedding is approaching fast, only 10 days to go!!! Time has flown. We've been making most of the deco for the wedding ourselves, so this has taken a lot of time. I made all the invites and RSVPs myself, the table deco, place settings, table layout, bonboneries and other surprises! My partner, Dan, has been putting together all the music (we have 14 hrs worth) and setting up all the lights speakers and other music related things I don't understand. He has also taken over dealing with the venue and catering as it was all stressing me out too easily!

I am just starting to get nervous about it all, mainly the organisation of the day itself, and having to look good. I usually dress like a scruff and no matter how hard I try, my appearance just never looks groomed. I'm having my hair styled by a professional (thank god) but am doing my make up myself (make up artists have made me look very orange). I'm going to the venue in the morning with a friend to set up, then after hair, am doing my, and my maid of honour's bouquets. Maybe I've taken too much on but I really want to put my heart and soul into this wedding.

That's enough wedding talk for now anyway, will post a pic afterwards for you to see. So I have made plans for afterward, when I have more time on my hands. I really want to do an exhibition of my felt work, a crazy event with all kinds of felt foods. I've giving myself an estimated time to get this done of next Christmas. I will then have to seek out a venue that will display it. Although a Christmas grotto of foods sounds like a fab exhibit. I am desperate to try out potato waffles, corn on the cob and crinkle fries. Also some basic stuff like sushi and fortune cookies. Maybe I'll look into kids food of the 80s?!! I would still love to do a classic jelly, but am still thinking out how to produce the pattern for that!

Anyway, I've rambled on for quite a bit now, so will leave it there and remember to post that pic of the order before its sent off!!!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Weddings and Tarts!

Oh my the wedding is snowballing! We now have a Pageboy, Usher, Flowergirl and Maid of Honour. Not much more cost but a lot more to organise. And even though we are just managing to cover the cost of the wedding, my car then decides to get to a point where it will not pass it's MOT. Can't really see the bank giving me an affordable loan at the mo, so I think we're going to have to try and share the one car. eeek. oh, I can also now fit into my wedding dress with room to spare! yey! so will need it taken in now!

Anyway onto yummy stuff, I have been making a few things over this easter weekend, such as a mini banana cake, a mini strawberry roll and biscuits. I also made this strawberry tart a couple of weeks ago, which is now in my Folksy Shop.

I bought that spotted tray for only £2.50 from Tesco, bargain! I picked up a beautiful yellow china teacup and saucer for £3.90 from a charity shop on the weekend too, will get it into as many photos as I can! I promise!

I'm booked in to do a craft show on the 8th May, at the Ostreme Centre in Mumbles again. Haven't done one since xmas and looking forward to it. Starts at 10am til 4pm if anyone is interested.

Oh one more thing, I sold some biscuits to the lovely Lucie of OddgirlCreates, who has mentioned them on her blog. Thanks Lucie!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Cheesecake and Ice cream

OK, sorry it's been a while since the last post! been busy at work staying all hours just to reach the target by the deadline. Now thats over for a few months, more to sew! I've knocked up these cute bitesized ice cream sandwiches and this raspberry cheesecake! I loved doing the sandwiches, especially the biscuits as they're sooooo cute!!!

I bought my mum a book on amigurumi for mother's day, so hope she starts on those as they look gorgeous and I need to learn to crochet. Theres a Stitch 'n' Bitch group in Swansea that meet every wednesday (just read today) may be worth a look!!!!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Sew Hip feature and New Cakes

I had my Doughnut pincushions featured in the latest issue (March) of Sew Hip magazine in the 'Things we love' section, have been meaning to take a picture of it, but will do it soon.

Otherwise I have been busy sewing tiny stitches making a selection of Japanese cakes following designs from Japanese felt cake designer - Ruko. I have finally managed to get them onto my folksy shop after numerous problems with out PC at home (give me a Mac anyday). I'm very proud of them!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Blog Feature and tea cakes!

My felt full english breakfast has been featured in someone elses blog today! Thanks Jenny! Check it out at Junky Chicken.

Also, I know I said I'd post loads more things last week but have been swamped with those hot cross buns and just plain old procastination! But heres a picture of those hot cross buns I was making for my sister, and a few extra for my Folksy shop!!

Monday, 18 January 2010

Busy Busy Busy!!

Hello and happy new year all!

I've been meaning to blog for weeks but have only just got over a fluey virus I had all over Christmas! Happens every year and eats up my spare time! Christmas day itself was lovely, we had a huge family dinner at my sister's and I even had my Bro and my Partner there with me this year. Was like old times.
I have been sewing away at some ideas, and finally finished something off my to do list, my full breakfast!! I've only produced one so far and have listed it on Folksy already 'cos I couldn't wait. I love the mushrooms as they're so cute! And each piece reminds me of a different show I was watching on Comedy Central at the time.
Work has been manic since I got back and I have a billion things to get done for my deadline. Also I'm sewing like mad at home this week as I'm doing a commision for my sister of 6 hot cross buns and 6 iced buns. She's doing a childcare/teaching course and wants to use props for songs help the children interact more. So I'm hoping for feedback on that one. The buns are turning out quite nice too, I'll get them on here asap. So many things I want to share at the mo, including some goodies from Japan, so will probably be blogging all week!!