Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Crochet Face Scrubbies Pattern

After creating some new face scrubbies for my own personal use, I realised I'd changed my pattern slightly so thought I'd update my previous pattern found here
 Pattern
I used 100% cotton and a size 4 crochet hook
MC- magic circle
SC - single crochet
DC- double crochet
SS- slip stitch
CH- chain
*pattern in American crochet terms*
  • magic circle, CH2, 12DC, SS in top of CH2 to join
  • CH2, 1DC in same space, 2DC in each stitch, SS to top CH2 to join
  • CH2, 2DC in same space, *1DC in next stitch, 3DC in next (*repeat to end) SS to top of CH2 to join
  • CH1, 1SC in each stitch around, SS to top of CH1 to join
  • Fasten off and weave in ends
The handmade soap is from the Okie Soapy Soap Shop, and is the tea tree and green clay facial bar, its smells amazing and makes my skin feel amazing, I have quite an oily skin and this soap really helps balance that out


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Pottery Workshop - Pinch Pot Windchime

Another pottery class attended ('m pretty addicted) this time it was a windchime theme, Stephanies were amazing design ideas but after searching through pinterest and seeing this I was hooked! (parden the pun) on creating something similar as a gift to the man of the house for his love of Koi!

Rather than working with clay in slab form, I rolled it out quite thick and using a circle cutter I cut out my shapes one at a time, and after a quick demonstration from Stephanie about pinch pots! I used that technique to create each scale!
Once done I pressed in doilies and stamps to add some scale details
I enjoyed making this one so much I couldnt wait for them to be fired in the kiln!
I also bagged the funkiest apron whilst there!
Stephanie added some black glaze to it and then each piece was complete
Each scale was strung together with a knot under each one, if I'm honest I'm super proud of this make and totally love it and cannot wait till another pottery class

Stephanie holds pottery classes in her workshop, contact her for more details

Friday, 17 March 2017

Learning new skills - Upholstery

I'm all about learning new skills so when I saw a local two week part upholstery course I booked on it straight away.
The project was a footstool which was included in the price, all I had to bring along was some fabric, I chose quite an old style of fabric but with the idea of making it quite contemporary!

Week one was all about stripping down the footstool and learning some techniques of how to do it properly

As you can see it was quite a vintage footstool with a very faded fabric, but once stripped it was a basic base of wood, I've brought it home to do some homework on the legs, before we start recovering next week
A good sanding and clear wax and I was all ready for part two of the course
Week 2 was all about the re upholstery, with everyone on the course doing their footstool slightly different it enabled us all to see a few different techniques that we could use on another project.

It was a great course teaching us how to use the foam, stretch the fabric, staple to the footstool, add decoration as finishing touches and tidy up the underneath


It wasn't until the end that I realised my fabric was not upholstery fabric at all, and to be honest I hadn't even considered it as a problem, I just loved the print and knew it would be lovely for the footstool, thankfully it worked really well so I know when I do this again to not worry too much about the choice of fabric and to challenge myself with a different design

The course was run by Maude & Stanley

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Pancake Day Madness

It was pure madness as I truly believe this year I totally overdosed on pancakes! Which I didn't even know was possible!
We had work pancakes and way more than the intended amount per person but they were too totally delicious to refuse!

Then homeward bound and little man requested the big fat squidgy ones!
Rather than buy them I found a brilliant recipe so they were homemade and I will be using this again and again, possibly a weekend ritual!!
So many toppings to choose from but Nutella and Strawberries won the day with lemon and sugar a close second
Fabulous recipe found here
Was super easy to follow and we managed to make a batch of 14 fat squidgy ones!

...and I was lucky enough to use some amazingly fresh baby duck eggs in the mixture...delicious and free range

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Hygge February

My month of Hygge has finished
What I've realised is that I already do so much of what is classed as Hygge! I just wanted to become more aware of it and my surroundings
I've learnt how much I love my candles and low lighting, how much I love to curl up on the sofa with the pooch, moggie or boys with a pile of cushions and a throw, I've learnt how much I love to bake and try new foods, how much I love to create and try out new crafts, how much I love fresh flowers in the house and how much family and friends mean to me

All of this I already did, but just didn't realise the importance of it on my health and wellbeing and its made me welcome more of it into my lifestyle

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Book Review - The Forgetting Time

This book was quite something! I couldn't put it down! I was totally drawn into Noah's little world and wanted so much to help him, as a Mum myself reading about a child crying over something your not able to help ease his pain is crushing!

The book flowed so well, I didn't feel distracted or took off in other directions, it made me think about life after death and I've always personally felt that there must be something more once we are gone or living this life is just a waste surely!
It made me question faith again, I'm not religious by any means, I was raised Church of England and attended our local church for many years in young adulthood until I moved away from the area and life took over with no faith included, but I truly want to believe that this life is not the end but in my own way with no pressures from faiths, just me in my own little world

One I can certainly say must be on your bookshelf as a must read
Now go find and enjoy

Friday, 17 February 2017

Frame that picture!

Making Memories count
This is an Instagram photo I took whilst on holiday in New York City, its just one of the memories that we both love, its destination will be our bedroom, I ordered a 12x12 print of it and found the perfect frame to put it in
I was going to keep it pine but I think adding a pop of colour has really added to it.
I used Frenchic Hot as Mustard, this is my new go to paint as I love their colour range and ease of use, so expect to see a few more projects popping up here

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Hygge

I've decided February is Hygge month
I already try to relax as much as I can, as suffering with anxiety and at the moment having a few more flare ups than I can cope with, I've decided to set myself up for a relaxing month to make it more of a routine in every day life

I'll be sharing my progress on the #hyggefebruary on Instagram and posting weekly updates throughout February here on my blog!
Feel free to join in and share your hygge moments



Friday, 27 January 2017

Happy 2017


Christmas and New Year were a whirlwind of work, family and friends
I've started the year how I mean to go on, finding that work life balance will never be perfect, but what we have is working out pretty much okay
I've designed and made lots of new products for my small business and I feel I'm on a roll and in control of my dream becoming a reality (one day to work full time running my own business and supporting my family)

Always needing to be creative with crafts or home I cant wait to share a few good projects with you throughout the year, a HYGGE challenge is on the list for February, more on that soon

As for the quote above I love it and believe it to be very true
*found via pinterest to an Etsy link but no longer available*

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Peanut Butter & Oat Snacks

This recipe is a great little protein snack which I started to make for my husband when he started to lift weights as buying them in were just so expensive, due to an arm injury the weights have stopped for a while, so these did too, but they are a great snack so I've made a batch and popped them in the freezer

Recipe
1 1/4 cup of plain flour
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cup oats

peanut butter
raspberry jam

Put flour, sugar & salt in a mixer, add butter, blend until it forms a dough 

Transfer to a bowl and knead in the oats 
Reserve 3/4 cup of the dough 
Press the rest of the dough into a square baking pan with the bottom and sides greased with butter
Spread a thin layer of the peanut butter on first , then the same again with the jam over the top 

Crumble the reserved dough over the top of the jam

Bake at 180c for 20 mins

Cool totally in the pan then cut into breakfast size bars and enjoy
Freeze in separate portions so they can be taken out of the freezer and popped in lunches as an energy treat in the middle of the day

With this batch I seemed to have some crumble left over, so I added a tablespoon of peanut butter and mixed it altogether, I made small dough balls and popped them on a greased baking sheet and baked with the tray
When they came out of the oven I topped them with a little choc shot to add a little sweetness
One fell in my mouth to taste (totally delicious) and the rest are individually frozen ready for lunch bags