Monday, 18 May 2015

Crochet Hook Wraps

I love crochet and had the idea of making some fabric hook wraps
I got together some gorgeous fabrics I had and made a start on my 'ideas list'
They include bamboo crochet hooks too so a great gift for a crochet 'hooker'
My next batch of these will be using vintage and retro fabrics so I cant wait
Im loving using my name tapes finally too
These will be for sale in Vintage Fleur in Kettering and My Little Vintage in Earls Barton but of course I take orders too

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Time Flies...

...when your a mum!
The home has a changed a little over the last few weeks, the man of the house has a new job, a great future prospects job which means he is home more often (struggling to get to grips with that!) so we've managed to spend a bit more time together whilst the boys are at school
I've had two hospital visits in the ENT department due to my ear infections, now on antibiotic/steroid ear drops and back again next week!!

A garden tidy up by having our very large tree cut down (sadly had to be as was causing problems)
has meant having more room so we went ahead and purchased a dreaded trampoline, this was purely after speaking to a friend and having a discussion on Rebound Therapy and the effect it has with autistic children
Riley has not as yet been diagnosed with autism, he has with other statements but we thought we'd see how we went with it! Well!!! he loves it, it really tires him and he's actually pretty darn good at it!
A huge proud moment with Riley was that he actually asked to go to the spring disco at school! my heart melted when he asked to go, what a guy!
In other news, Gizmo is slowly but surely becoming use to been the only cat in the house! although with his loss of vision for the most of the day he spends it in his area in the conservatory as he has all he needs there and doesnt need to think about where to go! the rest of the time he's generally pottering in the garden with me or been a proper lap cat
I measured, cut up and sewed up my first ever cushion, i'm now on a roll and will have lots more for my local stockists and events, I did quite literally squeal with delight!!
Yesterday saw another monthly craft group happen, its so lovely been able to create and chat away with friends, I love it
If your local to kettering I have a facebook page here with details of how to join us

Monday, 4 May 2015

Haberdashery Dreams

I really love buttons and one day dream of running a small haberdashery shop with proper vintage haberdashery units full of buttons, ribbons, wool and so much more

So when I saw a job lot of buttons in tubes on ebay, I had to bid for them, and I was so excited when I won them, I couldnt wait to go through them and sort them into colours
I've already got in mind the new buttons I'm going to add to the collection and make them grow grow grow into a button heaven of loveliness

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Not to miss Banana Loaf

This banana loaf has a little bit of this and a little bit of that which makes it super delicious
I adapted a banana loaf recipe out of 'Baking Made Easy' by Lorraine Pascale

What you need is

100g softened butter
150g soft light brown sugar
2 drops vanilla essence
3 eggs
150g plain flour
pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
2 overripe mashed bananas

dark chocolate for melting

Preheat oven to 170c
Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and put to one side

Put the butter and sugar in a mixer and beat well until fluffy
Add the vanilla and 1 egg and beat well
Add the flour, salt, ginger, baking powder and the rest of the eggs and beat for 1 minute
Stir in the bananas and put the mixture in the prepared tin

Bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out of the cake clean
Melt a small amount of chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan with simmering water

When the cake is out of the oven leave for a few moments before you peel away the greaseproof paper from the sides of the cake then drizzle with the melted chocolate
Leave to cool

Eat with friends and enjoy

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Crochet Hook Wraps

Something new I've been workin on is some fabric crochet hook wraps to add to my sales areas, I want to be able to use some of the gorgeous new, vintage and retro fabrics I have on the shelves
I've made a start with these cute and funky new fabrics
What I love is that they come complete with bamboo crochet hooks too
I'm so pleased with how they've turned out

Friday, 1 May 2015

My Little Vintage

I spent some time updating my space in My Little Vintage as I'm now selling in this space by myself
The tea trolley is painted in Annie Sloan graphite and there are plans for a different unit to be here once this one is sold on
 My new crochet letter bunting is hanging proudly too
I love my little space here, the shop is an amazing place to visit so if your local to Earls Barton do pop in, and as an added bonus My Little Vintage also have two more shops, one at Holdenby House and one in Olney

Thursday, 30 April 2015

This is not a book - Update

I loved creating this page in my This is not a book by Keri Smith
It was about looking out of window and what do you see
I chose a dream garden in fabrics and embroidery
I love it, my favourite so far

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

DIY Ironing Board

I was after a small ironing board for my workshop and remembered I had a long piece of mdf from the painting course I did at My Little Vintage, well I'm all about recycling so an ironing board it became
This took me about 20 minutes to make, I used some thick heatproof wadding, pretty fabric and the awesome staple gun!
 I used a double layer of the wadding
One useable ironing board in a very short amount of time and space saving too

Easter Break

The easter break seemed so long ago now as the boys are now back at school
We went and spent some quality time with my parents who also happen to live near the seaside, so lots of fresh air, walks around the village, icecream and relaxing was done
I treated myself to this amazing colouring book, the drawings are just beautiful and I cant wait to make them come to life with some colour
Back home and near my workshop the lambs are springing about and cant help myself but nip round there to see the poorly ones and give them a few cuddles
A fresh walk around Sywell Country Park really helped all of us that were feeling a little like cabin fever was setting in, I've not been well with an ear infection and has been chronic agony! I still have it but slowly the antibiotics are working their magic
 Three generations
My sad day was losing my 16 year old beloved Apollo, I knew he was missing and I could just feel it! I found out he had been run over close to home and a lady had taken him to the vet after finding him, sadly they couldnt help him, I'm pleased I know what happened as its the not knowing thats the worst!
His ashes will be coming home to sit with his brother Louie who we only lost in January this year
Out of my trio of brothers that now leaves Gizmo, who is blind and missing his brothers terribly. I've given him extra crochet blankets and even a teddy to help ease his pain of loss and of course more cuddles than normal to help us both grieve
Its been quite a break
I'm sure normality will resume soon, although to be honest I dont believe normality runs in our household

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tidy Up

I've had a tidy up on my projects page with better photographs links and just looks a little prettier and easier to read
Look up there!! and see the projects tab to get there direct