Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Bad Smell Days...........

You know how some times you make yourself something to eat or drink and it looks really, really scrummy but then you find you just can't bring yourself to go near it becaues of the smell? Well, that's me today..........I seem to have this problem alot, normally it will be a glass or a cup that I just can't bear to bring anywhere near my lips because it smells of ................WET DOG! you know what I mean! Well, today the offending item was my lunch :(

I've been trying to loose weight, well really since the ginger bread boy was born nearly three years ago but for the past couple of weeks I thought instead of going on some crazy diet I would try and eat steam fresh food not the crap I would normally shove in the oven! Todays lunch was a goodie (or so I thought) steam fresh sweet chillie chicken with egg noodles........mmmmmmmmm.......It even smelt good in the microwave, right up until the last four minutes of cooking time, something HAPPENED that was not good for the senses. Eurghhh! It smelt ghastly, I tried I really did but I just couldnt eat that, no way.

Just in case your wondering, no I dont normally decorate my plate with paper butterflies when I'm eating! These were some lovelies me and the gingerbread boy made this morning..........I'm feeling all spring like and butterflies seemed like a very spring thing to make

I think they need to be hung from string somewhere around the house when there are enough of them, not too sure where yet! They are made from some old pages of magazines that we cut through, 3 year olds love to cut, and so do mummies if we're honest ;)

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Grandma we love you!

Or maybe that should be grannie we love you! This week has been filled with lots of hooky goodness and the creation of these:

I haven't picked up my crochet hook for such a long time now, I can't believe it! So I'm taking the first tentative steps towards making a grannie square blanket. At first I thought I must have forgotten how to do it but, just like riding a bike it all came flooding back to me and now I just can't seem to stop.

No Particular colour theme, just what I had in my stash cupboard and what ever colour my fingers picked out first :)

I remember with great fondness my own grandmother having a grannie square blanket which was always draped on the back of "grandma's chair" oh how we loved that chair with its blanket! So, in a way I feel a bit of a connection with my grandmother whilest churning these lovelies out. I cant wait to snuggle up with this one and am thrilled with the anticipation of what its going to look like when its finished. It's like I'm falling in love with crafting all over again and now want to fill every room in my house with some sort of hooky goodness just to confirm my love :)

Thankfully, blogland and flickr are full of crochet eye candy so there will always be lots of inspiration to hand. I think I'm probably gonna need to make about 80 squares in total and so far i've got er, nine down!


Friday, 13 March 2009

What Happens when..............

...........You take one plain white pillowcase, some red felt and a sprinkling of imagination?


That's right...........

you get prince charming!!!!!! ( a very partied out prince charming here!)

Here it is laid out on the couch (and yes, those really are my minging feet in the bottom of the picture *cringe*) Basically I used a t-shirt as a guide to work out how big the opening for the arms and neck should be, trimmed the pillowcase down a bit so it was tunicky size and sewed the bottom. I also added a little bias binding to the neck opening to disguise the raw edge around the neck (it was a bit tricky so I hand sewed this part as i'm not too great on the machine) Then cut your red felt into little squares and sew along the bottom and around the arm openings, this will make it look pretty and authentic ;)

I also transferred an image of an heraldic lion onto some red felt and hand sewed this onto the front of my tunic........remember to flip the image in reverse if you are going to do this :)

Put on a smallish person and add a red belt, and there you have it, prince charming on a budget! Perfect, if you are going to a princess birthday party.

optional extras include:

a nice red cloak to keep you warm whilst riding your trusty steed!

And a sparkly gold crown with lots of lovely jewels to make sure everyone knows how important and wealthy you are

Once you have arrived at the party, there is just enough time to grab a cheese sandwhich before declaring your undying love for the birthday princess and living happily ever after!