Friday, 31 July 2009

Crafting 13/365... buttons....

So when I said there would be less fruity crafting, I forgot that one of my custom orders actually involved apples!!

I've been asked to make some buttons for a hoodie that is Twilight themed, I must admit that I had never heard of the books, let alone read them before now, but I've found lots of information and images online.

These are just some ideas I've been playing with.
Happy weekend xx

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Crafting 12/365...

...watermelon beads...

As you can probably tell I'm on a bit of a fruity tip at the moment!! But I've got a few bits of custom work to do over the next few days so there will be a bit more variety, promise!


Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Crafting 11/365...

...magnets for promos...

These little magnets in bags are promos for this. I forgot to take photos of them before bagging them all up though, apologies. xx

Organising and helpful little hands...

So I haven't really done so well with my crafting 365, I'm only 2 weeks in and have already lost 4 days!! I will try harder, promise!

I've mostly been organising and tidying my many crafty bits and pieces, to create an area that is easier to work in when I have such limited time.
This morning we've mostly been putting beads into saleable sets. I say we as I've had a little helper sat upon my knee, when I say helper I really mean distractor and chaos creator! Those little hands were very cute, until he swept a whole load of beads off the table and onto the floor. Oh how he laughed!! I have enough of a problem keeping the beads off the floor when using my own clumsy hands!

All that hard work really wore him out though...

Crafting 10/365

...citrus beads...

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Baking and a Birthday...

...I may have been a bit rubbish at keeping up with my crafting 365 the last couple of days but that's because we've been a bit busy here. My poor little boy had his second round of jabs on Monday, he was super brave and it was much less emotional for me second time around, but he was still a grumpy babe for the rest of the day. When he wasn't sleeping (in my arms, wouldn't stay down in his cot) he was screaming! It wasn't much fun, but I know how important it is for him to have them and it's only one day.
Over the weekend I made some crumbles with some fruit which otherwise would have ended up in the bin. Unfortunately we have great intentions and buy ourselves loads of fruit, but so rarely do we manage to consume it all before it turns. So to save waste I've started to try and put it to good (although not as healthy) use.

Then as it is Johnny's birthday today, yesterday I knocked up a cheesecake. I say knocked up as though it was the easiest thing in the world! It wasn't!! I've never made a cheesecake before and it's Johnny's favourite thing, so I dug out a Nigella recipe for chocolate cheesecake and headed out to get the ingredients super early. Milo went down for his afternoon nap and I got on with the baking, all was going well until I got the part that said 'add the sour cream', err what sour cream? Somehow I had managed to completely miss that part of the ingredient list!! As Milo was sound asleep there was little I could do but put everything to one side and wait. At 4 o'clock we headed out to quickly grab the sour cream, well the shops of Cheltenham obviously don't feel that it is important stock to have, because after trying all the nearest and slightly further afield shops I ended up miles (well sort of) away at waitrose, who did supply me with what I needed. Having thought we were only popping out Milo was safely snuggled against me in his sling when it started to rain and got heavier and heavier!!! So we returned home an hour later soaked to the skin!!

With the cheesecake finally assembled it appeared from the oven just as Johnny returned from work, so birthday surprise slightly ruined but hey ho.
However, although it looks like a rather unappetising quiche, it tastes lovely, and I'm glad I went to all that effort so my lovely boy could have his favourite dessert for pre-birthday and also birthday celebrations.

Crafting 7/365...

...little houses embroidery....

...again, and I've been rubbish and missed 2 days or 3?!! Not a great start but I will get better I promise. x

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Crafting 6/365

...little houses embroidery...

I imagine this will probably appear quite a few times before it is complete! But it's a perfect craft to pick up a put down as and when the little one decides he needs me!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Crafting 5/365

...failed banana canes for beads...
Ok so these did not turn out as planned at all! But it still counts right? I still crafted!

Friday, 17 July 2009

Crafting 4/365...

...miniature ninjas...These are like the ninjas I made for earrings, but just simple companions. They will be available in my shop sometime soon, but at today is just to dark and cloudy to take any good pictures.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Dragon Fruit...

...whilst shopping at the weekend I came across a lovely looking dragon fruit. I am ashamed to say I have never tried one before! It was so beautiful I couldn't resist it!

We ate it last night and whilst looking at all those little black seeds I wondered to myself 'can you grow a dragon fruit?'. Johnny had already googled said fruit and informed me it was a cactus, so this morning I googled it again and discovered that yes indeed you can grow it from those lovely seeds.
So I picked some out from last nights remains and they are now planted and waiting to grow!! How exciting!

Click here to read the very helpful forum discussion in which I discovered the wonders of growing these little plants.

Crafting 2/365...

...rainbow love heart beads...

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Crafting 365... I've decided, I'm going to do it! I'm going to take the crafting 365 challenge! I'm going to do something crafty every single day for a whole year and document it here and on flickr.
OK so it may be a little foolish to think I can achieve something crafty every day whilst helping a little one grow from a 3 month old to a year and 3 month old, but I'm up for it! You may have to witness some very slow growing craft projects!

Here we go then....
crafting 1/365

lemon slice beads, made yesterday, I figure it'll be easier for me to work one day behind, giving me time to photograph the crafts etc...

You can see others taking part and those who have already gone through all 365 days on the crafting 365 flickr group.

Friday, 10 July 2009

A trip to the seaside...

My absence this time was due to a lovely trip to the seaside to visit my mum, sister and nieces. We had a wonderful time and despite a few amazing storms the weather was pretty good too.

Weybourne Beach, Norfolk

All the travelling, attention and fresh sea air has very much tired out my little boy mind!! I don't think he's slept this much since those first early jaundiced days!

Happy Friday to all, I hope that your weekend is full of sunshine. xx

Thursday, 2 July 2009

My Big Bummed Babe...

After a disapointing start with cloth nappies (I just didn't do enough research and purchased some really bad ones before Milo was born) I decided to give them another go.  I got myself some bargain motherease from, ebay a selection of wraps and we're up and running, so far very successfully, no leaks!

However we are experiencing one rather big problem!  Nothing will fit over that bum of his!!  We've gone up a vest size and that's fine but unfortunately even the next size up trousers just are not going over that nappy!

So this afternoon I will most definitely have to stitch up some super sized trousers for my little boy, in preparation for our trip to the seaside at the weekend, where I am truly hoping it will be just a little bit cooler than it is here...please!

P.S. I do appreciate that with the pink background and all in the above pictures may hint a little towards girlyness, but I assure you Milo doesn't mind...he even has a pink sleeping bag!

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

A quilt for my niece (part 2)

So here are some pictures of that quilt I need to magically finish by Friday (I'm pretty sure, if not certain, that that is not going to happen now!).

I do like the fabrics and the log cabin design I went for but am wondering if it isn't just a little bit too girly!