• Washi Taped Jars Tutorial
    Recipes,  Tutorials

    Gift Idea: Decorative Washi Taped Jars of Fudge

    Recently with decorating the house, making a Christmas party dress, prepping for Christmas and a million and one other things my blog posts have been few and far between. Happily, whilst I haven’t had time to post about my makes I have managed to squeeze in some crafting, here’s one of my recent projects… I’ve already admitted to my hoarder like tendencies but sometimes they do pay off! In this case, my reluctance to throw away coffee jars has helped me make cute homemade gifts for my friends and family. You need: Empty coffee jars of any shape or size – the are Nescafe Gold Blend Crema Jars Washi tape…

  • DIYCameraStrap
    Tutorials

    DIY Camera Strap Tutorial

    Confession time: I’m a bit of a hoarder… well, a lot of a hoarder actually and I have a hard time throwing things away if I think they might be useful later. Now I’m not talking old milk bottles and empty tins but I do keep alot of clothes that are long passed their sell by date. On the up side, this tutorial proves that hanging on to things isn’t always so bad when they can be turned into totally new (and useful!) things. In this make I’ve used an old pair of Primark jeans to make a strap for my new camera. The button fell off the jeans and…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating

    Piped Flowers: Easter Daffodils

    Just a quickie – royal iced flowers are great for getting ready in advance. Add a bit of gum trag to the icing for strength and using a leaf nozzle pipe five or six petals in a circle onto a square of grease proof paper. Once dry, colour some icing yellow and pipe a built up spiral using a number 2 writing nozzle in the centre of the petals. Leave to dry and then carefully peel off the paper and stick to your cake with a blob of royal icing.

  • Fashion,  Knitting

    Knitted Headband: Done.

    I finally got round to making this after seeing the post I reblogged earlier this year. It’s quite a quick one and is good for using leftover wool. I had some fine wool in a drawer and knitted it 3 strands thick on size 7 needles (the original pattern recommends size 8 but as the wool was so thin I went a size down). I love it and am definitely going to make it in other colours. It’s quite hippy chic but is pretty practical too as it keeps the ears warm. First on the list of things to pack for Glastonbury this year! 🙂

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    Train Driver Cake Topper

    This is the cake topper I’ve made for my boyfriend’s dad’s 60th birthday party. He loves trains so the cake is going to have a railway theme (I have a model steam engine drying as I type!). This is the first model person I’ve ever made and I’m pretty proud of him, although he does only bear passing resemblance to the birthday boy! I used Sainsburys own ready-to-roll icing and Dr Oetker Coloured Regal-Ice plus additional pastes as follows: Paprika/Flesh – head and hands Liquorice – hair (tiny amount) Navy – jacket and hat (used in addition to pre-coloured blue) His trousers and tie used the pre-coloured icing. His legs…

  • Baking,  Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    The Power of the Crimp

    Last night’s cake decorating lesson was all about sugarpaste. We covered boards and polystyrene dummies with a layer of sugarpaste and also learnt about embossing and crimping. The picture shows my crimping practice on a test dummy. I’m still a beginner with the crimper but here are some tips that helped me improve: 1. There’s no need to push the crimper right into the sugarpaste, a milimetre or two is enough. 2. Hold the crimper as shown in the picture. Gently squeeze the crimpers together slightly – squeezing too hard makes the indent stick out and look silly and untidy. 3. Move the cake so the section you are crimping…

  • Fashion,  Knitting,  Tutorials

    Knitted Headband Tutorial (Reblog)

    truebluemeandyou: DIY Three Strand Knit Cable Headband Tutorial from Concreate here. This is a clear how-to cable tutorial using 8mm or US 11 needles and she tripled the yarn (instead of one strand she used three while knitting). *For lots more knitting projects (including more headbands) go here: http://truebluemeandyou.tumblr.com/tagged/knitting

  • Crochet,  Interior Design

    Owl Be There: Crochet Doorstop

    Here’s my latest crochet doorstop. This one sticks pretty closely to the original pattern but uses ombré wool instead of two different yarns. I used a 5.5mm crochet needle and the wool is Patons Colour Works Aran in shade 82 both from Dunelm Mill. His eyes are beak are felt and the stitches are hand embroidered and he’s stuffed with wadding and a 1kg bag of rice to weigh him down. Thinking about making a hippo next – will soon have my own doorstop zoo!

  • Cake Decorating,  Tutorials

    A Sugarpaste Rose by Any Other Name…

    I recently bought some FMM Petal Rose Cutters from partyanimalonline.com and couldn’t resist testing them out. First I mixed some Gum Tragacanth with sugarpaste to make flower paste and then coloured it with Sugarflair Pink paste. I made a small cone for the centre of the flower and stuck it onto the end of a cocktail stick and set it to one side.  Next I rolled the sugarpaste to roughly 2mm thickness and cut out one shape each with the 65mm, 75mm and 90mm cutters.  Taking the 65mm cutout, I scored the lines between the petals to make sure they were fully cut out. I then placed it onto a firm foam…