Monday, 14 July 2014

Teachers Thank You Cards

I have been busy sewing apples as teachers gifts recently, I found this lovely pattern over at Retromama and just had to try them out.  Aren't they cute?  Whilst sewing them up I came up with the idea of adding little gift labels to them and finally mastered the art of printing onto fabric.

Whilst photographing them a lovely fb page liker suggested I make cards out of the photos to go with the apples. What a fab idea I thought.  I was going to print some off and sell them but then thought how lovely it would be to give them away as a little freebie.

So if you would like to create a card with this image above then please do feel free.  All you have to do is right click on it and save it to your hard drive via 'save image as'.   Then upload it to picmonkey and add the text you would like to add to your card ..... I used 'Eraser Dust' as my text.  Save back down to your hard drive and print off and add to a card.  I opened the image in powerpoint and then minimised it to half A4 size and printed it onto card, folded it over and voila you have your own personalised card :-)

All I ask is that you respect my copyright and only use these for personal use, no selling, no taking off my fb page info etc.  Thanks.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Summer in a glass - Elderflower Cordial

Summer is here and that means lots of lovely foraging can take place :-)  With the recent mix of sunshine and rain the Elderflowers have stared bursting out all over the place.

So off I went with my gorgeous wicker basket and three children to collect some of those sunshine filled flowers.

They were then turned into cordial which tastes lovely when combined with sparkling water or Cava.

The flowers are so tiny and perfect .......

It's like drinking Summer in a glass ..... the recipe I used is here; Elderflower Cordial Recipe, I got it from this book. Preserves: River Cottage Handbook No.2   It is full of fantastic recipes, click on the text to be taken to see what other recipes it has in it.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Hobbycraft Giveaway - Texture Boutique Beginners Kit

Hobbycraft are selling this lovely Texture Boutique Beginners Kit which is ideal for avid papercrafters and newbies to the craft.  I don't know about you but I love pottering around Hobbycraft and also love the look of all their lovely papercraft accessories, those gorgeous papers, fab stamps, all those cute things you can stick to a homemade card that makes them so unique and special to the person who receives it.

Now, I wanted to try this out myself but my husband has banned me from getting into any other crafts, what with my sewing, needle felting, crochet ..... well lets just say our house is slowing looking like a craft shop :-) This is lucky for you as it means I am giving it away on my blog instead!   Wwaahooo

Here is a video clip on how you use it ....


Stop with all this chatting I hear you say, just tell us how to enter, just comment below, easy as that !

For another entry let me know if you have shared on facebook via my Scented Sweetpea page over there, shared on twitter (tell me your twitter address) or if you share via your blog then pop back here and tell me your blog name.

Closing date is Friday 20 June 2014 8pm gmt

Below is all the blurb about it:

Have fun making your own unique handmade greetings cards and more with this Texture Boutique Beginners Kit from Sizzix. Add a special touch to birthdays, holidays, invitations, thank you cards and much more with this fantastic kit.

This Card Making and Embossing 91 Piece Beginners Kit will produce fantastic cards that are sure to impress. This includes 1 card making machine, 2 embossing pads, 1 shim, 3 Textures Impressions embossing folders, 20 A2, 40 sheets of cardstock in 10 different colours, 2 rub on sheets, 1 sandpaper sample and 1 project booklet. The folders included come in three beautiful designs, Flowers and daises, Swirls and dots, Flowers, swirls and dots.

Now you can have fun make your own beautiful cards and save money at the same time. This kit contains all you need create a card for any occasion and then add texture to your design. The kit is so simple to use, that anyone can do it. The only limit to what you create is your imagination. Warning, choking hazard, plastic charm on machine can become detached. Keep away from children three years and under.
Great for adding a special touch to occasions
Machine dimensions 27.9 cm x 19.7 cm x 13.3 cm
Includes 40 sheets of cardstock
Three beautiful embossing folders included
Not suitable for children under 36 months

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Hatching Quail

A few weeks back, on the 12th of March to be precise, eldest Sweetpea had some Quail eggs delivered.  He bought them on e-bay of all places and really wanted to hatch them out.

So, we popped them in the incubator and he made sure the humidity and temperature were correct for the eggs.  We had to turn them 3 times a day so that the embryo didn't stick to the side of the egg.  A few days before they were due to hatch we stopped turning them.

Fast forward to the 28th March and they started hatching out.  They were so cute, like little fluffy bumble bees with legs :-)  Out of 24 eggs 21 hatched, eldest Sweetpea did good !

Here are some obligatory cute shots of them .....

So tiny but so perfect .... you could fit a few in your hand at once (just so you know we didn't hatch a double headed Quail :-) ).

Then they started to grow.

They loved standing on tippy toes to see what was going on if you put them on your knee.

And they grew ..... now their beautiful feathers started to come through.

After a few weeks Eldest Sweetpea put them in a special pen outside so they could get used to living outside our house.

Then came the time we had to move them into their new home.  They moved in with 'Tiny' our Bantam to start with but she took a liking to eating their feathers so she had to move to a new home in the garden.  Eldest Sweetpea makes sure they have fresh water and food and the all important sand bath which they love.

Then on 25 May, just a few weeks after they hatched out themselves one tiny Quail started to lay ...... we were so excited, it was like finding a golden egg !

I hope you enjoyed reading about our Quail adventure .  I will be back tomorrow with a giveaway so please do pop back.

Take care

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Pimped up Plimsolls

Some time ago I bought some lovely plimsolls .....

in fact, lets be honest here, I bought two pairs (they were a bargain that couldn't be missed) .

Whilst looking down at my new shoes (which always makes that fab Paolo Nutini track pop into my head :-) ) whilst walking around the wonderful Cambridge market I stated to ponder ..... I do love to ponder .....

I pondered on how lovely it would be to pimp on my new plimsolls to make them a bit brighter.  This lead me to buy some gorgeously bright and cheerful bias binding from The Little Fabric Stall on the market .  You know how it is, it just fell into my bag as I walked past the stall ;-)

I am rather loving them ..... yep they may be a bit clown like but they make me smile.

Go on, pimp up your plimsolls, you know you want to :-)

1) Measure the length of your current laces and cut the bias binding to this length.  Now snip the edges off each corner of each end.

2) Fold the ends down so when you fold the bias in half it is hidden inside.

3) Fold the bias binding in half and pin in place. You will have to hold the ends down as you sew, be careful of your fingers.

4) Sew along one side and then the other the full length of the laces.

Voila !  Pimped up plimsolls :-)  This would also work with ribbon or maybe lace :-)

PS do feel free to leave a comment, I don't bite honest :-)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Little Skirts and Easter Bonnets

Well I have been really enjoying the Easter holidays and will be really sad when they come to an end :-(  We have been out most afternoons which has really helped keep harmony in our house.

We have also been creating lots of things both in an arty way and in the garden, the weather really has treated us well.

Above is a photo of little Sweetpea's build a bear, I had a spare piece of fabric from creating her a skirt so we thought it would be nice if her bear had a matching skirt :-)

We have also had great fun creating an Easter bonnet.  We got this bonnet, eggs and chicks from Hobbycraft.  

We weren't too happy about the cramped living conditions of the poor chicks so wanted to release them asap!

We added some crochet flowers into the mix and got creating .....

After lots of gluing and sticking ....

And more gluing and sticking......

A rather cute, if not slightly random Easter Bonnet was created :-)

The chicks seem a lot happier in their new home :-)

One did escape and end up and a chocolate nest though !

Monday, 14 April 2014

Easter Hols Fun

It is the Easter holidays here and the children and I have been enjoying some creative fun.  I so look forward to having them all home with me.  Don't get me wrong, I am not super Mum ...... you can find me having melt downs when they all just seem take turns to annoy each other but it is still lovely having a break from the school runs and enjoying their company.
 I find keeping them busy seems to help so most mornings we chill out and then I make sure we have something to do in the afternoons.

Last week was spent meeting family and friends, going to national trust properties and going to Cambridge to watch the punting.

I also managed to squeeze a bit of creative time in ....... I really do need to be creative otherwise I feel like something is missing, I don't feel right ...... hhmmm maybe I am addicted to creativity?

We created our Easter/Spring tree and decorated it with some gorgeous ceramic creations that were made by Angels Unaware , I adore these ceramic eggs and bunting!  We also added our own decorations to the tree too like this needle felted egg, some crochet heart bunting and some felt rabbits.  The children's Fimo rabbits were also popped under the tree.

To keep the children busy one afternoon we decided to create some chocolate eggs of our own.

Hobbycraft kindly sent us some silicon egg moulds and candy melts.  These egg moulds are fab as you can pop them in the microwave, cooker and fridge and it still comes out looking like new .... not like the time I tried to melt some crayons in a silicon mould which was obviously not meant for the oven, queue evacuating children from a toxic filled house, a 'nailed it' project indeed  :-/  Sorry, I digress ........ :-)

We went for the method of melting the chocolate in cups and filling the mould, partly due to the above incident and also as it takes longer and fills more time ..... less time for the children to get bored if they are busy creating.  Sshhhhh don't tell them of my cunning plans, it is our secret.
Apart from the children we also had some other little helpers ........ love the way they all get lined up round the house in random places.  These are rubbers/erasers , how cute are they!

Let the filling commence !  They happily filled the eggs for some time, and we added some stars and edible glitter to some of the eggs to make them a little sparkly :-)

All filled and ready for the fridge.  We couldn't wait to see how they turned out.

We rather love the way the came out .  I think possibly the star ones could have done with a tap before we put them in the fridge to get rid of the air bubbles but apart from that they came out really well.  The chocy doesn't taste bad either, more like American Hershey style chocy than Cadbury. 

Can't wait to do some more creating with the children, I hope you are all having a lovely Easter break.