Dolls

03/26/2013

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The best and most challenging part of making my dolls is choosing what outfit to make for them! I love the endless possibilities and being able to use the fabrics and beads I have collected over the years is great. I will be selling my dolls and some other creations at The Fibre Festival in Chipping Norton Town Hall on the 4th May. Wish me luck! X
 
 
I have wanted to make dolls for a very long time! There are baskets housing sad half finished dolls of every shape and size at my work desk. 
After giving up for several months I woke up one morning with a design in my head, 12 hours later I had made my first ever dolly (the young lady in the orange dress above). I am sure over the months to come they will evolve many times but as I am happy with what I have at the moment I shall try to make as many as I can!!
Clothes really are my weak point..I find it very difficult to get my head round the patterns as I have yet to find any pre designed ones. Experimentation is the key at the moment and I am having fun figuring out how to make tiny jackets and shrugs.
These will soon be available as commissions on my Etsy shop and I will be taking orders (hopefully) at The Fibre Festival on the 4th May in Chipping Norton Town Hall.
 
 
A more rustic version the previous hearts. I have had a stamp kit for years and only used it for name tags on Christmas presents, I never thought to use them on fabric but they work really well! 


They can be found in my Etsy shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/120971065/handmade-love-hearts

 
 
This is a Nigella Lawson classic and is great on a lazy Sunday morning with a cup of hot coffee or tea. It fills the house with vanilla and cinnamon smells..enough to raise anyone from the depths of a lie in!

For 2 servings you will need:

4 slices of bread lightly toasted
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract/essence 
2 teaspoons of cinnamon or mixed spice (this isn't in the original Nigella recipe but I love the taste of cinnamon so I just had to add it!)
Approx 2 tablespoons of milk.
Caster sugar
knob of butter

Mix the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and milk in a bowl until fully incorporated then transfer to a shallow dish or plate.
Lightly toast the bread and place in the mixture to soak up the liquid, turn them over after a few mins to make sure both sides are coated.
Pour a generous amount of caster sugar on a large clean plate.
Put a knob of butter in a hot pan and swirl around.
Place the soaked toast in the pan and fry until slightly charred and golden on both sides.
Using a fish slice transfer the toast from the pan to the sugar and thoroughly coat each slice.

Serve with a hot brew and enjoy!

 
 
I had never eaten let alone made whoopie pies before, I am just about to make them again they are so yummy! My brother and his lovely girlfriend bought me a wheat free baking book for Christmas which contained a recipe for these little beauties. I changed it slightly adding rye flour to give them a slightly nuttier flavor.  

Wheat free Whoopie Pies:

125g unsalted butter
115g brown sugar
2 eggs
115g rye flour
1tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb
1 tsp xanthan gum
30g cocoa powder
160ml milk

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C or 180 degrees C for fan assisted ovens.
Put butter, sugar and eggs in a food processor and blitz until light and creamy.
Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl then fold into the batter.

slowly add the milk to form a smooth but slightly stiff mixture.


Use 2 teaspoons to put dollops onto a lined baking tray. Keep them spaced out so they don't stick together as they expand.
Bake for 10 mins until just risen and firm to the touch.
Once baked leave to cool slightly then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


For the filling you will need:


75g softened unsalted butter.
130g icing sugar
1 tbsp double cream.


Whip all the ingredients together until fluffy and then spread on the flat sides of the cooled whoppie pies and sandwich them together.
Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!!


These are really good when left in the fridge over night. They taste like an icecream sandwich! 


 
 
I have an abundance of lovely fabric and it was sad seeing it just lying there in my fabric chest! The possibilities with word, colour and fabric combinations with these hearts is almost endless and its a great way to use up odds and ends.  

Find them here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/119206052/happy-hearts

Happy New Year everyone!
 
 
Making tiny accessories is fiddly but fun. What could be better accessories for a little bear than a golden crown and a string of pearls!


Find her here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/119098264/handmade-queeny-bear-brooch
 
 
I made this little bee ornament for our new baby niece Beatrice. It's simple, but its simplicity is what gives it its cuteness in my opinion. I am pondering the idea of making a few and making a little mobile.
 Strong contrasting colours are what babies can see best in the first few weeks so I hope Bea has fun gazing at her little bee friend.



Find it here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118918573/little-felt-bee-ornament

 

Rainbows

11/30/2012

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Brighten up your day with a little splash of colour!
This mini rainbow and cloud brooch is a great little stocking filler for girls and boys alike.



https://www.etsy.com/listing/116691955/mini-handmade-rainbow-and-cloud-brooch

 
 
The Christmas decorations are now available on my Etsy shop!! They were fun to make and have defiantly got me in the mood for some Christmas food blogging. 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115665827/set-of-4-christmas-decorations