Monday, 2 June 2014

Cath Kidston goodies

Like most other women on the planet I love Cath Kidston - the fabric, the books, and of course everything in the shop!  I don't splash out very often, but have been lucky with a few sale purchases (bought when there's free delivery on too - win win!), and my OH knows a little CK gift is always a winner for my birthday/Christmas/Mothers Day etc. 

A few purchases I got in the sale recently -


My old peg bag had seen better days, so it was time for a new one.... And we're going on holiday at the end of June and as we're flying I wanted some luggage tags - and they may as well be pretty ones :) 

I had a few items to return to exchange recently so I decided upon this pretty skirt -


However, it needed some tweaking.  I don't know who the Cath Kidston designers model their clothing on but it certainly isn't 5.3ft teeny women like me! This skirt started off very unflattering and frumpy looking on me.  Probably not helped by the fact that it ended up calf length as I wear things like this low on my hips (the gathered elasticated waist band was not flattering worn around my waist!).  I knew I was going to have to take it up at the hem.  Luckily being a sewer I have the means of doing this...

After putting it off for a few weeks I finally did it - I cut a few inches off the bottom and re-hemmed it (not an easy task on a bias cut skirt!!).  But I did it and it looks fine, no-one would ever know it had been tinkered with.  So here's the before and after -


Before - so, so long! After, a much more flattering knee length. 

This isn't the first item of Cath Kidston wear I've had to alter, I recently bought myself an apron (also in the sale) and was surprised to find it didn't have an adjustable neck strap.  I don't think it would even have sat properly on a 6ft tall woman, never mind me. 


This is the before pic - I don't have an after one, but I added some metal D-rings so the neck became adjustable and I also had to cut about 4" off the bottom as it was way down at my ankles!  

One last pretty purchase was these lovely hairslides -


A little gift from my OH :)

Making baby gifts

My friend had a little girl recently and as well as sewing up a few gifts I thought I'd take the chance to indulge in my love of crochet and make her a little blanket too. 


I chose some pretty colours that I knew the babies mummy likes and decided upon a granny stripe blanket. 

I love to use pastel colours and this was quite different to my recent granny stripe blanket I made for myself (using a Cath Kidston inspired palate). 


Ta-dah! The finished blanket. So pretty!

After a quick 30 degree wash in the machine (with softener), half an hour in the tumble dryer and then hung out to fully dry, the blanket emerges fluffy and snuggly soft!

I added a scalloped edge to the blanket - in pink -


I made some additional gifts using complimentary fabric - bibs, burp cloth and nappy/wipe holder -



Cute as can be!

For a great granny stripe tutorial pop over to Attic 24 where you can find some simple step by step instructions. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Creative in the kitchen

It has become a tradition on a Saturday morning in out little household, that 4 year old Joshua and his daddy make waffles for breakfast. This gives me 2 bonuses - 1, I get a little lie in and, 2, I get a delicious breakfast!

                                   

As you can see I like to keep my toppings as healthy as possible so I opt for Greek yoghurt piled with yummy fresh fruit. What a way to start the weekend!

Last weekend I also wanted to try to make some healthy(ish) snacks as I'm always on the lookout for things to nibble during the day. I got a load of mixed nuts, some oats, whisked up 1 egg white and stired in some cinnamon, then coated the nuts and oats with this mixture and roasted for about half an hour. The result was these amazingly moreish crunchy cinnamon nuts!


                                           

After a particularly bad nights sleep and early start on Sunday morning I woke up craving a really sweet (naughty) breakfast!  I had just been reading Attic 24 blog where Lucy linked to some gorgeous looking fruit muffins. On Sunday morning these were all I could think of!! So Joshua and I went downstairs early and rustled up a small batch of the most amazing muffins...


                                      

I used frozen fruit (blasted for 30 seconds in the microwave), half were blueberry and half were mixed berry fruits. 

With a dollop of cream fresh was the *only* way to eat these gorgeously fluffy, tasty little bites of heaven! 


                                   

I may have just started a new family tradition!