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! 


                                 

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Cupcakejojo Designs - branching out

You may already be familiar with Cupcakejojo and her beautiful blog....I first discovered it while searching the net for crochet inspiration - I certainly wasn't disappointed when I found Jo's blog!

Photo credit - www.cupcakejojo.blogspot.co.uk
With many pics like the beautiful one above, I remember spending a whole evening greedily pinning away on Pinterest so much gorgeous inspiration! 

I soon stalked discovered Jo on Twitter and Instagram and of course had to follow!

Jo has recently been sharing her love for doodling...which is where *my* latest project comes in!

imgages copywrite of Cupcakejojo Designs

I knew these designs would be perfect to embroider so I told Jo I'd stitch one up for her....





I purposely chose lovely bright cheery colours as these echo the colours Jo uses in her crochet (see, all that blog stalking came in handy!)

Once finished, I had originally planned to frame it with a wooden embroidery hoop and simple ribbon hanging - however at the last minute I realised I didn't have a hoop the right size! With no plan in mind at all I dug out a fabric that matched the thread colours I'd used and sat down at my sewing machine...a table mat? hanging thingy?...I really had no idea where I was going with it! 

By the time I had finished adding a lovely ditsy floral border and backing, I realised it'd be perfect as a sweet little wall hanging - so that is what it became. 


I'm not sure if you can see the detail, but it says 'There's no place like home'. 


I was super pleased with how this turned out!  It was great when Jo received it too as she loved it too, phew! 

If you fancy stitching up one of Jo's designs yourself (or colouring it in, appliqueing it etc) then pop over to her Etsy shop where you can purchase a downloadable design.  And keep checking back as new designs are being added all the time. 

Unbeknown to me, naughty Jo sent me a little something in the post as a thank you....


There was a pack of Pip Studio stickers, a sweet butterfly peg, and......something crocheted by the lady  herself!! I was so excited to actually own some of Cupcakejojo's gorgeous crochet!


Luckily they arrived just in time for that day's nursery run! I love love love my new Cupcakejojo wristwarmers!






Sunday, 12 January 2014

Crafty tidying

Wasn't I lucky with my stocking fillers at Christmas?  Santa got me lots of gorgeous Cath Kidston/floral/pretty bits and pieces.


Loads of sticky notes (which I sometimes include when I send out orders if I need to write a little note to the customer), some pretty tape, and some hand cream. 

I wanted somewhere nice to store my new sticky notes so I got a boring plain A5 magazine file -


Added a few other crafting supplies....and voila! A pretty storage solution for my new stationery.


The patterned floral paper is sticky backed plastic and was only a few pence from Home Bargains.  I added some red patterned tape from my collection (to hide some of the writing that showed through the white). 

 
 
It doesn't take much to make me happy - cheap as chips and *very* pretty (not to mention practical).