Monday, July 23, 2012

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE

Look at me, I'm crafting again :) it seems like such a long time. I have been doing little bits here and there but life has been so busy that my crafty mojo had taken a dive.

Anyway a friend of mine, Emma of Olive & Emma Yarns finally started selling her gorgeous hand dyed yarns and I'm slightly (ok extremely) addicted to the gorgeousness of it. Check it out for yourself.

I was lucky enough to win a sale for a set of rainbow mini skeins of yarn and I knew right away what I wanted to do with it.


I'd seen this hotwater bottle cover on ravelry and this heart chart and thought I'd combine the 2.

This is what I came up with





The grey yarn is from Jo at Jodulbug Creations who kindly taught me to dye yarn :) and I knew I wanted a silver grey yarn to complete this project.


Also check out the hot waterbottle designers page here - see I'm famous :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Shamless begging for votes haha

If you liked my crochet rainbow blanket then can you pretty pretty pretty please vote for it here


You will need to like Spotlight's facebook page first :) I'd love to win a few dollars for crafting supplies :)

To refresh your memory...here is my daughters rainbow blanket.



ta lots and lots MWAH :)


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year .....

Another year and another round of resolutions. With the decision to have a year off from study I'm hoping that I'll finish a few more crafty projects this year than last. First up on the "MUST COMPLETE" list is Miss 4's Rainbow Ripple Blanket. 

I was lucky enough to have a few days visit with a good friend who lives at the other end of the Island meaning I had a few hours of travelling to use to pass the time away with a bit of crochet (oooooh and a visit to a yarn store ;)  )
Here are some pics of our Kiwi roadtrip taken from my phone (and I'm actually quite impressed with the phone's pic taking qualities)...

 the kids got sooooo excited about the snow capped mountain thinking it was a giant icecream sundae :)


The Giant Gumboot in Taihape (en route to the wool shop)
The Wool Company pitstop for more yarny supplies (just some bold plain colours for me to add to my rainbow stash). 

There is something about this pic that captures everything that is the "great Kiwi Roadtrip"


The blanket is now almost finished after 6 months, it has 17 different colours and is 4 colour repeats long. With each colour row taking 2 hours it has definitely been a labour of love (and thankfully Miss 4 is in love with it). It has 5 colours to go WOOOOHOOO, and then a border, I'm thinking in red as this is the favourite colour of the rainbow girl.



The Rainbow Ripple Blanket


Here are some pics of Miss 4's rainbow room in progress. 




Monday, December 20, 2010

Teacher Thank You's......

The school year is over, wow it's actually flown by. My girls are blessed to have had fantabulous teachers at school and preschool so as a wee thank you the girls and I put together some gifts. 

I had premade a few of these baubles from Attic 24 that just needed stuffing and sewing, I left off the embellishing due to lack of time (it's times like this I wish I wasn't a procrastinator extraordinaire). 
and then I made a batch of caramel slice and packaged it all together in cellophane. 



 

the recipe I use is as follows

BASE
125g butter
1cup brown sugar
1cup coconut
1cup self raising flour

Filling
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 TBSP Butter
1 TBSP golden syrup. 

Topping:
1 King size bar of chocolate

Preheat oven to 180 deg celsius
in a largish pot on a medium heat melt butter. 
When butter is melted add in sugar and mix (it doesn't dissolve completely)
Remove from heat and add coconut and stir to combine 
Finally add flour and mix all together. 

Press into a prepared slice tray using the back of a spoon (make it as smooth as you can or it will be too crumbly later). 
Bake for 10-12 mins or until top is golden. 

Remove from oven
whilst the base is cooking I start on the filling, I generally use the same pot just wipe it clean. Then add all ingredients and stir until butter is melted. (sometimes I double the recipe as I did with the teachers gifts but it's not necessary)

pour onto base and cook for 8 mins until bubbly (if you double recipe you will need to add a bit of time to it but be careful to watch it and make sure it doesn't burn). 


Remove from oven and leave to cool completely


when it is cool then melt a block of chocolate ( I do it in the microwave in short bursts) and then pour onto slice. Leave to set completely (the fridge comes in handy here). When set take out of tray and put on a solid chopping block (I have a large wooden one which is perfect). I slice the crusty chewy edges off and feed those to the husband (that's his favourite part). Then slice the rest up evenly. A big sharp knife comes in handy here. 

This is a very sweet slice so you only need a few pieces for gifts. I made 6 packages and each got 4 slices.


The Rainbow girl turns 4.....

My fellow rainbow obsesser turned 4 the other day and of course wanted a rainbow party. 

I made her a rainbow bunting using the rainbow fabric from the girls christmas decorations that we made the other day. 


I used the print pattern from Grace Designs and instead of using bias binding (I ran out of time as I made this at 2am) I made a casing and ran some thickish cotton string through it. All up I think it took about 30 mins to make.

Then I used all my (new but don't tell DH) tupperware (I'm loving all their bright range at the moment) and some helium balloons to decorate the table. 

We also had some Rainbow Jelly, I just made jelly up 1 colour up at a time using half the amount of water (making it set quicker), when it was set then I added the next colour and so on. This is not a day of party food, you will need to have this one started at least the day before. 
I made them in clear disposable tumblers but disposable wine goblets would look nicer (I just worked with what I had).

For her birthday cake the brief was that it had to be rainbow and chocolate, so I remember a friend of mind making an awesome cake and I blatantly stole her idea :)
Unfortunately it has been very hot here and there was some meltage on the way home from the supermarket, but it's how it tastes that counts right???? and it tasted DEVINE.
The cake recipe I use seems to be a no fail one, I've used it about 3 or 4 times a year for the past 4 years and never had a bad outcome. So I thought I'd share it with you

Easy Peasy Rich Chocolate Cake
Ingredients:
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 unsweetened yoghurt (although I've used vanilla and dairy food without any failure)
¾ cup premium quality baking cocoa powder
200g butter, softened
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
3 cups self-raising flour
1 cup boiling hot coffee ( I just dissolve 1 heaped teaspoon of instant into some water)

Method:
Heat oven to 160 degrees C (375 F) and line a 30cm (12 inch) round tin
with baking paper.  Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food
processor and blitz until combined (or place ingredients in a mixing
bowl and beat with an electric beater).  Pour mixture into prepared
tin and smooth the top. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted
into the centre comes out clean.
Cool in tin.  Place in a sealed container or freeze if not using at once.

My cake this time was made in a 20cm round tin which made a higher cake but also needed cooking for longer. Just test until it comes out clean. 



Here is the birthday girl


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Crafting with the kidlets......

It's been flat out here this past few weeks with ballet recitals and school/preschool activities so when we finally had a day at home we all wanted some quiet time as a family to relax. The girls wanted to make some christmas decorations and when I was surfing late at night I found this tutorial on The Red Thread for christmas balls.

So as I had a project lined up for some of my rainbow fabric (will post about that later). I thought I'd even out my fabric and then use the strips to cut up for the girls. Our squares are about an inch square and we used 8 colours of fabric.

Here are our pretty colours


and here are my girls working on their creations

and the finish project on some fairy light branches since we don't put up a christmas tree until after the youngest DD's birthday. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rainbow Christmas

Yes I know, another rainbow inspired post. This one is for some decorations that I made for a christmas decoration swap with a few friends.


These started their life as birdies from Attic24's pattern but after making a gazillion wings and beaks I just didn't feel the love, I much preferred them as rainbows and the wings just hid alot of the beautiful brightness.


So here is my entry into the swap.

The raindrops were made with seed beads from my stash and I love the rainbow ribbon which was a score at my local emporium, I think they finish these perfectly.



Here are more pics, my gorgeous wee girls and I had fun making different patterns to photograph.