Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Summer Books and Crayons.

It's been a while since I last blogged; sorry, folks! That's not to say that there haven't been many lovely things going on - there really have - I just haven't been able to find the time to sit down and tell you all about them. Well, here I am, with an update on today's loveliness....

This week was our last day of Little Me* for the summer and I wanted to give all the kiddos something to keep them crafting over the summer. So, I've been collecting broken crayons (thanks to all who donated, too!) and finally got around to turning them into something much more lovely.

(* Little Me is a toddler group I run with a couple of friends at our church, Hay Hill - check the website for more info. We're open to pre-school age children every Monday  during term-time from 10am to 1130am. Let me know if you fancy coming along!)

First, place your broken - or chopped up - crayons into a silicone mould. I found that you need to put in more bits than you think necessary, otherwise the crayons get a little thin.

Place in a cool oven - 150C until melted. 

A slight warning: When I first did this, I followed instructions from a US-based blog. I'm sorry, I don't remember who it was, if I do, I'll be sure to edit this to acknowledge you. The instructions said to bake in a 250 oven. As a Brit, I took this to be a celsius temperature, and I wondered why the kitchen filled with smoke and yukky smells - turns out the wax was burning! Oops! Not so lovely!

Leave to cool and then turn out of the mould. They look so fabulous, even if I do say so myself!

At the end of every session at Little Me we sing a few songs and finish up with a little blessing. It's lovely to see the children doing all the actions. Of course, it seemed only right that the backing cards for the crayons should have the blessing on them too.

I'm not sure that the glue dots are going to hold the crayons in place, but hey, it's worth a try.

I've packaged the crayons together with a Summer Book that I made by stitching three sheets of plain paper and coloured cover together.

Charlotte, my eldest daughter, absolutely loves making books - she writes and illustrates them herself - and usually puts a few staples up the side. One day, whilst I had the sewing machine out, I ran up a little book and, well, I wonder why I didn't think about it before. It's so much neater and nicer-looking. I suppose it could blunt the needle if you do a lot (as I did over the weekend), so you might like to change the needle if you're then planning to sew up a little silk number.

All in all, a lovely little gift for end of term...

More loveliness in due course, I promise!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Can you guess what it is yet?

Hmmm, here are some slightly dubious looking cupcake gingerbread biscuits!

Emily, our niece, arrived today to stay for a few days, and together we made these biscuits whilst waiting for C to finish ballet. Actually they're looking pretty good now that the icing is complete. They looked pretty rubbish to start with!! Mind you, it is our first attempt at icing biscuits so we're happy!

The girls liked them too - although Isabel was more interested in the blue sweet on top than the actual biscuit! Funny girl!

Looking forward to more lovely times with Em!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

An old friend returns.

I know I should be tidying and cleaning - since my house is about to be subjected to an American invasion (we can't wait!) - BUT it's the first time I've seen the keys on my piano for a very long time and I just couldn't resist... 

Mostly it's been closed with piles of the kids' artwork on top, which begs the question "what do you DO with all that art?!" Any top tips anyone?

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Beyond the weekend..

I thought you might like some photographic evidence of some of my Saturday night antics...

First up the lovely tunics made from proper vintage Laura Ashley needlecord (huge thanks to Julia for giving me an amazing stash found in her attic!). Thanks, too, to Jess at 'Craftiness is not Optional' for inspiring me to create these tops.

Clearly my hand sewing wasn't up to much, since two of the three buttons on C's top fell off (!), so here are some pics of Isabel's instead:

Next up my covered tins. I'm really pleased with the way these turned out. One is an old Altoid box and the other once held espresso. The lovely paper is from Liberty in London...

And finally, the binoculars for the toddlers at Little Me! Well, they were an absolute hit with all of them, but especially my little explorer!

"My can see you!"

Oh, sorry, no photos of the Lavender Cupcakes. Needless to say, they didn't get made for Sunday but didn't last long enough to time, I promise.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Picture the scene...

This is pretty much my evening:

The girls are in bed, pre-dinner lemondrop martini in hand, homemade cannelloni for dinner - about to be served, catching up on The Good Wife (season 2) on my laptop, waiting for the glue to dry on my newly covered tins (photos tomorrow when they're dry), ham cooking in the oven, lavender stewing in milk ready for making lavender cupcakes tomorrow, a pile of cut-out pieces of Laura Ashely fabric waiting to be sewn, oh, and some binocular pieces waiting for the finishing touches for Monday's Little Me toddlers. Phew! I think I might forget the ironing for tonight...

All thoughts of an early night shattered. (But I'm loving it!)

Hope you're having as much fun where you are!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Aren't I the luckiest girl? A cup of tea in bed then delicious scrambled egg on toast for breakfast...

Love, love, love!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

What do you think?

Aren't these just the most gorgeous shoes EVER?!

Of course, my very own sparkly Converse are missing from this photo, but still...