Friday, April 08, 2016

Spring blossom - DIY project


If like me you can't wait for the Spring blossom, why not make your own and have a bit of fun at the same time.

This project is such a simple one that if you lack any sewing skills you can't go wrong.
Ideal little embellishments that can be added to outfits and hair slides, anything you can think of!

You Will Need
Scolloped velvet ribbon
Matching thread and needle
Pearlised beads


Cut a length of ribbon that has 5 full scollops and a half either end.



Tie a knot at the end of the thread and sew a simple running stick along the straight edge.



Pull the thread to form a flower and tack through to the back to hold into position, then sew on a bead to the front and tie off at the back, simple!





Choose some branches from the garden that are just coming into bud, I've cut some beautiful Hazel from my garden, then attach the little flowers with glue.
Instant blossom!





I obviously had a bit more fun, one of which was making a small stop motion film, enjoy!





Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Needle Felting 3D Animal workshops - back by huge demand!

Just a quick post to say that a new date for the very popular animal needle felting workshop has been secured at Upper Lodge!



Pleas book early as places are limited to 12!

My first Youtube video!


After years of writing tutorials for Making Magazine and also teaching the craft of needle felting, I thought it was time to create a video!




So sit back and enjoy this speedy time lapse film of how to create a needle felted floral Easter egg!





If you enjoyed that short film and fancy having a go, I have just put a few easy Easter Bunny needle felting kits in my Easy shop, a great way to get started!







Monday, February 08, 2016

Travels with my father




When memories are crucial as you find that you are loosing them, when moments with your loved ones are getting rare as you see them deteriorate before you.....




...you listen, you share, you enjoy and hold on to them!


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Gluten & Dairy Free Ginger Button Cookie - perfect handmade edible gift!


Gluten & Dairy Free
GINGER BUTTON COOKIES

You Will Need:

8oz S/R Gluten Flour
4oz Dairy Free Margarine
1tsp Bicarbonate Powder
1 tsp Ground Ginger
4oz Caster Sugar
2 tbl Golden Syrup





Measure all the dry ingredients together except the sugar into a clean bowl, then rub in the margarine to form fine breadcrumbs........




 ...stir in the sugar and then the golden syrup which has been warmed....






 Stir all the ingredient together to form a pliable dough (add more flour if needs be)




Allow to cool then roll out the dough to an even thickness on a well floured surface.
Using various glasses cut circles out and press a smaller glass to create the ridge of the button, don't forget to punch two holes in the centre of each one!



 Lay on a floured baking tray and cook in a hot oven till crisp and golden.....


....once cooler choose a pretty fine ribbon to thread a handful of the cookies and secure in place by tying into a bow.




I really struggled which colour to use of Jane Means ribbon collection but ended up with this gorgeous Narrow Stitched ribbon which was 7mm perfect to go through the holes and the Sage colour was perfect.


I love the fact that this gift will have two uses, first being a unique edible gift for a friend who can only eat gluten free food and is really missing biscuits and pastries, secondly I know that she will make great use of the ribbons afterwards.

All that was left to do was to simply wrap in tissue paper and finish off with the same ribbon but in this delicious Raspberry colour!



*This blog post is for the Jane Means Ribbon Blogging Team which I belong to and the ribbons are of my own choice

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