Two for One

Before Christmas I was swamped with orders through my crafty Facebook page. It was nice as it’s the busiest I’ve been for quite a few years but it was also nice to have a break from that and do some personal sewing for a change. 

D nearly gave me a heart attack on Christmas Eve when he told a family member that the only thing he wanted for Christmas was a Pokemon cushion. He has been obsessed for a while but until that moment had made no indication that he wanted a Pokemon cushion! I tried to soften the blow slightly by saying that Santa was really busy and we couldn’t always have everything that we wanted blah blah blah. I also told him that if Santa didn’t bring him his cushion (knowing full well that he wasn’t going to!!) I would make him one instead. 

Christmas morning came and surprise surprise no cushion. He was easily distracted by an internet search for Pokemon fabric. He chose what he wanted and I ordered it. 

Once the fabric came he asked if it was made Every. Single. Day. I eventually found time and made it for him. 


He was pretty pleased. 😀 

I had actually ordered more fabric than I needed as I wasn’t sure if he was suddenly going to decide he needed two (he loves cushions!) but he was pretty happy with the one. So while he was at school I made a shirt out of what was left. 


My first wearable make of the year and it was a big hit. He changed straight out of his uniform and paired it with a pair of shorts. He actually had really good style. Although slightly out of season with all this rain we’ve been having lately. I made an Age 6 size wise so it should definitely last him through the summer and hopefully into next year too. 

Although to make it fair I now owe Little Lady something handmade lol!

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Made It Monday #12

This is a make I’ve been meaning to show you all for about a month. It was my sister’s birthday cake. If you remember I made her birthday cake last year. This year was a pretty low key affair even though she was celebrating the big 3-0 as we had been out a couple of times celebrating prior to her actual birthday.

The cake was a simple sponge cake with chocolate fingers around the outside and malteasers (her favourite) and smarties over the top. The cake took more than 2boxes of chocolate fingers which I was pretty gobsmacked about and bags of malteasers don’t stretch very far these days either!!!

Grumbling aside. Here is the cake

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Short but sweet today. I do hope to get back into the swing of things soon.

Made It Monday #11

I knew the run of MIM posts was too good to be true!! 😊 Anyway we’ll skip past that and I’ll show you what I’ve made recently as though the missed posts never happened! Lol!

As you know from recent posts, the first week of September was Zero Waste Week. The theme was One More Thing and as I wrote here I learnt quite a bit about how small changes can make a big difference.

I have slowly been looking at different parts of my day to see if there is anything I can change and one area is the washing up. We buy big bottles of washing up liquid and decant into a smaller bottle. It’s not ideal but I don’t know anywhere local to me that will refill my Ecover bottle.

After a chat on twitter’s #makedoandmendhour (Thursdays 8-9pm – check it out) I decided to have a go at crocheting my own dish cloths. We usually use the sponge things. We do put them through the wash to prolong their life but after a while they do need throwing out.

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I found this pattern on Pinterest and it was a lovely easy pattern that I managed to do while little lady was at her dance class! I used a cotton yarn (cotton wool doesn’t sound right does it?) which means that it’ll dry quickly. I chose this colour only because I already had this ball and I was too lazy thought it was more environmentally friendly(!) to use up what I had. Although someone has since pointed out that it won’t show up stains as easily, which is quite a good point for a dish cloth!

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What have you made this week?

Made it Monday #10

We have had a very busy two weeks here. First hubby and I ran a very successful holiday club then we ran away to Scotland to recuperate 😉 We haven’t long got back but I am planning a holiday post as we had such a lovely time and I’d love to tell you all about it.

This isn’t actually the post I was planing to write. I actually made a lovely dress to wear to church for the holiday club presentation service last week, but I didn’t get any photos of me wearing it and now I am covered in midgy bites so don’t want to subject you can’t re do photos at the moment.

Instead I will show you a present recently made for a friend. I do hope they don’t mind me showing you. Fay and her lovely husband Dave recently moved into a new home and I wanted to give them something that reflected both of them. Took me a bit of thinking but I eventually decided on these.

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Cushion covers with guitars on one side for when the man of the house is home

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And flowers on the other side for when the lady of the house is home

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The recipients seemed happy with them. I do hope they were.

What do you think? Are multi tasking cushion covers the way forward?

Made it Monday #9

Wow. Two posts in as many weeks. This scheduling lark might actually be working (now I’ve said that, I’m bound to mess it up aren’t I?)

Last week was my lovely mum’s birthday. Little lady had announced about 2 months ago that she and I would make a cake. So my mum started looking around for cake ideas! About 3 weeks ago she showed me a magazine with the cake she wanted. I was oblivious to the fact that little lady had volunteered us to make a cake so was a little surprised by being handed a picture and being told “that’s the cake I want for my birthday” :/

To be fair, this cake wasn’t hard to do but looks quite impressive. I made 4 sponge cakes and cut holes in 3 of them.

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I filled the hole with sweets – haribo and Aero bubbles at mam’s request! The 4th cake then acted like a lid.

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I am rubbish at icing a cake so I looked up tutorials on YouTube. They really helped! I did a crumb coat which I never do and really took my time kneading and rolling the icing.

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I have to be honest, I was pretty impressed by this attempt. It was my best attempt ever. Okay there were a few issues on the side where I hadn’t rolled the icing equal enough so had to add an extra bit to cover the gap 😕. Little lady then stuck little cupcake shaped chocolates around the edge

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With this cake, it’s the cutting that makes it special.

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This was the bit I was most disappointed with. The magazine picture showed the sweets tumbling out of the cake once cut, but in reality I found that they stuck to the inside of the cake and needed a bit of coaxing out. Hubby claims that the magazine probably added extra sweets for the photoshoot to give the “tumbling out” effect but I suppose we’ll never know.

Have you ever made a cake similar? Did your sweets stick or tumble out artistically? I’d love to know the secret

Made it Monday #8

It’s half way through August and we are only at number 8! Wow! That’s seriously lacking on my behalf isn’t it? To be honest I tend to forget it’s Monday until it’s too late. I think the best way to keep on top of these is to write them and then schedule them to publish on a Monday. That way I don’t have to rely on me remembering what day it is! 😕

Anyway this week I have made 2 lampshades. First off, I made this one for D’s bedroom, with fabric he chose himself

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Then after seeing the finished lampshade, Little Lady decided she wanted me to make her one too. So she chose her fabric and I made her this one

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I love them both and after posting them on my facebook craft page I’ve had quite a few enquiries about making more. How exciting! 😀

What have you made this week?

Made It Monday #7

I have been a busy bee in my sewing room lately. Little lady has her end of year dance showcase next weekend *eek* and I was asked to make 5 snowflake dresses *double eek*

I don’t normally sew with stretch fabric or with organza so this was slightly out of my comfort zone. I re-acquainted myself with the stretch stitches on my trusty machine and dug my overlocker out of its box.

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If I’m honest I really like the way these dresses have turned out. I always feel under pressure when I sew for other people and never truly relax even after they are finished in case the recipients are not happy with it.
In this case, each dancer tried their dress on and loved them 😀

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I’m so excited for the showcase now 😀