Happy holidays and a very merry and peaceful Christmas to you all! ( if you have a few moments take a look at the Anomalies 2007 window in Paris ....the most amazing animated soft toys ever....keep an eye out for the owl orchestra....)
from the ever generous Tamara at ella and kate....( those cherries!!! those spots!!!)
and stockings to stuff them in from the lovely Jo (who also makes these must have peg aprons...). I also unwrapped a pretty fabric hanger for the babe-to-be as well as some chocolate and candy cane mice....they didn't last long enough for a photo! A big heartfelt "thank you" to the talented crafty girls of Melbourne...
Tiel and I organised a swap earlier in the year...I finally finished mine and sent it up this week. It arrived safely so now I can show you what I made....
It took me a while to work out exactly what I wanted to "say' about Tiel's two children - however she helped me out with lots of insights into their personalities. Finding just the right parts to 'make' Ari's robot was a challenge to say the least! I have one more smallpeople collage to finish for this year and then I'll put the glue stick and scissors away for a week or so. In January I am very pleased to announce that my 'smallpeople' collages will be featured in the first issue of Cloth.Paper. Scissors. for 2008. It will be very exciting to see them in print.... I can't wait!
A big thank you to everyone for their lovely comments on my last post. I'm almost 20 weeks and the baby is due the first week of May. (This means sometime in April as I have to have a c- section and if this pregnancy is anything like my one with Charlie than it may be a few weeks early.We'll see...) We found out last week that we are happily expecting a girl....three girls!...I'm figuring the teenage years are going to be interesting to say the least in our household. Charlotte is a little disappointed as she was hoping to call the baby 'Diego'. Me,I'm thrilled as I was not -so -secretly hoping for a girl. Now I'm off to find something girly to knit. A winter baby so at least she might wear a little hat or two. I really enjoy baby knits- so small and do-able!
My two girls backstage at their ballet concert yesterday....one sailor and a little green caterpillar.All of a sudden Charlie seems all grown up..... Just to let those of you who commented on this post 'just add sunlight' know- the stamps packs are going into the mail tomorrow. For some reason a whole lot of emails bounced back so if you did comment and didn't hear from me please email me your address...I have an envelope with your name on it! ( Melissa ( tiny happy) and Julie no need as I have your addresses already).
Oh and yesterday's cryptic post...just add it to the title of today's post. Perhaps that will make it clearer. I actually thought I was being quite obvious, myself......
Feeling a bit like poor old Violet at the moment...just not as blue.
Actually a bit more pink if anything...
( just click on the link if you want to see Violet in her full blown blue glory and hear one of my favourite movie lines....."I got a blueberry for a daughter". Baby and her " I carried a watermelon..." is neck and neck with this one on my top ten)
Bookmark. Unless of course you only read magazines. Or the newspaper. In which case chocolates never go astray.
If you have some card weight stock ( or a cereal box or similar), a pretty bit of paper, glue and some flat elastic then you can make these simple bookmarks fairly quickly. Perfect to pop in a Christmas card for the teacher or tuck in with a book for Dad. Easy for children to make as well - they can use scissors to cut it out and all you have to do is cut the slot.For younger children you can do all the cutting and they can do the pasting and decorating. Click on the link for the template. Download bookmark_folded_3_up.pdf
It looks like this
I used a cereal box with an old music score cover pasted onto it. Kids artwork makes a lovely gift for grandparents. You could also use plain cardstock and decorate it after if you like. Get the kids to draw on it or perhaps make a collage. Fabric, ribbon, photos- as long as the result is not too bulky and fairly flat. (Just keep in mind the end purpose. After all nobody wants their book filled with bits of glitter, no matter how pretty it makes the bookmark look!)
I find PVA works well - my favourite trick is to use an old plastic card to apply glue- sturdy, reusable and spreads the glue out in an even thin layer.Nice.
I printed out the template and glued it to the back. Make sure it is glued on securely. Cut around the bookmark with a craft knife and cut out the slot. I find the easiest way is to punch a small hole each end and then cut between them.( I have a Japanese hole punch drill thing which I couldn't do without. For some reason I have a lot of holes to punch. In all different sizes.)
Just use the knife if you prefer. Run a paper folder or a blunt edge along the dotted line and fold.
Cut a piece of flat elastic - about 35cm length for average size books or 40cm if you like to read great big tomes. Fold the elastic in half and thread through the slot.A dab of glue under each end and tape the elastic in place. Cover the inside of one half of the book mark with glue and press firmly shut. If you prefer you can use double side tape around the inside edges instead.Be sure to put a piece of double sided tape across the middle where the elastic threads through to help keep it secure.
Wipe away any excess glue and let it dry for about 15 min. Place under a heavy weight ( a pile of books works well!)- overnight if you have time or at least until the glue is dry.Decorate at this point if you haven't used a decorative paper.
To use, slip into book and loop elastic around the book.
Note:personally I prefer to use black elastic but of course I haven't
the faintest idea of where my stash of black elastic is hiding. White
elastic reminds me of knickers. Not that I have anything against knickers.In fact, I quite like the sound of the word.
I like the first two but can't stand the third. Sultanas are just too ....squishy somehow where as dates and figs,well they just taste good. So here is a recipe for a Fig, Date and Chocolate roll that I have been making for the last few years. I leave out the squishy sultanas and add extra dates and figs instead. It is easy and the recipe makes enough for three rolls,which means one to eat and two to give away. Or maybe it just means three to eat! ( I think the recipe was originally from an old Better Homes and Gardens and it keeps for ages in the fridge)
1 1/2 cups dried figs, chopped 1 1/2 cups dates pitted and chopped 1 cup sultanas/raisins 100g pistachio kernels 100g whole almonds 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons vanilla essence 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup pure icing sugar, sifted
Put everything but the chocolate and the icing sugar into a food processor and process until the mixture forms a ball. ( you may have to do this in two batches)
Transfer mixture to a bowl and add chocolate- mix well until well combined. ( you may have to get your hands into this to mix it really well.)
Place lengths of baking paper onto a flat surface and dust with icing sugar. Divide mixture into three portions and put one portion on each piece of baking paper. Roll each portion( use the paper as a guide) into a roll shape about 4cm in diameter.Twist ends of each roll to secure and put into the fridge fro several hours to set. Tie ends up with ribbon or string if giving as a gift. ( I also add a bit of cellophane). Slice into thin rounds to serve.
thank you for dropping by my small corner of the world - feel free to look around and hopefully be a little ( or a lot!) inspired by what you see. Please be honest & considerate when using any of my work or images as "inspiration" - after all nobody appreciates a copy cat....