Monday, November 21, 2011

A children's bag

The request for Hello Kitty tatt for my god daughter's Christmas present was easy to for fill - that Kitty is everywhere.  I wanted to make a little bag for her to store her HK treasures in. I found this fab HK fabric online but as I only needed 1/2 yard I couldn't really justify the delivery cost.  So I opted for some cheery prints from the local Joann's, only $4.99 a yard. The bag is now multi-functional, not just for Hello Kitty treasures.

I followed the tutorial for the Lindie Bag from Craft Apple and it has turned out extremely well.  This bag gave me an opportunity to expand my sewing repertoire;

  • First proper use of fusible interfacing
  • First following of a pattern to the letter AND it working
  • First attempt at boxed corners
And I am very happy to report all were successful firsts, yay!


Friday, November 11, 2011

QR code

Having made the Tooth Fairy pillows I thought I should attach a label to get my name out there, and possibly get my readership into double figures (I can but try).  
Linda at Craftaholicsanonymous posted how to make a QR code which she put on her business cards.  Doubtful I'll ever be at the business card stage but wanted something simple for my tag.  My husband was mildly impressed I even knew what a QR code was! The website is super easy to use and its free to generate your own QR code.  The tags, ribbon & brass safety pins were from Joann's and labels (which I cut to size) were from Office Depot.

I think the tag is a work in progress, but for first round attempt not bad.  Lets see if it generates any traffic...

Tooth Fairy pillow x10

The Tooth Fairy pillow was well received by my soft toy loving nephew.  My sister, who isn't crafty (I can put that as she doesn't read my blog!), was also impressed. So much so that she order x10 for my nephew's school Christmas Craft Fair.  I rather enjoyed the repetition of making more than one of something and the simplistic nature of the task. That tells you something about me doesn't it?!

I have my second order, 2 more for my cousin's kids.  This could turn into a "thing"...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tea & Cake

I invited some friends round the other weekend for tea and cake because I wanted an excuse to bake. Not of course that you need one...  This is the best sponge cake recipe ever.  Its the one I use for all birthday cakes.  The chocolate icing recipe is from Queen Delia.

Sponge Cake

250g softened unsalted butter
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups of caster sugar
4 eggs 
3 cups self raising flour
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 325F. Grease & line your chosen tin.
Beat butter, vanilla 7 sugar in a bowl until pale & fluffy. The longer the better, at least 5 mins.  Beat in the eggs.  Start off by adding a teaspoon full at a time, gradually adding in a little more each time until combined.  Stir in flour & milk in batches.  Go easy on the milk, sometimes I don't feel the mixture needs all of it. Spread mixture into tin & bake in the oven until the cake has turned a golden colour and a skewer comes out clean.  The time will depend on the type of tin/pan used and your oven.  Usually approx. 30mins. Cool in the tin for 5 mins or so then turn out onto a wire rack.

Chocolate fudge icing

75g granulated sugar
75ml evaporated milk
110g semi sweet chocolate (ie. plain dark)
40g butter
vanilla essence

Stir sugar & evaporated milk in a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. When all the granules have dissolved bring the mixture to the boil & simmer for 6 mins without stirring.
Take the pan off the heat & stir in the chocolate then butter and drops of vanilla essence.  Allow to cool slightly before icing the cake. It will thicken as it cools.

The above quantities made, filled & iced the cake below, sorry not sure of dimensions (can't be bothered to dig out tin and measure!). Guestimate - 8" inch cake.
I used Smarties & purple sugar to decorate.

Johnny, the play school pet sampling the cake!