Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Christmas Market at the Horsebridge, Whitstable

Eeek! I've gone and signed myself up for a stall at the Christmas Market that The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre in Whitstable are organising in December.
If you fancy coming along, it is taking place on Saturday 4th December, between 10am and 4pm.
There will also be live carol singers, face painting and yuletide treats and mulled wine from the cafe!

All I have so far to go on my stall is this pram quilt...

I think I am going to be glued to the sewing machine for the next few weeks!!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Healthy-ish Banana Muffins

Thanks for the comments on the Autumn skirt. I think it might get it's first outing this weekend for my Nan's 90th birthday party!
I apologies for not keeping to my vow of making my blog more crafty again but I thought I would share with you this brilliant banana choc chip muffin recipie. They are delicious and virtually fat and sugar free too so healthy-ish!!

200g (7 oz) self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
5 tablespoons sunflower oil
5 tablespoons full-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 ripe bananas  (about 325g unpeeled weight)
chocolate chips (as many as you want, I use about a third of a 100g pack)

Preheat your oven to 200c (400f) and line a 12 hole muffin or cake tin with paper cases.
Sift the flour and baking powder together into a mixing bowl. Beat the egss, oil, milk and vanilla essence together in a separate bowl.
Mash the bananas on a plate using a fork, then add to flour with the egg mixture and fork the ingredients together briefly until only just mixed. Stir in the chocolate drops.

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until well risen.
And that is it! They are so quick and easy to make and a great way to use up those horrible brown bananas that you will end up chucking out!
Right enough with the baking, sewing next time, I swear!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A skirt for Autumn

I finally got round to making D a little skirt out of the leaf fabric I brought at IKEA the other week. I made it whilst she was at school and as the only other skirts like this I'd made her were a couple of years old, I had to wing the sizing a bit. Luckily it fitted her perfectly and she loved it, thank goodness.


They are nice and easy to make too - if only I found all clothing easy to make though!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Wet and windy Whitstable = a bit of sewing!

It has been a little while since I last blogged.

I'd kind of lost my sewing and my blogging mojo but I am feeling a bit more creative of late.
I think it has lots to do with the wet and windy weather we have been experiencing in our little corner of Kent. When it's awful outside, there is nothing like whirring away at the sewing machine and creating!
I've also been to IKEA for the first time in ages and ages. I could have spent hours just at the fabric section but my budget was tiny so I just decided to buy one metre (at only £1.99 a metre!) of this lovely fabric.

I am not sure what I am going to make yet. Mabye some more cushions (hell, I have so many cushion pads - they were the main aim for going to IKEA in the first place! They look as if they are breeding in our bedroom!) and I think it would look fab as a little skirt for D this Autumn, with black tights and boots? Hmmmm...
Back to cushions, I have made quite a few! These first 3 are in Taking the Plunge at the moment.

A Union Jack one...

A big cosy house one...
And a cosy knitted one, recycled from a cardigan!

I've also added this pear cushion and two Liberty print ones to my Folksy shop.

I think maybe I will make something other than cushion covers next! I think I'd better start measuring my little lady for that skirt tomorrow....