Sunday, 31 March 2013

4 New Additions and Happy Easter!

I thought it would be a few weeks until we got the new additions but we collected them yesterday afternoon and they have been settling in well, they even gave us 3 eggs this morning, perfect for Easter morning!

Yes, we were all out first thing, -1.5C in our PJ's excited to see if there were eggs :)

We are hoping the bunny and hens will become friends so they can share a run, they are a little unsure at the moment...!

Hope you have all had a great Easter, ours has been fun, a nice service at church, a family meal of roast chicken (which felt a little wrong...) then lemon curd pavlova and chocolate galore. I have a feeling the scales will be going in the wrong direction in the morning...!

Saturday, 30 March 2013


Big E - Concentrating on making Easter Nests

Little e - Licking the chocolate spoon!

Joining up with Jodi again this week for 
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Some Easter Hens!


We are getting real hens soon, hopefully in the next month or so, but in the mean time I have made a flock of beany hens!

I used this tutorial and made 6 hens, the kids love them and they don't sit on the shelf I put them on for long :)

They were super quick to make, I made all of them in a couple of hours ( I stuffed them with 2/3 stuffing, 1/3  rice) and to tempt you even more they are a great scrap buster for those useless bits of fabric you can't part with, or is that just me....!

Now to attempt a Simnel cake and Easter meringues like they made on the Great British Easter Masterclass the other night!

Linking to some of these fab linky parties!

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

It's spring you say?...

Seeing as the UK appears to be skipping spring this year I decided some wool stash busting should be done. I don't have a huge yarn stash but it was exploding out of the box it was kept in so it needed shrunk a little!
I found this pattern which promised to use the exact amount of wool I had and be fairly quick to make.
 I wasn't entirely what I was crocheting until the very end as the picture didn't give much away but it turned out fine and I have a nice new scarf!

and after blocking.
Now I am hoping that since I have made a new scarf spring will appear and I will nave no need to wear it for at least 8 months!

Linking to some if these fab linky parties!

Monday, 25 March 2013


Big E - 'I managed to build a really hard one!'. We love the angry birds game, angry birds fix without the screen!

Little e - Trying not to laugh!

Joining up with Jodi again this week (a little late..) for 
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

DIY Origami Bunny

My craft fair a week and a half ago was a disaster, very poorly organised which resulted in very few people coming to it... I did have 5 sales though and one was an Origami Bunny filled with mini eggs.

They are pretty simple to make and once you start it is hard to stop... mine really are breeding like rabbits!

I used this video tutorial and after a few false starts I got the hang of it and was able to rattle them off pretty quickly. Instead of traditional thin origami paper I used scrapbooking paper which was a bit too thick and the ears had a tendancy to go pointy, like this one,

but I wanted the thicker paper to hold the eggs as they are quite heavy.

On a totally seperate note picmonkey have loads of new stuff for free, I have just spent ages deciding which critters to put pn my picture...!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Friday, 15 March 2013

A lot of snow and a teeny tiny hat!

What a week, it started like this

Blizzard like conditions...

followed by glorious sunshine!
which was tricky, especially since my husband took my snow tyres off last week... A 7min drive to school took 1hr 30mins and lots of digging when the car got stuck.

The kids had fun though!

Day 3 when the snow was melting so perfect for snowman making!

 The week has ended with a trip up north to collect a piano and hen house from my uncle's house.

3 hours in the car called for some crochet so I made a teeny tiny hat for my Nephew who is due to arrive in July!

I used this pattern and it was very easy and quick. I also made a tablet (ipad like thingy not vitamins!) cosy but more on that when I get  a photo of it!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Monday, 11 March 2013

How Sweet!

A Couple of weeks ago Estelle from Twinkle's Tutorials & Craft Time passed me the Super Sweet Blogger Award, thank you! To accept the award I have to answer the following questions then pass it on. 
Question 1: Cookies or Cake? Cake cake and more cake!
Question 2: Vanilla or Chocolate? Chocolate most of the time
Question 3: What is your favourite Sweet Treat? Cake, any type!
Question 4: When do you crave sweet things the most? I don't really crave sweet things at any particular time. If I had my way and it would not cause me to be massively overweight and have a heart attack before I am 40 I would eat sweet things all the time!
Question 5: If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Pudding!

I hope no one minds but I am not going to pass it on, all the blogs I read are super sweet so if you are reading this consider yourselves Super Sweet Bloggers!!

Sunday, 10 March 2013


Posing at the Museum (grainy phone photo, forgot my camera!)

'You want me to stand and pose for a photo?!'
  Joining up with Jodi again this week for 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."

 We had a great day at the museum in Edinburgh today, a Mother's Day lunch then a nice wander.

Friday, 8 March 2013

DIY Fabric Origami Bow

Origami is my stress buster of choice at the moment, I love how you can create beautiful things by only folding paper! My favourite is the Origami Bow, which has been adorning many birthday cards recently! I have been wanting to try making one from fabric for ages but only just got round to it.

There are loads of great sites (and some youtube videos) with instructions for making them, this is a good tutorial, and I recommend getting good making them with paper before you attempt fabric as it is a bit trickier!

I started with a fabric square which I then interfaced.

I then followed the instructions as for the paper bow but pressed each fold as I went. It was harder than the paper bow but the final result is worth it!

I glued a barrette to the back and plan to wear it in my hair

although my husband says it looks too childish, what do you think?

Linking up to these fab linky parties!