Thursday, 25 August 2011

Summer fun

I couldn't think what to blog about, so I went for my usual technique of rummaging about on my camera for photographs. And found some from the local children's centre summer fun day. I went with the girls and we had a good time!

Laura had her face painted and ate ice cream

and she went on the bouncy castle

and we met Peppa Pig, which was less of a success (Laura wouldn't go any closer to her than about 3 metres so I don't have a photo of that).

By the way, if you have small children, and you want to do fun things with them, you need to read my sister's blog, Jennifer's Little World. She has so many good ideas! None of which include scaring your children witless with six-foot tall character costumes.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Cheese Straws

Laura and I have made cheese straws a couple of times recently.

They are very good to make with toddlers because 1) they include both stirring and mixing-with-your-fingers elements, 2) they also include the all-important rolling-and-cutting-out stage, and 3) they're savoury, so you can bake without feeling like you're loading your children up with cake.

Here's the recipe we use. I have no idea where I got it from, I wrote it down in my recipe notebook at some point a few years ago, but it's a good one.

Cheese Straws
110g/4oz butter
225g/80z plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
110g/4oz grated cheddar cheese
1 egg yolk
splash of milk

Preheat the oven to 230C.

Rub the flour, butter and salt together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the grated cheese and egg yolk to make a soft dough. Add a splash of milk if it's too dry.

Roll out about 0.5cm thick and either cut into straw shapes with a knife, or let a small child have at it with biscuit cutters.

Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a rack and store in an air-tight container.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Hallowe'en miniature knitting

Still working on the Hallowe'en book - it stalled a bit for a while there but I want to have it finished and out for the start of September so I need to get a move on! Here is what Laura calls a 'poompkin'.

It is maybe an inch across? Something like that.

I confess that I try to avoid saying 'pumpkin' properly in front of Laura because I love the way she says it. Also, I try and avoid saying 'window sill' because she says 'window shelf' and it is beyond adorable.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Crafting like it's 1995

So the baby finally completely destroyed my watch strap. I've recently acquired some packs of mixed embroidery silks from a house clearance (long story) and I've been thinking of making some old-style friendship bracelets, so I chose some cheerful colours and tried to remember how to do it.

Not too shabby! Muscle memory is amazing. I must have made hundreds of these bracelets when I was a teenager, all of us sitting in a row on the school wall with the bracelets safety-pinned to our school skirts, knotting away.

I finished this one off with a button and neatly sewed the ends under. I need to put a drop of glue on them to make sure it doesn't all unravel at an inopportune moment.

I'm trying to remember some of the more complicated patterns now. And maybe beads? Hmm.

Friday, 5 August 2011

This moment

Inspired by soulemama

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Dolly bed

My grandfather made this doll cradle for my mother when she was little:

I can remember playing with it when I was little too, I love the transfers, the other end has a little bear knitting!

The cradle has arrived at our house now and all it needed to keep another little girl happy was some covers for the lucky dolly.

I had in my stash some pieces from a lambswool jumper that Mark accidentally felted for me five or six years ago. Very easy to sew up a little pillow and stuff it, and to cut out a rectangle and blanket-stitch it with some matching thread for her blanket.

Very cosy!