Wednesday 30 October 2013

Cake Tin Shelf


It always annoys me when i make biscuits or cupcakes with soft icing and i can only fit one layer in a tin - its such a waste of space! So i decided to add a shelf into one if my plastic tins. I screwed 4 screws, one on each side, in the sides, halfway between the top. Then rested a bit of cardboard covered in tinfoil on the screws. Now it has double the capacity - good times!

Monday 28 October 2013

Caramel Cupcakes

I made these delicious salted caramel cupcakes for the folks at work and they went down a storm! I used this recipe by Created by Diane but i added dulce leche to the icing and drizzled it on top rather than caramel - nom nom nom...

Saturday 26 October 2013

Knitted Ducks


Lovely BM went on a stag do recently and the theme was 'country gent'. Now I love a bit of fancy dress as its a great excuse to make something. I knew immediately i wanted to make him a brace of pheasants (nothing says countryside more than a couple of dead game birds slung over your shoulder!) but couldnt find many pheasant patterns online (who'd have thought!) Then i found these duck dog toys on ravelry and figured theyd be an excellent substitute. So i make a pair, joined then with knitted bailer twine and lovely BM was ready to go! They even made it back home with him with was nothing short of amazing!

Thursday 24 October 2013

Peg toys

I love these peg toys (the shark gets me every time) and my sisters boyfriends son (tenuous much!) if a little crafter in the making so i decided to make some peg toy in a kit for him to make. I basically just put all the parts (pegs and cut out drawings) in a bag with some instructions as posted them off to him - simples!

Tuesday 22 October 2013

Chocolate Swirl buns

Ive been dying to make these for ages and had a great excuse the other week as i returned to my 'proper' job after a year on secondment to a different department. These were my 'im back!' cakes :) They were easier than i thought they would be to make and by goodness were they yummy. I liked them because they were chocolatey but not too sweet and when theyre warm out of the oven they are fabulous! The recipe is from the always delicious Smitten Kitchen

Sunday 20 October 2013

Personalised Skip Award

My sister and her boyfriend came for a visit last month and they spent most of their time (far more then they expected) clearing out my parents' garden. It took them days and days and they entirely filled a large skip with garden waste, it was epic! So as a thankyou i decided to make them a little award to commemorate all their hard work. I sprayed a plastic toy skip (they things you can find on ebay!) with gold paint and then mounted it on a left over billy dvd shelf which id painted dark brown. I then added a little plaque id had specially engraved with their names (ebay again!). Its currently in the post winging its way to australia so i hope they like it :)

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Henry the Cat

Henry, my sister's cat, is possibly the cutest thing ive seen in ages, with the exception of my big of ball of fur Marley of course!

Monday 14 October 2013

Cat Neck Pillow

When i saw this adorable cat neck pillow by on etsy I knew i just had to make a similar (but significantly poorer quality!) one for my sister. We're both a bit obsessed with our cats so its perfect for her. Isnt he cute! Hes a bit thin (unlike my real cat!) so id make him chubbier if i had to make him again!

Saturday 12 October 2013

temporary leave of absence

hi all, sorry ive not been blogging for a while, theres been some illness in the family so ive been dealing with which hasn't left much time for making let alone blogging. But ive been slowly building back up to making stuff again so there should be some stuff to see soon :)