Category: Crafty

Lazy Coffee

Orla Kiely Mug

Orla Kiely MugLazy morning coffee? Why, don’t mind if I do! This is my favourite coffee cup. It’s just big enough for an Americano – my favourite coffee.

Mothers Day

Whoopie Pies

A few weeks ago I blogged about making my mum a Mother’s Day card but naturally couldn’t put it on here because she is an avid reader of A Crafty Chai!

Mothers Day Stitched Teapot CardAnyway here is the card that I embroidered for her. She was pretty impressed with it, which is relief as it took me all day to do it! It was quite an easy pattern to follow, although because there are so many colours in it it was quite fiddly. The card was from a pack I bought in Hobbycraft a while ago but I had to cut the hole into a square as the circle that was originally there was too small for the teapot. If my sewing skills were more professional I would have sewn ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ into the space above the teapot. But I am quite the beginner at this so I left it off!

The good bit is that I finished it in time to post home to her. Granny loved her homemade card too so Mother’s Day was quite the handmade success!

My OH & I also made something for his mum for Mother’s Day. She invited us round for dinner on the Friday & asked if I would like to bring the pudding. Given the chance to bake, I was more than happy to bring the pudding. We decided on whoopie pies, which a friend of mine has made & said how lush they are. We used the recipe from ‘Baking Made Easy‘ by Lorraine Pascale.

Whoopie PiesAfter gathering together all the weird and wonderful ingredients we began making them. It looks a bit gross to begin with but it all works out okay in the end. The most difficult bit was piping the mixture onto baking trays. The baking trays were probably a bit small & the measurements for the pies seemed quite large. They turned out okay though. One of the most frightening ingredients was the amount of icing sugar required for the butter cream filling – 400 grams! Not for those watching their calories. They were a great success & I’d happily make them again. I’ve since found a different recipe that has less calorific ingredients so will try that next time.

A Crafty Afternoon

Crafty Afternoon

Another week goes by where there isn’t much chance to be crafty. I have been continuing on my secret project but it’s going very slowly. This afternoon I was desperate to practice some of the projects that I’ve had in mind for ages. With that in mind, and a sore body from gardening yesterday afternoon, the thought of sitting at the sewing maching was heaven. I’ve been meaning to sew myself a knitting needle bag for a while now but I needed to practice my hemming first. They’ve been a bit wobbly in the past so wanted to get them right for this project. Also I wanted to make my Granny a Mother’s Day card & I’ve got a friends birthday this week so thought I’d practice my stenciling by making her a card too.

Crafty Afternoon

 

This is what my craft table currently looks like. I’ve dawdled and struggled with the instructions for my case so I’ve not completed it. I have completed the cards – You can see the birthday one in the background. It’s much better than the one for my Granny, but she’ll love it!* I hope my friend will like this one. I really enjoyed stenciling it. Painting makes me feel like I’m still in primary school!

I will have to finish the case next weekend if I don’t get a chance during the week. It’s from the Cath Kidston ‘Sew‘ book. As a beginner, I find the Cath Kidston Homemade Bag instructions really difficult to follow so it takes me a while to get going. I am looking forward to finishing it though. And before you ask, yes I have made the bag on the front. Painful, very very painful. It took me ages but I did it! Granted it looks a little more ‘homemade’ than the one on the cover and I’ll never use it as an actual bag but at least I did it and it was good practice.

I am hoping the knitting needle case turns out better! Check back next week to find out.

 

* I am making my Mum’s Mother’s Day card too, but she reads this and I don’t want her to see it before she gets it!

Inspiration

Kettle Image Print

It has been a busy week. It’s not good if you’re too busy to enjoy your craftiness or blog about other people’s amazing talents. The week ahead looks less busy which means I can indulge in knitting my new (secret) project.

However, while I cannot blog about that I can blog about other crafty techniques that I am turning my hand at. While procrastinating over some work last week, I noticed a tweet from Nikki McWilliams. It was advertising screen printed images that she’d done. I was very interested so took a quick peek at the Kettle Image Print image. I loved the kettle image & immediately popped over to her Folksy page & ordered my very own copy. I received it the next day and was bowled over to have received the number 1 of 30! I am most impressed with the promptness of service but also with the beauty of the screen printing. It is really amazing. I think that the fact that it is of something so simple & everyday like a kettle makes it even more lovely. It is on the wall next to my desk so I can see it all the time. Thanks Nikki!

It has also inspired me to have a go at painting. While I may not be an expert in painting, I did attend lessons for beginners in watercolour & thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my most recent purchases from Comma shop in Oxford was a stencil kit. I’ve been thinking of ways to improve my card making & thought using stencils would be a great way of doing this. Armed with my stencils & some paint, I had a go.

Stencilling

I am super chuffed with the results. These might be very simple & crammed onto one page, but I really like the slightly raised effect that stenciling gives. I will definitely be using stencils on my next batch of cards.