As you know I was given the first issue of Mollie Makes magazine. With came a free crafty gift – A make your own smart phone cover. It is a great idea but I already have something similar from suezybees at Folksy (seen here). But this didn’t stop me wanting to make it. Fortunately my sister needed a case & had a birthday coming up so I thought I’d make it for her.
Have a look at how I got on. I really enjoyed making it & it took me about 3 hours from start to finish. I’m very much a beginner at this kind of thing but was able to complete it. Let me know what you think!
It was my birthday on Monday & despite not feeling much like celebrating I was very spoilt! I didn’t send out a birthday list but I am impressed by all the presents I’ve received. I really am very lucky & very loved.
Upon getting home from work I was greeted by pretty birthday bunting & balloons that my amazingly lovely OH had decorated our dining area with. Not only that but he had my chai ready & waiting to make for me. And he’d bought fancy Waitrose cupcakes with girly little candles in. I was so surprised! (It’s possible that I might have cried a little bit! I’d had a bit of a poo day at work!) I was also promised tea of my choice which is always a Chinese takeaway. Not only that but my Super OH had explored a few takeaways in the area for me to pick my favourite one. It was lush!
My presents were all displayed on the kitchen table ready for me to open. I was really amazed by the generosity of my family & friends (including you Mum!) I got some really amazing presents including some sew-your-own Owls (complete with home), make your own candles, some super lush Jo Malone Red Roses perfume, Double Stuff Oreo’s & a beautiful bottle of Hendricks Gin. I cannot wait to have a go at making all these things & eating my oreos while drinking some lush gin.
However, the present of the day came from my lovely OH. I have been going on about Mollie Makes magazine for ages since it exploded over Twitter. I’ve been looking for the first one but to no avail. Not only have I now got a subscription but I actually have a copy of the magazine, which I am going to read through as soon as I’ve finished this blog post. I was so shocked to open it up! Outstanding!
Do you ever get that feeling that you work too much & play too little? My Sunday night work dread has been replaced with the feeling that I haven’t done all the crafty things that I want to do. Knitting, baking, blogging, sewing, relaxing, exercising etc. I often get to tea time on Sunday with many of the nice things to do undone & rushing round the essential things that I need to do. So it got me thinking. What I need is a week of Saturdays. So what would I do with them?
Firstly I would spend hours adding beautiful pictures of very pretty things onto my Pinterest boards. If you haven’t discovered Pinterest then take a peek. You know when you’re looking at images on Etsy (like this from Lola’s Room on Etsy), Folksy or Flickr but you can’t/haven’t got time to buy it/print it etc but you want to keep the image? Well that’s what this helps you to do! Amazing! And you get to have a look at other people’s boards & remind yourself of all the beauty in the world. Lush.
Then I would have a go a making a Morsbag. No idea? Well basically it’s an idea where you you make a reusable bag by using old material that you have instead of using plastic ones & then chucking them away when your done, filling up loads of landfill space. This is such a cool idea & one day I AM going to make one!
I would also make some silver jewellery. I attend classes as part of Oxfordshire Adult Learning. I have made a few things already (more on that another time) & I am half way through a long chain necklace.
I would finish the knitting needle case I started; the secret project I am working on; sort out my cd’s & DVDs; get a hair cut; get some new glasses; go for a long walk & bike ride; have lunch in a nice country pub; reupholster two dining chairs; make some birthday cards; plant some herbs & get a manicure and get my gin on!
Oh drink some chai and do some baking!
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!
Anyway 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.
After 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.