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1  Category Challenges / Needlework Challenge Entries / Lucky Pig on: April 11, 2016 01:21:32 PM
In Germany, pigs are considered a symbol of good luck and marzipan pigs are given as gifts at New Year. This little piggie is a greeting card design by illustrator Petra Brown. She's a very luck pig, because she's lucky enough to have such pretty clothes. The image is stitched in embroidery floss and coloured in with pencil. I used beads on her shoes and lace on her dress and hat to make it a little more decorative.

2  COOKING / Dessert / Hot-Cross Buns on: March 29, 2016 08:12:13 AM
Some yummy Hot-Cross Buns for Easter! This recipe has a more scone-like texture than the soft store-bought variety. They're really nice cut in half and spread with butter.

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Athena Goddess of Wisdom on: March 15, 2016 01:14:03 PM
One of my biggest interests is mythology, fairytales etc, so this months hoopla-a-long was a gift! I had so many images I'd been meaning to get around to that would fit the theme.

I choose to go with Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, battle strategy and crafts, wearing her helmet.

I found this great tattoo design on pinterest. I had a lot of fun with all the loops of her hair, although some were a little tricky to keep track of.

4  COOKING / Dessert / Sweet biscuits/cookies on: March 06, 2016 12:12:26 PM


Some in-progress photos:

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / By Grabthar's Hammer! on: February 18, 2016 02:46:42 PM

I adored Alan Rickman and I really wanted to make something to commemorate his passing. Galaxy Quest is such a great movie and I love Dr Lazarus so I really wanted this to work out. I'm pretty pleased but this was such a labour of love! I'm not really sure why, but I nearly gave up on it a few times.

This was probably the most difficult pattern I've made to date, I've never really tried anything realistic before. It's a little hard to tell but there's six flesh tones, 4 blues and 3 colours in the uniform. The finished hoop is 8 on 22ct aida.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ratty and Mole's Picnic on: February 18, 2016 02:41:29 PM

For my partner in the Woodland Creature swap, who's a Wind in the Willows fan. Embroidery and wax crayon.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Clown and Pirate stuffies on: January 19, 2016 01:15:28 PM
The designs for these came from Knitted Toys by Jane Greenhowe. I didn't knit them, just sewed them up. They're a bit cuter and less wonky eyed irl  Wink

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mos Eisley Spaceport on: January 13, 2016 09:22:43 AM
My first project for the Hoopla-along, the theme was Home Sweet Home. My flatmate's a huge Star Wars fan and with the new movie everywhere at the moment, this seemed appropriate. I slightly altered a pattern I'd seen on Pinterest and changed the font of the text to fit into the hoop I wanted to use.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Scottish Shortbread for Hogmanay on: January 04, 2016 11:52:19 AM
New Years Eve is a big thing in our house, with lot of food and drink. I usually find shop bought shortbread really dry but I love this recipe.

4oz Butter
3oz Caster sugar
8oz Plain flour
Pinch of salt
(If needed, a drop of chilled water)

1. Cream together butter and caster sugar.

2. Mix in flour and pinch of salt to make a stiff dough (if Its too crumbly add a tiny drop at a time of chilled water)

3. Roll out on parchment to 1/8 inch thick. Define a circle by cutting round a large dinner plate.

4. With a cutter mark a circle in the middle (not all the way through) then mark eight evenly spaced wedges and pierce each wedge 3 times with a fork. (You can skip this, I did this time, but it does make it look prettier) 

5. Lift the shortbread on its parchment onto a baking tray.

6. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 160C for about 45 minutes (it will be softish when you take it out but will harden as it cools).

I also cut a bunch of smaller, cookie sized ones for extras. You can sprinkle a little extra sugar over the top for decoration.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Very Hungry Caterpillar Quiet Game on: December 30, 2015 11:52:24 AM
This was made for the Ongoing Pinterest swap.

I loved the Very Hungry Caterpiller as a kid so this really appealed to me when I saw it. It was also the perfect December crafting project- lots of little bits of hand stitching that I could do in the sitting room with everyone around.

This little guy was my favourite piece to make. Smiley

And here's some close-ups of the counting fruits and different pieces of food.

All the pieces are made of coloured felt pieces sewn onto black felt backing and decorated with embroidery floss. Each piece has strips of velco (the hook side) on the back so that it can be placed and removed on the carpet tile backboard.

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