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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Chocolate Courgette Cake. on: October 11, 2014 07:32:35 AM
I made this yummy vegan cake from the recipe found online here

http://www.meatandeggfree.com/vegan-cakes.html

It's so good! Smiley





It actually rises, and I can never normally get vegan cake to rise! Smiley
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Cheese and Onion Crisp Flavouring. on: August 16, 2014 01:58:21 PM
This isn't really a recipe, but it's made be very happy so I thought I would share!

To make vegan cheese and onion crisps you will need

ready salted crisps
nutritional yeast flakes
onion granules
a tea spoon



Put 1 teaspoon of nutritional yeast flakes and half a teaspoon of onion granules into a bag of ready salted crisps.  Hold the bag closed and shake it well. 





You now have vegan cheese and onion crisps, hurrah!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Rainbow Cards. on: July 12, 2014 03:39:12 PM
Some rainbow cards I made, they were commissioned by parents at the Rainbow Guides unit I help at.





I made up the pattern for the rainbow, I think the first one was pretty perfect but I didn't write it down!  And now I can't work out exactly what I did which is very annoying!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Stripe Blanket on: April 30, 2014 03:28:36 PM
I've been working on this blanket for a few months, it's a house warming present for my best friend and her husband.



I used the free granny stripe blanket pattern from the blog Attic 24.  It was lovely to make.



I started with a 180 chain (instead of the recommended 240 chain) because I wanted it to be a good size for my friend and her hubbie to be able to snuggle under on the sofa, but not too big to take in my luggage when I visit them (next week!) (They live in Brazil and I live in the UK!) but it turned out quite huge and as you can see is nearly double bed sized!  I used DK yarn and a 4mm hook.  I'm working on making my yarn stash smaller and this blanket helped to eat up 7 balls of yarn.  Yey!





5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Crochet Easter Chick. on: April 18, 2014 05:55:44 AM
I made this for my niece for Easter.  Cheep Cheep!





I used the lovely free pattern from here (although google translate failed me for the legs and cockscomb, I had to make them up myself!)

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgrietjekarwietje.blogspot.co.uk%2F2011%2F04%2Fhaakpatroon-bertje-het-kuiken.html&langpair=auto%7Cen&hl=en

It only took one night to make, while watching TV, so it was a nice quick project too!

Happy Easter
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Soot Sprite Pom Pom Valentine... on: February 08, 2014 06:42:07 AM
I'm not sure where this should go...maybe here is the best place?!  Huh



I made this pom pom Studio Ghibli soot sprite for valentines day for my boy.  It's a homemade pompom (I have one of those clover pompom makers, it's excellent and worryingly addictive!), with a pipe cleaner as arms and some felt bits stuck on.





There's a tutorial on my blog if you'd like to see step by step photos.

http://secondhandsusie.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/how-to-make-valentines-day-studio-ghibli-soot-sprite-valentines-present-DIY-pompom.html 
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Granny Triangle Bunting, Attic 24 Pattern. on: February 02, 2014 03:04:08 AM
I used this lovely easy pattern from attic 24 and bits and bobs of yarn from my stash (I am working on making my stash a little smaller this year!) to make some crochet bunting to brighten up my front door, it makes me smile every time I come in now Smiley

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/granny-bunting-triangles.html



8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan oat, flax seed and coconut flapjacks on: January 29, 2014 05:16:01 PM


I eat these for breakfast when I get to work, they're really filling and have seeds in for extra nutrients.

2 desertspoons vegan margarine
2 desertspoons golden syrup
2 desertspoons white sugar
2 desertspoons desiccated coconut
3 desertspoons golden flax seeds
1 desertspoon poppy seeds
Oats

Melt margarine, syrup and sugar together in the microwave.

Add enough oats to soak up the mixture but still remain wet enough to stick together.

Mix in the coconut and seeds.

Line a baking tray and fill with the mixture.  Press down.

Sprinkle sugar on top if you want a crispy finish (I used soft brown sugar).

Bake in the oven until firm, about 15-20 minutes, cool, cut into as many pieces as desired, then store in an airtight container.



9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Elf Hat... on: December 29, 2013 05:26:11 AM
I made this for my 5 month old niece for Christmas, she looked super cute in it!





I did follow a pattern, it's a free one I found online here.
http://www.oodles-4-noodles.com/2011/03/long-tailed-baby-elf-hat-tutorial.html

But I made it using DK and a 4mm hook, crocheted in a spiral rather than in rows, and used htr (uk) instead of dc (usa) - so it's a loose interpretation!  I wound the end of the hat into a spiral and sewed it together instead of using a pompom.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I went with self striping yarn in blues, red and white, which is a bit winter-y, I didn't want it to be soo Christmassy that she would only be able to wear it for one day, if that makes sense.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / LOTs of baby crochet - hats, cardi and bunny! on: August 04, 2013 03:56:02 AM
My niece was born yesterday! I made these for her...

The panda hat is from the Beanie Hat pattern from Nikki Trenches book 'Cute and Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes', with added panda features.  For the booties I used this pattern for inspiration http://sensitivesnapdragon.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/boy-clog-slippers-pattern.html but kind of did my own thing!



I made the viking hat from the same pattern, but put an extra round in at the top, to make the top of the hat more pointy instead of flat (so it looked more like a helmet!) then added horns to the side.  I can confirm the baby looked hilarious in this!



The cardigan is also a pattern from the same book, I think called Pocket Trim Cardigan, but I missed off the pocket, and altered the arms, and added flowers!  I've never made any clothing before, so I'm quite pleased with this, even though the button band is a bit funny!





I also made a bunny!



Phew!  I wish I hadn't procrastinated for 9 months, I made all of these in a week!
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