Do you watch your children when they are playing?

I had another one of those things happen the other day with Tiggy. Now Tiggy is a very friendly boy, very trusting and loves making new friends – how this happened I’m not sure, a general consensus on me is that I, in the words of a now ex friend, “give off a stay away vibe”, apparently. I know how it has happened really, I always encourage him to play with other children. So I’m always shocked when he happily trundles up to other children and they are downright mean to him.

The other day he offered a child to play with a toy he had in the bookshop and the child (same age 2ish) pushed him and shouted “no I don’t want it”. I was genuinely taken aback. The mother, needless to say was completely oblivious to what was going on as I find so often. Tiggy is still not yet at a nursery and I wonder what he will be like when he goes, fair play to him he did thereafter hold tight to his toy and said to the boy “no you can’t have it, its mine” which was reassuring to watch. I do worry that when he goes he will be a pushover but watching him react to that behavior was comforting. 

These things do make me wonder though, do children pick this up at nursery? I really don’t want my polite friendly little boy to turn into one of these rude children and wonder if its inevitable? Don’t get me wrong he is no way an angel, he has his tantrums, his terrible twos are in full force right now but they are not directed at people (apart from me and my husband) and are usually built of frustration at not comprehending a situation as apposed to just being obnoxious. 

Time will tell I guess, not long till he goes off to nursery and I will find out…

No more charades,My hearts been displayed,You found out I’ve got a crush on you…

Whoop, I’m actually pretty impressed that I am writing this a post before the actual event, you should see the half finished drafts that I have saved from Christmas and Halloween, oops!

Well traditionally we do not actually celebrate Valentines in this house, from the very first Valentines day with my husband we both decided that we would not exchange gifts. Our little protest that we would not declare our love for each other on the same day as every other couple and would not be dictated as to when/how we should do this. So in actual fact what I am about to post has been done over the year and will not be coming out on February 14th, jeez how rebellion changes as you get older. When I was a kid I was throwing house parties and trashing my parents house, nowadays, I don’t get a Valentines card!

Okay, so my favorite so far is this one:

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Pretty heart sugar lumps, Tiggy is constantly trying to eat them but he has a thing for sugar, what child doesn’t? They are very simple, you will need:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • red food colouring
  • water
  • heart molds

add 2 tablespoons to your sugar to create a paste, then add your food colouring to until you reach your desired colour and then put into your molds. Make sure they are compact so that they stick together. Leave in the molds overnight, in the morning tip them out and keep in an airtight container. They make a great addition to a vintage tea and cakes with a lovely pot of tea.

Now I have another one that I made and Tiggy decided that I was not allowed to use in the way I had planned:

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That is what I planed them for but in the end he used it in his ice-cream with sprinkles on top. It is a milk heart ice cube which is as easy as it sounds, add food colouring to milk and freeze in some heart molds. These are adorable and I want to get some red and white striped straws and mini vintage milk bottles but unfortunately I am snowed under at the moment and just haven’t had the time to source them. Its on the to do list especially for the summer.

Anyway, these are to inspire you for Valentines Day, whilst I may not celebrate it I know that plenty of people do. Have a fun day <3 x

A Quick Gift for a Beautiful Friend

So the other day I met up with my roommate from school who I haven’t seen in 10 years! It was lovely as she had come over from Hong Kong and managed to fit me in between traveling and studying, a long overdue catch up, in these 10 years there have been marriages and births and all sorts. 

So I bought her a gift, something that she would love as shes a huge Starbucks fan but I wanted to give her something handmade. Its been so long that I’m not sure what her style is at home so my usual gifts for the home wouldn’t really cut it. I decided that just a small something would be best and something that every girl never has enough of… hair bands, or bobbles or elastics whichever name for them floats your boat. 

They are so simple to make that I have been using my own homemade ones for such a long time and so cheap to do too. All you need is some coloured elastic, I got mine here http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/xxbabyheadbandzxx.

Simply cut your elastic slightly bigger that the circumference of your wrist (see no measuring tools needed, so simple) then tie the ends in a knot. If your giving them as a gift pop them on some card and write a message to the recipient. These would make excellent party bag gifts, wedding favours, thank you gifts, the list is endless…

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The elastic can also be used for baby headbands, embellish with flowers, perfect for baby girls but as I don’t have any of those in my family (for the moment) I won’t be making those just yet. 

Have fun crafting :) 

Sweets and Glitter, what more could a girl want?

Well the answer to that would be to not have burnt these but it was my first try and to be honest I don’t really trust my thermometer that I use.

So this was my first attempt at Lollipops ….

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Tiggy absolutely loved them so they didn’t go to waste and I do think that it was my cooking not the recipe. I got the inspiration when I was on Etsy and they had some glitter lollipops and I decided that they would be worth a try. They were simple enough:

  • 100ml water
  • 250g granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • food colouring
  • food flavouring ( I used raspberry as I couldn’t find strawberry)
  • edible glitter
  • lollipop sticks
  • greasproof paper
  • oil

put the sugar, water and cram of tartar in a pan and heat till at hard crack stage 152 degrees celsius but I would say when it starts bubbling turn the heat down a bit to avoid burning. Add food colouring and flavouring at this point try not to over stir though. Lay out your grease-proof paper and brush some oil on (just makes it easier to remove them). Using a spoon drop 1 spoonful of the mixture onto the paper and pop your stick into this, make sure that you roll the stick so that it is all covered or it won’t stay in place. Now sprinkle on your glitter as much or as little as you want. Leave to set and remove from the paper. Best kept in an airtight container and consumed within 2 weeks.

I will try these again but maybe buy a lollipop mold to get perfection (being a Virgo the imperfection irked me :) )

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A quick craft that looks beautiful

I have been looking into crafting for the home recently as I want to redecorate but renting doesn’t allow that so I decided that I will just make beautiful accessories for our home. I stumbled across this whilst I was supposed to be sorting out my etsy shop as any crafter knows its so easy to get distracted and end up making something! 

Here they are, and so simple too…

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ok so maybe you can’t quite see them in all their glory there but they are candle holders made with a book page, they look so lovely on the table now its winter and dark when we are eating. 

You will need:

  • A Jar ( I used 2 empty Pesto jars)
  • Some twine – any colour, your choice
  • A book that you don’t cherish ( I did think about using a ,classic book page like Pride & Prejudice but no matter how hard I tried I could not bring myself to ruin such a beautiful book, bear in mind that the page will get wax on it and need replacing)
  • A craft knife 
  • A pencil

so all you need to do is remove a page from a book draw a shape (use a template if you’re not good a drawing), I did a star, cut it out with you knife and cut the page to size so that you can fit it in the jar. You can glue the page to the jar but it fits best if you just let it curl round and you can change it easily. Once you have done that you can tie some twine on the jar and add you tea light candle. Ok so I am adding a disclaimer as this is not safe, paper and fire, you need to keep an eye on it, never leave it unattended. Et Voila, fini. 

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Back soon with more crafts, just waiting on some supplies to come :)

 

Quick New Year Post

Hello!! It’s been a while my readers I know and all I can do is apologise I have been so busy with craft fairs and the weekly market and Christmas in general that I have just not had the time. I have written drafts but have not got round to publishing them.

Anyways as the name suggests this is a quick post. I don’t want to get into a review of 2013 as I have seen so many plastered on networking sites I myself am bored of them so this is an on wards and upwards post. I remembered last minute on New Years Eve that I had seen some months ago a post in another blog about a jar for special memories throughout the year. The idea of this is that whenever something nice happens to you you write it down and pop it in the jar. This could be anything, a funny thing said by your child, a happy memory of playing in the sun, a random act of kindness from a stranger, a laugh shared with a loved one… the list goes on. At the end of the year on New Years Eve you open the jar and reminisce on the good times you had and remember all those little things you forgot about.

I loved this idea so much I couldn’t wait to do it, I decided that this would also be a good idea for New Years Resolutions. I loathe New Years Resolutions, I can never keep to them. I have every year tried and failed. So I thought that perhaps maybe this year if I wrote them down and popped them in a jar as hopes and dreams for 2014 there would be less pressure and I would use the full year to make these a reality. So this is what I have done….

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Sorry the picture isn’t amazing but this was all rushed whilst I kept Tiggy happy drawing in some thank you cards for his Christmas presents. I can’t tell you whats in my hopes and dreams jar as I worry that they wouldn’t come true but here’s hoping :)

Happy New Year, shall try and get some more posts done soon, I have a folder filled with pictures and crafts, I just need to find the time :)

Hang out the Bunting

I have been really busy lately and keep forgetting to take photos of what we have been up to! I was thinking of doing some Halloween crafts but we haven’t got round to that yet. My lovely little sister has sent me some ribbons and Tiggy a whole pack of craft items, so I have some ideas for them buzzing away in my head. 

This past few months have been filled with Birthdays and the latest one was my husbands so we had a day of crafting and baking the day before. I was trying to think of something in keeping with the latest trends in crafting and decided on bunting, simple and lots of fun. 

I cut out 13 triangles from white paper (although this would look good on colored paper too, in fact probably better). I then wrote the letters H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y on them, if Tiggy was a bit older he would of helped with this. Once I did this I let him go crazy with my glitter glues. He was on cloud 9 with this as he’s always in my craft fridge (yes fridge, we have a spare fridge/freezer and I use this to store my supplies in, its not turned on – surprisingly people ask me this!) trying to get them out.

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Once he had decorated all the letters I stapled them onto some ribbon and left them to dry. Et voilà, homemade bunting. It looked quite effective when up, although I should of done the lettering a bit thicker, I was in a rush but will know for next time.

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We only baked simple buns and rice crispie cakes so I won’t bother with a post on those as they are pretty standard in any house :).

This week I am majorly busy but I will try and get some more crafts done, I really want to start getting the Halloween stuff done. I have also seen a new sewing machine that I want but need to save the money for but when I get it I will be trying my hand at appliqué, that will be a while away though. 

Anyways must dash ooo but here is a picture of the nappy/wipe holder that I made the other day, not bad for the first one…

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I will try and be back with my Halloween stuff soon :)

Bread and Butter Pudding with a Sweet Twist

Eeekk, I have been awful and not posted in a while! Sorry, I was ill for a while and then got carried away with Christmas decorations for my stall and Etsy shop, which I am still designing and creating but I have taken the night off for networking and blogging. 

Well the weather has turned and I have to say I love it. I know I’m in the minority here but Autumn is my favorite time of the year closely followed by Winter. I absolutely love warm jumpers, slippers, hot drinks, stews, leaves falling, the cold nip in the air in the morning. I have loved walking down to the market in the mornings as its so fresh and really wakes me up. I had a lovely day out shopping with Tiggy this week it was a long and wet day and when we got back I promised him hot chocolate with marshmallows, I have never seen him run so fast to the door.

I debated over what to post today as I have done lots in the past few weeks but thought that my bread and butter pudding would be a good one. I don’t make the traditional bread and butter pudding and you must have a sweet tooth for this, to be honest I could only handle a little bit of this at a time. Here are the ingredients you will need:

Ingredients

  • 25g/1oz butter plus extra for greasing

  • 10 small chocolate briohce rolls

  • Dark chocolate 

  • 350ml/12fl oz whole milk

  • 50ml/2fl oz double cream

  • 2 eggs

  • 25g/1oz granulated sugar

Lightly grease your baking dish with butter. Slice your Brioche rolls in half and spread your butter one side. Layer your bread with chunks of chocolate inbetween each layer. Gently warm the milk and cream in a pan over a low heat to scalding point, don’t let it boil. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add three quarters of the sugar and lightly whisk until pale then add the milk and cream and stir. Pour the custard over the layered bread and sprinkle the remaining sugar and leave to stand for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180C/355F/Gas 4. Place the dish into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the custard has set and the top is golden-brown.

Here’s a picture of my latest one

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It is delicious but as I said super sweet. I just cover the remainder and put it in the fridge and heat up in the microwave as and when needed. I hope you like it!

 Well I really should be going I want to try and make myself a nappy and wet wipe holder for my bag (although this will soon be just a wet wipe holder fingers crossed).

I will try and post soon, perhaps some Halloween crafts are in order…

Easy Peasy Pizza for kids

Today I decided to let Tiggy cook his own dinner. He loves baking and does lots of cakes and scones with me, his favourite is cake in a cup which is so easy for me to do as it only takes a little time. Today however I thought I would mix things up a little and let him do dinner. He is always wanting to butter his own bread, cut his own fruit. In fact just this morning he spent about 10 minutes trying to cut a cucumber with a butter knife only to give up and ask me to do it. The look on his little face when he cuts his kiwi is priceless, so chuffed.

I decided that Pizza is relatively easy for him so I put all of my ingredients into pots and laid them out on the table for him, here’s what you will need:

  • Soft flour tortilla wraps
  • Passata (I added crushed garlic, pinch of salt and sugar, and a dash of tomato puree before giving to Tiggy)
  • Chopped onion
  • Grated cheese
  • Any topping that you like I just used tuna today as we don’t have much in

Before giving the wraps to Tiggy I cut them into small circles using a cookie cutter to make this more fun as he can make lots.

Simply add all of your toppings:

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Once you have added all the toppings place on a baking try and put in the oven until the cheese has melted (about 5 mins) they don’t need long as they burn easily.

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They were lovely, I folded Tiggys in half like to one in the middle so that he could eat them as a finger food.

Well, I must dash as I’m actually supposed to be making some more products for my shop, don’t forget to have a look and I will be back with more crafts and recipes soon, I made a lovely bread and butter pudding this morning which I will put up soon.

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MadeWithLoveByDanni

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Glitter and Stars, here comes Christmas

Well hello again! I have promised Christmas crafts and not delivered on the goods soooo…

Here goes, this is actually from last year so I am cheating a bit.

What you will need:

  • lollipop sticks (plain coloured)
  • Paint (your choice of colours)
  • Glitter (again your choice of colours, try to compliment your paints)
  • Craft Glue or a Glue Gun (I used my glue gun but craft glue should also work)
  • Thread or ribbon
  • PVA

I have just checked through all of my hundreds of photos and I don’t have a picture of the final products, major fail on my behalf!! I think I did this by video with my little boy so I shall have to make some more up and photo them for you to see. I do have this though which is part of the making process:

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that should help a bit!

Ok so, what you will need to do is take 5 lollipop sticks and lay the in a star shape as above (takes some trial an error to get the right combination). Using your craft glue sick all of the corners together using generous amount of glue. Leave to dry for at least an hour (if using glue gun this usually dries in around 10 mins. If you have problems keeping the sticks together use a heavy book on top to keep them in place.

Once dried you can then paint them. Personally I used red and this worked really well, you can use a mixture of colours to match any other colours that you have for decorations in your house. Make sure you use at least 2 coats of paint. Leave to dry.

Next up is your glitter, you can use glitter glue if you like however I used pva and standard glitter. I covered one side of the stars in a generous amount of glue and sprinkled with red glitter. After the first side dried I turned them over and did the second side.

Almost finished now, just thread some thread though the star and hang where you like. I used mine as a garland in the conservatory using ribbon, Tiggy was very happy as he helped decorate them and got very messy, what more can a child ask for mess and glitter?!

I shall be back with a completed photo once I get a chance to make some… have fun making them and if you get the kids involved I highly recommend aprons or old clothes!