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.
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.
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…
I will try and be back with my Halloween stuff soon
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:
25g/1oz butter plus extra for greasing
10 small chocolate briohce rolls
350ml/12fl oz whole milk
50ml/2fl oz double cream
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
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…
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)
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:
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.
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.
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
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:
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!
Its the August bank holiday, for a change the weather has been lovely. We spent one of the days at the beach which Tiggy loved, he adores sand and water, could quite happily play there all day.
Whilst my husband was paddling in the sea with Tiggy I stood back and watched them giggling and chatting away. Just watching them playing and the sea lapping over their toes made me realise that this is what matters, my family. Everything that had been worrying me didn’t matter (and there has been a lot of worrying at the moment), it was the here and now, you can’t change the past or worry about the future, just enjoy the here and now. I think that’s something that we all could take on at times in our lives.
On that happy note I have been trying out something new which I am quite excited about and am flowing with ideas for…. its sewing. I bought myself a very cheap mini sewing machine at a craft shop last weekend and have been dreading trying it out. Dreading it as if I couldn’t do it or didn’t like it it would have been a waste of money. Quite simply, I love it. I made my first hanging heart, it has pride of place in my conservatory. I only used the materials I had to hand so the colours are not necessarily what I would have chosen but it’s adorable.
For my first attempt at sewing I am quite proud *beams like a Cheshire cat*.
I’m off out tomorrow to buy some materials for all of my new ideas, I feel that soon enough I shall be investing in a better machine! I shall post back with my progress, fingers crossed it all goes well.
I have learnt from becoming a mother that whilst you love your child so much you want to explode, sometimes you just can’t abide other peoples children.
We had an interesting experience at the park at the weekend. We took Tiggy out to the park and as usual we always play with him. Before we knew it we had a little gang of children playing with us, this is a regular occurrence as most parents down there just sit on the bench etc rather than interact. The children love playing with adults and having Tiggy there was a bonus too as the children were all older and seemed to enjoy having a little one to look after.
My husband said to me after that he was a bit worried that they were going to tease or wind him up but they were lovely with him. They played in the mud and chased him and even got their football for him to play with. They had a lot of patience at his lack of kicking the ball, apparently Tiggy prefers picking it up and running off.
There was this one child however, teaching him not to listen to me, throw mud at me and giving him things I said no to. It was like a battle of the wills. I won, obviously.
My point is, when dealing with other peoples little “angels” how do you do it? Do you simply smile and reiterate your point (my current action which works, for now) or are you a full on you are in the wrong, you shall stop what you are doing? Its hard to strike the balance of getting your point across without upsetting them. And always more difficult when they are a few years older than your child and you feel they should know better, although perhaps when Tiggy reaches their age I will still be making excuses.
On another note I have been putting up more products on my etsy site and shall do another blog soon in relation to my crafts and new ones on the way for Christmas…
Now that you know who I am (well a little) its only fair that I should give you a link to my Etsy shop.
As I said, I craft and my husband illustrates and we have opened an Etsy shop which I am not gonna lie, its not going well. Neither is my facebook page, seems that no one wants to buy our goods :(. Oh well, I shall persevere, I also attend a weekly country market in my little town, however as with everything else I have tried sales are practically non existent. On the plus side, Tiggy loves it, he gets fussed over by the ladies down there and has his weekly homemade sausage rolls, apparently I don’t get a choice in this, its one of the first things he asks for. I am really hoping that with the C word (will not mention it in August!!) approaching more sales will come or I may sadly have to give it up.
OK so I decide to start a blog and then realise that no matter how hard I try I can never get these things started. I have so far spent ages trying to think of blog name, unfortunately mummy pig was taken much to my disappointment, seems so apt (*high five to other mummy blogger*). Now here I am trying to think how on earth to start writing. I have so many things that I want to share but feel an introduction is needed….
My name is Danielle I’m 27 (for a few more days anyway) and I am a stay at home mum to my little boy who is 2, for the purpose of this blog he shall be called Tiggy (not his real name!). I love crafting but am lacking in the inspirational front. This is where the husband comes in. He is a freelance illustrator, full of imagination and creativity. Anyway, we have been married for a while, probably about 3 years, and we have been together since I was 19 so about 9 years.
Anyway, I only wanted a brief intro here so that I can start blogging properly. I’m sure you will learn more about me along the way.