Finished Crochet Wedding Blanket!

I finally finished the crochet wedding blanket! I am actually really pleased with how it turned out, I think it just looks so bright and sunny! 

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I was heading to a friends birthday tea and knew the bride and groom would be there after their honeymoon so I decided to bring it along with me, as well as a sunflower and homemade red velvet cake for the birthday girl. 

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All gifts were greatly appreciated and a lovely day was had by all. What better way to spend a Sunday than with great friends and lovely food!

 

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Improv dressmaking

I love working with vintage patterns, however, there are those occasions when you love a design but half of the pattern pieces are missing. I had planned to make a very sweet 1960s top, complete with collar and sleeve cuffs. However, after selecting some sweet remnants from my stash I realised that there were a few pattern pieces missing. I really wanted a new top to wear to go and see The Stone Roses at the weekend so I bashed on anyway, with no collar or cuff pieces I decided on a plain neckline and sleeve design. I also realised I didn’t have a zip so had to refashion the neck fastening a bit. Finally, for a bit of a sweet detail I added a white ribbon bow…and here it is. One afternoon and a bit of faffing about later I had a wearable top! It may not be my neatest, most competent work but I am happy that I was brave enough to stray away from the pattern and try something out myself. ImageImage

 

Finally…A New Dressmaking Project!

In the whirlwind that was moving house and redecorating my crafty projects were put to the side for a significant amount of time! Now that we’re moved and settled (bar a few finishing touches) I’ve been able to indulge my brand new craft space. I’ve never had a whole area I can call my own to work in before, it’s always been a corner of the living room, which isn’t ideal if there is anybody else around. The first this I decided to do was get back  into a bit of dressmaking. 

This was partly a necessity as I’ve a wedding coming up and was so disappointed with what was on offer in the shops…too short, too many frills, no sleeves, wrong colours, cost a small fortune, the list goes on. All I wanted for the wedding was a simple dress in a vibrant summery colour, it had to be a decent length (I want to feel like I can sit down without flashing the world), it also had to have sleeves (I didn’t want to have to bring an extra cover up, or worse…show my arms!). 

So my only option was to raid my vintage pattern selection and my fabric stash. I picked a turquoise blue lawn and this pattern;1960s VINTAGE pattern Simplicity 7045 size 14 bust 34 misses one piece dress Mad Men

I loved the sleeves in option 1 so decided on that with a remnant of psychedelic fabric I picked up years ago! Buying the pattern, fabrics and notions so long ago was beginning to make this dress feel like a freebie! 

I can be quite impatient when I’m dressmaking, cutting a bit too roughly, not pinning and tacking properly but this time I decided to do everything by the book and I’m so happy I did….I love the finished product, what do you think?

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I am considering adding a contrasting collar, in the same fabric as the lining of the sleeves…all time dependent though!

Crochet Wedding Blanket

I’ve started work on another crochet wedding blanket for a wedding in June and I am beginning to panic about it so I need some honest opinions! I am worrying that the colours I have chosen are going to be too garish. I’ve picked bring sunny colours for a couple of reasons, the bride and groom are bright, sunny people so I thought it would be nice to try and incorporate their personalities in the blanket. I also selcted the red and yellow for luck and fortune (in Chinese culture, they are traditional wedding colours) and the orange to incorporate the groom’s favourite football team. Looking at all the balls of wool together I thought they were a lovely warm, bright combination;

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20130209_123511 20130209_123515I’ve just powered on for the moment and the blanket is getting bigger, I’ve mixed up the squares so some are plain, like the orange above and some are mixed. All squares have a pale yellow border which I was hoping would bring the design together a bit. I was wondering if a plain one colour border around the whole blanket would maybe tie it all together? I need some help here!

Pinterest Picks #12

This week I haven’t picked a selection of pins to highlight, instead I have decided to share a page with you instead. This lovely Pinterest page by Sarah Catherine Designs is just lovely. She has recently tidied it up and sorted her boards and pins and has inspired me to tidy up my own page a bit.

Healthy Bran Muffins

I’ve been digging up some old recipes I enjoyed during childhood. This one was a family favourite and by happy coincidence is high in fibre, low in fat, and has no added sugar. It makes a great breakfast on the run or afternoon snack. You can adapt the recipe to include nuts, fruits, spices, sugar, anything you like really. This is my favourite version, recipe below. Be warned, these are not light fluffy cakes, because of all the fruit and bran they are quite dense.

 

 

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Recipe Instructions:

Pick a mug of any size you like, I used a medium sized one and it would make about 12 muffins or one decent sized loaf.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius

Lightly grease a loaf tin or line a muffin tin with pretty liners.

Ingredients:

1 mug all bran

1 mug self raising flour

1 mug dried fruit

1 mug milk

1 egg

1 tsp ground ginger.

Instructions:

1- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes until the bran soften.

2- Place mix into loaf tin or muffin cases and bake for 1-1.5 hours for a loaf and 30mins-1 hour for the muffins, depending on the size. You can tell the cakes are cooked when a skewer comes away clean.

3- Allow to cool and then munch!