Friday, 31 December 2010

Handmade Jane's giveaway!

Jane from Handmade Jane is having a New Years giveaway! There's a lovely sewing book and some beautiful Liberty fabric up for grabs! Here's the post! Goodluck! :)
Jellybean x

New book!

Fit for Real People is only £11.75 at Amazon until the end of January! I've been meaning to pick this up for ages as I'd seen so many bloggers swear by it. The money off and an Amazon gift voucher for Christmas finally gave me the shove to grab it :) I can't wait to have a look through, I've already seen the FBA instructions, and loved how well explained and illustrated it was.
Happy New Year!
Jellybean x

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I went home for Christmas, and it was lovely to see everybody :)
Also its New Years Eve! This year has gone crazy fast! I didn't do as much sewing as I would have liked, but hopefully this will change in 2011! I'm planning on buying a dress form sometime in January, and stocking up on muslin so I can test the fit of things before I make it properly. Hopefully this will mean I actually wear the things I make :) Also, I'm going to try and not buy cheap bad quality fabrics, as this is also something I don't like about the things I've made so far. I hope this will also lead to more photo's of garments on my blog! (as in, I won't be too embarrassed to show them)

I do have to take a few photos of the jewellery I made over Christmas too! I got more supplies from my mum for Christmas, so I'm excited to show you the things I've made, and excited to make more!
I hope you all enjoy your New Years celebrations! Dom has a cold so I don't think we'll be doing much. Ah well :)

Jellybean x

Monday, 20 December 2010

Short bread biscuits

I made shortbread biscuits last night, and they were so good we've already eaten them all!

125g/4oz butter
55g/2oz caster sugar
180g/6oz plain flour

1) Beat the sugar and butter together until pale.
2) Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste (I had to add a little water to get it to stick together well)
3)Turn onto a floured surface and gently roll out until 1cm thick.
4) Cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter. Put on the baking tray and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
5) Bake for 15-20 minutes (I found that 10 minutes was ok) in an oven preheated to 190'C/375'F/Gas mark 5 until golden brown. Leave to cool.

We ended up with about 24 biscuits. The dough was really nice to work with :) and the biscuits had a lovely crumbly texture. Here's how they turned out:
 Jellybean x

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Ramble ramble

Since starting this blog I haven't done as many projects as I'd like. This is mostly because money was tight (I blame student finance! grr), and when it was finally sorted it was the end of November. And then of course there was Christmas presents to buy. So I have to wait till after Christmas before I can start buying fabric again.
And even then it isn't going to be for me! Not that I mind, as it's for my little sister Ebony's birthday :) I'm ordering the fabric to make her a Princess dress! Remember when I bought these patterns?

After Christmas, it'll finally be time to make it! I can't wait! I'm going to order the fabric from Fabricland, and get some muslin too as its to cheap! I'm thinking satin, as its to soft and smooth and princessy! I'm looking forward to picking out the different lace and ribbon! I'm thinking the pink one in the picture, with the criss cross ribbon on the bodice, and trimming the sleeves in lace of some kind. I was going to go for marabou like on the white one, but they've just got a kitten who is a crazy little thing, who chases your ankles if you walk past him.

He's called Crunchie. Isn't he cute?!
So I'm thinking anything too fluffy would be a bad idea. It will get attacked and Ebony will be sad. And a sad Ebony makes me sad. I'm sure I'll find something just as good.
Of course there will be pictures of the work in progress as I make progress. Her birthday is on the 18th of January, so it will be done by then. Or it had better be! I'll be taking it slowly, as I have three essays in for January too! And of course I'll update my measurements of her when I go home for Christmas.
And after that? Well, I guess I finally get to work on something for me! I haven't decided what yet, I've had a vintage pattern for ages now that needs grading down which I'm very tempted by. Or there's a reprint of a vintage pattern, but it needs an FBA which I'm finding difficult as it has gathers instead of darts. I also want to buy a pattern from Colette Patterns, which is Ceylon. I love this dress! I need it! It has gathers again, but I think Colette make their patterns for a C cup, so it may not be so bad.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now :)
Jellybean x

I'm learning to crochet!

Dom also got me a crochet kit :) I have to crochet 9 crochet squares (YouTube seems to call them granny squares), then join them together and attach it to the front of cushion.
Here's my first one:
It's so nice to do, though it does make my arm ache! I've wanted to learn since I was very little, since watching my Nanny Olive crochet what I seem to remember as a doily. I also remember a blanket made up of these crochet squares. You wouldn't believe my surprise when I recognised what I was meant to be crocheting :) I had to YouTube it before I realised what the instructions in my kit were telling me to do. I have a hard time visualising written instructions sometimes.
I'm onto my third square now, I'll post pictures of the finished cushion when its done :)
Jellybean x

My First Necklace

I made my first necklace a while ago, and have only just got round to taking pictures! I made it with a kit that Dom got me for Christmas. Yep, we've already given each other our Christmas presents! :)
So here it is (excuse the bad focus, I couldn't get the camera to auto focus, Dom has probably been messing with settings. That or he's done it to make me learn to focus the damn thing properly!)
Red! I must make a red dress too :)
Close up of the lovely heart pendant.
Half blurry close up of the clasp. See my slightly wonky crimp beads?
I'm very happy with it and have worn it a few times already. It's a slight shock to the system when I first put it on, as the beads are so cold! I enjoyed making it too, threading beads it so relaxing.
The kit and the beads are from The Bead Gallery, to be found in Lincoln, down a side street on Main Street. They also have a  website so take a look!
For a closer look at the pictures, click em. They pop up in a nice light box thingy that Dom taught me to do :)
Jellybean x


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