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fridaycakebreak

I’m giving this one a post of it’s own… cos I loved it so much.

smoosh cake

smoosh cake

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I’ve been putting off this post for ages… 3 months at least… mostly because I couldn’t decide if I should split it up or what…

I may have gone just a leeeetle over the top. Just maybe…

Here are the cookies… teapots of course. What a perfect excuse to use the teapot cutter ūüėČ

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These are the toppers waiting to go on fairy cakes…

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and some baby sized cakes in petit fours cases.

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Sweeties on the table… it’s my pampered chef trifle bowl. (I added washi tape bunting but it’s a bit hard to see.)

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The macaroons… there’s a post still to write about the trials and tribulations of those macaroons…

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Oscar’s input was helping me make these cute marshmallow teacups. He ‘did good’ don’t you think?

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party straws and pink lemonade… the toppers are stampin up…

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Mini mouse oreo pops…

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And a couple of shots of the whole thing.

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Grown ups had their tea and cake from Oma’s China tea service. And we had Miss Emily’s new sandpit picnic table (sands sand of course) with some plastic tea sets for the little ones to play with.

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These pants constitute a sort of actual order…. I made them with fold over elastic around the legs and added an inch or two to the top as the last lot came out a little short to cover a nappy properly. Looove the fabric, it’s chosen by the lovely Princess Baker as they are for her little girl!

more nappy covers

more nappy covers

more nappy covers

more nappy covers

Here is the original nappy pants post if you want the pattern etc!

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So we were at the third round of the European Championships at Prudhomat in France. Daddy was racing and we were spectating with our feet in a paddling pool.

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I bought us event t shirts, but at 7-8 Miss Emily’s was rather big! What’s a Mummy to do? Clearly a needle and thread were in order! (Here’s a modelling shot just for you Alison!)

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

I didn’t take any making of pictures (in a field don’t ya know?), but since it worked out so well I’ve drawn you some diagrams!

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper#

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

upcycled t shirt romper

I hope that makes sense. If not do drop me a line and I’ll try to explain further!

Ally – this isn’t where I planned to start but again thanks for the inspiration. xxxx

If you’re interested in t shirt upcycles here’s one from the archives:

maternity top t shirt upcycle

maternity top: t shirt upcycle

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Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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Summer has arrived with a bang here at number 29. It’s a well known fact that anything over 21 degrees is automatically classed as ‘hotter than the surface of the sun’ in the UK. Well today it was 29 degrees (that’s centigrade, of course) and in my kitchen it was 28.5 degrees and although cooler in the kids’ room, still hotter than the aforementioned surface of the sun. bleh! This called for a new form of sleeping bag. The sheet sleeping bag! Unfortunately the supermarkets don’t stock them and a real grobag is rather pricey and a bit hard to get hold of on a Sunday afternoon in our sprawling metropolis (can you hear the metropolis sarcasm?) so….

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Beautifully crafted from more vintage 80’s spottiness (as discovered in Oma’s attic) and with not a little phone support from Oma (Thanks Mummy!)

You should note that this is NOT a yummy Mummy sewing blog. If you want a pretty tutorial look away now… in fact this is more like an un-tutorial. It’s sort of a reverse engineering problem solving sort of thing…¬† you certainly shouldn’t show these making of pictures to any of my home ec teachers or (by tardis magic) my Grandmother!

Would you likle to see how I bodged it? Of course you would cos otherwise you’d have closed this window before reading this far.

baby sleeping bag

This should include a sort of top lining bit, if, like me you have a pathological fear of bias binding…

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So the bodge begins here…

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Who needs pins or tacking anyway…

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It turned out great… kind of…

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

So we’d better sort that out..

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

Then do the lining, simple right?

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baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

baby sleeping bag

[note I made a second one and improved this by doing the lining before putting the zip in… but here’s how I did the first one!]

baby sleeping bag

Obviously after this I sewed back to front but apparently I got carried away and didn’t take any photos…

However Miss Emily can now sleep again, so bodge or not, lets give it a big tick in the sucess column….

For your aestetic (can I spell that?) consideration, Grobag number 2 is checked on the outside and spotty on the inside. [and no Ally, it’s not an armadillo!]

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Here is the prototype bubble romper… I haven’t gotten around to making the ‘real’ one yet. This one was from Oma’s Attic Fabric (I believe I had a Mary Costume made from it for the Sunday School Christmas Play circa 1983!), as I was pretty much making it up as I went along. Now I have a plan I must get around to making another with the cute strokable fabric I bought for that.

bubble romper

bubble romper

bubble romper

I didn’t take any making of pix, apparently I was concentrating on working out what to do next. It’s inspired by all those pillowcase dresses you see in blogland (especially this one at pocket full of dreams here), and also by this 4th of July outfit, at make it-love it here. It’s basically 2 big rectangles and then 2 skinny rectangles for the ruffle.

I’d class it as a sucess, but when I made one for my friends daughter, I lengthened the body rectangles and widened the ruffle. When I make the next one I’ll do wide fixed straps I think (as you can see the skinny ones keep falling off). It has no poppers at the bottom, I don’t have a popper bangy thing… I think there might be one of those in Oma’s attic too. Must search!

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Miss Emily and I made this sometime in June!

sparkle bottle

Inspiration was simply Miss¬†Emily playing with a water bottle when she was bored spectating at the previous race meeting. When we got home we added all kinds of sparkly stuff to make it more interesting. I guess it’s a sensory toy! She thinks it’s awesome. All it took was 10 mins and stuff we had lying around the house… we used beads, sequins, a pipe cleaner and a quality street wrapper or two (the see through jewelly bit).

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Emily had fun putting the bits in. fine motor control skills?

sparkle bottle

sparkle bottle

sparkle bottle

Note: I taped the lid on, also with having an older one in the house I’m quite realistic of the stuff that Miss Emily gets her hands on anyway. Either way, do watch the baby!!!!

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