31.12.12

' "The Fairy-Tale Princess" - a review

fairy tale princess book review

Hello everyone!

As we were sharing a lot of different fairy tales with you during the last couple of weeks on color story Wednesdays we thought it might be a good time to introduce you to one of the most awesome fairy tale books you will find. It is called "The Fairy-Tale Princess" and contains seven fairy tales.



It is not your average fairy tale book because it has the most awesome photos showing the creations of paper artist Su Blackwell. She creates the most enchanted scenery out of old book pages and this book will take you on a magical journey into fairy tale land. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books we ever got. It is a little treasure in itself and you will discover something new every-time you look at the pictures. So much love and detail has been put into creating every single picture in there.


I don´t even want to try and imagine how long it must take to create all the tiny details!

Su also creates stunning book-cut sculptures - you should really have a look if you don´t know her work yet! I´m sure you won´t be disappointed


We hope you all have a great New Year´s Eve and the most amazing start into the new year! May all your wishes and dreams come true!

28.12.12

' Easy cookie crumbs truffles!

recipe for easy chocolate cookie crumbs truffles.

Hello!!!

So, have you all recovered from the Christmas holidays and are you ready for the new year? As this is our last blog post for December´s theme "December magic" I will show you how you can magically transform your leftover Christmas cookies (take any other cookies or biscuits if you don´t have leftovers at all) into delicious and yummy truffles for New Year´s Eve!



It only takes four simple ingredients:






Here is what you need to do:





Have a wonderful weekend and we hope to see you back here on Monday!

26.12.12

' Color Story - Forest Green

frog prince inspired color pick forest green.

Hello!

I hope you all got to spend a lovely Christmas with your loved ones and that your holidays were filled with joy and warmth!

Today´s color pick is "Forest Green". It reminded me of a fairy tale that I only just introduced Jamie to and that I heard many times when I was a kid - The Frog Prince.



The Frog Prince is a fairy tale about a princess who drops her golden ball into a pond during her play and then befriends a frog just to get that ball back. She doesn´t care much about the frog but the frog takes her promise to be his friend very seriously. He even asks her to eat from her plate and sleep in her bed. Eventually the princess is so disgusted that she throws the frog against a wall - which breaks a spell that has been cast on the frog and it turns into a good-looking prince. 


"Now push your golden plate a little nearer, so that we may eat together."




"...and as I am tired, you must carry me to your room, and make ready your silken bed,..."




Just imagine you´d have a lovely plate of treats in front of you and had a frog sitting next to it...iiiks!


See you on Friday!

24.12.12

' Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Dear readers!

Isn´t it almost magical how quickly Christmas approached this year?! Although I got to admit I think that very same thing every year...at the end of November you seem to have so much time left to prepare presents and decorations and all of a sudden you are running out of time. I keep promising myself every single year that "next year things will be done far more ahead of time" and every year my nice plan fails...but Christmas wouldn´t be Christmas with no chaos around - so I guess in my heart of hearts I´m not really trying to change anything at all because I would miss my pre-Christmas huddle.

Anyways, have a wonderful Christmas, you all!!! Hopefully you are surrounded by your loved ones and your wishes (not all, but hopefully some) will come true! 

"What if Christmas, he thought, doesn´t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more."

(Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch stole Christmas)

21.12.12

' Peppermint Pinwheel Pouch!

Pattern and tutorial for sewing a half dresden plate pouch.

Hello and Happy Friday!!!

And oh my! Did you notice that Christmas really and seriously is just around the corner now? If you are like me you will be sitting in a pile of half finished handmade presents right now and still need to think about at least two or three more presents for people that already have everything and don´t have any special requests or wishes either! So what about making a little pouch? Everyone needs them...and even if they don´t exactly need them there´s never a case of too many pouches, right?! 

Well, fact is, that Mrs. Clause is one of the biggest bag addicts down at the north-pole ..and she has every reason to be one, because there are always forgetful elves and tipsy reindeer that need odds and ends that Mrs.Clause can usually whip up from her special "Peppermint pinwheel" purse. See, it´s kind of a perfect last-minute gift! Or make one for yourself - you know you deserve one with all that Christmas chaos around you! And don´t you just really want one, too? So let´s get started!



You will need:

fabric for the half dresden plate
fabric for the outside bag body as well as fabric for the lining (two fat quarters would work well!)
iron-on interfacing
a snap button (or use velcro if you prefer)



First you need to create your half dresden plate. Sew the nine segments together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Press.



Take your iron-on interfacing and cut it in the exact same size as the half dresden plate piece you have just been sewing together. Iron it to the wrong side of the half dresden plate. I did that to add more stability to my work, but it is totally up to you, if you want to do that or not. It certainly isn´t necessary, but I find it makes things easier if you do. Now we need to trim the top of this piece to make it nice and straight (just use the flap pattern piece as a template for trimming!).


Take the two pieces for the little half circle, put them right sides together and sew around them, leaving the top open. Clip, but don´t cut into your seam allowance. Turn right side out, press.


Position the little half circle on the segment piece, pin in place and sew around it, very close to the little circle´s edge. You just created your flap outside.


Take the flap lining and layer it on top of the flap outside, right sides together. Sew around it with a quarter inch seam allowance, leaving the top open. Clip the seam allowance, turn right side out, press. Sew along the curved edge.


To make the bag body take one of the outside body pieces and create the darts on both sides. To do that, simply mark the position of the darts, pin them in place and sew. Repeat for the second body outside piece.
Take the two body pieces, layer them right sides together and sew around them with a quarter inch seam allowance. Clip the curves. Repeat these steps to build the lining body, but remember to leave an opening in the lining body to turn the purse later. This opening should be about four inches in size. 

Take the outside body, right side out and the lining body, wrong side out. Stuff the outside body into the lining body, so that the right sides of lining and outside fabric are facing each other. Make sure that the side seams of outside and lining body meet. Take the flap and layer it between the lining and outside body. Make sure you position the flap nice and neat in the middle and that the flap outside points towards the body outside. Line up all top edges (outside body, flap and lining).



Pin in place and sew all the way around the top edge with a quarter inch seam allowance. Turn the bag right sides out through the opening in the lining. Hand stitch that opening closed. Attach a snap button.


This was easy, right? You got your very own peppermint pinwheel candy inspired little pouch now! Stuff it with sweet treats and give it away as a gift or keep it for yourself! 

Have a happy weekend, relax and be merry - it´s almost Christmas after all!




The little pouch is linked up here:



I Heart Nap Time

19.12.12

' Color Story - Snow White

Snow White inspired color pick.

Hello!

Today´s color pick is snow white! I don´t know about you but we had a ton of snow last week, so to us it was crystal clear what color to choose! Isn´t Snow White just one of the most enchanting fairy tales ever?!





My favorite part of this fairy tale still is the magic mirror. I always wanted one when I was a little girl (and as I am still a little girl at heart I still want one!).


Can´t forget about the importance of the apples in this fairy tale, right?!



For crafty goodness that will suit the Snow White theme go here or here!

17.12.12

' Sew a sweet little apron!

Tutorial for sewing a Christmas apron for children!

Happy Monday!!!

Only one more week until Christmas! In case you need a last minute gift for a little one you might consider sewing a quick apron with us today! It is super easy to make, too.



Supplies:

laminated cotton (or plain cotton, but if you are using a laminate you can wipe it off, which is very clever when baking or cooking with children, right?!)

bias tape (homemade or store bought)

fabric scraps for the pocket ( I used an embroidery piece I wanted to feature but you can just use a cute fabric).




First you need a pattern. The measurements I used will make an apron that fits kids in the age of three and up. 

Draw your pattern and cut out the apron piece from laminated cotton. 



From your bias binding you need to cut several pieces:

one piece for the bottom measuring 45 inches
one piece for the top measuring 10 inches
and one piece to create the waist ties and neck strap measuring 60 inches

Start with attaching the bias tape (the 10 inch piece you cut for the top) to the apron top. Cut off any excess tape.




Once you did that, sew bias tape around the sides and bottom of the apron. Use the 45 inches piece you cut. Finally we need to make the neck strap and waist ties. Fold your remaining piece of bias binding into halves and mark the half with a sewing pin. Now put the bias tape around your kid´s neck to find out how long the neck strap needs to be to guarantee a comfortable fit for your little one. Mark with pins on both sides once again. These two marks show you where you need to attach the bias tape to the top part of the curves that you cut for the arms. Pin your bias tape along the curves on both sides. Starting on one end of the bias tape sew along the edge very closely (this will "close" the bias tape and create a nice strap), then sew along the curve on this side, the neck strap (very close to the edge of the bias tape again), the curve on the other side and the second end of the apron tie. This way you will create the ties and neck strap all in one go. Tie a little knot into both ends of the apron straps.

To make the pocket, cut out two pieces of fabric. Layer them right sides together, sew all the way around them with a quarter inch seam allowance, leaving a few inches open at the bottom. Clip the corners.






Turn right side out and press. Position the pocket on the apron, secure with a few pins and sew along the sides and bottom, close to the edge. Tadaa! All done and ready for a bake-off!




Oh and before we forget - Congratulations to Nina who is the winner of our elf puppets giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated!

See you on Wednesday!