Nap Time Crafts: Leather Feathers

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If you have any scraps of leather lying around this is a really simple and quick DIY to make a lovely set of feather keyrings. Just find yourself a simple feather silhouette image online and widen the stem so that it’s big enough for your eyelet.

You will need:

  • scraps of gold & brown leather (about 15cm x 5cm)
  • 1cm gold eyelets
  • leather punch, or regular hole punch
  • hammer
  • masking tape
  • keyrings

1. Begin by drawing out a couple of feathers on paper. You can use the template I made for mine. Make sure that the stem of the feather (stem? stick? you know what I mean!) is wider than your eyelet. Cut the template out roughly, then cut the leather so that it is just a little bigger than the feather.

2. I think its easier to attach the eyelet before cutting your feather shape. This way you know it will fit and you don’t have to fiddle about with lining it up perfectly. Make a hole with the punch at the top of the strip and line this hole in place on the eyelet device. Hammer the eyelet on as per the instructions on the pack.

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3. Place the template over the leather and line it up over the eyelet. Tape down then cut out the template and leather in one go.

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Then all you need to do is attach the feathers to a keyring, or a necklace even onto a bag. Easy peasy and super speedy.

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Gigantic Party Rings

  giant party rings recipe          Everything about the title of this recipe excited me! Aside from the fact that party rings = childhood parties for me, what’s better than a recipe that gives you a giant version? My Little Button is quite insistent she wants the purple one but I’ve not given in to giving her a biscuit that is basically the size of her head!

To make 8 gigantic party rings you will need:

  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 275g plain flour
  • 350g royal icing sugar
  • Gel food colours in yellow, purple and pink

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  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C and line two baking sheets with baking paper. Beat the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until evenly mixed. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg yolk until evenly mixed, then stir in the flour. Mix with your hand until combined.

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  1. Lay a sheet of cling film on a work surface, put the dough on top, then cover with more cling film. Roll out the dough to about 5mm thick.
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  2. Remove the top layer of cling film, and cut out as many large circles as you can using the rim of a bowl or side plate (approximately 11cm wide). Then cut a 5.5cm hole in the centre of each. Move to a lined baking tray and repeat till you have used all the dough. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

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4. Bake the biscuit rounds for 15 minutes, until light golden. Cool on the trays for 10 minutes, then move to wire racks to cool completely.

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5. Mix the icing sugar in a bowl with at least 4 tbsp water.If it looks too thick, add more water a tablespoon at a time. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes, or until it forms soft peaks. Divide between 4 bowls – leave one white and colour the rest.

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6. Either pipe or spread the base colouring on top of the biscuits. Then using a different colour, pipe lines across the biscuits and add flicks with a cocktail stick. Leave to set.

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There are loads of other giant versions of biscuits to try. I think my next attempt will be a whopping Jammie Dodger!

~ Laura xx ~

Life in Pictures

Life in Pictures is our mini photo gallery of all the things we’ve been up to in the week. This week we’ve been enjoying the outdoors with friends and spending time with grandparents.

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Well this is a tad exciting….!

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We were really excited when an email popped into our inbox last week saying we’ve been nominated for an Amara Blog Award. We’ve been nominated in the Best DIY and Craft Blog section along with some truly amazing other bloggers so we’re honoured to be among them!

If you have a few minutes to spare and would like to vote for us then click on the link to the Amara Interior Blog Awards and enter your name and email address. Voting closes on 18th September 2015.

Thank you lovely people!

~Laura & Tia xx ~

Toddler Gym Shorts

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We went to Paris recently with our little ones and whilst exploring came across a whole street of fabric shops in Montmartre. I don’t think I’ve been that excited in a while. After spending ages looking at all the pretty material, I bought some to make something for my Little Button. After spending a few weeks deciding, I followed this excellent pattern and tutorial for gym shorts here. The back material was up-cycled from a lightweight denim shirt (thanks for the hand-me-down Mum).  The sizing below relates to shorts for a three-year-old.

For this project you will need:

– 0.5 metre fabric (for the front)
– 0.75 metre fabric (for the back and waistband)
– 1 inch thick elastic, 20.5 inches long
– Sewing thread to match fabric
– 33 inches of co-ordinating bias binding
– Safety pin

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1. Begin by cutting out your pieces from the template. Cut 2 front pieces, 2 back pieces and a waistband from the backing material measuring 4.75 inches wide x 24 inches in length.

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2. With the front pieces of fabric, pin right sides together and sew along the inseam with a 0.25 inch seam allowance. Press the seam to one side and do the same with the back pieces.

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3. Pin the crotch pieces right sides together and sew with a 0.25 inch seam allowance.

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4. Pin the bias binding around the edges of the front and back of the shorts and sew in place.

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5. To sew the sides of the shorts together, have right sides of the front and back of the fabric facing up. Overlap the front fabric over the back so the bias binding overlaps. Sew down each side and stop when you get to the curves at the bottom of the shorts.

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6. To make the waistband, fold the waistband material in half with wrong sides together and press to create a crease. Then open it up and fold again so the two ends meet the centre fold. Press in place. Then open up the waistband and sew the two short ends together with a 5/8 inch seam allowance.  To attach the waistband to the shorts, turn the shorts inside out, then pin with right sides together the bottom of the waistband to the top of the shorts and sew in place.

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7. Turn the shorts the right way out and fold over the waistband so the raw edges are hidden. Make sure your waistband is wide enough to fit your elastic in. Pin and sew the waistband down along the bottom edge. Leave a 1.5 inch gap at the back of the waistband.

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8. Attach a safety pin onto one end of your elastic and use it to thread the elastic through the waistband making sure you don’t lose the other end! Check the shorts fit your Little Button and hand sew the gap shut.

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9. I decided to add a final touch of a bow onto the front of the shorts. To make the bow, cut two strips of fabric (one from each of your fabrics) measuring 1 inch wide and 10 inches long. Sew with right sides together along the long edges. Turn out.
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10. Cut the top and bottom of the bow diagonally. Then tuck in the raw edges and top stitch them in place. To attach the bow to the shorts, pin it vertically in the centre of the front of the shorts with your front fabric on top. Hand sew in place. shorts13
11. To finish, tie the bow. My Little Button really loves wearing her shorts. I’m tempted to make a matching pair for me.

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If you are interested in sewing, The Purl Bee has a range of excellent tutorials. They are easy to follow (even for newbie crafters) and there is a lovely range of projects. It’s good to share the craft blog love around!

~ Laura xx ~

 

Life In Pictures

Life in Pictures is our mini photo gallery of all the things we’ve been up to in the week. This week we have been watching the planes at Eastbourne airshow and enjoying the English Countryside (when it’s not been pouring with rain!)

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Summer Scrapbooking with Paperchase

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 We’re really excited to share with you our latest project for Paperchase. We made a scrapbook of our summer fun by the sea and created a little video tutorial on how to do it.  The tutorial includes tips on styling, image selection and embellishments. To see our full tutorial visit the Paperchase blog.

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Happy scrapbooking!

~ Laura & Tia xx ~