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Instagram Giveaway

On Monday my husband celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary. To help celebrate that I have a little giveaway on my Instagram page.

In the UK the theme for four years is fruit and flowers, so here are four little treats with a lovely floral theme.

If you fancy having go at bagging yourself these then hop on over to Instagram. Apologies to those readers who do not have Instagram, I will have a giveaway on the blog soon. A winner will be announced Friday 18th May at 8pm BST. Good luck!!

P.s How can it be four years already!??

Sewing

Little Red Riding Hood Needlebook

I have wanted to make a little needlebook ever since I discovered Amy Sinibaldi’s blog Nana Company. I loved her blog so much I even blogged about it myself, you can see the post here.

Her little needlebooks are so adorable and I swiftly put it on my to make list. That was a few years ago now and I’ve only just got round to making one now!

 

I’ve had this cute Kokka fabric in my stash for a few years now, I think I probably had a fussy cut needlebook in mind when I bought it, but like most fabrics I own, I was too fearful to cut into it. I’m glad I finally plucked up the courage to use it, it really is very cute.

This wasn’t the first idea for the front cover, initially I made it into a patch and appliqued it onto some felt and then fabric, but I just wasn’t happy with it, not only that it didn’t leave much room for a button.

I realise this won’t make sound very ‘professional’ but I kind of made it up as I went along. I just picked some fabric and played with it until it looked right. Sometimes I spend soooo much time looking at and deciding on the fabric, even longer than the project at times! I know I wanted to use the Little Red Riding Hood as the centerpiece for the front, but I just couldn’t decide on how to focus it. There was only one of these pictures left on the fabric, so the pressure was on to get it right! It’s then I saw some lovely Lecien floral and thought the two fabrics worked quite well together.

I love this fabric! It’s so cute, I’m really wishing I’d bought more than just a fat quarter! I thought it be nice to handquilt around the pictures, so they were highlighted rather than hidden by the stitches.

 

Couldn’t resist adding a little embellishment to the inside too! Including a handy ruler fabric tape. It is slightly smaller than I had intended, but it is handy being pocket sized, will fit nicely in my bag if I need to take a little project with me.

I’ll let you into a little secret, I’m not sure I’m that happy with it. I’m too much of a perfectionist for my own good, and I can see far too many imperfections for my liking, but it was a fun little project and have already planned to make another for my mum. I think I will make the next one a little bigger and plan it out a bit more too!

 

Sewing

Rainbow Dresden Pouch

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m fed up of cloudy days! I’m so impatient for sunny weather and it just seems at the moment the sun rarely wants to show its face.

Do you remember the pouch I made for my mum’s birthday? I really enjoyed the process of making it that I decided to make one for myself, and being inspired by the grey dreary weather I thought I’d go for bright rainbow colours to cheer things up a bit!

It didn’t take me too long (for once) to decide which fabrics to use, I went straight for my trusty Lecien stash.

Initially I was going to do the Dresden as two halves because when its whole it does make making the pouch a little awkward and you can’t top stitch the zip which I do like to do, I think it looks neater. Despite that I went with how I did it before and made the full plate.

I went with a crisp white as the backing fabric to really make the rainbow colours ‘pop’. Then onto my favourite bit the hand quilting.

Most of what I get to do is in nap time, it’s an hour or so just for me, hot tea, cake and sewing, just perfect! I started with one line of quilting but then just kept going! I debated on doing a 4th line but decided to leave it.

 

I have already put this purse to good use, it’s holding all my little hexies that I’ve not had a chance to do anything with yet.

Including these little lovlies from a piece of Cloud 9 fabric that I discovered in my stash.

I had to include my Momiji unicorn doll because all unicorns love a rainbow!

Baking

Mini Egg Shortbread

I hope you all had a lovely Easter, I had planned to have this post published over the Easter weekend, unfortunately I didn’t quite have the time in the end. I thought it would be a shame not to share these lovely little biscuits with you anyway!

My last baking thread featured mini eggs and so does this one, in my eyes you can never have too many mini eggs at this time of year!  If you don’t have any left from Easter that’s ok you could always use chocolate chips instead.

I love shortbread, it’s buttery crispness is the perfect accompaniment to go with a cup of tea. I think you picked up that I love mini eggs, so I thought what would be better than combining the two together!

For these biscuits I used a super cute Miffy cookie cutter that I got from Ebay years ago, but you could shape them anyway you like.

The trick to good shortbread is to put it in the fridge to set before putting them in the oven, if you’re short on time that could be for as little as twenty minutes.

 

Ingredients

  • 125g/ 4oz butter
  • 55g/20z caster sugar
  • 180g/6oz plain flour, sifted
  • 55g/2oz Cadbury Mini eggs, crushed

 

Method

  1. Beat the butter and sugar until smooth
  2. Stir in the flour and crushed mini eggs
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface,  I like to use a silicone mat, and roll out gently until the dough is roughly 1cm thick
  4. Cut into your preferred shapes and place on lined baking trays, chill in the fridge for at least 20 minutes
  5. Preheat oven to 190C/ 180C fan/ Gas 5/ 375F
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are a light golden brown
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on wire racks

Who doesn’t love a cup of tea and a biscuit? Especially if it includes a bit of sewing too!

If you do try this recipe, please share with me and if you’re on Instagram use the hashtag #whatsaysiemakes and tag me @what_saysie_makes. I’d love to see how you get on!

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing

Happily Ever After SAL – Around the World in 80 Days

I didn’t expect to finish this one so soon, especially as I started the month behind, but here it is… April’s block – Around the World in 80 Days!

This was a nice quick and easy little stitch. I love the rainbow coloured hot air balloon! The great thing about being finished so early is I now have the rest of the month to work on other projects! Including something that I hope to be announcing very soon, it’s super exciting!

Sewing

Easter Ruffle Bib

Easter is just a few days away now and it seemed only right that I made Mabel an Easter themed ruffle bib like I did at Christmas which you can see here.

As soon as I saw the new Bunnies and Cream Fabric range from Penny Rose fabrics I knew instantly they would be the perfect choice for the bib.

Seriously how delightful is this fabric!? I also see some fussy cut hexies in their future and think I will have to purchase some more as I have so many lovely ideas for it. There is just far too many nice fabrics in the world that my wallet will not allow me to get.

Anyway it was just a case of choosing just 3 of those fabrics, which is easier said than done!

I whittled it down to these 3. The main fabric HAD to pink! At the last minute I changed the stripey fabric for a pink polka dot from Dashwood Studios, it just seemed a shame to use it as no one would see it.

I find these very satisfying to make, although a little fiddly they look so pretty when they’re finished. It’s almost too cute to use, and I know nothing tomato or chocolate based will be eaten whilst wearing it! lol.  I can’t imagine it’ll be easy getting stains out of the ruffle!

 

Baking

Mini Egg Rocky Road

I think it might be time for something sweet! It’s been so long since I last shared a recipe and as Easter is approaching it seems like the perfect time. I warn you though this is not suitable for any diabetics out there, it is very sweet!

You may remember I had to go on a dairy free diet whilst I was breastfeeding Mabel. That included over Christmas. Now Mabel is fully weaned I am taking full advantage of being able to enjoy food again, my waistline is not thanking me for it.

One of my favourite Easter treats is Mini Eggs, I cannot get enough of them! I was out for lunch with my mum a couple of weeks ago, I had the biggest bit of Rocky Road, it was delicious and inspired me to create a version of Rocky Road especially for Easter. So instead of milk chocolate I used white and instead of digestives I’ve used Golden Oreos, which I think make them a lot more exciting than your standard rocky road! I also decided to withhold the dried fruit and in their place are mini eggs! (I did warn you this is not for the diabetic!). To complete it a slight sprinkling of 100’s and 1000’s although I do wish I added a few more now.

I do love being a mum but sometimes it means I don’t have time for baking, or… well anything that takes me away from her, and making this was one of those occasions! Mabel although only 18 months has well and truly reached the ‘terrible 2’s’ and right in the middle of melting the chocolate she decided to throw the mother of all tantrums, she’s become a real clingy mummy’s girl recently and I have had to learn to either leave what I’m doing till another time or do them one handed! Which in this case I did. Luckily this is a super easy recipe. This is definitely one to do with the kids over the holidays.

Recipe

240g Milky Bar White chocolate

50g pink and white mini marshmallows

1 pack (154g) Golden Oreos

1 bag of Mini Egg Chocolates

100’s and 1000’s

1 8 inch square baking tin fully lined

 

Gently melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water

Whilst the chocolate is melting, place the biscuits in a large zip lock bag and crush with a rolling pin. Don’t worry if there are some bigger bits, because of the cream it is not easy to get an even crush but I think that adds to the charm.

Once the chocolate has fully melted add half the marshmallows and stir, as the chocolate will  still be hot they will start to melt. Set aside for a couple of minutes until the chocolate is cooler. Add the rest of the marshmallows and the broken biscuits. Stir until everything is evenly combined.

Once mixed place into the lined baking tin and press down. Add the mini eggs by pushing them into the mix randomly, I added about a bag and a half but you can add as little or as many as you like! Sprinkle with 100’s and 1000’s.

Place in the fridge, preferably overnight. Once fully set cut into squares and serve. Keep refrigerated.