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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!

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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.

 

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Happily Ever After – The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Once upon a time there were three Billy Goats Gruff; Little Billy Goat, Middle Sized Billy Goat and Great Big Billy Goat…

Block 3 of the Happily Ever After Sampler complete. This one took a little longer than planned and I was still stitching it when April’s pattern came out. Hopefully it’ll not take me too long to catch up. I thought this was a sweet little block to stitch. April’s block is Around the World in 80 Days and features a rainbow coloured hot air balloon!

I’m so pleased the weather is warming up and there’s plenty of sunshine! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get away with a bit of sewing in the garden whilst Mabel plays!

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Pretty Dresden Purse

It’s been such a long time since I completed a project! I think it was Christmas!!

I actually finished this little Dresden about a year ago! It was the first bit of sewing I was able to do after having Mabel. I mentioned here before that I had terrible carpal tunnel syndrome during the last few months of my pregnancy which made it almost impossible to hold a needle. The sensation lasted for a while after she was born too. Not that I had time to sew when she first arrived!

I remember feeling so pleased with myself when I finished it, I was getting ‘me’ back a little. Unfortunately it sat sadly in my wip pile all this time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it, and thought maybe a pot holder. It was only a couple of weeks ago and I thought how it would make a lovely little purse! It is my mum’s birthday today and so I decided it would make a nice little gift for her.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my progress. I appliqued it onto some beautiful Japanese linen and then added some hand quilting.

Then it was just a case of turning it into a little purse. It has been over 2 years since I last made a purse, I couldn’t believe it when I realised that, especially considering I used to have a shop selling them! It’s quite sad really, I would love to reopen my shop but Mabel keeps me so busy, there isn’t much time for that, but then I know other mum’s manage it so…

Anyway I am pleased with the final result, if I’m allowed to say so it’s so pretty. I may have to make one for myself! I’m looking forward to giving it her, I hope she likes it! She’s a fellow EPP (English paper piecing) addict so I’m wondering if it will hold some of her hexies when she has to go to the hospital for her treatments. I also got her a lovely pair of Zakka style scissors like the ones in the picture above. Look how they were packaged when they arrived! I don’t need to wrap them, just perfect!

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Life lately…

Just like that we hurtling towards mid march! How did that happen? I had lots of things planned for the blog in February including a couple of Valentines themed posts and a Pancake day post. Unfortunately life and responsibilities have a habit of getting in the way! I’ve not had a lot of time to much other than be a mummy and that’s ok, but it does get a little frustrating at times not having any time for myself or being able to sit down and do some sewing.

All is not lost though, I have managed some stitching, including February’s Happily Ever After block. The story was Heidi and a real joy to stitch. It was just shortly after finishing that, that some personal things came up and got in the way of doing anything else.

Now that I’m starting to adjust to my new current circumstances, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit more sewing, which has been a welcome relief! I think my love of hexies is well documented on the blog and yet it has been quite a while since I last did any.

I’m not sure what they will become yet, I am just enjoying the process, it will probably be something for Mabel though!

 

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Happily Ever After – The Owl and the Pussycat


I feel like January lasted a lifetime, since my last post everyone in the house has been poorly and it has been very miserable.

 I have however really enjoyed stitching the latest sew along by The Frosted Pumpkins! I think it is my favourite pattern yet! You can’t really see in this picture (and I do apologise for the less than great quality picture) but the fabric is sparkly! All things considered I am happy with my progress, it would have been nice to have all the borders finished but there we go.  

Tonight sees the next installment and I can’t wait to see what story will be featured next! 

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

I

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
    Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
      What a beautiful Pussy you are,
          You are,
          You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

II

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
          His nose,
          His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

III

‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
          The moon,
          The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.