Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Beaded Pretties

I made these items a while back.  The rings are stretchy so one size fits many!  The pendants are woven with fine thread and the photo doesn't do them justice as they are really sparkly.

At the moment I feel like I am on a factory production line.  I had some bad news at the dental surgery yesterday so I need to make as much as I can before next Monday when I am being subject to a deep clean and tooth and bone removal!!!

It is fun making things for the craft fair but I am looking forward to making things for pleasure rather than profit once the day is over.  I really want to draw, paint and maybe make a doll or two.  I also want to take my jewellery making skills up several notches.

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog.  I hope some of my posts inspire you as much as your comments encourage me to keep on doing what I love.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Glorious Angels

I've been making lots of angel charms.  They are a bit difficult to see here as I have packaged them up into clear bags to protect them.  I hope they fly to good homes come November.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Sunday Walk

 This morning I went with the walking group to Trent Country Park for a change of scenery.

 The weather was perfect with a slight autumnal chill in the air.

 The sky was so blue we could have been fooled into thinking it was summer.

 Golden fields

Golden trees.

A perfect Sunday morning walk

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday Cake Bake #19

I shouldn't think these are very healthy but they taste so good.  Bake them as an occasional treat!  I've called them bumpers because of their bumper size!

Coconut Bumpers

4oz (115g) unsalted butter
6oz (170g) soft light brown sugar
10oz (280g) self raising flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
6oz desiccated coconut
1/4 pint (150ml) milk

Pre-heat oven  to 180C (gas mark 4)

Cream butter and sugar together.

In another bowl sieve flour and cinnamon and stir in the coconut.

Add the dry ingredients and milk to the creamed mixture and mix well until a dough is formed.

Divide mixture into 10 portions.  With wet hands form into slightly flattened balls onto a greased baking sheet (or use grease proof paper.)  Bake five bumpers at a time as they spread out when cooking.

Bake for about 20 minutes for the first batch and 18 minutes for the second.

Happy bumper making!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Knowing When to Stop Making for the Craft Fair

I am having a bit of a crisis of confidence.  I am panicking that I won't have enough of anything for the craft fair so I am looking for quick and easy makes.  I think this is probably unwise.   The bracelet above was made from a kit.  I am quite pleased how it turned out (it matches the necklace in a previous post) but the jump rings do not close perfectly. I pay a lot of  attention to detail and things like this really annoy me and so the bracelet may not make the fair. 

I found a great tutorial on YouTube about craft fair makes that showed how to turn paper clips into something more interesting by adding pom poms.  I had the materials handy so I had a go.  When I showed my son he said they look like they come from Pound Land!  He has a point.  I don't suppose these will be coming to the event either!

I like these.  I think there will always be room for tiny cards.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Rustic Rag Ball

I'm not sure if this rustic rag ball will make it to the craft fair with me or not.  It's a little too shabby for my taste but it was fun to make!

There isn't much other news at the moment as I am wholly absorbed into making thing to sell at the upcoming event.  I really want to have time to experiment and take on some leisurely projects but for now I need to keep on planning and making.

If I decide to participate in an art and craft fair again next year, I will be sure to start making things earlier in the year rather than have a last minute frenzy of creating!

I hope your mid week is going well.  I have another 'Cake  Bake' recipe coming up this Friday to share with you all.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

More Tiny Cards

Apologies for the dark picture but it was a bit gloomy when I took the photo.  These tiny cards are such fun to make and will hopefully be a best seller at the upcoming craft fair.