Handmade birthday present

Since the budget is rather tight at the moment I decided to make my mums birthday present rather than wonder around the shops for hours and end up spending a fortune on silly things. For years she has been a fan of Forever Friends bears, so I thought I would try out my inkjet printing on fabric again and make a decorative pillow .

Say it with a biscuit ♥

I was feeling a little lost for ideas and fun stuff today as the cold snap is back :/ So after browsing the net/blogs for a while I came across some simple iced biscuits on BBC and thought I would give them a try but put my own twist on it. I started off with my IKEA animal cutters, although they’re a bit fiddly and actually quite large, so I moved on to simple round biscuits and a single giant heart for my other half. The recipe I used is this-

  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 275g plain flour

Preheat the oven to C*190. Beat the sugar and the butter until smooth, add the egg and then the vanilla. Mix in the flour. Roll out the dough on floured surface, about 1cm thick (the dough is really sticky at this point so make sure you have flour handy. Cut the cookies and place on a baking tray and bake 8-10 min till golden. Be careful as these can reach burnt state quite quickly, so keep an eye on them. Once done cool on the wire rack till there’s no heat left as it will melt the icing. For the icing i gradually mixed in tiny amounts of water into icing sugar till I reached desired consistency. Add few drops of food colouring. For the piping i used a cone made out of greaseproof paper disc as its easy and can be thrown away once you’re done. Now have fun! Here’s some pics of my creations…

Printing on Fabric (Addictive)

So I’ve been recently exploring new techniques in the craft world and have come across printing on fabric with an inkjet printer. I must admit though it’s quite addictive! 😀 So my first project is finished- a pair of dachshunds on a pillow. For some reason the character of these puppies really cheered me up so though I’ll turn them into something cute. Bit of faux suede and some stitching and Voila! I have printed out some other dogs and puppies, however I’m currently working on another decorative pillow- this time it’s some kittens though!

More soapy creations…

Today the postman brought me few more fragrance oils I had ordered for my soap making venture. So as my other half is working this weekend I decided to try them out this afternoon and I think I have some new favorites…

  • Blue Sea Breeze Slices
  • Fresh Spring slices with Orange bits
  • Watermelon Hello Kitty Set
  • Cherry Animals and Iced Penguins