Saturday, 28 January 2012


One of Pickle's favourite sayings! (Along with various other characters and their catchphrases).
This project was supposed to be finished for Christmas, and it pretty much was, when I lost all enthusiasm for it. So on a wet Wednesday afternoon in mid/late January I greeted Pickle from his nap with the aforementioned words and his very own crocheted Bowser.

"Thank you very much, my lovely Bowser" was the fabulous response I got and he held very tightly onto Bowser for the rest of the day. Pattern at nanettecrochet.

You may have noticed a couple of plumbers who've sneaked into the last picture. I made them a while ago, patterns at wolfdreamer.

 "I am Mario...Woohoo", "I am Ilugi (that's what he calls Luigi!)...Yippee".

On a completely unrelated note. Chicken took a crystal encrusted rock to school on Friday to show to his friends and talk about. His teacher said it would make a good ring and after Chicken said you could use a small part of it to make a ring, she said she would like her crystal ring to be huuuge! So we made her a huuuuge crystal ring (from card and shiny tape).

Hope she likes it!!!! (Chicken has been trying to remember the words decahedron and pentagonal bipyramid).
See you soon!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Happy half birthday!

Our Pickle was two-and-a-half today so, as is my new tradition, I made half a birthday cake! I had it in my mind to make a striped cake but didn't have the time or inclination for mixing and washing up four separate cake mixes so... I weighed the mixture into two tins and used the cocktail stick coated in colouring to mix each colour straight in the tin!

I crossed my fingers that the two colours would not run together and waited 20 mins for them to cook...

So far, so good. I waited for them to cool, hoping that the colour went right through the cakes, and made the butter icing ( I did consider making the icing purple but managed to restrain myself and went with plain).
Cakes cut in half glued together with, and smeared in, icing and...

The yellow is a bit patchy and the red has a couple of plain blobs but we've eaten the evidence so it doesn't really matter, and these things rarely do to kids anyway!
Not too bad considering half way through the icing smearing I realised we should have already left to collect Chicken from school! (A quick run in anticipation of the teatime cake eating).

See you soon.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy New Year!

We had a great Christmas and New Year, I hope you did too.

I am veeery excited to show you my Christmas present...

woo hoo! All I need to do now is find out how to get the squillions of pictures on it onto my computer! I'm sure it's easy I just haven't actually got around to it yet.

In other news, Chicken told me the other day that the socks I had given him to wear were broken! I did the only thing any mildly craft obsessed Mummy would do in such a situation...

Should you also find yourself with broken socks, here is my handy and easily adapted sock monkey making plan.

Wow what an excellent picture! anyway, I hope it makes sense. I mostly machined mine but you could just as well hand sew it all.

The most important thing is to lay your socks flat with the heels on top like a little flap, then start snipping.

Hem, stuff and sew closed each part. A tricky bit is sewing on the stuffed mouth part. I sewed on the bottom of the heel in a curve, then most of the top, stuffed it and pinned it so the stuffing couldn't escape while I sewed up the hole. (make sure you aren't sewing through both sides of the head - not that I think for one second that you would be - just check!)

Join the pieces as you see fit, I wasn't worried about seeing the seams so they're mostly on the outside.

The only thing I think that isn't too obvious is you have to sew up the the back of the head. Snip off the toe/sole part of sock 1 so you are left with the heel still joined to the ankle part. Flip the heel up and sew the two cut edges together.

Last of all find a couple of buttons, or some felt, googly eyes, beads or whatever takes your fancy to make the eyes.

Not bad for a broken pair of socks. You could always just chuck them in the bin.. but then my guess is you wouldn't be reading this in the first place!

See you soon, maybe with sparkling new photos.