Produce Bag

April 8, 2012 § 3 Comments

Found a terrific free pattern for this crocheted produce bag here. I was so excited when I found it, I had to whip it up straight away. I tweaked the pattern slightly so it would be big enough to put my groceries in, I used a 3.5mm hook with cotton twine (because I love the smell of twine). I loved the apricot color it was in the original pattern but unfortunately my kitchen is mostly green with a bit of red and it would have clashed terribly.

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Hoppy Easter!

April 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our Easter egg hunt was a success! She even managed to stop eating the chocolate long enough to consume some of the dried fruit.

Hurray!!! Happy Easter everyone! Hope you have a great day.

Personalized Easter Bunny Keepsake

April 2, 2012 § 1 Comment

Ok, so this has nothing to do with crochet but it was so fun and easy to do I thought I’d post it anyway.

So here is how it’s done….

WHAT YOU”LL NEED:

Easter bunny chocolate mold

Alphabet stamps

Sculpey (or similar material)

Varnish

Acrylic paint

Washing-up detergent

ONE: Put a thin layer of washing-up detergent inside the mold. This is to stop the Sculpey from sticking to the mold (it took me 3 failed attempts to learn this)

TWO: Break off enough Sculpey to fill the mold and kneed it until it is soft and pliable. Fill the mold with the Sculpey but don’t overfill the mold. It’s best to start with too little and add more to it than to have too much.

THREE: Smooth the surface with your finger or a rolling pin. Press the stamps into the Sculpey to write the name and date (or whatever you like!)

FOUR: Take your bunny out of the mold and place on a tray in the oven. Refer to your Sculpey packet for cooking temperatures and times.

(Be careful not to OVER-BAKE him!)

FIVE: When it’s cool you can smooth the edges with sand paper and paint him in the colours (colors) of your choice. Paint lightly over the lettering so as not to get too much paint in the grooves. If you want, use a contrasting colour in the grooves of the letters. You can wipe off any of the paint with a clean damp towel.

SIX: Varnish and let dry. VOILA!!!

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Easter Treats!

April 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

This year will be Amelie’s first proper Easter (last year she was still drooling and unable to move from wherever I plonked her) so I feel the pressure to make it extra special. I don’t want her to consume TOO much chocolate so I’m going to scatter around a combination of chocolate eggs and other goodies for her to find. No doubt she will be more interested in the chocolate than the other treats but at least I’ve made an effort. So here’s what I’ve done:

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I bought these plastic fill-able Easter eggs from the $2 shop and I’m going to fill them with healthy(er) treats like sultanas and also things she can play with like fabric flowers and paper confetti:

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To mark the occasion I also made her a bunny with her name and the year on the back. It was easy to make, all you need is some Sculpey (or something similar), some alphabet stamps and a chocolate mold. The tutorial on how to make him can be found here.

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