Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Shiny Sensory Tub

Today we collected shiny things for the tub from all over the house (kinda building up to Christmas!). 

I'm sure we could have completely filled it as anyone who knows me will know I'm a bit of a magpie when it comes to sparkle!



The mirrors are still a firm favourite for this 18 month old and the reflection in the back of the little spoon held his interest for quite a while too.  

Can you spot the sparkly key?  It's a Christmas decoration that I picked up at a garden centre recently...it'll be brilliant for storytelling when he's a bit bigger!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Reindeer Hobby Horse

I've been wanting to make this hobby reindeer for a year or two now but there wasn't really anyone to make it for, but now that Monty is up and about it seemed the perfect time!

It actually turned out a little bit smaller than I had imagined it would be but I'm really pleased him and I can't believe how quick he was to sew up.



I love this fabric and wish I had bought more....it's so festive and warm looking.  




The pattern and instructions for making it are in this Tilda book but I have also spotted similar pattern sheets on Pinterest.

To get an idea of size, I bought a broom handle in B&Q and just cut it in half so the pole is approx 60cm and the reindeer is roughly 80cm high.






I'll be keeping him for December 1st and I hope he will become a Christmas favourite that can be brought out year after year. 

Even when Monty is too big for him, I'm sure he will still make a lovely Christmas decoration.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Butternut Squash and Feta Lasagne

Oh, it's sooo chilly today and the forecast says we might get snow tonight so this dinner was perfect for warming us up this evening and so quick and easy to make.
The toughest bit is cutting the squash - they are so tough to cut, or maybe I need new knives.

This made enough for three....


1 butternut squash
1 carton or tin of tomatoes
spinach lasagne sheets
1 block of feta cheese (I used about three quarters of the pack)
fresh basil leaves
parmesan
salt
pepper
olive oil


First I cut the squash into cubes, drizzled with olive oil and roasted in the oven for about 40 mins on a high heat or until nearly soft all the way through and slightly golden.

While that was cooking, I started layering the lasagne in an overproof dish.....first some tomato on the bottom of the dish, then a layer of lasagne sheets then some crumbled feta.  
Repeat this layer another twice adding some torn fresh basil leaves into one of the layers and some seasoning, then top with the squash.  

Grate some parmesan over the top and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake at 180 until golden, about another 30-40 mins. 

This is the first recipe I've posted, hope you enjoy it!!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Little Bags for Little Girls (or big girls!)




I first started making these little bags a couple of years ago to join in at my sister's annual Christmas craft fair, really just for a bit of fun.  
I made four or five the first time and they all sold - what a lovely buzz that was!

The next year I made another couple and so on. 

I also occasionally sew them as gifts for friends.











The craft fair is just a small get together at one of our houses and we invite family and friends over for a look and a cuppa so it's quite a social event.
  

This will be the fourth or fifth year I think so I've made another few. 









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These are the latest creations, along with a couple from the past at the bottom. 








The first bags a few years ago!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Ice Play....Brrrr!


Today was the first proper frost of the season so we got wrapped up and went out to play in the garden. 


We found ice had formed in the water play tubs - which were full from the recent heavy rain.









It was just sheets of ice sitting on the top of the water but they were thick enough to carefully pick up and hold for a minute or two to look at the icy patterns before they shattered.



Some fell on the deck and we put the rest into another tub to investigate.

Monty held the ice shards briefly but found them shockingly cold, especially on such a chilly day!



Then we shook the ice in the tub and found it made a great sound - definitely his favourite part of this experience.




Monday, 4 November 2013

Higglety Pigglety Houses


I keep seeing little houses like these on Pinterest and just think they are so sweet so I thought why not have a go at making some myself? 


They're great for using up little bits of leftover scraps and the possible colour combinations and shapes you can make are endless.


I also wondered about filling them with lavender from the garden next time too or maybe making some Christmassy looking ones.....This could become quite addictive!