Saturday, July 30, 2011

Party Turtles made by the kids!

I went to school yesterday and helped the Prep/Grade 1's made these cute tiny Party Turtles.  They were also helped by their Grade 6 Buddies - and they all worked really well together and did a fantastic job of making their turtles.  They had a great time and really enjoyed it.  Here are just two of the turtles they made. 

A big Thankyou to Jodie Carleton from Ric Rac for allowing me to use her Party Turtle design (a free pattern from her website).  I adapted it slightly and had everything pre-cut and with sewing holes punched in it so the kids could easily hand sew it together. 
Here's a photo of some of them holding their turtles.
I had heaps of fun helping the kids make these.  So thanks kids - I loved it!

Happy sewing!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday's Show & Tell

For Monday's Show & Tell I thought I'd show you another softie I finished over the weekend.  Here's Darcy the Dinosaur - who is another character I made from the new Melly & Me book 'Sewn Toy Tales'. 

I am loving this book, and you'll probably see more characters from it as I continue to sew my way through it! 
Pop over to Sandy's blog and see what others have to share for Monday's Show & Tell
Happy sewing!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

FNSI results

Last night was Friday Night Sew In and this month I managed to finish off a softie toy.  Here is Pearl the Zebra. 

She is a Melly & Me design from their new book 'Sewn Toy Tales' which I just had to buy!  It's a gorgeous book filled with heaps of photos and 12 cute characters to make.  I also managed to cut out and prepare Darcy the Dinosaur - who is also another character from this book. 

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mini pancakes

The kids and I also did a little cooking yesterday and we made mini pancakes - or pikelets if you like.  Mmmm - of our favourites.  Normally they get eaten the minute the leave the frying pan - but for some reason I managed to finish cooking them all before anyone ate one - amazing!  So I just had to take a photo to prove it! 

Don't the kids look like they just want to gobble them all up!  Well - guess what - they did!  With a little butter and jam - or maple syrup - they were gone in a flash. 
This is the recipe I use for the mini pancakes - and it has been used over and over again - so I can definitely recommend it!
Mini Pancakes (Pikelets)
1 cup Self-Raising Flour
2 Tablespoons castor sugar
3/4  - 1 cup Milk
1 egg lightly beaten
30 g Butter  - melted

Sift flour and add sugar, egg, milk and butter and mix with a fork to form a smooth batter.  Add a little more milk if mixture is too thick. 
Place tablespoon fulls into the frying pan and cook over medium heat for approx 1 min until underside is golden brown, flip over and cook other side.
Serve spread with a little butter and jam or maple syrup if you like and enjoy!

Happy cooking! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Crafts for Kids - Panda Felt Softie

Well the weather improved enough for the kids to get outside today, but then the wind picked up again - and they both came back in!  Oh well - luckily I had prepared some felt softies for them to make.  This Panda softie was inspired by the new Kung Fu Panda 2 movie.  It is a very basic shape for them to hand sew together - they both used wool and blunt embroidery needles. 

I had pre-cut the panda shapes and appiqued the details and also used a hand punch to make sewing holes in them.  The kids were then able to sew them up without much help from me and then stuffed them.  Now they had their very own Kung Fu Pandas!  I scanned the pattern I sketched up so if you would like to make your own just click HERE. 
Instructions to put them together are as follows:
Just cut out 2 complete bodies (including the ears) of the panda from white felt (or you could use black felt on the back - I just had a limited supply of black in my stash).
Then cut out the areas shaded in lines from black felt, and the shorts(shaded in spots) in red (or any other colour).  Note: The eyes are layered up - cut complete circles and panda eyes and layer the smaller ones on top.
Applique the shorts first on both the front and back bodies (I just sewed closely to the edge of all the felt shapes on my sewing machine to applique them on).  Then applique the feet, arms, ears, eyes & nose on to the front body.  I also appliqued black ears on the back body too.
Then using two strands of black embroidery thread, back stitch the mouth on.
I then put the two bodies together (wrong sides facing)  and held it together with a safety pin, and used a hand punch to put sewing holes in all around the body. 
The kids then used the blunt emroidery needles and wool to sew it up using a slip stitch.  Start from the bottom of one side of the panda.  
Once they have stitch all around and get back down the other side leave the bottom open and then they can stuff it with  polyester filling and then continue stitching to close the bottom.  
Now they can play and enjoy! 

Happy sewing!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Crafts for Kids - Craft Kits

I received this lovely parcel in the mail the other day with the Craft Kits I had ordered for the kids from Lisa from Eme Creations (thanks to Shez - who posted about it on her blog).  What a great idea these kits are - all pre-cut and ready for the kids to put together with a little glue and sticky tape.  It's a really windy and nasty day outside here today - so my daughter sat down this morning and put the Large Fairy Princess together. 

It was really easy for her to do all by herself.   A fantastic idea - and would be great for kids parties too.  They are really good value for money and definitely worth a look - just go to her Craftumi page HERE and have a look.  She put a special pack together for me with kits for both boys & girls which was great value - just email her to enquire further.  She aslo has a blog at where she is having some giveaways too. 

We have also been to Melbourne last week with a trip to the Melbourne Aquarium.  Love the Aquarium - the kids had a ball.  My son kept dragging us from one thing to another - he was just so excited!  Here's a picture of them in a display of the great white sharks mouth - scary isn't it!
    Come back soon as I'll have another Craft for Kids post with some felt softies the kids will be making in the next couple of day.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Crafts for Kids - Paper Dolls

Yesterday I sketched out some paper dolls and clothing and then printed them off onto light weight cardboard.  The kids then sat down today and coloured them in and decorated them with sparkles and cut them out.  We then used Velcro stick on mini dots on the front of the dolls and back of the clothing so they could dress and undress the dolls as they liked.  A simple but fun activity for the kids - and I didn't have to help my daughter much at all - but had to cut out and help colour in my sons one (but then he is only 4!). 

A good indoor activity - as it is very windy here today and they haven't been able to get outside much at all.  If you would like to make some for your kids or grandkids - click HERE and you can get the file.  There are 4 pages  - a doll with the base (just cut the slits in each and put them together so the doll can stand up) and three pages of clothing, hair and shoes.  You can also make up different clothing for them of course - just let the kids design their own.  Print them out onto lightweight cardboard - or else print them onto paper and then glue onto cardboard so they can stand up on their own.  TIP: Put the stick on dots on the doll first - and then attach the velcro dot to that one (sticky side facing up) and then position the clothes and press down.  This will then make sure the dot sticks to the clothes in the right position.

Have fun! 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cooking & Crafts for Kids

I thought this school holidays I'd share some of the craft & cooking activities I do with the kids with you all.  Please feel free to use these recipes and ideas with your kids and grandkids too.  The next post I do will be Tuesday - so drop back then to see what we have been up to.
Today the kids and I made Cup Cakes.  They asked if they could do some cooking and this was what both the kids wanted to cook - so cup cakes it was! 

This is a really easy recipe as you just put all the ingredients in together and mix!  So great to do with the kids.  My daughter read out all the ingredients and we measured and then put them all together and both of them used the electric beater to mix it all up.  We then spooned it all into nice bright coloured paper patty cases, into the oven and it's done.  They then had a great time spreading on the icing and decorating with mini M&M's, sprinkles and silver cachous.  And of course - eating them was the best part!
Here's the recipe for you (the original recipe was from a kids cooking book)

Cup Cakes
125g butter, melted
2 Eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup milk
1 cup caster sugar
1 ½ cups SR Flour
Mix all ingredients together & beat well. Place spoonfuls into paper patty cans. Bake in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes. Decorate with icing or sprinkles.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Local Farmer's Market....

I love going to our local Farmer's Market and buying all the fresh local produce.  It's on once a month and I took the kids along this morning and we picked up some lovely fresh fruit and vegies. 

We also bought some yummy yo-yo biscuits and had a sausage in bread and I had coffee while we were there.  The sun was shining and it was a lovely morning out.  A great start to the school holidays.  We've got alot planned these holiday - visiting Melbourne, sleepovers for the kids at their grandparents, going to the movies and catching up with friends.  I also plan to do some craft projects with the kids and they're also going to help me get a craft project ready for the Prep/Grade 1's for when Term 3 goes back.  So it should be a fun school holiday break.  What are you up to for school holidays?