Thursday, 29 September 2011

1 month to go!

11 months

In less than a month, Roman will be turning 1! I can't believe how quickly the year has gone by, even with more sleepless nights than I thought possible.

I embellished this little tshirt for him to wear on his birthday.

I printed out the number and then cut it out of the paper to make a stencil. I used the stencil BACKWARDS to trace the 1 onto the paper side of some fusible interfacing. I ironed this onto the fabric, cut it out and then ironed it onto the tshirt.

11 months

I also want to stamp the date on the back of the tshirt with some heat set ink.

Font: Eras Bold ITC
Size: 450 pt

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Free Knitting Pattern: Knitted Baby Uggs

Green knitted booties

These cute baby booties are a quick project to knit. They're knit in one piece, so there's hardly any seaming or ends to weave in and they stay on pretty well even without ribbons. I've made quite a few pairs of these for Roman, some in cotton, some in wool.

New to knitting? Take a look at my Knitting for Beginners Series.


Baby Uggs (3 - 6, 6 - 12, 12 - 18 months) Download printable pattern here
If you're having trouble downloading the pattern, you can also get it free from Craftsy, here.
Gauge is approx 5 - 6 stitches/inch.

I used Rowan Pima Cotton DK for these. They used just over half the ball for the smallest size.

Green knitted booties

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Warm Buttered Apple

Buttered apple

This is a quick and delicious little pudding, perfect for your baby. I suggest that as an adult, you do not try it yourself. Once you have tasted this, it will be hard not to give in and make this all the time. It is far too tasty and much to quick to whip up...a dangerous combination!
 
Buttered apple



Warm Buttered Apple

1 sweet apple - I have used Fuji and Eve varieties
knob of butter

Wash the apple and cut it into about 12 - 16 slices, removing the core. I used the above contraption and then sliced each piece in half again.

Warm the butter in a pan over low heat and when foaming, add the apple pieces. Cook, turning occasionally until golden brown and soft, about 10 - 15 mins. I like them on the darker side of golden.

Allow to cool slightly before giving to your baby. Roman doesn't mind these slices cold from the fridge either. I'm sure they'd be amazing with some vanilla ice cream, but I'm too afraid it will literally blow my mind.

Buttered apple

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Introducing, the Mega Bib!

Mega bib

Roman has a heap of bibs, but most of them are so small, they only cover his chest, even though most of his food ends up in his lap. I have seen the idea of these snap up bibs before, and even have one from Loopy Loos, but decided to come up with my own design. Introducing, the mega bib! This bib is huge! It's long and wide and has snaps to transform it into a pelican pocket style bib. Once you start making them, it's hard to stop!

I have used a cute cotton print for the front, and polar fleece for the back, but you could use towelling or flannelette. Also, if you aren't obsessed with KAM snaps like I am, you can easily use hammer/sew on press studs or velcro for the fastenings.

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(This is Roman at 15 months, still rockin' a Mega Bib)

The Mega Bib

You'll need:

Pattern - download here
45 x 32cm piece of main fabric
45 x 32cm piece of backing fabric
Fasteners - KAM snaps or press studs or velcro


Print the pattern and join the two pieces. Cut out the pattern pieces in your main and backing fabric. I like to roughly cut out the backing piece and then trim it to size after sewing the pieces together, just in case it moves at all while sewing. Pin together with right sides facing in.

Sew together using an 8mm seam. I use the edge of the machine foot as my guide. Leave a hole about 6cm long for turning your work.


Clip curves with notches cut from the outer curves, and snips on the inner curves.


Turn the bib the right way out. Press flat. Top stitch all the way around 5mm in from the edge. The top stitching will close up the opening.


Using the pattern as your guide, attach the fasteners (KAM snaps, hammer or sew on press studs, or velcro) in the places shown on the pattern. I am currently doing it up on the tightest snap and Roman is 11 months old. If you want a snug fit for a younger baby, I'd suggest placing the snaps further along the arm of the bib. If you want to add the fasteners for the scoop, add those too. I've put them on a few of my bibs, but not all of them.


Roman wasn't feeling the camera love today.


It's easy to make a lot of these, there are so many cute fabrics out there and they only take about 15 mins to whip up. I like to go with fabric that isn't too boyish, in case one day this blog needs to be renamed 'things for boys and girls'.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Polar fleece baby booties

Fleecy Baby Uggs

I have a lot of trouble getting socks or shoes to stay on Roman's feet. His legs are always moving and his shoes get kicked off in the process. I have a knitted bootie pattern that is pretty good, but knitting can be pretty time consuming, even for little booties.

I came across this pattern for some polar fleece sewn booties, so I thought I'd give them a go. They only took about 20 mins to whip up and are pretty cute. Roman still kicks them off with a little effort, but they put in a good fight to stay on.

I made the small size and they still have a bit of growing room left in them and Roman is almost 11 months. I used non-slip shelf liner as I had a piece lying around, but it is peeling a bit, so if I make more, I'd definitely get the non-skid fabric.

Fleecy Baby Uggs

Pattern pieces available from here

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Nutty Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treats

In Australia, they're called Rice Bubbles, but to the rest of the world they're Rice Krispies. Either way, these hold a great deal of nostalgia for me. I had a craving for them, and they didn't dissapoint. You can leave out the peanut butter and the nuts if they tend you make you swell up and itch ;)


Nutty Rice Krispie Treats
makes 24 good size pieces

100g butter, chopped
200g crunchy peanut butter
4 x 55g Mars Bars, chopped
300g white marshmallows, roughly chopped
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
6 cups Rice Bubbles


Grease and line a 20 x 30 cm slice tin.

In a large saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter over low heat. Add the Mars Bars and stir until melted. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Take off the heat and stir in the peanuts and Rice Bubbles.

Quickly pour into the prepared tin and press out evenly. Chill for a few hours and then cut into bars to serve.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Eggy Bread - for little and big babies

Eggy bread

I had forgotten all about eggy bread, until I came across it in a recipe book for baby led weaning. It's perfect for breakfast or lunch and is nice and quick to whip up.

Eggy bread


Eggy Bread
makes 3 slices (two for me, one for the baby)

3 slices bread
2 eggs
a splash of milk
a knob of butter


Crack the eggs into a shallow dish that a slice of the bread will fit into. I use a rectangular tupperware container. Add a splash of milk, and whisk with a fork until evenly mixed. Drop in a slice of bread and then turn to coat both sides in egg. Repeat with the other two slices of bread. Leave them to sit in the egg for a minute, while you get the fry pan ready. I just stack them up on top of one another.

Warm a large fry pan with a knob of butter. When the butter is foaming, add the slices of bread so that they're all flat on the pan. If there's a little bit of egg left in the container, carefully pour it on top of the slices of bread. Fry until nice and golden and then flip and fry the other side.

I like to eat this plain or with a little lemon and sugar on top, like a pancake. I cut it into fingers for Roman to eat. Make sure it's cool enough for your baby before handing it over.

Eggy bread

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Rocky Road Ice Cream

Rocky Road Ice Cream

The hubby was really sweet and let me have the whole day to myself yesterday. I went and had a facial, walked through some boutique stores that I dare not enter with a pram and went to a girlfriend's place for dinner. To say thank you, I made my lovely hubby a batch of Rocky Road Ice Cream. He loves everything in it, so I knew it would be a hit.

If you're not into making ice cream, or don't have an ice cream maker, you could add the Turkish Delight, coconut, peanuts and marshmallows to some softened store bought chocolate ice cream. No need to use a fancy ice cream either.


Rocky Road Ice Cream
makes about 1.2 litres

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
300ml cream
300ml milk
3 tbsp cocoa
2 x 55g Turkish Delight bars
1/3 cup shredded coconut
100g marshmallows, about 18 marshmallows
1/3 cup roasted peanuts (not the salted ones)


Whisk the eggs until foamy. Slowly whisk in the sugar. Whisk in a glug of the cream and then add the cocoa. Whisk in the remaining cream and then the milk. Chill in the fridge until you're ready to churn the ice cream. If you are making it more than a few hours later, press a piece of cling wrap onto the surface of the mix, so that it doesn't form a skin.

Churn the ice cream in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. While it is churning, chop the Turkish Delight bars into small pieces and chop the marshmallows into quarters.

When the ice cream is ready, scoop it into a container and quickly stir in the marshmallows, coconut, Turkish Delight and peanuts. Put in the freezer to firm up for a few hours, before eating.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The Great British Bake Off


To begin with, I wanted to catch up on the last few episodes of French Food Safari. On the SBS website I could only watch the last two, even though I had 3 I needed to watch. After a quick search, I found the episode I wanted on a YouTube channel. After watching this, I had a look around the channel to see what else was on there, and now I'm hooked!

Last year, we tuned into The Great British Bake Off with mouths watering. We had to make sure each week that there was dessert ready to be eaten while watching it because there were so many good things being made. Back home in Australia, I'd kind of forgotten about the show, until I came across season 2 on youtube. I'm now caught up and looking forward to next week's episode...now to decide what to watch next.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Prettier than your average Whiteboard

whiteboard

Hi my name is Abby and I'm a listoholic. I love making a list. On a post it, on the computer, in my phone, in my head, on the backs of old envelopes... and don't get me started on Excel spreadsheets. It makes me feel like I'm sorting things out, even before I get started on actually doing anything on the list.

I've been wanting a whiteboard for ages, but they're a bit 'functional' (meaning ugly) so when I came across this idea on Pinterest I had to do it right away.

I can't bring myself to call this a tutorial because it's just too easy. Glass works the same way as a whiteboard, so all you need to do is frame a piece of paper or fabric so that the frame isn't too boring and that's it. For the art, use something that isn't too contrasty or it may be hard to read your writing.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Things for Mums - Lace Tuxedo Tank

Lace Tuxedo Tank

This top had a grease stain on it that I couldn't get rid of, so rather than throwing it away, I thought I'd pretty it up and hide the mark at the same time. I've been wanting to do something like this for ages and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Lace Tuxedo Tank

I started by hand basting a line down the middle in contrasting thread. Then I worked from the centre out sewing on lengths of different pieces of lace, working symmetrically. I finished off by sewing a single strip down the middle and attaching the buttons to make it look like a tuxedo shirt.

Tips I discovered along the way are:
- Cut the lace strips about 3 cms longer than you want and fold the lace over the top of the neckline. You can then sew it down as you sew the strips from the front. This gives a nicer finish than trying to keep the original edging showing.
- Go nice and slow when you're sewing so that the strips are straight.
- Once you have sewn a strip, iron it over the wrong way so you can put on the next one. You wouldn't have to do this if you started from the outside and worked in, but I was worried I would put the lace on crooked this way.
- Remember that the top will stretch when you're wearing it, so put the lace closer together than you think you need it. Once I had finished I ended up putting another two lots of lace on so there weren't any gaps.
- Because the strips are attached vertically, you can use a regular straight stitch. No need to worry about the stitches stretching when you wear it.

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