Tuesday, 29 October 2013

We carved pumpkins!

My two girls (with a little help from my Uncle David) carved their very own pumpkins last week. They had a lot of fun doing it and I learned how to do it for next year. I can't believe that at 29, I have never carved a pumpkin. Thanks Uncle David! Now me and the girls can make carved pumpkins every year.

The girls both wanted 'witches cat' faces on their pumpkins. I don't think they look particularly catty but the girls are happy and that's the main thing! My little cousin Maddie joined in the fun aswell.

Three beautiful girls hard at work. They found the pumpkin too hard to scoop out with their spoons so Uncle David went round as much as he could with a sharp knife and loosened it all. That made it much easier for them to just scoop it out with their hands. They made a mess but they loved it!

When I had the girls all nicely positioned to get a cute picture for the blog, my little Mimie kept pulling funny faces every time I clicked the button. I love that her little personality is starting to really shine through now. She's such a cheeky one! 

See the other girls starting to get cross because I wouldn't let them up until I had a good picture ;) Evil Mammy.

We got there in the end! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Large Crochet Flower Hairclip

I wanted a quick and easy craft to make the other day while I caught up on all of my TV so I decided to make a few cute crochet flower hairclips.

They make up very quickly and look absolutely adorable. I am so pleased with them.

Crochet Flower Hairclip

You will need:
Yarn in three contrasting colours
5mm crochet hook
Yarn needle
Hot glue gun

1. using your first colour of yarn, make a magic loop, ch3, work 15 dcs into loop, join with sl st in top of ch3 (16)
2. ch1, do not turn, sc in same st, *ch4, sk 1st, sc in next st*, rep *-* until last st, ch4, join with sl st in 1st sc
3. ch1, do not turn, *work sc, hdc, dc, trc, dc, hdc, sc, all into one chain space*, rep *-* around, join with a sl st in 1st sc, bind off
4. join your second colour in one of the skipped stitches on round 2, ch1, sc in same st, *ch3, sc in next skipped stitch*, rep from *-* around, ch3, join with sl st in 1st sc
5. ch1, do not turn, *work sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, all into one chain space*, rep *-* around, join with a sl st in 1st sc, bind off
6. using your third colour of yarn, make a magic loop, ch1, sc into loop, ch3, *sc into loop, ch3*, rep from *-* 4 more times, join with sl st in 1st sc
7. ch1, do not turn, *work sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, all into one chain space*, rep *-* around, join with a sl st in 1st sc, bind off

This flower can be kept as is and sewn on to something but I decided to make some of mine into flower hairclips for my little girls to wear to school and nursery. You could stitch the flower onto a bobble or hot glue it onto a hairband.

To make your flower into a hairclip, cut a small rectangle of fleece. Hot glue the clip on to the back of your flower. Open the clip and put the fleece rectangle over one side of the clip, so it goes in between the teeth. Hot glue the rectangle down. Hold the clip open for a few minutes so the glue has chance to dry a bit.

Just look at that gorgeous cheeky face. I make such cute babies!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

My Homegrown Vegetable Patio Garden - Week 24

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I did a gardening post but not much has changed to be honest.

My tomato plants are still going strong, well some of them at least. Three of them died but the other five are still growing and producing tomatoes. Not enough for me to survive on but I wanted to see how much fruit I could get using only water, compost and sun. Next year I will try them with tomato feed and see if I get more fruit.

My poor raspberry plant was attacked by my naughty cat, who uprooted it. I will try raspberry again next year. I am planning on planting onion, garlic and spinach over the winter so I will be getting those started soon, as soon as the weather cools down a bit. Surprisingly for England in October, the weather is still quite nice!

My rosemary and parsley plants are still growing too. I'll be back with another gardening post as soon as I have something new to share. I don't want to bore you all with the same stuff each week ;)

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