Thursday, 14 March 2013

Easter Egg and Baby Chick Tutorial


Another Easter related tutorial today :)

Easter Egg: (using 3.5mm crochet hook and DK yarn)

1. make a magic loop, ch1, 6scs in loop, join with sl st in 1st sc (6)
2. ch1, turn, 2scs in each st, join with sl st in 1st sc (12)
3. ch1, turn, 2scs in st at base of ch, *sc in next st, 2scs in next st* rep from *-*, sc in last st, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
4-9. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
10. ch1, turn, *sc2tog, sc in next st* rep from *-*, join with sl st in 1st sc (12)
11. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc, stuff firmly with toy filling (12)
12. ch1, turn, *sk1st, sc in next*, rep from *-*, join with sl st in 1st sc (6)
13. bind off and weave in ends

Baby chick: (using 3mm crochet hook and DK yarn)

Body:
1. make a magic loop, ch1, 6scs in loop, join with sl st in 1st sc (6)
2. ch1, turn, 2scs in each st, join with sl st in 1st sc (12)
3. ch1, turn, 2scs in st at base of ch, *sc in next st, 2scs in next st* rep from *-*, sc in last st, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
4-9. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
10. ch1, turn, *sc2tog, sc in next st* rep from *-*, join with sl st in 1st sc (12)
11. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc, stuff firmly with toy filling (12)
12. ch1, turn, *sk1st, sc in next*, rep from *-*, join with sl st in 1st sc (6)
13. bind off and weave in ends
Wings: make 2
1. make a magic loop, ch2, 7hdcs in loop, do not join, fasten off (8)
2. you should have a semi circle, stitch this onto the side of your chick

Add eyes using knots and stitch a triangle for the beak. Finished!


I have this cute little ornament up for sale in my shop, along with some other cute things I've made so go and check it out :)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Mother's Day - Cake in a Jar Tutorial


Last Sunday was Mother's Day here in England. Unfortunately, my own mam and my own gran live miles away from me so I was not able to see them, but I did go round to my ex's parents house with the kids to have a nice family meal. I made the girls' nan and great nan a yummy cake in a jar each.

The cake in a jar was really easy to make and looks great. I used this recipe but left out the coffee for both the cake and the buttercream. I should've halved the recipe really as I was left with half a cake. Oh, I added 1tsp vanilla extract to the cake mix since I had removed the coffee flavour.


First things first, I gathered all of my ingredients together. I used one of the two cakes made using the recipe I linked to above, some raspberry jam and some plain buttercream. I chopped the cake up into small cubes and pressed them into the bottom of the two jars. I pressed down quite firmly to get the cake to all meld together. I added a spoonful of jam and then a spoonful of buttercream. Try and make sure you get the ingredients right on the edges of the jar as this will give the nice effect from outside. I carried on with one more layer (shh, I ran out of jam before I had finished both jars so they are both missing a top layer of jam) and finished with a topping of buttercream. 


I made some lovely little labels on card, hole punched in the corner and tied them on with ribbon in a pretty bow. I think they look awesome and I'm told they tasted yummy aswell!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Crochet Easter Basket Tutorial


Easter Basket

This basket is made using two strands of DK wool held together and a 4mm crochet hook.

1. make a magic loop, ch3 and work 11 dcs into the loop, join with a sl st in top of ch3 (12)
2. ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, 2 dcs in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (24)
3. ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, *dc in next st, 2 dcs in next st* rep around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (36)
4. ch3, turn, dc in st at base of ch3, *dc in next 2 sts, 2 dcs in next st* rep around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (48)
5. (work this row in back loops only) ch3, turn, miss st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (48)
6-8. ch3, turn, miss st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (48)
9. (work this row in back loops only) ch3, turn, miss st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (48)
10-11. ch1, turn, sc around
12. bind off and weave in ends

Handle:
13. count back 2 sts from bind off, join yarn, ch1, sc in same st and next st, sc in 2 sts after bind off point (4)
14-53. ch1, turn, sc across (4)
54. bind off and join to the opposite side of the basket

Ruffle:
55. (working in the unworked front loops from row 9) join yarn at the seam, ch3, dc in same st, 2 dcs in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (96)
56. ch1, turn, sc in st at base of ch and around, join with sl st in top of 1st sc (96)
57. bind off and weave in ends


I absolutely love this easter egg basket for presents or for holding an easter egg, either decorative or chocolate (my favourite).


Or how about as a nest for a baby chick and her little brother and sister :P

This basket is currently up for sale in my Facebook shop, along with a few other bits I have made. Go and check it out if you haven't already :)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Leyla and Mimie's Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes


The other day me and my gorgeous girls felt like making chocolate cupcakes. We gathered all of our ingredients and started mixing! Well I say we, I originally planned for the kids to do the mixing but they pretty much just left me to it while they played haha. It's a kids life!


Leyla and Mimie's Yummy Chocolate Cupcakes (makes 10)

150g self raising flour
150g melted butter
150g sugar
3 x medium eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
2tbsps cocoa powder

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Line a muffin tray with 10 cupcake cases. Fill with the mixture. Cook on GM4 for about 25 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.


We didnt bother to frost ours, we just ate them as is. They would be yummy with some buttercream frosting!

Friday, 1 March 2013

Inspiration Cafe #2



As some of you may know, I signed up to be a monthly contributor at Inspiration Cafe. My second tutorial has been published over there today so go and check it out :)

I shared my knitted bracelet tutorial. Go and have a look at some of the other awesome things people have been sharing!

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