Saturday, 24 August 2013

The bag of many rainbows


This week, I made myself this bag. Isn't it cute! So many rainbows. I took a plain cream bag, the bag for life type ones, and decorated it. There was a design on one side of the bag so I had to take another bag the same, cut out a plain square, draw my design on there and then stitch it onto this bag, over the design. I used a zigzag stitch to make sure it doesn't fray or come away in the wash. Don't forget to iron over your fabric pen or the picture won't last. I then added some cotton tape to reinforce the top and the handles, and three poppers to hold it closed.

So cute!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Lemon Avocado


I made this the other day as snack for me and the girls and it was so quick and easy that I almost feel silly calling it a recipe. It was so tasty though that I feel I have to share it in case any of you have not tried it. You are seriously missing out!

Lemon Avocado (serves 2)

1 x ripe avocado
lemon juice
salt and pepper

Cut the avocado in half and carefully remove the stone. Sprinkle the cut side of each piece of avocado with a few drops of lemon juice, then season with salt and pepper. Add extra seasoning as desired. That is all there is to it. So simple and easy but so yummy! I would eat this every day if I could. Enjoy :)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tulle pan scrubber


I already make my own dish and cleaning cloths, but I needed something to clean my pans out. I go through an awful lot of steel wool so I wanted something washable that I could reuse over and over again. I looked around the internet for a while and the general consensus was that tulle was good for pan scrubbers. I decided to make one up. I have tons of scrap tulle in my stash so this project was free! I didn't necessarily use a pattern. I started it off like I would make a small hat, then just closed it off again. To make my tulle 'yarn', I cut some leftover tulle I had into approximately 3" strips. I didn't measure it at all, I just eyeballed it all the way down my strip. I knotted my ends of tulle together and used it as I would use normal yarn.

Tulle Pan Scrubber

You will need:

6mm crochet hook
tulle 'yarn'
wool needle with a very large eye

1. make a magic loop, ch1, work 6scs into loop, join with sl st in 1st sc (6)
2. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) work 2scs in each st around, join with sl st in 1st sc (12)
3. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) work 2scs in first st, work sc in next st, *work 2scs in next st, work sc in next st*, rep around, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
4. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) work 2scs in first st, work sc in next 2 sts, *work 2scs in next st, work sc in next 2 sts*, rep around, join with sl st in 1st sc (24)
5. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) sc in each st around, join with sl st in 1st sc (24)
6. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, *sc2tog, sc in next 2sts*, rep around, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
7. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) sc2tog, sc in next st, *sc2tog, sc in next st*, rep around, join with sl st in 1st sc (12)
8. ch1, turn, (working in back loops only) sc2tog all around, join with sl st in 1st sc (6)
9. bind off and weave in ends


There you have it. A washable tulle pan scrubber. I will probably just throw this in my washing machine along with my other laundry. I have always washed tulle skirts in the washing machine and never had a problem although I definitely wouldn't risk tumble drying them.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

My Homegrown Vegetable Patio Garden - Week 17


My pictures of week 17 in the Mammy Made vegetable patio garden.


Lots of lovely tomatoes ripening away :) It makes me really happy to see so many. I am looking forward to eating all of them. I have had a few already and they taste so much nicer than the ones you buy in a supermarket!

I am still not doing anything special with my tomatoes, just watering them as and when they need it. I was originally going to feed them with tomato food, as I heard you need to if you want lots of fruit. I decided against it in the end though because I kind of wanted to see how many you could without adding the chemicals. It turns out you still get a lot, and they are truly organic!


Still nothing doing with my raspberry plant but I am hoping that lots of exciting stuff is happening under the surface.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

My Homegrown Vegetable Patio Garden - Week 16


My tomatoes are doing so well. I have so much fruit on there now, and it is all ripening nicely. I thought I would have more trouble with birds trying to steal the fruit but we have a lot of cats in the area so it seems they are keeping them away or at least the birds haven't found my little back yard yet :P


Look at all that fruit!


These are the very first five tomatoes I picked off my plants. They were so tasty, I can't even tell you. Me and the kids enjoyed them a lot.


I planted us a raspberry plant. I planted it far too late this year but to be honest, I forgot I had it. It is supposed to last for 10 years though so while I will not get any fruit this year, at least it is planted now and I can reap the benefits for many years to come :)


Friday, 16 August 2013

Apple and Blackberry Crumble


I made a delicious apple and blackberry crumble the other day and wanted to share it all with you. My recipe uses packaged crumble mix but you can easily substitute your own mix.


Apple and Blackberry Crumble (serves 4)

2 x apples
225g blackberries
2tbsps cold water
2tsps brown sugar
400g packet crumble mix
custard, to serve

Peel and dice the apples. Add to a small pan, along with the water and sugar. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cook for a further 5 mins until the apples are almost soft. Add the blackberries and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.


Transfer to an ovenproof dish. Cover with the crumble topping. Cook on GM5/190C/375F for 45 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve hot, with custard. Sorry, I have no picture of it being served. I inhaled it too quickly ;)

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Thursday, 8 August 2013

Get Your Crap Together's Back 2 School Pattern - Review


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Last month, I received an email from Chelsea at Get Your Crap Together, asking me if I would like to take part in her Back 2 School Pattern Bus Tour. Obviously, I jumped at the chance. Leyla is starting primary school this September and Naomie will be in nursery full time so it couldn't really have come at a better time!


If you haven't already seen it, go and have a look at all the cute things you can make with the Back 2 School Pattern Pack!


I decided to make a sandwich bag and two smaller snack bags to go in Leyla's school lunchbox. The pattern was very easy to follow and the bags turned out really cute.


I used a layer of PUL backed with a piece of cute cotton since I wanted my bags to be nice and colourful and the only PUL I had on hand was white. Aren't they lovely! That cupcake fabric I used is just too cute and I love the pinked edges. They keep the bag nice and thin.


I actually changed the pattern slightly and used a longer piece of velcro to close the bags with. I wish I had stuck to the pattern as my pieces were too big to get right into the tip of the fold over flap, so the bags don't fasten as nicely as they could. Next time I will follow the pattern exactly, then I shouldn't have that problem.

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Monday, 5 August 2013

My Homegrown Vegetable Patio Garden - Week 15


Tons of exciting things happening this week :)


My two other potato plants have drooped, meaning they are ready to be harvested. I removed the bulk of the vine but left the potatoes buried in the soil to keep them fresh. I still haven't finished eating my first harvest so I don't want to dig all of the potatoes up and have them go off.


So much fruit on my tomato plants! I am so excited about this. I have grown tomato plants before but never got past the plant phase. They all tended to grow up and up but never flower or fruit so this is a very big thing for me :)


The leaves are quite yellow, I don't know why. Look at all that fruit though!


My smaller plants have been moved into their big pots. I did it in exactly the same way as described in this post. I just hope there is enough sun left in order for them to flower and fruit!

My seedlings have died. I don't know what I did wrong with them. They were a different variety than the ones I have that are growing so well so maybe they were simply not as good for the english weather.

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