Saturday, January 31, 2015

Caramel Meringue Tartletts

We just made these yummy caramel meringue tartlets! We found the caramel tart recipe on food.com. My husband loves caramel but had to recently turn some caramel tarts down at work due to his lactose intolerance. It made him sad so I said why not make our own with some nuttelex? And here are the results, they taste as good as they look!
these dairy-free caramel tartlets were made with nuttelex

Friday, January 30, 2015

Remembrance Poppy, free pattern

My Thursday craft group is making poppies for the local RSL display for the 100th year anniversary of Gallipoli. This is the poppy I made, I made up the pattern and I'd like to share it here. I used a 4mm hook and 8 ply acrylic yarn in both black and red. We're handing in the poppies very soon so they can do up the display.
this poppy will go in a Remembrance display
In black
1. ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to form loop, ch 2, 11 dc into loop, sl st into 2nd ch, fasten off, change to red
In red
2. attach anywhere in the circle, ch 2, dc into same, (2 dc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 2nd ch
3. ch 2, 2 dc into same (3 dc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 2nd ch
4. ch 2, dc into same (2 dc into next) repeat to end, sl st into 2nd ch, fasten off and weave in ends
more remembrance poppies for the display

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Doll's Red Floral Dress

This is the second thing I've made with my new sewing machine, after the Kaftan I posted about yesterday. I was inspired by a post I found on sewing doll's clothes. It was a bit tricky to make, and I was rather pleased how it came together. I used iron on Velcro to fasten the back. But now it is on it doesn't look like much. Maybe a red bow about the middle will make it look better?
Red Floral Strapless Dress for a doll

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Doll's Palm Tree Kaftan

The first thing I made with my new sewing machine is this Palm Tree Kaftan for a doll. It just basically 2 squares with some edging. I cut the material just so the palm trees would be on the front. I think this is a piece of material my mother gave me, amongst many pieces she has given me. I've rediscovered just how much material I have in my stash and wonder how I will ever use it all! This kaftan doesn't take up much at all!
this Palm Tree Kaftan is perfect for a summer outfit!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My New Sewing Machine

I mentioned the other day how I suddenly have felt like making doll's clothes. Well when I went to start at the sewing machine, I found that my old Husqvarna had died! It is a 40 year old machine and maybe it needs servicing, but it is very old and very heavy, so I decided it was time to buy a new machine! I bought a Singer 3210 for $99 from Spotlight. Its just a simple machine and all I need for my purposes. I've already made some doll's clothes which I will post about soon, but so far so good! I just wish my eyes were better so I could thread the needle more easily!
a Singer Simple 3210 sewing machine

Monday, January 26, 2015

Australia Day Lamingtons

We just made some lamingtons, I believe they are an Australian dish, so what better way to celebrate Australia Day? My husband has the day off work as its a public holiday here in Australia, so we've been baking. We even had a special lunch of rissoles and salads. The recipe we used for the lamingtons was from taste.com.au Enjoy!
we made these lamingtons to celebrate Australia Day

Doll's Green Bikini

Happy Australia Day! In Australia we are celebrating Australia Day, and it's a public holiday! Its hot and summery here right now, so I am making string bikinis for my Barbie dolls, because I have nothing better to do! Here is the green bikini I made yesterday for the photo tutorial, modelled by another one of my Barbie dolls. Enjoy!
a string bikini is perfect for summer!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Barbie's String Bikini, free pattern

I'm not quite sure why the impulse to make Barbie doll clothes has overcome me, but it has, perhaps because I'm just that bored! I quickly whipped up this string bikini, made up of 4 triangles. It really was easy to do and didn't take long to make up.
the string bikini for a Barbie doll was easy to make
I used a 2mm hook, the smallest hook I can manage now, and some 4 ply cotton. The two triangles in the top are just one round, the bottom two triangles are two rounds. Then I simply joined them up and made chains to tie at the ends. Perfect for a summer dip!

a Barbie doll models the string bikini
Bikini Top
One Round Triangles (make two)
4 ch, sl st to form loop, 2 ch 2 dc into loop, 3 ch, 3 dc into loop, 3 ch, 3 dc into loop, 3 ch, sl st into 2nd ch to form one round triangle, sl st to next ch sp, 2 sl st, 20 ch, fasten off
make 2 one round triangles
Join 2 one round triangles to form top
30 ch, sl st into ch sp, sl st along to next ch sp, join to ch sp of 2nd triangle, sl st along to next ch sp, 30 ch, fasten off
join the 2 one round triangles with slip stitch like this
Bikini Bottom
Two Round Triangles (make two)
1. 4 ch, sl st to form loop, 2 ch 2 dc into loop, 3 ch, 3 dc into loop, 3 ch, 3 dc into loop, 3 ch, sl st into 2nd ch
2. 2 ch, dc into next st, dc into next st, 3 dc into ch sp, 3 ch, 3 dc into same ch sp, dc ea into next 3 st, 3 dc into next ch sp, 3 ch, 3 dc into same ch sp, dc ea into next 3 st, 3 dc into next ch sp, 3 ch, 3 dc into same ch sp, sl st into 2nd ch, sl st along to next ch sp, 2 sl st, 20 ch, fasten off
make 2 two round triangles
Join 2 two round triangles to form bottom
20 ch, sl st into ch sp, sl st along to next ch sp, 2 sl st, join to ch sp of 2nd triangle, 2 sl st, sl st along to next ch sp, 20 ch, fasten off
join the 2 two round triangles like this

Monday, January 19, 2015

Twelve Red and Green Coasters

I've made these 12 red and green coasters for my dinner party table, finishing them off while waiting for my son's vaccination appointment. I used a 4mm hook and 8 ply cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills, and I used the pattern I have used many times from crochet spot.
these twelve red and green coasters will look good on my party table
In some way I can understand the anxiety some people might have about getting their child immunised, but any anxiety I do have is not greater than him becoming very ill or worse from a preventable disease. The photocopied sheet of vaccination side effects the nurse handed me did not do much to lessen my concern. Right now he is sucking on a lollipop and watching Toy Story, he is still complaining about his arm hurting but I think he will be alright!
these crochet drink coasters were easy to make

Friday, January 16, 2015

Candle Jar Cosy

I made up this cosy to fit over the 95g jar of moccona coffee to use as a candle jar. It was fairly easy to make, if anyone would like the pattern please just let me know! I will put it up here as a free pattern. I used 4 ply cotton and a 3mm hook. It took about 30 to 40 minutes to make.
this candle cosy fits over a 95g coffee jar
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