Thursday, 24 November 2011

Cute Kids, Clocks and Flapjacks

This week I'm going to share my recipe for flapjacks.  These flapjacks always turn out really well thanks to the secret ingredient - a spoonful of jam!  This is the basic recipe.  You can add fruit or change the cinnamon for a different spice to make the flapjacks how you like them.  I like to add grated apple for an extra fruity kick.

250g  butter (or margarine)
250g brown sugar
175g honey
1 dessert spoon jam or marmalade (any flavour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (or other spice)
425g porridge oats

  1. Line and grease a 20 x 28cm baking tin and preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Place the butter, sugar, honey, cinnamon and jam in a large heavy-based saucepan and cook over a moderate heat, stirring until the butter has melted.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats until evenly coated.
  4. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin and level the surface.
  5. Bake at 180 degrees C for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Leave in the tin until almost cold, thern turn out onto a board a cut into 16 pieces
 The flapjacks will keep in an airtight container for up to a week (but mine are usually gone in a couple of days!!!).

Monday, 14 November 2011

Cute Kids, Clocks and The Dangly Santa

The original Dangly Santa was made by my Granny in the 70s.  I'm not sure where she got the pattern from, so apologies for not creditting the person who created the original Dangly Santa.  

Dangly Santa has been hung in my Mum's house every Christmas for longer than I've been alive.  I've always loved him so I decided to make one for my house.  I created a template by drawing round the original.  You can download a PDF of the template if you follow these links:

To create your own Dangly Santa you will need card, thing string or strong thread, a needle, red, white and black felt and white fur.

The first step for creating your own Dangly Santa is to cut out each part of the template and use them to cut the following pieces from the card:
  • 1 x hat
  • 2 x eyes
  • 1 x nose
  • 1 x moustache
  • 1 x beard
 The next step is to join these pieces of card together.  On the template there are crosses marking where you need to attach the thread.  The picture on the left shows the distance between all the different body parts.  The measurements are rough guides, you can change them to what you feel looks right.

The thread out of the top of the hat can be as long as you like - just remember to put a loop on the end, as this is how you will hang you Santa.  I recommend you start with the thread on the top of the hat and then attach the nose, moustache and beard.  This way you can hold your Santa by the hanging thread to make sure your Santa's eyes are level before you attach them.  Once everything is placed how you want it your next step is to cut out the felt shapes.  You will need the following pieces:
  • 2 x hat (red)
  • 2 x trim (white fur)
  • 4 x eye (white felt)
  • 4 x pupil (black)
  • 2 x nose (red)
  • 2 x moustache (white fur)
  • 2 x beard (white fur)

Then you simply glue the material to the card.  You want fabric on both sides of the card, including pupils on both sides of the eyes.  This might seem a bit strange but once your Santa is hung, the different bits will spin round and he'll look very odd if you can't see the pupils in both his eyes.

Now you have your own Dangly Santa all ready for Christmas!!!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Cute Kids, Clocks and Lions

 Inspired by my birthday trip to the zoo, I've been working on a lion template.  All my designs begin life this way and then the size, material and method are adapted depending on what I'm making.  The lion in the photographs is made from craft foam and is going to go on a bag, but it would also look good made from felt or coloured paper .

The first step is to print out the template at the bottom of the post onto A4 paper (for a lion that is 21cm tall).  Then cut out each section.


 Draw round the templates on your coloured material and cut them out.  For this lion I've used bright yellow for the back legs, pale yellow for the body and brown for the mane.  As he's a very cartoony lion you can use any colours but I find it works best if the legs and body are different shades of the same colour.  Remember to do 2 eyes and 2 pupils!

  Depending on the materials you've used and what you intend to do with your lion you can either glue or sew your lion.  Here I've stuck my lion together with PVA to hold all the pieces in place while I sew it.

And here's my finished lion, sewn onto what will be the pocket of a shopping bag.  The mouth is stitched on but could also be drawn on or you could leave your lion without a mouth, as in the previous photo.

I hope you have fun making your own very easy but very cute lion!

 Lion Template