Sunday, 19 May 2013

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep

"Last night, I heard my mama singing a song, 
Ooh-we, chirpy, chirpy, cheep, cheep"....oh 70s music hey!

Well meet my little chirpy chirpy birdie.  I've been playing around with this idea in my head and on paper for a while but hadn't got around to making it until now.

I'm planning on making this little birdie some friends.  I think a sunny lemon yellow canary bird would be very cheery.  

I have a stack of twigs collected from our garden just waiting to have little birdies perched on them.

I'm not sure this little birdie is singing "chirpy chirpy cheep cheep"....she looks rather sleepy.

And just in case you were wondering...Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was a number one hit for Middle of the Road in 1971 and sold over 10 million copies world wide..."Where's your mama gone? Where's you mama gone?....."

Friday, 17 May 2013

Milkshake Cupcakes

Miss E and I hit the kitchen yesterday after discovering a recipe for Strawberry Milkshake Cakes.  It uses milkshake powder in the cake and the icing.

The flavour in the cake is lovely and delicate but there is nothing subtle about the flavour of the icing.  It's definitely a strawberry milkshake flavour than a true strawberry flavour.

 They were fun to make and decked with little straws were a real hit with Miss M when she came home from school.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Ribbon Tangle

I've been sorting out again and I'm slowly taking over this set of shelves above the desk we set up mainly for Mr A for the days when he works from home.  I think he has a few items in one of the filing boxes on the top shelf but quite frankly his work stuff just isn't pretty enough to warrant being out.

I've had these square boxes for years now and have various treasures inside such as beads, sequins, glue guns, spare sewing needles and they keep things looking neat and tidy....well that is until you open the lid and peer inside.....

....and find tangled ribbons, knotted cords, unravelled bias tape amongst the paper bags, plastic bags and bits of card which once upon a time, long ago kept everything in order.

Some ribbon is still on it's original spool or card but many bits have been picked up at markets or by the metre or just recycled from other things like tags and wrappings and thrown in...and what a mess it was until.....

.....I came across this idea at , storing ribbon on clothes pegs.  Perfect! And don't they just look so pretty...I want to draw little faces on each one now to go with their ribbon outfits...I might just do that although I need a lot more clothes pegs to finish the job so maybe I should just focus on that first!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Strawberries and Cream

Outside on Friday  the weather was doing this...the wind and rain were really battering my tulips...but inside.....

....we were enjoying a very summery treat and pretending it's all blue skies, fluffy white clouds and warm's Strawberries and Cream Fairy Cake time...delicious.

What you can't see from these photos is that underneath the vanilla butter cream is a hidden spoonful of yummy strawberry jam nestled into the sponge...a little hidden surprise!

Lovely fairy cakes ready for me to add the sliced strawberries just before serving. 


These cakes did have strawberries on them but by the time I had my camera ready they had been picked off and eaten....I think Miss M is just popping the last slice into her mouth on the top left photo!!  Miss E is digging down through the cream to find the hidden surprise!

And yes I did have one later as well but didn't feel the need to photo the event!  My fabulous friend Tiff and I enjoyed one at our Friday "teaclub" washed down with a glass of champagne.  Happy days!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Buttons and Jam

Miss M loves going through my stash of buttons and sorting them by colour, so she was over the moon when I said I wanted to colour sort them all out...and what a great job she did too.
 I've been saving Bonne Maman jam jars for a while especially for this purpose and I adore how they look on my shelf....a rainbow of buttons making me feel very organised even if other areas of my stuff aren't quite so sorted!

Miss E is the big jam eater in our house so on one hand I was very pleased when I realised I had 11 Bonne Maman jam jars but on the other hand slightly concerned that she's eaten 11 jars of strawberry jam!!  Mind you I guess I do use it in baking as well so that must count for a jar or two at least!

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