Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blog Name Change (again)

I have been umming and ahhing over my blog name for a while now and struggling to find the perfect fit but I think I have finally found it so, welcome to ....
monkey = Riley
makes = I make stuff
three =  family (Phil, Riley and I)

Covers all my bases, don't you think? My header is still a bit of a work in progress but it'll do for now.

My Creative Space: Hoop Art

I love the look of using wooden embroidery hoops as frames ....


Quick, easy and it looks great hanging in our dining area.

Tutorial and template here.
Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Current Craze At Our House

At the moment Riley talks, watches, reads and plays Pokemon ....

Anyone remember it (or even know what I'm talking about)?? 
It first came out in 1996 and even though we don't see/hear much about it in NZ anymore it's still going strong in other parts of the world.

Anyway Riley loves it, so I decided to have a go at making a Pokeball toy for him (for those not familiar with the series, these are used to catch Pokemon).


It turned out pretty good! While I was making it I wasn't sure if it was even going to be round but the black band around the middle seems to help it hold it's shape. But I guess the most important thing is that Riley loves it! He has been playing with it non-stop since I finished it, throwing it around the room and using it in his imaginary Pokemon games. It's a winner that's for sure!

Linking up here and here.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My Creative Space: Lunch Money Cuff

Riley will be starting school in just 6 months time so lately I've been thinking a lot about things that I can make for him to use at school. I've had this awesome tutorial for a lunch money cuff bookmarked for ages so I thought it was about time that I gave it a go ....

a) to figure out sizing and b) to see if he would wear it. Riley's a bit funny when it comes to wearing things on his wrists (as we found out at the pool the other weekend where he had to wear a wrist band so he could use the hydroslides).


It turned out really cute and fits him perfectly. I used super soft flannel so it feels nice against his skin. Riley loves it and is happy enough to wear it. It probably helps that I used some car fabric that he's had his eye on for ages.


I followed this tutorial for shortening the zipper. It was very easy to follow but I accidently shortened my zip a bit too much.

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Recipe: Frozen Lemon Tart


This tart is so delicious but it is really sweet so a little goes a long way. Definitely best served with a bit of cream.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup flour
75g butter
2tbsp iced water

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cornflour
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1tbsp lemon rind, finely grated
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
30g butter

Method
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add almost all the iced water and mix to a firm dough, adding more of the water if necessary.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth. Roll pastry until it is large enough to cover the base and sides of a 23cm flan tin. Line tin with pastry. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line pastry shell with baking paper and fill with dried rice or beans. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and discard paper and beans. Return pastry to oven for another 5 minutes or until lightly golden. Set aside to cool.

Combine sugar, cornflour and water in a medium pan and stir until smooth. Add lemon juice and rind and cook, stirring over a medium heat until mixture boils.

Reduce heat slightly, add egg yolks.  Whisk to combine and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Set aside to cool.

Spread cold lemon mixture into cold pastry shell. Freeze overnight.

Stand for 5 minutes at room temperature before serving. Slice into wedges and serve with whipped cream.

Find more recipes here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Creative Space: Black Apple Doll

Meet little Miss Dolly. Not a very original name I know but it seems to have stuck (and it's much better than Riley's choice, Mitsubishi Galant 84 racing car ....)


Upon completion she was quickly adopted by Riley and they happily spent the afternoon together watching a movie.


Tutorial here.
Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Chocolate Coconut Nests (muffin/cupcake toppers)


These are seriously easy and look great. Use your fave chocolate muffin or cupcake recipe, ice them and top with a chocolate nest for a sweet Easter treat.

INGREDIENTS
200g chocolate melts
50g shredded coconut
coloured candy-coated Easter eggs

METHOD
Melt the chocolate melt in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.

Add the coconut and stir to combine.

On a large sheet of baking paper, create chocolate nests about 4cm in diameter.

Use the back of a metal spoon to make a dent in the center of each nest where the eggs will sit.

Fill nests with 3 eggs. Cool completely and refrigerate until firm.

Place nests on top of iced muffins or cupcakes.


Find more recipes here.
Linking up here.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sew Pretty Forum

Do you love to sew/craft?? At last there is a place for us Kiwi's to go to discuss all things crafty! From sewing to knitting, beading and paper crafting, you name it.

Click on the image.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Just For Fun ....


Tutorial here.

Joining in with Creative Friday.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Creative Space: Mini Tote Bags


I whipped up a couple of mini totes in time for Easter. One for Riley and one for my brother so they have something cute to put their eggs in when we do our Easter egg hunt on Sunday.

I love these mini totes. They are so quick and easy to make and super cute too! You can find the tutorial here

Joining in with Our Creative Spaces.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fabric Bracelet

I've been seriously lacking in motivation lately. Since getting my sewing machine back I have been so overwhelmed by all the things that I want/need to sew that I just don't know where to begin.

So I'm starting small ....


The tutorial for this fabric bracelet is here if you want to give it a go. They are really quick and easy (both of which I need right now since Riley won't be starting Kindy until the end of May).

Linking up over at And Sew We Craft.