Sock Cupcakes – an easy to make (teacher) gift!

This week is the last week of the school year.  Last week I was trying to find a suitable gift that was a little different and easy to make!  I stumbled across a picture of a Sock cupcakes – perfect!

I used the finished result as a Teacher gift, but they’re a great small gift for everyone!

I quickly ordered supplies and got stuck in!

You will need:-

1 x pair of Ladies Bedsocks

A sheet of card

Some fancy paper/gift wrap/wallpaper

A lollipop (for the ‘cherry’)

A cellophane bag

Ribbon to tie around bag

Tape (I used Invisible and Double-sided)

A cardboard coffee cup holder (recycled from my coffee bought from a well known chain!) – optional

Some scallop edged scissors (or similar) – optional

Food bag tie (the sort you get in a box of food bags)

Instructions:-

1) Cut out your card to make the ‘cupcake’ holder (you can use a recycled coffee cup holder, or there are templates available on line)

Optional – cut a fancy edge along the top

2) Tape the cupcake holder (I used double sided on the front join and invisible tape on the inside for extra security)

3) Roll the pair of socks to create your ‘cupcake’ – this took me a few attempts to get it looking right!

4) Press socks into holder.  Add the lollipop

5) Place in cellophane bag.  Tie fastened with a food bag wire (optional but makes it more secure)

6) Make a co-ordinating label (printed text optional!) and tie around bag with the length of ribbon

Voila!

 

What do you think?  Do you think the teacher’s will like them?  Is it a better option than chocolates? (can anything beat chocolate???!!!) x

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Raising a bit of Cash

Over the past couple of days I’ve been rummaging through my house, finding stuff I no longer use, taking photos, writing descriptions and uploading it all onto various free listing websites.  I need the space! (and yes, the idea of extra cash was a bit of an incentive too!).

To be honest, it’s a very time-consuming business.  I’ve spent at least 10 hours on this and have £25 to show for it.  Is it all worth it I’m thinking?

I’ve sold a baby monitor (£15), an activity centre toy (£6) and some cute wall stickers for a baby’s bedroom (£4).

I’ve used Gumtree and Preloved, but all of the above was sold using local facebook selling pages.

I’m fed up of it all now, but I know that I’ll be doing it all again soon!

Do you ever sell unwanted items?  If so, what are your most successful methods?  Does it take over your life for a short while? (or is it just me?!!)

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Buttons in a Frame

Following on from my recent ‘buttons’ posts, here’s another idea!

You will need:-

  • A photo frame
  • Buttons
  • Thread and Needle (or a hot glue gun?)
  • Some fabric (bigger than the size of your frame – I used a scrap of white polycotton)
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil and Scissors
  • Optional – Embroidery hoop

Method:

1)  Using a pencil, draw your design on your fabric (I chose a heart, but feel free to use a design of your choice).

2) Secure into the hoop (if you have one – I find it much easier to work with one)

3)  Play around with your buttons to get an arrangement that you are happy with (I did this, then took a photo and used it as a guide!)

4)  Sew buttons onto the fabric (or hot glue if you prefer)

5)   Remove fabric from hoop, then trim so that it has an approx border of 3 cm

6)  Edge all 4 borders with masking tape (to prevent fraying)

7)  Fold the fabric around the glass of the photo frame.  Secure with more masking tape (to prevent any creasing).

8)  Assemble photo frame (fabric will now be on the outside of the glass).

It should now look something like this…..

If you make one of your own, please let me know how you get on!

I also love this lovely button headband from Tip Junkie…..

http://go.tipjunkie.com/hm/450/craftedblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/how-to-button-headband.html

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Button photo frames (1 of 2)

Following on from my recent post on Buttons, I decided to update my tired looking bedroom photo frames.  I thought it might be nice to add some buttons around a frame.  How hard could that be? I thought to myself (naively!).

Step 1: I painted the bare pine frame with some left-over  low-odour wood paint.  This went smoothly, I left it to dry and was feeling confident…..

Step 2: Glue the buttons around the frame.  I arranged the buttons and then debated how to stick them on.  I’d read that pva glue could do the trick, but I thought I’d dig out the hot glue gun that I’d been given a couple of years ago.  The ‘hot gun masters’ amongst you will no-doubt be bent double to hear how I patiently stuck on a few buttons, sat back and then…….. watched them fall off!  What went wrong?  After having a major strop taking a break, I made attempt #2.  I left the glue to get as hot as it possibly could, then stuck them on again.  This time it worked, but crikey, what a mess I made!!  There were thread of silvery, cobweb-like strands everywhere!  I managed to brush them off, and was left with a reasonably presentable frame.

Here is my finished frame….

It’s now been on my bedroom wall for a week, with no signs of any lose buttons, fingers crossed….

Has anyone got any advise for me in the ‘hot glue gun’ stakes?  I’d love to use it more as I often see projects that call for it.  Any tips?

I’ll be posting my 2nd button frame idea later this week……

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Apple, Date and Walnut Loaf

My other half is very tight a great grocery shopper.  He often brings home stuff with reduced labels on them and leaves me to do something quick with them!

This week it was organic apricots and dates – both 30p a packet (instead of the usual £2.59!!)

This morning I’ve used the dates to make this lovely Date, Apple and Walnut loaf.  It’s a recipe I’ve adapted from the wonder Delia Smith.  I’ve been lucky enough to have an apple left from my in-laws’ tree (collected from the tree last Autumn!) and free range eggs from my uncle down the road.  He’s got 5 hens, all with names, some rescue battery hens – I’ve never tasted more beautiful eggs!  If you have the chance to buy your own, locally laid free range eggs, grab it with both hands!

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

You will need…..

1 small cooking apple

110g Soft Margarine

150g Soft Brown Sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

110g Wholewheat flour

110g Plain flour

1 ½ tsp Baking powder

110g Walnuts, roughly chopped

75g pitted Dates, roughly chopped

1)                Preheat oven to Gas mark 4, 3500F, 180C

2)                Grease a loaf tin (with base measurements of 8 ½ x 19 cm)

3)                Cream the margarine and sugar, add the eggs

4)                Add the sifted flours and baking powder

5)                Peel, core and roughly chop the apple.  Then add to mixture with the Walnuts and Dates.

6)                Plonk Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin.  Spread evenly and bake for 1 hour (or until loaf feels springy in

centre and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean).

7)                Devour!!!!! Yummy!!!!!

Please let me know how you get on if you decide to try it!

Any ideas on how I can use the organic dried apricots?

Have you bagged any yellow-label bargains lately?

Are you able to get your hands on local free range eggs?

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Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

I don’t know about you, but when you try to make use of everything you tend to get stuff dumped on you kindly given! I’ve just been given a big tin of buttons and true to form, I got all excited and was very thankful for the bounty (I genuinely was!).

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So instead of pushing them to the back of a cupboard (I’m afraid to say that this often sometimes happens, much to the annoyance of my other half – ‘what? more junk?!!’) I got stuck straight in and………….. organised them into jars!

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I’m determined to actually use some on a project, so I’ll let you know how I get on later in the week! (shame on me and big scowls from my other half if I don’t!)

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Bargain – Clas Ohlson Plastic Tumblers

I found these lovely little tumbers today.  What a bargain – just 45p each!  They came in this lovely, pale blue colour.

Great for the kids.  Use them indoors/outdoors.  Take them camping or they’re cheap enough to use for the kid’s painting pots!

What do you think? 

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