Monthly Archives: June 2014

Presenting Pedro Penguin, One Chilled-out Chap

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Well hello there dear reader! I do so hope you are in a happy-smiley-sunny frame of mind and that Pedro the Penguin has put you in a laid-back, summer hols kind of mood. He’s crocheted from an amigurumi booklet free with this month’s issue of Simply Crochet magazine and he definately brings a warm, sunny glow to my blog, bless him.

I also had a go at hooking the granny square of the month from the very same issue of Simply Crochet mag; this one’s called Granny Florence…

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Aren’t granny squares fab? I have to confess that I am becoming an little bit addicted to them and the speed with which I completed my teeny-tiny granny square cowl is probably all the evidence you need dear reader, to prove my obesession! I just couldn’t stop crocheting the darling wee bundles of cuteness!

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I know it’s the wrong time of year for woolly cowls and I do hope I haven’t caused you to break out in a sweat dear reader, but I am rather pleased with it and aren’t the amazing little granny squares just adorable? Truly smitten…

I also had a bit of a baking bash in the kitchen this week. First of all I rustled up a yummy-scrummy sweet-treat in the form of my Coconutie-Cakie…

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If you fancy having a bake of my Coconutie-Cakie yourself dear reader, then here is my recipe:

Coconutie-Cakie

Ingredients for the sponge:
6oz soft cooking margarine
6oz castor sugar
6oz self-raising flour
1tsp baking powder
3 eggs (beaten)
2oz dessicated coconut
2tbsp milk

Ingredients for the buttercream icing:
8oz icing sugar
3oz cooking margarine
A few drops of vanilla essence
2tbsp milk

Method:
1. Preheat oven to Mark 4/350°F/180°C.
2. Grease 2 sandwich baking tins and dust with flour.
3. Cream the margarine and castor sugar together until pale and fluffy.
4. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, with a spoonful of sieved flour to prevent curdling.
5. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and whisk well.
6. Fold in the coconut, along with the 2 tbsps of milk.
7. Divide the mixture evenly between the two baking tins.
8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown and starting to come away from the edges of the tins.
9. Allow to cool on a cooling rack once removed from the tins.
10. Once cool make a buttercream icing and use half the buttercream to sandwich the sponges together and the other half to cover the top.
11. Sprinkle the top with dessicated coconut and then spread the silver balls evenly to form a pretty and pleasing pattern.
12. Now admire your pretty cakie for as long as you can before you devour it! Hopefully not in one sitting…especially not all by yourself…

Well that’s all for this time dear reader chum. Let me know if you have a go at the cakie, or the teeny-tiny granny squares, or even Pedro the penguin, bless him. I’ll leave you with a couple of pics of my other yummy-scrummy baking efforts: cranberry and white chocolate fab flapjacks and oh-so-lush chocolate chunk and hazlenut cookies. Keep on making…

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Playful Pastel Pen and Paint Patterning

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Well hello again dearest reader! I hope your days since my last bloggings have been blessed with much sunshine and that you have been happily crafting away. As you can see, I have been playing with my pastel watercolour paints and ink pens and doodled myself some pretty-pretty patternalia…

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I have to say, I am rather liking the grey ink pen on the grey watercolour background, as well as the pink ink ( ooh, liking the rhyming ) on the pink painted background. Will dabble with those cool combinations again. Bear with dear reader, for my pastel playfulness was indeed prolonged…

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The cowl I am busily crocheting away is progressing rather nicely. I am still totally besotted with the darling little itty-bitty granny squares and am having many visions of future projects involving the teeny-tiny snippets of joy. One of my daughters was also taken with their darlingness and suggested she might like a blanket made of them…hmmm…now that would be a labour of love!

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Another work-in-progress at the moment is a bunny I am crocheting from a pattern I’ve designed myself. So far I have finished the actual bunny but have not as yet embroidered any facial features, as I’m not quite sure about the “expression” I want my bunny to have. The position of the eyes and mouth on a toy is so critical don’t you think? The wrong eyes/mouth combo could turn your adorably darling toy into a hideous freak that’s the source of nightmares! I have started to crochet a pretty dress for my bunny which I am designing as I hook…

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I do hope the featureless face hasn’t unsettled you too much dear reader. Hopefully she will be adorned with a pleasing expression next time we meet, along with a crocheted catwalk couture ensemble (dress).

The time has come for me to leave you once again dearest reader, and as my garden is once again blooming with blossoming bushes and other such flowery loveliness, I will end my bloggings with some pretty pics from my garden. Craft long and craft well…

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Fa-la-la! For the Fearlessly Flamboyant Frank the Flamingo!

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Frank definately needs a fanfare, for he is indeed a bit of a vain flapper dear reader! I crocheted him from a pattern in Simply Crochet magazine for my daughter, whilst watching Cary Grant and Doris Day films, as you do… I thought the flamingo thing rather suited the fifties theme and I’m sure Cary and Doris would have been mildly amused. He has been named Frank after the character Frank Moses played by Bruce Willis in the film ‘Red,’ hence the ‘fearlessly flamboyant,’ for dear old Brucie is most definately fearless, is he not? Especially in my favourite Die Hard movies which I have a weakness for and I’m sure he would have a good old chuckle in his grubby white vest at being linked to a pink flamingo…

I have also crocheted up a little teddy-in-a-teacup amigurumi bear from a pattern in the lovely, lovely Mollie Makes magazine. I suspect he’s trying to distract me with his cuteness however, by deliberately posing rather coyly in a teacup just so he can get his grubby paws on my cookies. Too bad little bear, I’m on to you…

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This week I have fallen in love with the granny square once again, after crocheting up a little pastel cutie from Simply Crochet magazine. They take such a tiny time to make, yet are like a burst of colourful cheeriness once completed and always make me smile…

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This one looks a little lonesome though, for granny squares seldom operate alone dear reader, as they are far happier joined together with other fellow granny squares, so I must crochet my solo square a crochet clan soon… I have however discovered something even more smile-inducing than the granny square: the mini granny square! They are sooooo teeny-tiny you just want to weep! I am joining my little mini squares of joy into a jaunty cream and grey cowl, via a Simply Crochet magazine pattern. Be prepared to coo over their sheer tiny cuteness dear reader…

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Aren’t they adorable? My crochet hooks have been well busy lately reader, for I have also made a couple of fruity-fab cool coasters from Simply Crochet magazine for my daughters…

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Fruitilicious are they not dear reader? And oh-so-summery… Of course my knitting needles have not been totally neglected, for another one of my weird-but-wonderful moustachionos appeared this week; meet the one and only Monochrome Mike, complete with a rather dapper and dashing Fred Astaire style white bow tie…

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Well that’s all my makingness for now dear reader, although I have started hooking up another crocheted mandala which I’m rather excited about, but more of that next time. For now I will leave you with a few pretty-pics of flouncy-floweriness I captured on my camera phone, whilst on my wanderings. Farewell dear reader, until my next bloggings and remember: keep on making!

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