Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Day 24(ish) - Secret Fabric Something Reveal!

Well, now Christmas is over I feel I might be all crafted out.... I may or may not fulfil the task set. But no biggie.

Here is the reveal of the secret fabric something I made for someone's Christmas.

I like it a lot and I think she did too...

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Friday, 23 December 2011

Day 22 - Pomaders (redux)

Spicy dust brushed off and ribbons tied.

These have new homes to go to which I am a little upset about as for 3 weeks they have made my flat smell AMAZING.

Day 21 - Making Merry

It was my birthday today. I didn't make anything. I just ate a lot of good food, drank a lot of nice booze and spent time with a lot of lovely people.

See, here I am being tipsy.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Day 20 - Birthday Cake

Over the top oozy, chocolatey, sugary cake for Richie's birthday.

Day 19 - Birthday Secret

Ho hum... this is getting dull isn't it?

Day 18 - Craft Fail

Whoops. I totally failed to make anything today.

Would you like to see a photo of the cat also being lazy?

Sometimes the lure of the intertubes is too much....

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Day 17 - Peppermint Creams

Who would think that peppermint essence was so hard to come by?! I 'popped' out to get it and came back over an hour later after trawling round every grocer and supermarket in the vicinity.

But I found it.

By the way, melted chocolate gets reeeeeally hot. Be careful kids.

Day 16 - Mulled Cider

I didn't make much today. Lazy I know.

I did make dinner and mulled cider though. Does that count?

Here's a photo of the cider. It looks nasty in the pan - or shows off my lack of photography skills. It was very tasty though.

Star Anise is amazing.

Day 15 - Fabric Secret Something

More secrets...

I can't show the finished article, but here's an extreme close up of the fabric...

It's Marimekko - found in a charity shop! Really, who gives that away?

Day 14 - More Framing

I framed some pictures. However, again, this was a Christmas present so I can't show a picture. I am beginning to see the flaw in doing this '1 thing a day' in the run up to Christmas.

I did also make mac & cheese today. It's not a very photogenic dish though...

Day 13 - Crimbo Surpise

I made something but I can't show you it. It's someone's Christmas present and you never know who's lurking around the intertubes snooping for their crimbo gifts...

But here's a nice photo of the Forth Rail Bridge that I took a while ago...

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Day 12 - Cards. Still.

Phew. Done. 40 of them.

Dunno if I even know 40 people to give them to...

Day 11 - Wreath & Saffron Bread

Me and Emily had a day of baking and making. It was like a really sweary version of Kirstie Allsopp. Swedish saffron bread! FYI, if you ever forget to add the egg to a dough it is TOTALLY possible to knead it in later. Yep.



Dough tucked up to rise...

Swirls before rising...

And after rising - wow...

In the oven and ta-dah!...

And the wreaths...

Em did a prickly green one and I made mine out of an old duvet cover.

Eat your heart out Kirstie.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Days 9 & 10 - Christmas Cards

It's like a Clintons sweatshop in here....

Makin' cards, drinkin' wine, watchin' Scrooged.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Day 8 - Picture Framing

Photo I took of Whaligoe Steps in Caithness for Richie's mum.

Here's the photo...

And here are my framing skillz...

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Day 7 - Bread Rolls & Muffins

Perfect bread rolls!

Nom nom nom.

I also made wheatbran muffins, the breakfasty kind. They weren't very photogenic but there was a ton of treacle in them and I have a photo of that. Treacle's crazy stuff.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Day 6 - Snowflakes

It's beginning to look a lot like....


Think I need new fancy pants scissors... I have sore fingers from doing these.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Day 5 - Knitting

I have had this lovely wool in my basket for ages. It's 100% alpaca and I was scared of using it as it's so nice. But that's silly. So I am making a cuddly, stripy something.

I was going to watch more Misfits while I knitted, but 4OD for the PS3 wasn't complying. Boo.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Day 4 - Hot Water Bottle Covers

Woolly jumpers for my hot water bottles. They look a little wiggly in the photo... much better in the flesh.

And yes I do need 2 hot water bottles.

TV while I worked - Black Mirror. Charlie Brooker is sick man. Good though.

Day 3 - Chocolate Cake

Yes, I know, it looks more like a brownie... it's one of those eggless cakes. Hey, it's tasty.

I didn't listen to any music while I made this. Just the sweet dulcet tones of Jon Sopel on BBC news....

Friday, 2 December 2011

Day 2 - Mittens

A really cute mitten kit I got last Christmas. I guess I could knit mittens myself, but it's got reeeeally cold so I needed to get these into action.

Cut out the mitten shape and blanket stitch together. Easy peasy.

TV while I worked.... Misfits. Series 2.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Day 1 - Pomanders

Oranges, cloves, ribbon and a ton of ground spices....

And I only squirted myself in the eye with orange juice twice.

I've rolled them in the mixture of ground cloves, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and packed them up in paper for a few weeks. Then I can add the ribbon....

Music while I worked... Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years, Hearts & Bones and Graceland. Eeep, that's a lotta Paul Simon.