The fruit tart i made my mum used a lot of egg yolks for the filling so what else are you going to make with a glut of egg whites! Meringues of course, the fact they happen to be one of my dads favourite things (and mine!) is just an added bonus
(Sorry my folks had eaten all the filling before i got back round to photo them! Lucky i prefer them plain isnt it!)
Meringues used to be my nemesis i could not make them to save my life. Then lovely BMs mum bought me this Good Housekeeping recipe book one Christmas and in it was a recipe for Foolproof Meringues. If im honest i probably though 'Foolproof you say? Well i'll show you!' but when i tried them they actually worked! I was overjoyed and i havent really stopped making them since.
I cant find the recipe online anywhere but its basically a cooked meringue. Instead of whisking the egg whites, then adding the sugar, you whisk the whites and sugar all together in a bowl over hot water. It works like a dream for me :)
More zips! Am i getting a bit obsessed...?
Isnt it cute though!
I followed this tutorial at How About Orange. I struggled to get my head around the design at first, until i realised that you covered the raw edges inside with tape. And I missed off the credit card band inside as i didnt think i needed it. It is a bit fiddly to make, with the zips going round the corner, but if you take you time and make sure everything is straight it does work.
It was my mums birthday recently and as she doesnt like cakes but is partial to fuit, custard and pastry i made her this fruit tart instead of a traditonal birthday cake. Its a creme patisserie filling which is delicious and is toppped with peaches, kiwi and strawberries. I used this recipe but must admit i used shop bought pastry!
I loved these crochet edge blankets from Purl Bee the minute i saw them and knew i wanted to make some. That was about 9 month ago and ive finally got round to making some, but not actually crocheting them!
Ive managed to get as far as hemming the fabric (i just cut up a flannel sheet i bought from Tesco)
and sewing on the 'Made by Abi' tags.
Theyre pretty nice like that but i do want to crochet them, i'll post some pictures if i ever find time to do them!!
Now i have been known to complain that there isnt much you can make (crafting wise) for a pet snake. They arent going to appreciate a little knitted jumper and they certainly arent going to be interested in a little patchwork mousey toy (both suggestions that have been rapidly vetoed by lovely BM, with good reason!)
But when a snake came on loan last month (we borrow snakes to breed with our females) i realised i had missed a trick! The excellent reptile shop we use 888 Reptiles, always deliver their snakes in little cloth bags. These are to keep the snake secure and to make them feel safe as they like small dark environments, especially when potentially stressed. So it thought id have a go at making some myself, for our snakes.
And i love how they turned out. I think thinner cord might be better for the next version, to make the top tighter when closed but apart for that theyre perfect :)
I think im going to iron on the snakes names with transfer paper, its important they have their own to avoid any contamination, and make them even cuter!
I never love being an aunt more than when i get to make stuff for my gorgeous little niece! For (one of her many) christmas presents im making her a dinosaur hoodie. Its my indirect attempt to get her into reptiles from a young age!
I just bought a cheap hoodie from Matalan, some coloured felt and some heavy weight interfacing. I cut the felt into diamonds and ironed on the interfacing. The i pinned the diamonds in place down the midline of the hoodie. I sewed down the middle of the diamonds onto the hoodie, Then i brought the two halves of the diamond together to make a spike. I sewed around the edge of that and it was done :)
After my first ever zip went ok and wasnt as scary as i thought i figured i should probably learn how to do them properly. So i signed up for the zips and buttons course at the Make Lounge.
The course was fab, we learnt normal zips and concealed zips and how to do buttonholes on a fully automated machine - none of which i had ever attempted. Theyre actually really simple, its just confidence and few insider tips and tricks that help you get started. Might even try to make some clothes now i have this new skill....
My fingerprint art book has arrived and its even better than i hoped!! I thought it would be interactive but i didnt know it would be a workbook for me to fill in! Its like being back at school (which i loved, im such a geek!!)