Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Polkadoodles Little Elf Hand Made Christmas Card

Handmade Christmas Card featuring a hand coloured image of a cheeky little elf holding Santa's list of naughty and nice.  Accented with snow effect glitter on the little elf's Christmas hat.  This handmade card is embellished with snowflake sequins, gems and ribbons.

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This card is on sale in my NuMonday shop.

Here are some of my previous Christmas Cards made with Polkadoodles digis:

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Monday, 16 September 2019

Slow Cooked Gammon Recipe

Slow cooked tender juicy gammon recipe.

Tools and Ingredients:

Gammon Joint

Pop the gammon into the slow cooker and sprinkle a handful of brown sugar over the top.

Finely mince the garlic.

And add it to the slow cooker.

Set the slow cooker on low for about 8 hours.

And just look at this fall apart in your mouth juicy gammon!

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Saturday, 14 September 2019

Children's Educational Activity - Classic Lego

My just turned 4 year old exploring her very first Classic Lego set.

Little Miss got a Lego set for her fourth birthday.  She loves Duplo but this is her first "big girl" Lego.  

My parents were big fans of Lego and I'm in total agreement.  It's educational, creative and great fun.  What's not to love? - stepping on the stuff and clearing it up of course but hey, it's worth it to keep the kids happy screen free for 30 minutes, and yes I've got a full 30 minutes of peace thanks to Lego . . . and my parents love of this plastic building material suddenly makes perfect sense.

I emptied the contents of the box onto a tray to keep all the teeny tiny bits better contained.

She engaged with the picture instructions straight away.  Just look how excited she was to start.

And the concentration on her face.  

First she needs to find the piece pictured in the instructions by matching the colour, shape and size.  A perfect exercise in early maths.

Then she needs to make careful use of spatial awareness and some more counting to assemble the pieces as shown in the instructions.  

She run out of steam after one model and asked for a lot of help with the subsequent ones.  This set was clearly a challenge for her.  

When the rest of the models were finished she immediately began role playing with them.  

Friday, 13 September 2019

Burda 9408 T Shirt Sewing Project

A plain T Shirt to go with the dinosaur romper I made a few weeks ago, made from an old adults T Shirt.  I'm using Burda 9408, it's a pattern I've used loads of times before but I'm really struggling to get the neckline to look just right.  This time I'm trying omitting the snaps and using a super stretchy fabric.

Tools and Materials:
Fabric - an old T Shirt

I pinned the front and back neckbands in place.

Sewed, over locked and pressed.

Then I stitched the shoulder seams and realised my mistake.  I should have stitched the shoulder seams THEN sewn the neckband in place.  Grrr stupid rookie error!!

It's not hugely noticeable so I carried on.  Hopefully my sewing skills will improve by the time my children are old enough to notice little mistakes like this!!  I certainly thought my other was a genius with a sewing machine as I was growing up but now I can spot some mistakes in her earlier work, not many to be fair.

I stitched the sleeve and side seams in one.  I'm not sure if the patterns calls for that but it's my favourite method for a neat finish.

I also top stitched the neckband with a twin needle for a stretchy seam.  It holds the back of the seam in place and finishes of the garment.

I think the colour's go together quite well.  Little Pickle will look adorable in this, he just needs to grow a bit more first.

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Here are some of my previous sews with this pattern.

It's had quite a bit of use over the years!