Monday, 17 December 2012

Birthday Bears

In recent years I have given Pinky and Perky handmade birthday presents and this year has been no different.  Perky's birthday is in October so I try to get started at the beginning of September.  Perky loves to dress up her teddies and over time I have made various items of clothing for them, but I thought I could give her something a bit more complete this year:

 A bag with a shoulder strap: fabric inherited from my grandmother and the buttons were old finds from a car boot sale.

The bag opens up to reveal two side buttons (also from a car boot sale) and a lining (also from my grandmother).

The bag opens up again to reveal 4 lined pockets; plain lining fabric from my grandmother, stripy fabric from Ashford Fabric Warehouse in 2011.  

In two of the pockets are two knitted teddies.
And in the other two pockets are their outfits: 

Dungarees and a ball to kick around.

Dresses, bags and 'shoes'.  I had to adapt the pattern to make the 'shoes' easier to put on and off. 

Football kits with football boots as per the pattern but rather tricky for little fingers to take on and off.  Can you guess how old Perky was?

Little bears to knit and crochet by Val Pierce is the book of patterns I used.  I think the bears are designed to be sewn into some of the outfits, but that's no good for playful children so I had to make some adaptations to allow for that!

Do you think she was pleased?

Friday, 7 December 2012

Christmas biscuits

At the end of term, Pinky and Perky give a little 'thank you' to their Brownie leaders and other activity teachers - we've done various things in the past - and this year we decided to make some biscuits and decorate them.  Because Pinky and I are wheat and gluten intolerant we don't make very much with wheat flour so it's always a rather scary journey into the unknown for us!  We used a recipe from this year's Prima Christmas Makes

and got on okay with it, but when we took the mixture out of the fridge we decided it was too dry and crumbly so carefully added some water and it seems to have worked.  Anyway, Pinky and Perky had an absolute ball decorating the biscuits with writing icing (they gave Silver Spoon the thumbs up for easiness and Asda's own brand the thumbs down - I bet I know which was more expensive!).  Anyway, here are the results of some more crafting with food:

The horse/reindeer shape was inspired by this post on Pinterest, using a man shaped cutter and either cutting off the arms before cooking for a horse and then turning upside down once cooked, or simply turning the biscuit upside down once cooked and the arms become ears!

We also made some chocolate truffles with a recipe from The Ultimate Children's Cookbook by DK: