Monday, 6 July 2015

Spoonflower Design competition - What's in your bag.

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Whats in your bag. My interprtation was my mum bag. It has everything in it and somethings that really should be in the the bin. Loose rasins, an old straw, a lipstick (hardly ever used), keys, a toy car, old crayons etc. It made me chuckle to think about drawing the contents of my bag.


What do you think?
If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. The voting opens today.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Construction Birthday party

For my youngest's birthday we decided to have a 'bob the builder' party. He is absolutely mad on it from the things we had kept from my eldest when he was younger. But when it cam to doing his birthday we hit a brick wall as much of the merchandise is now not longer available because Bob is being re-branded and updated.
Construction Birthday party
So we came up with a construction inspired birthday and it turned out to be really simple to put together. I made a building site cake with chocolate raisins rubble and added a few little toys (washed) to finish it off.
Then to dress the table I raided the toy box again. As a center piece I used a crane and then used dumper trucks and diggers to hold some of the snacks. It only took about and hour to put together and I was pleased that it pulled the theme together.
Construction Birthday party
You fancy doing a construction party too. There are some great ideas on my Bob the builder Pinterest board.
               Follow Ruth Cartwright's board bob the builder on Pinterest.  

Monday, 29 June 2015

Gluten and lactose free Strawberry and vanilla cupcakes

Gluten and lactose free Strawberry and vanilla cupcakes 

These cakes smelt amazing even before they went in the oven. There is nothing better than strawberries in summer and these cakes make the most of them. 

Blackwork umbrella

Blackwork umbrella
I must admit I am starting to have a love affair with blackwork. It makes a nice change from cross stitch and I love the endlessness of the patterns. You continue filling in shapes with them for a lfie time. For this umbrella pattern I chose some of my favorite blackwork filling patterns. I wanted to get a mix of dense and lighter patterns to give a three dimensional look to the shape of the umbrella. 
Blackwork it relatively quick to produce which is also a good thing in my eyes, with limited time in the evenings to sew I like a project to be complete over a couple of nights. I don't have the patience for anything else.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Top ten sewing projects to sew for boys

As a mum to two boys and in my previous career as a Textiles teacher I was often looking for projects that boys would be interested in sewing. If your boys are not old enough to get on the sewing machine yet why not have a look at these inspiring projects and make something unique for the boys in your life.Not often we see sewing project for a boy and this will be a fun one.

Tool belt
I know my youngest would love this toolbelt from Make it love it. He is a mad Bob the builder fan at the moment and everything in our house it seems currently needs mending. This would be the ideal accessory for him to carry his tools in.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Girl with the red lips cross stitch

Girl with the red lips cross stitch 
I've been busy recently sorting out my cross stitch design work and stitching up sample pieces. I couldn't decide if I liked this pattern 'Girl with the red lips' when I first created it. It's very different from my previous work and had a very fashion / pop art look art it, When I showed it to my Stepdad he even commented that it looked like a Roy Litchenstein picture.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Free cross stitch mermaid PDF pattern

Free cross stitch mermaid PDF pattern

Free cross stitch mermaid PDF pattern

Free cross stitch mermaid PDF pattern


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Free cross stitch sand timer PDF pattern

Free cross stitch sand timer PDF pattern
Do you know anyone with time on their hands? Or perhaps a clock watcher. Then this sand timer pattern is perfect for them. 
For more on my cross stitching follow me on Instagram

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Spoonflower Lemonade contest

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often make me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition is entitled Lemonade and I was so pleased with my design I have used it as the new background for my blog.

What do you think?

If your a Spoonflower user or want to take a look please stop by and if you like my design I'd love it if you'd vote for me.

Gluten free muesli recipe

This is a great way to start your day and is perfect for those wanting something more interesting to eat when they start a gluten free diet. Please be aware oats are not always suitable for Coeliacs and you should seek advise from your dietitian before eating oats if you are a newly diagnosed coeliac.

For 10 portions of Muesli you will need
40g Sunflower seeds
50g Flaked almonds
75g Hazelnuts
300g rolled oats
4tbsp of Gluten free fiber flakes
125g Dried pineapple
75g Dried cranberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon.

Stir well to combine and store in an airtight container.


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