Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Teething band

This morning while Little Snicker was asleep, I made him this teether from some fabric I had laying around. I thought this might help to stop his latest (unwanted) habit of sucking his thumb:

But the design isn't 'quite' right. If he wears it where it's designed to go (around his wrist) he won't have a bar of it as he can still quite easily suck his thumb.

So, it's better suited to be around the back of his hand, kind on near his knuckles. The only problem is that it's then no longer secured to him and that's what I liked most about having it around his wrist. I didn't want to have to worry about him dropping it on the ground and then not being able to have it back because it's germ ridden. I mean I'm all for germs and stuff, but there are germs and then there are germs (like those found on the floor at public food courts).

So, back to the drawing board I go to see if I can get a better design. I'll let you know once I've got it right!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Redwork Christmas Quilt (Update #4)

It's been a while since I mentioned the redwork quilt I'm working on for Little Snicker and that's because I lost inspiration. With 6 more blocks to design it just seemed a little overwhelming and the ideas stopped flowing.

So what has motivated me to start working on it again? Well the fact that Christmas is only 178 days away, that's what - scary, I know!

So, here is a sneak peek of the block I am currently working on. It's my favourite by far:

I am hoping to have the designs finished for all of the blocks by the end of this coming weekend. That way I will just need to concentrate on the stitchery, rather than continually thinking about what the designs will be. Wish me luck!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Transferring Images using Gel Medium

I must say that the use of gel medium to transfer images to a surface seemed a little too easy for my liking. I felt nervous about even trying it and was sure that it was destined for failure. I was glad to be proven wrong.

Following the tutorial put together by Ashley of Lil Blue Boo, I gathered my supplies - a paint brush, some gel medium (available from the painting aisle at Spotlight), a brayer, my image (which I just printed using our laser printer) and my surface to transfer the image to (the table the supplies are sitting on):

I then spread a layer of gel medium onto the table and placed my image on top, face down. Remember it is important to print your image in reverse, especially if there is writing involved:

I ran my brayer over the image a couple of times to make sure there were no air bubbles:

Then I waited an hour while it dried. Next, I took a wet facewasher and wet the back of the image, peeling away the paper as I went:

Ta-da! Transfer complete:

Only one small problem... I was a bit over zealous with my paper removal attempts and the Cat in the Hat lost some of his whiskers as a result:

Lesson Learned : Don't use your nails to scrape the paper off!

Friday, June 25, 2010

My Return to Work...

There hasn't been much crafting going on this week, because I've been preparing to return to work today.

"Return to Work?!?!" I hear you say. Yep that's right, I have indeed returned to the "Boehm Family's Funny Little Hat Store" that opened up right in my living room today:

The store stocks many different types of hats from your standard caps and beanies, through to hats for festive occasions. We also stock a range of more elaborate hats too:

Our first (and only) customer enjoyed browsing all of the hats on display from the comfort of a reclining chair:

but had to admit that he wasn't overly impressed with our range of sombrero's:

I talked him into trying on this delightful hat from the 'mum and son' range with me:

and since there was nothing else in the store that caught his eye, he decided he'd settle on that one. I couldn't help but feel though, that he was a little disappointed:

But still, he paid for his hats using the only currency allowed by the store....


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Vintage Style Patches

Today a parcel I had been waiting for from Paris finally arrived. The parcel contained these super cool vintage style patches - you know the type that were on work shirts in the 70's and 80's.

I got the patches from
Flying Fox Crafts
and they arrived in around 2 weeks, which I was most impressed with:

So I took one of Little Snickers boring shirts:

and hand sewed the "Mack" patch to it:

All done!

I also have plans to put a patch onto a pair of overalls for Matty for when he is working on his mini restoration project. I got him a patch that says "Gunnar"... cause he's always 'gunnar' do stuff....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Finally...some things in the Etsy Store

I finally got some things into the Etsy store. I know, about time right!

Here are some pictures of the new sock owl mobiles:

And the robot tag blanket:

I am quite disappointed with some of the photos as I don't think they really show up how good the items look in real life, so I might have to have a bit of a play around with them and see if I can come up with some better ones.

I hope everyone has enjoyed their Tuesday!

Monday, June 21, 2010


I could spend hours looking at the ephemera people are selling on Kind of strange, I know, but it's kind of cool to think about the history behind these items.

I was thinking of purchasing this pack of 100 pieces of ephemera from Cheap Old Crap, when I realised I actually have my own collection of Ephemera right under my desk!

You see, back in 2001 I spent a year living and working in the UK. During this time I traveled to 16 different countries and kept EVERYTHING I came into contact with - Brochures, tickets, postcards etc.

Some of the cool stuff I came across while looking through my collection included:

A rail ticket for Paris:

A ticket for the cog rail journey up Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland:

An admission ticket to see the Footy Show when it was in London:

An entry ticket to the Heineken Museum in Amsterdam:

A ticket to Edinburgh's Hogmanay and a boarding card for the train journey between Edinburgh and Kings Cross Stations:

A post card and ticket for the Maid of the Mist and a ticket for the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory in Canada:

And an entry ticket to a Jays Vs Angels Baseball game:

And finally, a pile of patches from each of the countries I have visited. These were originally sewn onto my backpack but I pulled them off years ago as they started to fall off and I was worried about losing them:

My original plan was to put all of these tickets and things into a scrapbook, but honestly, I think they're too cool to hide away. So instead, I'm going to think of some projects to use them in so that they don't remain in a box under my desk for the next 10 or so years!

Stay tuned for updates on what I use this stuff for!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Recipe : Dairy Free Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

Unfortunately Little Snicker displays reflux symptoms when ever I eat dairy (I breast feed). I was hoping that he would grow out of it by about 4 months, but last nights 'spew fest' confirmed that it's still a problem.

This morning I woke up feeling like something chocolatey, so I decided to make a dairy free chocolate self saucing pudding.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients (apparently it serves 6.. I'd say it serves 4 at a push lol)

For the Batter:

  • 2 tspns of melted butter substitute (ie. Nuttelex), for greasing
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of self-raising flour
  • 1 tbs of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of rice milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbs of butter substitute, melted and cooled

For the sauce:

  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 1/4 cups of boiling water


Preheat your oven to 170°C (fan forced).

Melt the 2 teaspoons of butter substitute and pour into the base of a oven proof dish measuring approximately 25cms wide and 10cms high. Use baking paper to grease the sides of the pan.

Place the brown sugar in a medium mixing bowl and add the sifted flour and cocoa powder. Stir to combine:

In a separate jug whisk together the rice milk, egg and butter substitute in a bowl and combine.

Add this mixture to the dry ingredients

and use a wooden spoon to mix until a smooth batter forms.

Pour the batter into the greased dish and use the back of a spoon to smooth the surface to help the pudding to rise evenly.

Next, make the sauce by combining the brown sugar and sifted cocoa powder in a bowl.

Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the chocolate batter in the dish.

Finally, pour the boiling water evenly over the brown sugar and cocoa powder mixture before baking in the oven for 45 minutes or until cooked (you can check this by inserting a skewer. If it comes out clean the pudding is cooked). Once the pudding is cooked, remove it from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes so that the sauce thickens.

Your pudding is then ready to eat! Yum Yum. If only we could put cream on it!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tutorial : Onesie to Long Sleeved T-Shirt

I picked up this onesie for $3 a couple of months ago, simply because Matty luuurrvvees Kiss:

Quite clearly it is a onesie designed for wear in the Summer and since it's well under 10 degrees most days here at the moment, Little Snicker isn't getting much wear out of it. With that in mind, I decided to turn it into a long sleeved t-shirt.

Here's how I did it...and it really isn't as hard as it might seem!

You will need:

A short sleeved onesie (to make into the t-shirt)
A long sleeved onesie (to use as a guide for the sleeves)
An old adults tshirt
A ruler
An air erasable marker (or tailor's chalk)
Some Pins
A Sewing machine
A pair of scissors


Take your onesie and lay it out flat. Using your air erasable marker, rule a line directly above the top of the leg holes:

Cut along this line to separate the two pieces. You can discard the bottom part of the onesie as we no longer need it.

Take your long sleeved onesie and lay it out under the onesie you are making into a t-shirt, like so:

This next step is a little tricky to explain, so let me tell you a few things first:

  • The bottom hemmed edge of the adult's t-shirt forms the long sleeved onesie's cuff, so there is no need for a seam allowance on that end (and it means that we cut down on the amount of sewing we need to do)
  • The long sleeved onesie's sleeve is pretty much symmetrical, so it doesn't matter that in the picture below it looks as though the seam of the sleeve we'll be sewing will be on the top. We can just flip it over and it won't effect the end product.
  • The long sleeved onesie I am using has sleeves wider than the opening of my short sleeved onesie, so I haven't added a seam allowance. You may need to add a seam allowance depending on the width of your long sleeved onesie's sleeve.
  • You need to fold your adult's t-shirt in such a way that ensures you are not using the t-shirt's side seam in any way. If you include that seam where you're going to cut, you will essentially end up with two seams on your sleeve (the seam on the side of the adults t-shirt and the seam that you will sew to complete your sleeve).
Ok, did all that make sense? I sure hope so!

Once you've got your adult's t-shirt folded right, place under your long sleeved onesie (with the edge of your onesie's sleeve against the bottom hem of your t-shirt) and make a mark on the t-shirt to the left of the onesie band, like so (you may need to enlarge the image to see where I've marked):

Next, mark out the shape of your sleeve:

And then cut it out:

Unfold your sleeve and serge down the long edge (the edge opposite to the existing t-shirt seam) so that it doesn't unravel or fray. I'm too lazy to get out the serger, so I just used the serger stitch on my sewing machine:

Next, fold the sleeve back together with the right sides together and serge along the edge to complete the sleeve. I also run a straight stitch down this side just to ensure it's secure:

Next, turn your sleeve in the right way and pin to your onesie. Ensure that the seam on your sleeve and the seam under the arm of your onesie match up as best as possible:

Using a straight stitch, carefully sew the sleeve on using the existing seam (or seams in this case) on the onesie as a guide:

You should end up with a sleeve that looks like the one below. Repeat the process to make a second sleeve:

Next, run a serger stitch along the unfinished bottom edge of your onesie:

Fold the serged edge of the tshirt up approximately 1/4 of an inch and pin:

Run a double topstitch around the edge to secure:

Once you've done all that, you've finished!

Here is a picture of Little Snicker wearing his long sleeved onesie t-shirt!

I'm pretty sure he's saying something along the lines of "Thanks mum for making my onesie into an awesome long sleeved t-shirt".... but I could be wrong lol!