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Clear clutch DIY/ advertise your child’s artwork…

I’ve had this idea for a while but didn’t quite know how to implement it…

I wanted to make a clear clutch purse that also had a section where I could place ‘artwork’ done by my toddler. And therefore the artwork could be interchanged as often as you like.

After searching the internet for inspiration I still couldn’t find exactly what I was after, or a tutorial for how to make one, so I did what all resourceful mums do and made one myself…

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The first one turned out OK, and I have kept it for myself, but I consider that one a prototype and I have adjusted the pattern for the next one, and I think I will give this to a friend so that she too can proudly show her child’s artwork to the world.

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You will need:

clear plastic material (I got mine from Lincraft in the ‘table cloth’ section)

thread

sewing machine

your choice of clasp / button / fastener

measuring tape

scissors

 

Instructions:

Decide what size you would like your clutch. I wanted a largish one, so I  measured a rectangle of 21cm x 38cm and cut this out. (This is the part that will contain the artwork)

Then cut a larger piece which will make up the bag. Keep 38cm as the width, then you will need to double the other measurement, and add extra material for the folding flap (I added about 10cm).

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Fold the plastic to roughly form a clutch, and place the extra rectangle on the outside, hold in place with a large bulldog clip and sew the edges.

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I wanted my seams on the inside so I then turned the clutch inside-out.

Cut the flap into a triangle shape, and attach the fastener of your choice.

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Then the final thing to do is cut out artwork to fit into the bag, aaaaannnddd your done.

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Of course you could always leave it as a clear clutch if you prefer.

 

 

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Toot Toot. Fruit Train

For a friend’s kid’s birthday, we needed to bring a plate of food to share. After seeing this idea on the internet a few days ago, I couldn’t help but give it a go.

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And it worked great! Even looked better than the one I found on the internet.

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How to:

Gather your fruit of choice (I used watermelon and rockmelon for the  train engine and carriages, and various other fruit for the details: strawberries, banana, blueberries, grapes, apples and pears)

 

Cut quite large rectangles for the engine and carriages and place them as the picture above. Use toothpicks to secure the fruit.

Scoop out some of the fruit on the carriages to make room for other fruit.

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Cut a banana in half lengthways and use on the engine. And a half a strawberry on the very front of the engine. Also, grapes cut in half make good wheels for the engine and the carriages.

Finally fill the carriages with the rest of the fruit.

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Honey, I baked a cake….

I love a good themed bake. So for our latest book club where we discussed ‘The Secret Life of Bees’, I couldn’t help but make a cake that fitted with the theme, and was full of delicious honey flavours.

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Golden Honey Cake, with honey caramel.

The cake turned out really well. It is not dry at all, but when you add the honey caramel it brings it to another level. Will definitely make this again.

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Ingredients:

170 g honey

140g butter

85g castor sugar

2 eggs beaten

200g self-raising flour

 

Honey caramel

1 – 2 Tbspn honey

50g castor sugar

hot water

cream

 

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 180 and prepare cake tin (line and grease tin).

Melt honey, butter and sugar in a large saucepan and add a tablespoon of water.

Remove from heat, and mix in the eggs and flour.

Spoon into cake tin, and bake for 40-45 minutes, until cake is golden and springy to touch.

Allow cake to cool while making the caramel. In a small saucepan place the sugar, honey and some water. Allow to cook until the water evaporates and the sugar dissolves and caramel begins to form then add the cream.

 

Delish!!

 

 

 

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Christmas project challenge, Day 25: Ice-cream pudding

I may have skipped a few days….and completely failed at the Christmas project challenge. Probably was a bit unrealistic, maybe next year it’ll be the ‘12 days of Christmas challenge’.

Anywho…I’ve finished on a high note with a delicious ice-cream pudding.

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I used vanilla ice cream and then flavoured it with: cherries, marshmellows, gingerbread, Maltesers, cinnamon. And a thin cake outer layer.

There is no hard and fast recipe for this because you can really add whatever you want….you want more fruit, cool, add more fruit! Easy!

And for the finishing touch drizzle Ice Magic over the top before serving.

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Christmas project challenge, day 12 and 13: Gingerbread biscuits plus icing

It’s Christmas! Of course I’m making gingerbread. Yes it took me two days because;

a) I have an 18month toddler, so the only time I get baking done is when he’s asleep. And

b) baking, and then icing gingerbread is a two part activity anyway….

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Anywho….I used a ‘traditional gingerbread’ recipe from taste.com. It’s a little different to how I usually make it. It’s almost like a ginger shortbread.

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