It all kicked off when I set my eyes on this gorgeous book, granny chic from dottie angel and ted & agnes. It oughta come with a warning cos I’m addicted! I’m lovin fabric wrapping. It’s like patchwork but instead of stitching you glue (I know neat huh!).
All you do is grab yourself some wallpaper paste and stick patches of fabric to whatever you fancy (alright not the kids!), paste all over the top and leave to dry. Then apply several coats of clear varnish, sit back and admire your work!
At this moment I’m looking around the house with a glintful eye for something else to cover in fabric, driving my family bonkers as per!
If you like this granny chic style you have so totally gotta give this a whirl!
To be honest with my three little chooks I don’t have this problem, but hey I don’t need an excuse to make these little beauties!
I’ve got an a lovely book on keeping chickens (Beginner’s guide to keeping chickens by Lee Faber) and in it some lovely egg recipes to share with you. These are small meringue cookies with a hint of chocolate which last about 5 minutes with my lot!
I’ve gotta be honest it took me a few goes to get these right and things got pretty messy! But after a little tweak to the original recipe they came out right!
2 egg whites
4 oz caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
pinch of salt
6 oz white chocolate chopped into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas mark 4). Cover two baking sheets with aluminium foil.
Get a large mixing bowl and put your egg whites in (you can’t have the slightest hint of yolk or it goes wrong!) using an electric hand whisk on its highest setting whisk the egg whites until firm but not dry. Now you need to add the sugar, but do this a teaspoon at a time and after each addition whisk in thoroughly on the highest setting. When the meringue is glossy and forming stiff peaks and is glossy you are done!
Add your salt and vanilla essence and very carefully fold in your chopped chocolate.
Drop 24 teaspoons of the mixture onto your baking sheets and place in your oven. Turn oven off immediately, and leave for 6 hours.
If you ask me girl can never have too many flowers. I love to give and receive a bloom, but what I really love is to crochet some! There’s nothing cuter than a little bunch of crochet flowers displayed in a simple jam jar on your kitchen table, as part of a brooch or even to brighten up winter shrubs in your garden, and with a little practice you can easily achieve some stunning effects.
Give it a try and see if you don’t get hooked yourself, if your not already that is!
The pattern I’ve used here is from one of my fave books: Crochet Bouquet by Suzann Thompson.
make 5 chain and join with a slip stitch to form a ring. then there is only one round:
make 3 chain and do 2 treble clusters into ring. yarn around hook, insert into ring, yarn around hook and draw through 2 loops on hook (do this twice) yarn around hook and draw through all 3 loops on hook. Repeat for a total of 5 times. Fasten off, and weave in all yarn ends.
Fill a large bucket with sawdust and add apples! A twist on an old fave, be sure to offer a water version for little ones and scared big ones!
2. Yummy chocolate fondue station!
You can make this as small or large as you need for your party. Basically you want to have a fondue set with melted caramel/chocolate set out. Surrounded by bowls of coloured sprinkles and lots of small sweets. Your little guests can then grab a marshmallow on a lolly stick and create their own yummy treat!
3. Spooky Halloween dip!
Basically lucky dip with a little twist for Halloween. amongst the sawdust add pretend spiders and cobwebs etc.
4. Gross Halloween dip!
Ok, here we are getting messy! Fill a couple of buckets with baked beans or tomato pasta and add some large pebbles at the bottom. Those brave enough to delve in and grab a pebble get a treat! Be sure to have a bucket of soapy water and towels handy!
Check out this cute pin! its gotta be worth a shot!
6. Pumpkin potato painting.
For your little guests, make a selection of potato stamps with pumpkin shapes. Have plenty of paper and paint ready, and newspaper to soak up the mess!
7. Pumpkin spider.
I came across this great idea I’m sure gonna give it a try this year:
8. Pumpkin decorating competition
Grab yourselves some glitter, paint, pipe cleaners and loads of other creative stuff and let your guests go to town decorating their own pumpkin. It can be as cute or gross as they like!
9. Pumpkin pinata smash!
Blow up a balloon and cover with paper mache (newspaper stripped and stuck together with flour and water paste). remember to leave a hole large enough to fill with sweets. Once dry pop the balloon, fill with sweets and cover hole with more paper mache and leave to dry again. Now you are ready to paint orange and add your pumpkin face! When you are ready every one can take turns to bash the pumpkin untill the sweets pour out!
10. Musical pumpkins!
Using pumpkins instead of chairs, get your guests ready for a good old traditional game of musical chairs! The last one seated on a pumpkin wins!