Monday, 20 December 2010

Ribbon Corsages & Bows

This is NOT a spnsoted post, but I was sent the pdf template free of charge.

I was sent a brilliant corsage template by the lovely @summerlandc on Twitter.  She has a most gorgeous blog and shop called Summerland Creative selling budoir cushions, sewing kits and other lovely items.  Do take a look!

I must confess the girls and I are getting slightly addicted to making these ribbon creations and have even branched out into lace.

They are really simple, even my 4yo can make them.  Here's how we make them:

I cut out the template and glued it on to cardboard.  The instructions were included and are really easy to follow.  I added some numbers to the points on the template for the girls to follow when winding the ribbon.  This meant they could do it with minimal supervision. 

Once the ribbon had been wound round the template I sewed a few stitches through the middle pentagon to hold the bow together.  Then you just slip the ribbon bow off the template and you're done.

The girls sewed a couple together and added a button and a brooch pin to the back.  These would also be lovely put on gifts to add a homemade touch to present wrapping.

The girls were very proud of theirs as you can see:

These were so easy to make and kept us amused for hours. I highly recommend getting a template or kit and trying them yourself.  Be warned though, as I mentioned earlier, they are somewhat addictive.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Class Christmas Parties

My 4yo will have her first Nursery Christmas party tomorrow and I have made some simple party biscuits.  So that I don't have to ice them, I've put the sprinkles into the biscuits.

My 7yo has her class party this week too and I have been making some Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies, enough for 30 children, and extra teachers/TA's that just happen to find their way into her class at party time.

Here's the recipe:

240g unsalted butter

300g (1 1/2 cups) firmly packed soft brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g (2 cups) plain flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

350g milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 190°C.

Line 2 large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on high for 5 minutes until pale. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for a further minute.

Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl. Add a pinch of salt, then use a wooden spoon to carefully fold in the flour until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Roll 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball, then flatten slightly onto a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.  Repeat, leaving a fair amount of space between each biscuit to allow for spreading. (You may need to bake the cookies in batches.)

Bake for 15-20 minutes (the biscuits should have just started to darken at the edges but will still be a little soft). Remove from the oven and use a palette knife to lift biscuits from trays, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Now all I have to do is make enough Anzac biscuits and eggless sponges for all the Year 5 and 6's World War 2 end of topic party.  I cannot wait until the end of school of Friday when we can all relax.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Homemade Felt Decorations

Behold the wonders of self-adhesive felt! We used cookie cutters to cut out the Christmas pudding, tree and bell shapes and used more cut out felt to decorate them.  A ribbon slipped between the two layers means they can be hung from the Christmas tree.