Make Something for the Weekend.... Vintage Apron

Bored this weekend? Rainy outside?
Then why not make this sweet vintage inspired apron with me!
This is my basic design, although I originally wanted to add a heart shaped pocket but I didn't get round to it, but you could always add one! I used a old sari for my fabric, the intricate embroidery looks gorgeous at the bottom of the skirt. You could use an old table cloth or curtains!
1. Cut out the shape for the top half of your apron, you can be exciting and go for a sweet heart design, but I just did a simple slight triangle shape to start with.
2. Then pin out the shape and get ready to sew!

3. I used a simple running stitch all round the edges except for the bottom where the skirt will be attached.
4. Once that's done measure out how long you want your straps, you could always do two long pieces so you can tie them to suit you rather than the halterneck I'm doing.
5. I wanted tight sweet ruffles on my straps so to make them you fold a long piece of fabric down the middle then as you stitch down the side gather each ruffle where you want it. It takes a while but looks cute.

6. Once you've got your ruffles, cut out the same length again and stitch it to your ruffles...

so it looks like this. I'm a big fan of this scallop stitch that my little sewing machine does to finish things off.
7. Then sew the strap to the top half of your apron.
8. Now to make the sash that ties round your waist and connects the top to the skirt.
Measure out how long you want it, be generous as you can always trim it at the end but you can't really add more later! Fold it up so one side is flat and the other is made of 2 flaps so that when you stich across the seem shouldn't be visible.
9. Then you can go mad, like I did with the scallop stitch and make it look pretty.
10. Now cut out your skirt shape, make it as long or short as you like, I like mine just above the knee. Cut it in a slight triangle shape again and don't worry if the top of the skirt is wider than the bottom of your top, this looks quite nice once its all sewn to the sash. And as you sew the skirt to the sash, to give the skirt a bit of volume you can use the ruffle effect to create pleats like this...
11. Then sew to top half to the sash and .....
there you have it, a sweet vintage inspired apron! I love the sari fabric I used as its a light purple crepe fabric and looks fab and delicate. You might not want to get food on it though! ( I realise this defeats it's purpose) But if your having a dinner or tea party and want to get in the hostess mood it's perfect!
I wear mine in my shop at the weekends!

I'm also all about making things your own so why not accessorize it with cute cake brooches, I made this from a few old broken bits I had and a cute little cake I made.

Enjoy! Let me know how yours goes!
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Sparkle on!

UK Handmade and me!

The lovely website UK Handmade supports UK based artists and they featured me in their stdio section! Take a look here!

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I Love Crafty giveaway!!!

It's GIVEAWAY time!
To celebrate getting 250 likes on facebook and 40 followers on my blog and giving away this fab selection of goodies to 1 lucky person! (and it's not even christmas yet!)
Here's the goodies! Theres a fab mix of some of my fav bits!
  1. Umberto Giannini make up bag
  2. I Love Crafty Kiwi cake earrings
  3. Vintage Bella "Pink Cake" lip balm (smells ace and tastes sweet!)
  4. I Love Crafty Audrey's teacup ring
  5. I Love Crafty Rose pendant necklace
  6. I Love Crafty Candy Drops puppy soap (with glitter!)


Thats not all! For 3 lucky runners up they'll win a pair of these sweet little Battenberg earrings!
RULES FOR ENTERING

1. Leave a comment here telling me what your fav item from the I Love crafty site is with your contact email for 1 entry.

2. Like me on facebook, this will give you 1 extra entry.
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GOOD LUCK!!!

Winner will be picked: 2nd October!!

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Dance with me!

At the weekend Strictly Come Dancing started! Whoop!
Its a great run up to christmas and makes me want to get up on my feet and dance!



I'd like to dance here!
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Make - Cake!

This is a fabulous Lime and Coconut cake I made! Its super tasty, looks fab and you can add rum! And of course I did! Make one too!

Recipe thanks to the lovely food blog Smitten Kitchen
You can use standard limes instead of Key Limes. Serves 8, but I’d argue 16, especially if in squares
200g sweetened flaked coconut
150g unsalted butter, softened
250g cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated Key lime zest
2 large eggs
150g cups self-rising flour*
1/2 pint cup whole milk
4 fresh Key limes juice, divided
150g confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon rum (optional, but not for me)
Preheat oven to 180°C with rack in middle. Generously butter an 8- by 8-inch square or 9- by 2-inch round cake pan and line bottom with a round of parchment paper.
Toast coconut in a small baking pan in oven, stirring once or twice, until golden, 8 to 12 minutes. Cool. Leave oven on.
Beat together butter, granulated sugar, and zest with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Stir together flour and 1/2 cup coconut (reserve remainder for topping). Stir together milk and 2 tablespoons lime juice. At low speed, mix flour and milk mixtures into egg mixture alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour.
Spoon batter into pan and smooth top. Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool to warm, then turn out of pan and discard parchment.
Whisk together confectioners sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, and rum (if using) and pour over cake. Sprinkle with remaining coconut.
This is how it should look:
This how mine looks! I HAD to add glitter and 100's and 1000's.
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