Easter Hols 2015

There's not been much crafting done the last week or so. The kids are off school for two weeks so we headed down to my folks in Wex for a few days.
The weather has been glorious, just like the summer, so it was a great time to be in the Sunny South East!

Rock climbing with Granny and their Aunty Katie.

Enjoying the beach at Kilmore Quay, where we also got our dinner at the best chipper in the world. The Salter Chipper has the best fish and chips I've ever had, probably because the chipper is right across the road from the quay-side where the fishing boats unload. You can't get fresher fish than that!


At a Teddy Bear's picnic in Rathwood, Co. Carlow on the trip home. They met Goldilocks and the three bears, took a ride on a train, made their own teddies to bring home, fed some geese and had a picnic. It was well worth a visit and we will definitely go back there again.

Now we're back home and it's back to household chores. But at least the weather's still good so there's good drying!


Birthday Cake

Emily turns seven today. It's hard to believe!
We had her party yesterday afternoon at an indoor play centre near our house, and it was princess themed.

So I put on my baking hat and made a castle cake.

It started to go a bit dodgy mid-way through but I think I managed to pull it off in the end.

She was happy with it so that's all that matters really.


Rag Dolls

So I spent most of today making cake for Emily's birthday party tomorrow. I just need to assemble and decorate it in the morning.

I've only done a tiny bit of sewing over the last few days. One task was to see faces on all these doll bodies.

Now I have to make them some clothes.

But first a coffee break!


Lots of Toys

So I'm still a bit quiet with the blog, and I'm still in a bit of a creative funk, but I've been quietly knitting away.

Up in the corner is a variation to my 'Anna-Beth' pattern. I will put the pattern up - eventually!


Finished Mug Rugs

I'm quite pleased with these. Especially the machine embroidery - I had good fun doing that.

The backing fabric was the starting point colour-wise - it's coffee themed so it was perfect for this project.

Now I just need to buy some 'sweet treats' to go along with the mug rugs.

Machine Embroidery

My first attempt at machine embroidery, inspired by a Poppy Teffrey book from the library.

I think I may be doing a lot more of this in the future!