The Magic Of Softies

Something new for my etsy store.

DSC_0016-001For the last couple of months I have really lost my sewjo. That was until I stumbled upon this gorgeous pattern by Retro Mumma. I am in love with this sleepy bear and all the magic that comes with Softies. Not only are they cuddly, they can be loving companions for any boy or girl. I watch my daughter still play and talk with her softies and it warms my heart.

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Along with bears I have also made a few Geometric Clutches, cute, stylish and super useful. Got to love useful things. This is the first pattern that I published and have now sold to all corners of the world. From Dubai to Indonesia, America to France. The Mellebug Wristlet Clutch Pattern is spreading cuteness everywhere.

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All of these lovely wares are now available in my etsy store:

www.etsy.com/shop/mellebug

Head on over for a look see. Enjoy the magic of Softies.

 

LV

BEC xx

What!! Not another gluten free banana bread recipe

I know there are loads of Banana bread/loaf recipes out there in cyber world. Lord knows I have tried plenty. So I thought why not chuck another one out there and maybe someone might enjoy it as much as my family and I do .

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Gluten free, no added sugar Banana bread recipe

1/2 cup coconut cream
1 egg
3 medium mashed old bananas.
3 tbl Stevia ( I use Norbu, only one I have found that doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/4 cup GF plain flour blend
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tsp GF baking powder
1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup flaxseed meal

Mix all the wet ingredients together. Sift together flour, soda and powder. Stir into wet mix, add remaining ingredients.
Pour into a loaf tin (13x23cm),bake 180 degrees C for approx 25-30mins or until golden brown ontop.

I always have lunch boxes in mind when I bake as well as how to make it as healthiest as possible. This one is a winner and so easy to make.

Enjoy!!!

Cheesy Sweet Potato and Bacon Gluten Free Loaf

Such a long title but only one word to describe, YUM.

This loaf doesn’t last long in my house which explains the lack of nice photos taken. It is used for the kids lunch boxes and as for a snack for me in the day. It has such a lovely texture that one wouldn’t even guess that it was gluten free.

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Enough natter, where is this recipe ( if your like me I just scroll down to the end of post to get the recipe, rarely do I read the waffle above it).

Cheesy Sweet Potato Bacon Gluten Free Loaf

1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain yoghurt
3/4 c cooked mashed sweet potato
1 cup grated cheese
2 rashers bacon diced
2tsp Baking powder GF
1/2tsp Bi Carb Soda
1 1/4 cup gluten free plain flour blend (FreeFrom Gluten range)
1/4 cup almond meal
Pinch of salt
Pinch of garlic powder (optional)

Mix together the oil, eggs, yoghurt and mash. Combine. Sift in the bicarb, baking powder and flour. Add the almond meal, salt and garlic. Just combine. Finish by adding the cheese and bacon.

The mixture is quite thick. Place into a loaf tin. Bake for approx 25-30 mins at 180 degrees Celsius.

When cooked, turn out onto drying rack and see if you can wait till it cools before you want to eat it.

Finish by lathering with butter. My motto: everything tastes better with butter.

Happy Baking Peoples
I am off to taste my Magic Bean Cake.

Bec x

Orphan/ Apron Dress Costume Tutorial

It has certainly been the month for making costumes and I can foresee that I will be putting my hand to many more in the future. This latest costume has been made for my daughters dance performance at the end of the year (talk about being organised). After coming up with zilch tutorials I decided to make one up of my own so as always I am not a pattern maker and I try to explain things as easy as I can but if you have any queries please leave a message below and I may be able help out.

The pattern provided is for approx 6-8 year old (depending on chest size) but you can increase or decrease as needed (info in pdf file).

Sewing level: easy to moderate

 Orphan/Apron Dress Costume Tutorial

 

Winter is upon us

Oh lordy hasnt it been awhile since my last post. There does not seem enough hours in the day to get everything done on my list. Once I answer emails, send out invoices, facebook and more facebook I am totally over the computer. Today I think I have spent a good three hours photographing and listing items into my madeit store. In saying this now I will be posting more here as the social networking on FB for handmade businesses is coming to an end. An end only if you dont want to pay $5 to $10 to promote your chosen posts. There has been much talk going around and I am not going to go on about it here. Pull up socks and move onto another medium to help get my Mellebugness out there.

So what has been going on in my little sewing nook. Well I can tell you it is mainly sewing, suprised, not really. As the seasons change so do my

Winter, it is here and I am feeling the chill. It is the perfect weather for my Lupin Heatpacks and most recently my newsboy hats. These are made using recylced and new fabrics.

The little fella calls this his ‘Dude’ hat. He is such a dude wearing it, love it.

Now on the lupin front. Boo Bears, Boo Bears everywhere. A little slow start to the season but this time round the boy bears have been flying out the door. This time round I decided to coordinate my fabrics more by purchasing fat quarter packs ensuring that the colours match. Before I was in turmoil guessing to which fabric matched that fabric and so on. Less stress better outcome. Here is one of the bears I have made that comes with its very own baby bear.

Super cute felt bear that takes roughly 2 hours to hand stitch together. Worth it thou as this little combo is just too cute.

Here is another Boo Bear, Sleepy Ray. Racing buddy for the boys.

To anyone new to Mellebug these cuties are Lupin Heatpacks that you pop into the microwave for a minute and they become a warm buddy to snuggle or to help soothe an upset tummy.

This season I have coordinated some of the Boo Bears with cold packs, an all round perfect gift to a child. These cold packs are a great size that fit into a childs hand, are cold enough without having to wrap up and the outside is removable, perfect for any little bloody bonk that happens a little too often in my household.

So my madeit store is stocked with loads of mellebugness some for adults and loads for the wee ones in our lives. Head on over for more of a look at what I have to offer.

‘Any Mash Goes’ Bread

Whether it be pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, apple or fig mash, anyone of them goes.

This one pictured is delicious Fig Bread that will be going into my kids lunch boxes tomorrow. So yum with a slab of butter on the top, but thats a little naughty.

 

 

Recipe:

  • 1 cup of mash.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c Oil (veg)
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/2 c Brown sugar
  • 1 1/2  C SR flour

Its just like making muffins. Mix together the wet ingrediants and then slowly add in the dry. Dont over mix. Pour into a loaf pan or a small round pan and bake at 180 degrees for 1 hour (always check 15mins before end time).

1 down 3 to go…

I have finally got my bottom into gear and started making my daughters school skorts (they look like a skirt but are infact a short). With only a week before school starts I am cutting things fine. I can dooooo iiiiitttttt.

1 made and 3 more to go.

I confess though that they are pretty quick to whip up as all the seams are unfinished. The great thing with working with Jersey as it does not fray.
You too can make one of these using my tutorial that includes a pattern for size 5/6.

Happy Birthday Jack!

Yes my wee man has turned 3!

We had a fantastic day with all of our family and even better the rain did not make an appearance. The day went off without a hitch, plenty of food and the most important thing is that all the kids went home smiling. My 5yr old cousin said that was the best party ever, mwah!

It was planned as a morning tea come lunch event with finger food made by myself, my mum and grandma. I think to ease the stress of feeding many people you must enlist some helpers. As it was a car themed party I made the milky way cars, traffic light biscuits, traffic light jelly cups and the car cake. Took the easy option this year and bought an icing decal, he loved it.

 

As for the decorations I made some racing flag bunting and put up a Lightening Mcqueen panel I had picked up a few years ago that was too cheap to not. I purchased some racing flag napkins, toothpicks and ballons. Not too much but enough.

 

 

 

 

 

I planned some party games for the kids which we played one after the other. I also made it so that that all the kids received a prize for each game and they were to put this into their decorated party bags to take home. Everyone won.

 To start with they decorated their own party bag using stickers, textas and brown paper bags. I big hit with the girls (especially precious Tilly).

We then played pass the parcel followed by a treasure hunt were they had to find a lolly bag each.

 Then they played bean bag toss using the bean bags I made for both Amelia and Jack. Tried making it into a ball shape but not all that impressed with the finish. I did however come up with a colour square one that I may put together as a pack to sell, maybe. All they had to go is see how many they could throw in. Easy! For their efforts they each received a wooden penny whistle I purchased off ebay.

The last game was just musical statues where they all just danced and stopped. No one was eliminated, did not want to see sad faces. They each got a stick of sidewalk chalk and all went off to draw on the driveway.

Lastly they all enjoyed running around popping bubbles as the bubble machine worked its magic. I great addition to any childs party.

I am truly blessed to have a wonderful family.

 

Sew easy…

I am in the swing of making dresses for my Mellebug, with the completion of dress number 2 from the pattern Butterick B4176 “fast and easy”.

I found Amelia rummaging through my pattern box and she declared that this is the next dress to be made, pointing to the pink (of course). She we headed off to the fabric store for her to choose which fabric she wanted. After a few cringes at some ghastly fabric to my suprise she liked one with strawberries on it. Whilst waiting at the checkout I was looking through the remnants bin and found two meters of pink gingham at $1 a metre, bargain, thats what I am going to get.

So with cheap fabric, a secound hand pattern, buttons from the stash and I made my own bias binding it was set to be a super cheap dress. The pattern was as it states “fast and easy”, the only complaint is that it needs to be streamlined as its a bit balloned at the bottom. I also loved learning how to make a button loop, you learn something new everyday with sewing. I found this tutorial that has great pictures and is sew simple. Will definantly be doing that again.

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Another success with her liking the dress. I will be going back to get the strawberry fabric to make another one and lucky for me for not buying it that day as tommorow it goes on sale, yeha!. I think next in line will be something for the wee man. Was thinking I would make a tutorial on making upcycled t-shirt pants but I have to get my hands on a cheap tee.

Till next time….

Party Planning!

3 weeks and counting………..

I love a little organising , whether it be a party or friends for dinner. This time round its my sons third birthday. Its the first time he recognises what a birthday is all about so he is super excited about the upcoming event. Well, his concept of time is not quite there yet so almost every day he asks if its coming soon, poor little bugger.

We are having a Mqueen/Race car theme that is on a wee budget. So research, research, research. What can I do to make it amazing for him which most can be done by me. On my quest I have come across some great websites that offer fab ideas without having to go down the commercial route.

So I have found some checkered fabric to make bunting using this easy tutorial:

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http://supposecreatedelight.com/wordpress/?page_id=839

Super cool party food ideas as well as party supplies:

Milky Way Party Cars

http://www.speckledfreckle.com.au/blog/?cat=17

Reasonable party supplier from Aus that I purchased from:

Black And White Checkered Flag Racing Car Balloons

They stock cool build your own race car and car deck of cards.

http://www.partykitnkaboodle.com.au/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=122

Do it yourself party favours:

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http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2009/10/homemade-party-favors.html

all crafts 30 Do It Yourself Favor Tutorials  {party pieces}

http://www.tipjunkie.com/do-it-yourself-favor/

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Thinking you can just change the picture to a car.

http://www.saltwater-kids.com/2010/10/jack-o-lantern-puzzle-favors-tutorial_29.html

Racing car birthday party ideas:

http://melscraftycorner.blogspot.com/2010/06/lightning-mcqueen-birthday-party.html

http://pieceofcakeparties.blogspot.com/2008/07/race-car-birthday-party.html

Loved these ideas:

http://allisonrdavis.blogspot.com/2010/05/birthday-banner.html

birthday wreath

http://www.howdoesshe.com/birthday-wreath

Lastly party games:

 Sock fishing game.

Bean Bag Toss

Make A Bean Bag Toss Game Craft

http://www.freekidscrafts.com/make_a_bean_bag_toss_game-e1164.html

Will continue to search for more games.