Sunday, 22 July 2012

Gumball Cat

A huge thank you to Tara for sending me on a picture of her finished toy from the Elfpop cat pattern.

Photo Copyright of Fiskars

It's a version of Gumball the cat from The amazing world of Gumball on Cartoon Network - isn't it adorable? |You can check out Taras blog post on making the cat here. Great job Tara, and thank you for sending us the picture.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Let them eat cake

Hello Poppets today I bring you a a teeny tiny piece of cake heaven. I whipped up a batch of these a few weeks ago - one of my favourite all time classic British recipes, the Victoria sponge but miniature. These little guys are more than suitable as a treat for kids as they are the perfect size and obligatory for sewist during periods of rest.

Mini Victoria Sponge

Makes 6 ready in 40 min
100g self raising flour
100g sugar
100g butter
2 eggs
150ml double cream
5 strawberries
3 tblsp strawberry jam
2 tblsp icing sugar

8" Cake tin or 12 silicone moulds
Small cookie cutter/small drinking glass
hand/electric whisk
large bowl

1. Preheat your oven to  180°C, Gas 4, 350°F.
2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs to mixture and whisk into mixture. Fold in the flour and whisk until you get a thick mixture.
3. Line or grease your cake tin or silicon moulds and add the mixture and spread so it coats the bottom evenly.
4. Place in the oven an cook until golden brown on top this should be approx 15-20min.
5. Take the cake out of the oven and place on a rack until cooled completely
6. Meanwhile whip the double cream until thick and holds its shape.
7.  If you used a cake tin use the cookie cutter or a small drinking glass to cut out small circular shapes from the sponge.
8. Take one cake circle and spread with 1/2 tbsp jam. Then add a layer of cream (i piped mine on by you can simply spread on). Slice the strawberries and a a few on top of the cream.
9. Take another cake circle and add it to the top of your filling (making sure its  'top side' up). Add a sprinkle of icing sugar and then top off with a slice of strawberry.
10. Enjoy!

I'm trying very hard to work on a new pattern  but my little one is making it impossible to get anything done at night as he reuses to sleep - oh the joys of parenting. I'm also on the lookout for a little sewing table as the one I'm using is as much use as a chocolate tea pot, so answers on a postcard please.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Cat Tea Party

 Quaint little invites
'Be a special guest'
To my cat tea party
Wear your Sunday best

Sandwiches and cupcakes
So yummy to eat
Teacups and flowers
Such a nice treat

I'll pour the tea
One sugar lump or two
With dainty decorations
In a candy pastel hue

All my special friends
Dancing in the sun
Laughing and smiling
Having lots of fun

Do you have a little one who loves to play tea parties? How about sewing up this cute little kitty so they can have their own cat friend.  This Elf Pop plush cat pattern is suitable for girls and boys and is super quick to sew up for little ones as a play time pal.

 Pattern available now from my etsy shop and website.

Monday, 2 July 2012

A cheeky little puppy

 One little puppy sitting all alone.

Getting very mucky digging up a bone.

Happy little doggy playing in the park.

Wag wag, lick lick, woof woof, bark! 

Two little doggies playing with a ball.

Best friend hugs are his favourite thing of all.

Do you have a little mucky puppy who would love a little doggy friend?  This soft toy pattern is suitable for boys and girls and is super quick to sew up for little ones as a hugging buddy.

Pattern available now from my etsy shop and website.