I enjoy crafting and like to try my hand at different things. If there is anything that you see on here that you would like made, please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to my page on Facebook www.facebook.com/bumblebeescraftden. You can post on the wall or send me a message there. I appreciate any comments that people leave so please feel free to comment!!!
Monday, 17 December 2012
I cannot believe another year is nearly over - where has the time gone!!!
Sadly, a few friends have passed away over the last couple of weeks so they won't be here to see the New Year but will always be remembered. It's never a good time for anyone to die, but I think when it happens around Christmas it always feel worse and I think that is because a new year is looming and we know they won't be here to share it.
Anyway - onto happier thoughts. I've not finished my shopping for this year and I have been trying to fit it in around my orders so this week I think need to finish that up and get my gifts wrapped!!
This year my beaded memory bracelets have been quite popular so I've made up a few of those. Here are some for you to see. I use good quality glass beads and try to use a mix of lampwork and other glass beads. I never use tiny seed beads to fill the bracelet either. I think the bracelets look better for it and you get a nicer selection of beads.
Shelly over at Ginger Melon very kindly gave a free pattern of a cute felt santa ornament. I decided that he'd be perfect for my santa keys. I love Ginger Melon patterns and have bought a few of them!!
I was also asked to make a little felt panda and a lion. I looked around the web but didn't see any patterns that were right for what I wanted to do so I made up my own!!!
I've decided that I am not going to make any more sock monkeys as they take too long to make by hand and I no longer enjoy making them. I have done one last one for someone so here it is!!
The last thing to show you for now is the felt stocking I have made for my niece. I will fill it with chocolate and a few other bits for her!!
Friday, 23 November 2012
On the subject of cakes, I wanted to tell you about my sister Hayley who makes custom celebration cakes and decorative cupcakes. She has made some fantastic cakes and they taste delicious!! She is known as The Sugar Plum Fairy and you can find her over on Facebook here. She is based in Bristol and is always eager to try out new designs and ideas so feel free to contact her via Facebook or through my blog.
Here are some of here lovely cakes
Thursday, 22 November 2012
We've had some really miserable weather this week in my part of the UK. My city, Bristol has seen flooding in places where it's not been seen before. Of course our flooding does not compare to floods that other parts of the world have experienced in the past and more recently the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. It does make you wonder what on earth is happening with the weather these days though.
Anyway onto jam jars - after seeing my little jam jar tealight holder, my sister decided she also wanted one so I made her one last night!! I made hers slightly different as individuality is a good thing!! Here it is
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Anyway - I've had my eye on an empty jar for a few weeks now and forgot to claim it so it went in the bin so yesterday I had to retrieve it before the bin men came and took it. I wanted to make a tealight holder with it. Initially I was going to use wire around the top and make a handle but that didn't work out as the wire was not flexible enough!!
Last night, whilst sat watching the Walking Dead, I came up with this vintage style holder.
I joined a group over on Facebook that has recently been set up by a fellow crafter for people to swap and share their slow cooker recipes and tips.
A recipe for pulled pork was shared in the group by a lady called Jan and it sounded great and also easy to make. Even better that the recipe used a shoulder of pork which I already had in the freezer. The pork had been reduced at Sainsbury to £1.09 and I picked it up and popped it in the freezer until I'd decided what to make with it! So this was the idea way to use it and test the recipe.
I cooked it in the slow cooker for around 7 hours until the meat fell away, then shredded it and mixed in a BBQ sauce I'd made. Now you can leave it for 30mins in the marinade and then put it into your conventional oven for another 30 mins but I left mine overnight in the fridge to get more flavour and then cooked it the next morning. I also made up some more BBQ sauce and mixed it in just in case it had got abit dry overnight. During cooking I also stirred it several times to prevent it burning on the top.
The result was delicious and I will definately be making this again. I froze some of it also for another meal!
Monday, 29 October 2012
Felt is such a lovely thing to work with and I just love love love Blanket Stitch - it is such a satisfying stitch to sew!! It really brings and item to life!
Here are the decorations that I've made so far
Sunday, 28 October 2012
Whilst out shopping today I came across this fab canvas which although not strictly a Subway print, it is of a similar sort of style! Anyway - I had to have it!! This one is London themed with a vintage touch to it!
Here it is
I got it from Dunelm Mill and the price was marked £6.99 but when I got to the till I found it was reduced so cost only £4.89 what a nice surprise!!! It's quite big as well so really quite a bargain!!!
I love the colours in this print and of course it has a very Brit feel to it as well!!!
Tomorrow I will get it up onto my wall but thought I'd share it with you first!!
Friday, 19 October 2012
The shopping in Malaysia is fabulous especially in KL where the shopping malls are the biggest and best I have ever seen anywhere in the world. They are never ending and you could get lost in one for hours!! This was my 4th time in Kuala Lumpur and it has changed so much since my last visit.
Malaysia is very interesting - as well as the Malaysians, there are also huge Chinese and Indian communites there so you have a mixture of faiths and places of worship.
I love all of the colours and the detail in the temples.
We ate lots of lovely food but did so much walking that we managed to walk it all off!! Food prices are very reasonable especially for street food of which there is an abundance!!!
The beach was at the bottom of our hotel which was nice as we could use the loungers in the hotel garden whilst looking out at the sea!!
We had a fabulous view from our apartment in KL - we were on the 17th floor!!
The view by night was even better....
Managed to do some craft shopping as well and my sister stocked up on cake decorating supplies!
A lovely place to escape the bustle of the city is the Butterfly Farm - it is like a little oasis in a huge humid city.
If you haven't been to Malaysia then it is worth a visit. The people there are very easygoing and friendly and go out of their way to help you. It's very safe to walk around in most places and I can honestly say that in all of my 4 visits there I have never had any problems. It is very modern but also still has old charm.
Saw this plaque at the Butterfly Farm and loved the sentiment on it.