Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pumpkin Gallery

Unfortunately, I am away for Halloween this year, and there is little point in carving a pumpkin if we are not around to see it lit. But I am leaving you with a gallery of pumpkins that I have discovered on the web, and via Pinterest.

So, Happy Halloween!

Martha Stewart Zedomax Chrissie Morris Mr Trigg via BBC Andrew and Nancy Peel via BBC 
Love Mrs Jones x 

Monday, 29 October 2012

Eyeball Cupcakes

I have really been wanting to do a Halloween themed cupcake and was intending to do a cobweb cake. When I was a child, my Nan used to give me a Dairy Diary for Christmas {possibly something you bought from the milkman}, and I remember one of the recipes inside was a bakewell slice. The topping on it was where the chocolate icing was run through with a toothpick to give that wonderful pattern. Well, I thought that you could use the same effect for a cobweb pattern. {I hope this isn't too random}.

Anyway, before getting on with the cobweb cake, I came across this blog post by Sophie from Trinket Box, and you can see exactly how that post translates into the eyeball cupcakes that I have made here!
They are a little rough around the edges, but then I did have a little help from someone on an inset day {below}!

So, for the recipe:
  • 100g of butter
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 100g of self raising flour
  • 1 dessert spoon of cocoa powder
  • Chocolate butter icing (ready made (Betty Crocker) or see edge of packet)
  • One pack of Oreos
  • Smarties or Minstrels or Galaxy Counters
  1. Using an electric hand whisk, cream the butter until pale and fluffy.
  2. Add the sugar and whisk again.
  3. Crack an egg into the bowl and whisk thoroughly before adding the second egg.
  4. Sift in the flour a little at a time, folding into the mixture with a metal spoon. Sift the cocoa powder and fold in too. You want an even tone to the mixture.
  5. Fill a cupcake tray with paper cases.
  6. Pour or spoon in equal amounts of the mixture and cook in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Once cooked, move to a cooling rack to cool!
  8. When cooled, mix up your butter icing, if making yourself, and cover the top of the cake.
  9. Using a knife, carefully prise open each Oreo. You only want the ones with the cream - you can eat the other half!
  10. Place on the butter icing.
  11. Dip your smartie in a little icing and place in the center of the oreo. 
Note: These are best eaten on the same day because as soon as you store the cakes the oreo is going to start to soften. 
Love Mrs Jones x

Friday, 26 October 2012

Nursery Scalloped Bunting

You may remember that this was one of my works in progress from a while back. Well, it is finally finished and I am quite happy with the results. I think I may make one for a girl next. It is definitely a bit of a faff trying to get the semicircles in between the bias binding and I pretty much used all my pins up in the process.

It is now listed in my shop, link here.

Love Mrs Jones x

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A Stocking

You know, I really didn't want to start posting Christmas things too early, but I can't resist showing you my latest creation: a Christmas stocking. I got in from a long day's work and my husband is teaching late, one of my sons is on a school residential and the other was at football. So, I sat down and made this:

I am so pleased with it. As you can probably tell from the image, it isn't a full size stocking, just a mini one, but I love it all the same! And now I have endless colour combinations in my head for these stockings. Traditional green and red look great though.

Love Mrs Jones x

Monday, 22 October 2012

Skull and Crossbones

Potato stamping is a great activity that most of us have done in our childhood, why don't you have a go at this with your children this halloween?
I took the smallest potato in the bag and cut it diagonally to give me a wide surface area. Then using a knife I carefully carved out my skull and a bone. The skull is fairly easy to make. The shape is made by cutting an inverted curve out of the potato to create that gaunt look. Then either with a knife or the top of a potato peeler you can create the eyes.

The bone is a little trickier and it needs to be raised up. It sliced my main bone lines and carefully slid my knife horizontally through that part of the potato, removing the excess piece.

Make sure your potato is dry - pat it with a tea towel.

Use either a printing paint or something like acrylic. Acrylics will give a more uniform effect to the print. I used block printing water colour hence the unevenness in print. You can use a brayer or just spread the paint thinly on something flat (I used a coaster). Dip the potato in paint (or use the brayer to apply it) and stamp carefully onto your paper. I advise testing it out on some scrap paper first.

Obviously, you can use the bone shape twice, but reapply the paint each time.

I used my print to make a card for a boy.

Love Mrs Jones x

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Buttercup Bag II

Back in August I discovered the awesome Buttercup bag from Made by Rae, and made up a bag. Now I have experimented with a two tone bag:

I really like the contrast between the two fabrics. I have continued the theme inside, with a blue spot fabric lining and a fern interior pocket. I also added a magnetic clasp which I had not done with the first. The star mother of pearl button is hiding a little mistake ( a little pucker in the fabric)!
My fabric choice was Central Park, Little Stems by Northcott, from Fabric Rehab , and the spot fabric came from a bundle from Frumble (the bottom fabric in this pile).

So, which do you prefer, the two tone or the block colour?

Love Mrs Jones x

Shopping with Mum

I spent a great day in Exeter with my Mum doing a spot of early Christmas shopping, but mainly to check out the brand new John Lewis which opened a couple of weeks ago.

It is a really impressive building and lifts the whole shopping area of Exeter. As you can imagine it was absolutely packed with people, some just taking a look and others doing some serious shopping. I bought a few stocking fillers and Christmas decorations from John Lewis, but I was also in love with a couple of desks - I still desperately need my own for my sewing machine! From the top floor cafe, with sun deck, you get a fantastic view of Exeter and the countryside beyond.

Another shop we popped into was Hollister. I know that at 39 I am no longer young, but I do try to have a young outlook, but I just didn't get this shop. It's dark, apart from hot spotlights and so you can't see the true colour of anything. At £29 for a t-shirt, this is not a shop I will be returning to.

If you have time to kill in Exeter, a great place to go is the newly renovated museum which is free to enter and houses a diverse collection of objects from stuffed animals to a medieval dog skull.

Exeter is a beautiful city and is a great place to visit or for shopping!

Love Mrs Jones x

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