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Pink Sister commissions for Christmas

3 Oct

Just completed a special order for pillowcases. If you would like something for Christmas please order as early as possible.Visit the Pink Sister shop on Etsy




Pink Sister Flags

16 Sep


Just a quick post to show you another Pink Sister commission. Have not made flags or bunting since I made 30metres of the stuff for my niece’s christening. (But these have since done good service in our garden, for kids parties, for church halls, for school fetes…. We are available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, street parties!) Have recovered from that experience and these rainbow ones gave me great pleasure to produce. They are a mixture of brand new and vintage fabrics, including some lovely French Fifties cottons. If you fancy some then please email to discuss a commission. They are in the shop now.

Aprons for small things

4 Sep


Back to school tomorrow. Hasn’t it gone quick, haven’t they grown, etc…. These aprons are for some little classmates. A lovely idea for a birthday party… I believe they will all be making cakes. Today has mostly been about trying to tie shoelaces. Always assuming Number 2 sticks it out for a whole day, whole new worlds of opportunity suddenly open up. Life, I believe, goes in 7 year cycles. And so begins a new one.

Blackberry paper

29 Aug


We picked a box of blackberries yesterday in the park. But we still have masses of jam from last year so I decided to try something new… fruit leather.
Basically you pulp the fruit and boil it, add a bit of honey to preserve it and simmer 5 mins and then pour it out on greaseproof paper on a baking sheet and leave in a low oven to dry out for about 6 hours.
The kids love those Yoyos of dried fruit rolled into pinwheels but they are really expensive. Unfortunately as with the vast majority of my homemade efforts they didn’t like the ‘blackberry paper’. They just wore those suspicious expressions and refused to even try it. Hmm. When does school start? For those with more adventurous tastes it is actually pretty good. Its chief virtue is also its greatest failing: the extremely intense hit of blackberryness. I will be adding it to my cereal.

Update: Number 1 has relented and deems the blackberry paper very good and quite suitable for her school snack box!!

How to make recycled crayons

24 Aug


I was picking up the crayons from all over the floor AGAIN and decided to remove and throw all the tiny ones that are only really good for throwing all over the floor. But I hate to throw anything away and decided to try recycling these into new crayons instead. Turns out to be very easy. NB I only used conventional wax crayons here so no fumes from melting plastics.
1. Get a silicon ice cube or cake mould. (Aside: I have actually retired mine anyway because I am worried about cakes and biscuits being tainted by trace minerals at high temperatures. I hope i am only being neurotic. I am now using greaseproof paper rubbed over with sunflower oil, which works v well.)
2. Peel paper off crayons and cut into tiny pieces to help them melt fast. (I employ child labour for the paper peeling because it is the only lengthy and tough bit of this exercise.) Put matching colours together in the mould or go for a swirly combination of lots of colours.
3. Put into a preheated oven at 250C. Leave for 10mins to melt. You have to keep an eye on them because the smaller the pieces and the hotter your oven… It could be done in 5 mins or so.
4. Cool completely (in the fridge) before popping out of the moulds.
Number 1 and 2 were suitably impressed and said that they were good for doing the sky and the grass fast because they are quite big.

In the frame

13 Aug


Collected lots of colourful old jewellery over the years. Been meaning to do try this for a while… If i can see jewellery more easily I tend to wear and enjoy it more. The frame is from Ikea, the fabric is a sample of Sanderson Still Life fabric. I padded the fabric with some scrap quilt wadding so I could pin on the brooches and stapled the edges.

Fringe or no fringe… Hair bands

7 Aug


Number 1 is growing out her hair. We have had fringes before and grown our hair out before and Cut Our Own Hair ! ! before. So we have a bunch of hairbands to keep her tidy and smiley and deter any repeats of the haircutting episode. If I was not lazy they would all have matching thread… But No.1 was happy. And it was a good way to use up small pieces of cotton fabric left over from making her dresses and skirts.

To make a similar hairband for a 4-8 year old you need:
10cm piece of 0.5 inch wide elastic
Safety pin for threading elastic through
Fabric for gathered elastic piece at back of head = 21cm x 5cm
Fabric for front = 40cm x 10.5cm
Includes the seam allowance

Wearing our best frocks!

27 Jul


Finished today. Another easy make from the “Girls World” pattern book by Jennifer Paganelli, using assorted vintage fabrics from Ardingly fair.
All lined up for the Olympics opening ceremony now trying to explain Maypoles to a 5 year old, trying to explain why there’s a tear in my eye listening to the glories of past Olympics. Pleased Number 1 is old enough to remember this. May London be glorious!

Rapunzel dress

24 Jul


Into a routine this week of cutting fabric late at night ready to be made up the following day. I can sew quickly with the two around but not cut the pattern at speed – too many expensive mistakes. I feel like the shoemaker’s elves, or was that the other way around. Anyway today Number 1 received this fairy tale gown c/o mummy and her Ardingly haul of old fabric. I was thinking it was like the curtain clothes Maria makes for the kids in the Sound of Music. Number 1 declared it very suitable for Rapunzel. I believe that is good.

Pee / Pea coat

23 Jul


Toilet training number 2. He has to have it nailed by the time he starts at nursery in September. I do not want to be the mummy who has to keep picking up a sealed plastic bag of wet pants at the door! Good progress last 2 days. Boy does some warm weather help.
But I am already thinking ahead to autumn with some new duds for him… This is a jacket made from what I could salvage from my stockroom late last night whilst watching Wallander on iplayer. The outer is a faded denim moleskin fabric, very soft and thick with a subtle check. The inside is from a big pile of woollen fabric from my ma’s attic. The pattern goes up to age 6 so number 1 may get one too. It is adapted (most appropriately given our current focus) from the pea coat pattern from Dear My Kids on Etsy and the instructions could not have been easier. Will be looking through their catalogue again.