Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Knitted blanket

I commisoned this blanket from a very, very talented knitter I know, and I'm completely blown away by how it turned out. Every time I look at it I see something new. It even has a little picture of my dog! It's completely perfect for snuggling in on the sofa on cold winter nights. I'd specified "blue/cream patchwork", but the design and patterns were a complete surprise. I can only dream of one day being able to make something like this, what a wonderful gift, and it will last a lifetime. I've picked out (with great difficulty) my four favourite squares.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

5 Strand Box Braid Friendship Bracelet Video Tutorial

It seems to be a week of firsts for this blog, a guest post and now a video tutorial! 

I used to make these bracelets when I was younger - they're great because they're so much quicker than the traditional knotted friendship bracelets. I remember wearing them for weeks & never taking them off. I'm off for a sunny holiday soon soon so I thought it was time to dig out my threads and make some colourful bracelets that can survive sun, sea, chlorine and sun tan lotion.

You will need:
5 coloured threads about as long as your arm
A few inches of spare thread

I hope you find the tutorial easy to follow :)

Here's how they'll look...

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Guest Post: Cake Pops

I'm absolutely honoured that my lovely friend Susan agreed to be the first ever guest poster on Crafty Weekend. She doesn't have a blog but I'm sure you'll all agree that she should do :) I can personally vouch that these cake pops are superb.

cake pops ideas recipe

cake pops ideas recipe

Cake pops
They are slightly time consuming to make as there is some waiting around to do at various stages, but I promise it's worth it.

This is a two stage recipe as you need to pre-make cupcakes or one large cake before mixing with the frosting.

For the frosting you need
20g unsalted butter
40g full-fat cream cheese
125g sifted icing sugar

To decorate:
300g melted chocolate
Anything else you want to decorate them with!

My usual mixture for this is to weigh two eggs and then use that weight in flour, sugar and butter.
1. Cream the sugar and butter together first and then fold in the flour and egg. Cook them for 15 minutes at 180 degrees and leave to cool.

2. Once cool, crumble the cakes into fine crumbs.

3. Mix the crumbed cake with the frosting gradually.  The mixture should not be too sticky, if it starts to get that way, don't add any more frosting and keep that for an alternative decoration to the chocolate.

4. Shape the mixture in to approximately 15-20 balls using your hands, or an ice-cream scoop.

5. Put on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper and leave in the fridge to chill for a few hours.

6. Take the chilled balls out of the fridge and insert a lolly stick in to each. Or you can make them in cake cases and not on a stick, as the white chocolate coated ones are in the picture.

7. Then melt the chocolate in a microwave oven/in a bowl over boiling water. If using a microwave, use short bursts so that the chocolate doesn't burn.

8. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate to coat, sometimes using a small teaspoon to help scoop it up is helpful.

9. Roll each ball into sprinkles for a rainbow pop, put more chocolate chips on, use icing or anything else to decorate them more!

10. Leave to set on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes.


cake pops ideas recipe
cake pops ideas recipe

Thanks Susan! x

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