Monday, 14 April 2014
I made some matching quilt covers for my daughter's Bunk Beds! I had originally made them some matching quilt covers for different sized beds as my youngest still had a toddler size bed! However as she is 6 now we recently had some bunk beds put in their room. This made a huge difference to space in their room but meant i didn't have any more matching quilt covers!
I managed to purchase at a very good price some second hand (charity shop/thrift shop purchase) tab top curtains which had enough fabric to make 2 duvet covers and the colour was a great match to the curtains already in their room! Below is a photo of the original tab top curtains.
This was a really easy project, as all I had to do was remove the tab tops and go over some sewing again and cut down to the size of the quilt and do some extra sewing down the sides and leave a gap at the bottom to insert the quilt! The curtains were fully lined which meant I had a back cover for the duvets so didn't need to purchase any other fabric!
The photo below shows the quilt covers I had previously made for my daughters' different sized beds.
matching-bedding-for-different-sized.html Below is an old photo (from previous blog post) of the curtains which have a very similar colour to the bedding and match perfectly!
I love upcycling things and this is the second time I have upcycled fabrics to make the girls' bedding!
Monday, 7 April 2014
My children brought home some lovely pine cones after we had visited a park recently. We decided immediately that these would come in handy for some crafts!
For this craft all we did was use some normal craft paint and painted them all lovely bright colours! The photo shows my 6 year old having fun painting one of the pine cones. Once they were painted we allowed them to dry which actually didn't take very long. Young children will have so much fun doing this.
Once painted you can use these as a lovely decoration, maybe on a nice plate or in a bowl on a table. For older children or adults you could also try spray painting pine cones to make a lovely decoration.
Saturday, 5 April 2014
For those who follow my Facebook Page you may already know that my grandmother is poorly in hospital at the moment after falling and breaking her hip! When visiting her in hospital we noticed that some of the elderly patients didn't receive any visitors and that some had come from Nursing Homes and possibly didn't have any family or friends who could visit.
My young daughters decided to make some lovely handmade cards to give to the ladies in the same ward room as their great grandmother and also some lovely gifts too! They each made a card for each patient including their great grandmother and we also went out to buy some boxes of chocolates and an imitation flower to give to them.
The Hospital staff were so touched by my girls' thoughtfulness and generosity and said how lovely it was for them to think of others! The photo below shows both my daughters busy designing each card by hand. I was so glad that through our crafts we were able to do a good deed for others. The ladies were so thankful to receive their gifts and it really made their day!
Monday, 31 March 2014
My children helped make these yummy mini cheesecakes - That is why they are all in vibrant colours!
I will share with you the recipe and instructions of how we made these cakes in 10 easy steps:
- 1 tub of Cream Cheese (300g)
- 1 packet of Chocolate Digestive Biscuits (300g)
- Various Food colourings
- Butter (100g)
- A few drops of Vanilla Essence and lemon Flavouring
- Chocolate chips or other decorations
Step 1) Crush the chocolate biscuits (my method is placing inside a large bag and crushing with the rolling pin!)
Step 2) Melt the butter (I used microwave for quickness!)
Step 3) Mix the butter with the crushed biscuits with your hands
Step 4) Place the biscuit mixture into the moulds and press down firmly
Step 5) Optional - Place the moulds with the biscuit mixture into the fridge to make the base set a little!
Step 6) Mix the cream cheese up with a fork and add a few drops of vanilla essence and lemon juice to the cream cheese
Step 7) Divide the cheese and add the colouring to the cheese.
Step 8) Place this mixture onto the top of the biscuit base you just made
Step 9) Then decorate the top of the cheesecake with some chocolate chips or other decorations.
Step 10) Place in the fridge for about 1 hour to let it set
Saturday, 22 March 2014
I bought this book recently for my daughter to read, there isn't a lot of choice for the Muslima Girls these days, so it is nice to find some books aimed at the Muslima Teenage Girl market! This book review is written by my 11 year old daughter.
Boy vs Girl is a book about Farhana and Faraz who are twins born 6 minutes apart and their fight to be good Muslims at Ramadan. They were born in the UK but have Pakistan origins. Will they have the courage to do the right thing or will everything they have learnt about their religion go to waste!
I really love this book as it shows being a Muslim is not just a walk in the park and it shows how you need to sacrifice a lot for Allah and Islam. This story also shows that you cannot always rely on your parents especially if they go against Islam.
Boy vs Girl
Author: Na'ima B. Robert
Monday, 17 March 2014
I have wanted to make a cleaner for what seams like forever but never got around to making one until now. I have just started a new healthy regime which involves drinking natural lemon juice daily so this means I have a large supply of lemon skins going to waste! I knew this was the perfect opportunity to make my cleaner with all those peels going spare!
There are so many recipes online on how to make these cleaners, including using orange peels as an alternative too! Here is how I made my recipe:
- Lemon Peels (cut up)
- Large glass Jar with lid (I used an old olives jar)
- White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle (I used an old empty spray bottle I already had)
Step 1: Cut up the lemon peels and place them into a large jar.
Step 2: Fill the jar with white vinegar.
Step 3: Keep adding your peels to the jar daily or whenever you get more peels.
Step 4: Allow the lemon peels to steep in the jar for 2 weeks, keep swishing the lemons and vinegar in the jar.
Step 5: After a few weeks strain the liquid into another container (making sure any skin and pulp is removed). Dilute the liquid with water 50/50.
Step 6: Place the diluted liquid into a spray bottle - it is now ready to use!
Some people like to use the liquid neat to clean glass and other things, some prefer it diluted 50/50 and others prefer to dilute it with 2/3 water. It really depends on what you are wanting to clean. Some people also like to add bicarbonate to their mixture.
Here is an online link I found that shows some really good tutorials on making a variety of different citrus cleaners: http://www.theyummylife.com/Natural_Citrus_Vinegar_Cleaners
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
My 6 year old wanted to make some edible crafts, so we decided on making some marzipan figures! We used the normal shop bought marzipan and just added food colouring to small pieces to make different colours. The photograph above shows watermelon, apple, orange, strawberry, carrot, broccoli, corn on the cob, cherries, grapes and a banana.
My daughter just had a quick look on the internet to get some inspiration and then made her own designs. She used a black food colouring pen to make the marks on the watermelon!
I even had a go at some designing myself - an elephant, after learning Surah Al Fil! Here is the video tutorial that I followed to make the elephant: Youtube Elephant