Fail: Gingerbread House

December 24th, 2013

Hmmmmm… tried to make a gingerbread house with Little Bee. I’ve never made a gingerbread house and I’m not in the mood either but I thought it would be a nice activity with Little Bee. I know when it comes to baking I need to follow the recipe… but as I said I wasn’t in the mood.

So… it looks like a shed that’s been through a really terrible storm.

gingerbread house

But Little Bee said… Mama! The gingerbread house looks fantastic!! Never mind the roof!!

:) As long as she’s happy, then it’s mission complete!

Christmas Sock in the Shop

December 22nd, 2013

How I wish the Sewing and Craft Store is in Tooting Broadway rather than Tooting Bec… but then, if it is nearer to me I’d be spending too much money that I don’t have there!

Anyway, yesterday we went to Al’s and Hassan’s cafe for brunch and since it was nearby, I went to the shop to get some googly eyes for… errrrrmmmm… let me trial it out before I reveal what I’m up to. While I was at the shop I looked up and saw the socks are up… and there on the left is Little Bee’s creation ;)



December 21st, 2013

I was standing at the kitchen door just watching the birds on the bird feeder on the window… and I thought about mom. Mom always leave food outside for the birds and buys corn for her chickens. Seeing the birds brings her joy. How funny that now I also find pleasure in little things, just like my mom… going out to find the bird seeds and the suet balls that the birds in my garden likes and smile when I see the birds on the bird feeder.

Happy Christmas

December 19th, 2013

It was our Christmas lunch on Tuesday. I didn’t go as it was a really late lunch at 4pm! It’s too late for me as I had to pick Little Bee up from nursery by 6pm.

But I participated by making a little decoration for our tiny Christmas tree… a little red bunting :)

christmas bunting

Happy Christmas all…

There Are No Elves In This World

December 11th, 2013

I’ve been working like a mad woman trying to finish up Little Bee’s innkeeper tunic for her nativity play today. Managed to finish it around midnight as I feel asleep with Little Bee after reading her story and woke up at 9:30pm!

After I finished her tunic (will put pictures up soon) I saw some dark brown yarn and thought… yes, I can make her slippers.

Hubby came into the living room around 2am and told me that I am crazy. He then told me that the way to do it is just leave the stuff on the table and the elves will come.

My response?

“There’s no elves in this world”

Well… I finished the slippers around 2:30am! And comparing them with her crocs, they looked fine.

tunic and slippers

Until she tried them out.

They are big!!

feet in slippers

So when I got to work, early as usual, I tried to make another pair… OK… one slipper. No way I can crochet both before I start work.

Now, that I’ve finished a slightly smaller slipper, I don’t think I have enough yarn to make another.

smaller slipper

No… there are no elves in this world.

I used Hayfield Bonus Chunky chocolate and 5mm hook. The pattern is adapted from Hodge Podge Crochet site.

Pizza with Prawns and Corn

December 1st, 2013

Little Bee has been so unwell this week that I haven’t really had the chance to do grocery shopping. There’s not much in the fridge or cupboard at the moment… but Little Bee refused to leave the house today.

So… I had no choice but stay in and figure out what to make for dinner… when pizza springs to mind.

And here is Little Bee’s masterpiece ready for the oven :)

prawn and sweetcorn pizza


And here is her masterpiece out of the oven… oh… we added some turkey rashers too :)

prawn and sweetcorn pizza with turkey rashers

Matching Pink Baker Boy Hat and Cowl

December 1st, 2013

pink baker boy hat and cowl

When Little Bee saw me crocheting the green baker boy hat for Scott’s mom, she was asking if it was for her as she wanted a hat like mama’s purple hat. I told her of course not as I know green is not her favourite colour to which she asked if I was making a pink one for her.


The thing is this is a very quick hat to make, with super chunky yarn and 10mm hook. But I didn’t have a pattern for a child so it was trial and error. When I did managed to make one that fitted her perfectly, she said she wanted it a bit more loose. It’s OK. I don’t mind unstitching and doing it over and over again until I got it right as it is quick!

Plus… Little Bee has been very ill this week and I thought a little handmade something from mama would make her happy… and as I was crocheting the hat, I realised that she needed a scarf. As I had two balls of Stylecraft Swift Knit Super Chunky in carnation, I used one ball for her hat and the other for her cowl.

pink baker boy hat and cowl