Author: missartsycrafty

Felt Pin Cushion Key Ring

Hey all

The other day I was thinking about my progress as a needle-worker and decided to try and do more projects with embroidery as I really enjoy it. I made a key-ring pin cushion that’s super-cute and clips onto your bag. Here’s how to make it:

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You will need: felt, cotton, needle, bag hook

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Step 1: Cut two pieces of felt in the shape of your choice.

Step 2: Stitch them up with a contrasting colour thread. Leave some space for stuffing
Step 2: Stitch them up with a contrasting colour thread. Leave some space for stuffing
Step 3: Stuff and embroid a word/picture of you choice in the middle. I chose 'hi'.
Step 3: Stuff and embroid a word/picture of you choice in the middle. I chose ‘hi’

You can add a bag hook if you want so it can serve as a key ring !

Emjoy!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx


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My Adventures Mini Album

Hey everyone

I’m sharing my first project update today. My latest project that I’ve decided to share with you is My Adventures Mini-Album that I made. I also submitted it as one of my projects for Dear Lizzy’s Design Team Call. In brief, I used small pieces of scrapbook paper, washi tapes, a binder ring, my stamps set and some photos to make this. The paper served as the pages in the mini album and I punched a hole to slide the binder ring through. I then decorated some pages with stamps and washi and left some pages blank for new adventures. I made this so I can keep track of my favourite dare-devil or adventurous moments on the go. Have fun making your own and be creative! Below you can see some pictures of mine. I’d love to see yours, so send me pictures of your finished products and comment below. Also, to be added to the readers list, e-mail me: missartsycraftyblog@gmail.com

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Feeling Happy

Hey everyone!

I  have decided to start a new series on my blog. I will be sharing my fun craft projects with you under the heading ‘Project Update’.

I hope you are all good and feeling happy! Very ready to spring into spring and leave the cold weather and rain behind. Good luck to all of you Northern Hemisphere people for the winter.

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Fuss-Free Pancakes

In my family, my dad is known for the amazing steak he cooks, my mom I known for her to-die-for cheesecake and I am known for my pancakes (if I may say so myself). I love everything about pancakes from making them right until eating them up.  Today I’ll be sharing my pancake recipe with you.

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Lauren Child's illustration in Astrid Lindgren's book, Pippi Longstocking
Lauren Child’s illustration in Astrid Lindgren’s book, Pippi Longstocking

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup of cake flour (I’ve used self-raising flour too, and it still tastes great!)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (You could also use vanilla essence but extract smells way better and has a richer flavour.

Method:

  1. Add egg and sugar in a bowl and whisk well.
  2. Add in milk, water and vanilla extract and whisk again.
  3. Add in flour and salt and mix until there are no lumps in the mixture.
  4. Add butter to a hot pan and pour in mixture.
  5. Fry until golden brown on each side and cooked all the way through.
  6. Enjoy!

One of my favourite books of all time is Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I fell in love with Pippi and the beautiful illustrations by Lauren Child when I first read the book. (Pippi loves baking too…)

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

  • Banana and Ice-Cream
  • Blueberries and Ice-Cream

Pizzeria Villagio

There’s a really cozy little pizzeria in my neighbourhood called Pizzeria Villagio. The restaurant is really warm (because of the wood burning clay oven) and cosy and it feels like you’re in a little village somewhere in Italy. The décor is rustic and has an Italian-village feel to it. I love the collection of colourful rustic frames on the walls too.

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The pizzas they make are simply divine! They are made with thin crispy bases and delicious toppings. My favourite pizza is definitely the vegetarian one with chargrilled aubergines, courgettes, peppers, mushrooms and feta. They are also known for their pastas and steak.

Vegetarian pizza with chargrilled courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, pepper and feta. Yum!
Vegetarian pizza with chargrilled courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, pepper and feta. Yum!
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Seafood Pizza
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Photo credits: Sandra from Pizzeria Villagio

They also offer home-baked cakes and other bakes that are delicious!

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Chocolate Cheesecake
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Red Velvet Cheescake
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Freshly-baked scones
Apple Strudel
Apple Strudel

If you’re feeling for some Italian food and a cozy family-friendly atmosphere, try them out. You’ll be amazed.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Lovely Lemon and Vanilla Cupcakes

Lately, the kitchen has definitely been one of my happy places. I’m not really into cooking. Yes, I can boil pasta and fry an egg but what I really love is baking biscuits and cupcakes. Today I’m sharing my favourite cupcake recipe with you. I made them yesterday and put a twist to the traditional butter icing… I added lemon juice to give it a bit of tang! Here’s how I made them.

Cupcakes

You will need:

2 eggs

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 cup of oil

2/3 cup of self-raising flour

2/3 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 cup of boiling water

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence/extract

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°/C.
  2. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla essence until creamy.
  3. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients.
  4. Add the oil and stir well.
  5. Add the water and stir well.
  6. Pour batter into lined muffin tray
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes (at 180°/C).
  8. Leave to cool before icing.

Icing

You will need:

Icing sugar

Butter

Milk

Yellow food colouring

Lemon juice

Method:

  1. Sift the icing sugar into a mixing bowl and add in the butter.
  2. Mix well and pour in the hot milk. Stir well.
  3. Add milk until the consistency is right.
  4. Add the lemon juice. (The amount you add depends on how lemon-y you want the icing to be).
  5. Lastly add the food colouring.
  6. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.

This recipe makes about 18 cupcakes

These cupcakes were so yummy! If you’re not sure what to bake, these are definitely worth a shot!

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I hope you try these!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Creamery: DOCUMENTED

I recently visited The Creamery Ice Cream and Dessert Café in Newlands. While I was there, I chatted to Katy-Rose, a manager there, and I learnt lots about the business and how it all started. So here it goes…

Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery
Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

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Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery
Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

Back To The Roots

The Creamery was started in 2010 by Kate Schrire, who wanted to teach people about sustainable farming in a fun way, and she chose ice-cream to do this. All the ingredients used in the products are sourced locally from farmers or people who make home-made goods. If they for some reason cannot be sourced locally, The Creamery pairs up with farmers who source the products themselves. The business is very experimental and new flavours are always being tried and tested. Customers are generally willing to taste new flavours making it easy to see which ones work.

Decor Inspiration

The Creamery is very much inspired by dessert cafes in the USA such as Jeni’ Splendid. The décor is cool and quirky. Much of the décor, such as the bar stools, fridges and coffee machines are The Creamery’s signature colour, Creamery Green.

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Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

Where To Find Them

There are a handful of dessert cafes and stalls where you can find The Creamery. (The Creamery is Cape-Town based at the moment). They include Newlands Dessert Café (flagship store), Salt River Dessert Café (head office), the V&A Market On The Wharf, The Biscuit Mill on Saturday mornings and the lunch time market at the St Georges Mall on a Thursday. Look out for them at their new Mouille Point Café, opening soon!

There is also a range of take-home products so that you can enjoy the ice-cream at home too! There are plans to expand these exciting products too.

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Flavourful

The Flavour Of The Month Campaign started in March 2015. It is selected as the most interesting, exciting, out-there flavour. There are many interesting flavours that have made an appearance at The Creamery! They include Cookie-Dough, Carrot-Cake, Blackberry Cheesecake, Strawberry and Bazil, Butternut and Toasted Marshmellow, and Rosetta Roasted Coffee to name a few.

The Creamery is a family and community orientated business. Their aim isn’t just to make money, but to be a part of communities and families.

So next time you’re not sure what to have for dessert after Sunday lunch, why not try them out? Your taste buds will be tantalized for sure!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{A special thanks to The Creamery for allowing me to do this post. It’s greatly appreciated!}

Gift Packaging Ideas

Hey everyone

I feel a sense of festivity in the air with a long holiday (and my birthday) around the corner! So I decided to do a post on a few simple but beautiful ways to package gifts.

I have a very exciting post coming soon and I can’t wait to share it! Hope you enjoy this post!

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Some basic gift-wrapping and packaging materials and supplies include bags, crepe paper, lace (not photographed: scissors, tapes, tags/cards, wrapping paper, ribbon)
Use matching crepe paper to that of your tags. You can also use contrasting colours as shown below.
Use matching crepe paper to that of your tags. You can also use contrasting colours as shown below.
You can use contrasting colours in your crepe paper to give the gift a festive and colourful look.
You can use contrasting colours in your crepe paper to give the gift a festive and colourful look.
Patterned bags or even plain paper bags are a great way to package smaller gifts.
Patterned bags or even plain paper bags are a great way to package smaller gifts.
Soft parcels like scarves can be wrapped in soft crepe paper and matching ribbon or lace (it doesn't have to match, it can contrast too).
Soft parcels like scarves can be wrapped in soft crepe paper and matching ribbon or lace (it doesn’t have to match, it can contrast too).

Hope this inspires you to give someone a hand-made card instead of a shop-bought one and to wrap presents in fun, stylish and colourful ways.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

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