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Made a Lego bag for easy tidying (with photos)

My husband always talked about a storage/ tidy bag which can help cut tidy time.
It sounded perfect and exactly what we needed to help keep the Boxes and boxes of Lego under control.

We couldn’t source suitable fabric locally so when we were in Dublin we popped into Ikea to have a look at their fabric.
The fabric I needed had to be sturdy to allow Lego to become mobile so that we could take it to the caravan in the Summer.

The Mum in Law brought her sewing machine to let me have a go and to help make the bag.

Ikea didn’t have what I was looking for…. Until I reached one of my favourite departments, the “Discount Corner” (I am Scottish after all, not to mention married to a Dutchman ;))

Right at the back there was a whole pile of material and stuffing. In amongst this was a settee cover… It was big, red and a sturdy type of material.

We held it open and saw that we could take off the atm parts and we would be left with a straightforward shape which we needed to work with.
If we were clever we wouldn’t need to use the sewing machine. I am not much of a sewer.
I then remembered that I could buy eyelets, the ones used for curtains. When buying them I came across the eyelet border.

Fast forward a couple of months, we finally managed to put it together.

First, I cut one huge piece of fabric and placed the (already cut to size eyelet border) along one edge. I drew circles inside the circles of the border.

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When the circles have been cut out, line up the holes, place the opened eyelet under and over the holes and press until you hear a click.

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Carry this on all around until you have the desired amount.

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This is the opposite side of the finished piece of material.

Shamrock one was helping pub them on whilst Shamrock 2 used “her hammer” to make sure they were secure.

Tulip found the rope which was to become the drawstring and we all helped thread it through.
I liked how the sides still stood when the rope wasn’t let go too far open. This will make sure the Lego doesn’t get spread around too far.

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I need to find a way that we can adjust the tension of the rope easily.

Now it was time to test it out and fill it with Lego

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One box first to see how it would cope with that load. Then another… We couldn’t test out any more as the kids had already dived in and were playing with the Lego before the photoshoot finished.

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Tidying up went just as smoothly as playing with it.

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I need to finish off the edges for aesthetic purposes but I am pretty pleased with the result.

Next step a bigger one, first it will have to endure caravan play.

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Viral Slippers

Following on from the huge high of the previous post, a few days later I received an email that would burst our bubble.

I wasn’t accepted to transfer my degree to the place I thought I had the best chance. At the beginning of the week we were certain of our move east side but this put the spanner works. ¬†I am still waiting of notification from another school so the fingers are still crossed.

Otherwise I am readily available to work in a wool shop

At the same time I was completing an order for my crochet page that you can see here. It was a slog to work out how to do them justice but after crocheting followed by unravelling to nearly the start to trying again. I have notes but they make no sense to me anymore ūüėÄ

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Soon, I will be making another pair just so that I can write it out step by step, maybe with pictures…

I was still a bit disappointed about our plans potentially being derailed but I finished the order.  I seriously fell in love with them.

After posting the photograph of the adult slippers, it went viral.  In a few days the photo had reached 2,100 people!  What a tonic to pull a person out of the doldrums.

Since the photo was posted I have had various orders for baby slippers to match the adult ones.  Which you will see here.

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From here, I wonder if there will be a call for crochet Jimmy Choo slippers ūüėČ

Smiling the whole day long….

Today is a very very good day.

Exam results were released this was morning. Tulip was out so I asked if I could check for him – I think I was more anxious than him. ¬†After an age of “This page cannot be loaded” and watching that circle going round and around I went to make a coffee.
Should I mention that I had the 2 laptops and the netbook trying to get into the results page? ¬†Maybe best not show how sad I am ūüėČ

Coffee in hand, wee shamrock #2 watching me pacing with a worried expression on her face probably thinking “Parents are from Pluto” the screen finally showed the results page. ¬†Cue loud squeal and a whole lot of muttering to myself I finally reached the actual results.

You know when you are so desperate to find something out that you just cannot make sense of the letters, words and numbers in front of you? Yes that is exactly what happened.  One forced deep breath later, I saw the line that would determine our future

“First Class Honours”

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I am so very proud of my husband!  This also means that our dream to move east side is very much in our reach. *happy happy happy*

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To celebrate he was allowed to make the steak, his favourite meal with whiskey sauce ‚̧
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The 2013 checklist :  Taken from the very first post I wrote on here:

  • Moving to Dublin
  • Restarting my Early Childhood Education honours degree
  • Turning 40
  • Husband graduating ¬†*tick*
  • Having a family filled summer

Mmmmm strawberries!

In the last wee while I have been working on crochet orders and new lines for my Facebook page that you can find here. With every order, I have had to try out new techniques so it has been a lot of fun.

Last year, we planted herbs and strawberries in the wall at the front of the house. We didn’t expect them to last too long but the herbs are still alive and to our surprise the strawberries are appearing now. ¬†They have been completely neglected until now…. but look….

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I am determined that this year I will make strawberry shortcake. Wonder if I can make them in the caravan?

This is the recipe I plan to use, courtesy of Nigella

Ingredients

for the shortcakes

  • 325¬†grams¬†plain flour
  • ¬Ĺ¬†teaspoon¬†salt
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†baking powder
  • 5¬†tablespoons¬†caster sugar
  • 125¬†grams¬†unsalted butter¬†(frozen)
  • 1¬†large¬†egg¬†(beaten)
  • 125¬†ml¬†single cream
  • 1¬†large¬†egg white¬†(lightly beaten)

for the filling

  • approx.¬†300¬†grams¬†strawberries
  • 1¬†tablespoon¬†caster sugar
  • 3¬†drops¬†balsamic vinegar¬†(optional)
  • 250¬†ml¬†double cream¬†(or creme fraiche)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220¬ļC/gas mark 7/425¬ļF.
  2. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and 3 tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl. Grate the butter into these dry ingredients and use your fingertips to finish crumbling the butter into the flour. Whisk the egg into the cream, and pour into the flour mixture a little at a time, using a fork to mix. You may not need all of the eggy cream to make the dough come together, so go cautiously.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll gently to a thickness of about 2cm / ¬ĺ inch. Dip a 6¬Ĺ cm / 2¬Ĺ inch round cutter in flour and cut out as many rounds as you can. Work the scraps back into a dough, re-roll and finish cutting out¬† you should get 8 in all. Place the shortcakes about 2¬Ĺ cm / 1 inch apart on a greased or lined baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg white, and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 tablespoons of¬†caster sugar. If it helps with the rest of your cooking, or life in general, you can cover and refrigerate them now for up to 2 hours.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden-brown, and let them cool for a short while on a wire rack. Meanwhile, crush half the strawberries with the spoonful of sugar and the few drops of balsamic vinegar if using, and halve or quarter the remaining strawberries, depending on their size. Whip the¬†double cream, if you’re using.
  5. The shortcakes should be eaten while still warm, so split each one across the middle and cover with a spoonful of the crushed strawberry mixture, a few halved or quartered strawberries, then dollop some whipped cream or creme fraiche on top, and set the top back on.

I hope to blog photos of these when I make them.

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