A Birthday and my Favorite Tools atm.

Guess what we’ve been eating?….

Hubby had a birthday last week so there have been rather a lot of calories consumed here in Sussex! 

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll probably know what’s coming next. Yep, monkey bread and birthday gateau.



One of my favorite yarns was inspired by this chocolate version of our birthday gateau and if you’re on Instagram you can see it knit up into a sock @grosifrick. She had also bought some of my yarns for a ‘find your fade’ shawl so I’m looking forward to seeing that when it’s all knit up.  I love seeing what people make with my yarns.

You can find the gateau recipe here and the monkey bread recipe is by Barbara bakes which you can find here. I add a twist to the recipe and I also put half a square of dark chocolate in the centre of each ball of dough to make it extra special.

I also treated Hubby to a venison roast on his birthday.

I think all that is going to mean I need to be rather strict with myself this week. And save up the treats for the end of the month when it’s my birthday😂. 

On the creative front, there’s been a tiny bit of ‘me’ creativity. I’ve managed six rows of knitting on my shawl since I last blogged, which I don’t think I even told you about. I started it a few weeks ago.

 I’m using my bfl with nylon yarn in the Valley Hues colourway. Purple Is not a me color but I fell in love with this one so I couldn’t resist using it!  I’m using the Karise pattern from Ravelry and I was inspired by the beautiful shawls that my lovely friend Ericka Eckles has made. And as you can see I’ve finally worked out how to add links on my phone 😀

In shop creativity I’ve been having a big dpn needle holder sew up, So hopefully there should be more of them in my shop soon. 

 

Making these has been made so much easier by a couple of sewing tools I have so I did a short video to show you and share….. Aghh. It’s the first time I’ve done this and I don’t look very smiley but I’m sharing it anyway so have fun watching it, I’ll never be a t.v. Presenter that’s for sure! 😂


Do have any great gadgets or things favorite things to share? I’d love to know. I may even add a ‘what I’m loving this week’ to my posts just for fun. Probs not a video though!! ! 

Have a very happy and creative week friends

Sharon xx

Birthday Fun!

I find it hard to believe that my baby boy is now 11.   Josh’s birthday was on Tuesday but it started on the Saturday before with our traditional ‘monkey bread’ for breakfast.

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Monkey bread has to be one of the most delicious and naughty treats and we find any special occasion that we can as an excuse to indulge!  Each ball of dough hides a melted piece of dark chocolate and the outside of each ball is coated in melted butter and a sugar and cinnamon mix which turns to a sticky coating when cooked.  I use this recipe but add a piece of chocolate to each ball of dough.  We don’t bother with the glaze, it’s delicious enough without it.

After breakfast Hubby had a special treat prepared.  Josh loves supercars and the customer Hubby is working for owns a Porsche 911 Carrera 4.

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At 9.30 we had Josh looking out of the window as he turned up on our drive.

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Josh was so excited.  He had a sit in the drivers seat and then a ride out in it!

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For Sunday, Josh got to choose the desert and he chose a gateaux, chocolate with raspberries.

If you are interested in the recipe let me know and I’ll put it up, it’s a family recipe and it’s really easy and is so light and delicious.

On Monday Josh had two of his cousins and a friend round for tea.  After a really windy weekend and a very wet morning we prayed for dry calm weather and we were blessed with a dry quiet spell in time for his party, just as  we packed up it began to rain!

The reason we needed dry weather was because we had been mad enough to plan an outdoor party in November!

We started with a couple of indoor games while Abi hid sweets in the garden.  Abi had prepared some balloons putting a forfeit in each one before blowing them up.  We played musical bumps and the last to sit down had to pop a balloon and do what it said inside, the trouble was Abi had inadvertently bought helium quality balloons so they were really hard to pop!  This really added to the fun as they tried to devise means of popping the balloons.

Next we went outside and the boys lit a fire in the bbq and cooked sausages and bacon which we had with baked beans and jacket potatoes sitting outside on the deck.

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This was followed by Birthday cake.  I chickened out of shaping a cake as he wanted a Ferrari.

Instead I baked a square cake and cut out the car from coloured icings, scoring lines to add the detail.

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By then it was dark and our outdoor light only lit a small portion of the garden so they had fun hunting for the sweets.

Finally they had great fun making flame torches and waving them around while Abi used her camera to do some light painting pictures.

His actual birthday was quite quiet in comparison but it was lovely to have some family time. I gave him a car picture that I had stitched,

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and his card was made with watch parts from his Grandad’s supplies.  It was lovely for him to have something made with these parts as Abi already had the owl I made for her birthday.  They are stuck onto a canvas board that I painted red.

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And that was about it really,  It’s hard to believe that in another two years and he’ll be a teenager!!

I hope you all have a great weekend, great excitement here as we have had a snow shower!  I shall hunker down indoors with a hot chocolate and my crochet 🙂

Happy crafting!

Sharon xx

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