Dairy and soya free Easter

This weekend is one of the trickiest celebrations in the dairy free calendar.

I remember loving Easter as a kid and don’t see why it should be any different for Ted..

I’ve found a couple of brands of chocolate that are both dairy and soya free.. This post has a great list of dairy free options

Only one has Easter eggs.. What’s better is that they’re available in Waitrose and this year Saintsbury’s as well!

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While the chocolate is yummy packaging isn’t quite as exciting as a lot of the kids eggs in the supermarkets.
Waitrose also stock chocolate bunnies, so we’ve added in a few of those..

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To add a little variety I found a chocolate mould to make some smaller shapes, I plan to add in some fluffy chicks and dolly mixtures..

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Even with a bit of inventiveness these things alone wouldn’t make a great egg hunt, so I always add in some non-chocolate items. I read a post this morning with some great ideas, here what I came up with..

I always do seeds, this year I found this little sheep – only £1 in Morrisons.

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A DVD and a game which have been sat in my present stash for a while.

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Finally some books that my mum sent for him. We’ve had others from the same series and they’re really sweet!

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So on Sunday they’ll be hidden round the house and in the last couple of years we’ve used photo clues. I’m going to try make them a bit harder this year..

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Ted’s new tote

We just got back from holiday, (I never like to say online before we go). A family trip to Disneyland Paris – for my dad’s 70th birthday. So there were 9 of us traveling together and staying in neighbouring rooms in an aparthotel.

I knew we wouldn’t need a lot to keep Ted occupied, but he needed a few bits to keep him busy..

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So we took his new bag..

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I filled the pen roll..

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Put cars in the cars pocket.

Popped in a notebook for him to write in and bought him a new book.. In fact it’s his first Rohld Dahl – Dirty Beasts. He loves the rhymes – and his 10 year old cousin loved reading it to him!

I can safely say that the bag has been officially product tested now!

More are on the way, but there’s already one for sale in my Folksy shop

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Suzical shop

I’ve had a busy few days finishing off some new products and uploading them to my Folksy shop.

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I finally finished the cushions to match my Spring quilt. Folksy let you set up collections, so I’ve listed this group as my Spring collection!

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Here’s Georgina the giraffe, made up into a cushion.
I love the colourful squares next to those patches on the embroidery!

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….. And finally a kid’s tote bag, complete with pen roll for the kid on the go….

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Coffee shop stitching

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Every so often I get stir crazy and need to get out of the house. Don’t get me wring I love our house. I spend a lot of time in it, but I’m a social person and so once a week or so I bring my stitching to Cafe Nero.

Look how close the sewing is to my cup of coffee, this is extreme stitching people! I’m living on the edge! :)

… and the stitching? It’s inspired by this William Morris wallpaper:

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Not much progress so far after about 3 hours of stitching! Loving the blue stem though!

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Knitting & stitching Spring show

I returned home yesterday from the knitting and stitching show at Olympia with groaning badges and a sore knee having had a lovely day’s shopping.

I met up with a friend also on the diploma at the RSN and we had a great time looking at the amazing stuff they had on offer!

Or first stop was Fabrics Galore, a shop in Clapham that I used to frequent when we lived in London.

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I bought these 3 and had to pull myself away before I spent my entire budget on one stall!

My other fabric purchases included this pack of bears

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With a closer view:

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The two in the middle are a lovely soft cotton and the other three are more canvassy.

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I also bought some of this fabric which i’m seeing all over at the moment.. i think I saw two different people selling cushions made from it in my twitter time line last night, so maybe I’ll have to come up with something else.

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These were my other purchases, sorry not ironed for the photo. They’re from a lovely French could and are painted on cotton. I’m just going to make them up into a cushion for my son. They’re way too sweet!!

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All this scrummy new fabric is now washed and drying in the line while I mull over what to do with it all :)

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Brilliant buttons!

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Check out these lovelies!

With left over fabric from my Spring baby quilt I decided to make some matching cushions. I wasn’t sure what to do with the back. I was a bit mean with cutting the fabric and so had a bit of a bulging back to overcome. The front looked too good for me to want to spoil it unpicking and I thought maybe some buttons would help.

So I got on you tube and found a video for how to do buttonholes on my machine and I spent the morning practising!

I had a good look through my rather extensive button collection. Nothing really seemed to work. Then I remembered a kit I got for my birthday..

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A nifty little device for making fabric covered buttons. So simple and I’m so pleased with the results!

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Next step is the hardest, writing the description and pricing!!

Cushion number two needs a bit of trim and the buttons adding before I take some better photos and upload it to Folksy. I also need

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