Gingerbread cookie kits

 

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This past Christmas we decided to make up gifts for some of Munchkin’s teachers at garderie and for a few friends. I wanted to steer clear of mason jars as, honestly, I’m a little over them. I love them as vases etc, but they’re everywhere now. I decided to come up with something a little different.

I selected a recipe (Liberty London Girls fabulous gingerbread cookies – you can find my adapted GF version here) and I got to working out how to package it. Only problem was, this recipe required wet ingredients and a number of steps of different dry ingredients. Logically I probably should have found a different recipe. But I was determined.

 

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So I found some cellophane bags and some little zip lock ones. Weighed out all the ingredients and packaged them up. This was the result. My husband thought it looked hilarious and advised it looked like I was giving out illicit drugs. And the mixed up spice mix looked hideous!

 

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I’d picked up a few other bits and bobs to put into the gift bags. Jars of sugar pearls and some sweet little Christmas decorations. I decided to fill the Christmas ornament with little packets of sugar pearls and sprinkles, you can find the tutorial on how I put them together here.

 

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But overall it still looked a bit boring. So I designed a wrapper and stickers to make it all a bit more cohesive. I’ve included the design for the wrappers and stickers in a PDF for you to download below. One is Christmas themed and the other has a little gingerbread man on the front – so easily used for any reason, not just the festive season!

So to make them up, you need:

  • An A3 print of the pdf template on normal printer weight paper
  • Some adhesive (I use double-sided tape, but you could easily use any form of paper glue)
  • Optional: I printed the numbered stickers onto adhesive labels and cut them out, rather than use glue
  • Two 18×30 cm cellophane bags
  • One 75 x 90 mm zip log bag
  • A jar that holds 100 ml (I purchased mine from the jam making section in my local grocery store)
  • Oh and the ingredients for the cookies!

 

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Weigh out your ingredients. Note: This recipe omits the lemon rind from the original.

For jar number one – weigh out:

  • 1.5 tablespoons of treacle (33 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons of golden syrup (63 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

And don’t stir it up! It looks like delicious smelling mud if you do so. Put the spices on the top, and I suggest adding the treacle to the bottom (as it is heaviest and will settle on the bottom anyway I learned this the hard way)

 

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In packet number two weigh out 115 grams of brown sugar into one of your 18x30cm cellophane bags and seal up with tape. I was unable to find brown sugar without resorting to mail order in Switzerland and so substituted raw sugar.

In packet number three put 3/4 of a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into the small ziplock bag.

Into packet number four weigh out 335 grams of flour (use GF flour mix and add the guar gum to this packet if you’re making up the gluten-free version).

 

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To make the packets, cut out the templates provided.

 

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And lightly score along the faint dotted lines. This makes it much easier to fold the packet and to get a neat finish.

Roll and glue down the side seam marked on the template to create a paper ‘tube’.

 

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Fold in the sides of the bottom as shown.

 

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And on the under flap (the one without a logo) fold the top under about 1 centimeter. This makes it much easier to assemble.

 

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Add double-sided tape or glue to the logo flap and stick down as shown above. You’ll need to put your hand into the packet to push down the two inside flaps created.

 

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Then add the numbered stickers to your packets.

 

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Place packets 2, 4 and four into the paper wrapper.

 

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Fold the top of the bag at the light score marks and roll the top of the bag down, glueing it into place. And you’re done!

 

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Lounging Munchkin Style

 

Lounging Munchkin Style

 
Whilst out shopping last weekend we stumbled across these little foam chairs for children. Munchkin immediately fell in love with them. It was just her size! And light enough that she can push it around on the floor easily. As we’d been discussing seating options for her for a while (bean bags and big cushions) we decided to get one.

Just after purchasing it, Munchkin decided it would make a fantastic walking aid. And so with her teddy and dolly sitting comfortably, she commenced doing laps of the living, dining and kitchen areas.

There was only one problem. It was a twitch inducing colour, with a dreadful print on the front and was covered in exceedingly poor quality cotton. It needed to be rectified, and as quickly as possible!
 

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The very next day, as soon as Munchkin went down for her nap, I attacked that thing! Pulling the cover off and using my stitch ripper with glee (I had absolutely no intention of re-using the fabric so very little care was taken).

I then laid out the pieces roughly to make sure I had enough fabric, ironed them all and laid them out to use as a pattern for the new cover. I had some gorgeous fabric by Japanese brand Kokka in my stash that I’d been planning to use for a different project, but this was an emergency!
 

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I had to work quickly, as Munchkin woke from her nap and was most unhappy to have lost use of her little chair. And so after just a few hours of cutting, pinning and sewing I had this.
 

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I only had a minute to photograph it though! After just a handful of shots, little Miss M decided I’d had it quite long enough, thank you very much. And over my protestations (and a giggle or two) made off with it!
 

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Lounging Munchkin Style
Lounging Munchkin Style
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I love the result, and so does Munchkin. It’s getting loads of use daily!

I’ve kept the old pattern pieces, I wonder what cover I should make up next?

 

Lounging Munchkin Style before-and-after

Lupo. A gorgeous crochet project.

 

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We’ve had a splendid Christmas break! It included visits from family, trips to Leukerbad to relax in thermal baths surrounded by snow capped alps and too much good food. My break also included some last minute projects and crochet for gifts! I’ll share them with you in the upcoming weeks.

One of those gifts was for Munchkin.
 

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I’d found this little fellow and decided that Munchkin needed one! Isn’t he just adorable?! His name is Lupo, and he’s crochet from an amigurumi pattern by Lydia Tresselt aka Lalylala. He can be purchased here
 

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The patterns are a little fiddly. But the instructions are exceptionally clear and detailed. And the results are adorable!
 

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So Lupo was finished and popped under the tree just in time for Christmas morning. I half expected Munchkin to play with the wrapping and to forget him. If she didn’t like Lupo, I was more than willing to look after him for her!
 

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But she adores him!

She’s asks for “Baa” when she goes to sleep each night. And has hit that adorable age where she’s starting to hug, cuddle and kiss her toys… and her friends! At garderie she’s got a little friend she plays catch and cuddle with. Thankfully he seems to quite like her cuddle assault.
 

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I think Lupo needs a friend… or two.

Possibly Mici the mermaid and/ or Kira the Kangaroo.

What do you think?
 

Small paper bag advent calendar.

 

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For Munchkin’s first Advent (we didn’t do one last year) I wanted something she could have a great time opening and, most likely, destroying in the process. So I came up with the concept of making up 24 little paper bags. Each a different design. We then filled them with little toys, Duplo and a couple of chocolates on surprise days.
 

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I modified my Pretty Patterned Paper Bag template and print them out on 30 pieces of A4 printer paper. The larger bags need to be printed over two pieces and glued together. I then cut them out using an x-acto knife and glued them together using a Pritt stick (paper glue stick).
 

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They’re quite easy and only took me a few hours in front of the television to put them together one evening. I’ve made the template available below in PDF form for you to print out and make up yourself! I hope your little ones have as much fun with this as Munchkin is having. She’s just demolished bag number one.
 

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Geometric Bee Invitation Suite

 

Geometric Bee Invitation Suite

 

It’s been a couple of months since Munchkin’s first birthday and I’m finally getting around to sharing with you the Invitation Suite I designed for it. I created an Invitation and Thank You Notelet with matching envelopes and a Wrapping Paper/ Envelope Insert. The Geometric Bee Gift Box I created can be found here.

They’d make a really cute invite for many events, not just a first birthday. Or as personalised stationery.

 

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It’s exceedingly easy to do. I’ve included both PDF and JPG files of all of the items. So you can either print off all the PDF files and write your text in by hand, or pull the JPG files into your favourite editing software to add your preferred text. Then print and cut them out, do a little assembly work and your done!

I decorated both the inside of my envelopes and my invitations with faux gold leaf to add a little something special.

I also printed the Wrapping paper/ Envelope Insert print on the reverse of my Thank you Envelope so it had the honeycomb print on the inside.

 

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And whilst I ran out of time to make all of my Invitation Envelopes, I’ve included them in the suite for you. They’re lined with the Wrapping paper/ Envelope Insert print and also decorated with a little faux gold leaf.

 

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Spending a little time adding the gold leaf really make the invites sparkle! The little bees were the most fiddly and time consuming, but I’m really happy with how they turned out. Read more