Wednesday, February 29, 2012

TUTORIAL - How to make Fabric Bunting

With thanks to Sam on her BLOG ... she wrote up her own tutorial to share on how to make fabric bunting.
Seriously with the cutest poilkadots, all the gals on the forum loved it. So many ideas with this one, it can brighten up any party or even childrens bedrooms.

Fabulous, clear and concise instructions with great pictures!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Button Love.......

We at CP all seem to have a bit of a crush on the humble button, and we call it but-ton looooooove....... Here are some of my favourite buttony picks from CPteam on Etsy

Polymer clay buttons - Paisley Pink from PolynanaBeads

Vintage Button Wedding Bridal Bouquet "Twinkling Stars" from iheartbuttons

Flower Carpet Cuff, Summer from nemeton

Saturday, February 18, 2012

RECIPE - Toast Falafels

I had my first falafel a few weeks ago (yeah really- I'm a total carnivore so they were never on my radar) and decided to make my own. The recipe I was originally following had some spices I'd never heard of before and didn't call for egg, which I found was essential to get it mixing together. I also didn't have dry breadcrumbs ready so I decided to use toast to bulk them up, and it worked! Here's my recipe...

1 tin of chick peas
Half a small onion
A large tsp of garlic granules
1 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp cumin seed (you can use ground if you like but I don't have a pestle and mortar)
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 slices of toast
Salt and pepper
1 large egg
Vegetable oil for frying

1) Drain the chick peas and microwave for a minute to soften them up a bit. Mash them good!

2) Chop the onion finely and add to the bowl with the spices and baking powder. Mix up.

3) Crumble the toast into the bowl, breaking up clumpier pieces and mix in again.

4) Crack the egg into the bowl and make sure it is well mixed.

5) Take a saucepan and fill it 1/4- 1/3 full with vegetable oil (so you might want to use a small one!). Heat on the hob but never leave unattended!

6) Once hot, squidge some of the mixture into balls and carefully place into the pan (slotted spoons are great) so hot fat doesn't splash you. Cook for around 10 minutes or until golden brown.

These are great in pitta bread with tzatziki but I didn't have any of that so I put in some Nando's Garlic Sauce. Phwoar firey!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

TUTORIAL - Book Binding

As you all may know, recently we've all gone a bit crazy with handmade books! So much so, that Vic from Cornish Dragon wrote up her own tutorial to share! What a fab gal she is!

We couldn't resist getting it added here on our blog too!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Craft Pimp Team Valentines Gift Guide

It's nearly upon us, but whether or not you "do" Valentine's Day, these items would be great for gifting all year round, or just to treat yourself.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

TUTORIAL - How to do cut away applique

Learning the tricks of applique?
Thanks to  Kerry at TrufflePiglet, we have a video tutorial about how to do  cut away applique working from the reverse of the fabric.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Handmade Journals - The New Year Craft Pimp Challenge

Early January, the Craft Pimp Forum members decided that it would be nice to have a forum challenge. All members on craft pimp are from different areas of crafting, so setting a challenge specific to make a handmade book encouraged a lot of the members to learn something new as well as create something beautiful and unique.

The response to the challenge was immense, and almost everyone got stuck in!

Sparkly sequinned journals by Sam / Black Heart Beads ...

Luxorious journals by Victoria / Cornish Dragon ...

Buttony love by Kerry / Trufflepiglet ...

Little Treasure notebooks by Freya / Poppet

Oriental surprise notebook by Julia / Pandanimal

Recyled Journal by Jill / Kiln Fired Art

Cute Consatina notebooks by Jo / Jo Walker Jewellery

Polymer Clay Journal notebooks by Kayleigh / Dizzy Kitten

Cherished momentos by Laney / Izzybeads

Fun and funky by Lesley / Tinchick

beautiful fabrics by Lynn / Nemeton

Luxorious by Nan / Polynana

All in all, the challenge has been such a roaring success!
Now to decide ... what challenge next?!

Special thanks to Jill at Kiln Fired Art for suggesting the challenge!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

TUTORIAL - Step-by-Step Tiger by Jill Egan

Showing simple step-by-step guidelines, you can see and follow how this tiger was painted. Absolutely outstanding fine art work by Jill Egan of Kiln Fired Art once again, she is kind enough to share this with our Blog and Craft Pimp Forum community! Thanks Jill!