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Easy Diaper/Nappy Cake Tutorial

I was invited to a baby shower for a woman from my NCT class who is having a little girl.  I was super excited about this, and decided to make a diaper cake. I have been wanting to make one for a little while, and thought it should be pretty easy.  It was. Here are my instructions, should you want to make your own.

1. First, gather your supplies.  I used a 44 pack of (size 2 – you could also use size 1 – babies don’t wear newborn nappies for long so size 1 or 2 will be much more useful for the mother-to-be) nappies, a vest, bottles, dummies, cardboard, cake tins (don’t worry, you remove these!), elastic bands, wide pink ribbon, narrow curling ribbon, a pencil, scissors, elastic bands (very important), sweets, cellophane, pearl beads, craft paper. You might also like to use a teddy or other soft toy, other baby items or you can even theme your cake if you’d like – animals might make a cute theme.

2. The next thing I did was cut a cardboard circle, using the larger cake tin as a guide to draw around.  I then covered it in pink craft paper – it doesn’t show much but I though this would be nicer than cardboard.  

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Next, put your nappies inside the cake tin, and arrange them so they fan around the outside.  Keep packing them in until they fill the tin.

4.  Do the same for the top layer, but this time, place the bottle in the middle (I filled mine with sweets, but they didn’t really show in the final cake -this depends on the bottle and size of nappies you use).Again, keep packing the nappies around until they fill the tin tightly.

5. Place your elastic band outside of the nappies and push it down so that it is around all the nappies but inside of the tin.

6. Turn the tin upside down, so the nappies are ‘turned out’ as you’d turn out a cake.  The bottom layer can go on the cardboard circle (shown upside down here – I turned it over after).  If your nappies are packed tightly, they won’t fall or come apart.

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7. Place the two layers on top of each other and start to decorate!

At this point, you can tie ribbon around the outside of the elastic and either leave the elastic where it is, or cut the elastic, or slip the elastic out (I did this). Add your decorations and attach the dummies, place the vest on top of the bottom layer, or decorate how you like.  You can use a glue gun to stick decorations on, I chose not to do this, so that all the nappies can be used without any worry of irritation, but it is up to you.

8. Stand back and admire your handiwork!

The finished cake! You can do something clever here, and punch holes in the base (towards the middle), and use string or ribbon to stop your cake slipping around, but I chose to wrap mine in clear cellophane instead.  The picture of it all wrapped out didn’t come out too well, but you can probably use your imagination.  There you go! Easy, impressive, and takes under an hour to create.

The Lion Hat

This Christmas, I decided to make all the presents to give to my friends and family.  This spilled over into January. Some time ago, my brother had a Lion Hat which got lost/given away, so I decided to make one to replace it for his birthday.

Here’s how I made it.

1. First I got my brother’s girlfriend to measure his head.  She did a great job of measuring while he was asleep.

2.  Then I got a pattern from the excellent website www.fleecefun.com and thought about how I could modify it to make the Lion Hat I wanted to make.  The pattern itself can be found at http://www.fleecefun.com/halloween-hat-pack.html .

3.  I then had to decide whether the Lion had more bear-like ears or more cat-like. With the help of one of my son’s toys, I decided they were more bear-like.

4.  Then cutting the pieces.  I added for the lion some triangles of felt for the mane.

5. I then sewed all the layers together

6. Then I pinned and sewed the bottom, which was actually really cool as it made the mane stand up. 

7. The final hat….

Thank you so much to www.fleecefun.com   for the original pattern – it is amazing and so easy to make and for allowing me to post this with my modifications!

the @ sign : loving learning

today, I found out that the @ sign is the only new signal to be added to morse code (it is (· — — · — ·) for those interested).

how cool is this? on the 160th anniversary of the first Morse telegraph transmission, the Radiocommunication Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union added the ‘commercial at’ character to the Morse character set.  This means you can now send your email address by Morse code.  This is the first official addition to Morse code since WWI.

So, I wanted to find out what the @sign was actually called – it is ampersat, which is pretty good, or apetail, monkey tail, at mark, at symbol or commercial at.  In other languages, it has some really cute names, like in Armenian it is shnik, which means puppy, in Italian chiocciola or snail.  In some other languages, the English equivalent is wrapped a, or lacy a, Elephant’s trunk a or a in the circle.

The QI creator John Lloyd noted that in other languages the sign has a proper names and suggests the name Astatine. This was chosen as the Chemical symbol Astatine has the symbol At.   A lovely bit of circular logic for Sunday evening.

Anyway, this is something interesting I learnt today.

 

Cowboy Scrapple

1. Sorry I have been away so long. I was not feeling inspired when it came to my kitchen.

2. You need to read the rest of this post in a Southern US accent, if you have one.

3.  Today’s dinner came courtesy of Jamie’s America – a book I have felt far too intimidated to use until now.

4. Last week, I really wanted to try grits. I don’t know why.  So I was delighted to find this recipe.

5. Cowboy scrapple – great name for dinner. For those of you unfamiliar with the book, it is a dish of grits, sausage, bacon and egg. Not the healthiest food, but alright for a treat -and who doesn’t need a treat on a cold September evening?

6.  Grits are known for their ability to ‘stick to your bones’ another great reason to make on a cold September evening.

7. I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – due to not reading the part where it says cool for 2-3 hours when I was planning my meal. But when do I ever. I just cooked in the pan for longer.

8. Both husband and little one loved the meal, so I didn’t get to say “Eat your grits!”.

9. Would make again, but would make in advance and cool as recommended, then re-cook.

Riot Raffle

This week, I have been putting together a quilt for the Riot Raffle. I wanted to do something to help those who have been affected by the riots in London and other cities around our country, and a quilt, sewn with lots of love, seemed perfect to me!
I can’t wait to see what other people have made.
Check out https://twitter.com/#!/RiotRaffle for more info

Invented Pasta

1. So it got to 4pm today and I went to cook the dinner, only to find the pastry I had planned to use had gone mouldy. Gross.
2. So I had to make pasta – again – 2nd night in a row. Little One had no complaint – he loves pasta. Actually, nor did Husband. I expected more of a protest from him.
3. I used pasta, sundried tom paste, courgette (another one of husband’s dislikes, but it went down fine!), sweetcorn and my new favourite ingredient – creamed tomatoes – much cheaper than dolmio etc and come in a tetra pack – easy to cart around and store. brilliant. Oh, and mozzarella for some protein.
4. Tasted ok, could have been better, would have been better if I had made the meal I had planned and not had to throw out mouldy pastry.

Sacha’s Canja

 

1. Knowing that we were having central heating installed this week saw me dragging the trusty Leon cookbook down from the shelf in search of something easy and quick.

2. This promised to be both, tucked in the back of the book, and also promised to be comforting.

3. I guess it was comforting, but I found it incredibly bland.  It is a plain rice dish, with chicken and onions. Thank goodness I made my own addition of peas to add some extra veg!

4. I aplogised for the blandness of the food, Husband said “it’s hot and filling”. Or some similar comment.

 

Story//Craft event

1. I am planning an event at Burnham library (our local).

2. Link to the invitation – http://www.punchbowl.com/parties/672179-story-craft – please DO NOT sign up here, please SIGN UP at Burnham library.

3. If it goes well, more events will follow!

Red Pesto Surprise

 

1. From the Leon cookbook. Leon openly admit to not knowing what the surprise is.

2. Husband was very excited about this when he got home from work.

3. It was ok, mine was a little dry – I got distracted when trying to reserve some of the cooking water.

4. I also got distracted when it said to be liberal with the pesto.  Trying to watch and entertain the Little One whilst cooking is getting very difficult.

5. I was concerned about the amount of salt in store-bought pesto, and a very good friend said that homemade pesto isn’t worth the time committment, so I used the lowest salt one I could find – it happened to be red pepper pesto, which I really like anyway. I might have to find a way to shortcut the time committment to make homemade pesto.

6. Why not make a dodo? http://www.littledodo.co.uk/blog/pages/DonateaDodo.html

1. My mother asked me to bring a salad to our weekly Sunday lunch and I remembered that Jamie’s Goddess Salad sounded excellent, so I decided to bring that.

2. No idea why it is called Goddess Salad.

3. It involved lettuce and avodado.  It also involved a sour cream dressing, made with lemon juice. I already had creme fraiche in my fridge, so decided to use that, but was worried about adding lemon juice as I thought it would curdle. Any one have any ideas?  The dressing tasted great regardless.

4. It tasted great. However, not everyone was in the mood for salad – which meant there was plenty of leftovers for our dinner.

5. Dinner consisted of this salad, and some spinach and cheese pancakes, which the Little One loved – he ate an adult sized one  as well as the special one I made for him.