Romantic Spring Inspired Matchbox

I recently joined an Altered Matchbox swap and had a lovely partner that only lives about 10 miles from us! She likes birds, gardening and reading so I tried to combine those themes into this Spring inspired box.

The outside of the box is covered in a linen paper. I made a kanzashi flower with some fabric scraps and buttons to go on top.

I covered the inside with pages from A Midsummer Night's Dream to go with the reading theme. I also added some paper roses and painted the whole thing with distressing ink.

I filled the box with some romantic spring goodies including; flowered buttons, paper covered clothespin, silver heart, spring inchie, bird charm, aged key and some stickers and papers.

I wrapped the whole thing up in a lace doily and off it went!

Double Pointed Needle Cases

A while back I made myself a double-pointed knitting needle roll. I failed pretty miserably. The design I went with caused all of the needles to fall out every time I unrolled it!

So when a recent swap partner requested double-pointed needle cases, I knew exactly what NOT to do.

This time around, I made individual cases for each set of needles. I used this tutorial and two fat quarters of some fun crafty fabric. I numbered each case by stamping them with fabric paint. Finally, I made a little drawstring bag to store them all in.

I plan to make myself a set of these soon!

Knitted Amigurumi Chameleon

I made this amigurumi chameleon for a recent swap.

The pattern is by Hansi Singh and it's a challenging one! There were moments when I didn't think I would have the patience to finish it.

I used a skein of Briggs and Little wool for the body and some Lion Brand Wool-Ease scraps for the feet and spiney back bits. There are pipe cleaners in his legs and feet to help him grab onto things.

Lasagna Cupcakes

I combined two of our favorite foods for dinner tonight, lasagna and cupcakes!

I used my favorite lasagna recipe for these, World's Best Lasagna. I cooked the noodles aldente, cut them into thirds, sprayed cupcake tins with olive oil and then layered the noodles, cheese and sauce in this order...

- 1/3 noodle (pushed into tin)
- layer of ricotta
- 1/3 noodle (pushed into tin)
- spoonful of sauce
- slice of mozzarella
- layer of ricotta
- 1/3 noodle (lay on top)
- spoonful of sauce
- slice of mozzarella
- grated parmesan cheese

I eventually figured out that cutting the swirly edge off the noodles made the process easier.

Pre-oven shot...

I baked these for ~25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. They slid right out of the tin! The edges of the noodles turned out a bit crispy but still very yummy!