Sunday, 31 October 2021

Homemade Cake Pops - I can't believe he's 21


My wee baby brother turns 21 years old tomorrow...I can't believe it.  There is 21 years between us too....if you can believe that.  Everyone thought he was my baby when he was born, teehee.  He was my wee shadow.  He is currently studying Aerospace Engineering at Queen's in Belfast.  He just found out that he won 2 awards for being the top student of his year.  He's also doing his year Internship and he's loving it.  Did I also mention that he got his pilots licence when he was just 19??  19 years of age and he was flying planes!!   He excels at everything he does but is so gracious and humble....unlike his big sister, lol.   I couldn't be more proud of him, he's turned out to be an incredible young man.   I will gladly shout it from the roof tops that he's an exceptional human being, lol.

I made these cake pops and will be making the finishing touches to his birthday cake very soon.  If the cake looks half decent, I will share a photo of it too.  But for now, here are my cake pops.  These are my own recipe that I have developed and they taste incredible.

These are the "plain" cake pops.  Made using my own recipe for chocolate cake.  I crumb the cake down and mix it with chocolate ganache.  I mould them into little (rather large!) balls and coat them with tempered Callebaut chocolate and then I dipped them in sprinkles.
These are my hazelnut cake pops.  Again, made as above but they have 3 whole hazelnuts in the centre.  When I coat them, they are then dipped in chopped hazelnuts.  They're so incredibly tasty.

I'm not very good at cake decorating, at all!  But I'm making Corey my chocolate and caramel cake for his birthday cake.  If I manage to make it look half decent, I might share some photos and maybe the recipe too.  A big Happy 21st Birthday to my Wee Minkete (my pet name for him).   I couldn't be more proud of you.

That's it from me for now folks.  Toodles Noodles....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Handmade Disney Aristocats Backpack

I think I'm hooked.  Making these Debbie Shore backpacks is so incredibly easy and super quick and can be made in any size you want.  I made this one for my sister (again....this time she is not giving this one to her beautiful wee daughter.....this one is all for her).  The Harry Potter one I made her mysteriously ended up on the back of my 5 year old niece, teehee.   
I made this one a little bit bigger and because I made the first one, I sort of knew what I was doing this time.  So overall this one is just sewn better. I added the toggle clasp which was bought on Ebay
I love the fabrics, they are so cute with the cats from Aristocats and the dogs from Lady and the Tramp.  Again, the webbing is from Ebay.  I prefer the cotton webbing as it's softer and very easy to sew through
I added the wee extendable pockets on the side so my sister can add her water bottle or even mobile phone to it.  There is one on each side
I did add the magnetic clasp this time too, as per Debbie's instructions but I felt it was too small and not strong enough for this bag.  That is why I added the toggle clasp, as extra protection.  I do have little clasps coming for the string pulls, which I purchased from Ebay but they have yet to arrive
For the inside pockets, this time I lined the pocket instead of it being one single piece of fabric.  This made the inside pockets feel more substantial and robust.  All around, I sewed this bag much better than the last one, teehee
It's hard to photograph a backpack.  It wants to crease and fall in all sorts of ways, lol
And that's another backpack....in the bag!  Ugh, did I really just say that?!  My brother has requested another Harry Potter one for my niece for Christmas....so watch this space.
That's it from me for now folks.  Goodness knows what I'll be doing next....it's always a mystery and adventure, teehee.
Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Handmade Harry Potter backpack

Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  I'm back with a real quick make and it is so super easy to make.  I followed a tutorial from Debbie Shore on YouTube and I modified it to work with what I had.  It was so super quick and easy to make and I highly recommend Debbie's tutorials.  I made this for my wee sister, although I have a feeling that her wee daughter might be claiming this one.  My sister has put in a request for another one for her, lol....so the next one will probably be Disney themed. 

A little side view of the backpack, using a Harry Potter fat quarter bundle.  I bought it on Ebay
The backpack has adjustable straps that can fit any size child or adult.  I bought the webbing straps on Ebay and can be purchased here
Debbie used a magnetic clasp on her tutorial, but I went with this toggle instead as I felt it would be a bit more secure.  I bought the toggle clasp on Ebay, if you want to buy your own.  When I make the next one, I'll sew the toggle into the backpack flap, so the black part of the toggle is not on the outside of the fabric....but this was my first attempt....we live, we learn.
For the hardware, I used these 1 inch Metal sliding bars along with the 1 inch Metal D rings also
The backpack has 2 expanding pockets on each side of the pack for more storage.
I love how the backpack has the pull tie on it.  It makes the backpack more secure and you are less likely to lose the contents of your bag.
I made 2 wee inner pockets in the lining of the bag for all the little bits and pieces that are needed.
Although it has the clasp to close it, I added this backpack piping cord.  Debbie used ribbon in her tutorial, but I thought as this would be constantly used to open and close the backpack, I decided this cord would be much more durable.  It can be purchased here on ebay, if you want some.

And that's it from me folks.  I'm sure I'll be back soon with something else to share.

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

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