I feel this weeks Handmade Monday might be a slight cheat, as it wasn’t really me making things, so please forgive me, however I still wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to! On Thursday I was at the Make and Do Studio teaching 2 lovely ladies how to make a clutch bag using a metal clasp frame.
It was a lovely relaxed evening learning the basics of bag making and how to fit the metal clasp
The finished bags looked gorgeous
I was delighted that the workshop went to plan, all within 3 hours!
I have actually made something this week, all be it not my usual sewing related item, but some cake pops! For those of you who haven’t made them before, I thought I’d do a quick guide.
First make a cake – I chose a carrot cake following a recipe from bbc good food. (I missed out the cream cheese frosting). Bake the cake as normal and once cooled crumble the mixture.
I then put the mixture into the freezer to make it a bit easier to handle. Next make a quantity of buttercream. Mix the buttercream into the crumbed mixture and form into medium sized balls. Push cake pop sticks into each ball
Now comes the fun bit! Melt some chocolate in a bowl, let it cool slightly so a little thick and gloopy. Carefully coat the balls in the chocolate – you can get special chocolate for cake pop making which stops the chocolate dripping. However as my cake pops were for Halloween I was making little ghosts to stand on a plate rather be held upright, so a little pooling of chocolate added to the effect! I added small chocolates for eyes and they were ready to go!
They were a lot harder to make than I first thought and quite time consuming, however I recommend you give them a go!
If you have been following my blog over the last few months you will know about my work with The Make and Do Studio, creating an online store full of all sorts of sewing related items. On Tuesday I will be posting an important announcement about the site so be sure to come back and see what it’s all about! We now have a twitter account and Facebook page too – follow us to be the first to know what’s going on!