Microwave Brownie (In a Cup)

This recipe is really as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Ingredients:

  • 50g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 30g (1/4 cup) flour
  • 2tbsp cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 3tbsp water
How-to:
  1. Add your dry ingredients.
  2. Add your wet ingredients.
  3. Mix them all together. Microwave them for around 1 and a half to 2 minutes (times may vary).
This is a great recipe for babysitting, sleepovers or if you have any sweet cravings and it’s too late to go to the shop. I added in some white chocolate drops to the top of mine. You could also do it with mini marshmallows, or put them into the mix to get a gooey surprise!

Recycle your own Potpourri Jar

I just thought I’d share with you a pretty little thing I made for my bedroom while I was waiting for the kettle to boil – a vintage potpourri candy jar!

I had an empty jar which used to hold old-fashioned hard candies in it and I thought it would be such a pity to throw it out, so I made this instead.

  1. Clean out your candy jar thoroughly with hot soapy water. This will ensure all the sugar is out of it so it won’t get mouldy months afterwards.
  2. Punch holes in the lid of the jar, so the smell of the potpourri can get out.
  3. Get your potpourri! I had pink and purple ones which smelled like roses and lavender, so I just mixed them together and put them in the jar.
  4. Et voila! You have your very own vintage potpourri container!
Enjoy!

Dog Toys for Charity

A friend of mine rehabilitates and rehomes dogs. At the moment she has one called Iris, who needs a very expensive operation due to a bone deformity. So to help her raise Funds, I made some dog toys. Some even Squeek  🙂

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I ordered 10 Squeekers online at Amazon. about €12 for 10 including postage within Germany :)

First step was to find suitable material. It had to be non toxic and preferably indestructible!! Choice fell on an Ikea bath towel (Orange), they are so sturdy! and some left over Curtain material (Purple) (also Ikea.) I ended up using the material from the cushion who’s filling I used for stuffing and some black and white material I also had left over.

Next I drew a big bone shape on some cardboard and cut it out. This was my stencil. I drew as many bones as I could. (make sure the bone is big enough to fit the squeeker!) I placed the squeeker at one side of the shaft so that it would squeek when a dog chewed on the shaft of the bone. Less likely to gnaw at the edge and get it out too. I doubled the towel so every bone that I drew is one whole toy. I also pinned the bones, 3 pins per bone. That way the towel wouldnt move and I could sew without any problems.

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Next I cut small pieces and made small pockets for the Squeekers. This is optional. I did it so that the Squeeker wouldnt dislodge and that it had an extra layer of material so the dog can’t bite through it as easily. I made a small pocket on a wider piece because I didnt want to sew through two extra layers. I sew right and left of the Pocket to attach the squeeker pocket to the bone while sewing up the bone.

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Next, sew up the bones leaving enough space to turn it inside! I left one side of the shaft unsewn. Plenty of space to fit through the material and the squeeker.

Turn it insie out and stuff! I used cushion stuffing from a cushion I bought  at Ikea for €1.50.

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Sew along the open edge. I used a “Mattress stitch”. its pretty simple and you dont see any stitches when you’re done. Check youtube for instructions  🙂

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I also made some Bottle Pockets. These are just material bags that you place a plastic bottle in so it has structure and makes noise. The bottles can be optionlly filled with dry beans to make a rattling sound or sand to make it heavier and easier to throw.

Just sew up a rectangle, outside in. At the base I added a handle. To do this, make a handle by folding over a pice of material and sewing along the edge, then turn it inside out. You can iron it to keep the crease, I didnt bother. Place the Hanle edges along the sewing line of the bottom of your rectangle make sure the handle is inside the rectangle right now, you will be turning the rectangle inside out so it will be on the outside when you’re done. Make sure you sew along that part a few times to make the handle better attached.

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At the top of the rectangle I sewed a small pipe. Just turn over an edge and sew along it. Either keep an opening while sewing or jut a new one when done. Fiddle some elastic through it. That way the bottle you pit inside can’t fall out again but is still easily replaced.

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HAPPY SEWING  any questions, just post a comment :)