Monday, 16 December 2013

MY HANDMADE ELEPHANT CHRISTMAS CARD

I made this card for all my friends. It doubles up as a Christmas tree dec! To make something similar all you have to do is Prit Stick three layers of thick tinfoil together and get drawing with a pencil! Then cut it out, find the balance point and thread a length of cotton through to hang it up! Fab n simple!

My Christmas Fairy!

Hey this is my Christmas fairy for the top of my tree. I made her out of dry felt!

CHRISTMASSY WORDSEARCHY SORT OF PUZZLE!!!

Hey tis nearly Christmas! So to get your Christmassy cryptic brains working I've set you a festive wordsearch puzzle.

Here are the words that you need to look for...

HAPPY     

CHRISTMAS

CAROLLING

PLUM PUD

MINCEPIE
MISTLETOE
YULE
TURKEY
BAUBLE
RUDOLPH
SNOWMAN
SNOWBALL
NOEL
CARDS
SPROUTS
GLITTER
GIFT
HOLLY
FABAROONY
MINNIE PIPER

When you've found them you may notice that there are some letters in dark blue that seem to sparkle and you are probably wondering why this is. Well let me tell you! It's because they're another puzzle. A puzzle within a puzzle. Sorry but you know I don't like making things too easy. Why don't you write those blue sparklers down in any order and then cryptically unscramble them to find something that hopefully will be filled this Christmas!

To make the wholw wordsearch even trickier I've written it in lots of colours. It's surprising how much harder this makes it! 

So good luck undercover puzzlers!

And do let me know if you puzzle the anagram.

 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Get HANDY and CRAFTY for Christmas!

handy reindeers!
Hey, a friend just sent me this fab pic of reindeer cards made out of handprints.  I always make my own cards every year and it’s hard to come up with something original each time, but what could be more personal than your very own handprint! Just draw around your hand onto some thickish card, cut it out and get that glitter stick out! I think they’ve used pipe cleaners for the antlers. That’s what I’m going to do. So easy. You can stick on googly eyes or paint your own and you don’t need brown card, white would be fine.
I’m also thinking they’d work well as felt tree decorations. Make a template on card, draw on to felt and cut out two. Sew together stuffing with uncooked rice. beeds or buttons for eyes and a snip of ribbon to hang them up. Brilliant.
And I’m not done yet. You could even use the same idea to make gingerbread rudolphs! And use icing for the eyes and to decorate. If any of you fancy having a go then here’s a gingerbread recipe. I’m also including a gluten free version for any of you who are Coeliac/GF intolerant like me… HAVE FUN and HAPPY EATING!

Ingredients

350g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
125g butter
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175g brown sugar
1 medium egg
4 dessert spoons golden syrup

Method

1. Sift the flour, bicarb of soda and ginger into a mixing bowl.
2. Rub in the butter, and add the sugar.
3. Beat the egg and syrup and add to the flour mix.
4. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut around a handy reindeer template.
5. Bake at 160C for 12-15 minutes until golden. Leave on a wire rack to cool.
6. Decorate with icing (icing sugar, a splash of lemon juice or water and colouring or you can buy ready made tubes.)

GLUTEN FREE VERSION

Ingredients

  • 225g rice flour (plus extra for dusting the work top)
  • 125g gram flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g butter
  • 175g dark soft brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • icing sugar, lemon juice or water and colouring

Method
  1. In a food processor combine the flours, xanthan gum, spices and bicarbonate of soda. Whizz the ingredients to mix them thoroughly. Add the butter and process again till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and process again.
  2. Add the golden syrup and egg and process until the mixture starts to come together. Tip out onto a (rice) floured surface and form the dough into a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  3. Take out the fridge and roll to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut around a handy reindeer template, re-rolling the left overs to use it all up.
  4. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Line a baking sheet with non stick baking parchment and bake the cookies for approx 12 minutes until nicely browned. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. While the biscuits are cooling, mix some icing sugar with enough water/lemon juice to make a fairly stiff icing, adding food colouring if you wish. Now decorate!



I want to Paint it Black

Hmm there's an old Rolling Stones song, I WANT TO PAINT IT BLACK... I see a red door and I want to paint it black...etc  

Well! I see a white wall and I want to paint it black!

Am just off to do it! 

Eeek!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

THIS IS A REBLOG OF JOAN LENNON'S POST ON GIRLS HEART BOOKS... SO GOOD!

http://girlsheartbooks.com/2013/10/22/2586-things-to-do-with-books/
Do check out this blog of Joan Lennon's over on Girls Heart Books...

It's a short but AMAZING video from Cape Town Open Book Festival. Basically 2,586 books were all stood on end and then toppled like dominoes. It's fantastic and got into the Guinness Book of World Records!


SPOOKILY CRYPTIC!!!

yay!  only a feW days till halloween, one of my top days of tHe yeAr – possibly because my favouriTe colour’s pink – nah, not really – tIs orange of courSe! i absOlutely love it. i even have a bRight orange dining table Which cheers me up every time i sit At it because it is juSt so sunny. and it’s the Time of year wHen all thE shops in town are stuffed full of orange pumpkiness. agggh… being a fan of all things kitsCh and plastic i have to try very hard nOt to buy it all up!
i have aLways been a big fan of interior design and lOts of my minnie piper fans write to tell me they woUld like to be interior designers when they gRow up. I always tell them to go for it because it is such a great job. before being a writer i was a designer and cOmbined it with mural painting.  it was so much fun! and oF course anY of you who know my books will see hOw this has influenced them! minnie and dot are both very into how their bedrooms look!
when i was yoUnger i was obsessed with purple and had deep puRple bedroom curtains and matChing pelmet with white mini pom-poms running along the bottom. my quilt was purple gingHam and my wardrobe doors were a deep shIny purple gLoss enhanced by my david cassidy poster, the Dream popstar of tHe day (oh yes he was to any dOnny osmond fans out there whO’d care to argue). i still remember that room viviDly and affectionately and it was what inspired the ladybird code.
hmmm, you are proBably thinking by now that thEre is something not quite right about this blog. and you woulD be absolutely right. you see it is all Really just an excuse to be nOsy. designers are always nosy. we cannot go past a window lit up at night without looking in. so what i aM dying to know is…?

CAN YOU WORK OUT MY QUESTION UNDERCOVER PUZZLERS???

IT’S ALL THERE IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY!

WHEN YOU’VE FOUND IT PLEASE ANSWER AT ONCE.

OF COURSE I AM ABSOLUTELY DESPERATE TO KNOW!

(REBLOGGED FROM MY BLOGSPOT ON GIRLS HEART BOOKS http://girlsheartbooks.com/2013/10/18/spookily-cryptic/

TIS AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH STICKY NOTES!!!

Hey, I don't know about you but I LOVE sticky notes. They are often stuck up all around my desk and laptop with important reminders! 

Well check out this amazing little video...!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1rZqw5bXb4

Thursday, 5 September 2013

New antholgy story, Twilight Tales

Hey, I have just got my copy of Twilight Tales through the post...

It's in the shops from October 7th 2013 and is perfect for Christmas. All the stories are based around winter and/or Christmas. I wrote THE SQUIRREL AND THE SNOWMAN...

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond


This is the most wonderful book I have read in a long time and should be on all teachers’ booklists. Lizzie’s mother has died and her dad has withdrawn from the world until he hears about The Great Human Bird Competition.
I defy anyone’s heart not to fly as they turn the pages of David Almond’s book. Once again he shows us love and tolerance are the only way to get through life. Fantastic. Read the book and help spread the word…

Girls Heart Books

Yay I'm up and running as a guest author/blogger on GIRLS HEART BOOKS...

http://girlsheartbooks.com/


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Happy EID!

Yay, it's finally here. Happy Eid! Especially to my wonderful neighbours who've been feeding me and my family incredible nibbles most nights...


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Do check out my friend's wonderful blog full of her automata and amazing art work...

 Caroline McCatty makes wonderful automata and crazy fantastic artwork

http://carolinemccatty.blogspot.co.uk/






Pencil drawings...













Some doodles... I love drawing using just the mouse ...










Review of Minnie Piper Undercover Puzzler

This review was written by Steph Martin age 11...


under cover puzzler, starring minnie piper is the first of 3 faberoony books written by caroline,i fell in love with it and i don't think there will be anyone who doesn't totally adore this book! minnie piper is an under cover puzzler and loves solving mysteries and when her funky teacher mr impey gives the class a strange code to crack for their homework, minnie gets straight onto it!-the fist person or pair to crack it first win a super cool prize!Minnie and her best friend frankie try to solve the puzzle together and are desperate to beat their arch rival the brainiac jenny, but the only problem is, minnies' cling-on cousin dotty is bugging her again. dotts a really funny character and probably my favourite because she does the weidest things and asks the weirdest questions! dots mum, auntie val, has gone to live in france leaving passionate dancer dot, miserable! minnie gets suspicious of frankie making a new friend and wonders whats going on-only to find that dot has a very special surprise (even i didn't have a clue what it could be!) i love all the super cool doodles in the book  and the funkylicious words  caroline uses! i reccomend this book to any one who loves a mystery and anyone who loves being crazy! under cover puzzler really gets you thinking and you want to try and crack the code too!

Minnie Piper Recipes! Yum...

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These images were lifted from my website so I'm very sorry but the links on the right don't work on this blog :(

Monday, 5 August 2013

Daisy mouse made outta felt n a matchbox...

I made this for a friend's daughter out of dry felt and a matchbox...


my bicycle basket made from plastic bags...

Dan cut me out a wooden base n then I drilled holes to feed wire uprights through made out of stripped back electrical cables. Then I wove bin liners and plastic bags through. 
Carries lotsa shopping!
 

Plastic bag chicken

Have seen these for sale n fancied tryin' to make one... here she is made from old plastic bags...


Amelie sews a skirt...

Yay I helped Ame make this wonderful skirt all by herself from cutting out to design to sewing on her new sewing machine.. comes complete with pockets too! Fab... well done, Ame

A link to one of my books on the guardian website...


Here's how to find the review of The Ladybird Code on The Guardian website...

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2013/jul/03/review-caroline-juskus-ladybird-code

The Chocolate Cipher wins The Fantastic Book Awards...