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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Little Giveaway!

After making lots of jewellery for my etsy shop I decided it was time to have a giveaway.

I have been busy making Alice In Wonderland themed jewellery and love this little brooch.



You can enter as many times as you like on different using different sources but only once on each.. here's how you can enter.....

1. comment below leaving your email please.
2. instagram (thecupcakequeen) leave a comment and re post the picture
3. twitter (staffordcupcake) re tweet the competition
4. facebook... like and share the picture www.facebook.com/5littlejellykanes
5. follow me on etsy 5littlejellykanes
Good luck competition starts today and finishes on Monday Midnight winner will be notified by Tuesday lunchtime and parcel on its way to you. open to UK and rest of the world.

kelly xx

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Easy Peasy Chicken Pie

I wanted to share my recipe for easy peasy chicken pie... it looks far more complicated than it actually is...

In your slow cooker (you can do it in a pan if you don't have one)
add... a tin of chicken soup.
3 raw chicken breasts chopped into bite size chunks
a handful of peas
4 mushrooms sliced
and half an onion

Cook on high until the chicken is cooked in a slow cooker cook for about 3-4 hours keep check the sauce doesn't burn or stick you may need to add a small amount of water.

Once cooked put into a pie dish and use ready made puff pastry over the top of the chicken. Then use an egg to add an egg wash over the pastry. This will give you a nice golden colour when cooked.

pop in the oven for about 30 minutes at 200 oc. ..... done! I'm a veggie but my kids all eat meat and there are never any left overs with this. make potatoes or veggies to go with it

Enjoy!!

Kelly xx


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Beautiful Wooden Chair.

Todays project was this lovely wooden chair. The structure of the chair was sound and just needed some love put back into it.

















After looking at various colours I decided to use Annie Sloan's louis Blue. Its a very soft blue grey.
the chair was lovely painted but I chose a pad and some beautiful fabric to cover the chair with making it very comfy to sit on.

The whole chair has been distressed and given a coat of matt varnish to protect it... I hope you agree the finished chair looks rather beautiful.


















The chair is now for sale on my facebook page www.facebook.com/5littlejellykanes for £30.
Collection or local delivery available please contact me via fb or email kelly@thecupcakequeen.co.uk

Kelly x




Craft Mornings..... Busy Making!

Wednesday mornings after the rush of getting 5 children out of the house and to school on time, are spent with my sister.  We have a little craft morning and then I make something nice for lunch. It also means that I actually sit down and eat instead of rushing around like a crazy bird!!
So after opening a shop on Etsy 5 Little Jelly Kanes I have been busy making lots of cute jewellery and pom pom garlands. The shop has loads of little pieces now and is slowly getting fuller.
I really love vintage pieces and so a lot of my items have a vintage feel to them whether it be roses, buttons, or ribbons. I'm such a magpie that I collect wherever I go so this was a great way to do something creative with all my bits and pieces.

I've been busy making hair grips and brooches and also earrings... here's a few of the selection but please feel free to pop by the shop, and follow my page. I've tried to keep all the pieces at reasonable prices and they all come gift wrapped. They do make unique little gifts as they are all handmade.
I have also set up another fb page for all these and my painted furniture which is www.facebook.com/5littlejellykanes 

Alice In wonderland Brooch

Bird and Button Brooch

Blue Set Of 3 Hair Grips

Pretty Red Polka Dot Earrings

Pretty I Love You Brooch

Monday, 20 January 2014

My First Huge Project

After painting and up cycling a few small pieces of furniture I took the plunge and brought a huge solid piece which was a very unloved dresser. I fell in love with the shape and knew with a bit (or actually a lot as it turned out) of tlc I could restore this dresser to something beautiful.  I've been doing a lot of research on painted furniture and found the best paints in the WORLD are Annie Sloans. This piece is painted in Old White and its just stunning. I love the feel of the paint and love working with it.
The piece has taken 4 days to bring back to its finally beauty but I hope you'll think its worth it.
The middle panels are covered in a handmade rose paper and the dresser has been distressed and then a matt varnish to protect it.



The piece is now for sale and you can view it properly on my new facebook page which is 5 little jelly kanes 
The name came from my bf who calls me Jelly Kane... Kelly Jane swapped. and 5 little ref to my 5 children.
The page has all my hand made gifts, furniture and also brought in items which are chosen carefully to match the rest of the items in the shop.
I have a huge job ahead of me still trying to sort out my website,as well as carry on with my cake making, up cycling and also being a full time mummy. Good Job I Love to be busy....
Anyway for now its late please feel free to like my page, leave comments and check out my etsy page.

Kelly xx




Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My New Love For Up Cycling And Crafts

The end of last year was a tough one I ended up having an urgent hysterectomy (which all happened very quickly) and then my son had another operation. (he has cerebral palsy) Its taken us both a bit of time to get ourselves feeling normal again. So whilst recuperating I have been reading lots of books and coming up with all sorts of crafts and ideas to keep me occupied.
Hence I have opened an Etsy shop ( 5littlejellykanes ) with all my crafty trinkets I make. I love anything old and vintage and miss match.












I have also found a new love of rummaging through charity shops, vintage fairs, and second hand shops to find furniture that needs a new lease of life ... it started with a few bits I had in the house and then stumbled across an old school desk in a charity shop. The desk was really tired but I knew done up Max would love it. After sanding, repainting, and varnishing it the desk looked ace. I painted the lift up lid with chalk board paint and covered the inside with an old marvel comic I got off eBay for 73p!! It looks great in Max's room and he loves it!











I think I have the bug now I brought a lovely shelf and painted it a beautiful sage colour which was then distressed and varnished and put in my kitchen for all the trinkets... looks so gorgeous on my Cath Kidston wallpaper.











And then my final piece is the most dramatic change... I think when I brought this the man in the charity shop looked at me as if I was mad... he even knocked off £5 without asking! So my £10 cabinet was painted in a beautiful mustard paint and the middle panel has handmade paper glued and varnished ... it now sits really prettily in my hall.. and so useful too!

















Well now I have the bug and also people asking me to decorate more so they can buy them off me....  I have just brought a huge dresser which I have fallen in love with. It needs a lot of work doing to it but I know it'll look beautiful after and I will try not to keep it.
Anyway that's next weeks project, in between looking after children, making cakes, and ohh my birthday!! Exciting

Kelly x