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Sugar Free half way there

Half way there and still going strong.  I am amazed at how well I feel, the aches and pains I usually have in the morning are so diminished I barely notice them.  I sleep really well, wake up feeling, well awake.

Not going to lie though, it is hard eating out with your no sugar rule.  You have to take a leap of faith and order carefully.  I went away for the weekend just gone so my daughter had plenty of things she could nibble on but all I could find for myself was some grapes (not too many) and salted cashews (my goodness they are moreish).  First meal out I had a local ham salad.  Cant fault it, pushed the croutons to one side, the ham was lovely and thick and the salad was filling.  Evening meal was a little more tricky but found a brocolli and cauliflower bake and had extra salad instead of the chips.  I would assume there was maybe some flour in the cheese sauce but as an overall I think it was good.

Full English breakfast, minus the fried bread (I really wanted the fried bread, hadn’t had any in years), set me up for the day.  I am so glad the sugar waves and crashes no longer affect me, makes such a difference to be able to go a good few hours between eating and not feel that crash and panic.

As of today, I have lost 5% of my body weight and more cloths are starting to fit me again!

Crafting wise I have tried some clay modelling, made a pea pod charm.  I have completely messed up the kitchen by making some bath bombs and toilet bombs.  More practise is required there, but they smell so good.  It has amused my daughter and myself that whilst washing your hands afterwards your hands fizz up and tickle.  Next challenge will be soap making!








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Sugar Free Week and Crafting heaven

After deciding to do the sugar free challenge and combine it with crafting  I did wonder how hard it was going to be.  I love to bake and to cook and feed my little girl too.  I was surprised, however, at how quickly the sugar cravings stopped.  My body no longer has that ‘I need to eat something now’ panicky feeling, the rummage around the kitchen cupboards searching out anything to eat to satisfy the urge.  Yesterday was the first day I have felt hungry, my fault really as I left it too long between meals and had to go shopping.  I was pleased that I didn’t fill my trolley with rubbish but did find I bought more vegetables!

The most surprising thing though was when my daughter opened a packet of double chocolate cookies and the smell that came out of them was intense.  For the first time my mind and my body literally jumped together and was forcing me towards a sticky end.  I quickly wrapped them, more smell came out, my mouth was watering.  I placed them well away from me and sat, a little shocked, at the reaction.  I mean I love those kinds of cookies, could eat an entire pack and not think about about but, wow.  Sugar is a powerful drug.

Top is my sugar free porridge, got quite a taste for it now.  I also really enjoy the bacon, mushroom broccoli dinner.  Large portion and takes a while to get through,  I wouldn’t eat this too often because bacon is so processed but it is great for a treat.  We also tried some banana egg pancakes.  Surprised at how tasty they are and my daughter wolfed them down.  Certainly not the prettiest looking but worth it.

Crafting wise I have made a laundry bag for my daughter, my oldest wanted a bag holder for the plastic bags so have been making a few of those.  Knitting of course, and planning some bath bombs.  I am going to do lots of these things in the half term with my daughter.

Upside to all this sugar free, I have lost 5lbs now!

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Sugar Free & Crafting – Day 1 & 2

Having stuffed myself full of sugar the day before starting this diet, didn’t particularly feel bad to start with.  I have planned out a few days meals which is going to help and I have to write down what I eat BEFORE I eat it.  I have a pretty little book for this purpose to keep me on track.

So the hardest bit was trying to decide which craft to do first. So many choices, it felt a bit overwhelming.  I tried some stuffed hearts to make into bunting and really didn’t like them, started a fabric box and got disheartened.  It was at this point I realised that I was craving sugar and my motivation was low.  So a bit of knitting was in order whilst I waited out sleeping!

Second day was a lot better.  I eat porridge when I get hungry, easy to make and filling, it’s going to be a staple.

  • 25g porridge oats
  • sprinkle of all spice
  • 175g milk
  • 1 grated up apple
  • Mix together and microwave on high for 4 mins and hey presto.

I realised my mind was craving sugar and carbs but my body wasn’t hungry.


Sugar Hell

One of the more difficult things is having food in for my youngest daughter to eat and make sure she is getting a balanced meal whilst cutting the sugar for me.

She has a bowlful of sweets left over from her birthday just sitting in the hallway!



car-caddy-bagSo onto my crafting project.  I am in the process of getting my car organised and really loved the idea of a car caddy.  This one grabbed my attention and you can find the tutorial here.

It has a secret pocket at the back so you can put some emergency money in it, place for your phone and a great idea of velcro on the bottom to keep it from moving around in the car.






And my completed project.  I had some of the left over apple red canvas fabric from other projects and just had some delivery of the red ticking.  It was meant to be. Because I used canvas fabrics and fusible fleece it is very sturdy to the point that top stitching around the top edge was not going to happen.  The velcro on the bottom is a fabulous idea, it sticks to everything, including my orange jumper as I was making it, not once either!  I think the inner pocket that sits against the console is genius.


And I have lost 2.8lbs in 2 days.



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Dimple / Minky Fleece

I love dimple fleece or also known as minky fleece.  It is just so soft and beautiful and comes in some many lovely colours.  I use it in my products and I also sell it here too. 

I often get questions on how to sew it and my standard response is lots of pins as it likes to go walkabout.  But I have put together a guide after making a large blanket today with it.

So firstly, make sure you have a clean area (as in I steam cleaned my floor before I did this).  It helps if it is a smooth area and not a carpet.  A carpet has too much friction and it is easy to distort the minky.  Also, make sure it is a big enough area for your whole piece of fabric to lay out on without hanging over an edge, again to make sure it is not distorted.

Place the dimple fleece wrong side down and smooth out without pulling or distorting it.

Place on top of this, carefully, your cotton fabric which should be cut to the right size, making sure it is smooth and nicely lined up but not stretching the fleece.  Now pin. Pin like you have never pinned before.  Start at the top and then work down the sides and then across the bottom.  Then go back and add more pins.  With Dimple fleece there really isn’t a question of too many pins, the stuff will walk.

You will see that I have pinned mine across the fabric, it makes it easier to sew over them that way and hold them in for as long as I can!  Once you have pinned, look and make sure that it is still smooth.  You are going to need to trust these pins.

Lift and fold your fabric carefully, mostly because it is stuffed full of pins but also so you don’t over stretch it.

To the machine.  Now for this stuff I would highly recommend a walking foot.  If you haven’t got one and are likely to sew dimple fleece or quilt or, to be honest, I use mine all the time for my general sewing, it is a good investment.  It doesn’t have to be an expensive one, Amazon have some good generic walking feet listed for under £5, you will wonder why you haven’t used one before.

However, if you haven’t got one, you just need to be very careful with sewing and trust your pins and ease the fabric.

To start sewing, put all the fabric up next to the machine, supported by your table.  Do not let it hang down, you do not want any pressure on it, let it sit comfortably.  Start sewing at the top and gently work your way across.  you can sew directly across your pins, being careful and slowing down.  Trust your pins are in the right place, you took your time to place them.  If you find the dimple fleece is starting to bulge a bit, ease the fabric by putting pressure on the top fabric and letting the feed dogs do their job.  Never pull hard but without a walking foot on this fabric I find it can feed unevenly and you need to help it a bit.

Once across the top, I end my seam line and restart again to sew down the sides one at a time.  Then across the bottom, leaving a gap to turn.  You should now have a rather lovely item of sewn dimple fleece and cover fabric.  Everything after that bit is easy.

Trim it to the right size, trim the corners, turn it right side out and don’t iron.  Dimple fleece goes really flat when pressed, I am assuming it comes back in the wash but haven’t tried it (note to self, try that out).  Simpley start pinning for the top stitching but you don’t need to go crazy this time as you are working with a far more stable seam.

As you can see, I am still using my walking foot, use a longer stitch for top stitching and start and sew all around in one making sure you catch the opening and stitch it closed.

Then viola, you have a lovely, squared off blanket, not stretched and distorted.  Easy really.



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