Trudi, Lesley and Kerryn here and today we are in the kitchen with the delightful Nan’s Favourites Collection.
Trudi : I had a touch of nostalgia when I first saw this collection. It did remind me so much of my late Nan – especially the lemons. No she wasn’t sour by any means (LOL) but she had this huge lemon tree in the back yard and when the lemons were ripe she was always making lemonade, lemon slice and lemon butter. My Nan was a terrific cook and whenever you visited she always seemed to be in the kitchen. Without a doubt, she always wore an apron or a piny as she referred to them as. My Nan was also a dressmaker so they were of course hand made. Always made with a little ruffle, gathered at the waist and a big pocket on the front.
So today I have gone back into the kitchen and I figure that if I am going to cook up a storm, I might need one of these – an apron!
For me, Nan’s Favourites and Aprons went hand in hand, though this one is in the form of a decoration rather than practicability.
During my Internet travels a while back, I recall seeing a card that had an apron die cut attached to the front of it. I adapted this idea and made a template in the shape of an apron.
The base of the apron has been cut from the Apple Pie P611 patterned paper.
I have created faux pockets from Marmalade and again Apple Pie. My Nan used to carry a handkerchief in hers, but for this one, I found the wooden kitchen utensils and spoon were a perfect accompaniment to sit inside the smaller pocket. To dress it up – a little bit of paper pleating to represent some faux lace around the arm holes.
I found the new Kaisercraft Layout Stand a perfect support for my apron to sit on. The Layout Stand has also been altered with Nan’s Favourites patterned paper ‘Cookie Dough’.
‘My Kitchen Rules’ by Trudi Harrison. Materials Used: Nan’s Favourites Collection Patterned Papers Apple Pies P611, Cookie Dough P614 & Marmalade P613, Paper Pad PP836, Embellishment Pack – Recipe Card EM956, Wooden Flourishes – Kitchen Utensils FL344 & Fork, Knife & Spoon FL343, Alpha Stickers – A218 & A224, Grosgrain Ribbon, Layout Stand SB2104. Other: Ink, Button, Twine, Border Punch.
Lesley here: The recipe cards are absolutely fabulous and I decided to create a Recipe Mini Album for my daughter. She loves cooking, eating cooking and decorating cooking! I thought I could put together her favourite recipes on the cards and then laminate them to make them more robust for the kitchen. Cooking often ends up slightly messy in our household! The layout stand is also perfect to hold her little collection of recipes. I covered this in paptterned paper and then used a glaze paste over top to seal the paper so it can be easily wiped if necessary. Because I wanted to laminate the recipe cards I had to keep the cards flat so to add embellishments I used the clear stamps and stamped them with versamark and then brushed on perfect pearls.
“Recipe Mini Album and Stand” by Lesley Cooper
Materials used: Layout Stand (SB2104); Recipe Cards (EM956); Patterned Paper Marmalade (P613), Lemon Slice (P615); Journal Tags (JT613); Die Cut Elements (DC333); Paper Pad (PP836); Mini Alphas (MA503); Wooden Flourishes Kitchen Utensils (FL344); Paint (KC002); Clear Stamps (CS770), (CS954); Printed Chipboard (CB121); Other bath plug chain, versamark, perfect pearls, gesso, chalk ink
Kerryn : We have had an empty shelf in our kitchen for some time so I decided that with the help of the Nans Favourites collection I would create something to fill that empty space.
From a couple of different angles.
I didn’t overcomplicate the project because I wanted the focus to remain on the kitchen theme of the piece. I teamed the fun Nans Favourites embellishments with twine and 2 different colours of paper blooms. I added a bit of stitching and distressing too, just because I wanted to :).
It is now sitting pretty on my (no longer empty) shelf.
“Kitchen cubes” by Kerryn Lawson
Products Used : Nans Favourites Journal Tags (JT613), Die Cut Elements (DC333), Printed chipboard (CB121), Paper pad (PP836), Patterned paper – Apple Pie (P611), Cookie Dough (P614), Marmalade (P613), Lemon Slice (P615), Paper Blooms – Terracotta (F635) & Ruby (F636), Rhinestones – Deep Yellow (SB712), Wooden flourishes – Locks & Hinges (FL330), Padlocks (FL333), Cubes – Large (SB2100), Medium (SB2099), Small (SB2098).
Other products used : Twine, leaves.