The Great Slipper Make has been postponed by a day as I had some sad news from friends today. My immediate reaction was to get online to send them some flowers, but then I suddenly thought “is sending flowers buying new?” I’m not sure if it does count, as you could make an argument that flowers are a bit like food and count as perishable, but then they aren’t really a necessity either, so I played safe and thought I should make something.
I put out yet another cry for help on Facebook and Twitter and several people suggested making fabric flowers, and one lovely lady even posted me a link to this fab tutorial by Elizabeth Anne Designs. I was all set to give it a go when I suddenly thought that they might not want a permanent reminder of this sad time, and that in this case the temporary cheering effect of a real bunch of flowers would have been ideal.
So I went with my good old standby of my tried and trusted Brownies. (Here is the recipe, in case you want to try it. They are v.good) Everyone loves brownies (don’t they?!), and I think receiving a box of handmade brownies would cheer me right up.
And therein lies the problem. The box. I made the brownies, but had failed to hoard a stash of cake boxes prior to embarking on My Make Do and Mend Year. But never fear, the combined talents of myself and the lovely hubby swung into action….
I will do a step by step for those of you who want to see what we did, everyone else can just skip to the last picture and marvel at our ingenuity and cunning.
I rescued this porridge oats box from the recycling
I thought it would be nice to keep the heart cut out, but wanted to cover the rest of the box, so it would look a bit better than the hacked up cereal box it was, so I used a coloured pencil to rub over the outline onto a piece of paper to create a template for the heart so I could cut the shape out of my covering paper-cunning hey?
Here are the brownies-mmmmmm
I wrapped them up in greaseproof paper and then slid them into the box. BigSmall has some very tacky glittery sticky letters that he likes to
randomly stick to things create lovely artworks with, so I purloined the insides from some of the letters to stick down the top of the box. I did tell you it was ingenious…
So there you have it, homemade brownies, in a homemade box. Ingenious indeed.
I thought I would also put in a selection of feel good DVDs, and a happy card. Et voila!
Now I just need to find a shoebox to put it all in and pay a visit to the Post Office. I am slightly concerned how well the brownies will travel, but I figure if I pack them well with bubble wrap or similar then they should be ok.
I know it won’t really make them feel any better, but at least they will know that we are thinking of them, and sending all our love.