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This week we won’t be posting our usual Friday craft DIY oh no not this week. Its not that we don’t like Halloween or anything… it is simply because we REALLY like Dia De Los Muertos and will be launching a week long celebration on the S+S blog of all things Day Of The Dead featuring a host of some of our favourite creative friends and peers! Since the amazing Harry Darws Pictures installed her amazing Mexican shrine window display (image above a hand printed art piece from the display) a couple of years back at the old Super studio we have excitedly anticipated the start of November and all the colourful, crafty and creative things it can bring! So this year we are amping it up a notch and are going to be sharing some amazing exclusive content from some amazingly talented creative peers.

A little historical snippet from The National Geographic.

‘Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 and 2. Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and everywhere with a Latino population… Assured that the dead would be insulted by mourning or sadness, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life… On Dia de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones.’

Our list of collaborators includes some names you already know and that we have worked with on projects in the past and a few new faces! We will be kicking off our week of blog posts on Sunday November 1st and running it through until the following Sunday. To bring our Dia de los meurtos blog party to a close we will be running a Super+Super craft book give-away AND offering a little extra treat to be revealed next week!

For now we will leave you with a link to our Dia De Los Muertos Style Pinterest board. This is a collection of inspiring festival images, diy’s and brightly coloured costumes… and is also where we will be pinning links to our guest posts during the blog party so you can find them each day. We cannot wait to get this party under-way and hope you enjoy being part of it! A&C x

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Amazing image from zip_flipit on Flickr

Recipe: Carrot Orange and Chia Cake. This recipe is another store cupboard leftovers type affair… which is by far our favourite kind! You know the kind when you don’t have everything to follow the recipe you wanted to try but enough flour and enthusiasm to freestyle your own variation. Needless to say it it delicious and vegan! A perfect accompaniment for to an autumnal Monday afternoon Fika.

You will need:

250g self raising flour

200ml vegetable or sunflower oil

150g browm sugar

The rind og 2 oranges plus juice of 1

2/3 grated carrots

1 banana

1tsp baking powder

2 tblsp chia seeds

150ml soya yoghurt

1/2 tsp cinamon

a medium loaf tin and baking parchment

Method:

Pre heat your oven at 180oc and line your loaf tin with baking parchment. Pour oil and sugar into your food processor and mix well. Now add the soya yoghurt and banana and mix again until combined into a smooth thin ish mixture. Add the grated carrots, orange rind, chia and orange juice. Next you add the combined flour, baking powder and cinnamon a little at a time and mix slowly until the batter comes together! Pour mixture into your tin and bake for an hour or a little more if the centre is still sticky. leave to cool for 15 minutes and remove from tin. Serve in nice thick slices!

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Today we have a special autumnal craft post from our dear friend Lynsdey Haskell. Lyndsey is the owner of What You Sow, an online shop and blog for people who love to grow things. The team at What You Sow aim to celebrate all there is to love about plants and encourage people to make the most of their green space, whatever space that might be.

Guest Post: Crochet Pumpkin DIY

I came up with this wreath, combining sage (which will dry nicely and last for ages) with some tiny crochet pumpkins that are super easy to make and which you can use to decorate all manner of things this autumn.

They’re made by using the ribbing technique of crocheting into the back of the stitch only, and by increasing each piece around its midriff by using hdc to add some height.

You will need:

Your choice of yarn in pumpkin colour. Choose a cottony Double Knit.

Yarn in a shade of green for the stalk.

Here’s how you do it:

Row 1: In pumpkin colour, cast on 19 stitches,

Row 2: sc into the 2nd stitch from the end, sc 4 more times, then hdc for 8, then finally 5 sc to the end of the row. 18 stitches

Row 3: Ch1, 5 sc into the back of the stitch from previous row, 8 hdc, 5 sc. These should all have been into the back of the last row’s stitches.  18 stitches.

Rows 4 – 30: carry on as row 3. Only stitching into the back of the last row of stitches. You will create a long rectangle of crochet which bulges around the middle.

Fold the piece in half and crochet the two ends together using sc into each of the 18 stitches. Pull the final stitch through and leave about a metre of yarn for finishing off.

With a needle, thread in and out of the edges to gather up the sides, pull tight to close the hole and stitch to fasten, tying it to the tail at the beginning of the work if this helps. Turn the pumpkin inside out and stuff. Take the needle through to the opposite end of the pumpkin and again, thread the yarn around the top to gather the sides and close the pumpkin.

Wrap your remaining yarn around the outside and back through the core to create some texture to the pumpkin and make it bulge out a bit. You normally need to do this around 6 or 7 times to get the shape right. Tighten them as much as you need to and try to space them a bit randomly. Fasten off.

The instructions for the stalk are as follows:

Row 1: Cast on 7 stitches

Row 2: sc into the 2nd stitch from the end. Sc into next 5 stitches. 6 stitches

Row 3-6: ch 1, 6 sc

Fold in half and stitch the two ends together.

Then chain 20 stitches and sc all the way back, this will create a natural twist, which is what pumpkin stalks do! End with a slip into the stalk.

The next bit is slightly more freestyle, you’re going to stitch around the bottom of the stalk as if you are making a crochet flower. So dbl crochet into the spot that you’ve chained from and then dbl again into the same space, then slip stitch into the space as well, finally select your next space and begin with a slip into that space. You need to do this 4 more times selecting different spaces to work into all around the bottom of the sort of tube you’ve just made. It’s not easy to work out where to place them so use your judgement to space them out. Once you’re back at the beginning it should look something like this.

Fasten off and sew top ends in but leave a tail of yarn which you can use to sew onto the top of the pumpkin. Once your stalk is attached, leave a last bit of yarn free and separate the threads out, twisting them around the crochet hook a few times until they become what looks like curly tendrils for a lifelike effect!

I made my wreath by creating two circles, one bigger than the other and attaching them with some more wire zigzagging in between. This will be quite a bit smaller than your finished wreath so don’t make it too big.

Begin to place your sage leaves into the frame, attaching with yarn to fasten as you go. Start in one place and layer the branches so that you keep covering the bottom of the previous branch with the new one. Be generous, it’s really not worth scrimping, and besides, what else would you be doing with all that sage anyway? Don’t worry that you can still see so much yarn. Insert some smaller pieces to cover it up at the end.

Once you have created a full-looking wreath you can carefully add the pumpkins. Work out where you are going to place them and use yarn and a needle to attach the pumpkins one by one to the wreath, wrapping them around the back. Finally, as a finishing touch, take some small sprigs of sage and poke them quite firmly into the wreath to cover up any intrusive pieces of yarn.

The great thing about this project is that you can create pumpkins in different shapes, sizes and colours so that no two look the same. Use different yarns and hook sizes. Instead of using the 5,8,5 formation you could try 4,7,4 with 24 rows or 3,6,3 with 20 rows. As long as you have hdc in the middle, your pumpkin will be the desired shape. Experiment with heights too, altering the number of rows to make your pumpkin taller or more squat. And you can create a pumpkin of more than one colour by trying 4 rows in one shade then switching to 2 rows in another. Or simply use a wraparound yarn in another colour instead.

Add some twine to the top of your wreath to hang and you’re done! A quick Autumn project that’s simple, useful and pretty too.

If you do create some pumpkins of your own, be sure to drop us a line on our Facebook Page, we’d love to see your pictures!

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 Super+Super In Mollie Makes 59. Totally thrilled to have a new project out in the new issue of Mollie Makes Mag! Issue 59 is available to buy now and features our DIY mittens with embroidered sprinkles project! This craft tutorial is super cute and very cosy. We hope you love it. As always you can tag your S+S projects on Twitter and IG with #supermakes and we’ll find and share them. What a great start to the week! Amy x

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DIY / Decorated Pumpkins. This weeks creative project is an alternative for Halloween. No carving or scooping required just some good old painting and gluing. We have seen lots of gorgeously decorated variations of this project online but decided a bit of brightly chalked haphazard doodling was more our style. So we invite you to grab some paint and have a play!

You will need: A selection of fun craft supplies!…

Several mini pumpkins

Chalk Paint Markers

White chalk paint

Gold spray paint

paint brushes

Tape, pom-poms, glue, scissors

A newspaper or mat to paint on

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Start by painting your bases. We used some leftover chalk paint to give a matt finish to two of our pumpkins and spray paint in gold for another. You will need 2 coats for an even finish.
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Once your paint has dried grab your chalk paint pens! Here we used a black and gold pens and drew lots of varying length lines from the stalk down to create a simple monochrome design. We then used a black chalk paint pen to scribble on the top and bottom of the gold pumpkin for the second design. it was a super simple idea but we think the look was just spot on!SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

For the more fun coloured designs we painted on polka dots and glued on a scattering of mini pom-poms! To finish we drew around the dots with a black pen which was a last minute decision but it worked really well.

The white pumpkin with triangles was drawn freehand and a bit trickier than first expected! Adding the luminous yellow stripes lifted the pattern and who doesn’t like a zingy yellow anyway.
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Recipe: Home Made Nut Butter. A delicious alternative to store bought peanut better which is not only way healthier for you but also much cheaper to make from scratch. Did I also mention it is super easy to make?

Ingredients:

400g almonds (we got ours from Poundland)

50g cashews

60g pecans

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Method:

Pre heat your oven to 180c. Pour all your nuts onto a baking tray and toast them until golden on one side and then mix them up a bit so that both sides gets a bit of a toast! Approx 10 mins in total – do not over cook them! Leave nuts to cool for 15 mins and transfer into your food processor! Blend on and off with a couple of break (so your machine stays happy!) for 15 minutes and gradually you with see your chopped nuts go from ground almond consistency to a thick paste and then as if by magic a delicious runny nut butter! Have patience if your mix is staying thick, it will happen!

TOP TIP! Make sure the blades of your mixer are sharp for this recipe and sharpen them up with a knife steel if you think they may be a little dull.

Our big jar of nut butter cost approx £5.50 which works out way cheaper than the store bought kind.

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Why not try making nut butter and banana on whole grain toast as a delicious and protein packed snack.

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Super+Super at Twisted Thread. Hello All and happy Friday to you! Its been a pretty busy week at Super+Super and I am still playing catch up with myself. However I thought it’d be nice to post a few photos (slightly lower quality phone pics i’m afraid!) of our day at Twised Thread at Alexandra Palace. It was a long day with a 5am train to London, bag of yarn and sandwiches in tow, but totally worth every minute! Firstly I have never visited Ali Pali yet which I think is a bit ridicules as so much goes on there. Never mind! Hey it was perhaps better that my first time was craft related anyway :)

Most of my morning was spent at the GMC publications Stand (D25 for those of you who are still heading there this week!) promoting our craft book Crochet from The Super+Super series of 4 creative project books! It was a really fun morning and I was mega excited to speak to lots of inspiring crafters about their latest projects and purchases. The highligh however for me was getting to teach crochet at the stand! I was thrilled at how many people came to sit down with me and learn a project from the crochet book.

Before I dashed off to catch my train back to Nottingham I had half an hour to peruse some of the hundreds of craft and sewing stands. Most people take a whole day to get around the halls at a leisurely pace but sadly this was not the case for me. I had chance to see some lovely stands and long term favourites such as Merchant & Mills’s, MIY Workshop, and DMC Craft World but to name a few AND I found a couple of gorgeous new yarn brands called Mrs Moon and Loopy Mango… you must check them out especially if you love chunky and xxl chunky merino yarns!

Just as I was leaving the show I got to say hi to none other than knitting moguls Arne and Carlos who were sitting on a comfy sofa holding an xmas decoration demo! That was the icing on the cake. Have a good weekend folks and don’t forget we have two craft classes coming up in November in Nottingham and London which have a few spaces available and you can find the info here on our facebook page! Feel free to like the page and leave us a message with your craft show highlights! Amy x

Super+Super at Twisted Thread. Hello All and happy Friday to you! Its been a pretty busy week at Super+Super and I am still playing catch up with myself. However I thought it’d be nice to post a few photos (slightly lower quality phone pics i’m afraid!) of our day at Twised Thread at Alexandra Palace. It was a long day with a 5am train to London, bag of yarn and sandwiches in tow, but totally worth every minute! Firstly I have never visited Ali Pali yet which I think is a bit ridicules as so much goes on there. Never mind! Hey it was perhaps better that my first time was craft related anyway :)

Most of my morning was spent at the GMC publications Stand (D25 for those of you who are still heading there this week!) promoting our craft book Crochet from The Super+Super series of 4 creative project books! It was a really fun morning and I was mega excited to speak to lots of inspiring crafters about their latest projects and purchases. The highligh however for me was getting to teach crochet at the stand! I was thrilled at how many people came to sit down with me and learn a project from the crochet book.

Before I dashed off to catch my train back to Nottingham I had half an hour to peruse some of the hundreds of craft and sewing stands. Most people take a whole day to get around the halls at a leisurely pace but sadly this was not the case for me. I had chance to see some lovely stands and long term favourites such as Merchant & Mills’s, MIY Workshop, and DMC Craft World but to name a few AND I found a couple of gorgeous new yarn brands called Mrs Moon and Loopy Mango… you must check them out especially if you love chunky and xxl chunky merino yarns!

Just as I was leaving the show I got to say hi to none other than knitting moguls Arne and Carlos who were sitting on a comfy sofa holding an xmas decoration demo! That was the icing on the cake. Have a good weekend folks and don’t forget we have two craft classes coming up in November in Nottingham and London which have a few spaces available and you can find the info here on our facebook page! Feel free to like the page and leave us a message with your craft show highlights! Amy x