Sunday, 5 May 2013

Gerry the Kitchen Aid

Gerry's cover
I’ve always dreamed of having Kitchen Aid.  To me they’re not just food mixers; they are a work of art. However they are also very expensive...

My dream came true, as following a bonus at work, Mr Gertie very kindly bought me one.

The first thing I did was to name it. We like to give things names – our plants are called Eric, Ernie and Ethel; we have a 12 year old Christmas tree called Bruce; the dishwasher is called the Sweetie Monster. Yes I know we are really sad!!!!!

At first I was going to called it Hilda (after Hilda Baker. Baker, food mixer – see the connection). However it just didn’t fit because the Kitchen Aid is blue and blue is traditionally a boy’s colour.

Gerry the Kitchen Aid


So Mr Gertie suggested I called it Gerry (after Gerry Raffity who wrote Baker Street).

For the first couple of weeks Gerry stood proudly on the kitchen worktop. However I knew he’d get dusty so decided to make him a cover.

Instead of making the cover out of scrap material, like I did with my sewing machine cover, I actually wanted to buy some fabric!!!!!

I wanted the fabric pattern to be either something to do with baking/the kitchen or food of some kind. After looking through several websites I finally managed to get the choice down to two – chocolate sweets or baking paraphernalia. I couldn’t make my mind up so asked Mr Gertie. He chose the baking fabric.

The pattern design was perfect for hand quilting so I had fun outlining the various shapes.  The only problem was when to stop as hand quilting can be very therapeutic.

Quilted gingerbread men & a cookie duck!!

It’s loosely fitting over the mixer as I wanted room to hide the cable and plug at the back. The real reason is I measured it wrong!!!!!

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

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28 comments:

  1. Ha! that's brilliant! love that cover. I have just bought a kenwood mixer to replace my moulinex of 20 years - it's still in the box and hasn't got a name ....yet!

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    1. My food processor is a moulinex. It was a wedding present 18 years ago - and still going strong.

      Why not try 'May's bake of the month' for your mixers first outing. As for a name, how about Barbie (as Barbie and Ken...) or Ronnie (as is Ronnie Wood)....

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  2. Gorgeous - and I would've stuck with Hilda. Sounds to me like a perfect name and surely girls can be dressed in blue?

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    1. Somehow the name Hilda just didn't fit. I'll use it the next time I have to name something - no matter what colour it is.... xx

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  3. OOhh I would love one of those...my wooden spoon will have to do tho! Great fabric chosen, those little gingerbread men remind me when the children used to love making them from scraps of leftover pastry.

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    1. Keep wishing - I did and look what happened !!!! xx

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  4. How funny. I was at a friend's yesterday, and she was very proudly showing me her red kitchen aid, which she got for Christmas. We then looked through the catalogue and drooled at the colours available. I will have to suggest to her that she gets a cover. Gerry looks very fashionable.

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    1. There are some lovely colours available now.

      I was a little disappointed that they stopped doing my favourite - British Racing Green. Reminds me of my second Mini xx

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  5. What a great idea and the material is gorgeous. Hope you have a good week.

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  6. I'd like a Kitchenaid mixer too, but I'd go for a red one. I'm sure Gerry is nice and cosy underneath his baking fabric cover.
    I hope you have a great crafting week.

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    1. They do a lovely deep red colour that you'd love xx

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  7. Oooohhhh you lucky thing! I'd love the raspberry ice Kitchenaid - I have a birthday with an 0 in later on this year which might be the reason I was looking for to get one. Happy baking xx

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    1. I know which colour you mean and it's lovely. I think it would make a great birthday present xx

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  8. Good choice Mr Gertie! very snazzy fabric :)

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  9. That material is perfect for the covering. I hope you are doing a lot of lovely mixing :)

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    1. Mr Gertie's work colleagues keeps me and Gerry busy baking as they get something once a fortnight xx

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  10. Oh I am so pleased for you receiving your Gerry. He's gorgeous. And I'm loving the fabric you've used for the cover. Although I think if he was mine I'd have to keep having a peek at him :) Hope you have a lovely week.
    Ali x

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    1. I know it's a little naughty but when I'm expecting guests I take his cover off..... xx

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  11. Kitchen mixers are the best! I have a kenwood one and it is often used and greatly treasured :)

    Gerry's cover is so lovely and colourful! I love all the detail in the fabric :) x

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    1. If I could justify having a Kenwood as well, I would. They're a superb mixer and the toys that go with it are brilliant.

      It's like having an AGA and a top of the range oven. One is beautiful and functional and the other is multi-talented xx

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  12. Lovely choice of fabric! My other half says he wants a Kitchenaid when we redo the kitchen - as he's largely the cake maker I'm happy to agree - perhaps it'll get a cover like yours!! Sue x

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  13. Great fabric for the mixer. I love the gingerbread men, reminds me of making these with my kids with left over pastry.

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  14. Great cover and very nice fabric. I hope Gerry said thank you for it :-)

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  15. Gerry is so stylish! And I absolutely love the material you've used for the cover. Such a great idea! My lovely mum recently bought me a Kenwood and I'm ashamed to say it's gathering dust on the shelf. Birthdays coming up though, so hope to get back into my baking groove! :)

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