Saturday, 26 December 2009
I was pleased to complete all my planned homemade gifts by late afternoon on Christmas Eve. I made the fudge and lemon curd above on consecutive days last week and these were given in gift bags along with damson jam and runner bean chutney.
I also finished table runner number 2 and fingerless gloves number 2 (forgot to get a photo of these in my rush to get them wrapped). The khaki fabric was from an old linen skirt of mine; the rest of the squares were scraps from ebay and the green fabric was new from my stash. The blue binding is the backing brought over to the front and is also thrifted.
My brother and his family arrived safely from Germany despite the bad weather and are staying until New Years Day. We've had a great time catching up with lots of laughter and tears (good ones - sister number 2, especially, cries at the drop of a hat). Twelve of us sat down together on Christmas Day to watch Doctor Who as my brother is also a fan, with the subtitles on for those whose English is not quick enough to follow. The cousins are getting on together particularly well - anyone would think it was 10 minutes since they last saw eachother not 10 years.
There's been no stitching for a couple of days and I'm now attempting to take stock of what I've done and what I want to tackle next, now that the Christmas projects are out of the way.
Here's to lots of stitching in 2010.
Bye for now
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
When I first married I wasn't a bad cook but could never get the hang of Yorkshire Pudding. If we had roast beef on a Sunday, I would valiantly attempt to make some and it would invariably turn out flat and crunchy. I tried all sorts of recipes and tips but nothing seemed to help so I eventually gave in and resorted to Aunt Bessies (the uncooked batter ones, not the ready made) and sometimes even these were unsuccessful! I had no trouble with Toad-in-the-Hole which is weird as it's essentially the same thing.
The last couple of times we had beef, I decided to give it another go and, even though I used a recipe I've used before, I've had much better success for some reason. This week I was very pleased with the outcome.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
This little Nativity group was bought last year while in Cowbridge on one of my shopping/lunch/meet-ups with a friend. We went to a nice tapas bar for lunch if I remember correctly. I think I bought this little gold wire tree last year too but can't remember where from.
I bought this painted, wooden hanging 'noel' a couple of weeks ago from here, and I've just realised it was also while shopping with the same friend! I think she may be a bad influence on me - making me buy things (although I don't need much encouragement!!).
Anyway, I feel perfectly fine in myself and not having to worry too much about putting on weight over the holiday period is a bonus!!
Bye for now
Monday, 7 December 2009
I've realised this past weekend that if I concentrate on baking I don't get any stitching done and vise versa. No baking was accomplished this weekend, not even a loaf of bread! I did however run up this little zipped bag for a birthday present. The fabrics are all new from fat quarters I bought before I decided to concentrate on using recycled materials. The zip is part of a bundle I got from ebay. If you click to enlarge the photo you can see the rain on the window pane. It seems to have been raining for months. We could do with a bit of cold, crisp, sunny weather to make things feel more Christmasy.
Friday, 4 December 2009
A weekend singing course here next March
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Here is one of the Muesli Muffins I made recently from Muffin Magic which is a great little book. I've tried a few of the recipes and they've all come out well. These are sweetened mostly with honey and just a little sugar, so if you prefer your little treats not to be too sweet, these are perfect. And what's that in the background? Oh dear, I said I wouldn't show any more bread due to bread overload here, but must just mention that I tried a different tack with it and made rolls after just making the dough in the machine. The family approved of these more than the loaves so they may be appearing more often around here.
Monday, 30 November 2009
This little pile didn't seem much to offer so I went on another rummage and came up with a few more bits and pieces to add. There are buttons, binding, ribbon and a little frame; some of which match the fabric.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
What! - how did that get in here again! Oh, well..........
No stitching, baking, cooking or work of any kind whatsoever is going to be done tonight. I am going out for a meal with my OH, DS, DD and her partner, just because. Time passes so quickly and we don't get together often enough so I arranged this last week and am really looking forward to it.
Bye for now
Friday, 20 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
These 2 little framed cross-stitcheries were the first ones they did. The flower by my DD and the K by my DS (the K being his name initial, don't know what the N is for above though).
Monday, 9 November 2009
The main subject of this months quilting day on Saturday was to make a hanging of a Christmas/winter scene. Whilst I was interested in it I don't really have the time to take on something like that at the moment so I took notes instead (in case I decide to make one at a later date) while finishing sewing the lining into my crocheted bag. The only problem is, I don't know what to do with it now. I don't need another bag myself and can't think of anyone to give it to. Why, then, you may ask did you make it. Well, I liked the pattern and wanted to see how it turned out. I was also itching to make something with yarn and found a pattern to use up some I already had.
I also had time to cut out a pile of squares (above) which are going to be turned into a Christmas present, when I've decided how to arrange them. They are sewn and pressed and scattered all over the kitchen table as I type.
The jewellery set and pen are from the Cadw shop at the local castle. My mother and father had some Cadw vouchers and very generously decided to take my sisters and I to the shop to spend them between us. I chose the earring/necklace matching set and pen (above), we also chose something for our brother (who lives in Belgium) and mother was able to get a necklace for herself.
Our brother and his family are hoping to visit us over Christmas and the New Year so we are all looking forward to that, especially as it's been 11 years since we last saw them!
Monday, 2 November 2009
These are the 2 piles on offer if you win.