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Monday, 28 June 2010

ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL

We went on a family outing elderflower picking on the weekend. It turned out to be a mammoth task with lots of brambles and trees in the way but the resulting cordial really is summer in a glass.

We started off with elderflower heads and lemons...

Then we added boiling water with an indecent amount of sugar in it and some citric acid.

And then waited for 24 hours. The result?

A wonderful drink that all the family love!

Friday, 25 June 2010

I've been going bunting crazy recently, so here are some examples of my hard work...


Although, can playing with fabric ever be classed as hard work? I think not!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

DENS AND DELPHINIUMS




Isn't this what summer is all about? Weekends spent building dens in the garden and putting pretty flowers in the house.

I would love to say that the flowers came from the garden but sadly the wide variety of flowers I have planted specifically to place bouquets inside haven't, well, flowered yet. I'm hoping I will have an embarrassment of riches in about a month! I bought these flowers reduced in a supermarket but I don't feel too bad as they were grown in the UK so at least they don't have any air miles on them. And they are soooo cute!

The den is made from a motley selection of branches trimmed from an unruly evergreen tree, the frame of the swing and a selection of baby blankets. Maximum fun, minimum spend, lovely.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

I LOVE A FAIR!


The school fair was a success! I ran a lucky cups stall with my other half and we managed to sell every single cup, thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated and bought a cup.

I think I have an old fashioned view of the summer fair. Ideally I would be in a brightly coloured dress serving a cream tea to the local vicar. And I would love one of those wooden tombola drum things where you turn the handle to mix up the raffle tickets. Ah, those were the days....

Ahem... also iced some cakes. I'd like to point out that I bought the cakes themselves so I'm not Perfect Peter!


All the fun of the fair!

Friday, 18 June 2010

SCHOOL FAIR

It's the school fair tomorrow and we haven't got many raffle prizes so I though I would make something. Did the usual flicking through all my magazines hoping to find something quick as I didn't have time to design anything. This cushion caught my eye as it was mainly done on the machine but unfortunately it took ages! I thought it would be quick because I machine appliqued with good old non-fraying felt but I didn't count on how long the hand embroidery would take and, of course, I altered the design!


(Also note that I have used a little bit of my precious new material. That is probably the quickest use of 'I don't know what to do with it but I have to have it' fabric yet!)

It may have taken me twice as long to make as I had planned but I love the result, unfortunately so does my daughter and she wasn't impressed when I said she would have to buy a raffle ticket!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010


Still in pink mode from a few days ago, here are some biscuits I also made for the school coffee morning.

I have to admit I have yet to find the perfect biscuit recipe. The dough is usually too sticky to roll out (even after putting it in the fridge) so I am not able to make full use of my cookie cutters! But never mind, I will try out a few more recipes. It's hard work but someone has to eat them all!

Sunday, 13 June 2010

I had a lovely day out yesterday in the historic city of Bath.

Did a little bit of retail therapy. Who can resist a message like this on a gorgeous piece of fabric...


The lady in the shop said she was sad to see it go - and I said that I couldn't leave it there! I've no idea what I will make with it yet so I'm guessing I will just leave it on the desk for a while as my version of eye candy!

I also went into the Cath Kidston shop and was very restrained, only buying some hair clips, which are just about seen on the picture below...

Hard to see there but they are blue with white spots and go lovely with my handmade linen top. I am also sporting a haircut thanks to the lovely Mr HoffiCoffi so I am all ready for Sunday dinner.

Enjoy your day. x

Friday, 11 June 2010

My garden has started becoming edible! Had a great sandwich today packed with a completely home grown green salad. There is red and green lettuce, rocket and pea shoots all grown from seed (is a pea a seed? I'm confusing myself now!) Anyway, it was delish and I'm hoping there will be many more sandwiches to come!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

PIIINK!

PIIIIIINK!!

I have had a very pink couple of days! Firstly, making bunting and secondly making cakes for the school coffee morning.

My favourite cake was the one decorated by my son.

So sweet!

Monday, 7 June 2010

FLOWER POWER

I thought that I should get over my rather irrational dislike of raw edges and make some brooches from 'Sew Fabulous Fabric' by Alice Butcher and Ginny Farquhar.

They were very quick to make and, as always, my favourite part was finding fabrics that went together. My friend provided most of the fabric and so I made a brooch for her and the other one is still on my pinny a la the picture above.

Still not convinced about raw edge applique but these are almost changing my mind!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

HELLO DUCKY

I have been keeping myself busy today making this little duck. I was going to donate him to a PTA raffle but I'm afraid he turned out to be too fiddly to make so wasn't as neat as I would like and I have ended up giving him to my children. I believe he is currently sunbathing on the steps of the slide in our back garden!

He is made from the scraps of fabric left over from the linen top I made in May.

I'm quite pleased he is staying in the family now - sometimes less than perfect can be quite beautiful!