Wizzing through December 10th already. Misty and murky here.
Had a lovely winters walk yesterday pushing my grandson in the pram pushchair AT LAST around a beautiful park
Such an easy pram to push and really high handles but its black well gunmetal grey but black really. Joined a pram chain of my daughters friends all black prams. Still was brightened up with my pram quilt and now ive orders. Couldnt help myself but buy more fabric guess how much I love you.
Image is from my workshop for sale now in the shop
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Wizzing through December 10th already. Misty and murky here.
Monday, 9 December 2013
This image is an accuquilt dove
As you know I have the accuquilt and the baby, a gift from a student who has since sadly died
I collect the applique dies as ive all the patchwork ones nearly
This is my latest one. Its a single dove but a clever student folded her fabric and produced this lovely pattern.
Ive a picture of the negative as well but how to attach it still eludes me
Day nine already and my tree is sitting in water awaiting being pretty
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Busy stitching day today. I made a Christmas stocking for my darling grandson. No pictures im keeping his textiles to our family. Selfish I know sorry. But it has personal elements. Then I made little bags to hang off his advent calendar. Followed by a bag to keep all his Christmas textiles in.
Then a little cushion. Yesterday I finished off his pram quilt and a wall banner for myself
The image today is off one of my students tree hanging, lovely
Im on my tablet, I have no idea how to add more images, so just one
No more stitching now as ive burnt my right hand index finger on a saucepan ive had for 35 years and ive never done this before grrr and double grrr, typing this is not easy. Seems I should have soaked it in cold water for 20 mins, I thought 5 mins was long enough.
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Friday, 6 December 2013
Today I have been for my diabetic review and I came home in tears. I have bought my HB1AC down to the level of a non diabetic. I no longer have to take a tablet. How fantastic is that! Funny how happy news ca make you sob like sad news. The nurse said that results like mine make her job and going to work so worthwhile, she said she had goosebumps reading my results.
My cholesterol is also totally normal. I know you have followed along with my rantings about my diet (sorry) so I thought that you might want to know.
So to celebrate, I nearly burnt out house down. I put chicken legs in the oven, went into the sitting room and watched The workplace choir.
My husband fell asleep with the kitchen door closed. My goodness we are fortunate, totally burnt black and charred legs, dreadful smoke everywhere.
On the One show this evening there is a brownie competition
But here are the best from the fabulous Mary Berry yum yum
Mary Berry's brownies
You will need:
100g of chocolate chips. I used 50g of white choc and 50g of plain choc
75g cocoa powder
100g self-raising flour
375g golden caster sugar
275g butter, softened
4 large eggs
Grease and line and tray bake or roasting tin and preheat the oven to 160 degress C.
Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together. Don't over mix as this will affect the texture of the brownies.
Spread evenly into the tin and bake for 35-45 minutes. Check them after 30 minutes by putting a sharp knife or skewer into the middle. If it comes out almost clean, they are ready. You can cook them slightly longer but I prefer a gooey centre. Cover loosely with foil if browning too much. Leave to cool completely in the tin. Cut into squares or rectangles and store in a tin. Best served warm with vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of icing sugar.
Finally I cant end without a comment on the life of Nelson Mandela. I love seeing the celebrations of his astonishing life. A man who lived countless life times and did so much for so many, may he rest in peace & my thoughts are with his family and his country.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Onwards to the track, then I actually looked up instead of down at the leaves. The sky was so dark and then down it came and blew me drenched down the hill homeward. I was actually laughing because it was so absurd. Why go out walking in the howling wind and rain, I actually past another person, a very very wet man with a very angry face, that made me laugh even more. Hope your day has been as funny.
Before all these silly times I made a little table cover, which is awaiting quilting so will be revealed in another advent post.
Todays offering is this
Starting 7th January 2014, fortnightly.
Each month will be applicable to that month, many techniques will be taught, patchwork, applique, embroidery, quilting, hand or machine, embellishments, jolly good fun. Places are limited to 12. The hall is large but I like to have plenty of time with each of my students, so am setting the limit for each class to 12.
SO on day 5 the numbered images are 9, heehee, sorry but the wind has got into my brain & now salmon is going to get into my tummy. Happy days x
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Having watched the Mary Berry story on TV last night, I thought that I would find the recipe for her Victoria Sponge for you
HERE is the link to a video on the BBC website
FOR THE SPONGE
- 225g soft butter
- 225g caster sugar
- 225g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 4 large eggs
FOR THE FILLING AND TOPPING
- About 4 tbsp raspberry or strawberry jam
- A little caster sugar
Mary Berry's simple Victoria sponge is perfect for serving with friends at teatime.
Makes 6-8 slices
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 170°C/gas mark 4. Cut 2 greaseproof
paper circles, grease the sandwich tins with butter and put the circles
inside. Grease the circles.
- Place the butter in a large mixing bowl, then add the caster sugar,
self-raising flour and baking powder. Crack the eggs one at a time and
then add to the bowl.
- Using the electric mixer on slow speed, beat for 2 minutes until
smooth. The mixture will be soft enough to drop off the beaters when you
lift them up.
- Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins and level the
surfaces with a palette knife or spatula. Place in the oven and bake for
- The cakes are ready when they are risen and pale golden. The tops
should spring back when lightly pressed. Cool for about 2 minutes;
loosen the edges with a knife.
- Push the cased out of the tins on their bases, invert them and
remove the bases. Cool the cakes the right way up on a rack. Soften the
jam with a palette knife.
- When the cakes are cold, remove the lining papers and invert one cake layer onto a plate. Spread with jam, put the other layer on top and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Im on my tablet so here goes hoping to get todays Advent offering
A tree skirt bonanza
look how different they are
Im very proud of my students
Off to work, hand stitching today then the dreaded flu vaccine.
Drop back tomorrow for the next December installment. X
Monday, 2 December 2013
10 to 4, there are 3 patterns & a kit for all three is £10 except wad, back & fusible web
Cost for the day is £25
What is all this about...Cyber Monday ////Back Friday///have we all become Lemmings?
Goodness me. We've gone nuts
Back tomorrow with more fun textiles x
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Starting with this morning. Up early & before getting dressed I made this
Taking of fabrics, later on today I will be uploading some new ones, but the sun is shining and there is walking to do.
Back soon x
Friday, 29 November 2013
Thank you to everyone who has supported the sale
Im busy making a Winnie the Pooh & Tigger pushchair mini quilt, I will show all when Ive finished it
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Called THE END OF SUMMER
Monday, 25 November 2013
A lot of people suffer from SADS & use a daylight lamp. I have not tried one of these, but I have friends who rely on one.
This evening I have been manically hand stitching & the room is lit up so bright so as to not affect my eyesight.
I have a daylight lamp right next to me.
The reason for all this waffle is this. I had been machine stitching under 2 daylight lamps which woke me up. Then the hand stitching right next to the lamp. I was wondering if one of these helps a bit as I feel very awake! DOes anyone know?
I am watching the verdict, on the cricket & Jonathan Trotts illness. A very good discussion. It is excellent to see men so caring & very open about depression. This is an illness that I have suffered on and off throughout my life. AT the moment I am as normal as I think I ever could be. It is only when I come out of it, that I realise how I felt.
I wish him well, there have been very many tweets of support, & alot from Australia which is heartening considering the appalling press coverage that has been happening.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
I see that pictures are posted, ahhhhh. I need (hmmm really do I?) to get into the 21st century especially with having a website and a facebook account to. But can anyone help with my tweeting problem?
I am thinking of making more kits to sell. Pre-cut kits. I am thinking of toys out of my lovely fabrics. What do you think?
The Sewing Compendium is popular, Im thinking of offering different fabrics, any feedback would be very welcome
Next weekend after the SALE finishes there will be an announcement of a give-a-way for Christmas. Check back to see 'the rules'
Sorry it keeps crashing
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