Monday, 18 October 2010

Can you guess what it is yet?

I thought I would share with you a strange happening in my garden. The wood fairy ( he wasn't fairy like at all really but it sounded better than 'the wood man') came in the week and delivered piles of timber and they seem to be taking root in the ground.

Can you guess what it might be??? Its only my best dream come true and I am so excited !!! But you will have to wait to find out what it is unless you have guessed already.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Where do I start?

Well its been busy round here lately, there has been jam making, thifting, making, harvesting and a visit to the knitting and stitching show.

A bountiful harvest for soup and crumble making.

Here is a picture of my favourite stall at the knitting and stitching show, its Worn and Washed from Kim Porter she sells rolls of recycled fabrics bunched together in different colour themes. They are like jelly rolls just recycled fabrics from old shirts, bedlinen etc. My HB bought me a large bundle last Christmas and I made a beautiful quilt from it, it was my first ever quilt and its pretty and snugly, perfect for a retro caravan quilt. I bought a small roll this time mainly checks in red and blue perfect for a small quilt for OB to match his pirate theme in his nursery.
This time I will hand quilt it like the picture above I love its rustic look.

Here is what I have been busy making for a friend who has just had a baby.

I made the blanket from Anna Maria Horner's flannel and got the label idea from a book called 'Last minute patchwork gifts' its printed on printable cotton and then I tried my skills at embroidery. I was really pleased with the result and hope the little girl cherishes it for years to come.

Some crazy old fabrics I found looking for someone to rescue them in the charity shop. I don't have any projects in mind yet I need them to be neatly folded on the shelf and left to wait for inspiration.  
We have been harvesting loads of blackberries and damsons lately so I thought I would have a go at making a jelly with them. It's a hedgerow jelly I mixed them with elderberries, and some random red and blackcurrents we froze after picking them in the summer. I didn't take a picture of the finished products but be assured my toast loved it. The book is from river cottage 'The preserve book'. I've done loads of the recipes from it tomato sauce, preserved pears, pickled garlic, souper mix they have all been easy to make and taste great.

Here is a gratuitous bakery shot inspired by the best programme in a long time ' The great British Bake off' they were chocolate and vanilla Viennese whirls. I love baking and tend to do it a bit too much at the moment. I have to give them to my HB to take to work so I don't eat too many. I just like making stuff be it food, craft or art.
Happy weekend I hope it full of crafting, baking and all things nice.