Archive for September, 2007


September 30th, 2007 | Other | 2 Comments

I was just browsing the internet (to avoid turning up Joes’ grey school trousers- I have no time for boring sewing!) when I found this very funny post over at Poppalina’s. Go and take a look! And can I just say thanks for all your lovely comments recently- I really do appreciate every one of them. […]

Labour of Love

September 29th, 2007 | Food, Home | 16 Comments

So after two shopping trips, baking two massive sponge cakes and then spending a further 3 hours decorating (all in secret) I managed it!   But just like his birth six years ago; it was worth it just to see his face…   Happy Birthday gorgeous boy!                    

He’s not budging!

September 26th, 2007 | Home, Stitcheries | 1 Comment

I had another ‘casual’ chat with Joe about his cake today and I can’t get the determined wee wart to change his mind. In fact, our chat just gave him the opportunity to specify more details. It now needs to have weapons made out of those “lollipops we saw in Woolworths”…    I’ve just updated my […]


September 25th, 2007 | Home | 11 Comments

Joe is going to be 6 soon (it’s a cliche I know, but where did those 6 years go?)… anyway, I’ve just asked him what sort of birthday cake he would like. Now, Joe does not really appreciate the ‘homemade’ (see Joe’s Quilt and Blackberry jam). So I was expecting him to choose a hideous (but easy for […]


September 23rd, 2007 | Other, Sewing | 3 Comments

                                I’ve been thinking about worrying this weekend. How pointless it is. On Saturday we went to a dinner party given by some friends we had gradually lost touch with. Hadn’t seen for two years in fact. And I actually spent a […]


September 21st, 2007 | Stitcheries | 4 Comments

I worked for hours on that redwork angel design, but it just would not come together. She just wasn’t ‘me’. And I am slowly learning that if something doesn’t ‘click’ immediately it probably never will.   So, I have been working on some of my favourite animals instead. And here is my very first stitchery pattern: I literally […]

Stitchery W.I.P

I’ve been working away while the boys are at nursery and school and in a few weeks will (hopefully) have lots of finished ideas to show you. But for now, all I can show is this: it’s the beginnings of a redwork stitchery pattern design. A Christmas angel. I hope to individually monoprint my designs onto my favourite calico (muslin) for […]

Blackberry Obsession Deepens

September 15th, 2007 | Food | 2 Comments

                  I was flicking through my old copies of ‘Delicious’ the other day and found a recipe for blackberry gin. Now, I love gin and, as you know there is no shortage of blackberries around here! So I had to make it. Here’s the recipe: (which makes 900ml): 900g blackberries 450g golden granulated sugar 1 […]

Blackberry Jam

September 13th, 2007 | Food, Home | 7 Comments

Thanks for all your lovely comments about my new make-up bag. Several of you suggested I use it as an evening clutch – you’re right too, but the idea honestly never entered my head! Perhaps I need to get out more! I love this time of year, the mornings and evenings are feeling autumnal but […]

Fern Diamonds

September 11th, 2007 | Crochet and Knitting | 14 Comments

I remembered to put some make-up on the other morning and realised how old and hideous my make-up bag was. So it had to go!                                     I thought I would do some knitting for a change. The bag is just a […]