Archive for December, 2007

Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2007 | Family, Other | 12 Comments

I’m just calling in briefly to wish you all a very happy New Year! Are you making lots of resolutions (which will be impossible to keep) like me, or have you learned your lesson? Here are mine: obviously I am going to get fit. I am going to knit a pair of socks and learn how to […]

Merry Christmas!

December 23rd, 2007 | Food | 13 Comments

                  So, finally here is this years’ cake! This was inspired by all those cute little villages I’ve seen everywhere (except on sale in a real shop anywhere near me…) The original plan was to buy some cute houses and simply scatter them over the cake. But, […]

Last Years’ Cake

December 17th, 2007 | Food | 6 Comments

Last Christmas I made an ice castle cake. I can’t claim it was an original idea of mine though.  I got the idea and the recipe from Delicious magazine and have happily just found the very same instructions for you on their website. And, as is so often the way with good ideas it was surprisingly simple to […]

An early Christmas Present

December 13th, 2007 | Other | 8 Comments

I received a surprise parcel from Tif the Dottie Angel the other day. I love a surprise parcel! Inside were a couple of Anthropologie catalogues which are wonderful and impossible to get here, and a beautiful deep green knitted corsage.                               […]

My Christmas Dress

December 10th, 2007 | Crochet and Knitting, Sewing | 11 Comments

So, I’ve been fabric shopping and eventually found this lovely deep red silky fabric for my 1940s dress. The print seemed right for the period without being old fashioned and I loved the colour.   The fabric can’t be silk though because it was only £7.50 a metre, so my long sleeved dress will cost just under £30 to make. Bargain. […]

Hope is the thing with feathers

December 6th, 2007 | Patchwork and quilting | 7 Comments

We make our own Christmas cards every year. But we don’t make each one individually. I make one time consuming original picture, then Tony does things with scanners and Paintshop Pro, prints off hundreds and then I have the fun of writing them all.  Fair division of labour?! I’ve been thinking about this years card and thought you might […]

Our son the poet

December 4th, 2007 | Family, Home | 10 Comments

Today Joe woke us with a little poem he had made up and needed me to write down for him before he forgot it. I have to say this is probably the nicest way he has ever woken me up in his entire 6 years. I love that he composed a poem in bed all by himself […]

Stir- up Sunday

December 2nd, 2007 | Food, Home | 6 Comments

When I said last night that I wasn’t doing a handmade Christmas this year I really just meant I wasn’t making the gifts.  I am still making all the food.  So today was our Stir up Sunday, just a week late and we stir up the Christmas cake and not a pudding, but never mind. […]


December 1st, 2007 | Patchwork and quilting | 3 Comments

I think I may have said this before but I’m going to say it again anyway: I like to finish as many WIPs as possible in November and December so I can enter the coming year with a clean (ish) slate. It also helps that the patchwork group I belong to have an exhibition every January! Nothing like a deadline to […]