Archive for December, 2008

Sweet Marbles

December 22nd, 2008 | Family, Food | 5 Comments

I have been encouraging the boys to make some presents too. So out came the cook books and after some consideration (arguing) they decided to make these: ridiculously sweet but fantastic fun to make. Here’s the recipe. And just for the record, I couldn’t find any corn syrup over here (not even in Waitrose!) so used […]

Henry’s Dinosaur

December 21st, 2008 | Family, Sewing, Stitcheries | No Comments

                      I made the Linnet bag in a lovely brown tweed fabric which my friend gave me. I am sure the recipient will love the fabric and she will also be kind enough to ignore the interesting state of the circular base (which is smooth in some areas […]

Little purse

December 19th, 2008 | Sewing | 4 Comments

Look what arrived today from a vineyard in the south of France: a sweet little purse. I love it. I will use it everyday from now on, thanks Julia. There is still time for you to win too, go and pay Julia a visit and try your luck as I did. I stayed up very late […]

Bull Terrier

December 18th, 2008 | sewing machine drawing | No Comments

Another Christmas present completed!  Now I just have three of these Linnet bags to make and I’m done. Well, almost. Anyone remember my red dress? You know, the one that was going to be finished for last Christmas? Well, I’d really like to get it finished in time for this year. Famous last words? And, I finally baked our Christmas […]


December 15th, 2008 | Family, sewing machine drawing | 10 Comments

  I’ve been slowly chipping away at the homemade Christmas presents list. But, I still have an awful long way to go, and only 4 days left until school breaks up… but let’s not think about that!   I thought I’d show you my embroidered hankies. They’re for all the men in my life with runny noses […]

It’s less murky in real life

December 14th, 2008 | Home | 3 Comments

Today was the day to Christmas-ify the house. We always wait until December is in double numbers. The boys and I got carried away making leias from magazines (except ours are obviously garlands). The hall is fairly dripping in them now. There is something particularly pleasing about getting well thumbed (and then cut into for the scrapbook) […]


December 12th, 2008 | Drawing and Painting, Other | 5 Comments

I keep a sketchbook.  Always have done. They’re never full of beautiful sketches and paintings though, I often wish they were. But I don’t seem to work like that. A hurried sketch, a scrap of fabric, a list. That’s what they’re like. Anyway, they’re essential and this is my latest. Inspired by Jessie Chorley and her altered […]


December 6th, 2008 | Sewing | 4 Comments

We always read the paper (well, I read the glossy bits and he reads the sports pages) over a pot of coffee. Whilst wondering how long the peace and quiet will last. In my experience, it never lasts quite long enough. But, the coffee is staying warmer at least.   Thanks to Melissa’s tutorial.   


December 5th, 2008 | Sewing | 2 Comments

Our house is rather chilly. And getting into bed between icy cold sheets is not nice at all. So, hotties have been made from an old wool blanket. I got the idea for the homemade variety here. Now, our beds are warm and we drift off cuddling (and smelling) hot brown rice. Well, actually I smell […]


December 3rd, 2008 | Patchwork and quilting | 4 Comments

So, issue 2 of ‘Sew Hip’ is out already and it’s looking good! For this issue I contributed designs for a cross stitch bag and for Monty. Monty is one of my jointed applique templates and even my boys like him! He was inspired by this funny sketch from Monty Python. Hope you like him too. […]