Monday, December 1, 2014

Stitching away

Remember those three projects I'm determined to finish by Christmas? Progress is being made folks.

Last years annual Christmas ornament! The stitching is now done and it just needs a wash and making up. My wall hanging is now finished and hanging on the wall, I just need a day with decent light to take some photos for you all. And this years Christmas ornament is a progressing WIP.

Yay for achievable goals! Unfortunately it's been a busy and sad few weeks for us. There have been two bereavements in the family, and some upheaval at work to keep my on my toes. I'm enjoying finding refuge in my Christmas crafting.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014



I'm lucky enough that my work's London office overlooks the Tower of London. What a lovely day to be able to visit the poppy installation. Humbling and beautiful.

We will remember them.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Late night crafting

Bad-light photos of late night crafting. One completed scrappy Christmas quilt back for my wall-hanging! Now just to baste. . and quilt. . .and make hanging corners. . .and make binding . . . and bind!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Getting things finished. . . .

It's amazing how craft goes out the window for me when life gets busy. It's always the first ball I drop, which is a shame, because it's certainly good stress relief! (something to work on). And although this year has been a genuinely GREAT one, it has been a busy and stressful one, full of uncertainty. There's been little craft.

BUT there are three projects I am determined to finish by Christmas. Achievable projects. I'm going to finish the 'Tis The Season' wall hanging I've been working on all year. I'm going to finish last years' annual Christmas ornament, which has also been in progress all year. And I'm going to start and finish this years' Christmas ornament. Three projects, three months. Here's hoping. . . 

First on the list is wall hanging. I'm getting there folks! Stitcheries are finished, blocks are sewn. Time for laying out and putting it all together.

(I love these blocks. And yes, the directional red print is not directional. Do I care? Not one bit.)


Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Cookbook Challenge: Bake

The Cookbook Challenge continues! Bake, by Allyson Gofton is my go-to baking book. It is full of basics, and kiwi classics, with contemporary spins. It's presented beautifully and contains recipes I go back to again again and again, like my favourite recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.

For the Cookbook Challenge, I tried out the basic Flapjack recipe. Actually, I tried out the basic flapjack recipe because I felt like baking the day before grocery day and its one of those recipes that can be made just with pantry staples (though I threw in some sultanas just to spice it up a bit)

I'm declaring this one a definite success. It involved less than 10 minutes prep time, and turned out gloriously. Tasty, without having that overly greasy, buttery feel that flapjack sometimes can. And the husband ate three pieces in less than 10 minutes when it came out of the oven. I'll be doing this recipe again, and trying some of the suggested variations on it too.

For those who want to try this themselves, many of the recipes from Allyson Gofton's older cookbooks are available from her website, including this one! (though it doesn't have the variations on it included in the cookbook)

Until next time,