Monday, 18 November 2013

sewing kits

Sewing kits, how do you feel about them? I use to be of the mindset that they are for children, and expensive, why with only a little effort I could make my own version at a fraction of the price. But as you may of guessed I have been changing my mind, have less time to source fabrics and designing and lets face it not making the effort I have come round to the idea of a nice sewing kit.
So here are  few of my favourites

Felix the fox in my stash awaiting to be made up!

Far from a children's selection I would say. So in this little bunch of sewing kit eye candy holds my next make for the lovely sew tiny project. Diane at Marguerite designs has thought a fantastic plan to show case some of our slower sewing. You are all welcome to join in too.

oh and any thoughts on sewing kits for yourselves?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

So good.

Trust me on this: These are the BEST bars ever! You can't eat just one! Best of all, pretty much eve... -

And I have to totally agree, I made a batch up and it was all I could do to limit myself to one a day. Although healthy ingredients they are treats.

Monday, 4 November 2013


During my autumn inspiration list there was a lovely Felix the fox. Felix has a friend called Oswald the owl. These are totally adorable tea towel kits, making them into cushions or toys, perfect for a weekend make.The range are by  Sarah young are delightfully easy makes that are wonderful prints in there own right. So here is Oswald and keep an eye out for Felix.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Jersey laurel is completed

Well I have finally complete the jersey laurel, a very popular Colette pattern that has seen so many adaptations. My version has long sleeves with bias binding neck line and sleeves. I opted out of pockets and make quiet a short style tunic. I found the pattern had very generous sizing and I had to take the sides in. This would normally annoy me but I find the beauty of a Colette pattern enables you to make alterations with ease. Being jersey I didn't bother with a zip so an easy make this was. I did enjoy this make, and I am glad I have something to go towards my fall essential sew along, Make yourself cosy! How's everyone else coming along with their autumn sewing, are you like me just great full you have manages to make anything?

Friday, 25 October 2013

Family soup

Slow Cooker White Bean Soup -

I enjoy my 'for healthy eating' board so much I thought I would continue to share my makes. Slow cooker white bean soup was a real family success, I added potatoes to make it more hearty. Saved with sour dough bread this recipe has become a little effort big autumn favourite.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Just had to share!

I have noticed how I collect lots of info and images on pinterest. But I have resolved to use some of, rather than just looking at it! So I just had to share the amazing fridge jam. In my 'for healthy eating' board I have the best blueberry and chia seed jam. From this blog my whole food life. Basically you have two cups of organic blueberries, quarter of a cup of chia seeds and three tablespoons of mayple sryup. Put ingredients I a blender and pulse, pop into a jar and keep in the fridge, it takes minutes that's all. Wow it's good and so healthy, mine will be on  yoghurt or porridge.

Monday, 14 October 2013

The rhythm of the family

I totally feel in love with this book, I'm sure the changing of seasons made me enjoy it just that little bit more. There is so much to enjoy, a families journey through the year, both mother and father write an essay for each month, followed by something to make , something to do. A real celebration of a family living by their own ethos, being close to nature. There is plenty of criticism for the oh so simple and idyllic lifestyle of which many felt un attainable, but personally I am a mum who likes to harvest, gather make and do. Granted not always to the ability I aspire but that means there is always a next time. I feel this is a book to be celebrated and refer back to time and time again, which I intend to do so.