Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Home Baking

It's been a long time since my last post and there hasn't been as much creativity going on as I would have liked. The reason for this is I've had another chest infection, a very bad one this time and I am on my second course of steroids and antibiotics at the moment. But I'm getting better now.

In fact so much better that yesterday I actually baked a cake! It's an apple cake and it is lovely, it won't be around for long. If you fancy making it the recipe can be found here. You won't regret it.

As promised here's a picture of my shawl.

I did manage to make a bag.

And some tea dyeing has been going on ready for my next project. I counted up and I'd used 23 tea bags and got a very good effect.

It looks a bit orange in this picture but it isn't really.

I had to show you this photo just because I'm a wicked mother and Anthony has a sense of humour. Great hat.

I have finally finished the Attic Windows quilt and I'm very pleased with it. The quilting took me a long time but that was me being a perfectionist. I could have quilted each block in one continous line but I didn't like the idea of the stitching lines crossing over each other, so I quilted each piece within the block seperately. This meant that I had 16 thread ends to sew in for each block uuugh. But worth it.

I think it looks great and will make a lovely christmas present. How organised is that?
You get a better view of the quilting on the back.

Close up you can see all the lines of stitching.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Treasures Found

Gosh how time flies. It's been ages since I last posted but I have been very busy. For a start I've tackled box mountain, which has been revealing. I found lots of things that I thought I'd lost including a shawl made for me by my grandmother in the 70's. I think I was about 10 years old and shawls were very much in fashion then. I'm so pleased to have found it, it's a real treasure. I meant to taken a picture to show you and forgot, I'll do it later in the week.

I have found one thing that got broken during the move, it didn't cause me any distress but Neil replaced it immediately! What is it I hear you asking, if Neil replaced it immediately it must be important must'nt it? Well I can assure it wasn't important, it was the lid to my food processor!

We did manage to fit in a trip to Easton Walled Gardens.

Don't the tulips look lovely, red is my favourite colour.

This is my sewing room and the mess it was in late yesterday afternoon.

I'm sharing it with the tumble dryer at the moment. Doesn't it look a mess?

This is how it looked at 10pm yesterday when I was doing some homework.

I've surprised myself with the amount of sewing paraphernalia that I've managed to accumulate over the years. Some of it I haven't seen for a long time, not sure where it's been though. I've got three button boxes and thousands maybe millions of beads but I'm not counting them.
Must go and do some work now I've got a meeting of my City and Guilds group tomorrow.