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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Quilting




I found this fab fabric in my local store, a colourful range from Moda. I just couldn't wait to start working with it! 


I decided to make a quilt, so after finding a pattern on the internet I set to work. I find sewing so relaxing and totally absorbing, you can switch off totally.
I bought 6 fat quarters to make this quilt and I didn't want to cut the fabric too much, as I loved all the patterns. To complete the quilt I bought some yardage of the blue and cream plus the orange border fabric.


Here is the completed quilt, it has a lovely contemporary feel to it, I haven't decided who I am giving it to yet but I know a few people have their eye on it!

This is the Moda fabric I used, and I am now working on another quilt for a wedding present using a few charm packs!
It is certainly the weather for picnics here so may be I will take my new quilt and have a wee picnic!!!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Drying roses

Hello! I can't believe it has been so long since I posted! I do have a couple of good excuses!! I became a Granny, my daughter had a baby and my son got married so it has been a very busy but fun time! Both events went well and I thoroughly enjoyed the wedding and am really enjoying being a granny!
I thought I would share with you how to dry rose petals as I dried some for confetti for my son's wedding.
Above are some  beautiful cool water roses that I had in the house, so gently pull the petals from the head, separating from the stem.
                                                         

I then placed them onto a piece of kitchen roll and put into the airing cupboard or dark dry cupboard! I don't usually leave them intact like this, this was purely for a lovely pic!!
The tray on the left are the dried ones, whereas on the right are some I popped into the airing cupboard today! They will be dry in about a week it depends on the heat.
I hope you are all enjoying this spring it seems to be a spring filled with blossom, I hope that is a good sign!
                   Confetti action shot of bride and groom complete with dog!!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

New Year, New Ideas!

 Hello! I hope 2017 is going well for you! In January I tidy, (I do tidy other times of the year but always feel in the mood in January!!) so while I was tidying my cupboard I found this little sample of nuno felt, I love the colours. The wool is from Treetops in Australia, Nancy who owns tree tops has an amazing eye for colour and puts together the most amazing colour combinations all inspired by nature.
I have recently acquired some embroidery threads from a friend, so I decided to put them to use! My sister embroiders but its not something I have really done a lot of and I certainly don't know if what I am doing is correct! But I had tremendous fun and to me that's the main thing and I will endeavour to learn the technique!!
I decided a simple pattern was probably best to start with, and it proved to be very relaxing, I chose similar colours to those which were in the piece of felt!
This is the wrong side and here you can see the piece of silk fabric on the back, which the wool is felted into! I quite like this side too! I am probably showing off as I think it pretty amazing to have it so neat! Lol!
I haven't decided if I will leave it like this or whether to add some tiny beads to it, what do you think? Its may be hard to tell from this photo,what would be the best option. However as an experimental piece I was very pleased and it has put me in the mood to do more of this type of work!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Cranberry Chutney!


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2016 has flown in, and it seems no time since I was making my 2015 door ring! Above is a photo of this years door ring. It is filled with spruce , eucalyptus, pistachio, eryngium, hypericum and cones. No sparkle this year and no bow, which is a pleasant change! 
Our family loves Christmas, getting everyone together and sitting together playing games or watching a good movie, sadly as they children have grown we dont always have everyone home, and this year is one of those times.
I have taken a real notion for making chutneys so I thought I would try a recipe for Cranberry chutney.

After getting all the ingredients together, I set to work.


 I tried really hard this time to chop the pieces smaller as I thought the end result would be better! The smell was amazing as it cooked on the hob, and it didnt take as long as some of them to be cooked well enough.

I poured the warm liquid into the sterilised jars and screwed on the tops, not completely tight, then I popped them all into the rack in the canning pot! I thought this photo was good as it made it all look very professional, even though at the time I was terrified as I had never used this before! It brought back vague memories of a pressure cooker exploding in an HE class at school a very long time ago!! ( It wasnt my pressure cooker by the way!)
However my anxiety was unfounded and all went according to plan, no explosions or drama I am delighted to say!!

 If you are making chutney I would advise you to label and date your chutney, nothing worse than opening a jar and it not being what you expected!! So this will be ready to eat in time for Christmas, even though one person in this house would like to try it now!






Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Hello again!

Time is flying by at top speed, and I have started to make some Christmas presents! I am allowed to say the C word as Halloween is over, so the official countdown is on! 
I made two of these lovely table runners using Just Jude's pattern for half hexies I really enjoyed making these as they were a bit of challenge getting the corners to match up.
I bought two charm packs of Moda's Cookie exchange so I could make a red and green table runner and a more contemporary blue and grey one! The patterns in this pack are gorgeous, I love all of them.
I will posting the red and green over to my sister soon for her table at Christmas!
I loved the way Jude had quilted her runner so I decided to do the same with the one above! What fun!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Tasty Peppers


I am into preserving food naturally and I decided to have a go, with some fabulous colourful peppers. I use a lot of peppers in my cooking so I thought this would be handy, and the jars of peppers in the shops can be very expensive! Below they are ready to go under the grill to be charred!
you need to keep an eye on them as at the end they char quickly!
The charring cooks them and makes the skin easy to remove, a good tip is that they really need to be charred well or the skin does not come  off!My hands are always wrecked from things I am doing but it might be an idea to wear gloves as my fingers ended up slightly orange!
I popped them into sterilised kilner jars with some sliced garlic and added the olive oil and vinegar mixture to cover.
All sealed and stored away for a rainy day! It was great fun to do and I am sure they will taste good too. 

Monday, 6 June 2016

Summer sensation!

The weather recently has been so good, really unbelievable! For those of you who know N Ireland you will know what I mean! Great country but the weather isnt always what it could be!! So I decided it was time to go out and replant my tubs at my front door!
When we were choosing the plants, there were so many bees around the poppies, so that made the decision easy and they went straight in the trolley!
I bought some trailling petunias for this three tiered planter, when they grow a little it will be fab !
Here is the final planting! I love this tangerine colour so vibrant and right on trend this summer!
I now have lovely bright cheerful flowers growing at my front door, I just love the colour scheme!
I could get used to this weather, so good!
I will be back with more crafty projects soon, but I dont want to waste a minute of this sunshine! Hope you can all enjoy it too!