One of my colleagues left last Friday to start her maternity leave, she has 6 weeks until little bubba's due date, to mark the occasion I decided that she needed some cakes, I didn't have the time to make them so I bought some 'naked' fairy cakes from Tesco and decorated them myself with an embossing mat and mould that I purchased at 'Cake International'. I think Emma was very pleased with them.......
As we don't know if she is having a boy or girl I did a dozen each of pink and blue. I really love the embossing on the white icing, looks very pretty.
They have a mix of 'nursery' items, not the easiest thing I've ever done !
Hope all goes well when the time comes, and I will let you know what she has.
Well a lot has been happening here recently, for a long time Marcus has been asking if we can get a dog, so far I've always said no........................until a couple of weeks ago, so finally we are getting a
lovely boy to be Marcus's best friend. We have decided on a Jack Russell puppy, they are not born
yet but are due around the 23rd June, they will be ready for homing just when we get back from holiday, what brilliant timing.
These are the pups parents...................The Mum Roxy....
And the Dad Eddie........
They were both very friendly, happy dogs with lovely natures, we can't wait. We have decided on the name Rexi, a cross between Roxy and Eddie, a name that we all like. You will definitely be seeing photo's when we bring our boy home.
What a lovely day I've had, plenty of sewing and watched some good TV, but the highlight was the lovely plant Master M bought for me, picked himself and payed for with is pocket money, how sweet is that......
What a lovely day today has been, a reminder that spring is on the way. For the first time in ages I arrived at my home station in daylight ! It really does make you feel better when the sun shines doesn't it ?
Found out today which secondary school my son will be attending in September, didn't get our first choice but did get our second so all is well, Marcus was happy to find out that a couple of the other children in his class will also be going to this school too.
Lots of lovely goodies have been arriving from Ebay ready for my next sewing projects and I can't wait
for the weekend to get started.
I decided to embark on my next project and as my boys are in Italy visiting my in law's I have a bit of time to myself in the evenings. I'm still learning but thought I would make a small quilt either for Sophie's pushchair or for her to play with. It's not perfect and next time I will do things slightly differently, but all in all I am very pleased with the result.
It was made with a kit I bought from Ebay made up of various Cath Kidston fabrics. I hope that Kelly and Sophie like it. As a first attempt I don't think it's too bad.
It all started 30 something years ago when I got my first sewing machine a Novum 5000...
She was a lovely machine and I did use her quite a bit. I'm not that great at sewing and would certainly never attempt to make anything whatsoever for anyone to wear, but I'm ok at making curtains and that sort of thing. Well sometime ago after a couple of repairs the old girl gave up the ghost, (I do still have her in the garage as buying her was one of the last things I did with my Dad before he died and I will never throw her away). I decided to buy just a cheap sewing machine to replace her, but the old saying 'you get what you pay for' was most definitely the case here, and as a result I haven't made very much since.
Three or four years ago I bought the Cath Kidston SEW book with the little bag to make, yes you've guessed it, I never had the courage to attempt it so the fabric has been sitting in my cupboard all this time.
I was most fortunate in January to get a bit of a bonus from work so I decided to buy myself a new sewing machine, and after much research I purchased this little poppet .................
My husband and son thought a Toyota sewing machine was quite amusing ! I have to say I am really pleased with it, it's quiet, smooth, easy to control and a joy to use, and very much like using my old Novum.
As I didn't have any plans this weekend and my son's rugby was cancelled I thought it was about time I had a go at making something with the new machine and here are the results...........
I even decided to add lining to the bag too.......brave eh!
I am very proud of my efforts, and do actually feel that I will be able to use the bag without being embarrassed.
I decided not to do the buttonholes but to attach the strap to the bag and make it the length I wanted it.
Turned out it was much easier than I though it would be, although there are a couple of little things that I would do differently next time overall I'm very pleased, what do you think ?
It's been so long since my last post and things have been very hectic one way and another. However, when it's coming up to Christmas I like to try to make something that I can give as gifts, so being a lover of all things Italian I decided this year to try Limoncello.
I like to bring back bottles of pure alcohol from my summer holiday to make Liquirizia a liquorice flavour liqueur, a particular favourite of my hubby, but decided to try making Limoncello for a change, this also is a favourite of his, I decided to adapt my recipe for Liquirizia.
I substituted the liquorice for the zest of 6 lemons plus the juice of two, this I put into a a demijohn and covered with a litre of alcohol, the top was sealed tightly and the jar put in a dark cupboard for two weeks, I did periodically take it out and agitate. After a couple of weeks put 3kg of water into a pan and add 2 kg of sugar, heat on low until all the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is slightly syrupy, allow to cool, while waiting drain the alcohol from the lemon zest into a jug, mix this into the sugar syrup and stir, the Limoncello can now be poured onto bottles, I like to use muslin in my funnel so that no little bits get into the bottles.
There is no need to store, the Limoncello can be consumed immediately. All the recipients seem very pleased with their gifts.
Until next time .........................