I have made a little progress, my machine has been busy today and I do have some finished gifts ready.
Boxer shorts, make up pouch and quite a few cut and ready to sew.
Dotty make-up pouch – the name was embroidered with the brilliant Janome memory craft 350E.
Lots of book marks, again embroidered by the 350E.
Hot water bottle cover made in a lovely soft brushed cotton from Fabrics Galore and monogrammed again with the 350E. I did find Insul Bright in Fabrics Galore, its perfect for oven gloves, table mats, mug rugs and so much more!
I didn’t know wether to share my real life, but as explanation for lack of any stitching I thought I’d show what I’m doing. We started on this project 2 years ago with an architect, planning took so much time [we live in a listed building in a conservation area] and the builders started in early May this year. They decided to walk off site, dispite being paid and we are following up with further action but have to finish. So the glossy English ‘gentleman’ builder moved out and I found myself all alone and with a shell. We have a very small team (2 brothers) on site and they are working through my ideas, while I run around to find everything needed. Language is a problem, I speak no Polish and Pinterst has really come into its own. I pin ideas and there with a waft of the oracle, I can show them.
The very top picture is where we started, middle today and the bottom is my inspiration. So much time is spent finding items, thank you so much to the Fulham Bathstore [friendly & so helpful] and Chelsea Pluming [ditto], getting the extension water tight, the fun bit has been organised – fabrics, paint colours, sofa’s etc are all decided and sitting with me where the monster and I are living. Curtains are being made as I type by the most wonderful lady from Fabrics Galore, I have only a small table to cut on and my windows are huge |I know my limits|. I have been stitching slowly through my Christmas list and hope to post an update next week. Tomorrow I am taking a few hours off to visit Made & Found, where I hope to meet Dotty Cookie – whose blog i have read for many years.
So if your in London this weekend, why not pop up to NW7?
Making for a gardener can be a challenge, I have cheated this year and bought some fabulous ceramic herb names from Jo. The monster and I did a little Christmas shopping at Cockpit Arts at the weekend [they have an open weekend at their Depford studios this weekend, free on Friday]
wrist warmers pattern
gardening apron tutorial
healing hand cream
herb garden kneeler
gardener’s hand cream.
When my monster was in pre prep (well over 10 years ago now) and going out for tea was a big part of our life, a really good friend used to buy big double chocolate cookies at a local supermarket. We all called them Chocolate cowpats, as that’s exactly what they look like. Being a bit of an organic mummy, I found the idea of hydrogenated vegetable oil a little step too far and some where I discovered a recipe for them (back in the old dial up days, it came out of a magazine – can not remember which). After it was tried, changed and tested and got all the children’s thumbs up, I scrawled it into my Nigella’s Domestic Goddess book and they were made in different forms for years. Its been some time since I last made any and today, we decided to bake a batch – I’d forgotten how yummy they are and so easy to bake too. The aroma alone makes them worth baking! So I thought I’d share the recipe with you:
If you try them, do let me know what you think, have a great weekend!
Making an advent calendar is something I have done over the years they have changed every so often. When I was a young child I used to watch Blue Peter making the tinsel crowns – although I can not recall ever making one. One of my favorites was Martha Stewart’s mini stockings, great decoration and can be filled with all sorts of goodies.
So I thought I’d share some DIY advent calendars:
I love this idea – the advent bucket!
and if time is not in your favor, Ikea has a cute Father Christmas with little drawers that could be filled with sweeties.