Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Meal time!

Stir fried veggies and noodles anyone, as cooked last week for one evening meal by my 13 year old. It was yummy (sorry for the poor photograph.. which has now unfortunately disappeared!).

Has anybody else been interested in this latest survey, regarding the meals us mums are meant to cook ALL THE TIME???

Here's the list of the top 9 meals UK mums are supposed to rotate.

1. Spaghetti Bolognese
2. Roast dinner
3. Shepherds Pie/Cottage Pie
4. Pasta dish
5. Meat and two veg
6. Pizza
7. Casserole/stew
8. Sausages and chips/mash
9. Indian/Curry

There's nothing actually wrong with the list. It all sound yummy, and more than reasonable as a rotated list given how busy parents are. But it got me thinking. Do I? Well, yep, I do bolognaise. And we love our roast dinners (surely that counts as three or four with the different meats used?!). And yep, give me a shepherds pie any day. And kids always love pasta. And yes, I cook the rest. But I also cook stuffed vegetables (peppers are a particular fave in this house), pancake pie (admittedly stuffed with bolognaise, LOL), lasagna, and my hubs does a lovely roasted chorizo/veggie thing we all love. Plus there's the stir fries of course. And there's no mention of fish - I love a good fish pie. And lots of vegetarian food. Plus all the things you can do with chicken wrapped and cooked in foil. The list is endless.

I always treat these surveys with a bit of healthy cynicism.

I thought I'd add a heart, just to fit in a pretty photograph! :-)

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Felt brooches and more fabric letters

I'm beginning to feel very Christmas-y this year, maybe because last year things rushed by and so I'm starting earlier this year so the same doesn't happen again. Or maybe it's all the Christmas fabric I'm playing with. Just look at this scrummy detail of Santa's sleigh.

Any guesses what it is? It's going in the Sew Happy shop later if I can get a decent photo of it, which is increasingly unlikely as all the pictures I've taken of this particular item are turning sideways. Inbetween the Christmas crafting, I've been busy crafting more letters, which I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. But mostly I love doing them. I've done a few of these, which are different to the ones I usually do:

I think it's working pretty well. To be honest, it takes almost as long as the letters I do which are backed with felt... I was trying to find a quicker way. Fabric letters are beginning to pop up everywhere. Even Anthropologie has them. I've also been doing lots more felt brooches, because they are fun and because I don't see them everywhere I look (maybe because I spend too much time browsing fabric shops!) ...

I'm trying to blog a little more often, but I'm finding it difficult to squeeze it in. I love reading all your comments. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Order out of chaos!

I've had a bit of a day of it today, in that everything I've done has gone wrong. Well, almost everything. My fabric letters (thanks to all those who have ordered these!) take time to do. Well, I'd spent 30 minutes to a letter N for a Christmas NOEL that my local shop has asked for, only to discover the above. Haha. I'm going to keep it to remind me how back to front things can sometimes get!

Earlier, and before I got the children off to school, I wanted to sew together the pieces for a doorstop I'd been planning a then pinned and unpinned repeatedly because I couldn't get the roof to sit right. Finally satisfied I'd done it, I sewed it up. Only to discover it was on backwards. Big growl. It's looking better now, and needs some stuffing. I owe a huge thanks to the wonderful Bloomin' Myrtle for her inspiration and vision in my making of this, because the windows were pinched from her lovely beach huts. If you are lucky enough to be on her blogshop link here when she posts a few items, snap up immediately. She is amazing.

But then things went better with my JOY fabric bunting, which I've popped into the shop. So something has gone well today!

Happy Guy Fawkes all!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Memories of summer

I love the run up to Christmas. I really do.

But the darkness of the evenings, and the early time it's hitting is really getting me down, more so than ever before for some reason.

So I wanted to remind myself of the lovely day I spent at the lavender farm this summer.

Now that was truly blissful.

I think I'm a summer gal at heart. : )

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Fun in the half term holiday!

We've just arrived back from such a lovely week. We badly needed to recharge our batteries, and we certainly found the way to do it. We met up with my lovely fellow blogger over at Hedgecombers and she really made our week. She's a fabulous friend, and not only did she and her OH take our three for an unforgettable bushcraft day (think making fires, shooting, ferrets, stew cooking over said fire, wood carving, pointed stick things (arrows! :-) ), making sparks ("That's not a spark, this is a spark!" LOL, and so much more), me and hubs were treated to a lovely stew around the campfire, in the woods, after dark. Yummy. And not only that, but they lent us their adorable canoe, so we could explore... right turn, anyone?!

All five of us fitted happily in the canoe, and thanks to the mildest late October weather for a long time, we stayed out on the river and exploring the inlets for a good 5 hours! This was our favourite place, as there was a fab village shop selling delicious homemade icecreams.

Later in the week, we found one of the best if not the best riding stables I've ever been to, and believe me, I've tried a lot. The littleys had to be led, which they were happy about as it's some time since they rode (3 years, I think!). But they had a brilliant time.

Lots of Arab in some of the horses, and all beautifully schooled and well behaved, and alert... so many riding school horses are bored out of their poor minds. It was refreshing to find that it can work.

And I found time to sew:

So all in all, a lovely week. I hope you all had fun as well. I'm now aiming to sew a lot, to stock the blogshop up for Christmas. I'm beginning to feel a little bit Christmas-y. Not long to go!