Sunday, 27 January 2013

Things that made me happy this weekend

:  Seeing green again, now the snow has gone

:  The beautiful colours on these tulips I treated myself to

:  Hanging out washing for the first time since before Christmas (sad I know)

:  and a little bit of sewing

How did you spend your weekend?

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Let there be love

Valentines Day does not make the slightest ripple in the Haggiz home pond.  My once adoring boyfriend went from buying me card, flowers and a gift on our first valentines day to a husband of over 20 years who thinks it's commercialised rubbish.  My 3 sons also have not an ounce of romance in them.  However, I am prepared to swallow the bile of disappointment and make cards for those of you who still like to show a bit of love!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013


It's eerily quiet here.  Just me and Harry.  I feel like life is on pause at the moment, I'm not going far or seeing many people and just enjoying the peace.  Time for a bit of sewing though - Dolly the Dachshund, I love her!   Julie x

Monday, 21 January 2013


Still more white stuff fell from the sky (we're really not used to alot in Suffolk) and the garden looks beautiful

I cosied up in a warm kitchen, making a big pot of carrot and ginger soup, vegetarian sausage rolls and a big chocolate and raspberry cake

Lots of lying around sleeping was the order of the day for the boys!

I also had a little bit of time to do some making:  This is Sidney Stork, I thought he would make a lovely baby or Christening gift and would look great hanging in a nursery

You'll find him in my Folksy Shop and if the weather stays as it is I may have time to make Stella the Stork today too. Julie x

Friday, 18 January 2013


We have had more snow in the night and yet more is predicted for today.  Ben (youngest son)  stomped off this morning in disgust as his school was not having a snow day!  I am not the most confident driver in the snow so am spending the day at home.  I'm having my shopping delivered to me this afternoon so am happy doing what I love best

                                                                Preparing for more sewing

And some no sew things:                                notebooks

                                                                 and hair clips

Hope nobody has to travel too far in the snow and can have a weekend enjoying it.  I can see sledges coming out this weekend! Julie x

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Let it Snow!

Firstly, let me apologise to everybody who has had to travel in it and have hassle with it, but I had a lovely day in it yesterday. Harry and I enjoyed a walk in a winter wonderland, fat flakes falling around us, it was beautiful.  Unfortunately the light wasn't great for photos when I took some of the garden, but you get the idea

I love the garden in the summer when it's full of life, but I also love it when it's covered in a blanket of snow.

I spent the afternoon in front of a burning fire and made myself a cover for my kindle.  It is so rare that I actually make something for myself and I love this fabric.

We are dog sitting today for another basset, and they are currently crashed out after wrestling in the snow for an hour!  Keep warm and safe everybody, looking forward to seeing everyone's snowy photos. Julie x

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Keeping warm

Well it's all toasty and warm here at Haggiz home, log fire burning, lots of blankets and a big pot of spicy parsnip soup made for lunch.  We had a fair bit of snow fall as it got dark last night, but disappointingly most of it has gone this morning, although it is a beautiful sunny day. I broke my last needle on my sewing machine last night just before I got a bag finished that has been ordered, so until I get some more, I will be in front of the fire.  I had a delivery of felty goodness delivered that I am going to sit and play with! (Thank you Retro Mama, fab quality as usual).

 As the light is quite good today, I have been trying to photograph things to go onto Folksy, but am frustrated with the colours not showing well.  This woollen bag is a cross between petrol and airforce blue, but doesn't look like it in any of my photos,  the best representation of the true colour is the one showing the lining.

As you can see, they look completely different.  Keep warm everyone. Julie x

Monday, 14 January 2013

Waiting for snow

We haven't had any of the white stuff yet, but I'm hoping for a little.  Hope you're all staying warm and safe.  Went  for a lovely walk over the weekend and  saw lots of snowdrops but forgot to take my camera. I made a new bag and some bunting too which I am going to try to put in the Folksy shop today

Friday, 11 January 2013


One of my new year's resolutions was to eat a proper breakfast ( I won't bore you with the rest as they probably won't last until the end of January!)

A book I used alot last year was this one

There are some fantastic cupcake and other cake recipes in there.  What I have been meaning to make for ages from there is granola.  The recipe in the book makes a huge amount which I have now stored in a large kilner jar.  It is delicious with fresh fruit and a little greek yoghurt.  When my husband saw the baking tray cooling on the worktop he asked hesitantly "are these your normal flapjacks?"!

Thanks for your advice yesterday.  I have now set up a Haggiz shop on Folksy and there is a link in my sidebar.  Next job is to actually put something in the shop!  Have a good weekend. Julie x

Thursday, 10 January 2013

It was all yellow

What a beautiful day it was yesterday.  I really appreciated seeing the sun after a really dismal couple of weeks.  It was lovely to spend a bit of time in the garden, looking for new things coming through.  The rest of the time was spent making cards and I had a really productive day.  Today I want to try and get some kind of online shop set up, I don't know if it's possible to link it to my blog or whether to set up one on Folksy and link it.  Any advice would be appreciated.  Julie x

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Crafty day

                                              Dog walked and sleeping soundly - check
                                                           house tidy - ish
                                               chicken enchiladas made for tea - check

                                      Lemon drizzle cake ready for when they come home - check

That means a whole day for me to make things... what a great day!  Hope yours is too.  Julie x

Monday, 7 January 2013


I do this every year.  The sewing machine was put away on Christmas Eve once I had finished all my orders and then there is a week where I don't do any crafting at all.  During this week it seems like I have spare time.. so I look for something to fill it.  January 2011 saw me crocheting a blanket (not finished, in a cupboard somewhere), January 2012 had me knitting a baby jumper for a friends new grandson (not finished, in same cupboard).  This year had me perusing blogs and I found some gorgeous embroidery on Posie gets Cosy, so of course I ordered the kit

Everybody is now back at work and school and of course I have orders that I need to get on with, but I am determined that this is not going to end up in the same cupboard, even if it takes me til next Christmas!  This is what it should look like when it's finished

I've told you now so I have to get it done... just remind me in October will you please? Julie x

Friday, 4 January 2013

Clearing up

When I chopped up the Christmas tree yesterday I found this in the branches

I can't believe we had a little nest in there the whole of Christmas and nobody spotted it!

I am lucky enough to have several shops in Suffolk sell my things, so today I need to go round them and pick any unsold Christmas bits.  I've also got some new cards to stock them up with

It's so nice starting the new year with some new stock.   Have a good weekend.  Julie x

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Back to sewing

I must have been a fairly good girl this year as Santa brought me some lovely things.  Books are always appreciated, but now I have a kindle I tend to prefer non fiction in book form.  These two will be perfect for new ideas to sew in the coming weeks

Although I made some cards last week, I missed sewing and was happy to get my machine out and start making.  First off was a present for Mother in Law.  It's her 80th birthday today and for one of her presents  I made her a handbag

Right I'm off to clear the house of everything Christmas, funny how the house looked cute and festive before the big day, but now looks cluttered and dusty!