Friday, 25 October 2013


Thursday was a beacon of sunlight in a very dreary, drab, wet week.  It's hard to stay cheerful when it doesn't seem to get light all day.

Harry made a little nest in the new cream throw I put over his a sofa... why I put a cream throw on there in this weather I'll never know, it's not going to stay that colour for very long!

I cheered myself up with some cream lillies which have made the sitting room smell gorgeous, although my husband, who suffers from hayfever has been a bit snuffly, but hasn't cottoned on that it might be the flowers  that are causing it!

And of course, a little bit of Christmas making... the mix of cinnamon and cloves that I put in these are making the whole house smell very Christmassy.

How do you cheer up these dull autumn days? x

Monday, 21 October 2013

Autumn has arrived in Suffolk with a vengeance, not the clear bright cold days of autumn, but wet and grey.  There is beauty to be seen in the oranges and reds of the trees and my pyracantha has finally started to colour (seems much later than others this year).

  Also made a little autumnal bunting to off set the monotony of making Christmas garlands... I have had orders for 126 so far!  That is mainly through facebook, as I cannot put them on etsy and folksy as I have a 6 week waiting list now (hopefully?!) if I sew all day and every day.  But I am not going to complain about being busy, I am so grateful for people enjoying my work and it will make me really happy to think that there will be lots of  households with bunting that I have made hanging up in their homes over Christmas.  It's such a nice feeling - I love my job! x

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Raspberry Friands

I think the Great British Bake Off is getting to me.  No longer am I satisfied with baking cupcakes and fruit cake.  No, I need to make something that sounds like it takes a lot more effort than it actually does!

A few months ago I bought this book

Katie Quinn Davies is  an award winning food, travel and lifestyle photographer and this really shows in her wonderful cook book.  It is a joy to just sit and look through and the recipes are simple, but everything I have tried so far has been delicious.

Anyway, today David took Ben off to another Uni Open Day, this time in Leeds and I was staying at home to look after Harry and carry on sewing my garlands.  Best laid plans and all that, the postman arrived with my new silicone friand mould... why haven't I used silicone before, it made baking a large batch so much easier, the cakes just slid out and I could put the next lot of mix straight in!

These were my efforts

Not bad eh?  I wish you were all nearer, they taste delicious, so light and there are loads to go round! x

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely messages to my last post.  It really is a strange time at the moment, waiting for a funeral for a close friend that you have known for over 30 years.  But your kind words and virtual hugs really did mean a lot, so thank you xx

On the work front... garlands are the thing!  I have so many orders I can't manage on my own.  I have had to draft in help wherever I can and it is a little overwhelming.  I think I have charged too little for the time they take and the huge response I have had.  It is a very steep learning curve, this working for yourself!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend x