Pretty fabric

Found this fabric at the Makery Emporium in Bath and couldn’t resist. Not sure what to make with it yet, maybe a door stop or a cushion. Watch this space.


Oh dear…

You may remember some time ago I posted a blog about my penchant for stripey clothes. Well, having abstained from any stripey purchases for about 6 months (a personal best!) I succumbed yesterday during an impromptu dash into Cos on Regent Street. In my defence I was on the hunt for a jumper and said jumper was 50% off. A lovely stripey number to carry me through to spring.

Door stop

Scraps of ‘manly’ fabric? Check. Bag of rice I’ll never use? Check. Thirty minutes to spare? Check.

This evening I set about making a door stop for my boyfriend. I know this may seem like a rather random gift, however he’s just moved into a new flat and has shown an interest in the odd door stop or two during our many trips to town.  I made it up as I went along and am pretty chuffed with how it’s turned out. I can pretty much guarantee he won’t check my blog before I next see him, so thought I’d take the risk and post some pics of my hardwork.

Chocolate & Banana Loaf

Yummy yum yum. One of my new year’s resolutions is to bake more, it’s only the 21st January but so far, so good. Last week I made this Chocolate & Banana Loaf from the Primrose Bakery book. I’ve been taking a slice to work each day; it’s the perfect mid-morning treat with a cup of tea.

The simple things…

Here are a few snaps of some of the things I love in my flat the moment.

1) My beautiful patchwork quilt – need I say more? I still can’t believe I perservered with the project and now have such a beautiful handmade blanket to keep forever

2) The grape hyacinths my sister got me just after Christmas – I particularly love the cute mini buds that have popped up

3) My Daylesford Organic candle – it’s a real treat to light and even though I only light it once or twice a week I can still detect a slight ginger spice in the air most evenings

4) This rustic tatty old pot – picked up from a garden reclamation yard in Bath. The perfect ‘home’ for pretty mini daffs

Little Stem Ginger Gingerbreads

For Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive both the ‘Primrose Bakery’ and ‘The Great British Bake Off’ recipe books. I have a long list of treats to bake from both and can forsee baking becoming a staple Sunday pastime. I’ll keep a couple of these sticky stem ginger fairycakes aside for myself (baker’s prerogative!) and take the rest into work tomorrow morning. There’s nothing like a mid-morning treat to ease the pain on a Monday…or Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for that matter!

Wish me luck!

Patchwork done, it is now time for my next domestic challenge…knitting! My mum took me through some basics over the Christmas break and I must say now, knitting does not come naturally to me at all. Anyway, with a head full of wonderful visions of knitted socks, snoods, blankets and hot water bottle covers it’s time to jump in at the deep end!