My MIL presented me with a bunch of Pussy Willow the size of a tree yesterday. After I had cut myself some nice twiggy branches, I also cut another huge bunch of the same and gave them to Little Neet's school for them to enjoy also. It seems like Nature has got her running shoes on now looking around my garden.
English Paper Piecing Sorry for the 'pale' pics but if you click on the image you might get a better look!
This is my quilt that I am enjoying making. The process of cutting, basting, stitching and piecing is very relaxing and enjoyable. I am using 1" hexagon templates and using material that is mostly thrifted with some specially purchased Cath Kidston prints to add to it. There are 14 different fabrics altogether just for the hexagon section then I will use more prints for the border and backing. I don't know when it will be completed as it is a pure 'WIP' but it will get done and I will post more as it progresses.
I would like to use my blog to record my garden/vegetable growing season this year. I have been growing my own veggies for 2 years now and I think I have finally got into the rhythym of sowing, planting and cropping with enough confidence to log it.
I started off with an allotment plot away from the house but - 1. It was too big for me to handle and 2. I found out what space I really needed to grow the plants I like and decided to make a bed dedicated to this at home, which I much prefer. I also use pots for growing salads in.
Today saw the onion sets going into the prepared bed. (I am trying to plant using the Moon Calendar with the aid of this site).
without the help of these!....................
they were happily scratching away in nextdoors field, blissfully unaware that I was gardening - thank goodness.
So the covers are on the onions, at least until the chickens have got a permanent enclosure to keep them off my garden for the summer.
The tomatoes are coming along in their improvised, insulated cold frame. (A plastic storage box lined with bubble wrap and a clear plastic lid).
Sweet peas, cabbages, hollyhocks, coriander and parsley are in another insulated box.
These are Dwarf French Bean seedlings popping up. There are 6 in there and hopefully I will be getting a little crop of beans in about 10 weeks. This idea was a suggestion by one of the regulars from this great gardening site.
I also have peas, peppers, rocket, parsnips, red and white salad onions started off along with chitted potatoes (earlies) and a selection of flowers that I want to grow for cutting in the Summer.
Let's hope we have just a little less rain than we did last year for this coming season. Fingers crossed!
Grease and line 2 20cm (8") round sandwich tins Cream sugar and butter together until very light and fluffy Gradually beat in the eggs along with a few drops of vanilla essence Fold in the flour Divide mixture between the 2 tins and smooth surface Bake in preheated oven 190/380degrees gas Mark 5 for 20 mins until golden, well risen and springy to the touch Leave to cool for 10 mins and turn out onto wire rake When completely cool, sandwich with jam (and optional whipped cream) ....... place on newly acquired glass cake stand and gaze with admiration!
Another 50p apron - lawn fabric already earmarked for a project
A pretty little ceramic jug - perfect to stuff full of home-grown summer flowers.
Two wooden candlesticks that I am deliberating about whether to give them a shabby look with a coat of paint. But the wood is really nice too.
And lastly these two real treasures. Both were 30p each!! A good wash with some Fairy liquid, a tickle with a toothbrush on the metal trim and a gentle polish make them look fantastic. I am going to replace the damaged fabric within the lid of the dish with some pretty fabric or some handsewn embroidery.
Cath 'Kidspiration' seems to be catching on now away from her shops. The mugs are from Sainsburys (UK) and the t-towels are part of a set from Wilkinsons (UK). I do have to say - I am NOT a massive 'Cath' fan but her colours and pattern style match my mood since the New Year. I am enjoying pink, bright, floral and crisp. So little pieces like those above are perfect for lifting my spirit. Now let's see what I can do with the ugly stainless cannisters! Keep reading.