Monday, 31 January 2011

from the sewing room window - 31 Jan - and a catch up post

First of all the "from the sewing room window" photo for today.

And a few things I've been doing in the last few days:

Baking custard creams - yummmmmmmmy!

After filling with butter icing - even yummmmmmmier!

Rosie investigating "her" cupboard -

She manages to get herself a chewstick - that's the tan-coloured stick pointing downwards from her mouth. :oD

And we gave her a bath yesterday - poor wee thing.

Telling her Dad that Mum had been bad to her!

She smells a lot better now so it was worth it! :oD

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Happy Burns' Night

If you're Scottish, you might have had haggis & neeps for tea tonight to celebrate the birthday of our national poet, Robert Burns - aka Rabbie Burns. We did. :o)

As usual, Google came up with a cracker of a header to mark the occasion. I even managed to grab the explanation in my screenshot! :oD

from the sewing room window - 25 Jan

Saturday, 22 January 2011

cruets and measures

This morning I took a few photos of my newest cruet sets. They always make me smile.

I got these cows from Santa - aka Joanna.

The hearts on their sides make them even more adorable.

I got this set last weekend in a sale. Douglas isn't offended by the wording on "his" one - probably because it's (slightly) true.

Joanna saw these the other day and got them for me because she knew I'd like them. She was wrong - I LOVE them!

And this is a set of Matryoshka dollies that I got last year.

They're not salts and peppers but measuring cups. I'll never use them for that purpose, though. They're too gorgeous to use!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

oh my goodness - I am a genius! :oD

Yesterday when I was at the shops, I saw a bag that was in the shape of a triangular pyramid. If the bag had just been a bag, I might have bought it just to see how it was made but there was something inside the bag - no idea what because I didn't look, I was only interested in the bag! LOL - and I didn't want to spend £10 for something I didn't want.

I stood and looked at the bag for a wee while and came away thinking "I could make that myself". So I did.

I probably should have waited until daylight to photo the bag but I couldn't wait to show it off! :oD

I didn't notice the thread inside the bag until I saw it in the photo! LOL

I am sooooooo chuffed with this bag I just know I'm going to be making many, many more of them. :o)

Monday, 17 January 2011

from the sewing room window - 17 Jan

I LOVE how I caught the movement of the train in today's photo. It's heading north to Dundee and/or Aberdeen. :o)

Friday, 14 January 2011


I did some baking last weekend. Needless to say, it's all been eaten but I didn't post the photos so I'll post them now.

These are the Barefoot Contessa's chocolate chip cookies. Actually, they turned out so big that I think a better name for them would be Chocolate Chip Frisbees! :oD


Friday, 7 January 2011

watch straps and a cover for an old stool

Joanna gave me a watch face for my Christmas and various ribbons to put on the watch face as watch straps. I wore the watch on a couple of occasions with the ribbon just tied around my wrist but I was a bit worried that the knot would untie itself and I'd lose the watch.

So I decided to use some velcro to fasten the ribbons. I tried with a piece of ribbon I had in my ribbon box first in case it didn't work. I used full width velcro - about 1.5cm (5/8") but that made it just a wee bit hard to get the ribbon threaded through the sprongs of the watch face. (I'm sure sprong is not a word but it'll do for now! LOL)

I decided to halve the width of the velcro and that worked beautifully. I used a narrow zigzag stitch to attach the velcro as the thread tended to get eaten by the hook side of the velcro if I sewed it with a straight stitch.

Anyway, I spent this afternoon sewing all the ribbons that came with the watch:

And a few more from my ribbon box:

I then turned my attention to an old stool which badly needed a new cover. I didn't take a before photo - believe me, it was bad - but here's the after:

A good afternoon's work if I do say so myself. :o)

Monday, 3 January 2011

kindle cover

Joanna took some photos of the cover I made for her Kindle. It's not perfect by any means - and I will probably make another one soon - but she's happy with it and it does exactly what she wanted.

Closed - the Kindle is inside:

The flap closes with velcro:

It's a nice fit:

Showing the pocket on the back - I don't like that tuck!:

The Kindle in the back pocket:

Easy to hold for reading:

from the sewing room window - 3 Jan

I managed to catch the train going past! How cool! :o)

Sunday, 2 January 2011

I didn't last a day!

Honestly! How hard is it to keep intentions? Obviously really hard for me!

I completely forgot to take the photo of the back garden today. Well, that's not quite true - I did remember but I didn't remember until after it was dark! For pete's sake! How dopey is that? Does that mean the other 10 intentions will go the same way?

No! I'll just take the photo tomorrow - hopefully!! - and carry on with the rest as they come.

I did do the "move more" part today and we went for a walk along the beach. I think I ate less and I also used up some of the fabric and sewed - I made a cover for Joanna's Kindle. Photos tomorrow. I blogged 2 days in a row which is more than usual.

So, all in all, I think I managed quite well with my intentions really.

How did I manage to turn a "what a numpty" blog post into a "didn't I do well?" blog post. That's genius! LOL

Saturday, 1 January 2011

11 for 2011

I don't make New Year's resolutions - mostly because I know I won't keep them. This year I have a few "intentions".

Are "intentions" more likely to be kept than "resolutions"? I have no idea. But I prefer the sound of "intentions" to "resolutions". "Intending to do" something somehow doesn't sound as hard to achieve as "resolving to do" something. Hopefully!

Here are 11 of my intentions for 2011 - in no particular order:

1. Use of lots of the fabric that is piled in my sewing room.
2. Use up lots of the knitting wool that is in various baskets in various rooms.
3. Take a photo of our back garden every Sunday.
4. Eat less and move more.
5. Read lots.
6. Sew more. (This will help with intention number 1!)
7. Crochet and knit more. (This will help with intention number 2!)
8. Use my cook books more - for baking and main meals. (This won't help with intention number 4!)
9. Blog more.
10. Go for more walks.
11. Take more photos.

Let's see how many of those I manage to achieve over the next 52 weeks. Wish me luck! I think I might need it! LOL