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Thursday, 25 September 2008

A Good Few Days

I went to the Fabric Guild again on Sunday, this time I bought Christmas things. The above advent calendar is one thing and I managed to get it completed this morning, in fact I did two of them and they took me two and a half days altogether, so, I felt quite pleased about it.
The success with the advent calendar spurred me on to get this Christmas wall-hanging finished. I started it a few years ago, I can't remember how long ago but at least 2 years. I was trying to be too elaborate with the quilting and it got boring. This morning I just put the backing on it and left it as it was, it looks fine!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008


Apples, blackberries and red currants, sprinkled with Demerara sugar, piled into a flan case. This flan is going into the oven for 20 minutes, then it'll be served with either custard or cream, whichever you prefer. It is a bit of a cheat really, a bought flan case, bought frozen apple and blackberries but redcurrants from our own redcurrant bush. I like it heated through but it could be served cold so that would make it even quicker to make.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008


I've made three of this style of scissor case recently. I used to make the v shaped type until I saw this style on several stitching sites.
Making the scissor cases made me look through my scissor 'collection'. I think I've been unconsciously collecting scissors! I remember when I was a girl at home, we had one pair of scissors and they were useless for cutting anything, they were not sharp and they were loose. I wonder if this is the reason I have a pair of good scissors for every occasion??? Also several pairs of scissors that I just think are pretty. The ones shown here are all sewing related, I have lots more for my paper crafts too.