Cross-stitch

Stitch By Stitch: Sailing By

Ten to one in the morning used to be a good time for falling asleep. Radio 4 had Sailing By followed by the Shipping Forecast. I’d normally be asleep by the time the Shipping Forecast was relevant for me, not that it really made much sense. It just has a soporific sort of rhythm to… Continue reading Stitch By Stitch: Sailing By

Papercraft

Card(s) of the Week: Eat, Drink and Be Rosemary

I’ve another double act of cards this week, a pair of herby cards. These used the Herb Garden stamp set from Simply Cards & Papercraft 214, plus the cocktail glass stamp from Simply Cards & Papercraft 212. I did have an idea, when I first saw the Herb Garden set (it also has dies) of… Continue reading Card(s) of the Week: Eat, Drink and Be Rosemary

Sewing

Fat Quarter Sewing: The Orange Tablecloth

The last of the rainbow tablecloths, though probably not the last tablecloth I’ll make. Not when they’re so simple and straightforward and easy. I shall have to expand my fat quarter sewing into other, simple, patterns. The orange tablecloth This one used several quarters left over from the first yellow set I got back in… Continue reading Fat Quarter Sewing: The Orange Tablecloth

Library

Remembering Reads: The One Hundred and One Dalmations

One of the more dangerous side-effects of having to organise or pack away books is rediscovering books you’d forgotten you had or which you’d misplaced and hadn’t been able to find, and starting a reread. I can’t remember why now, but a little while ago I was trying to find Dodie Smith’s The One Hundred… Continue reading Remembering Reads: The One Hundred and One Dalmations

Papercraft

Card(s) of the Week: The Owl and the Elephant

There are two cards this week, mainly because they're similar in style. When I made the black and white elephant card last month, I liked it so much I used one of the other stamps from the same Mindful Moments set from Creative Stamping 93 to make another such card. Well, two, because then I… Continue reading Card(s) of the Week: The Owl and the Elephant

Kitchen

The Simplest of Simple Cheese Puffs

This follows in the grand tradition of Delia Smith’s How to Cheat at Cooking. It’s one of my favourite recipe-books, partly because there’s no shame in being lazy and using ready-made ingredients like pastry. This recipe does not, specifically, come from it, but I doubt I'm the first to have made cheese puffs in this… Continue reading The Simplest of Simple Cheese Puffs