ooh the smell of lemons and elderflowers steeping in sugar....
i may have to make some more :-)
i am rubbish at before and after photo's; i always forget to take the before. so here in anticipation of a lovely new wind break is the old one. i got it for £2.50 at my fave charideeee shop. and yes to all those people eying it up as i left, it was a total bargain. i don't think it has been used. mainly as that plastic stuff is too hideous for words. anyway it's now a bundle of sticks awaiting a new cover. i have the fabric ready just not the time. the after will appear soon i promise but it's half term now so not much sewing hope for me - boo.
could not resist showing off these beauts! along with tonnes of rocket we have lovely radishes in the garden. can you overdose on radishes and rocket? lets hope not as the kids are constantly nibbling at them a la Peter Rabbit!
Friday, 27 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
i made this bean bag as a present and i am really happy with it. j thinks he is keeping it in this picture, little does he know... i made the template from a bag we were given a few years ago but with a cover i didn't want. this is the third one i've made now and if "wretched balls" (polystyrene innards)don't send me mad then i'll be making a another one. this is ikea fabric with some recycled blind material from WRAP for the base and handle.
the first preserve of the year- yeah! strawberry and rhubarb. truly yummy though a bit soft set.recipe from my trusty WI preserves book and it is a nice combination though i think the edlerflower and strawberry one i made a few years back still rivals it.anyway it was a good excuse to try out my new purchase of the River Cottage Handbook no 3:Bread and to treat the Badger to some scones!
as the weather has been so amazing we have spent alot of time in the garden. i made this tent for o's birthday last year and it has been great to have it outside for some extra shade. i followed a pattern from Cool spaces for Kids which has some fab ideas in it, but managed somehow to add an extra panel which means i have too many tent supports and now i think i need to add some channels on the inside of the tent on each seam to keep these unruly tent posts from getting muddled up. a job waiting to be done....
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
it does mean however that the making pile has grown somewhat while the weather has been so stunning. i do have a few garden based creations to share however some of which i have actually made in the last few weeks!
|best peg bag in the world!|
this peg bag (clothes pins for americans) was born out of frustration with one I actually bought a few years ago; the sort on a hanger that you hang on the line. I cut up the old one as i liked the fabric and used and old pair of jeans as a bucket style bag. the strap was a lovely cotton webbing length from WRAP (Waford Recycling Arts Project), just perfect. i made the exact length for my hand to reach into easily while it sits on my shoulder. i can get the washing in an out in a flash. important for a domestic goddess such as myself ha ha ha!
|upcycled gardening apron|
this gardening apron was made a while ago admittedly but was made from a lovely book that Luisa and Edache gave me for my birthdat ( Homemade vintage by Christina Strutt) again from old jeans and some nice cotton ticking... the pocket is the most useful part of it. the photos were taken by o - pretty good for a four year old! she did tell me by tummy was in the way though...hmm.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
ah yes it was easter too. seemed to take forever to get here and we were sick with the most hideous virus (involved mouth ulcers- don't ask!) poor j was v bad with it and i nearly cried every time i swallowed... anyway we survived and made easter bonnets and looked for chocolate easter eggs in the garden. they don't grow there sadly; i hid them and then forgot where i hid them...doh