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When am not doing the everyday stuff of life i am making things. Or thinking about making things....

Friday, 27 May 2011

Elderflower Time!


It's time to make Elderflower Cordial. no don't look at me like that! it's simple, easy and very tasty. we only just finished off last years batch and here we are again with the empties to fill up! my recipe is from good old trusty Waitrose here and is so simple. the only thing you need really is some nice bottles to keep it in, the citric acid ( tell the chemist you are cooking with it or they think you are some kind of addict apparently!) which helps it keep longer and a muslin to strain it through before bottling. i used one of j's old ones he'll never know!
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!
can you guess what it is? well it was a teatowel and now its a one of those things to hold your plastic bags in( which will hopefully be getting rarer in the near future.) i used to have a hideous ikea plastic thing and this is much nicer and easy to make. fold over short end and sew a casing about 1-2 cm then fold wrong sides together along long edge and sew up. make small hole in lower edge where you made the casing and thread elastic. sew ends together closing up small hole you made at same time. add nice tab to hang it with at the top end. add silly label ( i was toying with cottontail as a logo doodah for  while) and Bob's your uncle as they say!it now hangs under the stairs ( along with everything else!)
bye for now. need to finish the alex rider book i am reading...

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