Friday, 30 March 2012

New Fabric

Lovely stash of fabric has arrived from Celtic Fusion Fabrics :


From top left my choices were: Lecien isso ecco flower on grey; Ty Pennington foliage scene in Chartreuse; Kokka Air travel by balloo.  Bottom row: Echino rondo on turquoise; An apple a day; Cloud 9 ele fete.

They are all beautiful fabrics and I hope to create a few things over the weekend.

Love
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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fabric Pictures



I bought some reduced photo frames in my local supermarket today - I just loved the colours, and the fact that they were only £2.75 each. I also bought some basic range white pillowcases from the same supermarket. I came home and created these:




I used the white pillowcases as the background and appliqued the design on. I'm not totally happy with the cherries, but I love the raindrops one. I have two frames and I am sure I will come up with something creative to go in those too.

I have received in the post this morning, a stash of fat quarters from Celtic Fusion Fabrics, and also a vintage bracelet and earring set which I bought from Etsy a couple of weeks ago. I love post like this!


Love
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Easter Cards

I don't usually send cards at Easter, but I have made a couple this year. Some simple pretty eggs, and eggs in a nest. They are both made very simply by cutting shapes from my extensive collection of different paper (!) and sticking them onto a card blank. It really couldn't be easier.


I have also tried to sew a little padded hanging Easter egg decoration, but it is so bad, I couldn't possibly show it! I really must practise sewing in circles and ovals!

This year, Easter Day is our wedding anniversary too, we will have been married 17 years on the 8th April, so I am really looking forward to that.

Tomorrow, I am going to have a go at making some Easter decorations, and you will be sure to hear all about it.

Love
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Monday, 26 March 2012

Blondies

I made these white chocolate brownies (hence blondies) at the weekend. They didn't look very successful but they tasted delicious, with a nice crisp edge and a white chocolate gooey centre. As you can see, I didn't have a square cake tin, so put it in a circular springform tin instead.

Ingredients
150g white chocolate broken into pieces and melted
125g butter or margerine - melted in a pan
2 eggs
200g flour - I used self raising, the recipe said plain - I don't think it mattered
Pinch of salt

Method
  1. Mix the melted butter & chocolate together.
  2. Add the eggs, stirring really fast so they don't curdle.
  3. Sift in the flour and salt and mix. 
  4. The resulting mixture looks like batter.
  5. Pour it into your tin, with greaseproof paper on the bottom and cook for 35 minutes at 170C.
  6. The top will turn golden when it is done, and the centre will be soft.
These blondies would be lovely with some raspberries, or even raspberry ripple ice-cream.

Love Mrs Jones x

P.S This recipe has been adapted from a recipe in The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

Peg Bag in Catch of the Day

I love this fabric by Hoodie called Catch of the Day,  but I hadn't found a use for it until now as I didn't think that a fishie make up bag would really sell. But as I put my washing outside to dry yesterday, thought it was about time I made a peg bag for myself as my pegs are currently festering in a plant pot. 

I only wanted a little bag so I used a child's wooden hanger for the width. I cut an aperture in the fabric, hemmed it and reinforced with an additional row of stitches.



Love Mrs Jones x

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Fabric Labels

I was so excited to receive my fabric labels in the post today from Easy 2 Name. They make my products look so much more professional.

It is very tempting to go through all my stock and label them up, but I know that the best time to sew in the label is part way through making the make up bags, so I am trying to resist.

I have just put in another fabric order, this time with Celtic Fusion Fabrics, who have an impressive range of fabrics, so I can't wait for that to arrive, as I love receiving new fabric.

Yesterday, I delivered a custom Kindle case to a customer at work, and then her daughter asked me to make an iphone case, and her co-worker asked me if I wanted to have a stall at a fair she was running. I have also approached a local shop for potentially stocking my make up bags. So, I am really hoping I will be busy with orders this Spring. 

Love Mrs Jones x

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Spring Posy: acid green & mauve

What a beautiful day today! It seems more like May than March, and today was the first day that we sat outside and had lunch, and with the clocks changing tonight, I hope it will be warm enough to do this more often. I have been gardening again - I bought a couple of different lavenders to finish off the front garden, and some ranunculus and trailing geraniums for a pot in the front.

I have been tidying up some of the plants at the back, where old growth has died back, and I cut some flowers for the house.

The acid green is Euphorbia (take care if cutting this as the sap can irritate the skin), the purple is Erysimum, and I added some foliage from a honeysuckle as well. As you can see, I am no flower arranger, but I think they inject a bit of Spring colour into the house.

Love Mrs Jones x


Friday, 23 March 2012

Folksy Friday: Easter

Here are some Easter gifts and decorations that I love - enjoy!



Lonely Hearts Merry Berry & the Little Panda
Burley Beads Oakapple & Rose
Butterfly & Things Lana Dolls

1. Easter chick and nest from Lonely Hearts
2. Bunny egg cosy from Merry Berry and Little Panda
3. Easter eggs from Burley Beads
4. Easter bunting from Oakapple & Rose
5. Little Easter bunny cups from Butterfly & Things
6. Needle felted Easter eggs from Lana Dolls

Love Mrs Jones x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Front Gardening

My fourteen year old did something really good today - he dug out a border in the front garden, lifting turf and improving the clay soil with horticultural grit and compost. And I did the easy bit of choosing plants that would suit the dry arid conditions that we get in the south facing front of the house.

So, I may do a little gardening update from time to time. The idea behind the border is that when we bought the house it has a grass front garden which dies every summer because it is so hot in the front, and trying to mow the grass around two bay windows is really not much fun! So we are squaring it off, so there is a straight piece of grass across and some planting next to the house. In time, we may gravel over the lawn, but we'll see.

It doesn't look very exciting so far and it was a little too damp to mow the grass today. Once established these plants should be able to exist without us watering them too much. 

So this is what I have planted:
  • Golden thyme
  • Rosemary
  • A couple of Stachys byzantina (Lambs Ears)
  • Alliums - Cristophii and Pinball Wizard
  • Some Dianthus
I also transplanted in a few pieces of sedum and a kind of houseleek. Most of these plants, maybe with the exception of the allium should be fine in dry hot sites. I can't wait to get hold of some lavender for the other parts of the front garden.

Love Mrs Jones x

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Showcase on Make up Bags

I thought it was time that I showed you how far I have come with my make up bags. I would love to hear your opinions: are they too big or too small? are they too girly? etc etc.

Red white & blue make up bag Gypsy Rose Make up bag
Sunflower make up bag Bright Green make up bag
Rosebud make up bag Fern make up bag

From top left:
Red White & Blue make up bag with ribbon and mother of pearl button £5.00
Gypsy Rose make up bag with red butterfly button £5.50
Sunflower make up bag with ribbon and tiny star button detail £7.00
Bright green make up bag with turquoise shell heart £7.00
Rosebud make up bag with ribbon bow £6.50
Fern make up bag with ribbon bow and button £6.50

Love Mrs Jones x

Friday, 16 March 2012

The longest Week...

This week has just felt the longest ever. Time doesn't pass very quickly when you are not very well and I can't wait to be able to get up and out and walk for a bit as all I have done is move from my bed to the sofa and back again all week. 

Last weekend, I was taken to hospital with chest pains and breathing difficulties, by ambulance, where I was later admitted. I then had lots of tests which ruled out lots of horrible things like blood clots, TB, etc, and to cut a long story short, the doctors didn't really get to the bottom of what was wrong with me. 

And so I have been home recuperating while the pain and the trouble breathing have pretty much gone now, but I am left feeling drained and tired and my legs are weak from not being used. I keep flicking through my sewing books, thinking, I am going to make that when I am better.

So, this weekend, I am going to go outside for the first time since I came out of hospital on Monday, whatever the weather.

Love Mrs Jones x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Sunday in London

Popped up to London on Sunday with my family, mainly because my husband was working up there for a couple of days, so we all took the opportunity to go up for a day. We didn't have a very long day there due to the train times, but our first stop was the Natural History Museum, which was packed (it being a rainy Sunday). Our favourites were the Earth zone - including the Japanese Earthquake. We were somewhat disappointed with the dinosaurs - the queue was immense and it was a bit over hyped. I had seen it before, 11 years ago when the animatronic dinosaurs were new, but it looks a little dated now.

Natural History Museum - Main hall


Natural History Museum Gallery
I was more impressed with the architecture of the building itself, with intricate carvings on the pillars of monkeys or birds.

We walked from the museum up to Harrods and straight into the wonders of Harrods Food Hall. They had all their beautiful Easter goods out on display including a £725 Easter egg! I fell in love with the cookies:
But I resisting buying. Although I did buy some delightful cupcakes from the royal wedding cake maker, Fiona Cairns.
Love Mrs Jones x