Saturday, 30 June 2012

A New Look

This morning I took the plunge and got my long hair cut. Bearing in mind it was half way down my back b.c. (before cutting!) it now looks like this:
It is so much lighter, and cooler. I will be able to bear the heat of the summer sun, if we ever get some, without all that hair. I still reserve the right to change my mind in 6 months and start growing it out again!

I have had a good week with my business - some online sales, and a customer in America who wants two of these cushions:
This afternoon I have been making up orders for Kindle cases, and Albert and I have made a swiss roll using a fatless sponge (whisked sponge) recipe. Yummy!
Love Mrs Jones x

Monday, 25 June 2012

Pitch & Putt and Peas

The sun shone for the afternoon yesterday, so we decided to go to the Pitch & Putt at Cannington. Now I love crazy/mini golf and my putting is very random, but I had no idea what was in store at pitch and putt. I just couldn't get the hang of the wedge or chip or whatever it was called. Luckily, my oldest stepped in and took over that bit, while I was left to putt. Needless to say that we didn't win, although it was fun.
I bought some peas for podding yesterday at Sainsburys, only to discover they have come from the farm half a mile up the road. It's very relaxing podding peas and they look so beautiful. Next year, I am going to grow my own.
I have also been given a large bag of gooseberries. I must admit, I am not a big fan. Does anyone have any recipes for anything involving gooseberries, except gooseberry fool? Share your recipes with me.

Love Mrs Jones x

PS. If you are in the Bridgwater area and want to have a go at Pitch and Putt, the web link has a £1 off per person offer unti the 31st August.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Footstool Project

As I mentioned earlier this week, I have been working on transforming this horrible stool into a footstool. My goodness, how ugly it is with its dirty tweed top and nasty varnished legs.
For the project, I adapted a tutorial from Elizabeth at Eighteenth Centrury Agrarian Business. You have to scroll down the post to get to the tutorial, but there are beautiful diagrams and full instructions on how to do it.

For my footstool, I added a cushion pad, as there is next to no padding currently and worked out my measurements from this.The fabric is some  fabric that I have had for about four years, and is Laura Ashley Mitford Check in biscuit/charcoal (I had some curtains in it and was planning on making a blind), and they are still selling it, just in case you are interested!


If you are going to follow Elizabeth's tutorial, you are going to need to pack the children and pets off out of the house and concentrate. It took me a while to do all the measuring, cutting, ironing, seams etc. Once I had all the fabric stitched together, I then made the buttons and tabs (first time I have ever made a buttonhole) and sewed those on. My final job is yet to be done - the hems.
Hmmm, well it looks like it needs ironing again, but it is so much better than the ugly stool.

Love Mrs Jones x

Friday, 22 June 2012

Come into my Etsy Shop!

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A Birthday Card and other Projects

On my day off yesterday, I spent the whole morning cleaning and tidying my lounge. I changed my sofa covers from winter terracotta to summer cream and everything is now in order. My bookshelf has now been colour themed - it looks so much tidier:
I also started transforming this ugly stool into a comfortable foot stool - but that will be another post:
Tomorrow is my step mother (to be)'s birthday, and so I made her a cute little fabric card. In another project I learnt how that when you sew a piece of fabric onto interfacing, then turn it inside out, it can make a really neat little panel, and I used that technique on this card to make presents.
When you sew the interfacing on, make sure your fabric is wrong side against the interfacing. Sew all four sides Then pinch the interfacing away from the fabric and make a little cut ( you can make a big cut - it won't matter). Bring the fabric through the hole, pushing out at the corners, so you should now have your little shapes right side up. Iron, and you can then use as you wish. The first one I did, I used as a needle panel in the travel sewing case.

My little shapes are not perfect - I squeezed making this card between coming home from work and cooking dinner. I thought they look sweet as little presents, and it is a great way of using tiny scraps up. And see how easily this will translate into Christmas cards nearer the time.

Love Mrs Jones x

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Picked flowers

I love this time of year, because even in a small garden like ours, there are plenty of lovely things to pick and bring inside. And due to all the blustery weather, I have picked flowers that have fallen over, so I feel like I have rescued them in some way, so that I can enjoy them indoors. Who doesn't love flowers indoors?
 Beautiful large daisies (I'm sure they have an official name) with lilac and honeysuckle foliage.
One gigantic allium head which broke off at the base. I think it will look great dried too. 

I also have some beautifully scented roses growing but they don't seem to last long enough in flower before going over. 

Love Mrs Jones x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Nigella's Jam Doughnut Muffins in photos

I had an urge to make Nigella's jam doughnut muffins this week - I needed the cakey, jammy, sugary loveliness of them. 

Here is the recipe posted by another blogger, and this is how you make them:

 1. Mix the wet ingredients (125g milk, 85g vegetable oil and an egg) together, and whisk.
 2. Mix the dry ingredients (200g self raising flour, 100g caster sugar) in a bowl.
 3. Add the wet to the dry and mix. It doesn't matter how lumpy it is.
 4. Oil the muffin/cup cake pan, then add a dollop of mixture, so that it comes to half way up. Add a little jam (I used strawberry,  a seedless raspberry would be more authentic).
 5. Add the rest of the mixture on top. It does spread itself over the jam nicely. Put in the oven at 190C for 20 minutes.
6. When cool, melt some butter and brush over the top of the muffin, and then roll in some sugar.

Nigella Lawson has fantastic cake recipes - go and visit her website for more.

Love Mrs Jones x

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Chocolate Truffles

Fred and I have spent the morning making truffles for Father's Day. First I made a box from some black card, here is a link to make a box. Then we got making the truffle mix. 

What you need:
300ml double cream
300g chocolate - we used 150g dark chocolate and 150g of milk chocolate (Green & Blacks!)
Toppings: for example, chopped nuts, cocoa powder, sprinkles etc.
Truffle cases (optional)

Method:
Heat the cream gently until at simmering point. 


Meanwhile, bash the chocolate into pieces and pour into a mixing bowl.


When the cream is hot, pour into the chocolate and mix until it is a consistent mix.

Put the bowl in the fridge and forget about it for at least a couple of hours. If you want to speed it up, pour it into a flat cake tin and chill.

Later, pour your toppings onto separate plates ready to roll.

Take a teaspoon of the mix, roll it in the palm of your hands then immediately roll in your topping. Pop into the truffle case. 

Keep them in the fridge.


Love Mrs Jones x

Thursday, 14 June 2012

I am in love with this dress...

If you were to say that I would fall in love with a coral dress, I would say you are mad. I do blues and greens, and occasionally reds, but never coral. However, it has happened - I was wandering virtually through Oasis and came upon this dream of a dress, with blue butterflies.


Summer Coral





It's such an uplifting colour! I have no spare cash at the moment to indulge in this dress, but I may look out for it in the sale later in the season, as I have my Dad's wedding to go to later this year.

Love Mrs Jones x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Thirty Minute Make: Drawstring Bag

I'm not sure why I haven't made these before, as they are so straightforward to make. The fabric is Tanya Whelan, and it is adorable. I thought this might appeal to a girl to store her ballet shoes, perhaps.

I am in a real homebody mood this morning, so I think I might now make a cake!

Love Mrs Jones x

UPDATE: I have now sold this bag. If you would like me to make you a drawstring bag, please leave me a comment.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Windfall

Such windy weather we have had recently. My garden is looking a mess, with a lot of plants needing staking. I took advantage of this to pick some flowers and bring them indoors:

I have taken a couple of orders for Kindle cases today, so that will keep me busy for a while. In the meantime, I am still really tired from the flu I had last week. Luckily, tomorrow is my day off and I can rest a little.

Love Mrs Jones x

Saturday, 9 June 2012

A travel sewing case

So, this is my first post this month. Unfortunately, I have had flu for the half term hence the gap. But, I feel so much better now, and I have been sewing today, something I had cut out a while ago ready to sew. This is a travel sewing case, made from this gorgeous Balloon Kokka fabric.
There are three areas - from left, a handy pocket, a pin cushion, and a needle panel. It folds in three and can be tied with a ribbon. 

Love Mrs Jones x

P.S This travel case has been modified from a project in I Love Patchwork by Rashida Coleman-Hale (see Amazon link on right).