I love a Japanese craft book, but obviously they are always written in Japanese and unfortunately my Japanese is well it’s non-exsistant, so imagine how thrilled I was when I saw on Instagram that this beautiful book had been translated into English! There was some confusion at first as there are 2 different English versions, but the one in the picture above is the one available in the UK, Im not sure why they have different covers but I have been assured that they are indeed the same book.
The projects are beautiful and I can’t wait to make something, the hardest thing is deciding which one to make start with. Lovely bloggers Pretty by Hand and Zakka Art are hosting a quilt along which will be fun!
I’ve treated myself to some of the lovely new Lecien collection because it is always good to have an excuse to buy fabric!
I’ve seen this before on other blogs and thought it was a lovely idea. I’m a week behind so please bear with me as I catch up
I love this photo, Mabel rarely naps on me these days, but this particular day she wouldn’t go to sleep in her pushchair like normal, instead she cuddled up to me and fell asleep. It was so nice!
This picture was inspired by the tree of life photos I have seen on social media. Yesterday my breastfeeding journey came to an end and I wanted a picture to mark this huge milestone. It’s a real bittersweet moment as much as I felt ready to stop, to get my body back (I’ve either pregnant or breastfeeding for 2 whole years!), and to be able to eat dairy again, I feel heartbroken that it has ended and my little baby needs me no more. Having said that I am looking forward to the next part of our adventure.
With just a few days to spare until the next Frosted Pumpkin sew along starts I have managed to complete last year’s sew along “A Pumpkin Passport”. I have really enjoyed stitching this. Once upon a time as I’ve talked about on here before I used to work for an airline travelling the world so it was a pleasure to stitch and brought back a lot of memories for me, and dreams of travelling to places I’ve not yet visited – Japan!!!
I think whilst I wait for the new release I will work on A Storytime Sampler and try and catch up on that a little. It would be so nice to finish that and have framed and hung in Mabel’s room. I want to get her the books to go with it, she’s such a little bookworm already I’m sure she will enjoy reading these stories when she’s a little older.
I purchased Amy’s book a while back when it first came out and loved every project in it. It’s taken me till now to get around something from it!
One of the projects I had bookmarked to make was a frilly bib, so pretty and girly I thought it would be nice to make Mabel one with some Christmas fabric to wear on Christmas day.
The fabric I picked was Little Joys by Penny Rose Fabrics and went with traditional red and green colours. I really enjoyed making this, it came together a lot quicker than I was expecting, I thought I would have problems with the ruffle and although it was quite fiddly I managed to not get too cross with it!
Here she is with the finished product! So hard to get a posed picture these days! There was far too much excitement going on. I will definitely be making some more of these, such a fun quick project with such a lovely result! I’m also looking forward to making some more projects from this book, so many nice ones to choose from!
I had a few projects on the go over the Christmas period, two I will share with you in another time. I was really pleased they all were finished in time, although I did have more projects in mind that didn’t even get started!
First of all was a lovely little festive sew along by Pretty Fabrics and Trims
This project incorporated so much, patchwork, embroidery, applique, felt and hand quilting and was very enjoyable! I loved the finished project and can see this being brought out to decorate our home every year! If you fancy this project yourself the sew along is up on their blog.
Another sew along I completed was from my favourite cross stitch ladies The Frosted Pumpkins!
I’ve found myself doing a lot of cross stitch recently. It’s a nice thing to sit and do of evening when I just want to sit and relax, I don’t have much time to get on the sewing machine these days so this is a good alternative! I’ve been working on another project of theirs, a year long sew along called Pumpkin Passport, and am so close to completion. They have a new sew along starting next week – Happily Ever After and I have signed up to that so am rushing to get the Passport finished. I’ll of course share with you when I have finished! Sadly I never got to finish Story time Sampler from this post so at some point I need to crack on with that too! So many projects but so little time!
I know Christmas has been and gone and the decorations have been put away so I hope you don’t mind that I’m a bit out of date with this post. I know it’s a cliché saying this but I really don’t know where the time goes!
When I re-started this blog I promised myself I wouldn’t put pressure on blogging or apologise for the length of time between each post, but really, I am sorry it’s been so long since my last post! Life with a 15 month old has been pretty hectic there is barely any time to sit down and do anything, let alone make things to blog about! I really admire mum’s who can juggle both blogging and a toddler I don’t how you do it! Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year! It seemed to go too quickly and it seems surreal that we are already in 2017. I am clinging on to Christmas by still having my decorations up. I’m going to wait until 12th night (6th Jan) to take them down. I just love the coziness of the Christmas lights.
In my last post I shared with you my plans for making a Christmas cake. The weeks leading up to Christmas I fed it with a little brandy, but was still unsure how I wanted to decorate it. I had elaborate plans but had to be more realistic with time being an issue. I didn’t decide until the day I iced it if I was going to use royal icing or fondant. I like the rustic, snowy look of royal icing, I had bought some reindeer and trees and wanted to create a forest scene, but at the last minute I decided to use fondant. I was a little nervous as I know it can be quite unforgiving and show off every little lump and bump.
I haven’t iced a cake with fondant since school so I was fairly pleased, I feel it could have been more perfect but I think it passed. Maybe not to Mary Berry’s standards though!?
A close up of the topper, it was really hard to pick up the sparkle on the Merry Christmas! It’s by Ginger Ray and can be bought on places like Amazon or EBay. So the cake is probably not what I had in mind, it’s certainly not a grand creation, but for a first year attempt and being a sleep deprived mum of a very clingy 15 month old I am pleased. I will definitely be making another for next Christmas. Unfortunately I couldn’t sample any, I’m on a dairy free diet as my daughter is intolerant and I’m still breastfeeding, but those who did sample it, phoned and asked for more so I must have got something right!
So what are your plans for this year? Anything exciting planned? I am hoping to get back in to the kitchen more, and definitely plan to sew more. I have a couple of makes that I did for Christmas that I would like to share with you and I hope to that soon.
For the last few years I always say I would bake a Christmas cake but for one reason or another I left it too late or never got round to making it. This year with Mabel being a bit older I really want to start some Christmas traditions with her, and not forgetting my husband loves Christmas cake! So this year I have made sure I made enough time for it!
I used a Mary Berry recipe from my old faithful book of hers, but after I found another recipe online that she claims is the one she uses every year and I wish I had used that! I can’t quite believe how much fruit is in it, I do have plenty left over and am debating making a Christmas pudding on Stir up Sunday (21st November), but my husband is the only one who would eat it so maybe not? As you can imagine the smell of the cake baking in the oven smelt amazing! I’m not normally a fan of Christmas cake but I think I may have to indulge this year!
The cake had an obligatory feed of brandy before being wrapped up and stored away. I will feed it every couple of weeks until it is ready to be decorated, the exciting bit! I’m off now to Pinterest to get some inspiration for my decoration!
Are you making a Christmas cake this year? What is your favourite recipe?