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Happily Ever After – The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Once upon a time there were three Billy Goats Gruff; Little Billy Goat, Middle Sized Billy Goat and Great Big Billy Goat…

Block 3 of the Happily Ever After Sampler complete. This one took a little longer than planned and I was still stitching it when April’s pattern came out. Hopefully it’ll not take me too long to catch up. I thought this was a sweet little block to stitch. April’s block is Around the World in 80 Days and features a rainbow coloured hot air balloon!

I’m so pleased the weather is warming up and there’s plenty of sunshine! I’m hoping I’ll be able to get away with a bit of sewing in the garden whilst Mabel plays!

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Pretty Dresden Purse

It’s been such a long time since I completed a project! I think it was Christmas!!

I actually finished this little Dresden about a year ago! It was the first bit of sewing I was able to do after having Mabel. I mentioned here before that I had terrible carpal tunnel syndrome during the last few months of my pregnancy which made it almost impossible to hold a needle. The sensation lasted for a while after she was born too. Not that I had time to sew when she first arrived!

I remember feeling so pleased with myself when I finished it, I was getting ‘me’ back a little. Unfortunately it sat sadly in my wip pile all this time. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it, and thought maybe a pot holder. It was only a couple of weeks ago and I thought how it would make a lovely little purse! It is my mum’s birthday today and so I decided it would make a nice little gift for her.

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen my progress. I appliqued it onto some beautiful Japanese linen and then added some hand quilting.

Then it was just a case of turning it into a little purse. It has been over 2 years since I last made a purse, I couldn’t believe it when I realised that, especially considering I used to have a shop selling them! It’s quite sad really, I would love to reopen my shop but Mabel keeps me so busy, there isn’t much time for that, but then I know other mum’s manage it so…

Anyway I am pleased with the final result, if I’m allowed to say so it’s so pretty. I may have to make one for myself! I’m looking forward to giving it her, I hope she likes it! She’s a fellow EPP (English paper piecing) addict so I’m wondering if it will hold some of her hexies when she has to go to the hospital for her treatments. I also got her a lovely pair of Zakka style scissors like the ones in the picture above. Look how they were packaged when they arrived! I don’t need to wrap them, just perfect!

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Life lately…

Just like that we hurtling towards mid march! How did that happen? I had lots of things planned for the blog in February including a couple of Valentines themed posts and a Pancake day post. Unfortunately life and responsibilities have a habit of getting in the way! I’ve not had a lot of time to much other than be a mummy and that’s ok, but it does get a little frustrating at times not having any time for myself or being able to sit down and do some sewing.

All is not lost though, I have managed some stitching, including February’s Happily Ever After block. The story was Heidi and a real joy to stitch. It was just shortly after finishing that, that some personal things came up and got in the way of doing anything else.

Now that I’m starting to adjust to my new current circumstances, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit more sewing, which has been a welcome relief! I think my love of hexies is well documented on the blog and yet it has been quite a while since I last did any.

I’m not sure what they will become yet, I am just enjoying the process, it will probably be something for Mabel though!

 

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Happily Ever After – The Owl and the Pussycat


I feel like January lasted a lifetime, since my last post everyone in the house has been poorly and it has been very miserable.

 I have however really enjoyed stitching the latest sew along by The Frosted Pumpkins! I think it is my favourite pattern yet! You can’t really see in this picture (and I do apologise for the less than great quality picture) but the fabric is sparkly! All things considered I am happy with my progress, it would have been nice to have all the borders finished but there we go.  

Tonight sees the next installment and I can’t wait to see what story will be featured next! 

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

I

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
    In a beautiful pea green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
    Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
    And sang to a small guitar,
‘O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love,
      What a beautiful Pussy you are,
          You are,
          You are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!’

II

Pussy said to the Owl, ‘You elegant fowl!
    How charmingly sweet you sing!
O let us be married! too long we have tarried:
    But what shall we do for a ring?’
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
    To the land where the Bong-tree grows
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
    With a ring at the end of his nose,
          His nose,
          His nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.

III

‘Dear pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling
    Your ring?’ Said the Piggy, ‘I will.’
So they took it away, and were married next day
    By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
    Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
          The moon,
          The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

 

Food

Warming butternut squash soup

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butternut squash soup

One of the only things I like about winter is comfort food. I’m definitely a spring/summer person, but then there is something nice about drawing the curtains, lighting some candles and eating comforting soups and stews. I have not shared a savoury recipe with you before and this is one of my favourites and has been my go to soup to make the last few weeks.

Whilst being on a dairy free diet I found it so hard to find a soup that didn’t have a milk product in it, so if I wanted my soup fix it would have to be homemade, which in all honesty isn’t such a bad thing and I prefer that anyway! At least when you make your own soup you can have whatever herbs and vegetables you want .

This soup is easy peasy you can either battle with peeling and chopping your own squash or to save time you can buy it pre-chopped, something I’ve not done this time but have certainly resorted to in the past!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 butternut squash peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes, place seeds to one side
  • 1 medium potato peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cut into discs
  • 1 1/2 pints of vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and then add the onions. Cook them on a medium heat until they are soft and clear. Add the rest of the vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add the vegetable stock and bay leaves and bring to the boil for 5 minutes

Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until veg is soft and starting to fall apart

Remove bay leaves and keep to one side

Blend the soup until smooth, it should be nice and thick

Add the bay leaves back to the soup and season with salt and pepper

Optional Extra

Wash and dry the seeds from the squash, coat lightly with oil and season with salt

Place on an oven tray and roast in a preheated oven (190/180 fan/ 350F) for 20 minutes or until they are browned

Sprinkle over soup or enjoy as a snack!

Serve soup with big chunks of warm crusty bread!

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Well that’s it I hope you enjoyed my first ‘foodie’ post,  I would like to do more now and then. I don’t know where in the world you are but here it is very cold, grey and frosty today, a perfect day for some warm soup, I will be having a bowl of this for my lunch! The soup should serve 4-6 people, and will freeze well. A good tip is to put it in a zip lock freezer bag, you could do individual portions and it will save space in your freezer. Please let me know if you make it and how you got on with it. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Chatter · Photography · Weekly picture

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One photo every week for a year. 

When I set myself this challenge I had Mabel in my mind as my subject. I forgot however that getting a non fuzzy nicely posed photo of her is near on impossible these days! 

Except today, today I have a poorly poppet and it’s horrible. There is really nothing worse than seeing your baby unwell. I have a feeling it’s her teeth but I’m not certain, if only she could talk and tell me! I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow! 

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Happy Flower Quilts Book

Happy Flower Quilts

Sew Flower QuiltsI 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!