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Sweetly Stitched Handmades – Frilly Christmas Bib

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.

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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!

Frilly Christmas bib

 Frilly Christmas bib

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!

Crafts · Sewing

Festive Makes

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

Festive Sew along

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!

Merry and Bright Sew Along

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!

Baking · Chatter

Happy New Year!

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.

 

 

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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!?

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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.

Baking

Christmas Cake

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!Christmas cake baking

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!

Christmas Cake

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?

x

 

Chatter

Hello!

I can’t believe it has been so long since my last blog post! For those who follow me on Instagram you will be fully aware as to where I have been, for those who don’t I will share with you now… I am now a mummy to the most beautiful 1 year old little girl!

My pregnancy was not the easiest and wiped me out pretty much from day 1. Think 24 hour sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) for most of the pregnancy, crippling fatigue and then in the later stages back and pelvic pain that required the use of crutches and to complete the mix carpal tunnel syndrome. Basically it didn’t leave me much time for blogging or sewing or anything really! It was just a case of getting through the 9 months.

Before I got pregnant I had visions of sewing up beautiful creations for my baby and having a permanent glow, the reality was very different!! The birth was not an easy experience either ending in an emergency C-Section (a story for another time maybe)..

The past year has been a whirlwind blur of sleepless nights, feeding and changing nappies. We celebrated Mabel’s birthday on the 29th September and I feel ready now to engage again with the blogging world and crack on with some sewing projects!

Fear not lovely followers this blog will not become a mummy blog, this will be my space to be me, so expect posts just like before, sewing, baking, ramblings and inspiration, maybe the odd baby picture. I can’t promise daily posts, but I will update as much as I can.

For those still following me after all this time I thank you! WordPress told me when I logged in it is 4 years today since I started this blog! Very appropriate that my first post in so long is today! (Edit: My first post was actually 19th October)

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Story Time Sampler

So have you heard the news? The clever gals at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery have brought out a new year long cross stitch sampler.

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Each month you will be emailed a favourite story time character. Starting this month with Alice in Wonderland. The first pattern was released on the 15th January but fear not you can still buy and download the pattern here.

If you need some supplies I can recommend The Homemakery. Kate sells all the thread and fabric you might need to get you started. There is also very helpful blog post on picking your fabric, as the fabric the Pumpkins use is only available in the US.

I’m off now to do some stitching, I’ll of course keep you posted with my progress!

x

Chatter · Inspiration

Friday Favourites

It has been a while since I last did a Friday Favourites feature, I’m hoping to make them more of a regular thing this year. Here is what has caught my eye and love this week.

CustardCream Crochet PatternA super cute Custard Cream Crochet pattern. Which you can see here.

Forget me Not by CocoRose I love Vanessa from Coco Rose Diaries photography, and just love this simple but stunning picture of some Forget Me Nots.

Down Grapevine LaneI am totally in love with this EPP from Down Grapevine Lane. Perfect fussy cutting!

Chase and chloeAnd finally look at these beauties from Chase & Chloe, sadly my days of wearing heels this high are long gone so I can appreciate these from afar.

 

(Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing some of my favourite things from the week and are my own personal opinions, all links were correct at the time of publishing)