Friday, 27 January 2012

Cake, cushions and Wolf and Willow doorstops

Well, hello! Long time no see. I'm so sorry I've been away for such a long time. I have a perfectly valid excuse though - no internet! As some of you may be aware, just before Christmas the goddess-in-training household upped and moved. The husband and I have moved from our tiny, but perfectly formed, one-bed coach house in a massive new estate to a slightly tatty two-bed semi in a village about 5 minutes away. The new house is somewhat less perfectly formed than our first home, but that just means it has character...right?! And it gives me plenty of opportunity to make my mark, as and when funds permit.

My advice to you is to never move on the 22nd December. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, you will not be able to get that Christmassy feeling whilst all your belongings, including the decorations, are packed away in boxes. Secondly, you will find yourself beyond stressed and less able to enjoy the Christmas break. Thirdly, you will find that all the useful companies that you need shut down over all the bank holidays and so you will not be able to get an internet connection until over a month later. Hmmph!

But, we are in. And we are happy. And the long break from blogging just means that I have lots of piccies to show you, as I have not been being idle since my last post.

I shall start with a Christmas cake update (I know, who discusses Christmas cake on the 27th January?!). I haven't updated you since the cake came out of the oven, so I thought you may like to know that it worked. I fed it with brandy every few days between baking and Christmas and with a day to go to the big move, I iced it. And this is how it turned out:


A top goddess-in-training tip for you is this: before you spend bloomin' ages rolling out your icing until it is perfectly sized, make sure you cover your work surface with icing sugar. This is to stop your lovely icing sticking to the worktop and falling apart before your very eyes as you try to peel it carefully off. I speak from experience....! But in the end, it was all good and Delia's delightful recipe did me proud. In fact, my mum has already requested that I make the cake for next Christmas.

Whilst we are on food, I ought to tell you that I am now able to say that I can cook a flipping good roast beef dinner! This was one of my new year's resolutions: to cook a roast with meat other than chicken. And I did it. I did it within just a few days of making the resolution and it was fab. I'll blog soon with the recipe I used...

In sewing news, I have completed a couple of lovely projects since I last posted. I finally got round to making a cushion with the beautiful fabric one of my best friends got me for my birthday. She and I always drink copious amounts of tea (usually accompanied by a big slice of cake) when we meet, so it seemed rather fitting that she bought me fabric with teapots on it for my birthday! And here is what I made:



I'd never made a cushion cover before and couldn't believe how easy it was. I will blog a tutorial for making a simple envelope cushion like this one soon, as I know there are others out there who are new to sewing too.

January has seen me being very busy making fabric doorstops. I made one for my sister as a house warming present and suddenly everyone who visited her house wanted one too! So, I've been busy sewing away in my little craft room (yes, craft room - photo below!), making doorstops using a pattern I found on the very lovely Wolf and Willow blog. 

Here is a photo of two of the ones I made:


I have to admit, I did find these trickier than maybe I should have. It was something to do with them being round I think - I found it difficult to get the bottom circle to match perfectly with cylinder I had already made. It took a lot of unpicking and re-sewing, but it did give me a good go at practicing my tiny hand-stitching, sewing up the gap after turning each one the right way out.

And finally, as this post is getting rather long, I shall leave you with a couple of pictures from my new house. My two favourite things about the new house are:

1. I have a room dedicated to crafting


2. We have an open fire! The fireplace is somewhat dated, but that can be improved later. For now, I will just bask in the glow of the flickering flames.


Bye for now my lovelies. I promise to write again soon. xx