Sunday, 21 December 2008
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Thursday, 11 December 2008
This gorgeous little person turned 21 yesterday and I can hardly believe it. This picture was taken on her first day of school aged 5 and of course she just had to take teddy and 'sheet' with her for security - it was all pretty terrifying after all!! Check out that uniform!! Now she is a beautiful young woman studying menswear fashion design at Central St. Martins in central London and for the first time really since she left home in early October, it hit me yesterday that she had moved 'out'!!
A tradition in our family at 21 is that we produce a book of funny photos from baby to now and we all get a chance to write funny quotes or memories of that time and then present it to the birthday girl on the day. So I have been busy putting this book together for daughter no.4. By the time she came along we both finally had cameras and so there were a lot more photos of her than anyone else in the family. It helped too that she didn't seem to mind the camera! So I had lots of photos and bought a lovely big plain brown book from Paperchase, sorted through stacks of photos (no, unfortunately I am not as organised as I would like to be with all my photos scrapbooked in theme, person or date order!!), and then stuck them in, stamped a few designs on the pages, stuck favourite quotes on the blank sides and wrote funny quotes. I loved it! It brought back so many happy memories of having a large family and doing so much together. Isn't it wonderful to have photos to remind us of all those moments we have forgotten because time has marched on? Here is a peek at the cover and first page:
We went out for a lovely meal together as a family to a place called Ping Pong in the centre of London and had delicious Dim Sum and Shona opened her gifts and cards from us all. On her main present, which was a large art book she had particularly requested, I tried my hand at making a rose out of ribbon for decoration and was quite pleased with the result:
So a happy time was had by all. Daughter no. 4 had to get back and work most of the night on a project which is being presented today and others had to get back and do various things so we didn't stay too late. There will be more celebrations once she comes home for Christmas and of course we have daughter no.3 celebrating her birthday (which is on Christmas day but which we never celebrate on that day because no-one wants birthday cake then!!!). Well, time to put some some Christmas decor before my dear friend comes for pumpkin spice coffee and date slices tomorrow!!
Friday, 5 December 2008
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Friday, 28 November 2008
Friday, 21 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Friday, 14 November 2008
Friday, 7 November 2008
Thursday, 6 November 2008
This is a closer look at the pattern that came with the fabric.
I am going to have fun putting this all together.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Last Saturday I had a day all to myself - a rare occurrence - and had earmarked it as a crafting day! So I was up early and a number of things I wanted to accomplish mainly in the sewing realm. Now unfortunately I cannot post these on the blog just yet as they are to be gifts for family members and you never know who might just pop in to have a look but let's just say progress was made! As it is a question of making 6 of these items I will need a little longer to complete! My back and nearly every part was aching when I finally decided to call it a day up in the bedroom where the sewing machine sits. I was up and down on the floor cutting and pressing, laying out and pinning so after that it was time for a sit down and some knitting. I finished this:
This post has taken me soooooo long to do because of technical clitches either with blogger or with my new system - there are times I could throw it all out the window!!! In between making supper and answering the telephone I have been trying to upload these photos - how long can it take and what is it with Firefox!!! What system and computer do you use that works really well? There is lots more I could say about my craft heaven Saturday but I just cannot face the hassle with the system as it is so I am off to the living room to do some serious knitting and crochet and to de-stress from it all!
Friday, 31 October 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Friday, 10 October 2008
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
Yesterday was a very bad day as my trusty computer of 5 years suddenly died! Now you will know that I was aware it was suffering but ironically I had made the decision to transfer all my date to my new computer next weekend! The reason being that last weekend we were moving daughter no.4 to her new room at Uni. So I am now very bereft! All my work emails were stored on outlook which is now inaccessible. I did back up all the other data a few weeks ago so have transferred that to my new computer late last night. I have someone coming round later today to see if we can access and retrieve all that is lost - I sure do hope so.
Friday, 3 October 2008
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Add steaming hot bowls of homemade leek and potato soup
Add homemade three seed bread
And homemade Cheddar Cornmeal muffins
Follow this with Apple and cinnamon crisp with apples from the garden and you have the perfect Autumn supper! A real favourite in our household.
Recipe for Cheddar Cornmeal Muffins:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 tspn salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter or margerine
11/2 cup grated cheddar
Stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and cayenne.
Beat egg, with milk and butter and add to dry ingredients, stirring to moisten.
Stir in 1 cup of grated cheese and spoon into greased muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 375 degrees or equivalent for 15 - 20 mins.
(taken from the book Muffin Mania, my favourite muffin book of all time!)
These muffins are great toasted the next day too - if there are any left of course!!!