Friday, 23 July 2010

Sewing Update!

I am so unbelieveably excited and rather quite proud of my little curtain that covers the washing machine front - I am a girl that couldnt sew a button on three weeks ago - all of my sons badges for his beavers uniform were sewn on by my husband as I just couldnt do it - not any more
I made the above to go with these

It all started when I went into Laura Ashley a couple of weekends ago and saw my favourite red gingham on sale - half price - before I knew what was happening I had paid for a metre - didnt have a clue what I was going to make with it but just knew I had to have it and since then I have made the above and then I concocted this little bag for me to take my sarnies into work

and as for the red gingham...I made this

and I have been doing some more with it today - this is going to hopefully be a 15 inch patchwork cushion
The children saw me sewing and wanted to join in so my son did this - not finished yet but loving it - think he is doing a terrific job - he started a couple of hours after us as he was on a sleepover last night!!!
and my little girl has made these cute little brooches

Let's hope they never know the fear of the sewing machine!!!!! Rebel without a clue that's what I was but hopefully now thats behind me (just dont look too close as you will see plenty of errors but hey its a start).

Sunday, 18 July 2010

art-moms site!

new site I've just discovered - its really sweet

Sunday, 11 July 2010

is my machine threaded right???

Drawers Makeover!!!

I bought these drawers from a lady at work for a tenner last week you can just see the sander on the floor (didn't know that had sneaked in the photo - it was very sunny when I took the picture and couldn't quite see what exactly was in the viewfinder)

Here they are now.......

The children think that the window ledges in the conservatory are for dumping - pens and pencils - books and scraps of paper etc etc on - well I spent an hour or two on Friday - splitting things into groups and assigning each group a drawer - then hopefully they can find things and I get clean window ledges - what do you reckon to my chances - lol - gotta try though eh?

On another note - had a busy busy weekend - the family have had 3 parties this weekend - Emmie went to a pals party at a play place yesterday lunchtime then off we all went down to Henlow to see our dearest friends Howie and Avril - I have been friends with them and their whole family for just over 20 years - they are like family - family that has been handpicked - I love them all so it was fabulous to spend time with them - the weather was beautiful - the food fab and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Today was pay back time - the children were both ill last week with a bug and I had time off to look after them which meant I had to work at night rather than in the day so time was very very limited - oh my word - how the washing had built up in just a couple of days - I spent from 0900 to 1400 washing and ironing and then we had friends coming at 1630 for a bbq - so quickly threw a summer fruit crumble and a lemon drizzle together and also the pasta and aubergine bake (recipe below) Lee got the barbie on - we put the pool up today as well - oh and in between Daniel went to a school pals laser tag party - I am now sat down feeling rather pooped. keep thinking I should be making a start on another dining room chair but nope I think my bed is calling me and its call is louder!!!! Have a great week everyone xx

Oops before I go - something else to share - I made this recently with lots of help from my friend as I can't sew for toffee ( she has the patience of a Saint!!!)

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Slimming World Recipe Auberge and Pasta Bake

Doesnt this sound fab - I have just found it on the Slimming World Page - me thinks I am going to have to try it soon - have just bought 3 Aubergines so what am I waiting for

This mighty meat-free delight is perfect for Green days. With lots of creamy mozzarella coating delicious pasta you’ll never know you’re slimming!
Serves: 4 Syns per serving: Free on Extra Easy, Free on Green*, 15 Syns on Original**Add 6 Syns if not using cheese as a Healthy Extra

1 tsp Marmite 1 onion 2 garlic cloves 454g/1lb tomatoes 284ml/½ pint passata salt and freshly ground black pepper 340g/12oz penne pasta fresh basil leaves 170g/6oz mozzarella cheese 1 aubergine

1. Dissolve the Marmite in a pan with 284ml/½ pint boiling water. Chop the onion, garlic and tomatoes and add to the pan with the passata and seasoning to taste. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 12 minutes until slightly reduced.
2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, drain and refresh under cold water, then add to the sauce.
3. Place half the pasta in an oven-proof dish. Top with half the aubergine and scatter over some basil leaves. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Slice the mozzarella and place on the top. Season to taste, then bake for 20 minutes until the cheese has melted. Serve hot with a huge crispy salad or Free chips.

- well actually tonights tea is taken care of - have made a slow cooker sausage casserole - it has lots of spinach, courgettes, carrots, new potatoes, celery, stringless green beans, oodles of garlic and onion, handful of mushrooms - am hoping lots and lots of homemade goodness - no processed stuff in sight - hope it tastes good - I have to be a bit devious as son is starting to say dont like this and that - he doesnt like mushrooms so I blitz them along with the spinach and then I know he is still getting the goodness - he eats it and loves it - ignorance is bliss!!!!

Friday, 2 July 2010

caravan blog

Here is just the cutest blog I have found in quite a while - it is absolutely gorgeous - makes me want a caravan just to do up like the very proud owners have here - I am in Love!!!

Have a good look around this ladies blog it is amazing

Photo Mosaic

Oh my word - I have found a new toy

am so chuffed with the above - if you fancy making your own mosaic - try here

It is fabulous fun and it is free!!!! Am delighted with it!!!

and made a collage but think I need more practise with this