Monday, May 30, 2011
This pocket has a zip, somewhere to keep the more important things. I added a fleur de lis jewelery charm to the zipper pull,it adds a little bling, and It also ties in with the design on the fabric.
This is the other side - it has 3 pockets on it.
The inside - again there are plenty of pockets. I also included 2 pen pockets (my pet hate is having to search for a pen which is invariably lying amongst the junk in the bottom of my bag!!!)
Then for those troublesome keys, which seem to also gravitate to the bottom, I included a clip.
I loved this lining fabric - the red just added the splash of color I was looking for:-D
I hope she likes it. I think I want to make one for myself now.
On a jam making note .... I made kiwi fruit jam on Saturday, it was perfect, and soooo delicious.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
With the ingredients prepared ..... and ....
The recipe chosen and read .... and read again ..... and again, just to be sure, I set about making my jam. I followed the recipe exactly .... I mixed, I skimmed, I boiled, and then I bottled the jam. I tentatively set about doing the canning bath and ..... It worked perfectly!!! The lids all sealed like they should .... no click clacking when I touched them:-)
This is what I have to show for my effort - 7 sweet little half pint jars of strawberry goodness!!! I do hope it gelled like it should .... the little test that I did on the cold plate did gel nicely, so I hope the jars do too. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and have picked out Kiwi Jam as my next challenge. I will give these jars a week or so, before I open one to see how well it did gel - Yummy, I see English tea scones with homemade strawberry jam and whipped cream in our future.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend:-)
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I thought that these would also look cute on an Easter or Spring table setting.
We have a few real birds nests scattered around our garden at the moment ..... I love that they're a promise of new life, and we eagerly await the hatching of their precious contents each year.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
It was a gardening apron, really simple, but I thought I'd try and put the thing of dreams into reality. I made it up as I went along, using fabric and binding from my stash, and I really do love how it turned out:-D
I made pockets of varying widths to hold all the gardeners neccesities (plant journal, pens, seed packets .... you get the idea), and I also added 2 D Rings from which to hang things.
I can see myself wearing this little creation while I tend my veggie garden, which is doing VERY well, and of which I'm extremely proud ..... I've never grown veggies before, so I'm quite thrilled at how well It's all doing:-)
Until next time ..... keep dreaming!!!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Nothing says warmer weather to me, more than lemons. Yellow, tangy and just altogether summery:-) Making a lemon meringue pie really signals the beginning of long, lazy days to me. I made my first one of the season, for a girls get together, yesterday.
I thought I'd share the recipe with you .... it's quick, easy and totally delicious!!!
LEMON MERINGUE PIE
1 pie shell, prepared, baked and cooled
FOR THE FILLING
2 tins full fat condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Mix together the ingredients above. Once well combined, pour mixture into the prepared pie shell and bake at 350 deg F for 20 mins.
FOR THE TOPPING