Still struggling with those post titles...
Anyway, life has been doing that thing, rolling along merrily, so time for an update.
I had another go at my beach hut block, this time after purchasing a little stack of Liberty fat quarters specifically for that purpose.
I changed the block a bit as I was seeing 'shed' more than 'beach hut'. I am still seeing shed, and have realised that the steepness of my roof is at least partly to blame. Design number three required!
|Clare and Emily for the sand|
Rosy Blue for the sky
Betsy for the
Petal and bud for the door
I started a new blog! I needed somewhere to put details of my workshops and suppliers that I use, maybe even a few tutorials. You can find it here if you fancy a look!
Last Friday was a momentous day for Miss U-t-B, as she received her first 'proper' pay packet! She has actually been working since late November as a tutor in an 'Explore Learning' centre. She loves the work, almost always coming out from her shifts cheerful and full of what she enjoyed (even the ones that start straight after college and continue till 8pm). But due to some administrative problems, she hadn't yet received any pay... A few tears had been shed, mainly when the sales were on - she refused to borrow any money to allow herself to buy a few treats so missed out on the bargains.
On Friday morning before college, there was a whoop of joy as she looked at her bank balance to find she had finally been paid! She said it was a fairly painless way of having saved up nearly £500, and later treated Mr U-t-B and I to a fish and chip supper to celebrate! Bless!
Sunday was Mr U-t-B's birthday. I normally do a big family meal, but with all sorts going on on Saturday, decided to treat him (and me, in that I wouldn't be doing the cooking...) to a pub lunch. Instead of the lunch, we had a little tea party - I did some baking whilst Miss U-t-B took him to the cinema to see 'Non-Stop' which they both really enjoyed. He then had the company of his two eldest, their partners and his two grandchildren, with tea and sweet treats thrown in.
I made these ginger cookies to use up the stem ginger that was in the fridge. The recipe is Chris Evans' wife Tash's and I can heartily recommend it. Just don't overcook them, because they are gorgeous when still a bit soft.
(They're still very good when they've had a couple of minutes more in the oven, just watch out for your teeth!)
I also made a nice Genoese-type sponge, which I filled with cream and some blueberries from the freezer.
This weekend I plan to be making this...
|The Family Reunion Dress|
Picture courtesy of Oliver and S
I have loved this pattern for a considerable while but have, it is true, always baulked at the price. But with certain little misses in the family at the age when this dress would be irresistibly cute, I could hold off no longer, and I also came up with a dressmaking challenge which I'd like to do once a month. My plan is to choose a pattern and fabric early on a Thursday morning, order it before nine from some unwitting online supplier and see if they can deliver in time for a weekend of stitching! Quite a tall order, but I know some suppliers turn orders round really quickly, and I want to know who they are!
This is the fabric I have chosen for the Family Reunion dress...
|'Pretty Floral' from the Yay Day collection by Emily Isabella|
Picture courtesy of BirchFabrics
I have chosen a supplier who has given me fast delivery before, so my fingers are crossed, my pins are ready and the sewing machine is warming up!
Hope you have something good planned for the weekend - I hear it might be time to crack out the barbecues on Sunday!