Saturday, 29 December 2007
Saturday, 22 December 2007
Thank you to all the lovely people who leave comments on my blog. I appreciate every one of them and I feel ever so privileged to have made such great stitching friends from all over the world.
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves" - James Barrie
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
I love this photo so much, I have named it 'Peter, Peter, onion eater'. Someone is fascinated by onions and garlic at the moment and very nicely peeled all of the onions for mummy.
I am also participating in some exchanges this coming year, the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club, Fair & Square and Hooked on Exchanging. I think this is going to be a very busy year, but as Aurelia is becoming a little more independent I think it is important to keep myself busy as well, and what better way than to do something that I am passionate about.
I have been really busy stitching and cleaning. The house is almost perfect for our guests that arrive on Saturday and so with little cleaning to do, I have spent all my spare time stitching. I have finished Aurelia's Christmas decoration and it only needs to be stitched together now. I have also stitched the designs for two of the four pendibulles I am making as gifts. They will be filled with lavender and can then be used in draws to leave a lovely smell. Again, I am just concentrating on the stitching and then the finishing can be completed just before Christmas.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
We all had to bring a plate, but I just new that it would be chocolate, lollies and chips, junk that Aurelia hates to eat. I decided to make rock cakes, the kids wouldn't touch them, but the adults and Aurelia loved them. The most exciting thing to happen, was that we discovered that she loves oranges and watermelon. Mum and Dad finally have victory over the anti-fruit campaign.
I can't say that I am looking forward to Christmas this year. I am looking forward to giving my daughter her gifts and spending time with my family, but I have guests coming this year. It's not that I mind having guests, but it can be so draining having to entertain them and cook for them, especially when they are very fussy eaters. Currently the house is a disgrace and the guest bedroom buried under a pile of junk. We have a garage sale on Saturday, so I hope that it will be clean after that. Then it's heads down, bottoms up and clean, clean, clean. Oh dear!! At least the ironing pile is completely gone!!!
I am not sure where this recipe came from, it was hand written on a scrap of tatty paper from an old collection of recipes I was given.
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sultanas
2 tablespoons finely chopped dried apricot
1 egg lightly beaten
½ cup milk
Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl, rub in the butter, stir in sugar and fruit. Stir in the egg, then enough milk to give a moist yet still firm consistency. Place one heaped tablespoon (about the size of a golf ball) of mixture onto lightly greased oven trays about 5cm apart. Sprinkle the cakes with a little extra caster sugar. Bake in a moderately hot oven, 190C, for about 15 minutes or until browned. Loosen cakes; cool on trays. Makes about 14 to 16 little cakes.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
We spent the day out at lunch and had some very yummy pizza. Aurelia was most pleased with this and managed two whole slices on her own. She had a very round fat tummy afterwards. Then we all sat down for coffee, gelato and Italian cannoli. Yum!! Oh yes, Aurelia ate most of my gelato surprisingly, as the gelato was a bitter lemon one.
I hope you all had a great weekend, because I did. I finished some stitching, finished my Christmas shopping and had a very yummy Sunday lunch with my brother and my lovely SIL.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Angel of Light
Angel of Summer
Angel of Autumn
Angel of Winter
I was hoping to get one of the angels done next year in my stitching goals and was wondering if anyone might be interested in stitching a Lavender & Lace Angel with me in a stitch-a-long. I wouldn't be able to start the design until the end of January and I think that I really would need the friendship and encouragement to get it done. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let me know.