Monday, 14 November 2011

A long weekend...

Hello all, I had a day off work yesterday which was lovely... a perfect opportunity to indulge in a bit of blogging (at last), sewing and baking!

I finished off my applique tea towel... (a pattern from one of my fave books Cath Kidstons Sew!), plucked some more of my chillies from the garden (the ones in the photo have been drying on my kitchen windowsill for the last few weeks so that's why they look a bit shrivelled - much hotter that way though!), made some banana bread (no pics as the light was not great but I have made it before here - it is completely delicious and so easy to make)  and tried to teach myself how to freehand embroider on my sewing machine (which didn't quite work out as expected and I even broke a needle but hey ho)

Here is my chilli plant... still alive which I find quite amazing..

And my finished tea-towel...

Still creased even though I ironed it within an inch of it's life! That's linen for you though, eh.

On Saturday I had a brilliant day at the Country Living Christmas Fair in Islington with my lovely friend Lakota from Faith Hope and Charity Shopping. It was a bit of a last minute thing as I got some free tickets somehow that were posted through my door and very gratefully received! Must have entered something I forgot about, but it was nice to finally offer one to Lakota as she is normally the one offering me free tickets to these things!hehe.
Anyway, I was quite good on the spending side of things and didn't go too mad at all (VERY easy to do when you are surrounded by all these gorgeous things). It was just nice to be there to be honest.

I spotted some vintage style Christmas cake decorations which I have had my eye on for ages (as mentioned in my post around this time last year! Good grief how was that a year ago...)

And a very Christmassy Orange and Cinnamon smelling candle...

 Wow, I was restrained with the shopping! Definitely provided lots of festive inspiration...

It's good to be back blogging again!


  1. I shall have to come and swipe some chillis from you, I just used the last of my frozen ones from my late lamented plant which was attacked by aphids.

    Your teatowel looks brilliant - sorry you're having difficulty with the machine embroidery, I'm sure a couple of people do it though and could give you some pointers - doesn't Bee Happy? (My machine does its own thing and scribbles all over everything, but that's not quite the same!)

    Had lovely time at the fair, now I just need to wrap everything! x

  2. Hello Sarah!

    Love the tea towel.....I like that book as well, hardly made anything from it! But I love the piccies!

    Must make the effort to finish the cross stitch purse from "Stitch". I have the "Patch" book too......desp to begin the cushion in that and as it's mainly hand stitching....I don't have to worry that my machine is broken!


  3. Lovely to see you back! What a lovely tea towel,so pretty.I find with pretty tea towels I can't bring myself to use them...strictly for decoration only! :0)

  4. Wow Sarah, you have been busy!
    Love the tea towel, yes linen is nearly impossible to iron without creases!
    Glad you had a good time at the CL fair- i didnt make it this year sadly, it certainly gets you in the xmassy mood!
    Gill xx


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