Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Recovering...

I am sure some of you have been wondering where I have been lately. I fell severely ill a couple of weeks ago and have been in intensive care, and am working my way through to recovery. Thankfully my husband took swift action and called an ambulance, which I owe my life to. I am recovering at home now.

So, I am taking some R&R but it may be nearer Easter before I update my blog again. Luckily, my husband has been recording sewing bee for me, so I have some catching up to do.

Love Mrs Jones x

Friday, 14 March 2014

Le Challenge: Order - a selvedge pincushion

I can't believe it is Le Challenge time again. This month's challenge was Order. I have serious time issues this month as I have an teacher training interview this week and am spending a lot of time on work towards it, as well as doing maths test practice (if I get accepted, I have 30 days to pass 2 skills tests)! Also this month, I have committed myself to the Mad Men Dress Challenge over at Julia Bobbin, so there really is a squeeze on.

Last month, for Valentines day, I made a card with a little bit of selvedge that had hearts on it, and I really like the idea of using the selvedge. Pinterest has great inspiration. I decided on a bobbin pincushion. All the pieces of selvedge I have used are in order, numbers, hearts or elephants!

My image is a little overexposed so you can't see the shape of the bobbin. I am always losing pins, so now I can keep them in this pincushion.


Come and join in with the next Le Challenge - a new theme is set on the 15th of every month. Click on the link to the right hand side to see all the entrants this month.
Love
Mrs Jones x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

February 2014 Recap


I always think that I haven't made much, and most of what I have made this month are small things. 

Clockwise from top right: 

The Apple Pie Ottoman (or as we would call it a poufee) made from Tanya Whelan's Sew What you Love. I was really pleased at how this turned out, particularly as I was using scraps. It took a lot of stuffing but it was well worth it.

My Coconut and Raspberry cake was a bit of an experiment and is just a twist on a Victoria Sponge.

I had a glassblowing evening at Shakspeare Glass in Langport, Somerset which was a brilliant experience. That I produced something was a complete bonus - I love my mis-shapen dish!

My husband bought me a new bag from a trip to Italy, but as there was nowhere to store cosmetics, I made myself a little make up bag.

The Cherry Blossom clutch was my Le Challenge make this month.

Finally, a Valentines Card made with selvedge.
Lily's Quilts


Love
Mrs Jones x

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Coconut & Raspberry Victoria Sponge


I am looking forwards to Spring and Mothers Day with this lovely, moist Coconut & Raspberry Cake based on a Victoria Sponge recipe. This has been heavily influenced by some coconut & raspberry cupcakes that my colleague Sharon makes brilliantly.


To make, use a standard Victoria Sponge recipe and add up to 50g of dessicated coconut between the eggs and adding the flour (or if you use an all in one method- chuck it in at the time).

Spoon the cake batter into two sandwich tins and randomly push some small raspberries into one of the tins.

For the coconut buttercream: I soaked 25g dessicated coconut in some milk for about half an hour, then drained it and added it to a standard buttercream recipe. You may find this quite wet, so strain your coconut well and add more icing sugar if required. Alternatively, you could probably replace some of the butter with coconut cream (I haven't tried this method).


This butter-cream tastes sweet like coconut ice! I added some fresh raspberries between the layers as well as the coconut buttercream.

The perfect cake for Mother's Day tea?

Enjoy
Mrs Jones x

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Tomato Sauce - My Way

My children love my homemade tomato sauce, especially with pasta and meatballs, but it also works well with meatloaf or cold cuts. It is something that has evolved and makes a complete change from a herby version of tomato sauce.


Ingredients
Tin or carton of chopped plum tomatoes from your local supermarket
Half an onion, finely chopped
Vegetable stock cube, such as OXO
Pimenton (Smoked Paprika) - 1 teaspoon or to your taste
Brown Sugar - 1 teaspoon
Salt - a pinch

Method
1. Fry the chopped onion gently in some olive oil until soft.

2. Add the carton of tomatoes.

3. Add all the other ingredients and bring to the boil.

4. Leave to simmer until required or at least 15 minutes.

If I was serving this to adults, I would add a splash of tabasco too!

Love Mrs Jones x

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Saturday Morning Make: a make-up bag for me!

My husband went to Italy with some students recently and returned with this beautiful bag for me!



I love that it is a good size and has lots of pocket and compartments for different things, however there is nowhere to put a lipstick, pack of ibuprofen or any other little necessities. So, I whipped up a make up bag with some fabric I was given for my birthday. 


Just so you know, I have ironed it and ironed it again, but I can't shift those creases! This is a lesson that I should have washed it first.


The fabric flower was made with my Big Shot, with a cutter that came with it - that Big Shot has been so useful!


The lining fabric was from the same stack of fat quarters as the outer fabric.

Love Mrs Jones x

 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Glassblowing at Shakespeare Glass


Had a long overdue and much anticipated Glass Blowing session at Shakespeare Glass in Langport this week. There were four students and we each could make two items - a vessel and a dish.

It was more difficult than I would have possibly imagined, and I had a bit of a meltdown making the first object as I found it so difficult to keep the glass turning whilst doing other things, such as blowing, using the marber table, for example. When you sew, if you don't understand something, you can stop and think about it and then carry on, but with glass, it has to be constantly moving so you can't stop and think.


Needless to say, I had a lot of help making my objects! My first object dropped into a bucket of water and was ruined, but my second looks okay, even though it should look like a conventional dish!


I am not sure what I will use it for - buttons or pins?

Details of the course:
Evening Glass Blowing Course (currently on Wednesday evenings) in Langport, Somerset

Love Mrs Jones x