Saturday, 26 May 2012

4 little monkeys and how does your garden grow.

Hello fellow bloggers. A day earlier this week as I have sciatica or something and laid up on the sofa for awhile so thought I would show you what's been going on in our little cottage this week.

Not much crafting going on as the weather has been glorious have been out in the garden. Doesn't it lift the spirits sooo much to have a bit of sun and warmth, although it got so hot today I had to come back into the house!

Here are some more little cheeky monkeys that have been made.

                   All sold.
At last the sock pile has gone! (apart from some baby sock bits) These will be the last probably for quite a while. The little blue stripey one is more the same blue as the monkey on the left. They have their little hats and scarfs on even tho we are in the middle of a heat wave, but they look super cute in them. If you would like to purchase one, just email me at the above address.

Now onto the garden. This was the before picture of the veggie garden and here it is now.

The seeds were put in this week so nowt to show yet! Hope they do come up, it's quite a windy spot but we had some good stuff last year. There are runner beans and peas this year as well as other stuff, although the carrots arn't in yet. We had loads last year, they were lovely.

It is quite a large patch, but I've put in some willow whips to act as a wind barrier. These will make the veg patch smaller when they bush out a bit. On the left hand side is a fedge. (a hedge and fence combination) The willows were put in last year and this year were bent over and woven into each other so they will eventually make a dense hedge. This year the rest of the plot had willows stuck into the ground. Next year when they get roots they too will be woven.

Onto the poly tunnel. It is nearly finished, just need the doors fitting. It is like a sauna in there!
It looks a bit empty but the left hand side is full up! At the end are some strawberries, to foil the slugs they are on a bench thingy and an old planter.
Looking up the other way. We got some chicken manure pellets and boy do they make the tunnel whiff! But hope they will soon break down and go into the soil to enrich it. Hope that it will be full of lush plants in the near future. There is a couple of cherry trees in there (my favourite)

So head honcho has been pretty busy, but he knows what keeps me happy, a bit of dirt and manure :0D
Also nearly finished is the summer house. But more of that on another blog.

I will be posting on these link parties
sixsistersstuff darn crafty

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Finished green patchwork quilt and crochet coat hangers.

Hello there everybody. This week I have to show the actual finished...yes, finished patchwork quilt. Go me. It's funny how I couldn't wait to get it all done and dusted and then it's hmmm I really miss having that on my lap stitching away at it!
Without further ado here it is;
Taken outside on a breezy, sunny day (yep, I did say sunny!) It's about the same size as my red quilt which fits a double bed but doesn't have much of an overhang.

Purists look away now, cos as you can see it's rather wonky, but after doing the whole lot by hand my eyes were begining to cross! I was going to leave the green sashing plain, but added the circles which made it all come together very nicely. Before I wasn't liking it much but now I do.

Wrapped around my shy model who said it was nice and cosy! This is a medium weight quilt. Am now thinking what quilt to make next, after me thinking never again. :0D I gave it a quick wash and a cool iron on the reverse side which is a plain white sheet.

I also did some crocheting, which was quite easy to do, but I thought very effective and pretty.
The top one was crochet with cotton from Penny's cotton club (no relation to me!) and the bottom one was crochet with odds and ends of acrylic that was in my stash of yarn.
My jacket and coat have never looked so posh! Arn't they so pretty with the flowers dangling down. The pattern can be found on this lady's blog marmaladerose. I found 2 hangers made from wood (one slightly bigger than the other) hiding in my wardrobe. I will have to have a root through the families cupboards and see if I can find some more so I can crochet some pretty flowers to hide the boring wood!

This blog will be joining up with these link parties;

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Teeny Tiny Chappies/fancy pins and lemon curd.

It's been a funny old week here in my little cottage, yes, I'm talking about the weather. (well we are famous for yakking on about it!) We did get some sunny spells but the wind had a big chill in it and not good for us fair weather gardeners so planting the seeds is still on hold as today is grim, I can hear the wind whistling through the lets crank up the fire, pull up a chair and have a looksee at what I've been upto this week.

These two incy, wincy monkeys (yes back to them again) were made from cut-up left over baby socks, they have been in a bag for over a year and I was going to throw them out but thought I might be able to get a couple more tinies out of them, and here they are.
Little Joey and Petronella. They are currently residing on my dresser with the jugs and other bits.
It so that you can see the scale of them a bit better. I did say they were small!

Not to be out photographed here is their mate, diddy Charlie Cherry a sweet little thing with his big ears and floppy hat! (Why do monkey's legs always look so large in photos? I try taking them at different angles but the legs always look like they are out of proportion to the body)
For some reason he looks a bit worried, maybe its because he's sitting ontop of my cold freezer :0D

Here is a picture of some pins that I made to go on top of the cactus pincushions in last weeks blog post.
 They are very easy to make if you want to jazz up your pincushion a bit. I used some long quilting pins and some heart pins that were free in a mag. sometime ago. Just put a tiny bit of glue on the stick and thread the beading through and hey presto! (I had to hand a broken pearl and a blue necklace with some bits of metal coloured spacers) I'm sure you could add charms and other items as well.

Last but not least, my other make of the week is some lemon curd. I found 2 lemons that I had forgotten about so had to make something with them before they went off.
Yummy on a piece of toast. I had used spreading 'butter' before, but I did have some proper butter so this time I used that and it's set better. I also used 2 duck eggs which were very orangey in colour (lady opposite keeps ducks and gives me some whenever she has too many) which added an extra lemony colour.  Unlike the ones in the shop that are full of colours,/preservatives etc.

I used the dish over hot water method, as you dont get horrible burnt bits in it and also no cleaning of a yukky saucepan and you can go away and do other jobs just stirring now and then. I have also tried doing this in a microwave and it tastes metally for some reason, it must do something to the acid in the lemons.....I guess? The saucepan way is quicker but for the above reasons slower is sometimes better!

If you are interested in the recipe its;
Grated rind and juice of 2 large lemons
8 oz sugar
2 eggs
4 oz butter

Put saucepan of water on to boil, and then turn down to a simmer, and put a heat proof dish ontop into which put the sugar/butter/lemon bits and wait for the sugar to dissolve and butter to takes some time so dont get impatient! When thats all melted add the very,very well beaten eggs. (when I crack them open I take out the attached stringy bit)
Give it a jolly good stir when you pour the egg in so it mixes together well. Leave it to do its thing giving a good stir now and again. It will be ready when the back of the spoon gets a good coat of mixture on it. Pour into sterilized jam jars and leave overnight to set. Just in time for breakfast!

(Even tho the eggs are given a good beating I find that there are some small white eggy bits do sometimes appear in the mixture. If anybody knows why this happens I would love to know. I just fish them out, it doesnt affect the taste at all and really I'm just being pernickity!)

I will be adding to these linky parties

Sunday, 6 May 2012

2 Cheeky Chappies and a field of cacti.

Another week has flown past and here is my Sunday update of some things that have been made here in my little Highland Cottage.

There hasn't been a post with any monkeys in lately so can't have that!
Here are 2 little sock monkeys that are so bright and cheerful and very cute.
 Bright red/orange Oswald and his little friend, Bluey. These are made with kiddies socks and have felt eyes so are more little kiddie friendly than my larger ones which have button eyes.

Although we have had a severe shortage of the sun, look what I have been growing.....a field of cacti!!
Good job they need neither the sun or water so stress free growing. :0D
I have learnt how to make pin toppers (if that's what they are called) to fancy up a pin cushion. I didn't think to take a seperate photo so you can't see them to well. But basically it's an extra long pin and then glue beads from various broken necklaces and I have to say it looks very effective.
Head Honcho made a little tray for them to stand in so they look like they're from a garden centre!

I'm still plodding on with hand quilting my quilt as I've added an extra pattern to the sashing.

Let's hope we will have some good weather very soon, or my seeds will start to sprout in the packet.  I've made some green covers out of some water bottles (didnt have any clear ones so I hope that's OK) for some lettuces that are in desperate need to go in the ground as they have outgrown their container. But at the moment the wind is very chilly and it doesn't make me want to leave the warmth to go out and dig. (I'm a very fair weather gardener!)

Here are the linky parties that I will be adding to over the week.
handmade Monday
coastal charm