Sunday, 26 June 2016

Budgie cushion

After a bit of thought as to whether the budgie would look best as a cushion or picture, I made it into a cushion. From start to finish.......


                                                   Wasn't keen on this frame...

                                                     Looks much better as a plump cushion  
                                                    Very comfy on the chair, but no longer on my chair as somebody took a fancy to it and away it flew without a backward glance!!

Now for something completely different.......Cake! My daughter made this for a party after seeing one on Pinterest. A Cocoa cola bottle chocolate cake. Who'd have thought eh.

Swiss roll mixture on the inside. We don't drink coke ourselves so had to wait until a visitor turned up with a bottle! Apparently you can also make them with milk bottles....any plastic bottles I guess. Daughter said it was a bit of a faff making it but it tasted good and went down well at the party. Recipes can be found on Pinterest/google if you want a go yourselves.

Bobby and Archie modelling my new summer scarves for me. They look lovely in real life, and the doggies thought they were super posh.                                                                                                       Well, that's all for now folks, see you again soon.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Dogs on wheels

I expect you thought I had given up my blog and left you all, well, I do admit it has been rather a long time but I'm here now and with an update on what I've been upto.

This was a simple project to do, blocks of wood were saved from the wood pile, sawn to size and then painted and a little house popped on top with some jolly bunting attached to the 'chimneys' Wouldn't it be nice to live in a house that has a heart over the door! It now sits on our mantlepiece.

I used to have a dog on wheels, many moons ago. Which I loved so much it was soon threadbare! I have wanted to try and create a similar one with a vintage look. So here it is, made from a cushion cover and then set on a platform with wooden wheels. He has the vintage feel I was after, so really pleased with that effort.

Soooo not stopping there I made a row of them!
Why have one when you can have a little row all sporting smart collars with little heart tags.
Hmmm, someone is trying to get in on the act, can you spot the odd one out?

Little Mr Foxy doesn't want to be left out and he has a set of wheels as well. This one was made from cotton fabric and then hand painted. Cute eh!

At our Home Sweet Home the flowers have taken a bit longer to bloom due to the unseasonable cold weather up here in Scotland.....even for our part of the world it is a tad chilly for June. The polytunnel strawberries took a nose dive and all that survived were some new plants that we far about 3 strawberries have been eaten, this doesn't compare favourably to last years bumper crop. Last year the raspberries were overflowing, not this year tho, rhubarb we do have plenty of really need to think of some recipes other than crumbles.

The one thing I was pleased about was bottling our bumper apple crop late last year and what a success. I used kilner jars and making sure the fruit was hot (with added sugar) the apple was ladled into the hot jars and sealed and then put into simmering hot water for 20 mins I think. As it was a bit of an experiment we were pleasantly suprised at how well it had kept (in a dark cupboard) and was delicious in a pie. That is 6 months from preserved to eating and kept the freezer freed up for other things. So that is one experiment that will be worth repeating come apple picking time.

Gosh that was a long post, lots more to catch up on so see you soon I hope xx