DP Challenge – Treat! Mmmmmmm!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.”

This is an ideal subject for me. We are at hubby’s parents’ place for the weekend, and there is the opportunity for all manner of treats. I suppose I really should be posting pictures of treats I have made, but not being at home makes it difficult to do any baking.

Hubby suggested the first of the day’s treats:

Two Magies Bakery, Sausage Roll

These are lovely, warm scrumminess, and you definitely don’t need much else to eat. Ours were the shop’s standard sausage rolls, but hubby and his Dad went for ones which included black pudding as well! My favourite are the ones they put apricots in, but there weren’t any today.

The shop these come from? The rather lovely, and, I gather, upwardly-mobile in the baking awards world, the Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold. We love getting treats from here, and the ultimate treat is to eat in and have a coffee too!

Two Magpies Bakery

Two Magpies Bakery, Southwold

They also make the most wonderful sourdough loaves, and we got one as a treat today.

Southwold sourdough

Southwold sourdough loaf

Southwold Sourdough

Mmmmm!

The next treat has been waited for (really no room after that luscious sausage roll), and will be savoured with a cup of tea: Hazlenut Brownies. Yes, again these are from Two Magpies. They did well out of us today!

Chocolate hazlenut brownie

Other treats have been a wander on the pier and the chance to take in the views, as well as a naughty hot chocolate in one of the pier’s coffee shops.

Southwold, lighthouse

Southwold seafront, towards the lighthouse, from the pier

Southwold, beach hut

Beach huts on Southwold Promenade

A generally gastronomic day of treats, and I intend it to continue tomorrow, since I think a visit to the Adnam’s Shop is a must. A bottle of my favourite Adnam’s Prosecco to take home ready for Christmas, and time for a coffee in their coffee-shop whilst hubby chooses beers and Maxi Mister gets to run around the nearby playground like a loon, sounds like an ideal morning to me. Definitely a treat!

Hexies and Quilts and Half-Term Fun

A really good day today. Not only have I managed to complete my Jelly Roll Jam quilt top, I have also finished another set of hexies, ready to move on to a new colour and some miniscule shapes. And Maxi Mister and I had some quality time together.

The quilt top really shouldn’t have taken this long, since it is quite straightforward. But other things have got in the way. It needs pressing properly and then I have to quilt it and bind it. I think the scary bit is still to come! In the meantime, I get to choose some backing fabric and something for binding it, as well as deciding on the type and weight of batting/wadding to go in the middle. Who knew quilts were so complicated?! ☺

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Central portion of Jelly Roll Jam quilt top

On the other hand, I have been very lucky to get some help and advice from Deborah at Fat Quarter Shop (where the pattern comes from). I emailed on a whim to ask about binding, and she has been full of suggestions and has even emailed me a video tutorial link. I will put all these bits on a proper summary post when the quilt is finished.

Back to hexies, and I have now hit 460 completed hexies! It sounds a lot, but considering I am aiming for at least a queen-size quilt, I have probably completed about a fifth of all those I need to baste. Don’t they look pretty though?

Hexies

I have 2 sets ready to baste, 3 to prep, and another 8 FQs ready to cut up. As I said previously, I am going to be doing this one for a loooong time. I have prepped some mini shapes this evening to have a go at over the weekend, so they may be ready for a post next week.

In other news, Hubby’s much-delayed birthday cake (with any luck) will be happening tomorrow, and I am going to be making him some cupcakes to take to work a week on Monday. He should have had them this Monday, but, as you know, we were all ill, and next week his co-workers are off on a test trip somewhere, so they have to wait another week.

I also have to make Maxi’s cake next week as he turns 6! How can I have a 6-year-old??? It only seems like yesterday he was a bouncing, giggling toddler. Now he is a bouncing, giggling giraffe of nearly 6-year-old gorgeousness. We had a great day today, going to the cinema and then out for lunch, just the 2 of us. I loved listening to him shriek with laughter watching Hotel Transylvania 2. And, of course, we had his choice of Wagamama for lunch (complete with his favourite ‘giant peas’ – edamame to the rest of us).

Hopefully tomorrow will be as good as today is all respects… 😊

Welcome to half term! Now be ill…

I have got behind on everything – reading blogs (I have a huge backlog in my inbox and on my Reader and Bloglovin’), writing posts (including a tutorial), doing housework, doing planning, arranging music for work, spending half term having fun with my kids. And all because of a rather nasty little virus which Mini Mister picked up at Nursery last week. He was ill Friday night, I followed Sunday and hubby yesterday. Only Maxi Mister is unscathed so far, so let’s hope it stays that way.

Photo from Trip Advisor

Photo from Trip Advisor

Because I am still not completely well, I have lost out on the chance to take Maxi to the theatre in London for the first time – I had booked a last minute pair of tickets to see Cats at the London Palladium. I am just hoping that paying for ticket insurance was worth it, and we get a refund. Of course, that doesn’t make up for the fact that I had planned an awesome day of travelling on as many different types of transport as possible (including his first trip in a black cab), going to see the Egyptian exhibitions at the British Museum, followed by dinner at Wagamama (he has always called ‘The Noodle Shop’), and then stalls seats (OK, they were at the back, but still…)  for Cats. At least I had only told him yesterday, so it was only me who had been looking forward to it. Another time…

 

Anyway, huge apologies for being late on everything, and especially the lovely reader who asked me to help out with a Twirlywoo cake (I am so sorry I didn’t get a tutorial done). Now to catch up on everything, and I hope half term improves from here 🙂

DP Challenge – Careful

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Careful.”

Jelly roll, rotary cutter, self-healing mat, quilting ruler

Using a rotary cutter and quilting ruler on a self-healing mat the trim a block for the quilt I am making. Ouch if you aren’t careful!

Oriental string work, royal icing, sugarcraft

Using sugar pearls as spacers in oriental string work on a cake. The royal icing is very delicate, so you have to be very careful not to knock everything off (as I did at least twice when doing this)

Pin cushion, thread catcher

Somewhere to carefully stow pins whilst sewing at the machine – my homemade thread catcher and pincushion.

An Award (Or Two)!

I have seen lots of shiny awards on blogs out there. I know some are more prestigious than others, but if even a tiny, little award gives a bit more air time to a blog, especially a new one, then that must be a good thing.

I haven’t been going long and am still working out how to build up a following (thank you to all those lovely people who have decided to follow me 😊 ), but in the space of just over a week I have been nominated for 2 awards! Eek!

I will take a leaf out of the book of one of my nominators (and a blogger I aspire to be like, and who I hadn’t realised had been going only a little longer than me) and put both into the one post. I have got bad (or is that good?) at procrastinating again, so if I don’t do them both now, heaven knows how long it will take me to do them both. So Megan at The Momhood, I am following your example 😊

My first nomination was from Carol over at Writeful Mind, a fellow Blogging U student and creator of a great little forum on Facebook for Blogging U students, called Cafe Blog (some wonderfully supportive people on there, Carol, so thank you!). The nomination was for the Blogger Recognition Award, my first ever nomination.

My 2nd award nomination was for One Lovely Blog, and came from Megan at the aforementioned blog The Momhood.

A huge thank you Carol and Megan. It means a lot to me that you thought of me.

Anyway, here are the rules and requirements of the 2 awards.

Blogger Recognition Award

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  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
    • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

One Lovely Blog Award

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  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.

7 Facts About Me and why I started this blog

  1. I started this blog as a place to record all the making I attempt, hoping to get myself organised. This is a post explaining it further.
  2. I am a singer. I trained to be a singer through college and university, and carried on afterwards. I don’t sing as much as I would like anymore, mainly because being a Mama and holding down a job tends to leave you with very little time. But my dream job would be to sing with The Sixteen.
  3. I love music by Ludovico Einaudi, especially I Giorni and Divenire. I met Einaudi at The Barbican a few years ago, and have a photo of me with him, and I have his autograph on some music and a CD.
  4. I won a cake competition when I was a teenager. OK, it was a Guides one, but I still had to beat a lot of other entries. I made a fruit cake, then covered it with white fondant, put a rim round the top (marked into tiles), filled the middle with blue glace icing and made lots of little fondant bears. Considering this was the late 1980s, and there were not as many things around to help with cake decorating, I think I did a pretty good job. Why on earth I didn’t keep it up, I don’t know. I don’t think there is any photographic evidence either…
  5. I hate hemming. I tried making a dress and some skirts when I was a teenager, and could never get the hemming right. Mum did them for me. This is probably why I do not make clothes now!
  6. My favourites authors are Terry Pratchett, Bernard Cornwell, Phillip Pullman, and Garth Nix, although my favourite book ever is Jane Eyre. I also collect Chalet School books by Elinor Brent-Dyer (and even wrote some fan fiction based on them), and would love a complete set of 1st editions. My guilty pleasure for books are Tricia Ashley’s books set in rural England.
  7. Hubby and I went on our first date for a giggle. We were friends. It seemed like a good idea. Look where that got us! And now for the sloppy bit… For our first date, he took me to see the 2nd Matrix film because I wanted to see it. This was despite the fact he had already seen it and didn’t like it! He didn’t tell me til after. Awwww!
  8. And a bonus one – I love Star Trek (especially the corniness and stereotyping of the original series), The West Wing, Only Connect (a quiz show on BBC2) and The Great  British Bakeoff. An ideal evening’s viewing would be at least one episode of each!

What do you think?

And here are some lovely blogs I would like to nominate for the Blogger Recognition Award:

Prolific Project Starter, because she reminds me of me and my ability to not always finish things

Lucie the Happy Quilter, because she is always cheerful and her longarm quilting is amazing

KS Writer & Teacher, because of some wonderfully thought-provoking posts

The Demented Fairy, because she makes some fantastic steam punk clothes

The Caked Crusader, because of all the tempting yumminess!

All Day Kindergarten, another blogger who makes me think

The Crafty Lady in Combat Boots, because she has such an awesome blog title, and posts some great pictures

LJones Edition, for all the great reads

Sewn Up, for some great patchwork tutorials

Very Berry Handmade, for some wonderful inspiration

Please take a look at these lovely blogs. You won’t regret it! 😊

DP Challenge: (Extra)ordinary

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”

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Writing, handwriting, is ordinary. But it doesn’t start like that. For someone who is just learning to write, it is extra-ordinary!

Maxi Mister is still only 5 and has been in Year 1 (his 2nd year at school) for less than half a term. At the beginning of Reception last year, he could write his letters and print simple words (his reading has always outstripped his writing). He now writes in (admittedly slightly messy) cursive script, but the difference in a year is extraordinary.

This is part of his homework – the instructions for a game he had to create. He designed everything and wrote out his instructions with not too much help from Daddy. All spellings are his.

Ordinary, but extraordinary!

DP Challenge: My Happy Place – Well, one of them…

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

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Have you ever felt like the world was being a bit too rowdy? Where things and people were pushing in, crowding out your quiet thoughts — the ones that need time and space to surface? (DP Challenge)

Sometimes, it is the kitchen, sometimes a book, sometimes a quiet corner to sew in. Mostly it is listening to music. Especially if I get to do some relaxation exercises at the same time. I have a right old mixture of music and it is ever-expanding. But my “go to” albums are those by Ludovico Einaudi (I feel the tension drain away as the music starts), or some film music by Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, et al.

In other news, I have started basting hexies again, and have prepped about 200 ready to sew. I can’t do any more as I am now out of hexies templates, so will require a quick visit to Sew and Quilt, Jessie Fincham’s online shop. Jessie’s blog is one of those I follow for some great sewing ideas. I will have to restrict myself to only buying hexies, and try to avoid looking at all the lovely fabrics on there and several other sites., I shall go and listen to some music instead. 🙂