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I’ve been stitching intensively for the last two nights. You can see my first trial a couple of post ago where I’ve shown one picture… since then I had to change the process a bit and start again, but at last we have the result – a place matย  for my youngest who loves almost all living creatures and trains ๐Ÿ™‚ And loves to eat.

i can'tbelieve i've managed...

have a closer look

Stitching is easy, only getting everything ready for it takes a bit of time: I had to enlarge the original picture (below), cut out all the felt pieces I wanted on my mat and just stitch them all on. Now my older boy wants a mat too, so the same process only with a different theme is awaiting me…

idea

it’s from this beautiful Japanese magazine I’ve treated myself to idees

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Looking at this and other Japanese craft magazines I have (I’m gonna share some favourites here with you one day), I get so built up to make things… Once I get another place mat done, I’ve been wanting to make some simple linen ones for all of us, I want lunch bags for my boys, pencil cases, mini pouches, baby stuff and new toys… cushions, clothes…. jewlery! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes…

Will see how far I’m gonna get with my crafty hopes, kids holidays begin from Monday :).ย  I still haven’t prepared my promised free patterns for you…ย  but it will come. It will.

btw. if you like fish and don’t mind the soft ones, udder is offering a great give way!

Enjoy your day! x

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Bake and make

Among many many good things that Britain brought into my life I’m gonna mention scones today.ย  Plain ones, with raisins, cheese or cherries… but most importantly with a cup ofย  tea – I love scones so much, that to prove my love I bake them very often. My current best version is a wholemeal ones with shopped apricots, sultanas and raisins. I get them ready for breakfast and I’m not gonna say the number – all of them are gone (somewhere) by the end of the day.

my scones

I’ve also found a great apple cake recipe

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and a new Polish recipe that makesย  really yummy Christmas cookies

cookies

50g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup or honey (I used honey)

50g light brown sugar

225g plain flour

3tsp mixed spices (ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon..)

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

3tbsp milk

1 egg yolk

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Melt the butter, syrup or honey and sugar in a pan. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.

Sift the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the melted butter mixture, milk and egg yolk. Mix to a soft dough.

Kneed until smooth, then roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Stamp out forms using cookie cutters. Place on the baking sheets. Make a hole in each if you wish to hang them up later. Bake for 10 minutes, until a slightly darker shade.

Speaking of cookies, I had to make some for my kids school’s Christmas fair. I used simple gingerbread dough and decorated it with the icing. No idea how successful they were, but it was fun making these. ๐Ÿ™‚

for others

Ok. Next up buckwheat pancakesfor one

Made fromย  wholewheat and buckwheat flour (50/50). My kids actually love them. I also substitute normal sugar for black molasses, it not only is healthier, tastes better, but also makes the pancakes look brownish, so my kiddos call our pancakes ‘the chocolate ones’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that’s baking. Now making. Lina and her goodies. Already in my shop

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For some reason I had this urge to try to make a white felted flower…

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I also have a bigger bear that needs to be finished… and a couple of other things…ย  so I might do my last shop update next Tuesday night, but no promises here ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s it. The sun outside is calling – have a great Sunday!

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Farm

not mine, Wimpole’s, although the idea of having a goat, chickens, geese and a couple of rabbits doesn’t entirely scare me. I would love to try a peaceful, partly self sustainable way of living. With lots of fresh air, lots of green, greens and lots of happy laughter. And I would definitely like a dog. Or maybe two dogs. Somewhere in South of France… or Italy… Ahh ๐Ÿ™‚ Back to the Wimpole farm then.

This place had been visited, by our family, quite a bit in the past, but then we once had a car accident on the way back from the farm. Two years later not much has changed at Wimpole:

a big softie

a typical ‘the grass is greener on the other side’

and this

a ‘blissful’ motherhood. 11 little ones and one poor mom. Respect. For what we saw… nature can be harsh. But then so can we.

Moving on – I’m officially a sole trader (yeahhhhh!!!). With not much of a trade…yet ๐Ÿ™‚ Summer proves to be the hardest time for me to complete a craft project. But I’m getting somewhere.

To be finished

and this is going to be finished too. I promise. I can manage multitasking no problem…

I can not show them today, but I also have a couple of teddies done. Nearly. Hm hm. And a few more new things already started too… So I see my etsy shop reopening in September. Before that – I’m making the best of my summer evenings.

Sitting on the terrace, watching the sky changes

enjoying the view

and enjoying some REALLY good films.

What are you up to on your evenings?

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So much

Don’t get used to it just yet – I’m not intending to start posting daily… but Tuesday was a great day and I want to share it here.

I’ve recently neglected my kitchen appliances, but it’s meant to change. Starting with simple things. I’m officially excluding meat and dairy from my menu (again). Completely. So scones for breakfast were my ‘good bye’ (to cows milk) treat.

Another ‘good bye’ (yes, too many in one day!) to falafel burgers from Giraffe

It’s time to move on. I tend to stick to the same dishes for quite some time and then no wonder – I get tiered of them. So next time I’m in Giraffe – I’m gonna try something new.

Word ‘new’ has to be used more often. Like new toys… new designs… new ideas…

So here: today I finally managed to take a couple of photos of my new necklace I’ve mentioned some time ago.

This is my first trial, based entirely on Maria’s kjo style (which I very much admire!) . I’m not intending to sell my necklace – it’s for personal use, so I sort of borrowed her idea and made something for myself (for a change). This year I’m too optimistic I’m gonna treat myself to more than just this. Thinking big: some clothes, bags…

And finally, before I switch off – today we met Ben Wilson. Picture a man on his fours on the street doing something on the pavement with a fine paintbrush. Would you expect to see him painting on a discarded gum?

There was something very nice about Ben and his idea. Some of his miniatures have stories – it’s like chewing gum reincarnates into something much more important… and stops people like us. We look at these little pieces and give them a big happy smile. Why not?

Only hope that does not encourage people to give Ben more of that work material…

Ok. The new day has began. Hope it’s a nice one.

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April

The last couple of weeks were all about my two little people in the house. This time school holidays meant lots of parks, playgrounds, lots of sandwiches and very little time for me and things like sowing… The later will come and I already miss having my both boys with me all day long.

Kew last week

Hampstead

Scotney Castle in Kent with huge green space around for long relaxing walks


Eh. I even had my own mini breaks over those two weeks where I was left on my own… a good film, a good 100gr of fine chocolate and some production…

I know others manage, I’m still working on that – my wish/to do list only grows and never shrinks. Good I guess…

Shop update is very close. No promises, but I’m thinking Thursday.

Until then.

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I’ve bought quite a lot of wool last year in hope to embrace the art of felting a bit more seriously. The hope is still there. The wool too. So far I only made this little attempt (a few months ago…) to try my felting needles

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I used this photo

lots

and this

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from this book ISBN: 9784277563109

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And then recently I moved on to wet felting :

first the necklace

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the ring

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and another one

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I also made flower brooches

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A couple more of my flowers are displayed in my shop.

The inspiring image for the brooches was

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Definitely will play more with wool. I have quite a few Japanese magazines/books with lots of exciting woolly ideas to try out and then there are people like Fadeeva. Her creations are simply amazing. Actually, she was the one that made me wanna get some felting needles and try to learn to control them. Love her stuff! Also love HUT up. And kjoo.
For those who are interested I bought my merino tops from this great shop.

So that’s wool. In a mean time I’m back to what I’m feeling better at – making some more mohair bears… and rabbits. And…

Hope you’re enjoying your week! Will ketch up soon. x

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ok

Weekend proves to be the wrong time to promise a post ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve 5 minutes before we shoot off to the swimming pool so here we go:

I’ve a little bunny up for grabs. She’s been waiting for somebody to offer her a loving home and I can not think of any better way to solve it then giving one of you a chance to own her.

Here is Boni

Boni

Boni

About 15cm (5.9 inches) tall (from tippy toes to ears). Needs assistance with standing up on her own. She can sit, move her little arms and legs + her dress is removable.

I’m not making more of these (you never know, but at the moment I’m into mohair toys….), so it’s sort of a last chance. If you like her – drop a comment – convince me you really want to have her and wait for the results ๐Ÿ™‚ Boni is gonna come with a little something, but that’s for the new owner to find out ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would say we give a couple of days for this Boni thing and then I hope she goes to a nice home.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend, I’ll be back tomorrow with some new bears…

x

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