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So when ‘we’ do baking, that is me and my diligent spoon licker, Masie, she always wears my other apron which is, no surprise here, a little too big for her 3 year old frame. So I thought I would TRY and make one for her. I haven’t made anything really and as I will be needing to get on with my pincushion I wanted to break myself in gently. I found a really easy downloadable tutorial, although it called for D rings and the like, I just used ribbons to make it even easier. (Although just found this one which I will try next time)I had a load of poly gingham from her birthday party when made bunting and tablecloths, so I used that and a table cloth as a pocket detail ( it sounds so grand – you’ll actually choke when you see these pics…)

And here it is:

I didn’t even change the bobbin and thread to white to do the pocket, I kept it red, that how slap dash I was, but I did cut the pattern, first time ever!!!

Loved it. More importantly, Maisie declared it “Perfect”.

Chuffed.

I said YES YES YES…

Nope – still not a crack addict.

I buckled to the peer pressure tho’ and visited Fabric Rehab.

I picked up these wee wonders, although I spent quite a bit and still feel like I don’t have very much.

So I went in search of a nearby fabric shop to buy some decent swathes of plain material that I could dot with the rehab material. Google pointed me to Dunfermline, a mere 12.9 miles away. Two shops were highlighted: Dunfermline Craft Store and The Mad Crafters. The latter no longer existed and the former told me they haven’t sold fabric for 7 years, and the closest fabric shop is Rejects, in Kirkcaldy, which I have heard great things about so will have a pilgrimage there this weekend. I just want some plain white and coloured fabric to get me started.

Its not much to ask, is it?

Maybe you have already heard of it. My friend Laurie introduced me to it, she introduces me to lots of great things. She is fab. I am intensely pleased to find that she is my friend. Anyway…. I gushingly digress….

Postcrossing is a free website and service. You sign up and are immediately given up to 5 addresses to send a postcard to. They can be anywhere in the world. Once you send your card off and it is received, you will start to get postcards back, not from who you sent them to, but from other completely different people. Its quite amazing. I have always loved getting letters from people, and I have a couple of friends who are excellent letter writers (again, overcome with a warm and grateful feeling of how lucky I am in life in terms of the friends I have, and who I dearly love)*. This way you can almost be guaranteed of a postcard everyday, depending how intensely you postcross.

There are a lot of Finnish involved, not to sure why, maybe it was started by a Finn. (it sounds like thats a ‘con’ but its not – just an observation!) And you do find yourself at the post office more often that usual, but thats no bad thing, gets you out of the house!

To send a EU postcard costs about 54p and an outer EU card is 64p ish.

Also as I always have loved picking up postcards wherever I go, holiday museum, degree show, whatever, it is a great way to use they for what nature intended.

So if you fancy giving it a go, enjoy!

*I seem to have the opposite of PMT today… whats going on???? It is sunny I suppose.

my mum and Meryl Streep!

It was an amazing weekend. Here is a link to a youtube video of mum on stage with Meryl.

And the intro that Hilary Clinton gave:

You’ll have to go here to find it but it amazing, 6 etsy shops offering mystery gifts and a great way to see whats out there in the endless etsy world!

I got this book for Christmas from a lovely friend.

I had bookmarked a couple of recipes to try out. Starting simple with some vanilla cupcakes for one of Maisie Moo’s friends birthday. Iced pink of course, but the recipe did make something all together lighter than the average cupcake mix. I do also love the look of the lemon drizzle cake recipe and have bought the elusive ring mould in preparation. But this weekend Maisie and I also made the most divine carrot cake from the recipe. Just so light and moist, which must be due to the inclusion of bicarb of soda and sunflower oil, no butter, in the recipe.

The recipe does call for making it a 3 layer cake which would be spectacular, but i couldn’t be arsed, so I made a one layer cake, a loaf shaped cake and a set of cupcakes, all with cream cheese frosting. Delish. Its the walnuts that make it…

Next from this book will be the Red Velvet cupcakes for a Twilgiht/New Moon party this weekend. I had some Red Velvet cake in New York and it blew my fragile little mind!

Well its the Pincushion swop of course! I mean how could I NOT? Ok, so I have only ever made one pincushion, and people eyed it suspiciously, poked it and said “What IS it?” But I remain undeterred, completely positive and more than a little deluded.

My partner is Lisa-Marie, she lives up the road in Dundee, and works even closer by. So we are determined to meet up in a totally non-stalker like capacity before the swop.

My ex-swop partner Rachel is also involved, and I see she has also got a great partner in swop – a well matched pair indeed!

So 14th April is the dead line, and I predict and anxious late night drive to Dundee April 13th… :/

I went on abit of an online shopping spree – well I had to get a new dress to meet Meryl in… So I got side tracked on the John Lewis site… (I blame littlepinkroom and her gorgeous wee boxes )

I ended up with a host of baking thingumys as I got the hummingbird bakery book for xmas and most of the cakes look so good in a ring mould I had to get one. And I also got an oilcloth tablecloth. And I love it. It makes me smile everytime I see it. I was thinking of trying to get flag fabric to redo the dining room charis in, that room is so boring, and then getting all our african trinkets out – we have a lot of heads and masks etc.

What do you think?

No news there then…

But seriously, I was putting an image into the last blog and realised that I had images left from the seven day swop I had not shared. Naughty ungrateful me! A reminder – my swap partners were Rachel and Penny, these were from Penny.

So without further ado:

Day 4
A box of tea (we got each other tea = we got each other!), a pack pf cake decorations and some fun cupcake cases!

Day 5
Crazy yarn, amazing buttons and a wee gadget called a french knitter. Its very cute, and I call her Dominique.

Day 6
A selection of yummy Elle Macpherson yummies with 2 candles – all in use!

Day 7

wow….