Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Knitting Needle Case For Mama

Mummy wanted a knitting needle case for her birthday. After much browsing on Amazon, we both realised I could make one myself, and then she could have a greater choice of colours and fabrics.

So, I used one that I have to give me the outline for the design, but most of it was just a yard-stick and tailor's chalk.

A Gerbera For The Queen Of Sheba

Because, sometimes, you need a little pink reminder of God's good creation.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Meditteranean Vegetable Spaghetti

One day baby courgettes were on offer...

Serves 2

250g smoked bacon lardons
8 baby courgettes
8 sundried tomato halves
8 quarters/pieces of marinated artichoke hearts (often sold as "artichoke antipasti," in olive oil)
Olive oil
Wholemeal spaghetti to serve 2.

1. Put a large heavy frying pan (which has a lid) on the hob. Add a slug of olive oil (1-2 tbsp), put over a medium heat. Add the bacon lardons.
2. Wash, dry and slice the courgettes (fairly thinly). Put into the frying pan, and fry until just starting to soften and the lardons are beginning to crisp.
3. Put the pasta on to cook
4. Cut the tomatoes and artichoke hearts into smallish pieces. Add to the frying pan with a little of the oil the artichoke hearts are in. Cover and leave to cook on a medium heat.
5. When the pasta is ready, drain and add to the frying pan. Take the frying pan off the heat, and stir the pasta and the vegetables together.
6. Serve.

Bizet the pig

Made for an operatically named friend. From this pattern.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

A Skirt Is Made

My first proper foray into making my own clothes, on my own sewing machine, by myself.

No commercial pattern. Merely a little maths, some fabric from Ikea and a cotton lawn lining.