Friday, 15 March 2013

Views from the kitchen table

My sunny-day salad of feta, bacon, red onion, baby leaves and tomatoes, all the more satisfying as it used up lots of leftovers that were past their best.

Feta, bacon and baby leaf salad


The button-nosed one making fairy cakes.

the little baker


A gangnam-style interlude from the elders, to enthusiastic handclapping by the littlest.

gangnam style

And that's the sort of week we've had here.



Sunday, 3 March 2013

Could it be that Spring is in the air?

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus! Happy St David's Day!  
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

St David's Day, the first of March, a sure sign that Spring is in the air! Seeing my little ones dress up in their Welsh costumes (which were once my Welsh costumes!) brings back vivid memories of running around in a sunny school yard swinging our Welsh hats by the ribbons as baskets and pretending that we were apple-pickers. Why apple-picking, I know not, but it was ever so.

It doesn't seem to have rained for ages. And I live in Wales, so that really is saying something.  I never think that I'm too susceptible to being pulled down by the nights drawing in during the Autumn, but I am definitely feeling a surge of Spring energy as the days are getting longer. We seem to have packed in a host of lovely things over the last couple of weeks including a visit back to friends near our old home and a jaunt into London to see my sister and baby nephew, and the following weekend two of my best friends coming to stay for a whole two days of idle roaming, scrabble-playing and leisurely eating and drinking. And then there's the master plan of persuading all my friends and family to move to Monmouthshire, which seems to be finally paying off. Last week saw my brother, his girlfriend and my little nephew move into their new home here, and in just a few short weeks my parents will be moving to a new house a couple of miles down the road! I love it when a plan comes together.

I've even been stitching this weekend. My sister commissioned me to make some cushions for my baby nephew's bedroom a while back now and chose these gorgeous fabrics which I hadn't come across before.The fabric line is Critter Community by Suzy Ultman for Robert Kaufman, and these prints were purchased from Celtic Fusion fabrics.
Critter Community Cushion

Critter Community Cushion

I see that Fancy Moon has the gorgeous panel print, 'Frames' in both cool and hot, which I am strongly tempted to purchase for my fabric hoard! I've been putting off making some new cushions for our conservatory for a while now, but as these covers will be posted to my sister minus the pads, I shall have 4 naked cushion inners sitting around in the study-o, so there's no excuse for procrastinating any longer really. And I might even squeeze in an hour of sewing in the evening now that there's just a smidge of daylight left to stitch in after my husband gets back from work.


Critter Community Cushions










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