It’s been a roller coster of emotions this week, with seeing my Gran, car failed it’s MOT and needs a bit of tender loving care, the ground almonds scare. Yeah kinda a downwards spiral.
My lovely Gran on a better day xx
Seeing my Gran is highly emotional as she isn’t mobile and can’t quite make a conversation any more. It breaks my heart into tiny pieces seeing her lying there as I remember how independent she was. My brother and I are so lucky to have a Gran who was so active with us and always pushing us to go that little further and believing in us. Now it’s really hard to see her struggling day to day with the basics.
I think that was the catalyst that made the small things like the car and the ground almonds seem big. All I need it to breathe deep and just let it all out. I know my gran isn’t going to get better but it’s hard seeing her like that.
Tonight I have a sewing class and have to drive a 4x4 drive down to Haddington and it’s automatic. So hoping it’s going to be non eventful there and back to class! Hoping it’s just going to help me chill not literally! I’m going to begin to make an a-line skirt tonight and I’m rather looking forward to it.
My ride for tonight, hold on tight!
Ok now breathe,
Back at the Bead Shop Scotland and this week we were making a sewing case!
I’m seeing that the projects are getting a wee bit trickier as we are going through the weeks! But I’m also seeing that I’m using some things that I learnt in the cushion and purse class with this class. That’s good - it’ll be harder to forget!
Excuse the photos please - iphone comes in handy for quickness!
So we were told to get 3 a4 bits of fabric, another a4 of felt, two small squares of fabric for a pin cushion and some more for a needle booklet.
First we made the made cushion out of the two squares of fabric. Machine sewed it 3 and half sides round, leaving the other half to get the cardboard square (I’ll explain this in a moment) and stuffing in (as much as I can!). Then to hand sew the remaining half (The lovely Sheena did this for me as I was running behind!). I started doing the fabric book for the needles first and came up with a different way of doing it and came out quite quirky but there are a few things I would change if I were to do pouch this again including taking a bit more time!
The Needle Booklet and the Pin Cushion!
Then we made the zipped pocket - that’s were small scissors and the stitch picker etc can go! That was quite easy. You could actually made lots as make-up bags - great christmas present idea! That was one of the a4 sized fabrics that I attached the green zip to each end and then iron the fold into place to place where I wanted the zip. The pocket then got sewn into place onto the other piece of fabric and felt, whch you have to sew before hand! I love the green zip against the heart fabric.
Zip it UP!
Once the pocket is in place, you can attach the pin cushion and the needle booklet. The pin cushion was attached at 2 corners onto the main fabric and the booklet was attached by machine sewing as in binding the book to the fabric again. I then attached a button and ribbon so the needles can keep secure in the book!
There is a bit of carboard in the pin cushion to stop the pins from stabbing anyones fingers if the pouch were closed! Neat idea - eh!
We added the binding to the sides but I have finish it as ran out of time and then just tidy it up! Will post a photo on Sew: Week 4 to show you the finished result!
The outside cover
Next week we are going to be doing a handbag - MEGA EXCITED! Love a handbag!
Yesterday morning and this morning has been joyful! Not only was it Mr C’s birthday yesterday but we had pancakes for breakfast too! I then decided what the heck this morning and did another batch!
I use the recipe I’ve known since I was little. My little (in age, not in height by all means) Brother and I used to do this when we came back from school and slap chocolate spread and syrup on them!
The original recipe comes from the beautiful Be-Ro booklet - it’s so retro! It’s been used so often, particuarly when it comes to scones and the dropped scones (aka thick pancakes!)
I add another 2-3 tbsps of milk to the batch and leave out the lemon essence as I feel it doesn’t need it and we’ve never added it to the past batches!
4 oz of SR flour, 1/2 oz of marg, 2 oz caster sugar, a pinch of salt (it says a quater teaspoon but I find this too much!), an egg (I use LARGE!) and about 9-10 tbsps of milk!
Add the flour and the marg and mix together (like little breadcrumbs!), then add the sugar and the salt and mix, beat the egg and milk together and add to the dry ingredients and whisk by hand until all combined. Don’t worry about the wee lumbs as I think this is the marg and this will melt once the batter hits the hot pan!
I do big pancakes, so roughly measure about 2-3 dessert spoons pouring on to the medium to hot pan - I use a non-stick so don’t have to use any butter!
Once bubbles start to appear all over then turn the pancake over (I use a silicone spatula to prevent scraping the non-stick pan!).
Wait 1-2mins and the pancake should be golden!
Take of the pan and do this procedure about 6-8 times (for big pancakes!).
Enjoy with chocolate spread, honey and a whole host of delicious combos!
Be-Ro still do the booklet for a small fee.
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Thursday passed and back at the Bead Shop Scotland Studio, Sheena our teacher gave us instructions on how to make a 50x50cm cushion cover. Remembering my first ever cushion I made (and I’ve still got it) from Primary School (now that’s making me feel old!!) which I sewed together by hand. It’s pretty cool and it’s still in good nick and in use in our home.
Firstly came the cutting out of the fabric for the pattern and as there wasn’t loads I had to alter where the zip was going to go - no biggie. Basically one big square, two rectangles and 2-3 meters of 1 and 1/2 inches for the piping. Next thing was to sew the two rectangles together and press the seems down. Then I added the zip, placing it in the middle of the seem (don’t worry this seem gets unpicked!) and gets sewn into place! I then added the piping to the big square of fabric, once I had placed the piping into the meters of fabric I had prepared earlier.
Great! Now remember and unzip your zip otherwise you won’t be able to turn the cover inside out! OK here goes, securing the whole thing together and turning it the out.
I am looking forward to making making more cushion covers - think it would be briliant for any present and it’s great that’s it handmade too!
I purchased this class via groupon a while back after the lovely miss smidge posted it on facebook. Unfortunatly I choose the bag class and miss smidge went for the skirt and only realised after! Ooops.
Due to issues with groupon booking system both our classes were postponed until this month. Kind of a blessing in disguise to me as my previous months have been hectic with cake festivities and are about to go mad again with the christmas scene just around the corner.
With a couple of cancellations in our class there was only two of us (me and another lovely lady) and the lovely Kyla, our tutor. Great stuff - more one to one time during the class.
Our project was to make a bag using basic stitches and instructions with the sewing machine. All the fabric was cut for us all though you can bring you’re own (you need to have it all pre-cut to the sizes, or pop into the shop before the class and pay £2). The fabric kit was £11 and isn’t included in the deal.
Please excuse the photos as i used my iphone!
I had my eye on a lovely macaroon paris style, lemon and a flowery “Rebecca” fabric. Unfortunaly there was limited amouts of fabric cut which was a shame as I had to go for the other flowery patterned for the handles.
The Macaroon Fabric - says Oh la la la laaaaaa to me!
Catastrophe It was indeed!!
I’m happy with my finished bag, ok handles could be changed but I’ll make another bag! Possibly do a few for shhhhhh xmas pressies too.
The lemon fabric
The inside, now the outside as the bag itself is reversabile!
At the end we were treated to scones and jam and there were as fresh as can be (just not long out of the oven!!) and they were spectacular! Well and truly delish!
I’m definitely thinking of doing a dress making course as I would love to make a couple of dresses for myself and really use the skils that I am picking up (a double bonus). I’m hoping to secure a place on the Adults Education programme with Edinburgh Council come January 2014.
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Last Saturday I attended a course at Mrs Jone’s Kitchen. The course was featuring tutoring on how to cover square cakes, make ruffles, adding colour to the fondant, covering a cake with ganache and making a stunning rose.
The course was well detailed and pretty full with other cake ethusiasists. We had Simone and Sheila (AKA Mrs Jones) to keep us right!
It was quite intense as there was alot to cover during the day. By 4pm I could feel myself struggling and I was chucking the coffees and chocolate no bake cake down to stay awake!
Sheila always makes me feel welcome and I have to say I love her house - ok I’ve only seen the bottom half of it - but it’s like a tasty cake!
Before the course I had never covered a square cake as I wasn’t to sure how to go about it, even after watching videos on a certain video channel I still wasn’t confident in doing such a task. Two of the tiers are fake cakes and the middle one is the real cake, so had a go at both and now feel confident at covering square cakes, although you have to be a bit more delicate with the fake bases as they are sharper on the edges, but that will come with practice!
I’ve down a rose before with Mrs Jone’s so this bit was easy to get right. The bows were a little tricky though! I had to do one again and I wish I did the other one as I can see it pulling! But that comes down to practice!
The top bow went a bit wonky, lets just say I was defeated at this point!
Ruffling fondant was fun and after a few attempts I had it, actually I can’t wait to paint the edges with dusting powder next time I do this on a cake and see the effect!
I’m going to try doing the square and some round cakes and use some the techniques I’ve used! I’m excited all ready!
The Ladies and our spectacular cakes!
Ok the courses aren’t cheap but I do feel you get all the support as the classes are small. Sheila is always on hand if you are stuck. I have a list of courses I want to do, so must get saving!! I really enjoyed this course, the end acheivement is simply stunning!
Since I inherited my Gran’s lovely sewing machine it’s been sitting collecting dust because I’m just scared to use it and didn’t know where to start!
All that is now about to change as I’ve enrolled on the Bead Shop Scotland’s “Beginner’s Sewing Machine Workshop”.
Last night was my first class out of the six week course and I really enjoyed it. Our teacher, came round everyone if we had questions, got stuck and kept us on the right stitch, quite literally! The first project was to make a purse with a zip. I’ve never dealt with a zip on a sewing machine before, so this was a first! There were basic instructions which were clear but even then I got myself into a pickle sorting the material (inside and out) to the zip, thank goodness there was someone to get me out of it!!
Cake (chocolate! )was involved, and much talk of my cakes too - well once they found out there was no stopping them asking questions!!
I left with a sugar high and wonderful handcrafted purse!
The outside of the bag I choose this nice blue flowery fabric to match the zip! (Yes, the zip!)
I added a wee tartan ribbon to the zip - cute eh!?
The inside of the purse is a red and white checker - I like how I matched the materials together - ooooh look at me!
All the materials are included in this class and you can use the machines there or bring your on along. I think it’s good value for money and with 4 people in a class, you’re not stuck for long!
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Me and my Ma have been talking a lot of the Big Smoke, down South. Nothing is booked yet but have a few good ideas of what I would like to do whilst we are there. Mr C mentioned that there is a site called airbnb, which lets out accomodation, private rooms or shared rooms - which might work our better than a hotel and far more cheaper. I found one in the Shoreditch area, which looks fairly decent and is in a nice central area too. My Ma is really interested in doing a intensive diploma course in Floral Art. It’s a five day course which leaves me with the thought of exploring London and it’s hidden treasures. I thought about doing a metal clay course at the London School of Jewellery, whilst I’m down (note to self: must check out dates with courses!!) I’m already getting a bucket list of things to do and suss out.
1. Wahaca - this is a must if you like mexican street food, i love the flavours and the vibe. Anytime I’m in London I have to go at least once.
2. Food Markets - just to feel the buzz and smell the aromas. i love trying out things at stalls, especially food!
3. Recently found out thanks to Tom Kerridges’ Proper Pub Food on BBC2, which is on Monday nights and is a feast for the eayes and then a torture for the stomach (hungry all over again)!!! There is a small stall on Maltby Street which sells Salt Beef on a massive sandwich. I think this happens on a Saturday and I have to get in QUICK!
3. Covent Garden - I like the vibe of this area, lots of twee shops including the Ladurée, which sells devine macarons! Hopefully I will catch the market and see what it has in store!
4. Ms. Cupcake - Vegan cupcakes and cakes galore. This very highly rated on Yelp! and I have just bought her book and it’s filled with recipes and stunning pictures. I’m eager to taste the cupcakes! The shop is based in Brixton.
Saturday past and Mr C went to the local butchers to collect his pork shoulder, a whopper of meat! The butcher is super, as he offered to score it so we could get the crackling too!
I was at St Market selling my cakes and meeting new faces and old faces - it was a great day with lots of great feedback! So coming home to a house smelling of pulled pork was heaven (sorry veggies and vegans).
The pork fell of the bone and was so tender and tasty. We have loads left, so portioned it out into freezer boxes for future meals. The pork shoulder was on the bone and cost about £24 - so when you divide that by 6, it’s a pretty good price for good meat and a meal.
So far we’ve had pork risotto, which we used the stock/jelly from the roast - it was packed full of flavour. I’m going to make some soup with the reminder stock for these colder days!
Later this week, I think we are going to have ragu with a portion of the pork so will post pics of that!