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Playmat toy bags

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This has been a top-secret project for a few weeks now, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you! I’ve made these playmat toy bags for our gorgeous friends Rachel and Daria – Rachel has now given birth to baby Joshua and Daria (my partner-in-craft) is due very soon! I wanted to make them something extra special and it took me ages to find the perfect thing. I found the tutorial for this in the free book that came with the December 2013 issue of Craftseller magazine, and it was originally designed by Mia Underwood in her book, Nordic Crafts.

 

The original design of the bag is the night scene, but I decided to make my own daytime version too. Read More

Embroidered pin cushion

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I love craft books. In fact, I’m hooked on them (in addition to my little obsession with cookery books too…our house is pretty full!). I’m a big fan of Aimee Ray’s embroidery designs and have already blogged about some designs from her Doodle Stitching books. When I saw the pincushion on the front of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery and Beyond, I knew that I had to make it! So this weekend I finally got around to making it, and I’m so pleased with how it has turned out!

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A Cumbrian Christmas – gallery

 

This year we spent Christmas in Cumbria, and I took lots of photos in and around Maryport and Keswick. Here is a little selection of the best ones!

Paul Hollywood’s Gingerbread

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I love baking on a Sunday morning, and as I haven’t done any for a while I thought that today would be a perfect day to try this new recipe! It comes from Paul Hollywood’s ‘How To Bake‘ – I think there was a series of the same name, but even if you haven’t seen it it’s worth getting the book! In the book the gingerbread is served with poached pears, but I haven’t bothered with those here. If you want to have a go at making else from the book, Mr C-C (husband of Daria, my partner-in-craft) has made the pork pies, which went down a treat! Continue reading…