seasonal florals

For a slightly different take on the vintage floral pattern, here are 2 new fabrics, inspired by the cold dark winter days ending and hopefully some bright sunny days on the way.
A girl can dream : )

Available in cushion covers and napkins which you can buy online at my Etsy store.

And just to let you know that I will be expanding my fabrics into some other new and exciting interior products soon! Watch this space!

handmade by me.

Pretty proteas

I must be feeling sentimental…or it was the gorgeous bunch of proteas I was eyeing out, but couldn’t afford to buy, in M&S the other day. Anyways they’re so beautiful and remind me of home…how could I resist being inspired?

Now available in cushion covers and napkins at my Etsy store.

handmade by me.

indigo blue…

I love indigo designs on white, especially in the style of 17th century chinese porcelain and delftware. Even though my design is a little different, it still creates a similar feel to it.

Introducing the latest of my collection, indigo blue, … available in cushion covers and napkins online at my Etsy store.

If you would like me to create something different specially for you please get in touch!

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Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Bacon

I made up the recipe for this soup combining bits of various other lentil or lentil and bacon soup recipes and I must say I think it is pretty damn good!! Just remember to soak the lentils overnight. I put them out into a bowl of water before I leave for work and they’re ready by the time I get home. Don’t worry if you forget, it just means your soup will take a little longer to cook.

If there are any requests for any specific soup recipes or you are looking for a recipe for a soup with a specific ingredient please let me know and I will see what i can do : )

The Recipe: Lentil and vegetable soup with bacon
Serves 4-6

1 tablespoon olive oil
6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
2 carrots, peeled, diced
2 courgettes, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
1 brown onion, finely chopped
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 cups vegetable stock
250g brown lentils, soaked overnight
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry the chopped bacon until the fat begins to run. Add carrots, courgettes, celery and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften. Add the lentils, cook for a few more minutes until they are mixed in well. Add tomatoes and stock to pan. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, partially covered, for around 45 minutes or until vegetables and lentils are soft.

Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and season with freshly ground black pepper.

Are you square….?

I was recently commissioned by my friend Nic to design her a new fabric to recover two of her cushions actually belong to her two gorgeous doggies, shangdi and teddy. As the cushions are for her, her boyfriend and the two boy dogs I thought I should go with something a little more masculine while keeping in line with their red, black and cream feel of their sitting room.

All available as cushion covers and napkins at my Etsy store.

I had actually originally started working on this design with a more pinkish colour in mind…

And in keeping in with my (very unplanned) vintage themed week I have transformed these two designs into something a little more vintage inspired… Which do you prefer?

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Merchant & Mills Sewing Notions Set – Kaufmann Mercantile Store

I don’t often blog about things that I didn’t make….but I absolutely couldn’t resist! Besides this is a pretty good exception considering this blog is all about sewing and making things. Oh how I dream of owning this sewing kit. It would also really go so well with my gorgeous 1960s wooden sewing box my lovely fiance gave me for christmas. (SIGH).

Don’t you agree….?

You can buy it from the link below for my birthday in April (hint hint barry : ))

Merchant & Mills Sewing Notions Set – Kaufmann Mercantile Store.

No monday blues round here…

A new vintage inspired floral design I came up with to brighten up those monday (or any other day) blues. Available in cushion covers and napkins at my Etsy store.

handmade by me.