Fridays are lovely aren't they?
The working week winds down and if you're like me there's a bit of loose-end tying up, putting things back in their places, sewing preparations planned for the weekend, a final run through the week's check list in my diary, and if all goes well I give a jolly good satisfied sigh about 5pm.
Mr E doesn't quite know himself these past five weeks being back at school teaching again. After two years of six-day weeks selling used cars he pinches himself on Saturday mornings to check this is real and he can now stay home for the entire weekend!
Of course teaching comes home with him as many hours go into planning classes, writing tests and marking papers, but the point is that he's here at home where he can take a break whenever he needs to and I can brew us a cuppa and serve a slice or two of something delicious. Like this...
I wondered if perhaps you'd like to try some?
Bananas, dates and ginger baked as a loaf style cake has long been one of my favourites to serve with a pot of tea in the afternoon, especially when the children were eager to play outside as I could cut away thick slices for them to 'carry on their way' without them having to worry about a sticky mess on their clothes and hands with nowhere to wash it away.
You can download the recipe HERE or click on the photo below to enlarge it and save to your computer,
This week in our Gentle Domesticity Facebook group we're putting our heads together to share ideas for simple gifts to make through the year for Christmas, birthdays, pay-it-forward, swaps, or other occasions.
The ideas can be free patterns or tutorials we've found on other blogs, Pinterest etc, or perhaps projects we've created ourselves.
The only stipulation is to keep them as simple as possible, the kind you can make in a day.
They could be sewing, papercrafts, knitting, crochet, baking, preserves, jewellery, pot plants...I'm sure we'll hear about things we would not have considered before!
In a week or two I will compile all the ideas and links into a single document which will be stored in our group files for any member to access or download.
Having something like this in one place, in one PDF file, will certainly be a great resource for gift ideas!
Our Gentle Domesticity group has grown to over 1600 members now and if you'd like to join you are most welcome, but perhaps you'd rather share your gift ideas here in the blog comments?
That's great! Please do so, and once the file is ready (and as long as I am able to contact you via email) I'll send you the file when it's done.
To start the ball rolling with a quick gift idea, here's one I designed back in 2013.
It's a gift 'card' which is also a needle-book or tea wallet, and features an invitation to meet up for tea.
Though originally I did this as a Christmas pattern, it can be used any time of the year.
Open it up and you have some pretty felt for needles and pins, and a pocket for tea bags or a pack of needles. It even fits in an envelope ready for posting!
Wouldn't you like to receive this in the mail from a friend?
The pattern is a free gift from me to you and includes detailed instructions for the embroidery and sewing the needle-book.
That's it from the blog this birthday week. I can hear Mr E's Jeep pulling in to the driveway and I still have a newsletter to send off so it might be nice to take twenty minutes for cake and a cuppa with him first...
May your weekend be blessed, happy, creative, and refreshing!