Tuesday, December 22, 2009

BAGuette finished...

Only three sleeps till Christmas, and all the presents are wrapped and waiting under the twinkling lights of our tree.
I would like to make a pillow cover for Bob-the-dog before Friday as we haven't got him anything yet, but I'm also still holding on to the dream of finishing Blossom's quilt. I guess I'll wait and see what tomorrow brings.

Today I went looking in my very small UFO pile and chose to finish the BAGuette Bag I began a few weeks back. As long as I don't have to use the rotary cutter my hands and wrist are fine to use the sewing machine, so a few hours of play later and I had this ready to show you...

I've made mine slightly different to Natalie's instructions. As I intend using the bag through summer I chose to omit the three sets of ties she had on top - I'd go mad tying and untying them every time I needed something from my bag, and to leave them untied and just hanging would look messy.
I also chose to add binding along the top, and my inside pockets are made differently in order to store my wallet and my phone.
I'm so glad I chose the Snippets Honey Bun! The colours are lovely and bright, and definitely shout SUMMER!
Tonight we had a lightning storm that lasted a couple of hours and we waited to see if rain would follow, but nothing. We're due for more lightning tomorrow, so maybe the rain will arrive then. It would be so nice to listen to raindrops on the roof - it's one of my favourite sounds and I especially love to go to sleep with rainfall as my background choir. I also think rainy days make wonderful stitching days, don't you?

Paulette requested that I share my Chocolate Mousse recipe, and I am happy to oblige but I cannot take credit for the recipe - it's one of Nigella Lawson's chocolate delights, and so easy to make!

You can download the recipe HERE.
I have all of Nigella's cookbooks and some of her DVDs. Slicer comes and sits with me to watch them as he just loves her chocolate episodes! We also have all of Jamie Oliver's cookbooks and DVDs, and once again Slicer comes to watch with me. He doesn't cook himself but he loves to watch others cook whilst directing me on what to make! Boys and food, eh? ;-)
Do you have a favourite cookbook you turn to regularly? Care to share the title with us and tell why you like it so much?

I've been battling a migraine today in the midst of the sewing, and I fear it has gotten the better of me so I'll say goodnight to all your lovely smiles and pray your day is calm and relaxed as we countdown the hours to the big Day.



KaHolly said...

Oh, Jenny, not a migraine, too! It's tuff, I know. Just got over my 3rd 3-day migraine in as many weeks. Makes it hard to craft, but you just keep plugging along! LOVE the bag. I just might need a subscription to that Aussie magazine! Take a deep breath, drop your shoulders, and try to rest up while you bask in the glow of knowing you finished another UFO.

Terry said...

Sorry about your migraine! Your bag is beautiful! :0)

paulette said...

Jenny! You are such a sweetheart! Thanks you so much for this recipe!! I'm out the door to do my grocery shopping for the big day a~ this dessert is going to be perfect for my daughter as she has wheat allergies!
I hope your migraine is better...but your bag is gorgeous!
Wish I could send a little rain your way...we definitely have enough to share and then some!
Thanks again for the recipe!
Have the best Christmas EVER!

Jane said...

Oh Jenny, hopefully the migraine wont last too long nor spoil your xmas. I love the bag, its just so summery.
Ahhhh Nigella's cooking. I have seen some of her tv cooking shows. I am about to try out her "Rocky Road".... fingers crossed. (this is a first for me) I'm not good in the cooking department. Hugs xxx

MissesStitches said...

Sorry about your migraine, Jenny. Hope you're feeling better by now. Love, love your bag. How did you attach those handles, just sew them on? And is that type of handle readily available (maybe even in the US)?

Chocolate Cat said...

Your bag is gorgeous. I always find inspiration from your blog. Nigella is one of my favorites although I turn to Donna Hay a lot! My husband swears by his Stephanie Alexander!

barb's creations said...

Jenny hope you're feeling better and your migraine has gone.I've just finally recovered from a week of them last week.....nasty things!!
I lLOVE your bag,where did you source the handles as I have the pattern as well and it's on my to-do list for next year.
I hope you and your family have a happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful new year :) Barb.

Sarah - Kala said...

Pioneer Woman cookbook . . . all the recipes are easy peasy and tasty!! Plus, she does a picture by picture take on each one; she also shares some of her life in it (as on her blog) . . . fun stuff!

Hope your migraine takes a hike!

The Bag is gorgeous and I agree about the ribbons (good call that one).

Carrie P. said...

So sorry about the migraine. Get better soon. It is so hard to think when you have a headache.
The bag is so pretty. You always do such beautiful works.
Merry Christmas!

Colleen said...

Jenny, hope your migraine is better. I have a favorite cookbook that I got when I was married 48 years ago. It is called Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of cooking. The pages are dog earred and stained from use. When my oldest daughter Beth got married she wanted one too and we had to do a book search to find a set of the 2 books.

retdairyqueen said...

Your bag is lovely
Hope the migraine is better
Merry Christmas to you all

Noela said...

How lovely your bag is. The fabric you chose is just right. Sorry to hear you have a migraine. I used to suffer with them but since my mid fifties, they have disappeared, just the occasional ordinary type ones now. Would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and to say thank-you for all the patterns you have shared this year. I have printed them all out and have just started to stitch Shabby Roses. Look forward to what you have in store for next year. Thanks again Noela.

manda said...

What a great bag, you're sure to get a few comments on it as you're out shopping!
We got the same lightning show, but I'll go one better cause we got the rain too! and it's thundering again today, but no rain.
Hope your migrane passes soon. It's no good, especially with so much to do still. I hope you get Blossoms quilt done in time!
I'd love your opinion on a cushion cover I just finished, if you'd kindly duck around to my blog and take a squizz.
Merry Christmas, and here's hoping it won't be too hot!

gail said...

Hope the migraine improves. Have a very merry Christmas Jenny.

Blessings Gail

Alice said...

I do hope you are feeling better. It is not the time of year for feeling badly. Your bag is gorgeous and thank you for sharing the mousse recipe. I love Nigella and Jamie. I really wish I had his garden. Take care--I really hope you get to use your rotary cutter soon. L,A-

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

Your bag looks fantastic! I am making it in a completely different colour way to yours and I have done the pockets differently too!
Can I have Jamie Oliver coated in the mousse?! LOL Yummy.

Cattinka said...

I love the bag you made, you make everything seem so easy, but there still is a lot of effort and work that go into such a pretty bag! You really did well. I bet your migrane will leave as soon as the rain starts, I hope you won´t just get lightning again.

Orcsmom said...

I love Nigella's receipes also. I love the bag, the colors are indeed very summery! I hope your migraine goes away, they are certainly not fun to have. I also wanted to wish you and your family a Peaceful and Blessed Christmas! Thank you for taking the time to blog! I always enjoy it with my cup of tea!


Sew Useful Designs said...

Darling Jenny! {{Hugs!}} :-)

Your BAGuette bag shouts "Jenny!" but also shouts "Summer"... and we all know what the 'two' have in common don't we? They are bright, warm, cheerful and everyone looks forward to greeting them! :-)

Cook books... I like really old fashioned ones with recipes like sticky suet puddings! I also like 'plain' old fashioned meals like beef bourginion and steak pie! I know, I know... I'm so refined!!!

Festive hugs!! Vikki xoxo

Cubby House Crafts said...

Your bag is truly gorgeous! Lisa