My sweet grandson, Cal, has been incredibly patient with me these last few weeks as I set up the Daisy Days BOM, and wrote my magazine, but finally - I made him the apron he asked for!
He loves to cook with Kezzie and little bro Dee, and both of them have aprons I've made them, so Cal rang a couple of weeks ago to ask for his very own.
I admit that part of the problem for me was "what fabric can I use?", so yesterday I stood in my sewing room and prayed the simplest pf prayers. "Lord, what fabric can I use for Cal's apron?"
And my eyes immediately fell to this fabric, which has lived on my shelves for a couple of long years...
My Cal has a great sense of humour, and this line on the fabric really made me laugh because I can imagine him quoting it to all and sundry!
"If we were meant to pop out of bed, we'd all sleep in toasters."
I decided to use it as the feature on the pocket...
Half an hour later, I had it finished...
(Moda twill tape from fabric bundles make the best apron ties!)
...and in the post!
Yesterday I got a much anticipated giveaway parcel in the mail! I won it last month on Melody's blog. The story goes like this...
Debbie from Sweet Little Cottage had the idea for a travelling treasure parcel earlier this year. She filled it with two patterns and a fat quarter, and had a giveaway on her blog - but this giveaway had a twist.
If you won the giveaway you had to accept the parcel, take what you wanted out of it, but replace what you'd taken so that the parcel always contained at least two patterns and a fat quarter.
Then you post the parcel to the winner of your own Travelling Treasures blog giveaway, beginning the parcel's journey to a new home. And on it would go...a travelling treasure. Cute, huh?!
I was the lucky winner of Melody's giveaway, and after she took what she wanted from the parcel and replaced it with more goodies, she posted it on to me!
This is what was inside when I opened it yesterday...
Two patterns, a fat quarter, chocolate, cotton lace, Christmas trim, one of Melody's own scissor fobs, floral trim, the sweetest house button, and the notebook with Debbie's original message. Wow, the parcel is getting bigger!
I have taken out the fat quarter, the chocolate, Melody's scissor fob, the cotton lace, the cute Joypatch pattern and the button, and replaced them to make up this NEW treasure parcel...
Inside this new parcel from me are two patterns, a Gumboot Garden fat quarter, a Kate Spain Christmas panel with 14 blocks, a large square of white handkerchief linen, the Christmas trim, and some wooden daisy buttons - plus Debbie's little notebook with her original instructions.
Would you like to be the next participant in Travelling Treasures??
You MUST have a blog.
You MUST take what you want from the parcel and replace it with at least two patterns and one fat quarter.
You MUST run the giveaway/handover on your blog.
You MUST have it posted on your blog at the beginning of July.
This is meant to run month by month.
If you can do all of that, leave me a comment on this blog post and I'll draw a winner next Monday, 10th of June, so I can get it to you in time for the next monthly travel.
Yesterday I had a recipe request from one of my older daughters, Mrs A.
Do you remember all the times I've shared photos (and the recipe) for my Blackberry Swirls?
Well Mrs A loved that dessert as a child and wanted to make it for her own family, so she emailed asking, "Mum, I want to make something special for my family - can I have that recipe for the Swirls?"
After I emailed it away I got to thinking Mr E and Blossom wouldn't mind the same for their dessert, so I opened the pantry for ingredients. No tinned blackberries, boysenberries, or blueberries ('cause you can use any of them, but you need the syrup inside the can, too).
Only tinned plums.
Ok, let's experiment!
I added grated orange rind to the syrup because orange and plums are magic...
While that simmered away I made the dough, rolled it out, and spread the mashed plums across the top...
I cut six swirls because there are only three of us at home and we can have this for two nights. Into the dish...
Hot syrup poured over...
Forty minutes in the 200C oven, and voila!
Blossom had ice cream with hers, whilst Mr E enjoyed lashings of custard.
Recipe can be found HERE on my recipes page!
Photos are a bit dark but that's what happens on a winter's night in the kitchen.
I have two little girl quilt flimsies on my sewing table today. Time to sandwich them and start the machine quilting.
Enjoy your wonderful Wednesday,