Monday, April 27, 2020

Project four - fabric covered recipe book...

I've had Blossom and the girls here most of the day and what a wonderful time we had, though dear Bloss has again succumbed to dreadful morning/all day sickness with her pregnancy. Being here allowed her to rest 'just a little' more than usual (though with 2 and 3 year olds at home her rest times are few and far between) with my extra hands to keep the girls occupied and nourishing treats plus a nice lunch of cous cous salad and vegan meatballs.

I remember having awful morning sickness with a few of my babies, and a few more with no morning sickness at all...but darling Bloss has found even with number three the nausea continues from sun up to sun down and even into the night.

So with such a big day my fourth project in Creative Hands At Home is one that I shared with my Phyllis May's Kitchen BOM members last year. It's fairly straight forward so not really a tutorial but you'll find all you need in the pattern.

What I loved about this project was the vintage look which came about through the gorgeous floral fabric I chose. It was a fat quarter I'd held on to for a while hoping to let it shine one day in something that would do it justice.

The cover is made in one piece with extra fabric at both ends to wrap over the edges and secure the book you've chosen inside.
Here's how it looks before adding wadding and backing. My book was a simple exercise book but you can use any type you like.

Use the link below to download the recipe book cover and bookmark pattern...

Hope you make one as they are quite simple and if you use a thin book like I did it will post in a large envelope. Just write a few of your favourite recipes inside first.

Our weekend was lovely, very restful on Saturday but highly productive in the garden on Sunday, so I have quite a bit to do inside the house tomorrow and some baking to catch up on - though I did bake a loaf of bread today and lovely plate of pikelets for the girls. It's been years since I made pikelets and smothered in my plum jam they went down a treat so I'll have to make them more often in future.
Fortunately I kept a few aside for Mr E so he'll enjoy them after dinner instead of an actual dessert (because I haven't made one!)....

Bless you all and I promise to have a more newsy post in the next couple of days when I catch up on life at home, plus I'll have project five to share too!

God bless you so very much,
loving hugs


  1. Poor Blossom! Excuse my ignorance as I am not an accomplished cook and baker like you but I am interested in your pikelets, they have the same look as crumpets or flapjacks. Are they the same? Have a lovely day

  2. Oh poor Blossom 🙏 I was just the opposite and ate everything

  3. I love this pattern. Thank you so much. I had morning sickness for 9 months with my first child. She was fine. I pray for her to feel better!!!

  4. Thank you for the pattern! I hope that Blossom doesn't have morning sickness throughout her whole pregnancy.

  5. Oh my gosh. I just looked up pikelets. I am going to make them for breakfast tomorrow!

  6. Hello Jenny, thank you so much for a beautiful pattern, at this stage I don't really have any recipes to put in it but could use it for my needlework notes. I used to cook a lot but when I got sick my hubby took over. Bless Blossom, I do hope the morning sickness goes soon. God bless you all. Kind regards Mandy xx

  7. So sorry that Blossom is dealing with morning sickness.
    She may want to try putting a pinch of Celtic sea salt under her tongue (before she gets out of bed in the morning) and let it dissolve. This helped my D-I-L tremendously with morning sickness when she was pregnant years ago.
    Sue M.

  8. Poor Blossom, I was exactly like this with all three of my children and even ended up in hospital on a drip for a while. Sending hugs and prayers. x

  9. Hi Jenny,
    It's almost May !
    Those pikelets look like Dutch poffertjes :)

  10. thank you for your pattern. My Best wishes for Blossom. God bless you all.

  11. Thank you Jenny, so glad that you had a lovely time with your family. You are all in my prayers. Love Alison xx

  12. My grandma used to say with girls you get sick and with boys you get dizzy - I've only had boys and didn't get sick, but did get dizzy, lol! I'm praying for poor Blossom, bless her. I'm so glad you got to spend time with your beautiful love love the recipe book, the fabrics are stunning together!

  13. Thank you for this lovely pattern. I am so sorry to hear that Blossom is having this horrible morning / 9 months of sickness. I will pray for her that the morning sickness dissipates quickly. But the good nes is you got to spend the day with your girlies again...yippee for that....

  14. Poor Blossom! I can empathize with her because my second was like that for 4 or 5 months. He still gives me a stomach ache sometimes. LOL I'm so glad she could rest while you kept the girls busy. Then did you have a long nap after? I always do when children are here! Thanks for the reminder about this project to make. I had never heard of pikelets. They are thicker than the little pancakes I used to make, but they look delicious, especially with homemade jam!

  15. Hi Jenny! Congratulations for Blossom's number 3 kid. I hope everything goes well for her after these first months pregnancy. Love!


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