Useful Ideas for those Christmas Presents

I love giving and receiving presents, especially when they have been made by friends and family. This Christmas we were given Apple Chutney, Medlar Jelly, Piccallili, Lavender Jelly and Apple and Rosemary Jelly. It is all absolutely scrumptious . The problem is that it is taking a long time to get through it all and I now have five opened jars in my fridge. I love them as an addition to salads or with meat. But during these winter months, we don’t tend to eat that many salads.

So, I decided to try something a bit different. Every time I have made a casserole, curry or soup, I have added a tablespoon of one of the relishes. It really gives my winter recipes a zing and we are both loving a slightly different take on our favourite winter foods.

It also gives us the chance to remember our friends who gave us the gifts in the first place. So a big thankyou to you all. I cannot  wait to see what you come up with this year!



A Simple Start to 2016

After a great deal of fun over the past two weeks celebrating Christmas with family and friends, one can be forgiven for any feelings of being totally overwhelmed at the thought of the New Year. However, after spending a little of my time looking at the wonderful blogs on Pinterest, I have been able to focus my thoughts on what I hope to achieve in 2016. (I don’t like to call them resolutions!

  1. To really try and make my life (and that of hubby’s) a lot more simple.
  2. To try and earn a little more through my different creative skills. ( I so love all things crafty!)
  3. To try and save towards my dream of a camper van.
  4. To develop opportunities to help others through volunteering.
  5. To have a lot fun doing all of the above.
  6. To live out my faith every day.

Having reached the grand old age of 57, I think that it is time to relish each day and count my blessings.

One of the blogs I follow is that of Eliza Cross at . For January I am following her Money Diet. She reminds us of some of the things we can do to spend less, but enjoy more of our lives. Have a read. I loved day 2 . I spent some time yesterday evening looking through a basket of toiletries and made sure that I treated myself to a luxury shower! My skin felt amazing and it was totally free!

I hope that 2016 is a wonderful year for you all and that you feel truly blessed by enjoying what you have been given.



New Year. New Things.

Happy New Year to one and all!
After a few weeks of total busyness, I have finally got round to my blog. Sorry not to have been keeping everyone up to date with all things ‘crafty’, but I have been trying to get my head round the new EU laws with regards to digital downloads. This means my knitting patterns. They, The EU lawmakers, have changed the VAT rules.(I don’t think that they live in the real world.) I was beginning to think that having only just got my little website off the ground, I was going to have to start again. However, the lovely people over at ‘Ravelry’ and ‘Love knitting’, have combined forces and I am able to continue selling my patterns through their sites. Hooray!! From now on, my knitting patterns will be available through Ravelry ( you only have to press the little icon and will be taken to the site)
All this made me think as to what else I could sell on Etsy. After a huge sort out in my studio/workroom, I have unearthed a whole stash of fabric. I have been busy covering buttons and am now also starting to make some lovely fancy bias binding. I will let you know when they are for sale. I must say that it I felt a whole lot better for having the sort out, although I was very grumpy whilst doing it! Sorry hubby!! The best bit, though, is the fun that I’ve had creating something from bits and pieces that I had forgotten about.
Happy crafting