Showing posts from October, 2012

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Good morning all and Happy Halloween!
First of all, I hope everyone who was affected by Hurricane Sandy is alright. I have been glued to the news for days and it looked really scary on TV so I can only imagine what it was like IRL... 

Secondly, it is Halloween. And for some reason I am not jumping for joy. I've managed to carve zero pumpkins, make zero costumes, write zero blog posts about it, and bake absolutely nothing. I could of course dash into the kitchen now and quickly make something before work but I'm lacking ingredients and awakeness to do so. I guess when I said last year that I didn't want to have a party in 2012 I really meant it! LOL. I'm still sleepy from our trip to Boston and we also had visitors last week which meant I only had a few hours sleep. That plus work equals a very sleepy me. Maybe I'll celebrate next week. I heard in Hoboken they might postpone it, so I think I might just join in. Probably for all the wrong reasons but solidarity can onl…

Anniversay Trip to Edinburgh

Hi all,
Last June, I gave the bf a long weekend in Edinburgh as an anniversary present. Due to work commitments etc we only managed to get there last weekend. But it was perfect :) The weather was fantastic and we saw everything we wanted to see. We both took so many pictures that I made some collages to share with you here as otherwise this post would be very photo heavy. I hope you like it anyway!

The trip started off perfectly with breakfast at Giraffe at the airport. Pancakes yumm!
On the first day we kind of just walked through the city and took in the views.
Of course Edinburgh Castle was a must-see and we spent several hours there. The views were amazing as was the Great Hall. If you're ever nearby, you have to go here!
St Giles Cathedral was nice to visit also. As we went there about 30 mins before closing time, we had to hurry up but it was another attraction ticked off the list. On Sunday evening, we visited the Real Mary Kings Close. It is a tour of some streets that…

Cross Stitch WIP

Heyhey all!
Another WIP is my Spooky House cross stitch that I've taking with my absolutely everywhere... On the train (much to the amusement of some other passengers), to all the sewing and crafting group meetings, and sometimes I even work on it during my lunch break. But the result is getting there :)

I started this in April this year after having finished the Witch Hat one,and I'm still trying to finish the moon. It is so much work! Much more than the hat project, but it's slowly getting there. If I leave the moon until the end, I'll never finish it LOL.

This is how far I got in June... One of the bats is slowly showing... 
In August I finished a lot more already. I had to do some of the tree so that I could finish the 'floating' pieces on the right.
This is my progress at the end of September. You can see the outline of the house now! I have officially finished two of the moon sections. Out of 6 so still a way to go... but I'll be carrying it around some…

New Coat and Visit to Choccywoccydoodah

Hello again all of my lovely readers!
It is slowly getting colder here, which means I get to wear my shiny new coat! Whoohoo! A couple of months ago, I really wanted to go shopping during my lunch break. So I dragged one of my colleagues along to the market and off we went. I have to add that it was extremely warm, in the high 20s C outside. We went into many shops which had absolutely nothing for me, but lots for my colleague. Not to worry, I was sure I would find something. Once we found a more 'me' shop, I dove in and browsed. And there is was, in a wonderful shade of purple, exactly in my size, and on sale, my new winter coat. It had to be tried on of course so the shop lady was kind enough to turn on the fan (which idiot tries on a winter coat in nearly 30C heat?!) and I tried on the coat. It felt like a big hug so I had to get it. 

Many years ago (!) I bought some really nice red fabric to actually make a coat, but as said fabric is still awaiting its turn, buying this coa…

Halloween Quilt - The First Sew

Hi again everyone!
I've started sewing the first bits together! Oh my how nerve wrecking that is... As it turns out, it is actually really difficult to sew in a straight line for 4.25 inches. The last bit is always a bit curved for some reason... I had to take out several seams and start over, but I think it's ok now... 

Here is a loose idea of what the sewn parts look like
This will be the busiest quilt known to man! LOL. But it will sure be fun once I'm done... I haven't had the energy to do any more at the moment, but I'm sorting the squares with the borders so once that is done I can start those too. I doubt I will finish this before Halloween, but it's still a great project. Plus, by now you should know it's always Halloween at our place! :)

Recipe - Salmon in Pastry for Two

Hi everyone!
I was trying to empty the fridge so nothing would expire and I still had lots of puff pastry left. I also had a ton of carrots and potatoes so what to do with that? Not another chicken pot pie ;) I went to the shop and bought some salmon, still without a clue as to what to cook for dinner. But after some time online, I found this fantastic recipe by Nigel Slater that just had to be tested. The original recipe can be found here amongst many other salmon recipes.

You will need:
salmon - 2 pieces, roughly 150g eachpuff pastry - 375g (enough for 2 servings)parsley, chopped - 2 heaped tbsbasil, chopped - 2 heaped tbsbutter - 35g, at room temperaturebeaten eggInstructions:
Set the oven at 200°C/Gas 6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry into four pieces roughly 12 x 20cm.
Transfer two of the pieces to a baking sheet covered with a piece of baking parchment.
Remove any skin from the fish. Place a piece of fish in the centre of two of the pieces of pastry.

Add the herbs to th…

Halloween Quilt - The Final Cut

Hi everyone!
Oh my, how time flies! I've been so busy doing stuff/organising stuff/making stuff that I didn't actually have time to blog about stuff. Not very convenient... Have 2 weeks really gone by already? Well, let's not keep you waiting any longer and show you what I've been doing as of late. 

The main thing I've been trying to do is to continue the Halloween quilt. I must have spent a week or more cutting. It is the part I hate the most, so I wanted everything to be cut first before I start any of the sewing. My previous post about the cutting was only part of it. I am officially done cutting :) Well, at least for the top part of the quilt... 

The large squares at bottom centre (7.5"x6"), the small squares at top centre (4.25"x3.50"), and the borders on each side (6"x3" and 13"x3"). 
Trust me, it was a LOT of cutting... 
It's going to be a double sized quilt with hangover, so let's hope it all fits! Depending on ho…