Saturday, 15 December 2012

home-made mince pies

first batch after a quality control check!
I've had a busy week at work and with sewing orders, it suddenly went mad and everyone wanting lavender stacks. Thankfully its quieter now and gave me time to make mince pies to take to my family in London tomorrow. I did have one sort of famous order from a lady called Violet Hesketh, surely there can't be two people with the same name? I was about to post the order when I thought 'I know that name from somewhere' so googled her (like you do). How funny.

I don't like shop bought mince pies; the pastry is always too dry and when you bite into them where is the filling? It's more satisfy making your own pastry and spending an hour or two with the radio on baking. Tonight I had the house to myself and made 45 little mince pies; some with normal mincemeat and some with a new one I found with added cranberries and a rich red puree. I always enjoy baking and popping on star biscuits for the top, and the smell of home-baked cakes is always lovely and gets me in the mood for Christmas without being stressed out! Enjoy the rest of your Christmas preparations this weekend whether you are writing cards, visting family and friends or decorating your house in readiness.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

new magazine ... Simply Crochet

There is a new crochet magazine coming our in January 2013. If you fancy the first three issues for £5 then you can sign up here like I have!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

crocheted Christmas Baubles

I wanted to crochet something festive this weekend and came across this pattern. I've almost made one this evening and will take a picture tomorrow to show you how easy it is. I didn't have any glass baubles in my loft with my Christmas decorations, but I did find some gold plastic ones that might just work.

And here they are (not a brilliant photo) and they would look better on glass. But for ten minutes or so of crochet and they are re-vamped! Shown on a small tree not fully decorated but I might just buy some glass ones for the big tree!