Thursday, 19 December 2013

chilli jam (last minute Christmas gift)

This week I am also making chilli jam, I make this every month all year long. My son can't eat enough of it or my friend Kimmi! So here is the recipe because it makes a great last minute gift that unlike chutney does not need to be left months to mature, you can eat it as soon as its cooled down. Taken from Nigella Christmas and via her web site


  • 150 grams long fresh red chilli peppers (deseeded and cut into 4 pieces)  I buy mine from Morrisons and it works out about £1 for 150 grams - much cheaper than buying in packets at 50g each                           
  • 150 grams red peppers (cored, deseeded and cut into rough chunks)
  • 1 kilogram jam sugar
  • 600 ml cider vinegar (stores own label is perfect)                                                           

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

crochet wooden coat hanger pattern (last minute Christmas present?)


Hello and sorry its been a while since I wrote a blog entry. I've had a lot of sewing orders to complete this month including these cute little trees and I haven't even made myself one yet Hopefully the last order has been posted today so that I can finish a scarf and some hand made gift tags.

This weekend I had some quiet time, difficult normally at this time of year but I managed it. I love Molly Makes, there is always a free pattern on their web site and I found a great easy pattern (not really a pattern at all) to follow for covering a wooden coat hanger. Mine wasn't a vintage find or one that I've had for years but a new set I bought a few months ago that are padded and covered in fabric. Very dull and boring but I knew they would look fab with a crochet jacket. I tried to follow another pattern recently but I just couldn't master it - but success with this one. If you fancy making one as a last minute gift or for yourself as I did here is the link