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Sunday, January 27

Keep calm and "cosy up" your life this winter...

Feeling pretty chilly, I decided to "cosy up" my life as much as I could and thought I'd share a few of the ideas I've tried -
please feel free to add your own cosy up ideas here.
1. PJ's on the radiator...
A really easy way to feel toasty warm - pop your PJ's on the radiator when you get in from work and after tea snuggle into them while you lounge on the sofa with...
2. Blankets, eiderdowns and scarves...
All of last year I "thrifted" tartan bits in preparation for the winter, Tartan scarves/shawls, blankets and a ruby red eiderdown were all squirrelled away into my loft last summer - ready for wintry evenings -
Now if I get a little chilly - I just snuggle under one of the blankets on my sofa -
D R E A M Y!
3. Play in the snow until your hands/paws are numb...
I love to wrap up really warm and go foraging in the woods with my little jack russel (Mr Harry Grimwood).
On our walks, we collect kindling and rose hips (well, I collect kindling and rose hips - Harrys far too busy snuffling!), and I make silly things out of the snow until I am really cold.
Then, the minute you step through the front door it just feels sooooooooo good to be home!
4. Light an open fire...
(5. & 6.) and make homemade bread and soup...
I use the kindling foraged from the wood to light an open fire
(and sprinkle on some pine needles I saved in a tin from the Christmas tree - fills the house with a lovely fresh pine smell).
Then maybe I'll get down to making some proper, wholesome. REAL, soup and home baked bread.
One of my favourite winter soup recipes is Carrot and Chestnut soup -
try it - you'll love it
1 large onion chopped
2tblspn Olive oil
3 sage leaves (plus more to garnish)
200g (7oz) of chestnuts (vac packed) - chopped
500gms (1lb) carrots peeled and chopped
800ml (1pt 8oz) vegetable or chicken stock
3 Tblspns creme fraiche
Put all the ingredients (apart from the garnishing sage leaves and creme fraiche) into a pan and bring to the boil.  patially cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Pass the whole lot through a food processor until thick and smooth. Add cream to taste and serve with chopped sage leaves on top and freshly baked bread.
 After not having any success with baking from scratch in the oven (I think due to the fact that we always seem to live in drafty old houses!), I invested £10 in a bread maker at a car boot sale a few years ago - it's kind of cheating, but we've had some lovely loaves from it and once you get the hang of it you can make all your own flavoured breads.  
Just remembered that many years ago I made a tomato flowerpot bread which was heavenly - baked in a terracotta flower pot - must look out that recipe -
D E L I C I O U S!!!
7. Invest in a pure wool rug...
I was amazed at the difference a wool rug made to our lounge - not only does it look warmer, its soft and toasty underfoot rather than cold laminate flooring or wooden floorboards
8. Save electric and cosy up with candles...
The room always feels warmer with candles - sometimes I gather as many as I can find together and squeeze them all onto the mantle shelf!
9. Craft some winter warmers...
were you will find loads of tutorials on how to get crafty and keep warm at the same time - sewing, knitting and lots of other craft ideas to keep you occupied and warm for when it's just too cold to venture outside!
10. Check on older relatives and neighbours...
If you have elderly relatives and neighbours - pop in to see if they are warm enough. There are lots of government schemes to help older people or families on low incomes with heating bills etc.
Perhaps you can make a trip to the shops for them or help them to cook a meal?
Oh and don't forget the birds this time of year - put your scraps out for them (apple/pear cores, oats, cereal, etc) or any nuts left over from Christmas as a real treat.
Helping others always makes you feel cosy and warm inside.

Saturday, January 26

Alternative Bridal Bouquet....

Hi everyone! just popping by the blog to show you what i've been making whilst relegated to the sofa through illness!
I am going to be making a collection of heart shaped bridal bouquets and this is the first one...
 I used a florist heart garland and covered it with netting - i then painstalkingly sewed on each individual mother of pearl button and diamante brooch!
Some lovely sparkles on here from Victorian to modern day.
A one of a kind bouquet that you can keep forever as a momento of your special day. If you cant live without it it is £98 and can be bought from my website

Friday, January 18

Did you miss me?

Hello to all my followers - this is just a short blog to let you know why I haven't blogged recently.
I've not long been out of hospital and was diagnosed with diabetes - so am just getting my head around it all 
- my next blog will probably be about diabetic recipes as I am trying desperately to make some nice tasty meals that aren't high in sugar or fat.
Very difficult for me as I love chocolate and nice rich (fatty) sauces on my food and I'm not too keen on vegetables!
So watch this space!
If any of you are diabetic and have some recipes then please feel free to add a link to this blog :-)
Today I'm making spicy sweet potato soup (apparently sweet potatoes have less sugar/carbs than normal potatoes) and stuffed mushrooms :-) -
Depending on how they turn out I will post the recipes.

Tuesday, January 1

Black & Ivory Wedding

I absolutely loved being involved in this wedding and also met a lady called Lindsey who did all the beautiful stationery - we've decided to work together on future weddings as our styles sit nicely together...
We have pooled our resources and can now offer you...
Wishing Tree hire - a lovely idea, instead of a guest book. Originated in Holland, and very big in the States now. All of your guests get to write their wishes for the bride and groom and tie their wish tags to the tree.

Or how about hiring an aluminium post box, colour co-ordinated with ribbons to match your colours? Your guest can have fun "posting" their cards to you.
We also offer a full range of table decorations, again decorated to your wedding colours - candelabra, vases, fresh or artificial flowers, feathers, or frou frou!
... you decide.

Classically styled stationery, invitations, table planning, place names, menus, etc - all handcrafted using good quality materials and fabulous attention to detail.

Also available and made from feathers, buttons, vintage jewellery, Victorian lace/trim etc are bouquets, matching buttonholes, corsages, handbag decoration and hair accessories...

This bridal bouquet contained vintage jewellery and Victorian beaded lace trim alongside foam roses - a posy that will last long after the special day.

We also make bunting, button balls and chair decorations -
 In fact, we can help with most wedding requests - and we'd love to hear from you with your special themed ideas or traditional ways - we offer a friendly and reliable service - just ask!
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