Monday, 18 June 2012

Peacock Cushion - Part I

I seem to have an abundance of tiny fabric off-cuts stored up from the left overs of other projects. Some of them are really small, no bigger than a £2 coin, but still good for using in applique projects. I was thinking that it's about time I found a use for them and I thought about making another owl cushion in the style of these two.
Owl Cushion by Ro and Owl Doorstop by Michaela
However, Mike felt that one owl cushion is enough and suggested I try a peacock. I tried out a few sketches first before arriving at the final pattern design. I then photographed my drawing and had a play in Photoshop to try out some different colour variations. Here are the rather pleasing results!!

They're a bit scruffy looking but give me a good idea of what I hope the final cushion will look like. Just have to decide which one to go with! Or both??

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Fabric Corsages

I'm becoming a little obsessed with making corsages. It all started when I bought a bag of scrap fabrics from a haberdashers in Norwich and quickly spiralled out of control when I discovered that John Lewis let you but fabrics in lengths of only 10cm. It really helps to make these things affordable as you can get a variety of fabrics for the same price as a metre of just one (and it's impossible to choose only one).

Here are some of my favourite recent creations.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Amazing homemade lemonade (with lime!)

The jubilee bank holiday seemed like a great excuse for a barbecue, unfortunately the weather fairies disagreed so my home made bunting stayed inside along with the jam-jar tea light holders that I made for my birthday barbecue last year. While I didn't add anything new to the barbecue decorations, I decided to make my own lemonade. Or since I love limes so much lemon and limeade, I cannot tell you how easy it was to make (apart from all the lemon squeezing!!), here's my winning recipe.

1 cup lemon juice (or lemon and lime)
1 1/4 cups sugar
6-8 cups water

Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice over a low heat to make a syrup. I used four small lemons and four limes to make one cup of juice. Allow to cool and then dilute to taste. Serve over ice with fresh mint and sliced lemon.


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