• Archive for January, 2010

    All you need are gloves!

    by  • 08/01/2010 • Country moment • 0 Comments

    I must say in this weather warm hands and feet are paramount, especially if you are out sledging or doing more mundane things such as shovelling snow off your car or the road! These gorgeous arm length sheepskin mittens do the job perfectly – and they are currently in the sale from Ruby and Ed.

    The warmest gloves!

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    Homemade soup

    by  • 07/01/2010 • Country food • 6 Comments

    Smoky bacon and lentil soup

    Smoky bacon and lentil soup

    With snow falling and freezing temperatures, I have been holed up at home making copious amounts of comfort food. Yesterday, the kitchen was red hot with soup making, chocolate biscuits baking and a chicken hotpot bubbling.

    I totally recommend the delicious Smoky bacon and lentil soup shown above  from our February issue (on sale now) – it’s simple to make, delicious, and really heartwarming.

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    Discover fabric bundles!

    by  • 05/01/2010 • Country craft • 5 Comments

    I found these wonderful fabrics at Gone to Earth. They cost £11.20 and are sold in something called a ‘bundle’ – a new discovery for me! Bundles are made up of quarter metre offcuts of complementary fabrics designed to be used together – you can order larger pieces if you want. They’re a great way of stocking up on materials for stitch projects, especially patchwork. Or check out Gone to Earth owner Julia’s blog where she regularly does a ‘lucky dip’ giveaway of fabric bundles. It’s a great blog full of wonderful makes and tips.

    The Amy Butler Dasy Chain Basil 1 fabric bundle from Gone to Earth

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    Homemade bag

    by  • 05/01/2010 • Country craft • 9 Comments

    Amongst the piles of post and hundreds of emails that awaited me when I got back to the office after the break was this note from reader Beverley Owen. Inspired by our Weekend bag in the October issue she made this one below.

    She says, ‘I work for the National Trust as a caretaker for three holiday cottages, and when one of the cottages was refurbished this winter, I was left with some lovely material from the old curtains.I chose to make the weekend bag for my supervisor as a Christmas present. Great idea for someone on a budget and great for recycling. I’m hoping to make more to sell to raise funds for the Plas yn Rhiw estate. Many thanks for the idea.’

    Let me know if you would like the instructions again and I will send them to you…

    Weekend bag

    Weekend bag

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    Happy New Year

    by  • 04/01/2010 • Country moment • 3 Comments

    We were treated to a real white Christmas and New Year. The pictures below were taken on Christmas Eve in Betws Y Coed – not far from where my parents live in North Wales.The snow was beautiful on the trees and by the stream.Christmas Day I watched my sons sledging and larking around in the snow.

    Back at home yesterday we were in the garden making a snowman and playing snowballs.

    Last night we packed away the decorations and put our lovely tree outside by the back door. Another year over…

    Betws Y Coed

    Betws Y Coed

     

    Betws Y Coed

    Betws Y Coed

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