Free cross stitch ‘J is for Jelly’ alphabet PDF pattern 35

Sewing Sunday # 11 – J is for Jelly free pattern

 Who doesn’t love a bit of jelly right? Here is the next installment in my alphabet range. Just click on the read more link to download the free PDF file.

Sewing Sunday # 11 – J is for Jelly free pattern
Sewing Sunday # 11 – J is for Jelly Design created using KG Chart © R. Cartwright

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Friday Fun # 11 – Ginger bread people

Friday Fun # 11 – Ginger bread people

Ingredients:
225g (8oz) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1–2 tsps bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground ginger
85g maragrine
85g (3oz) soft brown sugar
85g (3oz) golden syrup
To decorate:
Currants
Glacé cherries
smarties
Preparation:
1. Sieve dry ingredients together well.
2. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together
to form a soft dough.
3. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about 75mm (¼ inch).
4. Using cutters, cut into gingerbread people.
5. Lift carefully onto lightly greased baking trays and use
currants, cherries, smarties to decorate.
6. Bake in the centre of preheated oven at 210°C, 190°C fan,
gas mark 7 for about 10 minutes.
7. Allow to cool on wire racks before serving.
Friday Fun # 11 – Ginger bread people

Friday Fun # 11 – Ginger bread people

Friday Fun # 11 – Ginger bread people

Tasty Thursday # 11- recipe for Tomato and basil tart

Tomato and basil tart
Ingredients
100g plain flour
50g butter or
margarine
2-3x15ml spoons
cold water
2 tomatoes
Handful of basil
leaves
2 eggs
125ml semi-skimmed
milk
50g cheese, e.g.
Mozzarella, Gruyere or Cheddar
Black pepper
Equipment
Weighing scales,
sieve, mixing bowl, sandwich tin or 18cm flan ring and baking tray, palette
knife, measuring spoons, measuring jug, rolling pin, flour dredger, small bowl,
chopping board, knife, fork, grater.
Method
1.            
Preheat
the oven to 180oC or gas mark 4.
2.           
Make
up the shortcrust pastry.
*                               
Sift
the flour into the bowl.
*                               
Rub
the butter or margarine into the flour, using your fingertips, until it
resembles breadcrumbs. 
*                               
Add
the cold water and start to mix together.
*                               
Mix to
form a firm, smooth dough.
3.           
Roll
out the pastry, on a lightly floured surface.
4.           
Line
the flan ring or sandwich tin.    
5.           
Trim
the edges of the pastry using the palette knife.
6.           
Prick
the bottom of the pastry with a fork.
7.           
Slice
the tomatoes.
8.           
Grate
the cheese.
9.           
Whisk
the eggs and milk together. Tear in the basil into the mixture, then add a few
twists of black pepper.
10.        
Pour
the egg mixture into the pastry shell.
11.         
Arrange
the tomato slices and cheese over the top.
12.        
Bake
for 30 minutes, until golden and firm.

W.I.P Wednesday #1 – Birds name sampler

Now I am on maternity leave I have decided to change my Wednesday slot from workshop Wednesday to work in progress Wednesday to keep it more relevant to what I am currently working on. I may return to workshop Wednesday and more educational ideas when I return to work next April but until then I’ll be sharing the longer projects I have on the go with you.

So the get the ball rolling I thought I’d share the first W.I.P a name sampler I am making for he new addition to the Cartwright household. It’s from Cross Stitcher magazine and should look like this when finished, apart from the name obviously!

W.I.P Wednesday #1 – Birds name sampler

Here’s how far I’ve got

W.I.P Wednesday #1 – Birds name sampler

I’m not very disciplined when it comes to cross stitch and tend to swap the colours I’m stitching with alot of the time so I don’t get bored.

W.I.P Wednesday #1 – Birds name sampler close up 

Tutorial Tuesday # 11 – how to make a sea glass necklace

Here’s a quick tutorial for how to make a sea glass necklace. As I’ve said before I am not the best jeweller and this is a very simple project that any novice could make. I apologize for the dull looking pictures, it’s very cloudy here today.
Tutorial Tuesday # 11 – how to make a sea glass necklace

First you will need:

  • a sliver chain
  • a jump ring
  • a piece of sea glass that you have wrapped with jewelry wire and made a loop at one end

Open the jump ring and place the chain inside. Then add the sea glass using the loop you have made. Use a pair of pliers to close the jump ring to secure.
 I told you it was simple! Now wear with pride.

Made on Monday # 11 – Work in progress voile window panel

Made on Monday # 11 – Work in progress voile window panel
I thought I’d share something with you today that I am currently working on. It’s hopefully going to be a window panel for my study and it’s made out of samples that I made whilst at University. I think the project was a collaboration unit with print based around the work of William Morris. Hence why there are so many floral motifs. Any way when we moved house I hated the fact that yet again I was dragging huge piles of work that I had created from one loft to another and made a determined vow to myself that I shouldn’t let all that hard work just sit up there and be neglected. So this is my first project to start re-using my uni work. 

The piecing together plan – trying to get a balance of colour.

Made on Monday # 11 – Work in progress voile window panel

 Joining the panels and finishing the edges.

Made on Monday # 11 – Work in progress voile window panel

Free cross stitch ‘I is for ice cream’ alphabet PDF pattern 34

Free I is for ice cream cross stitch PDF alphabet pattern 

 I scream you scream we all scream for Ice cream…

Free I is for ice cream cross stitch PDF alphabet pattern 
sewing Sunday # 10 – I is for ice cream

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Gluten and Dairy free Blueberry pancakes recipe



Ingredients

  • 15g soya margarine melted
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 284 ml Soya milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g Gluten free self raising flour
  • 150g frozen blueberries defrosted
  • 2tsp vegetable oil 

Method

  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together the egg, Soya milk, vanilla and melted margarine.
  2. Sift in the flour and mix.
  3. Add the defrosted blueberries and fold in.
  4. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a frying pan and spoon 1-2 tbsp of batter for each pancake. Cook for 2 -3 minutes and then flip to brown on the other side. Allow to cool slightly before serving to children as the blueberries stay very hot.
  5. Serve with a little powdered sugar on top. 

Friday fun # 10 – Decorate plain t-shirts

This is what my eldest and I  made this afternoon. A great activity with kids, hardly any mess at all and they have something to wear that is truly unique.

Friday fun # 10 – Decorate plain t-shirts
You will need:

  • a plain t-shirt or vest
  • fabric crayons or pens
  • a piece of cardboard

Add caption

 Place the card inside the vest to stop the colour going through to the other side. Draw on your design.

When finished fix with a hot iron according to the instructions on the crayons or pens.
We went with a Cars 2 design and he’s very pleased with it.