Saturday, 14 December 2013

Free cross stitch Winter Christmas tree pattern PDF

Another free festive pattern for you to stitch up in an evening. It uses only full count stitches and no backstitch. You can choose to sew it on any colour aida, I personally like the blue as it looks like a winters night. 

Friday, 13 December 2013

Chocolate and cherry muffins recipe

I just baked these delicious muffins from this years good food vegetarian Christmas. I think they are a Paul Hollywood recipe. My only advice would be make sure the tinned cherries you buy are stoned. Mine were not and it took me ages to take all the stones out. Also eat them warm they are much better when the chocolate is still gooey.
Chocolate and cherry muffins recipe

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas stockings

I made this Stocking for George for his first Christmas as I had made one fro William when his was born. I failed to look at the size I had made William's so Georges is considerably smaller. I used some remnants of Christmas fabric I had stashed and quilted it to give it a luxury feel. I also stitched the G from a pattern from 'The world of Cross stitching' Magazine and then added in the rest of Georges name.
 Close up of the cross stitched name.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Free cross stitch Holly Christmas pattern PDF

Here's a free Christmas motif cross stitch pattern for your to sew. It would look great on cards or used on Holiday decor around the home.
If you like my patterns please check out my Etsy shop where I have a range of Christmas and other patterns. Just click on the read more link to download the free PDF file.

Free cross stitch Holly Christmas pattern PDF

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Gluten free Strawberry jelly cheesecake recipe

This is such a retro looking pud. It definitely has the wow factor for your dinner guests and with the vibrant red of the strawberries and jelly it gives a very seasonal look to your table. It is also made with vegetarian jelly so all your guests will be able to tuck in.

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Free cross stitch Christmas Candles PDF pattern to sew

A heart warming Christmas motif. Christmas candles against Holly is yours for free! It's a simple design using full count stitches and only uses a limited pallet. If you like my freebie charts why not have a look at my Etsy shop as well? 

Free cross stitch Christmas Candles PDF pattern to sew

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Macaroni and butternut squash bake recipe

I got this recipe from the BBC Good Food Magazine Vegetarian Christmas 2012. I love this magazine and wait for it every year with great anticipation. I now have a back catalogue of them from 2007 and regularly turn to them in the winter months for recipes. This one is a real winner and goes down a treat each and every time I make it. Here is a link to the recipe so you can try it for yourself.

Macaroni and butternut squash bake recipe

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Sitting Santa decoration

To make this sitting Santa you will only need a few craft cupboard essentials and he is a great easy Seasonal activity to make with the kids that will look good adorning any shelf or mantle piece in your home. 
Sitting Santa decoration 

 You will need some red card, a black pencil crayon, some cotton wool, selotape and glue.
First draw around a large dinner plate on your red card and cut into quarters. Each quarter then makes a Santa. Then cut out arms and legs with boots on.
Colour the boots black, draw a face on and stick on a beard with cotton wool.
Form into a cone shape and secure with selotape.
Then stick on the legs bending them so he will sit on a shelf.
Stick cotton wool at the ends of the arms and stick onto the cone.
Finally add a ball of cotton wool at the top for a bobble.

 I think he looks very happy waiting in the playroom for William.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

How to make a snowflake garland.

This is a lovely simple make and look very effective when combined with twinkle lights for a snowy scene. You will need ultra suede or felt, organza, white embroidery thread, needle, scissors, pencil and a jam jar lid.
First draw around your jam jar lid on the ultra suede until you have as many circles as you want in your garland. 
 Then repeat with the organza. Do not worry if the organza starts to fray as this will add to the effect.
Then using two strand of embroidery thread. Secure your thread at the back and sew a 4 way cross in the centre of the organza overlaid the ultra suede. Then from each of the points make a long stitch with two smaller stitches to make a v shape at the end. Then add a French knot between each section.
 Repeat for each of the circles. Then add a loop of embroidery thread between each circle to join them and loops at the end to hang them. You can either hang in swags or for a more contemporary look in drops.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Made on Monday - pom pom scarf

I made this scarf a few winters ago and have been meaning to show it on the blog but only recently got around to photographing it as I had re-discovered it when pulling out my winter wardrobe. It took me ages to make as I used the traditional two circles of card to make each individual pom pom and then I threaded them all onto matching yarn. It is lovely to wear and has the look of fur without the cruelty attached. 
Made on Monday - pom pom scarf


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