Sunday, April 30, 2017

What I am reading at the moment...

A while back Booktopia had free shipping here to New Zealand.  At the time I was looking for a slow cooker recipe book and came across the books by Sally Wise.  I ordered the one on slow cooking and then this one also grabbed my attention.

I've been enjoying reading about their first year on the farm and the setting up of the cooking school. The diary-like entries are interspersed with recipes.  One that I want to try is for pineapple jam.  I have memories, from growing up, of  pineapple jam on the rare occasions mum would buy it for me..I seemed to be the only one in the family who enjoyed came in a can and I can still remember the opening of it and getting that first taste each is years since I have seen it, so I wonder if the version I make from the book will live up to my memories or surpass them..

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Yes...I am joining in for this year's Stitch-A-Long.  It is the quilt from the book "A Holly Cottage Christmas" by Michelle Ridgeway.  I love Michelle's designs and since I already had the book the decision to join in was an easy one.  The hardest part for me is always deciding on what fabric to use...but there is plenty of time until we start in earnest in June...until then it is getting our fabrics sorted and maybe making one of the smaller projects in the book. 

The lovely Fiona and Raewyn are going to be our hosts for this Stitch-A-Long.

If you would like to join in then leave a comment over on the Stitch-A-Long page here and the book is available from Michelle  here (you will find details on her blog sidebar).


Monday, April 24, 2017

I've been away on a retreat..from Friday till today

Just back from a crafters retreat with a wonderful group of ladies..360 km trip there and back but well worth it...lots of fun and laughs and of course we managed to do some crafting over the busy having fun I mostly forgot to take photos!!!  So my FNSI was spent with a 'real life' group this month!!!