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A Busy Weekend Crafting

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This weekend seemed to whizz by and before I knew where I was it was Monday morning again. I had thought that I hadn’t really achieved much in terms of crafting this weekend, but I think that was because I didn’t have any large blocks of time for crocheting, rather I snatched an hour here and there, but they do all add up I suppose.

A large chunk of the weekend was spent painting some bedroom furniture for a client using Annie Sloan Old White paint. I do love this paint and am so glad I discovered it – it is so versatile and cuts painting time down enormously. Before I had always used Farrow and Ball or Laura Ashley paints for furniture, and I’m sure I will again if the shade required dictates it, but for now I am an Annie Sloan convert!

I will post some photos of the furniture when it is all finished, but it is at the waxing stage at the moment and scattered everywhere waiting to be buffed.

I ordered an Annie Sloan book too which arrived today “Creating the French Look” – I must admit that I ordered it in a bit of a hurry and was hoping that it would give me some inspiration for new furniture projects – I’m saving it for bedtime when I can sit back with a large cup of tea and drink in all the lovely photos.

I had such lovely comments and emails about my little lap blanket, that I decided as I have plenty of yarn left over that I would start another, in the same colours, but with a different pattern for the blocks…what do you think? There’s something so soothing about creating all those little squares (not so soothing when you have to sew in all the ends you haven’t managed to catch behind the stitches though!)

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I made a quick dash visit to my sister’s as well yesterday as I had a little flower headband I had crocheted for my little great niece who is just about 4 months old now. She looked adorable wearing it but I got to thinking that in this cold weather a little beanie would be more appropriate! So when I got home I raided my stash and whipped up this little hat for her….

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I didn’t follow a pattern as such, I just knew that it needed to measure 7.5 inches across and 5.5 inches high so made it up as I went along. The flower though is loosely based on Lucy at Attic 24’s Flower thought didn’t do as many petal rounds as Lucy did as the hat was quite tiny.

I hope my little great niece (and her Mummy) like it…might make one for myself if the weather gets any colder!

Nikki x

Super Frugal Soup

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Inspired by Sue at Our New Life in The Country, and her dilemma about what to cook with her leftover onions, I was reminded of one of my favourite frugal soup recipes.

Now, before we start, I have to tell you I am no Delia or Nigella…I’m not great at following recipes, preferring rather to make them up as I go along! So bearing that in mind here is my “recipe” for my Chicken, Onion and lentil soup (without any chicken but with the aid of chicken stock or stock cubes!). I did warn you! 🙂

You will need:

1 onion
Red lentils (I tend to use 3 part water to 1 part lentils, but it will depend on what consistency of soup you like)
Chicken stock or stock cubes (I use 3 cubes)
Water

That’s it……(apart from chilli powder to give it a bit of a kick)

Put the lentils water and chopped raw onion in a large soup pan or pot and bring to the boil.
Once the soup is boiling turn down the heat and simmer for about 45 mins, stirring regularly otherwise it will stick!
Add in chilli powder (the amount will depend on how spicy you like your soup …add it in in very small quantities until you get your desired taste)

That is it! As you can see…super easy and super frugal, but incredibly filling and tasty.

We normally eat it with just chunks of warm homemade bread, but you could easily grate so e cheese on top or add so e croutons if you wanted to.

Also, don’t worry if you make too much, the leftovers can always be frozen or used as a base or bulking agent for a warming casserole.

P.s. I haven’t suddenly become a professional photographer…this is a stock photo as I wanted to post the recipe today but haven’t got time to make the soup!

What are your super frugal recipes?

Nikki

Weekend Pottering

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It’s been much of a stay at home weekend this weekend. I have been pottering. Pottering down the garden to let the girls out to scratch about in the garden…

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Pottering in the kitchen….

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this was the beginning of my preparation for a yummy fish pie that we had for tea last night. I have to confess that I was so hungry I forgot to take a picture of the finished pie…but it Was decidedly delicious…even if I do say so myself!

I served it with thick slices of home baked granary bread and lots of butter..

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Today, I have baked some more bread and put a warming chicken casserole in the slow cooker for our dinner later..

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Now I am off out to my “shed” which is being redecorated and repurposed as a new office for me. When I first started my business it was run from this shed/office for a few years until we had too many staff to fit in it (and there was an overspill back into the house on the dining room table!) at which time the decision was taken to take “proper” office space elsewhere.

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If we take a peep inside you will see that it’s currently being painted out and at the moment has what is going to be my desk in bits, being painted …

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I will bring you the finished article (and office) in another post!

Once I have finished another coat it will be back indoors for me and a bit more of this…

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Have a lovely Sunday,

Nikki x

Note to self…..(and a Tah-Dah!)

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….this just won’t do! no it won’t. In 7 months you have managed to make just three, yes THREE, blog posts.

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I have no excuse, I really don’t – especially since one of my New Year’s promises to myself was to blog more regularly. We have however had a rather sad start to 2012. My lovely Man’s dear Mum passed away at the beginning of January and we seem to have been hurtled to the end of the month without us noticing. Very sad. She had been poorly for a long while though so we are comforted that she is now at peace.

One thing that has been a constant through the winter evenings though is my latest crochet project and I just couldn’t wait to show you this morning.

Would you like a peek?….ok. Here goes….

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And now for the finished (all except for the sewing in of the ends -please tell me you can’t see them!) item….

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I am quite pleased…I even blocked all 144 squares! I’m not sure that on our bed will be it’s final destination…I might have to take pictures of it in several locations and put it to the vote!

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday….

Nikki x

To blog or not to blog?

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A question I have been asking myself as I have drooled over, delighted in and devoured the many amazing blogs I have followed, dipped into and stumbled upon over the last year or so.

I hesitated, I decided for and then against..always concerned that I would never be able to create something as interesting or in fact that anyone would be interested in….but finally here it is…my very first blog post!

I hope to use this blog as a record of the happenings, highs (and hopefully not too many lows) of life here at Holly Cottage, a home I share with my lovely partner, our two dogs, and six chickens.

I love thrifting, crochet, baking, reading and lately my iPad (on which I am writing this blog) – something that apparently isn’t recommended..but then I never have been a fan of doing things the easy way!

I do hope you will stop by from time to time and say hello,

Nikki

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