You may remember earlier on this year I was going to try some new crafts. Well today I learnt Kumihimo. Kumihimo is Japanese braiding. It is worked over a disc. I picked up a disc from the NEC Hobbycrafts fair awhile ago. However I had never use it until today.
I wanted to create a braid to wrap around a notebook. I needed to practice first. Unfortunately the instructions I have are in Japanese and although they had pictures I couldn’t really get to grips. Luckily YouTube came to my rescue! There are many videos out there and it’s best to find one that you understand.
It’s a simple braid I’ve made today. I’m not going to use it for my notebook as it’s not long enough but at least I’ve now got the skills to make another one :)
So today is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. This year I’m giving up Cakes, Biscuits and Chocolate (but not drinking Chocolate as that is exempt according to a nun I used to know). I’m doing this to encourage OH as he is doing the same. I’m also going to eat more healthily. So that’s my giving up!
My doing something positive is going to be reading certain books that are going to be encouraging me in making positive changes in my life. I’ll probably blog a bit about them.
On the pins for Lent is going to be a mix of knitting for me and knitting for charity. I’m going to be finishing my failed Ravellenics sock project and as part of the #sheeptweeps KAL knitting a cowl.
So what are your Lenten plans dear reader?
Today Dear Reader it’s 1st March and I’m starting to do a little yippee Spring is almost here dance. The SAD symptoms are starting to lift a little now that the sunshine is making a rare appearance.
Today being 1st March is St. David’s Day. If I knew how to wish you a Happy St. David’s Day in Welsh I would, but alas my Welsh doesn’t stretch that far. In honour of St. David’s Day I made Laverbread I had brought some back from Wales and was saving it for this day. I know the recipe in the link states Caerphilly cheese but as ever I couldn’t find it in my supermarkets. So I used the Red Leicester as I had it in the house.
This is what they looked like.
They tasted Da iawn! :D They also passed the OH taste test.
If you are any good at Maths and an avid reader of this blog you are probably wondering where recipes 5, 6 & 7 are. Well recipe 5 was for Valentine’s Day and it went wrong – the recipe was from a book that every time I try one it goes wrong – me thinks they weren’t tested before print and the book went in the recycling bin. Recipe 6 & 7 was done in honour of cake day last weekend. Recipe 6 was Coconut Fruit Slice from this book and recipe 7 was Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes from Saved by Cake
Have you cooked anything nice recently Dear Reader? Feel free to let me know.
As you know I love crafting and trying things new. Where I live in Brum I’m not so far away from the town of Solihull. So I was pleased to learn that Solihull Arts Complex were running a series of craft workshops. I decided to book myself onto the ones that took my own personal interest. Last night I made (under the tuition of Helen) a cover for a notebook using fabric.
First of all we had to tape our fabric to the table.
Then the fun began using fabric ink and stamps to decorate it! :D
I used bubble wrap to create the little dots. I then used a tape measure stamp but I put it on slightly skew whiff. At first I was like grrr but then I thought the randomness of it was effective so stamped a little more at different angles. I then thought about time, measuring and actual thoughts. I felt drawn to writing a quote – here is where the wonders of technology in the palm of your hand comes in! I found a quote by Marcel Proust. However brain was not in gear when I wrote it out with a fabric pen and I missed out a crucial word….. But then I remembered the individual letter stamps so added the missing word in that way. You can’t really see it but I know it’s there (and that’s the main thing!) ;)
Once ironed (shh! Don’t tell OH that I did some ;) ) to fix it the second stage of fun entered. Sewing bits onto it. I had drawn a few flower shapes so I added a button to one of the centre bits. I was rather taken by an example that Helen had of using fabric and free machine embroidery for a type of appliqué effect. In my minds eye I had a vision of a Glasgow style Rose. So I this is what I created.
I can see why Kirstie Allsopp said what she said about machine embroidery being addictive! I felt empowered and experienced such a rush! Especially since I did not have an argument with the machine.
After that there was time for a little more embellishment before the final bit of sewing up. Due to the margins some of the decoration is on the inside but that doesn’t matter as it’s a nice surprise when you open the cover.
Although I did have something to take home with me.
There is more that I wish to do. I want to blanket stitch the edging as well as add a bit more embellishment. I also want to create a tie (which means using another craft toy :D ) Hopefully I’ll be able to do this in the next couple of weeks.
I’m really pleased with the results! It’s unique and it’s mine. So can’t wait till the next workshop!
He had ten thousand men! (OK so I only knitted one – quickly grabs a few others)
He marched then up to the top of the hill!
And he marched them down again!
And when they were up they were up!
And when they were down they were down!
And when they were only half way up, they were neither up nor down!
I’ve spent the past few days up in Glasgow for a little break. The term Glasgow kiss refers to a Headbutt but head butted I wasn’t nor would I head butt Glasgow!
It’s the second time I visited Glasgow. The first time was for a day trip when we were on holiday up near Loch Lomond. This time we went up to see an exhibition by OH favourite artist Jack Vettriano .
It was wonderful seeing his paintings in the flesh as it were. After the exhibition we then went on a mini Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour. We went to the Mackintosh house . I love the Glasgow style! The house was fantastic! I especially liked the stained glass.
Afterwards we needed a cup of tea so we walked to the the Yarn Cake. The Yarn Cake is a Yarn Cafe – yarn shop and a cafe rolled into one! This meant that OH was kept distracted by cake whilst this little lovely slipped into my hands!
In the evening we went for Tapas at Cafe Andaluz I had done a bit of online research of where to eat in Glasgow that had a Gluten-Free menu. This place kept cropping up and the reviews was good. Dear Reader it did not disappoint! The best tapas I’ve eaten! :P
The following day we did some exploring and visited the Willow Tea Rooms where I had Gluten-Free Scone and Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie.
There is lots to see and do in Glasgow. It was nice to take a few days out for some RnR. I’m sure we’ll be back one day! :)
This Friday is Chinese New Year. As a nod towards the celebrations I decided this week’s recipe should reflect that. It is taken from Quick after-work Chinese Cookbook by Kit Chan. I love the Sweet and Sour taste that you get with some Chinese dishes. The Chinese mostly use Cornflour to thickens their sauces which is good news for me. However there is a downside Soya Sauce is used a lot and that is not Gluten-Free. Luckily there are gluten-free versions of Soya Sauce and that is what I used in the dish.
The dish Sweet and Sour Grey Mullet with Cherry Tomatoes was adapted slightly as I used Rainbow Trout since there was no grey mullet available. Also I used normal tomatoes as I was using up ingredients in the house.
The result was rather tasty even though I was slightly heavy handed with the ginger. OH approved and loved the freshness of the dish.
If you are celebrating I wish you a Happy New Year!